Game of Thrones’ may have been HBO’s most popular show ever — but is the epic fantasy series HBO’s all-time best-reviewed show?
Well, the short answer is no.
The longer answer is that the premium cable network offers plenty of new, buzzworthy series on its current lineup with higher scores than the drama, including dark comedy Barry, the sci-fi mystery of Westworld, and award-winning drama Big Little Lies. And that’s not to mention HBO’s signature prestige dramas including The Sopranos, Chernobyl, and Western period drama Deadwood.
In 2020, the highly anticipated first season of horror-fantasy Lovecraft Country and troubling docuseries The Vow joined those classics in our list of HBO’s best shows, along with a few more new additions in 2021: docuseries The Lady and the Dale, Allen v. Farrow, and Tiger Woods–focused Tiger; series Painting with John, and J.K. Rowling’s crime series C.B. Strike, whose new season gave it the number of reviews needed to join the list. And then there was the zeitgeist-capturing duo of crime drama Mare of Easttown and biting comedy The White Lotus
We’ve rounded up Tomatometer scores for the best HBO series and miniseries to make a list to fill your binge-watch calendar into next year. To qualify for the list, a series must have at least 10 reviews counting toward its score.
Is your favorite HBO title missing? Tell us in the comments.
Watch trailers for Apple TV+’s newest series, check out two Supermen in action, find out how Saturday Night Live‘s musical guest danced on the ceiling, and more.
M. Night Shyamalan and Servant Cast Provide New Details on Scary New Apple TV+ Series
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Apple TV+ has released teasers for its upcoming M. Night Shyamalan thriller series, Servant. The first two were unnerving in different ways: The first, “The Rocker,” features a baby rocking in front of a TV (happy enough, but set to some traditional horror movie sounds). The second, “Cricket,” features the sound of a ticking clock as a woman sees a cricket while brushing her teeth — “something bad [is] coming,” a voiceover warns. Apparently, it’s coming on November 28, when the series premieres on the streaming service.
A third teaser, “Solitude” (above), debuted at the series’ New York Comic-Con panel on Thursday night. It features a brightly lit, sterile-feeling shot of a suspiciously still newborn baby being changed. The spot features an unnerving aesthetic from Shyamalan, who announced the late November premiere date during the panel — just in time to terrify your family after eating way too much turkey at Thanksgiving dinner — and revealed the first real details about the series.
Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an “unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home,” according to the official description. Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell play the well-off suburban Philadelphia couple at the center of the story, and creepy things start happening when they hire a new babysitter (Nell Tiger Free) to take care of their infant, according to a CBR.com report. Rupert Grint plays the “brash, outspoken, and blunt” brother of Ambrose’s character. The entire series will feature just those four characters and will take place in the couple’s home.
Shyamalan executive produces and directs two episodes of the series alongside creator and writer Tony Basgallop. Apple TV+ launches November 1.
Trailers: Mr. Robot’s Holiday Mayhem, For All Mankind and Snoopy Space Fantasies
Johnny Mathis’ “Silver Bells” has never sounded more sinister as it does in the new trailer for Mr. Robot’s fourth and final season.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has said on many occasions that she thinks her multi-Emmy winning series Fleabag is done after two seasons, but she told Seth Meyers on Late Night that she’s considered one other scenario in which she’d revisit the character: In 20 years or so, at 50 years old.
“I quite like the idea of coming back to her — well, me — when I’m 50 ’cause I feel like she would’ve had more life then, and God knows what she would’ve got up to,” she told the talk show host. “Actually, seeing a character like that in her later stage of life is exciting, but for now, she’s been through enough. We’ve got to let her go.”
Another place we’re expecting her to revisit the role: On Saturday, when she hosts SNL for the first time. Come on, don’t you think a filmed Fleabag skit is happening? Judging from her first promos for the episode, her Emmys are likely to cameo as well.
How Did That Trippy SNL Season Premiere Musical Performance Happen?
Saturday Night Live’s season premiere featured host Woody Harrelson and several celebrity cameos (Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris, and Liev Schreiber as himself), but one of the show’s most talked-about moments was when musical guest Billie Eilish literally walked on the ceiling during her performance. Check out the video above to find out how she and the SNL team built a replica of Studio 8H for the trippy performance of her song of the summer, “Bad Guy.”
