Top 77 Television and Streaming Video Series of 2019

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53 voters and 586 votes and 77 shows: this is ILE’s Top 77 Television and Streaming Video Series of 2019 a.k.a. “what you’ll be watching to catch up in 2020,” as managed by myself (tabulation, organization and poll-running) and Moka (extremely dope design and images). Each entry will include a link to the program or network’s respective ILX thread, a link to stream the show and an embedded YouTube with a season trailer or a representative clip. For the sake of the page loading easily for everyone, I’d like to request that people please not embed additional YouTubes but instead provide links to favorite scenes.

One more brief point before we start that we might as well call “the sic rule.” As your author is American, the listed provenance and linked website for each show is predominantly going to be for its streaming home in the United States, even when the show hails from elsewhere. Readers are strongly encouraged to provide links for their own local streaming options so that everyone can keep up.

We’ll start small with a four-way, 20 point / 2 vote tie for #74. Once we get past #71, that’ll be the end of our two vote winners.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 15:00 (two weeks ago) link

sounds good, cheers for this ulysses and all others that helped!

nxd, Monday, 10 February 2020 15:03 (two weeks ago) link

TOO LOW but tbh kind of a perfect placement

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 10 February 2020 15:09 (two weeks ago) link

Yay, glad this is rolling out!

Nailed It! is an interesting case. My kids and I watched it with tears of laughter rolling down our face. But it's basically one joke and after we'd watched four or five episodes we just felt we were seeing the same shtick again and again and it wasn't funny anymore. Then again, the vast majority of shows don't even have ONE shtick that funny so it deserves some credit.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 10 February 2020 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/QeFN6El.jpg
#74 (Tie) - Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey (Netflix) - 20 points, 2 votes

Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey on Netflix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN3IEfn8cFg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

for the confused (and I am among them):

Ainori is a reality program where seven young men and women travel the world riding a pink bus. The program is reminiscent of a travelogue; as of December 2008, the show has followed the bus across 90 countries as participants explore both famous tourist attractions and more off-the-beaten-path places. The participants are led across each country by a native who serves as tour guide, bus driver, and friend. Upon reaching the border with another country, the bus stops and participants head out to their next destination country to meet their new tour guide and get into their new bus.

The show's twist is that the participants are each young, single people whose goal is to find love with another participant and return to Japan as a couple. When a participant has decided they like someone else, they ask the driver for a ticket back to Japan. They then declare their love to the object of their affection, and ask that the two return to Japan together. After a night's consideration, the person who received the love declaration can either answer with a kiss, after which both participants leave the bus for Japan. Otherwise, the jilted participant is left to return to Japan alone. Besides the love declaration, participants are forbidden from talking openly about their love interests with other participants, but inform the TV audience of their feelings through diaries and confessions to the camera (shot when no other participants are present).

After people leave the bus, new people are added to the program, to keep the total at 7 members. They are seen on the side of the road with a painted cardboard sign (appearing to be hitchhikers) and brought aboard after a self-introduction.

The First Lap Around the World ended in May, 2003, and the Second Lap ended in March, 2007. After that, the bus visits the countries which has never been visited on the show, without the route. The 400th episode was aired on May 5, 2008.

As of March, 2009, 44 couples have found love through the program, and there have been 8 marriages (though one couple has divorced). On March 1, 2005, the first "Ainori Baby" was born, and as of mid-2008 there have been 4 babies born in total.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

haha
haven't heard of any of these

nxd, Monday, 10 February 2020 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

here's another marquee favorite

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:01 (two weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/pKakZ2O.jpg
#74 (Tie) - GeoWizard's Mission Across Wales (YouTube) - 20 points, 2 votes

thread of youtubers whomst are not terrible

GeoWizard's Mission Across Wales on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7w986ni7_g

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:01 (two weeks ago) link

TOO LOW

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:02 (two weeks ago) link

My #2, could have been 1. The greatest gonzo documentarian of our age

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:02 (two weeks ago) link

Ainori was my #6 too. How they manage to combine compelling reality romance with bonkers in-depth informative travelogue, seemingly on the fly and with a minuscule budget, is insane

