Best of 2019: Television Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 4, 2019
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Below, we collect every year-end Top Ten list published by major TV critics and publications. This page will be updated throughout December and January whenever new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best TV shows of 2019

Recent updates:
Added 1/4: LA Weekly
Added 1/1/2020: Bleeding Cool, Deadline, Orlando Sentinel, RogerEbert.com, Screen Rant, Thrillist, TV Fanatic
Added 12/30: The Arts Desk, ComingSoon, mxdwn, Newsweek, The Observer
Added 12/28: Cleveland Plain Dealer, NME, RadioTimes
Added 12/27: Goomba Stomp, JoBlo, Little White Lies, New York Post, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Young Folks
Added 12/23: E!, GameSpot, Gothamist, New York Daily News, San Antonio Express-News, Sioux City Journal
Added 12/20: Digital Spy, The Economist, GamesRadar+, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Reason, Star Tribune, TV Insider, Vox
Added 12/19: The Guardian
Added 12/18: NPR/Fresh AIr, San Jose Mercury News, WhatCulture
Added 12/17: The Daily Beast, Empire, The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph
Added 12/13: BuzzFeed, Consequence of Sound, The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, Wilmington Star News
Added 12/12: Collider, Flood Magazine, io9, People, Uproxx, Wall Street Journal
Added 12/11: Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NOW, ScreenCrush
Added 12/10: Adweek, FanSided, Film School Rejects, Mashable, The Playlist, PopBuzz, Rolling Stone, Slant, Washington Post, Yahoo!
Added 12/9: A.V. Club, Paste, Salon
Added 12/6: AP, The Atlantic
Added 12/5: Boston Globe, Complex, GQ, IGN, The New Yorker
Added 12/4/2019: Scorecard launched with 22 lists

Best of 2019Below is our updated running tally of the TV shows most frequently mentioned by individual critics in their year-end Top Ten lists. Note that if a critic ranks more than the standard 10 shows, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. (We do include unranked lists of 11-20 titles, though each title gets just one-half of a point.) In case of a tie for first or second, each show will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 titles (rather than 10), or for each item on split comedy/drama lists of 10 titles apiece (regardless of ranking on those lists)
TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2019
TV Show / Network # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Fleabag (Prime Video)331251174
2 Watchmen (HBO)161853137
3 Succession (HBO)121559125
4 Russian Doll (Netflix)3458.575.5
5 Chernobyl (HBO)744675
6 When They See Us (Netflix)3543.562.5
7 Barry (HBO)3335.550.5
8 Unbelievable (Netflix)053747
9 The Good Place (NBC)3120.531.5
10 The Mandalorian (Disney+)201824
11 The Other Two (Comedy Central)101821
12 PEN15 (Hulu)1213.520.5
13 Stranger Things (Netflix)0215.519.5
14 Lodge 49 (AMC)22919
Schitt's Creek (Pop)021519
16 BoJack Horseman (Netflix)0214.518.5
17 Euphoria (HBO)101518
18 Better Things (FX)0114.516.5
19 Ramy (Hulu)101316
20 Undone (Prime Video)111015
The Crown (Netflix)011315
22 Years and Years (HBO)119.514.5
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)119.514.5
24 Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)101114
25 Sex Education (Netflix)0111.513.5

In the past, we have included only American publications, but since UK and American viewers now have much of the same programming available to them, we are also including British publications this year. That means you could see a few UK-only shows appear on the list above.

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 127 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some critics may list shows without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order. If a critic published multiple lists, only the most general list is included (e.g., a list of all shows rather than a list of new shows only). More specific lists (such as new shows only) were included as a last resort if a critic did not provide a more general list.

