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The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated August 4, 2020 59.1k votes 6.7k voters 134.8k views 152 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

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Mystery, Fantasy

Season 4

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...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

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

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

Season 6

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, 2013) is an American police procedural comedy television series created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD ...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

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

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

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

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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Fantasy comedy

Season 4 (final season)

The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy-comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) and three other individuals (William Jackson Harper, ...more

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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

Genres (Tv): Drama, Spy thriller

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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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

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 Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period drama

Season 3

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. A 1960s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) discovers she has a ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Season 3

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events ...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, Mystery, Adventure

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, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Season 7 (final season)

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan, based on the memoir by Piper Kerman. Convicted of a decade old crime of ...more

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

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 intertwine, from sharing the same ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

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) 18 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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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

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

Season 11 (final season)

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...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

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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows That Returned In 2019
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant

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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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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season 3

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