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:05 (two weeks ago) link

Aww, forgot to vote for it (I skipped the yt list in noms), but yes, I enjoyed that h/t lj

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:05 (two weeks ago) link

His recently concluded mission across Europe might be even better btw

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:07 (two weeks ago) link

I keep meaning to watch this Wales thing because people keep saying it's amazing and I can't quite fathom how it could be amazing

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:09 (two weeks ago) link

The first few eps of this were good but my interest level waned after that.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/XlNAuBy.jpg
#73 - Jessica Jones (Netflix) - 20 points, 3 votes

Marvel's Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones on Netflix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DBKS2qH51I

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:14 (two weeks ago) link

booooooooooo

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:14 (two weeks ago) link

xp If the opening theme music doesn't get you maybe don't bother. It will though. And then twenty minutes later you'll watch a man with a Go Pro using a broken bridge to cross a torrent, with nothing but sheep fields on all sides, as he narrates his own plight

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

watched and enjoyed season 1 but never felt compelled to go back for 2 + 3.

Mordy, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

I would like to think the Marvel TV experiment crashed and burned so badly because the series were all so obviously mediocre and poorly paced, but I'm sure it had more to do with the Disney takeover / launch of Disney+.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:20 (two weeks ago) link

Ainori is amazing for (amongst many other things) showing all the grittier seams of the production of a romantic reality TV show. Invariably the production crew are dragged into episodes and the whole thing has this slightly lurid manic insomnia offset against genuinely eye-opening documentary about harrowing topics from around the globe. One part of Ainori: Asian Journey sees the seven romantic hopefuls participating in performing operations on children in a hospital without power.

tangenttangent, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:20 (two weeks ago) link

Apologies in advance btw - tt and I will probably be responsible for quite a lot of the content today. We shall return to our scheduled suggested programming tomorrow!

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:22 (two weeks ago) link

Tom’s paranoiac outbursts about phantom farmers in Mission Across Wales really made the whole series for me. The absurdity and difficulty of the challenge makes an already interesting reflection on the Welsh countryside genuinely tense and hilarious.

tangenttangent, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

So was JJ season 3 improvement on season 2? I thought 1 was good but too long, 2 was meh and too long, haven't had much incentive to watch 3.

Tuomas, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:24 (two weeks ago) link

xxp lol, i had almost posted a snarky "one couple has gamed the bottom end of the poll" comment but opted for the better part of valor

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:24 (two weeks ago) link

And yeah, quite (xps). This Ainori season is the first time I've seen Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan etc) portrayed with any degree of depth...in anything, really. As a bunch of wonderful Japanese losers are being pried to fall for each other

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:26 (two weeks ago) link

JJ season 3 was all right, definitely an improvement on season 2. Didn't vote for it, but 73 is probably an appropriate placement.

Sammo Hazuki's Tago Mago Cantina (Old Lunch), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:26 (two weeks ago) link

Gutted I forgot to vote for Geowizard

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:29 (two weeks ago) link

(final post about Ainori I swear) the current season is doing similarly wonderful things in East Africa - they are game for any experience, any complicated historical message, anyone's house if they take a shine to them. nothing is sanitised (literally)

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:34 (two weeks ago) link

glad i decided to vote, since one of mine was for Too Old To Die Young. I posted these on the relevant threads:

I'm five episodes in now and I think it's really strong. the manner in which the five leads are all operating in vv different ways on paths of revenge for those who have been wronged is pretty interesting and the whole series being specifically from the very first scene about the violent effects of broken and/or evil men is pretty timely to say the least.
I saw someone online refer to episode 2 as basically Tarkovsky doing "Narcos" and that seems pretty otm, i mean obv not Tarkovsky-level but miles better than any of the bullshit in Narcos. Points to the show for clearly being super contemptuous of the police dept -- i love the Wolf of Wall Street style of Hart Bochner's homicide squad.

William Baldwin is insane in this. and James Urbaniak's villain in episode 5 was one of the most despicable creations I've seen in a long time. Miles Teller makes for a better blank slate than Ryan Gosling.

