The 53 Best TV Shows of 2019

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CREDIT (Clockwise from Top Left): Amazon; Disney; Pamela Littky/FOX; Rhys Thomas/IFC

Under the known laws of physics, it is currently impossible to watch every TV show (or even just every good show) airing new episodes in a given year. But for those of us who treat televisual consumption as a transcendent pursuit, we do our best to fit in as many programs as possible, which means that there are more than ten or even twenty shows worth recognizing in an annual best-of list. So this year, I decided to rank as many shows as I thought were worthy of recognition and provide blurbs for the ones where I really needed to say something.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 9/20/19

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CREDIT: Netflix

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Ad Astra (Theatrically Nationwide) – Dad Astra.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (Streaming on Netflix)
Loro (Limited Theatrically) – Bunga bunga!

TV
It’s that time of year again!
Disenchantment Season 1, Part 2 (September 20 on Netflix)
-Creative Arts Emmy Awards (September 21 on FXX)
-71st Primetime Emmy Awards (September 22 on FOX)
The Conners Season 2 Premiere (September 24 on ABC)
black-ish Season 6 Premiere (September 24 on ABC)
mixed-ish Series Premiere (September 24 on ABC)
The Masked Singer Season 2 Premiere (September 25 on ABC)
The Goldbergs Season 7 Premiere (September 25 on ABC)
Schooled Season 2 Premiere (September 25 on ABC)
Single Parents Season 2 Premiere (September 25 on ABC)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 14 Premiere (September 25 on FXX)
South Park Season 22 Premiere (September 25 on Comedy Central)
Crank Yankers Season 5 Premiere (September 25 on Comedy Central)
Superstore Season 5 Premiere (September 26 on NBC)
Young Sheldon Season 3 Premiere (September 26 on CBS)
The Good Place Season 4 Premiere (September 26 on NBC)
The Unicorn Series Premiere (September 26 on CBS)
Evil Series Premiere (September 26 on CBS)

Music
-Brittany Howard, Jaime

What Won TV? – November 6-November 12, 2016

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.

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Sunday – Westworld
Monday – Thanks for all the empathy, People of Earth.
Tuesday – Jeopardy!
Wednesday – black-ish
Thursday – Better Things
Friday – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Saturday – SNL, thanks to Dave Chappelle talking and Leslie and Kyle loving

What Won TV? – April 24-April 30, 2016

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.

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Sunday – An assist from Lin-Manuel Miranda gives Last Week Tonight the edge.
Monday – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Tuesday – New Girl, more the bachelorette party than the bachelor party (Although of course, the characters that won Tuesday – and the whole week – were FitzSimmons.)
Wednesday – black-ish
Thursday – Inside Amy Schumer – guns, trolls, Neeson (Don Cheadle)
Friday – W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Permanent Negro
Saturday – Obama out.

What Won TV? – April 10-April 16, 2016

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.

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Sunday – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Monday – Better Call Saul
Tuesday – The Grinder
Wednesday – black-ish
Thursday – Margaret the “hopelessly stereotypical” librarian on Jeopardy!
Friday – A Tournament of Champions-level brawl on Jeopardy! (Honorable Mention: Childrens Hospital‘s revelatory series finale)
Saturday – SNL, with Kate McKinnon and JLD as aliens