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The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars 

Molly Gander
Updated January 31, 2020 1.4k votes 170 voters 4.6k views 45 items

List Rules Vote up the best scripted, non-reality, shows on television in 2019 that star movie stars.

UPDATED: Check out the best shows starring movie stars in 2020!

The lines between movie stars and television stars are blurrier than ever before. Decades ago, actors would start out on TV and gradually work their way up to starring in movies. After the start of the golden age of television, numerous movie stars flocked to television series to be part of a premier movement. There are numerous TV shows starring movie stars, and chances are good you have seen at least a couple of them over the years.

Julia Roberts is one of the biggest actresses in the world, but she recently made the jump to the small screen with an incredible performance in Homecoming. Steve Buscemi has starred in many classic films, and in 2019, he portrayed God in the series The Miracle Workers on TBS. This is only the tip of the star-studded iceberg. Regardless of whether you still tune in to cable shows or only watch Netflix original series, you are bound to watch a series starring your favorite movie actor. 

The following list contains TV shows that will air new episodes in 2019. All of them star at least one famous movie actor. Vote on your favorites to let everyone know what they should be watching this upcoming year. 

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Batman Begins)

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period Drama

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands)

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

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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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Drew Barrymore (Never Been Kissed, 50 First Dates)

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Santa Clarita Diet (Netfklix, 2017) is an American comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa ...more
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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises)

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Ellen Page (Juno, Inception)

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Man Of Steel)

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, ...more
7
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: William H. Macy (Fargo, Wild Hogs)

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...more
8
Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada, The Post)

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Claire Foy (First Man, The Girl in the Spider's Web)

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

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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Miracle Workers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Fargo)

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Miracle Workers (TBS, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Simon Rich, and based on the novel What in God's Name by Simon Rich. The show follows Craig (Daniel Radcliffe), a ...more
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Barry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Barry Movie Star: Bill Hader (Superbad, Trainwreck)

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an ...more
12
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Green Book)

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop, Suicide Squad)

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more
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I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman)

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery

I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is an American limited television series created by Sam Sheridan. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in ...more
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Billions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Mr. Banks)

Genres (Tv): Drama

Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, loosely based on the legal battles between Preet Bharara and ...more
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The Righteous Gemstones ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Argo)

Genres (Tv): Comedy

The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Danny McBride. A world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable ...more
17
Doom Patrol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, George of the Jungle)

Genres (Tv): Action, Adventure, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Science fiction, + more

Doom Patrol (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series based on the DC Comics superhero team. Led by Dr. Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), the Doom Patrol – ...more
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Living With Yourself is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Paul Rudd (Clueless, Ant-Man)

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Science Fiction

Living With Yourself (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Timothy Greenberg. George Elliot (Paul Rudd) is burned out and undergoes an experimental treatment to ...more
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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Dakota Fanning (Man on Fire, War of the Worlds)

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary Fukunaga, based on the novel by Caleb Carr. Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl) and newspaper ...more
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Carnival Row is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Orlando Bloom (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Neo-noir

Carnival Row (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American neo-noir fantasy web television series created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham. As a serial killer preys on mystical creatures in a ...more
21
The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Jessica Biel (Blade: Trinity, The Illusionist)

Genres (Tv): Drama, Anthology

The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds, based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr. Police detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) investigates ...more
22
Perfect Harmony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Bradley Whitford (Get Out, Saving Mr. Banks)

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Perfect Harmony (NBC, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran (Bradley Whitford) unexpectedly finds himself the director of small-town ...more
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On Becoming a God in Cen... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Kirsten Dunst (Midnight Special, Melancholia)

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Dark comedy

On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime, 2019) is an American dark comedy television series created by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky. Krystal Gill (Kirsten Dunst) is a minimum-wage-earning ...more
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The Loudest Voice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Stars: Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller

Genres (Tv): Drama, Miniseries, Political drama

The Loudest Voice (Showtime, 2019) is an American drama television miniseries, based on the 2014 book by Gabriel Sherman. The rise and downfall of Roger Ailes (Russell Crowe), the man who made ...more
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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation, Miss Bala)

Genres (Tv): Comedy drama, Telenovela, Satire

Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more