― omar little, Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:05 PM (three months ago) bookmarkflaglink

I finished Too Old To Die Young, which for all its promotion may as well have not even existed. I’m still marinating a bit on its themes but as a show that is at least partially devoted to the fascism of the police and features one character whose purpose seems to be visiting unholy vengeance upon men who hurt women, i appreciated it. It was extremely slow in a way that might try the patience of some (I do think the pace was a legitimate artistic choice and it didn’t bother me) and it almost literally lost the plot at the end but it had some incredible moments and I’m amazed that Amazon went anywhere near it. It was very on the nose but also just refreshing in that sense, and another legitimate choice.

― omar little, Friday, August 2, 2019 1:30 PM (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

you'd imagine it would work well as a bit of prestige for Amazon, too. I recognize that any show being touted as "groundbreaking" needs to prove it, and yet i think it really did some interesting shit. i'm not really a Refn apologist per se but this was the type of programming i would like to see more of on streaming, which should have more room for such experimentation.

I suspect the content was too much for the corporate suits. I mean the extreme anti-cop stuff and the sexual content, i can see some cowards in the board room insisting that they completely ignore its existence. I'm sure they were perfectly cool w/the violence.

― omar little, Friday, August 2, 2019 3:40 PM (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

i think episodes 5 & 8 were very much peak Refn. i *almost* want to call 5 a masterpiece. it really goes some places.

― omar little, Tuesday, August 6, 2019 1:29 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

There really aren’t too many good pieces on this. Most of the reviews I’ve read have been snarky negative pieces from sub-A.V. club types who don’t seem willing to engage with it on its own terms; lots of “LOL nothing happens, style over substance” opinions which I guess just tells me even more than before the very specific pace at which streaming-era TV is supposed to move allows no room for negotiation and that when a show arrives with some actual fervent opinions about America and violence they don’t even register (not that this hasn’t always been somewhat the case with film and TV, cf ppl taking Starship Troopers at face value etc etc). Anyway this is a very admirable bit of filmmaking, imperfect as it is.

― omar little, Sunday, October 6, 2019 1:40 PM (four months ago) bookmarkflaglink

omar little, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:35 (two weeks ago) link

it really does feel like the first post-The Return series, even if the production timeline almost certainly doesn't allow for that to be true

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:36 (two weeks ago) link

Xps Sorry, ulysses! We always compile our ballots separately and usually try to engineer them afterwards so they’re a bit less similar. Still, if it means more people end up watching esoteric British YouTube...

Thanks for the Too Old to Die Young write-ups, omar. It sounds genuinely weird - I will have to check it out.

tangenttangent, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:40 (two weeks ago) link

i enjoyed witcher - i don't think it's great television or anything so this is a great spot for it but it's a good guilty pleasure better made than the Xenas and whatever of yesteryore which it gets lots of comparisons to

Mordy, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:43 (two weeks ago) link

goes w/o saying that the Cliff Martinez score for TOTDY is outstanding.

omar little, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:44 (two weeks ago) link

tangent: lol, no need to apologize; the whole point was to bring in divergent viewpoints! I was just amused that anyone looking at your ballots would immediately say "well THEY'RE living together..."

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:52 (two weeks ago) link

there are so many fucking shows

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:59 (two weeks ago) link

Always on the lookout for new animated shows that are good and not too pandering. What's this like?

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 17:00 (two weeks ago) link

i watched two episodes and liked it but got hung up on the glaring and unavoidable fact that it is meant for children and the script reflects that. i may need to retry.

they just wrapped "book 2" btw!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9livZeXARWU

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:03 (two weeks ago) link

my sneaking suspicion is that I would've been much better off if i had this to watch instead of Silverhawks as a kid but my window of enjoying this stuff is closed until i am watching it with a kid.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:05 (two weeks ago) link

I do not particularly like Refn but Amazon tried so hard to bury TOTDY I remain tempted to watch it.

