2019 was another great year for TV. With the final seasons of some of our most loved programmes airing, including Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black, it also brought us an array of new characters and plot lines to grow obsessed with.
So, let’s look back on 10 of the best new shows of 2019. Let’s hope we see new series from them all soon (except for the limited/mini-series of course!).
The HBO series Euphoria came out in June 2019 and after just a month, it was renewed for a second season. Zendaya takes centre stage in this teen drama but is part of an ensemble where not one person can be faulted for their performance. It’s pretty dark at times and takes the viewer into a hard-hitting environment that’s hardly ever portrayed so authentically in television, but it does it exceptionally.
Dead to Me
Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini quickly became the years best duo as they starred alongside each other as unlikely friends in Dead to Me. The two meet at a grief group where they strike a close bond as they mourn the deaths of the late spouses. Throughout the series Jen (Applegate) learns the truth of what her husband was up to before he died and what really happened, which leads to the big twist of the series.
The Witcher was perhaps the most anticipated series of the year and it did not disappoint. Fans of the books (and the game) had high hopes about what the Netflix adaptation would bring and as the cast was revealed and trailers were dropped, things were looking very promising. It’s insane at times but it’s every fantasy lovers dream.
This miniseries was without doubt the most hard-hitting, poignent and must-watch show of 2019. It focusses on a series of rapes that have occurred which two investigators (played by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) are determined to bring to a close. Where the show excels is with the way in which it explores the survivors of the rape, which is only ever done with care and brutal honesty. It also highlights the significant issues that so regularly occur in rape cases, and how they should be properly handled.
His Dark Materials
Like The Witcher, this was another highly anticipated series due to the popular novels by Philip Pullman. The fantasy drama quickly reels you into its world of daemons, multiple-realities and secrets that slowly start to unravel as the episodes go on. The production levels are huge and it pays off entirely.
Set in an alternate version of 2019, Watchmen takes place a few years after the events of the comics that it’s based on. Focussing on the racial injustices of American that have always been and still are present, it takes us to depths that few shows dare to explore. Regina King powerfully leads the series and makes it another one of the must watch shows of the year.
Natasha Lyonne. Need I say anymore? Russian Doll rightfully received four Emmy nominations in 2019 including Outstanding Comedy Series which exemplifies just how brilliant the humour in it is. Lyonne helped to produce the series alongside Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, so you can see why the script is so genius.
This limited series was possibly one of the most talked about series of the year. It’s a haunting portrayal of the events of the 1986 disaster that steadily crawls through the timeframe, leaving every viewer on a chilling edge as they see the facts they know come to life. After its release it was soon listed on IMDB as one of the top rated TV shows of all time.
Gentleman Jack takes us on the journey of Anne Lister’s life, which is one that’s not as commonly known as others. Surrane Jones steps into her shoes with an ease that makes it impossible not to fall in love with her, which is a sentiment that Ann Walker certainly agrees with. Whilst there are a few plot points that run throughout the short series, their love is at the heart of it and it’s one that captured the hearts of us all.
When They See Us
Lastly, the list of the best new shows of 2019 would be incomplete without mentioning When They See Us. It’s based on the true events of the Central Park Five which makes it so much more heart-wrenching when you’re watching it, as it’s hard to believe it was allowed to happen. The story speaks for itself, but what really made this miniseries so impactful was the actors who portrayed the five men so incredibly.
And there we have it! 2019 blessed us with so many brilliant new shows in 2019 but these 10 had to be mentioned.
Which TV show topped your list last year?