Adweek
Jason Lynch View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Watchmen (HBO)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Chernobyl (HBO)
  6. When They See Us (Netflix)
  7. Better Things (FX)
  8. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  9. Barry (HBO)
  10. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
AP
Alicia Rancilio View full list
  1. Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
  2. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  6. The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  7. Chernobyl (HBO)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. The Politician
  10. FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix)
The Arts Desk
Staff consensus View full list
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • David Bowie: Finding Fame (Showtime)
  • Derry Girls (Netflix)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Gentleman Jack (HBO)
  • Giri/Haji (BBC2/Netflix)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Veep (HBO)
The Atlantic
Sophie Gilbert View full list
  • Catastrophe (Prime Video)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Documentary Now! (IFC)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Leaving Neverland (HBO)
  • The OA (Netflix)
  • The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • This Way Up (Hulu)
  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
  • Vida (Starz)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
The A.V. Club
Erik Adams View full list
  1. Barry (HBO)
  2. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  3. Watchmen (HBO)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  6. Documentary Now! (IFC)
  7. Los Espookys (HBO)
  8. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  9. Ramy (Hulu)
  10. The Good Place (NBC)
Sam Barsanti View full list
  1. Barry (HBO)
  2. Mr. Robot (USA)
  3. Chernobyl (HBO)
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
  6. The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
  7. Watchmen (HBO)
  8. Arrow (CW)
  9. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
  10. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Angelica Cataldo View full list
  1. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  2. Barry (HBO)
  3. Dollface (Hulu)
  4. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  5. Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  6. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)
  7. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  8. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  9. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  10. Succession (HBO)
Danette Chavez View full list
  1. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Watchmen (HBO)
  6. Better Things (FX)
  7. Pose (FX)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. One Day at a Time (Netflix)
  10. Undone (Prime Video)
Randall Colburn View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  4. Chernobyl (HBO)
  5. Ramy (Hulu)
  6. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  7. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  8. On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)
  9. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  10. Euphoria (HBO)
LaToya Ferguson View full list
  1. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  2. Lucifer (Netflix)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Legacies (The CW)
  5. On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
  8. Sherman's Showcase (IFC)
  9. The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
  10. Barry (HBO)
Kyle Fowle View full list
  1. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  2. The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
  3. Mr. Robot (USA)
  4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  5. Billions (Showtime)
  6. You're the Worst (FX)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. Watchmen (HBO)
  10. Better Things (FX)
William Hughes View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  5. Infinity Train (Cartoon Network)
  6. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  7. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  8. The Good Place (NBC)
  9. Documentary Now! (IFC)
  10. Primal (Adult Swim)
Gwen Ihnat View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. The Crown (Netflix)
  6. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  7. Documentary Now! (IFC)
  8. The Good Place (NBC)
  9. GLOW (Netflix)
  10. Queer Eye (Netflix)
Baraka Kaseko View full list
  1. Barry (HBO)
  2. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  5. When They See Us (Netflix)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. The Good Place (NBC)
  8. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  9. A.P. Bio (NBC)
  10. Corporate (Comedy Central)
Kate Kulzick View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  6. Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
  7. Watchmen (HBO)
  8. Queen Sugar (OWN)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. Jane the Virgin (CW)
Alex McLevy View full list
  1. The Good Place (NBC)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Mr. Robot (USA)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. Barry (HBO)
  8. Chernobyl (HBO)
  9. When They See Us (Netflix)
  10. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
Myles McNutt View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  3. Chernobyl (HBO)
  4. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  5. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  8. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  9. Looking for Alaska (Hulu)
  10. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Shannon Miller View full list
  1. Undone (Prime Video)
  2. The Good Place (NBC)
  3. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Documentary Now! (IFC)
  6. Pose (FX)
  7. Watchmen (HBO)
  8. Derry Girls (Netflix)
  9. On My Block (Netflix)
  10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
Noel Murray View full list
  1. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  2. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  3. The Good Place (NBC)
  4. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. Watchmen (HBO)
  7. Derry Girls (Netflix)
  8. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  9. Chernobyl (HBO)
  10. Perpetual Grace, LTD (Epix)
Vikram Murthi View full list
  1. The Deuce (HBO)
  2. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Barry (HBO)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. You're the Worst (FX)
  8. Superstore (NBC)
  9. Brockmire (IFC)
  10. Mr. Robot (USA)
Dennis Perkins View full list
  1. The Good Place (NBC)
  2. Big Mouth (Netflix)
  3. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  4. Barry (HBO)