Chris L, Monday, 10 February 2020 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

Oh no I just remembered I forgot to vote for the final season of Jane the Virgin! Was it on the list? I hope it shows up.

tangenttangent, Monday, 10 February 2020 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

NARRATOR: But she had forgotten one thing...

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/NeYUhjy.jpg
#66 (Tie) - Truthpoint (Adult Swim) - 25 points, 3 votes

OK, which one of you is @BARTSIMSON_REAL?

Truthpoint on Adult Swim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKUQwgNkc1c

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:21 (two weeks ago) link

go ahead. keep screaming "Shut The Fuck Up " at me. it only makes my opinions Worse

— wint (@dril) March 10, 2018

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:24 (two weeks ago) link

Ahaha sorry everyone

imago, Monday, 10 February 2020 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

i watched the first season. It seemed very much like a show that people who love murakami and for whom english is a second language would like.

Yerac, Saturday, 15 February 2020 01:53 (two weeks ago) link

Great poll, thanks. I must have missed True Detective on the nominating list, else I would have voted for it--definite improvement from S2 to S3.

clemenza, Saturday, 15 February 2020 03:16 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks for the poll work. I won't ever watch 95% of these but will probably give some a shot

Nhex, Saturday, 15 February 2020 03:20 (two weeks ago) link

wow!!! thanks for running this forks! and sorry i missed the whole thing D: wtf is wrong with me

are we posting our ballots or?

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Saturday, 15 February 2020 16:52 (two weeks ago) link

feel free!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:02 (two weeks ago) link

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
The Dragon Prince (Netflix)
The Expanse (Amazon)
Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Veronica Mars (Hulu)
Unbelievable (Netflix)
Animator vs. Cartoonist / Draw Off (Buzzfeed)
The Christmas Maze (Playstation Access)
Metal Gear Stupid: Snake Easter (Playstation Access)
Glow (Netflix)
The OA (Netflix)
Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Last Week Tonight (HBO)

Charlotte Brontesaurus (Leee), Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

bolded if it didn't make the top 77!

Pose (FX)
Fleabag (Amazon)
ContraPoint
PhilosophyTube
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Veep (HBO)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
High Maintenance (HBO)
Watchmen (HBO)
What We Do in Shadows (FX)
Chernobyl (HBO)
Barry (HBO)
I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
Truthpoint (Adult Swim)
Succession (HBO)
Corporate (Comedy Central)
Upright (Fox Showcase, Australia)
Joe Pera Talks to You (Adult Swim)
Euphoria (HBO)
Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
Pen15 (Hulu)
LetterKenny (Hulu)
Schitt's Creek (Pop US)
Ramy (Hulu)
Shrill (Hulu)

tbh i prob shouldn't have even included shrill on here because there's in retrospect some stuff i like more than it? and the part i really loved was peter smith's cover of god only knows which was in season 2/2020, my bad. watch the end of S02E02 imo, best part of the entire run so far

letterkenny has lost some momentum since those first couple of seasons, but it's still a joy, and it's based on a town about 40 mins from the village where i grew up (they once referenced my village in an episode and i had to rewind/pinch myself to make sure i didn't mishear/dream it)

philosophytube and contrapoints are virtually a dead tie for me in "top tier youtube appointment viewing," as soon as they go up i make sure the s/o and i have time to sit down and watch. the 100 minute cancel culture one was tough but we did it in one shot. olly has been batting 1000 for the past year or so, it's insane. if you like natalie, watch olly, but if you're watching natalie you're probably already watching olly so to the rest of you WATCH BOTH!

upright was great fun and i suspect virtually nobody has watched it because it is tough to find! (thanks forks for helping me even see it). s/o is huge minchin fan so i knew it'd be an easy sell, but damn it really exceeded my expectations.