It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Superman…and Superman
We already know that The CW’s massive “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover is going to be epic. But check out just HOW epic in the photo above, which includes not one but two Men of Steel — Tyler Hoechlin, who plays Superman on Supergirl, and Brandon Routh, who stars on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but also famously played Clark Kent and his alter-ego in 2006’s Superman Returns. Check out another shot of Routh as Clark Kent:
Another Star Wars Character Could Join Obi Wan in Disney+ Series
Caught up with Joel Edgerton today (check out THE KING! I really enjoyed). I have almost no doubt based on his coy evasiveness that he will be in the Obi Wan Disney+ series. I’ve seen many an actor playfully evade. I’m placing a big bet that Owen will be back.
The upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi Disney+ series could see another face familiar to the Star Wars universe: Joel Edgerton. When asked whether he could reprise his role as Owen Lars, the adoptive father of baby Luke Skywalker first introduced in Attack of the Clones and who was entrusted with baby Luke after Padme’s death in Revenge of the Sith, Egerton was “coy.”
“Evasiveness definitely feels like a confirmation by default, or at least a hint that Edgerton has at least been in talks with Lucasfilm and Disney,” /Film speculated. But, as the site also reminded eager fans, the news is far from official: “Take all that with a grain of salt, of course.”
DC Universe Wants Your Reality Show Ideas
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The newest show on DC Universe could come from none other than — you! The streaming service’s DCYou Unscripted project is seeking entries from now until November 18. If you’re over 18 and a U.S. resident, apply to the Ideas Unlisted network to submit your unscripted or reality video series ideas — game shows, game play, hot food, and hot takes are all fair game, according to the official rules. The top 10 entrants will be flown to Los Angeles to “spend a day with industry professionals to refine their concepts and have the chance to pitch…in-person to a panel of DC executives and entertainment luminaries.”
The top three ideas will be turned into unscripted pilots, and the winning idea will be turned into a DC Universe unscripted series.
“The DC Universe mission is to create a place for fans to dive deeper and express their fandom and this is a continuation of that aim,” DC Universe SVP and General Manager Sam Ades said in a statement. “As we head into our second year we’re excited about this new initiative – empowering fans to bring their unique and diverse voices to DC Universe in this very ambitious way.”
How to Get to Sesame Street? On HBO Max
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Beginning in 2020, Sesame Street will have another new home. The legendary children’s series will debut on HBO Max before eventually airing for free on PBS Kids. While the series will continue to air on HBO through its 50th season, five new 35-episode seasons, plus annual specials and spin-offs will debut on the yet-to-launch streaming service. HBO Max will also house selected episodes from Sesame Workshop’s historic 50-year library.
Cynthia Erivo is headlining the third season of National Geographic’s anthology Genius. The Emmy-, Grammy-, and Tony-winning actress will play Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in the series, which will begin filming this fall and premiere in the spring of 2020. The first two seasons focused on Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, respectively.
Starring alongside Alexander Skarsgård in CBS All Access’ Stephen King adaptation The Stand is Nat Wolff, who will play petty criminal Lloyd Henreid, who “becomes fiercely loyal” to Skarsgård’s Dark Man, per Deadline.
Winston Duke will star in the Apple TV+ basketball drama Swagger as a former star player and current youth basketball coach. It’s based on the youth basketball experiences of NBA champion Kevin Durant, who also serves as an executive producer on the series.
Rachel Maddow let the bat out of the bag: She’s DC Comics character Vesper Fairchild, a radio and TV commentator (and former Batman flame) in The CW’s new series Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose. The role is voice only — for now.
I know no one's going to believe this is true, but it's true.
I'm "Vesper Fairchild" in the new Batwoman TV show that starts this Sunday night on The CW.
(My character is soooo not me; turns out playing her is one of the most fun things I've ever done).https://t.co/LP8PauXvUL
Sonoya Mizuno, who will next be seen in FX’s Alex Garland drama Devs, has booked another TV role: She’ll star opposite Kaley Cuoco in the HBO Max thriller series The Flight Attendant. When Cuoco’s Cassie wakes up win the wrong hotel in bed with a dead man, she has to figure out what’s happening to her. Mizuno will play “savvy and potentially dangerous businesswoman” Miranda, whom Cassie meets in Bangkok.
