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The Saddest TV Shows In 2019

Updated June 16, 2020 3.4k votes 745 voters 19.3k 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 Horseman
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    This Is Us
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    87

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Grey's Anatomy
    222
    135

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    13 Reasons Why
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    202

    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

    13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    A Million Little Things
    61
    49

    A Million Little Things

    David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 6
    The Handmaid's Tale
    62
    55

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The Walking Dead
    83
    93

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

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

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Black Mirror
    73
    81

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    How to Get Away with Murder
    50
    55

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Game of Thrones
    86
    104

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    45
    52

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Chernobyl
    10
    4

    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Stranger Things
    91
    118

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Call The Midwife
    30
    35

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Criminal Minds
    38
    53

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Affair
    29
    41

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Westworld
    36
    51

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Doctor Who
    37
    55

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Pose
    18
    38

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    The Sinner
    13
    37

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    You're the Worst
    12
    39

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Vida
    10
    37

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Transparent
    9
    34

    Transparent

    Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy

    Transparent (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jill... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Chi
    8
    34

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Undone
    4
    22

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button