POSE TOO LOW! did nobody watch season 2 or am i just alone in thinking it may have been one of the best-acted shows ever?? am i crazy? if virtually the entire main cast isn't up for emmys this year i'm calling it, the fix is in. i haven't watched too much ryan murphy tv so maybe other voters have RM burnout, but not me!

queer eye also maybe too low? it is just so delightful. i wish there were volunteer bands of people who'd go to the sad ppl of the world and just compliment them for a week.

also too low: corporate. pitch black in the best way. some chris morris vibes.

things i maybe should've included on my list: russian doll

things i need to check out but havben't had time/interest yet: mindhunter, on cinema at the cinema (enjoyed bits but never got into the whole huge thing, it is at this point intimidating), lodge 49 (enjoyed first 3 eps but didn't keep up), killing eve, terrave house, when they see us, unbelievable, bake off, sex education, new veronica mars

things i didn't really care for relatively: strnager things (well s3 was fun. s2 i almost couldn't finish. s1 was of course a delight), mandalorian (one ep aaaaand the only thing i like about it is the backgrounds?), last week tonight (KAREN... KAREN!!!!... STOP! DON'T! STOP!!! ugh)

things i thgought were only a joke on hollywood handbook until today: bosch

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:39 (two weeks ago) link

01. Pen15 (Hulu)
02. Years & Years (BBC, HBO)
03. Broad City (Comedy Central)
04. Last Week Tonight (HBO)
05. Fleabag (Amazon)
06. Documentary Now! (IFC)
07. Joe Pera Talks to You (Adult Swim)
08. Barry (HBO)
09. Sex Education (Netflix)
10. Chernobyl (HBO)
11. Desus and Mero (Showtime)
12. When They See Us (Netflix)
13. Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
14. Shrill (Hulu)
15. Jeopardy (ABC)

🚶‍♂️💨 (Eric H.), Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:15 (two weeks ago) link

My actual ballot:

1. Mindhunter
2. Killing Eve
3. Russian Doll
4. Stranger Things

I should have put True Detective second, though. The truth is, I wanted to participate and gave votes to things I had mixed feelings about--Killing Eve's second season wasn't as good as the first, I wasn't as big on Russian Doll as most everyone else, and Stranger Things left off as a real mess. Mindhunter and True Detective were the only things I liked almost without reservation. As you might guess, I haven't seen more than 90% of what made the final list--haven't even heard of at least half.

clemenza, Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:17 (two weeks ago) link

My ballot:

1. 63 Up
2. Russian Doll
3. I Think You Should Leave
4. Kingdom

but somehow I missed that Watchmen was nommed and that would have been my actual #4 over Kingdom.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

I think it would be funny if next time we did this we were allowed to pick 5 shows we hate to give -5 votes each.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:25 (two weeks ago) link

I like that idea

Thybulle on the Dash (Spottie), Saturday, 15 February 2020 19:10 (two weeks ago) link

i'd have to do research to figure out the most hateful shows -- like do I just look up horrible right wing people that have tv shows and just pick the 5 that seem to have the largest viewership?

sarahell, Saturday, 15 February 2020 19:36 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, i won't be doing that

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 15 February 2020 19:50 (two weeks ago) link

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Watchmen (HBO)
Fleabag (Amazon)
Barry (HBO)
BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
Tuca and Bertie (Netflix)
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
Last Week Tonight (HBO)
Undone (Amazon)

Better Things (FX)
Veep (HBO)
Back To Life (BBC, UK)
Lodge 49 (AMC)
The Mandalorian (Disney +)
Big Mouth (Netflix)
Dark (Netflix)
The Dragon Prince (Netflix)
The Expanse (Amazon)
Glow (Netflix)

Chernobyl (HBO)
Kingdom (Netflix)
The OA (Netflix)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
What We Do in Shadows (FX)

groovypanda, Saturday, 15 February 2020 20:18 (two weeks ago) link

Tim Rogers on Video Games
Succession (HBO)
I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (Netflix)
Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
Fleabag (Amazon)
Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
Chernobyl (HBO)
Barry (HBO)
Jeopardy (ABC)
High Maintenance (HBO)
Joe Pera Talks to You (Adult Swim)
On Cinema at the Cinema (Adult Swim)
Rhythm & Flow (Netflix)
Blown Away (Netflix)

disappointed no one else voted for tim rogers. admittedly it's a v niche thing, but he kinda verhoevens a shitty genre (nerd on youtube talking about video games or talking while playing video games) by having an impressive depth of knowledge about the industry thanks to his background and subtly connecting his personal life to the video game content in a way that builds into a scattered autobiographical body of work that can at times be hilarious and surprisingly moving. i'm fascinated his whole approach, but i can see that he may just come off as another annoying youtube guy, plus to get anything out of it you have to have a strong interest in the particular video games he's into and the time to wade into it.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 15 February 2020 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

i wanted to vote for schitt's creek and on cinema but couldn't in good conscience as i haven't watched the 2019 seasons yet