Netflix unveiled the cast of upcoming fantasy series Shadow and Bone, based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels and companion works: Westworld‘s Ben Barnes as General Kirigan — aka the Darkling — newcomer Jessie Mei Li as protagonist Alina Starkov, and Archie Renaux as Aline’s childhood friend Malyen Oretsev. Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, and Kit Young will play characters from the Shadow and Bone spin-off series Six of Crows: Kaz Brekker, Inej, and Jesper Fahey, respectively. Additionally, Sujaya Dasguptato will recur as Zoya Nazyalensky, as will Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, Daisy Head as Genya Safin, and Simon Sears as Ivan.
#ShadowAndBone — based on @LBardugo's Shadow and Bone and Six of Crow novels — has found its cast: Ben Barnes as General Kirigan, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, Amita Suman as Inej, and Kit Young as Jesper Fahey. pic.twitter.com/4Y79wWleMl
Broadway veteran Bernadette Peters will play the mother figure to one of the main characters in Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene. Set to debut at midseason, the CW drama will follow the titular character, an aspiring fashion designer played by Lucy Hale, and her friends (including Riverdale’s Josie) as they try to make it in New York City. Peters will play Ms. Freesia, the “eccentrically elegant surrogate mother and mentor” of Katy’s pal Pepper Smith (Julia Chan).
Development Update: Starz Adapts an Indie, Cobra Kai Creators’ New Show
Showtime’s Rita pilot has attached another big name: Lisa Cholodenko is set to executive produce and direct the first installment of the hour-long dramedy, which is an adaptation of the Danish series of the same name and will star Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey in her first post-Thrones project. The potential series follows a messy, unfiltered single mother and teacher.
Starz is working on an adaptation of the 2018 indie movie Blindspotting, written by original screenwriters and stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, and set to star original star Jasmine Cephas Jones. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the potential series would a half-hour dramedy centered on Ashley (Jones), who was nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland, California, when Miles (Casal), her longtime partner and father of their son, was suddenly put in jail. The show would pick up with her navigating a chaotic and humorous existential crisis after moving in with Miles’ mother and half-sister.”
TBS has ordered Obliterated, a new one-hour show from the creators of Cobra Kai, straight to series. The 10-episode action dramedy focuses on “an elite special forces team who is tracking a deadly terrorist network” targeting Las Vegas. They deactivate a bomb and a debaucherous end-of-mission party ensues — only to then discover that the bomb was a decoy and their mission is far from over.
Schitt’s Creek has a new home: on Fox-owned television stations around the country — the half-hour sitcom will debut its sixth and final season on Pop TV in the spring, but starting in the fall, it’ll air in syndication in U.S. broadcast markets.
Netflix has ordered a six-episode sketch series from comedian Iliza Shlesinger called The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show, which will feature “absurd characters, insight into the female experience, and irreverent yet poignant social commentary,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s scheduled to premiere in 2020.
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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 20 TV Shows That Defined the 1970s
For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.
We asked Rotten Tomatoes users which TV show screams “The ’70s,” and they chose a show about an Army surgical unit set during the Korean War in the 1950s. M*A*S*H took 71% of the vote, followed by Happy Days (66%), All in the Family (64%), Charlie’s Angels (605), and 1970s Saturday Night Live (50%).
Who ruled the ’70s? The M*A*S*H cast (18%), followed by Carol Burnett (13%), Farrah Fawcett (10%), Henry Winkler (9%), and Bill Murray (6%).
Read on to see which other TV titles placed in the top shows of the 1970s chosen by RT readers.
Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.
Wondering what to watch with your kids when the broadcast networks finally get out of the Saturday morning cartoon business for good? Fret no longer. Though the under-13 age group has traditionally been a tough one to market to, the quality of programming has arguably never been better than it is this fall.
Here are our picks for the best children’s TV shows for your kids and you to watch any day of the week – after homework, of course.
What It’s About: Mighty Magiswords follows Prohyas and Vambre, a sibling team of “warriors for hire” as they venture through the Kingdom of Rhyboflaven collecting sentient – and silly – magical swords.
Voiced By: Kyle A. Carozza, Grey DeLisle, Eric Bauza, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Jack McBrayer
Where Does It Air: Cartoon Network – series premiere Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT
Why You Should Watch: “An adult is likely to catch on to some of our smart jokes (and our wily groaners) and college-age young adults will probably get a kick out of just how weird the show is,” series creator Kyle A. Carrozza told Rotten Tomatoes. Just say “Kingdom of Rhyboflaven” out loud to get what he means. “We’re really fast and funny without talking down to kids,” Carozza said. “It doesn’t seem like there are a whole lot of shows that are this cartoony on right now. We offer as much squash and stretch as we do swords and sorcery. Even with that being the case, we work hard to make sure we keep the heart and emotional stakes a part of the story.”