  5. Killing Eve (BBC America)
  6. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  7. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  8. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  9. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  10. Documentary Now! (IFC)
Allison Shoemaker View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. Undone (Prime Video)
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  6. Succession (HBO)
  7. When They See Us (Netflix)
  8. The Good Place (NBC)
  9. Watchmen (HBO)
  10. One Day at a Time (Netflix)
Caroline Siede View full list
  1. Chernobyl (HBO)
  2. When They See Us (Netflix)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  5. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  6. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  7. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  8. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  10. Pose (FX)
Eric Thurm View full list
  1. Mob Psycho 100 (Crunchyroll)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
  4. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  5. Sarazanmai (Crunchyroll)
  6. Undone (Prime Video)
  7. The Magicians (Syfy)
  8. Succession (HBO)
  9. Billions (Showtime)
  10. Los Espookys (HBO)
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya View full list
  1. PEN15 (Hulu)
  2. Vida (Starz)
  3. One Day at a Time (Netflix)
  4. The Good Place (NBC)
  5. Pose (FX)
  6. Sex Education (Netflix)
  7. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. GLOW (Netflix)
  10. A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
Kelsey J. Waite View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Undone (Prime Video)
  3. Watchmen (HBO)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  6. When They See Us (Netflix)
  7. Gentleman Jack (HBO)
  8. Barry (HBO)
  9. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
  10. Chernobyl (HBO)
Bleeding Cool
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  3. Good Omens (Prime Video)
  4. The Boys (Prime Video)
  5. The Good Place (NBC)
  6. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  7. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  8. Prodigal Son (Fox)
  9. Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
  10. Barry (HBO)
  11. Living With Yourself (Netflix)
Boston Globe
Matthew Gilbert View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Years and Years (HBO)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. Chernobyl (HBO)
  6. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  7. Sex Education (Netflix)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. Back to Life (Showtime)
  10. Gentleman Jack (HBO)
BuzzFeed
Nora Dominick View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  4. Chernobyl (HBO)
  5. When They See Us (Netflix)
  6. Euphoria (HBO)
  7. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  8. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  9. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  10. Succession (HBO)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mark Dawidziak View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Black Mirror (Netflix)
  3. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  4. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  7. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)
  8. Evil (CBS)
  9. Billions (Showtime)
  10. Veep (HBO)
Collider
Staff consensus View full list
  • Barry (HBO)
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Castle Rock (Hulu)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Euphoria (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  • Los Espookys (HBO)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Mindhunter (Netflix)
  • The OA (Netflix)
  • Rhythm + Flow (Netflix)
  • The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • True Detective (HBO)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
Maggie Dela Paz View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Sex Education (Netflix)
  3. Euphoria (HBO)
  4. The Boys (Prime Video)
  5. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  6. Sky Castle (Netflix)
  7. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  8. The Society (Netflix)
  9. Marvel's Runaways (Hulu)
  10. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
Kylie Hemmert View full list
  1. Deadly Class (Syfy)
  2. Castle Rock (Hulu)
  3. The Boys (Prime Video)
  4. Sex Education (Netflix)
  5. Watchmen (HBO)
  6. Prodigal Son (Fox)
  7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  8. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  9. His Dark Materials (HBO)
  10. Unbelievable (Netflix)
ComingSoon.net
Grant Hermanns View full list
  1. The Boys (Prime Video)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  5. Ramy (Hulu)
  6. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. Stumptown (ABC)
  9. Carmen Sandiego (Netflix)
  10. Chernobyl (HBO)
Complex
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Mr. Robot (USA)
  4. Barry (HBO)
  5. Snowfall (FX)
  6. Better Things (FX)
  7. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. Euphoria (HBO)
  10. The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
Consequence of Sound
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Chernobyl (HBO)
  6. When They See Us (Netflix)
  7. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  8. Barry (HBO)
  9. Watchmen (HBO)
  10. Veep (HBO)
The Daily Beast
Kevin Fallon View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Years and Years (HBO)
  5. PEN15 (Hulu)
  6. When They See Us (Netflix)
  7. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  8. Leaving Neverland (HBO)
  9. Barry (HBO)
  10. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
Deadline
Dominic Patten (new shows only) View full list
  1. When They See Us (Netflix)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Chernobyl (HBO)
  4. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  5. Years and Years (HBO)
  6. David Makes Man (OWN)
  7. Work in Progress (Showtime)
  8. Ramy (Hulu)
  9. Evil (CBS)
  10. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  11. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  12. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Decider
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Chernobyl (HBO)
  5. Euphoria (HBO)
  6. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  7. The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
  8. Watchmen (HBO)
  9. Barry (HBO)
  10. Stranger Things (Netflix)
Digital Spy
Staff consensus View full list
  • Back to Life (Showtime)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
  • The Virtues (Channel 4)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
Chris Harnick View full list
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
E!