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 15 February 2020 21:58 (two weeks ago) link

I admittedly cheated by voting for Schitt's Creek before seeing the 2019 season but have seen it since voting and, if anything, love the show even more now. I refuse to feel guilty!

Sammo Hazuki's Tago Mago Cantina (Old Lunch), Saturday, 15 February 2020 22:14 (two weeks ago) link

xps I would have voted for Tim if I'd voted, but I've seen so little 2019 TV that I couldn't put together much of a ballot.

may the force leave us alone (zchyrs), Saturday, 15 February 2020 23:10 (two weeks ago) link

As I said on my ballot email, I should have nominated and voted for "2019 MLB regular season" and "2019 MLB postseason." I pretty much watched movies, baseball and soccer. But I voted anyway --

Barry (HBO)
High Maintenance (HBO)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
63 Up (ITV, UK)
Jeopardy (ABC)
The Boys (Amazon)
The Mandalorian (Disney +)

If I had it to do over again, I'd drop Mandalorian -- it really wasn't that good. And I'd switch Russian Doll and High Maintenance.

Miami weisse (WmC), Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:08 (one week ago) link

I probably should have put Tom rogers and ryukahr on my ballot but I am prejudiced

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:15 (one week ago) link

Hey all 14 shows I voted for showed up! guess I am pretty hivemindy. Though I did watch three episodes of Russian Doll when the thread was blowing up and really didn't care for it. I'm pretty sick of the Groundhog Day premise and I don't think I get Lyonne's shtick

Thanks for running the poll, poll runners!

Vinnie, Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:56 (one week ago) link

my ballot as submitted:
1-10
Steven Universe
Succession
Joe Pera Talks To You
Corporate
I Think You Should Leave
The Other Two
Schitt's Creek
Lodge 49
Killing Eve
Mindhunter

11-15
Derry Girls
Nailed It!
Great British Baking Show
Bosch
What We Do in the Shadows

if it was ranked, this would be the top tier:
Steven Universe
Succession
Joe Pera Talks To You
Corporate
I Think You Should Leave

and everything else would be below that, with the last few in the bottom tier

just realized The Other Two didn't make it. that's a funny show.

na (NA), Sunday, 16 February 2020 01:11 (one week ago) link

i didnt like/get into russian doll either, didnt like barry & didnt like s2 of fleabag o_o

my ballot

1. Succession
2. I think you should leave
3. Righteous Gemstones
4. Broad city
5. Desus & Mero
6. High Maintenance

johnny crunch, Sunday, 16 February 2020 01:15 (one week ago) link

xp forgot abt 'the other two' yea wouldve voted for that

johnny crunch, Sunday, 16 February 2020 01:16 (one week ago) link

Lodge 49 (AMC)  
Fleabag (Amazon)  
Mindhunter (Netflix)  
Succession (HBO) 
Too Old To Die Young (Amazon) 
Russian Doll (Netflix)  
Joe Pera Talks to You (Adult Swim)  
Corporate (Comedy Central)  
True Detective (HBO)  
On Cinema at the Cinema (Adult Swim)  
Righteous Gemstones (HBO)  
Veronica Mars (Hulu)
ContraPoints
Bon Appetit Channel  
I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)  
Jon Bois/SB Nation - Chart Party (2019 content incl. Saddest Punt, Bob Emergency)  
High Maintenance (HBO)  
Jett (Cinemax)  
Barry (HBO)  
Watchmen (HBO)

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Sunday, 16 February 2020 03:13 (one week ago) link

Meant to say, thanks forks and Moka for putting this together.

