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The Saddest TV Shows In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated June 16, 2020 2.1k votes 661 voters 17k views 26 items

List Rules The television series airing new episodes during the 2019 calendar year kept the tears coming.

UPDATE: Check out the saddest shows of 2020 here!

I’m not crying, you’re crying! The saddest new TV shows should come with a warning to buy extra Kleenex. If you’re ever in the mood for a serious ugly cry, or just need to get in touch with your emotions, the saddest shows of 2019 are the perfect place to start.

The weepy drama This Is Us is not just a sad show - but it also happens to be one of the most narratively innovative series on television. Of course, current dramas like A Million Little Things and Grey’s Anatomy (a show where basically everyone dies) are specifically designed to make a person sob like a baby without a binkie.

But there are several current sneaky shows that one would not think of in the traditional of sense of “sad.” For example, if you don’t believe that the animated series BoJack Horseman can induce Niagara Falls-level tears, you better think again.

It’s okay to cry. Once you wipe away the tears, vote up your favorite current sad TV shows.

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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Animation

BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014) is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) was the star of the hit television show "Horsin' Around" ...more
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A group of young doctors faces the pressure that comes from practicing medicine in a ...more
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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the ...more
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

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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A Million Little Things ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco

Genres (Tv): Drama

Check out other shows like A Million Little Things.

A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by D. J. Nash. A group of friends intertwined in each other's lives all realize they need to start ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

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 Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more
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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more
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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Laura Main

Genres (Tv): Drama

Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The lives of a group of midwives living in East London are documented in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.
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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes ...more
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The Affair is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Affair (2014, Showtime) is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah ...more
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

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

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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

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

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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Pose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter

Genres (Tv): Dance, Drama, Musical

Pose (FX, 2018) is an American dance drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals. Set in the 1980s, the show explores the juxtaposition of several segments of ...more
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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott

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
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You're the Worst is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Black comedy

You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Falk. Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Los ...more
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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

Transparent (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jill Soloway. A Los Angeles family discovers that the person they knew as their father, Mort (Jeffrey ...more
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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more
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Divorce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Divorce (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy series created by Sharon Horgan. Married couple Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) goes through a long drawn-out divorce ...more
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Vida is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Saddest TV Shows In 2019
Melissa Barrera, Mishel Prada, Ser Anzoategui

Genres (Tv): Drama

Vida (Starz, 2018) is an American drama television series based on the short story Pour Vida by Richard Villegas Jr. When their mother dies, two very different sisters Emma (Mishel Prada) and ...more