What It’s About: The classic Pre-K series is now in its 46th season of teaching kids how to spell, count, share, be healthy, and most importantly, love one another. Don’t we all need some of that right about now?
Special Guests: Usher, Ed Sheeran, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alan Cumming
Where Does It Air: HBO (new episodes air on PBS after HBO’s exclusive window)
Why You Should Watch: Beyond the amazing guest spots from celebrities your 5-year-old has never heard of, Sesame Street has delivered some dead-on parodies of grownup shows like House of Cards (Netflix) and Game of Thrones (HBO) that will keep you entertained along with your offspring. You grew up on it, and your kids should, too.
What It’s About: It’s a surreal workplace/slacker comedy for kids, centering around best friends Rigby, a raccoon, and Mordecai, a blue jay, and their fantastical coworkers – i.e. their boss, Pops, is a giant walking lollipop.
Voiced By: Mark Hamill, J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Linda Cardinelli
Where Does It Air: Cartoon Network
Why You Should Watch: Regular Show is entering its eighth and final season, and during its lengthy run the series was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards – winning the prize for Best Short-form Animated Series in 2012. Beyond the accolades, the show has plenty of jokes that will sail above kids’ heads and straight to you – all while they laugh at the kooky characters and absurd situations.
What It’s About: Picking up where the 2015 DreamWorks Animation film left off, Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh follows the exploits of mischievous alien Oh and fearless teen girl Tip after the otherworlder moves in with her family.
Voiced By: Rachel Crow, Mark Whitten, Ana Ortiz, Ron Funches
Where Does It Air: Netflix
Why You Should Watch: A lot of hay was made about the importance of representation when the film Home was released last year and with due cause – how many animated features with a positive young black female lead can you name? Taking this premise onto the small screen is yet another step in the right direction for young girls to be able to recognize themselves in the TV shows they watch. Plus, the show features a ton of great original pop songs by Rachel Crow!
What It’s About: Sugar, spice, and everything nice. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little girls… you know the rest. A lonely and eccentric professor accidentally adds Chemical X to his girl stew and creates three daughters who have to battle bad guys, an inept Townsville government, and the trials and tribulations of growing up in this reboot of the ’90s classic.
Voiced By: Tom Kane, Tom Kenny, Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, Natalie Palamides
Where Does It Air: Cartoon Network (original series available on Netflix)
Why You Should Watch: Lovers of the original series have been torn about the reboot, to say the least. But no reboot is going to give you the exact same feels as its forebearer. The reality is: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup still kick butt in this new iteration of Powerpuff Girls, and that is just damn fun to watch. Your daughter should watch with you because little girls could always use a tough-as-nails female role model or three.
What It’s About: The animated spin-off of the TV movie spin-off of all of Disney’s fairy tale movies, Descendants: Wicked World follows the teenage kids of villains and princesses alike as they navigate high school.
Voiced By: Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Mitchell Hope, Brenna D’Amico, Sarah Jeffery, Dianne Doan
Where Does It Air: Disney Channel – Season 2 premieres during Disney’s “Monstober”
Why You Should Watch: The 2015 movie was a smash hit, and a breath of fresh air from the tired reboots and rehashes that we normally get from existing IP. Wicked World expands that story with slick animation and plenty of razzle-dazzle to keep the kids’ attention.
This week in TV news, MTV Classic announces its launch, Sesame Street is evicting old favorites, Idina Menzel will star in a Beaches remake, and more!
WEITZ BROTHERS SIGN ON TO TV ADAPTATION OF SINATARO
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenplay writer Chris Weitz and his brother and Mozart in the Jungle co-creator Paul have signed on to produce the television adaptation of the Black Mask Studios comic book Sinataro written and created by Grant Morrison. And the comic isn’t even available yet! Morrison will co-write the series along with American Odyssey writing team Adam Armus and Kay Foster. Morrison’s idea for the title as a whole is to include an interweaving of narratives between all types of media like comics, film, and television. The story is a new take on the Tibeten Book of the Dead with Western influences and focuses on the mission of one soldier that leads him through many dark American mythologies. The creative team plans to assign a director, and then shop the series to buyers at Universal Television, the studio that is co-producing the project.
WE CAN WANT OUR MTV AGAIN
MTV has announced that it will rebrand VH1 Classic as MTV Classic. The rebrand takes effect on Monday, August 1 — 35 years to the day that MTV first debuted — when MTV Classic will air MTV Hour One, MTV’s first hour of programming from 1981. At launch, the network will feature primetime “from the vault” programming blocks that will include beloved series such asDaria, Beavis & Butt-head, Aeon Flux, Run’s House, Pimp My Ride, Cribs, Jackass, Punk’d, Wonder Showzen, Clone High, as well as favorites MTV Unplugged, Storytellers, The Real World, Laguna Beach, Road Rules, and more. Additionally, MTV Classic will continue to run movies, concerts and music videos from the past that speak to the last three decades of music. Check out the trailer for the relaunch here.
SESAME STREET FIRES BELOVED ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS BOB, LUIS AND GORDON
Sesame Street‘s recent move to HBO is coming with a lot of changes. The classic one-hour format will be shortened to 30-minutes, the set is being changed up and the last of the original cast members are being “graciously let go” from the series they helped to build. Bob, Luis and Gordon have been asked to move out of America’s favorite neighborhood. Bob McGrath sang many of Sesame Street’s signature songs like “People in Your Neighborhood.” Emilio Delgado played Luis and was crucial to introducing Latino culture to the show. Science teacher, Gordon, the patriarch of the Robinson family was the first character introduced on the show. It is not clear whether the new series will simply return without them or if audiences will have a chance to say goodbye.
IDINA MENZEL IS THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS
The consummate Broadway performer and fan favorite, Idina Menzel has been cast as the lead in Lifetime’s remake of Beaches. The Frozen, Wicked, and Rent super-star will play the role of CC, originated by Bette Midler in Gary Marshall’s 1988 feature film. The film will include the movie’s music, including the infamous “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love,” which Menzel will record for the Lifetime remake. The role of Hillary, originally played by Barbara Hershey, has yet to be cast. Production is set to begin on August 15 in Vancouver and will premiere in 2017.
This week in TV news, Antoine Fuqua is working with the Weinsteins, Dick Wolf gets into the anthology game, Soul Train may be back on track, and more!
TRAINING DAY AND SOUTHPAW DIRECTOR IS BRINGING HIS TALENTS TO TELEVISION
Antoine Fuqua is expanding his relationship with The Weinstein Company, following their collaboration with Southpaw. Fuqua has signed a multi-year, first-look television deal with TWC. His first project with the studio will be the final book from the famed Godfathertrilogy, Mario Puzo’s Omerta. Regarding the deal, Fuqua said, “It’s a great time to work in TV with the type of high-quality caliber shows that are out there now; Harvey, Bob and the entire Weinstein team have been great collaborators, so I can’t think of a better studio to partner with on this endeavor.” The director is also busy executive producing his drama Training Day for CBS TV.
SESAME STREET INTRODUCES ZARI, THE FIRST AFGHAN MUPPET
In its Afghanistan co-production, Sesame Streetis welcoming a new muppet, Zari. Zari, a six year old girl, is the show’s first Afghan muppet. She will star in local segments centered on female empowerment and national identity, along with themes surrounding social, physical, and emotional health. The name “Zari” means “shimmering” in Dari and Pashto languages.
LAW & ORDER GETS INTO THE ANTHOLOGY GAME
Dick Wolf is looking to expand theLaw & Order franchise into anthology drama, with Law & Order: True Crime. The first installment of the series will center on Lyle and Erik Menendez, who murdered their parents in 1989. After two highly-publicized trials with hung juries, the brothers were finally convicted of the crime in 1996, and are now serving life without parole. The first eight-episode season is currently in development for NBC.
IS THE SOUL TRAIN PULLING BACK INTO THE STATION?
BET Networks has acquired the Soul Train franchise, including its library of 1,100 episodes and 40 TV specials. The networks’ EVP of Strategy and Operations, Richard Gay, said that they look forward to finding, “Engaging and smart ways to grow the brand while preserving its heritage and legacy in music, dance and fashion.” There is already a Soul Train Broadway musical and a Concert Tour in the works, but there is currently no news as to whether a reboot of the classic dance show can be expected.
Winter is coming. Well, winter is here, but the new winter TV shows are coming. So if you wanna bundle up and stay in, we have a rundown of the new TV shows, including where and when to find them.