Until some overly ambitious tech company cracks a secret formula, figuring out what audiences are going to like is always going to have an air of impossibility. With the inundation of new series arriving every month — even in the holiday/vacation doldrums — there’s always an allure of the new. Shows with the richest of pedigrees, the slam-dunk, can’t-miss attention grabbers sometimes fall from the public consciousness before they’ve had a chance to find an audience.
So any time a show can sustain itself beyond its premiere week, it’s something of a miracle. As part of our ongoing hike back through the year in TV, we thought it would be worth noting the best of the shows that made their debut in 2019 and couldn’t be forgotten. Some didn’t quite have the fanfare that others did (and one is still ongoing).
Some were canceled far before they should have, while others will live on to figure out how to maintain what they’ve already established. There are absurdist doses of the surreal, there are breathtaking bursts of unfiltered human emotion, and there are stories that exist outside of what the TV world has tacitly declared as normal.
All of them are worth remembering.