Lauren Piester View full list
  • All Rise (CBS)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
  • Legacies (CW)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Roswell, New Mexico (CW)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Shrill (Hulu)
  • This Is Us (NBC)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
The Economist
[uncredited] View full list
  • Barry (HBO)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Imagineering Story (Disney+)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
Empire
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. The OA (Netflix)
  3. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  4. Chernobyl (HBO)
  5. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  6. Succession (HBO)
  7. When They See Us (Netflix)
  8. Years and Years (HBO)
  9. I Am… (Channel 4)
  10. The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Kristen Baldwin View full list
  1. Perpetual Grace, LTD (Epix)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Veep (HBO)
  4. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  5. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  6. Los Espookys (HBO)
  7. Better Things (FX)
  8. Succession (HBO)
  9. After Life (Netflix)
  10. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
Entertainment Weekly
Darren Franich View full list
  1. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  2. PEN15 (Hulu)
  3. Primal (Adult Swim)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Desus & Mero (Showtime)
  6. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  7. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  8. Ramy (Hulu)
  9. Below Deck Mediterranean (Bravo)
  10. Perpetual Grace, LTD (Epix)
FanSided
Shea Corrigan View full list
  1. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. Barry (HBO)
  7. PEN15 (Hulu)
  8. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  9. Undone (Prime Video)
  10. Are You the One? (MTV)
Film School Rejects
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Barry (HBO)
  3. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  6. Chernobyl (HBO)
  7. Watchmen (HBO)
  8. GLOW (Netflix)
  9. Sex Education (Netflix)
  10. Stranger Things (Netflix)
Flood Magazine
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  3. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. PEN15 (Hulu)
  6. Barry (HBO)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. GLOW (Netflix)
  9. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  10. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
GameSpot
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Barry (HBO)
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Cobra Kai
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  • Legion (FX)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
GamesRadar+
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Chernobyl (HBO)
  3. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  6. When They See Us (Netflix)
  7. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  8. The Virtues (Channel 4)
  9. The Boys (Prime Video)
  10. Mindhunter (Netflix)
The Globe and Mail
John Doyle View full list
  • Back to Life (Showtime)
  • Black Summer (Netflix)
  • Cardinal (Hulu)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Country Music (PBS)
  • Euphoria (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  • On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Years and Years (HBO)
Goomba Stomp
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  6. Chernobyl (HBO)
  7. Euphoria (HBO)
  8. Superstore (NBC)
  9. Barry (HBO)
  10. The Expanse (Prime Video)
Gothamist
Ben Yakas View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  4. The Deuce (HBO)
  5. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  6. Mr. Robot (USA)
  7. When They See Us (Netflix)
  8. Chernobyl (HBO)
  9. Billions (Showtime)
  10. Unbelievable (Netflix)
GQ
Staff consensus View full list
  • Barry (HBO)
  • Big Mouth (Netflix)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • Euphoria (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  • I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  • Mrs. Fletcher (HBO)
  • The OA (Netflix)
  • The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race UK (Logo)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
The Guardian
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Chernobyl (HBO)
  4. Years and Years (HBO)
  5. The Virtues (Channel 4)
  6. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  7. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  8. This Time With Alan Partridge (BBC One)
  9. Catastrophe (Prime Video)
  10. Euphoria (HBO)
The Hollywood Reporter
Dan Fienberg View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Ramy (Hulu)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  6. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  7. Better Things (FX)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. Brockmire (IFC)
  10. Derry Girls (Netflix)
Houston Chronicle
Therese Odell View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Chernobyl (HBO)
  3. Watchmen (HBO)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  6. Veep (HBO)
  7. Barry (HBO)
  8. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  9. You're the Worst (FX)
  10. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
Hypebeast
Staff consensus View full list
  • Big Mouth (Netflix)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Creepshow (Shudder)
  • Euphoria (HBO)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
IGN
Staff consensus View full list
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Doom Patrol (DC Universe)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