Miami weisse (WmC), Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:04 (one week ago) link

Will have to check out this Shadows thing then ty

― imago, Saturday, February 15, 2020 6:22 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Jamie Demitriou’s real and on screen sister Natasia is in What we do in the shadows as well and brilliant in both.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 16 February 2020 05:00 (one week ago) link

I did a bit of complaining about avoiding long rollouts and then completely missed the entire rollout of this :)

Delighted that Russian Doll won. One of the greatest TV experiences of my life.

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Sunday, 16 February 2020 14:53 (one week ago) link

Can't quite get my head around the idea there'll be another season. Felt the same way about the OA, and while this season of OA was *so* insane and nonsensical that I didn't feel moved to vote for it in this poll, I was all the same glad it existed and glad I watched it.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 16 February 2020 15:18 (one week ago) link

Genuinely curious to know if the detractors would be more or less put off by The OA based on how the season/series ended.

Sammo Hazuki's Tago Mago Cantina (Old Lunch), Sunday, 16 February 2020 15:24 (one week ago) link

Too Old To Die Young
Barry
Schitt's Creek
Mindhunter
The Expanse
Fleabag
Kingdom
Glow
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

These were not ranked but I think other than the somewhat spotty S2 of TMMM they all achieved what they set out to do pretty perfectly. If forced to pick a favorite it would be difficult, though Schitt’s Creek is probably the one I’d watch again most readily, and its avoidance of turning towards any darkness is pretty welcome. Also I think the most unexpectedly moved I’ve been this year was everything involving Stevie, cf her stage performance and her reaction to David’s “big news”.

omar little, Sunday, 16 February 2020 22:30 (one week ago) link

oops and Watchmen as well (id also say that was occasionally spotty but the heights were very high)

omar little, Sunday, 16 February 2020 22:31 (one week ago) link

Yes, watching both Stevie and David evolve from cynical and low-stakes (although deeply-amusing) partners-in-snark to people pushing through anxiety and fear to discover rich new chapters in their lives has been...hoo boy, emotionally-involving, to be sure.

Sammo Hazuki's Tago Mago Cantina (Old Lunch), Sunday, 16 February 2020 23:07 (one week ago) link

mine

1. Russian Doll
2. Fleabag
3. Catastrophe
4. Chernobyl
5. Euphoria
6. I Think You Should Leave
7. Sex Education
8. Repair Shop
9. When They See Us
10. Queer Eye

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Monday, 17 February 2020 00:36 (one week ago) link

my ballot

I Think You Should Leave
Succession
Lodge 49
Russian Doll
Fleabag
Bojack Horseman
Watchmen
Barry
The Good Place
What We Do In The Shadows
Tuca & Bertie
Catastrophe
Veep
Undone
Legion

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 17 February 2020 02:06 (one week ago) link

My ballot, roughly in order of preference:

Schitt's Creek
Joe Pera Talks to You
The OA
On Cinema at the Cinema
Russian Doll
Doom Patrol
Mindhunter
Mr. Robot
True Detective

Sammo Hazuki's Tago Mago Cantina (Old Lunch), Monday, 17 February 2020 03:42 (one week ago) link

My ballot:

1. Perpetual Grace, Ltd.
2. BoJack Horseman
3. Yorkshire Walks
4. On Cinema at the Cinema
5. Fleabag
6. Chernobyl
7. Gentleman Jack
8. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
9. This Time With Alan Partridge
10. Years & Years

Thanks so much to the poll-runners, and Moka for the friggin great images! I'm going to have to check out Russian Doll now.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 17 February 2020 08:10 (one week ago) link

My Ballot:

Money Heist
Dark
Fleabag
Russian Doll
What We Do in the Shadows
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
BoJack Horseman
Tuca and Bertie
Mindhunter
Black Spot
Stranger Things
Great British Baking Show

I'm astonished that there were no other votes for my #1, Money Heist. Maybe if it didn't have that stupid title, the original much better title is La Casa de Papel (The House of Paper), as the heist is set in the Royal Mint, where they take the workers hostage in order to print money. Not a grim & gritty gangland heist thing, it's a little bit more of a caper, and we're obviously meant to be on the side of the robbers although they do plenty of questionable things to make it quite morally ambiguous; the performances are great with plenty of strong female roles. So y'know, if you've seen everything else here, check it out.

