The Biggest TV Shows To Watch In 2019
By Dan Auty and Chris E. Hayner on
If you thought 2018 was a great year for TV, it's got nothing on what's to come. In 2019, several fan-favorite series will come to an end, while a number of very exciting new shows will premiere, either on TV or via a streaming service.
From the end of Game of Thrones to the launch of the new Twilight Zone from Get Out director Jordan Peele, there's plenty to be excited about. With peak TV breathing down everyone's neck, though, it's hard to figure out exactly what you need to be watching. Imagine getting through 2018 without seeing The Haunting of Hill House or the second season of G.L.O.W.? Can you imagine surviving this year without The Good Place? And, honestly, how were you supposed to know just how good a YouTube Premium series like Cobra Kai could be?
Figuring out what the best TV to spend your time on takes some serious assistance. Luckily for you, we're all about lending a helping hand when it comes to deciding the shows you're not going to want to miss next year, from those that are sure to be new classic comic book adaptations to returning gems like Star Trek: Discovery. So here's the biggest shows to watch for 2019...
Netflix, February 1
The idea of reliving the same day over and over has been a popular one ever since the comedy classic Groundhog Day, and it was seen most recently in the horror hit Happy Death Day. The latest twist on this setup is the blackly comic Netflix show Russian Doll, which stars Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne and was created with Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler. Lyonne plays a woman who dies at her 36th birthday party and is forced to relive her debauched final hours over and over and over. While the concept is played for laughs, the show's trailer suggests that the show will also take some darker, more emotional turns too.
The Walking Dead, Season 10
AMC, February 15
The long-running zombie drama is now in its tenth year, and while audience figures have fallen since the days when it was smashing records, it's still a hugely popular show. It returns after the traditional mid-season break with the arrival of villainous characters that fans of the comic book have waited years to see--the Whisperers. These twisted survivors use the faces of the dead to hide amongst the zombies and should provide plenty of ghoulish fun over the coming months. Season 10 has been the best season in some time, so expectations are high for the next part.
The Umbrella Academy
Netflix, February 15
Scheduled to hit Netflix in February, The Umbrella Academy is the latest promising comic book adaptation we're looking forward to on the streaming service. Here's the official description: "On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. Now, the six surviving members reunite upon the news of their father's passing and must work together to solve a mystery surrounding his death." Yeah, sounds awesome.
The second DC Universe live-action series also happens to be a spin-off of the first--Titans. Doom Patrol, with heroes like Elasti-Woman, Robotman, Crazy Jane, and Mr. Nobody, is going to be a very weird show. However, it's also the exact kind of show hardcore comic book fans will likely love.
What We Do In The Shadows
Before he was the in-demand director of Thor Ragnarok, Taika Waititi made a series of brilliantly entertaining comedies in his native New Zealand. His best is the hysterical vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, which has now been turned into a TV show. It's directed by Waititi and written with regular collaborator (and Flight of the Conchords star) Jemaine Clement, and follows a trio of vampires living in New York who have been roommates for hundreds of years. We can't wait.
American Gods Season 2
Starz, March 10
The journey of the second season of this acclaimed Neil Gaiman adaptation to the screen wasn't exactly smooth, with showrunners getting fired, actors quitting, and major production delays. But Season 2 finally arrives in March. With all the behind-the-scenes problems, it's easy to forget how good (and insane) Season 1 was, and with Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane both returning, this will hopefully have some of its predecessor's dark magic.
Netflix, April 1
Loosely based on the manga of the same name, Netflix's Ultraman is a CGI animated series that follows a young man named Shinjiro, as he follows in his father's footsteps to become the next Ultraman.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 2
Netflix's first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was one of the best Halloween surprises this year, and we're already looking forward to Season 2. Star Kiernan Shipka recently told Bloody Disgusting that the cast and crew went straight into filming Season 2 after wrapping Season 1, so here's hoping it arrives sometime in 2019.
Game of Thrones Season 8
HBO, April 14
The end of Game of Thrones is going to be a major TV moment. We know practically nothing about the final six episodes of the series, other than your favorite surviving characters may or may not die by the time all is said and done and there is a massive battle still to come. Whatever the case, we're calling it now: The final season of Game of Thrones is going to be the TV event of 2019.
Barry, Season 2
Bill Hader returns as ruthless hitman and aspiring actor Barry Block in the second season of HBO's acclaimed show. Season 1 was a perfectly judged mix of dark comedy, powerful drama, and bloody action, and Season 2 will also see Henry Winkler reprise his Emmy-award winning role as acting teacher Jean Cousineau. It's a show where all these disparate elements perhaps shouldn't work, but the skill of the writing and performance ensure that they really do.