IndieWire
Ben Travers View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Better Things (FX)
  4. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  7. GLOW (Netflix)
  8. Barry (HBO)
  9. PEN15 (Hulu)
  10. Superstore (NBC)
io9
Staff consensus View full list
  • American Horror Story: 1984 (FX)
  • Castle Rock (Hulu)
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
  • Doom Patrol (DC Universe)
  • The Expanse (Prime Video)
  • Good Omens (Prime Video)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
  • Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
JoBlo
Alex Maidy View full list
  1. Chernobyl (HBO)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Barry (HBO)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  6. The Deuce (HBO)
  7. Veep (HBO)
  8. GLOW (Netflix)
  9. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  10. Stranger Things (Netflix)
LA Weekly
Erin Maxwell View full list
  1. Chernobyl (HBO)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. The Crown (Netflix)
  5. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  6. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  7. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  8. The Good Place (NBC)
  9. Letterkenny (Hulu)
  10. Russian Doll (Netflix)
Little White Lies
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. When They See Us (Netflix)
  5. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  6. Barry (HBO)
  7. Watchmen (HBO)
  8. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  9. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  10. Mr. Robot (USA)
Lorraine Ali View full list
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Brexit: The Uncivil War (HBO)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • I Am the Night (TNT)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
Los Angeles Times
Robert Lloyd View full list
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
  • Chambers (Netflix)
  • Emergence (ABC)
  • Encore (Disney+)
  • Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  • Good Omens (Prime Video)
  • His Dark Materials (HBO)
  • Lazor Wulf (Adult Swim)
  • Now Apocalypse (Starz)
  • On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Undone (Prime Video)
  • Wayne (YouTube)
Mashable
Alexis Nedd View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. GLOW (Netflix)
  5. PEN15 (Hulu)
  6. Barry (HBO)
  7. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  8. Ramy (Hulu)
  9. Pose (FX)
  10. Big Mouth (Netflix)
Miscellaneous/Unaffiliated critics
Maureen Ryan View full list
  • Better Things (FX)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • Lucifer (Netflix)
  • One Day at a Time (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
mxdwn
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  2. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  3. South Park (Comedy Central)
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  5. Watchmen (HBO)
  6. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. True Detective (HBO)
  9. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  10. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
New York Daily News
Kate Feldman View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. When They See Us (Netflix)
  3. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  6. Succession (HBO)
  7. Watchmen (HBO)
  8. Sex Education (Netflix)
  9. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  10. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
New York Post
Lauren Sarner View full list
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
The New York Times
James Poniewozik View full list
  • Better Things (FX)
  • Catastrophe (Prime Video)
  • Documentary Now! (IFC)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Undone (Prime Video)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
The New Yorker
Emily Nussbaum View full list
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Catastrophe (Prime Video)
  • Couples Therapy (Showtime)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • Evil (CBS)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Good Trouble (Freeform)
  • High Maintenance (HBO)
  • I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • Los Espookys (HBO)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Our Boys (HBO)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Sherman's Showcase (IFC)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
Newsweek
Tufayel Ahmed, Alfred Joyner, Samuel Spencer View full list
  • All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite (TNT)
  • Black Monday (Showtime)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
  • Veep (HBO)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
NME
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Top Boy (Netflix)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Euphoria (HBO)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. Sex Education (Netflix)
  6. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  7. Peaky Blinders (Netflix)
  8. The End of the F***ing World (Netflix)
  9. Watchmen (HBO)
  10. Derry Girls (Netflix)
NOW (Toronto)
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Barry (HBO)
  3. Easy (Netflix)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Leaving Neverland (HBO)
  6. Succession (HBO)
  7. Top Boy (Netflix)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. The Good Place (NBC)
  10. GLOW (Netflix)
NPR/Fresh AIr
David Bianculli View full list
  1. The Good Place (NBC)
  2. Legion (FX)
  3. Black Mirror (Netflix)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. Killing Eve (BBC America)
  6. Watchmen (HBO)
  7. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)
