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The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated January 10, 2020 58.3k votes 6.4k voters 133k views 151 items

List Rules Only returning shows premiering new episodes in 2019.

UPDATED: Check out The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020!

The best TV shows returning in 2019 are a mix of long-awaited series finales, canceled shows that have been renewed, and Emmy-nominated shows. Which 2019 returning shows are you most looking forward to? 

The most anticipated 2019 season premieres include Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, True Detective, Veep, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Many favorite shows will be returning in the fall, such as American Horror Story, Riverdale, and the final season of Arrow.

Vote up the 2019 returning shows you're most excited to watch, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list. Then, check out the best shows on TV right now and learn what shows are returning in 2020.

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: Netflix, Fox

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

Season 4

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

Season 3

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

Season 6

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in ...more

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Season 3

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more

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#29 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #156 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters on Ozark, Ranked

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC Two

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period Drama

Season 5

Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more

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#27 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #87 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters On 'Peaky Blinders'

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

Season 3

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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#31 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #15 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters on Westworld, Ranked

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Season 2

Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more

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#443 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #1,993 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time The Best Characters On 'Big Little Lies', Ranked

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

Season 3

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Fantasy

Season 4 (final season)

The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When ...more

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#219 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #189 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters on The Good Place, Ranked

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Network: BBC America

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season 2

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more

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#315 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #43 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows The Best Characters On 'Killing Eve', Ranked

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

Season 3

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Season 3

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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#264 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #176 of 217 The TV Shows with the Best Writing Princess Alice of Battenberg's Real Life Was Even More Dramatic Than What You Saw On 'The Crown'

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period drama

Season 3

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife in the 1950s who ...more

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi

Season 2

Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
mrlittletibbler added Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Season 7 (final season)

Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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#9 of 265 The Best Female-Led TV Shows #3 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Action, Superhero, Crime drama, Conspiracy thriller

Season 2

Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more

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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

Season 2

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

Season 4

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more

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#108 of 156 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans #1,769 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time The Best Characters on This Is Us, Ranked

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

Season 11 (final season)

Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery

Season 7

Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more

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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural drama

Season 2

Legacies (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Julie Plec, and a spinoff of The Originals. Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a tribrid daughter of a ...more
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Season 7

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Young Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Young Sheldon Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 3

Young Sheldon (CBS, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro. The series is a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory and serves as a prequel to that series, following the ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

Season 4

The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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New Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery

Genres (Tv): Medical drama

Season 2

New Amsterdam (NBC, 2018) is an American medical drama television series developed by David Schulner. A new medical director (Ryan Eggold) is hired to run one of the most prominent hospitals in ...more

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