Stranger Things Season 3
Netflix, July 4
Netflix has confirmed that Stranger Things Season 3 will arrive in 2019, and bring with it even more special effects. It's been way too long since Eleven and the gang's last adventure back in 2017, so we're extremely excited to get back to Hawkins, Indiana and the Upside-Down.
The second season of American Gods is not the only Neil Gaiman adaptation we're getting in 2019. Gaiman's classic collaboration with the late, great Discworld novelist Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, arrives as six-part Amazon series. The lavish fantasy stars David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Michael Sheen (Apostle) as an angel and demon who team up to stop the end of the world, and the stellar cast also includes Jon Hamm and Frances McDormand.
Jessica Jones Season 3
Jessica Jones and The Punisher are the only Marvel shows remaining on Netflix, and it's possible both might get cancelled in 2019. But for now, Jessica Jones is an active series, and the third season is due sometime this year. Season 2 was a bit of a disappointment in comparison to the first, but Jessica remains one of the most interesting and best-written characters in the Marvel universe, so let's hope that Season 3 gets back to that original gripping mix of superhero action and dark psychological drama.
DC Universe, TBC
DC Universe has a lot of interesting things happening in 2019, including Stargirl. At this point, though, we don't know a lot about this particular series other than actress Brec Bassinger will be playing the titular hero.
There was some surprise when HBO announced it was developing a new TV version of the classic comic book Watchmen, but it seems that, unlike Zack Snyder's movie, this won't be a straight adaptation. The show is currently in production, and while plot specifics are under wraps, showrunner Damon Lindelof has promised it will "be set in the world its creators painstakingly built, but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original." The cast includes Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, and Tim Blake Nelson.
DC Universe, TBC
This is a real wild card thrown in there by DC Universe. Swamp Thing, unlike Titans, Doom Patrol, and Stargirl, is going to be a horror series. The series is being produced by Aquaman director James Wan and will star Friday the 13th alum Derek Mears as the titular Swamp Thing, with Andy Bean (Power) playing his human alter ego Alex Holland.
Glow Season 3
Netflix's hugely entertaining '80s-set comedy drama will return for a third season this year. The show focuses on an all-female TV wrestling crew, and it features one of TV's best ensemble casts, including Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Kate Nash, and Britney Young. Comedian/podcaster Marc Maron plays their manager, Sam, and the show strikes a perfect balance between nostalgic laughs and more serious social issues. Season 2 was even better than the first, so hopes are high for this one.
The horror anthology film Creepshow is getting a TV adaptation on Shudder. There are not many details yet about what stories the series will tell, but special effects guru Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) will direct, executive produce, and handle creative elements on the show--meaning he's bringing his blood and gore expertise to the project.
The Twilight Zone
CBS All Access, TBC
Jordan Peele is resurrecting The Twilight Zone as presenter and executive producer, giving us another horror anthology to be excited about. The first season will consist of 10 episodes and star, among others, Sanaa Lathan and Kumail Nanjiani. Of note, we know the series will feature a remake of the classic story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" starring Adam Scott.
Mindhunter Season 2
The first season of the '70s-set crime drama Mindhunter showed that producer David Fincher was just at home with small-screen serial killer thrills as he is in movies such as Zodiac and Seven. The balance between a seriously dark crime procedural and a beautifully performed, character-driven drama was exceptional, so hopes are extremely high for Season 2. Production only wrapped in December, so don't expect it for a while; Season 1 premiered in October 2017, so a fall release for Season 2 seems likely.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
It's been nearly five years since Star Wars: The Clone Wars ended its initial run. However, at San Diego Comic-Con, executive producer Dave Filoni announced that the show was coming back as part of Disney's new streaming service, complete with the original voice cast. For fans of the Star Wars animated universe, this is great news. Now Disney+ just needs to greenlight a followup to Star Wars Rebels.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
No confirmation on this one, but we're hoping that Netflix and The Jim Henson Company's Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 10-episode prequel series to the 1982 Jim Henson fantasy movie, will hit the streaming service this year. It reportedly began filming back in 2017, so there's a good chance it will be ready for release in 2019.
Veronica Mars is the show that just won't quit. It started on UPN and move to The CW, before it was canceled. Then a Kickstarter campaign funded a movie that was released in theaters years later, followed by a series of novels. Now, once again, Veronica is back and this time she's on Hulu. Not a lot is known about the new season, but you can expect most of the familiar faces you love to reappear.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian
Disney launches its streaming service, Disney+, later this year, and unsurprisingly there's a few Star Wars shows on the way to it. The Mandalorian was the first live-action series to be announced, and while we don't know for sure that it will premiere in 2019, it has been in production for several months, so it's a definite possibility. The show is set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and it will focus on a lone Mandalorian gunfighter, played by Pedro Pascal (Narcos). The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is the showrunner, and individual episode directors will include Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok), Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels), and Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard...