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The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars 

Molly Gander
Updated January 31, 2020 1.3k votes 161 voters 4k 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)

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC Two

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)

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 3 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)

Network: Netflix

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
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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)

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: BBC One, FX

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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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 5 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 (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more
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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: William H. Macy (Fargo, Wild Hogs)

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more
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Miracle Workers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Fargo)

Network: TBS

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Miracle Workers (TBS, 2019) is an American comedy television series, based on the novel What in God's Name by Simon Rich. The show follows Craig (Daniel Radcliffe), a low-level angel responsible ...more
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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Ellen Page (Juno, Inception)

Network: Netflix

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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Barry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Barry Movie Star: Bill Hader (Superbad, Trainwreck)

Network: HBO

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
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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Claire Foy (First Man, The Girl in the Spider's Web)

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Green Book)

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

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) 12 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop, Suicide Squad)

Network: Netflix

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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The Righteous Gemstones ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Argo)

Network: HBO

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
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Living With Yourself is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Paul Rudd (Clueless, Ant-Man)

Network: Netflix

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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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 15 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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I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 16 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 a six-episode limited television series directed by Patty Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney, and Carl Franklin. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black ...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)

Network: DC Universe

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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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Jessica Biel (Blade: Trinity, The Illusionist)

Network: USA

Genres (Tv): Drama, Anthology

The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young ...more
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On Becoming a God in Cen... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Kirsten Dunst (Midnight Special, Melancholia)

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Dark comedy

On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime, 2019) is an American dark comedy television series. Krystal Gill (Kirsten Dunst) is a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who schemes her way ...more
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Perfect Harmony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Bradley Whitford (Get Out, Saving Mr. Banks)

Network: NBC

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
21
Billions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Mr. Banks)

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama

Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod ...more
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The Loudest Voice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Stars: Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Miniseries, Political drama

The Loudest Voice (Showtime, 2019) is an American drama television miniseries, based on the book The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman. The show tells the story of Roger Ailes who ...more
23
The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Dakota Fanning (Man on Fire, War of the Worlds)

Network: TNT

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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Catherine the Great is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Helen Mirren Helen Mirren (The Queen, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Red)

Network: Sky Atlantic, HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama

Catherine the Great (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2019) is a British-American television miniseries following the life of Catherine The Great.
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Turn Up Charlie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2019 TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Movie Star: Idris Elba (Thor, The Dark Tower)

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Turn Up Charlie (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Idris Elba and Gary Reich. Charlie (Idris Elba) is a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, given a final chance ...more