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The Best Shows Coming to Television in 2019

If this slate of newcomers and returning favorites is any indication, we still haven't reached the peak of peak TV.

Aided by a growing cadre of tech-entertainment hybrids, Hollywood is pumping out more content than ever. Most of that growth is in television, which after decades as the big screen's neglected younger sibling, is finally getting its turn in the spotlight.

Don't expect that to change in 2019. Alongside a few returning tentpoles, a host of new TV shows have us excited about the year to come. Here, we've rounded up a list of series, old and new, that we can't wait to see.



FX, premieres 2019

We'd watch Michelle Williams in anything, but this new FX series seems particularly delightful. It's based on the lives of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, whose creative and romantic partnership helped to shape the midcentury Broadway scene. Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda and his frequent collaborator, Thomas Kail, will both executive produce; while Steven Levenson—the writer behind Dear Evan Hansen’s Tony-winning book—has been tapped as the series's showrunner.

The Twilight Zone

CBS All Access, premieres 2019

For a few years there, sci-fi obsessives were touting Black Mirror as the new Twilight Zone—so it'll be interesting to see how the actual reboot carves out a space for itself. Jordan Peele—the maestro behind stranger-than-fiction Get Out— is at the helm, and fans are certainly rooting for him to pull it off.

Mrs. America


FX, premieres 2019

Cate Blanchett will make her US television debut in Mrs. America, a series based on the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Blanchett will play Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative woman who vehemently opposed the piece of legislation—and in the eyes of 1970s feminists, the enemy incarnate. Emmy winning writer Dahvi Waller, best known for his work on Mad Men, will serve as showrunner.

Les Misérables


PBS, premieres 2019

Masterpiece PBS is bringing us the non-musical, non-movie version of Les Misérables we didn't know we needed (but are definitely excited about). The all-star cast, lead by Lily Collins, Olivia Colman, David Oyelowo, and Dominic West, only ups our anticipation.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Network TBA, premieres 2019

Buffy is yet another reboot with promise—although, showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen would like fans to know that it's more of a sequel. Die-hards for the original should be assuaged with the knowledge that Joss Whedon, patron saint of nerddom and Buffycreator, is onboard as well.

Good Omens

Amazon Prime Video, premieres 2019

After years of niche acclaim, Neil Gaiman's novels have truly broken into the mainstream with Showtime's adaptation of American Gods, and now Amazon's Good Omens. While there's always a touch of humor in Gaiman's work, Good Omens is perhaps his funniest story. As he says, "Almost thirty years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world... Three decades later it's going to make it to the big screen." David Tennant and Michael Sheen will lead the cast.

Tuca & Bertie


Netflix, premieres 2019

Fans of BoJack Horseman, Ali Wong, and Tiffany Haddish, rejoice: Tuca & Bertie is the answer to your prayers. The new animated show comes from the mind of Lisa Hanawalt, an illustrator and graphic novelist best known for designing the characters on BoJack. And like BoJack, the show follows animals—specifically Haddish and Wong as Tuca and Bertie, two 30-something birds living in the same apartment building.

Our Planet


Netflix, premieres April 5, 2019

Sometimes, you just need to hear David Attenborough narrate the world. Netflix understands. They've enlisted the creator of Planet Earth to make Our Planet, another docu-series in that vein.

The Eddy

Netflix, premieres 2019

As Netflix expands overseas, it's naturally getting into foreign language shows—many of which feature the same top quality talent that we've come to expect of the streamer stateside. Such is the case with The Eddy, a Paris-based show from the mind of La La Landdirector Damien Chazelle (above). The series will feature dialogue in French, English, and Arabic.


Russian Doll

Netflix, premieres February 1, 2019

Anything Amy Poehler puts her comedic stamp on, we're more than happy to watch. Add in that Russian Doll will star Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, and we're sure the results will be golden.

Central Park Five


Netflix, premieres 2019

Acclaimed director Ava DuVernay is bringing the story of the Central Park Five—a group of wrongly convicted young black men—to the small screen. The four-part limited series will star Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, and John Leguizamo.

Mrs. Wilson

PBS, premieres March 31, 2019

Actress Ruth Wilson will play her own grandmother in this British period drama. The three-part mini-series, based on Alison Wilson's memoirs, follows Wilson's journey after the death of her husband—and man who, we soon learn, Mrs. Wilson may not have actually known very well at all.

Big Little Lies


HBO, second season premieres 2019

Big Little Lies's first season was a masterful look at the pathologies of the suburban housewife, and its sophomore run promises to the up the ante. The only thing that could make this show better, after all, is adding Meryl Streep.

Game of Thrones

HBO, eighth season premieres 2019

It's really happening: the fantastical cultural phenomenon is coming to an end. Yes, we'll finally know who'll finish out the series atop the iron throne—but if the past seven seasons are any indication, it's going to be the continuous world-building, doomed romantic entanglements, and expertly choreographed battles that truly make this final run worth watching.

The Crown


Netflix, third season premieres 2019

While The Crown is entering its third season, with a refreshed cast, it's likely to feel new all over again. The show will reportedly cover the 1960s into the 70s, highlighting Prince Charles's investiture, the Space Race, the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and more.

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