  8. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  9. Barry (HBO)
  10. Evil (CBS)
  11. Veep (HBO)
NPR/Pop Culture Happy Hour
Eric Deggans, Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon View full list
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Dead to Me (Netflix)
  • Documentary Now! (IFC)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • Los Espookys (HBO)
  • The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Shrill (Hulu)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
  • Undone (Prime Video)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
The Observer [UK]
Euan Ferguson View full list
  1. Chernobyl (HBO)
  2. The Crown (Netflix)
  3. The Virtues (Channel 4)
  4. Mum (BBC2)
  5. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  6. Years and Years (HBO)
  7. Killing Eve (BBC America)
  8. Gentleman Jack (HBO)
  9. The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
  10. Succession (HBO)
Orlando Sentinel
Hal Boedeker View full list
  • Country Music (PBS)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • David Makes Man (OWN)
  • Dead to Me (Netflix)
  • Evil (CBS)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Killing Eve (BBC America)
  • The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
  • Leaving Neverland (HBO)
  • Modern Love (Prime Video)
Paste
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
  4. Chernobyl (HBO)
  5. Barry (HBO)
  6. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  7. The Good Place (NBC)
  8. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  9. Perpetual Grace, LTD (Epix)
  10. When They See Us (Netflix)
People
Tom Gliatto View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Chernobyl (HBO)
  3. The Crown (Netflix)
  4. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  5. When They See Us (Netflix)
  6. Leaving Neverland (HBO)
  7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  8. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  9. Succession (HBO)
  10. Modern Love (Prime Video)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rob Owen View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  4. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. The Good Place (NBC)
  7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  8. This Is Us (NBC)
  9. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  10. Evil (CBS)
The Playlist
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. When They See Us (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Barry (HBO)
  6. Euphoria (HBO)
  7. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  8. Chernobyl (HBO)
  9. The Crown (Netflix)
  10. Unbelievable (Netflix)
PopBuzz
Nicky Idika View full list
  1. Euphoria (HBO)
  2. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  3. When They See Us (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. The Crown (Netflix)
  6. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  7. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  8. Sex Education (Netflix)
  9. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  10. The Act (Hulu)
RadioTimes
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Chernobyl (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. His Dark Materials (HBO)
  5. Line of Duty (BBC)
  6. RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
  7. Years and Years (HBO)
  8. Watchmen (HBO)
  9. This Time With Alan Partridge (BBC One)
  10. The Crown (Netflix)
Reason
Glenn Garvin View full list
  1. The Highwaymen (Netflix)
  2. The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  3. The Chi (Showtime)
  4. The Deuce (HBO)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
  7. Country Music (PBS)
  8. Hitsville: The Making of Motown (Showtime)
  9. Evil (CBS)
  10. The Connors (ABC)
  11. Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Ringer
Alison Herman and Chris Ryan View full list
  1. (tie) Fleabag (Prime Video) -AND- Succession (HBO)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Los Espookys (HBO)
  4. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  5. Gourmet Makes (YouTube)
  6. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  9. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  10. Too Old to Die Young (Prime Video)
RogerEbert.com
Brian Tallerico View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. When They See Us (Netflix)
  3. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  4. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. Barry (HBO)
  7. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  8. Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
  9. Chernobyl (HBO)
  10. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)
Rolling Stone
Alan Sepinwall View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. Better Things (FX)
  5. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  6. Chernobyl (HBO)
  7. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  8. Ramy (Hulu)
  9. Pose (FX)
  10. David Makes Man (OWN)
Salon
Melanie McFarland View full list
  • Better Things (FX)
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
The Salt Lake Tribune
Scott D. Pierce View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)
  4. Chernobyl (HBO)
  5. When They See Us (Netflix)
  6. The Crown (Netflix)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  9. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  10. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  11. The Good Place (NBC)
  12. Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
  13. Evil (CBS)
San Antonio Express-News
Jeanne Jakle View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  3. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Modern Love (Prime Video)
  6. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  7. Undone (Prime Video)
  8. Better Things (FX)
  9. The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  10. Mom (CBS)
San Jose Mercury News
Chuck Barney View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Watchmen (HBO)
  4. PEN15 (Hulu)
  5. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  6. When They See Us (Netflix)
  7. GLOW (Netflix)
  8. Chernobyl (HBO)
  9. Back to Life (Showtime)
  10. Dead to Me (Netflix)
ScreenCrush
Maggie Fremont View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  7. When They See Us (Netflix)
  8. Catastrophe (Prime Video)
  9. This Way Up (Hulu)
  10. Dark (Netflix)
  11. Stranger Things (Netflix)
Screen Rant
James Hunt View full list
  1. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  4. Chernobyl (HBO)
  5. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  6. The Good Place (NBC)
  7. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  8. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  9. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  10. The Witcher (Netflix)
Sioux City Journal
Bruce Miller View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Watchmen (HBO)
  3. Country Music (PBS)
  4. The Politician (Netflix)
  5. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  6. The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. Years and Years (HBO)
  9. On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)
  10. Superstore (NBC)
The Skinny
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Chernobyl (HBO)
  2. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  3. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. Derry Girls (Netflix)
  6. This Time With Alan Partridge (BBC One)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. The End of the Fucking World (Netflix)
  9. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  10. Unbelievable (Netflix)
Slant
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Primal (Adult Swim)
  4. Barry (HBO)
  5. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  6. Better Things (FX)
  7. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  8. Chernobyl (HBO)
  9. Too Old to Die Young (Prime Video)
  10. Ramy (Hulu)
Slate
Willa Paskin View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Watchmen (HBO)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Blown Away (Netflix)
  6. Leaving Neverland (HBO)
  7. Couples Therapy (Showtime)
  8. Catastrophe (Prime Video)
  9. Ramy (Hulu)
  10. GLOW (Netflix)
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Neal Justin View full list
  1. Ramy (Hulu)
  2. For Sama (PBS)
  3. When They See Us (Netflix)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. Watchmen (HBO)
  6. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
  7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  8. Documentary Now! (IFC)
  9. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  10. Veep (HBO)
The Telegraph
Michael Hogan View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Chernobyl (HBO)
  3. The Virtues (Channel 4)
  4. The Last Survivors (BBC2)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  7. When They See Us (Netflix)
  8. Elizabeth Is Missing (BBC)
  9. Years and Years (HBO)
  10. Giri/Haji (BBC2)
Thrillist
John Sellers View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. The OA (Netflix)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  5. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. Chernobyl (HBO)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  10. Dark (Netflix)
Time
Judy Berman View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Vida (Starz)
  5. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  6. David Makes Man (OWN)
  7. Undone (Prime Video)
  8. Watchmen (HBO)
  9. When They See Us (Netflix)
  10. Back to Life (Showtime)
TV Fanatic
Carissa Pavlica View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Better Things (FX)
  4. Barry (HBO)
  5. The Crown (Netflix)
  6. On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)
  7. Chernobyl (HBO)
  8. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  9. The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  10. Killing Eve (BBC America)
TV Guide
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Watchmen (HBO)
  4. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  5. Barry (HBO)
  6. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  7. Chernobyl (HBO)
  8. GLOW (Netflix)
  9. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  10. Sex Education (Netflix)
TV Insider
Matt Roush View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Jeopardy! (syndicated)
  4. The Crown (Netflix)
  5. Country Music (PBS)
  6. When They See Us (Netflix)
  7. Watchmen (HBO)
  8. The Unicorn (CBS)
  9. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  10. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
Staff consensus (Comedies) View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  3. Barry (HBO)
  4. Catastrophe (Prime Video)
  5. PEN15 (Hulu)
  6. Sex Education (Netflix)
  7. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  10. Dead to Me (Netflix)
TV Line
Staff consensus (Dramas) View full list
  1. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Chernobyl (HBO)
  6. Pose (FX)
  7. Euphoria (HBO)
  8. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  9. When They See Us (Netflix)
  10. Evil (CBS)
Uproxx
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Watchmen (HBO)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Barry (HBO)
  6. Chernobyl (HBO)
  7. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  8. When They See Us (Netflix)
  9. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
