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The Saddest TV Shows In 2019

Updated June 16, 2020 3.4k votes 780 voters 20.2k views26 items

List RulesThe 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 Horseman1
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    BoJack Horseman

    Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Animation

    BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014) is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael...  more
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Family drama

    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a...  more
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  • Grey's Anatomy3
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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by...  more
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  • 13 Reasons Why4
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    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery, Thriller

    13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American teen drama mystery series based on the 2007...  more
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  • A Million Little Things5
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    A Million Little Things

    David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by...  more
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  • The Handmaid's Tale6
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more
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  • The Walking Dead7
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

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

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more
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  • How to Get Away with Murder8
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    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Legal drama

    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series...  more
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  • Chernobyl9
    14
    7

    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by...  more
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  • Black Mirror10
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

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

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more
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  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit11
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

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

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime...  more
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  • Game of Thrones12
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

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

    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David...  more
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  • Stranger Things13
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

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

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
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  • Call The Midwife14
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    Call The Midwife

    Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The...  more
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  • The Affair15
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    The Affair

    Dominic West, Ruth Wilson

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Affair (2014, Showtime) is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and...  more
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  • Westworld16
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series...  more
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  • Criminal Minds17
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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series...  more
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  • Doctor Who18
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
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  • Pose19
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    Pose

    MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson

    Genres (Tv)Dance, Drama, Musical

    Pose (FX, 2018) is an American dance drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad...  more
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  • The Chi20
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    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A...  more
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  • The Sinner21
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    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Anthology

    The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds,...  more
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  • You're the Worst22
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    You're the Worst

    Chris Geere, Aya Cash

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

    You're the Worst (FXX, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen...  more
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  • Vida23
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    Vida

    Melissa Barrera, Mishel Prada

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Vida (Starz, 2018) is an American drama television series based on the short story Pour Vida...  more
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  • Transparent24
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    Transparent

    Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy

    Transparent (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jill...  more
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  • Undone25
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    Undone

    Rosa Salazar, Bob Odenkirk

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Animation, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Drama

    Undone (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American adult animation comedy-drama web television series...  more
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