Top 77 Television and Streaming Video Series of 2019

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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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

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

johnny crunch, Sunday, 16 February 2020 01:16 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

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

Miami weisse (WmC), Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:04 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

:(

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

Almost done w Too old to die young. It’s very good... possibly even better than twin peaks... well it makes more sense anyway lol

Bstep, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 23:09 (six months ago) link

Discovering Ainori from this poll and it is INCREDIBLE thanks everyone!

boxedjoy, Friday, 6 March 2020 08:21 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

watched chernobyl, fuck wildly good; it was written on a scene-to-scene level impeccably

johnny crunch, Monday, 23 March 2020 13:14 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Let the party begin. A new season of Tuca and Bertie is coming to Adult Swim in 2021. @aliwong @TiffanyHaddish @lisadraws pic.twitter.com/dmR9yUaTMz

— adultswim (@adultswim) May 22, 2020

some good news!

sleight return (voodoo chili), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:51 (three months ago) link

Excellent news

groovypanda, Friday, 22 May 2020 17:37 (three months ago) link

v positive

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 22 May 2020 21:34 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Sad ending to the Terrace House saga, didn't know about this
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/arts/television/terrace-house-suicide.html

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 July 2020 20:12 (two months ago) link

has been one of the biggest stories in the pro wrestling world this year, which is saying something. she had a very bright future, was one of the first women to perform at the january 4 tokyo dome show, the biggest annual event in japanese wrestling.

the one thing that stuck out to me before 'the truth' came out was how much faith TH fans seemed to have that the show was more authentic, less scripted than american reality TV. like maybe it's presented with more subtlety and ridiculous camera cuts so people assume it's more documentary-like, and general weebishness drives american fans to think japanese products don't lie like the american ones do

i checked in on the TH subreddit a lot after it happened and while there weren't any "she deserved to die" posts there was a massive amount of "[i wasn't the biggest fan of her]/[she was in the wrong in the laundry incident]/[she should've behaved better]... but she didn't deserve the abuse." like it's still reality tv, it's still bullshit, it shouldn't take someone dying for people to learn it's a presentation and shouldn't be taken at face value. dumbass wrestling fans seemed to get that immediately.

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Monday, 20 July 2020 20:48 (two months ago) link

*less ridiculous camera cuts, ykwim

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Monday, 20 July 2020 20:49 (two months ago) link

*.....fewer

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Monday, 20 July 2020 20:49 (two months ago) link


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