  10. (tie) BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  11. (tie) Mrs. Fletcher (HBO)
  12. (tie) Veep (HBO)
USA Today
Kelly Lawler View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Leaving Neverland (HBO)
  3. Chernobyl (HBO)
  4. Back to Life (Showtime)
  5. When They See Us (Netflix)
  6. Watchmen (HBO)
  7. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  8. Undone (Prime Video)
  9. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  10. Shrill (Hulu)
Daniel D'Addario View full list
  1. Years and Years (HBO)
  2. PEN15 (Hulu)
  3. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  4. When They See Us (Netflix)
  5. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  6. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  7. I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
  8. Succession (HBO)
  9. Euphoria (HBO)
  10. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
Variety
Caroline Framke View full list
  1. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Tuca & Bertie (Netflix)
  6. Barry (HBO)
  7. PEN15 (Hulu)
  8. Watchmen (HBO)
  9. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  10. On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)
Vanity Fair
Sonia Saraiya View full list
  1. When They See Us (Netflix)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  4. Chernobyl (HBO)
  5. Barry (HBO)
  6. Succession (HBO)
  7. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  8. Leaving Neverland (HBO)
  9. Undone (Prime Video)
  10. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
Vox
Emily VanDerWerff View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Fosse/Verdon (FX)
  6. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  7. Barry (HBO)
  8. Better Things (FX)
  9. Mr. Robot (USA)
  10. David Makes Man (OWN)
Angelica Jade Bastién View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  3. Mindhunter (Netflix)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. I Am the Night (TNT)
  6. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  7. Primal (Adult Swim)
  8. The Good Place (NBC)
  9. Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  10. Doom Patrol (DC Universe)
Jen Chaney View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  3. Barry (HBO)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  7. Veep (HBO)
  8. A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
  9. PEN15 (Hulu)
  10. You're the Worst (FX)
Matt Zoller Seitz View full list
  1. When They See Us (Netflix)
  2. Better Things (FX)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  5. Euphoria (HBO)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. The Kingdom (Netflix)
  8. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
  9. Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
  10. (tie) Documentary Now! (IFC) -AND- Sherman's Showcase (IFC)
Vulture
Kathryn VanArendonk View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  4. Watchmen (HBO)
  5. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  6. Lodge 49 (AMC)
  7. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  8. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  9. Couples Therapy (Showtime)
  10. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
The Wall Street Journal
Dorothy Rabinowitz View full list
  • Das Boot (Hulu)
  • For Sama (PBS)
  • Gentleman Jack (HBO)
  • Our Boys (HBO)
  • The Press (PBS)
  • The Spy (Netflix)
  • Tricky Dick (CNN)
The Washington Post
Hank Stuever View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. When They See Us (Netflix)
  3. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Gentleman Jack (HBO)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. This Is Us (NBC)
  8. Chernobyl (HBO)
  9. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  10. Leaving Neverland (HBO)
WhatCulture
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Chernobyl (HBO)
  2. When They See Us (Netflix)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. Derry Girls (Netflix)
  5. The Boys (Prime Video)
  6. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  7. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  8. Watchmen (HBO)
  9. Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  10. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Wilmington Star News
Hunter Ingram View full list
  1. Watchmen (HBO)
  2. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. The Other Two (Comedy Central)
  5. Unbelievable (Netflix)
  6. Years and Years (HBO)
  7. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  8. Pose (FX)
  9. The Good Place (NBC)
  10. Making It (NBC)
Wonderland
Didi Udofia View full list
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Euphoria (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
Yahoo!
Amy Johnson View full list
  • Barry (HBO)
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Killing Eve (BBC America)
  • Line of Duty (BBC)
  • Mindhunter (Netflix)
  • Peaky Blinders (Netflix)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race UK (Logo)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
The Young Folks
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Russian Doll (Netflix)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  4. The Good Place (NBC)
  5. Watchmen (HBO)
  6. Barry (HBO)
  7. Ramy (Hulu)
  8. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  9. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  10. PEN15 (Hulu)

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Comments (1)

  • verissimoallan  

    Can you update this list with the American Film Institute (AFI)? They also released their list of best TV shows of 2019 a few weeks ago: https://www.afi.com/award/afi-awards-2019/

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