Thanks to forks & moka!

Paperbag raita (ledge), Monday, 17 February 2020 08:49 (one week ago) link

Joe Pera Talks with You
Fleabag
Watchmen
Desus & Mero
Barry
Chernobyl
Last Week Tonight
Jeopardy!
Pen15
What We Do in the Shadows
Veep
The Mandalorian
Mindhunter
Documentary Now!
Brockmire
Broad City
Good Place

everything I voted for placed so I guess I’m a very simple man. Thanks so much to forks and moka, most enjoyable and joyful poll in recent memory!

Clay, Monday, 17 February 2020 08:51 (one week ago) link

xp Really enjoyed the first season of Money Heist but then they started to drag it out too much in S2 and gave up half way through S3 as it was just too ridiculous (even for a show that had already taken ridiculousness to an extremely high level)

groovypanda, Monday, 17 February 2020 09:29 (one week ago) link

yeah i wouldn't go to it for true crime vibes... i often get annoying by ridiculous plot turns in thrillers but i just thought this was lots of fun.

Paperbag raita (ledge), Monday, 17 February 2020 09:51 (one week ago) link

Stath Lets Flats
GeoWizard - Mission Across Wales
On Cinema at the Cinema
Kiwami Japan
Veep
Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey S2
BoJack Horseman
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020
I Did a Thing
Truthpoint
Jon Bois/SB Nation - Chart Party
Tantacrul on Music
Contrapoints
You Suck At Cooking
Jreg

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
South Park

Sex Education would have probably been my #1 or #2 if I'd seen it a week earlier.

If you like the Youtube stuff I managed to get into this poll, you should check out my unplaced selections. There's some good stuff in there, trust.

South Park included because the first 6 episodes of the recent season were brilliant. Episode 7 was a typically irritating piece of on-purpose disingenuous transphobia to put the PC babies' noses out of joint; consider me triggered enough to have not watched the rest of the season yet. I probably will. For all that they're occasionally revolting, Parker & Stone are operating at their peak around now

imago, Monday, 17 February 2020 10:06 (one week ago) link

a typically irritating piece of on-purpose disingenuous transphobia

uh yeah ... a reminder of why I don't watch South Park.

thanks to this poll, I started watching (lol) the HBO Watchmen ... whoa. I totally see why y'all voted for it.

sarahell, Monday, 17 February 2020 19:06 (one week ago) link

:(

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Monday, 17 February 2020 19:37 (one week ago) link

the show is good / messy in an interesting way -- would have been just as enjoyable (if not more so) if it was not Watchmen-branded

sarahell, Monday, 17 February 2020 19:51 (one week ago) link

Honorable mention acting award of the year goes to Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies. This season wasn't good enough to nom or vote for, and I'm fairly 'meh' on Streep in general but this was probably my favorite performance of hers. I was incessantly infuriated every time she was onscreen. A supercut of her scenes is highly recommended if you can find one. Also Laura Dern had a whole lot more to do this season and was v v good. If you're looking for high-quality performances in a show that doesn't quite gel or fully satisfy as a show, you could do worse, is what I'm saying here.

Sammo Hazuki's Tago Mago Cantina (Old Lunch), Monday, 17 February 2020 20:43 (one week ago) link

heh, that show is set where my family is from, and apparently is fairly "authentic" in terms of personality types, so I have been avoiding it, much the same way that my friends who work in tech don't watch Silicon Valley.

sarahell, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:21 (one week ago) link

any of you ever watch...

tientsin mystic
couples therapy
are you the one (season 8)?

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 01:46 (one week ago) link

(xpost) Damn, somehow I missed Big Little Lies, too. S2 wasn't as good as S1, but--mostly because of Streep--it would have been third on my list.

clemenza, Thursday, 20 February 2020 03:06 (one week ago) link


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