Admittedly, since the introduction of multiple streaming services, we have been absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to top TV shows to stream. If we rewind to 2019, we will look back at an exceptional year for TV, as was Tiger Roll’s second consecutive win at the runners in the Grand National at Aintree. In this article, we will round up 5 of the best TV shows that came out in 2019.
Fleabag (season 2)
If you haven’t seen the first season of Fleabag, then where have you been? Do so now. Acclaimed comedian Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars in this captivating and hilarious series that is based on her 2013 one-woman show with the same name. It follows a witty and sharp woman with no filter, known as Fleabag. In the series, she navigates her life through tragedy, her dysfunctional family and love. The second season doubles down on the humour and the story telling. It is one of those rare cases in which the second series is better than the first. It is full of Fleabags’ signature forth wall breaks, side eyes and hot priests.
Years and years
Years and years is yet another BBC drama. This British mini-series revolves around the intergenerational Lyon family and focuses on the different issues they face. The show starts in 2019 as we know it and follows the family into the future of an unstable world. Although the show is fictional, there are some moments that feel as real as ever, which at times can be scary. It manages to capture our anxieties we have around politics, the economy and technology. The show stars Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson as an outspoken celebrity, turned political figure, whose controversial views start to divide the nation (sound familiar?). In this show, you will laugh, get angry and cry (especially in episode 4).
Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK
Sometimes it feels as if RuPaul’s Drag Race is less of a reality series and more of a million-dollar worldwide industry. It is surprising that RuPaul even has time to breath! Along with the original US Drag Race series, there is also a spinoff show called All Stars in which former competitors get to compete again for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. This time around, there is a fresh addition to the enterprise – Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. The UK version has the same exact premise as the original US series, in which numerous drag queens around the UK compete in a series of mini and maxi challenges that ultimately decide who is the winner. You will find some familiar faces within the judging panel in this version, such as RuPaul’s long time BFF and fan favourite Michelle Visage, as well as UK talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr plus British celebrities Maisie Williams, and even Ginger Spice herself, Gerri Halliwell. The UK version is much better, the queens are more relatable with a great sense of humour and surprisingly excellent Trump impressions.
Unbelievable starts off with a very hard to watch, gut wrenching first episode. The series follows a young girl named Marie through a rape and her difficult journey of having to tell the details of the event numerus times to authorities. Unfortunately, in her case, the officers simply don’t believe her. Based on a true story, this is one of the decade’s most powerful and greatest TV crime series. It brings to light the suffering of female victims and the importance of female detectives who ultimately play a vital role in the investigation. This series isn’t about capturing the bad guy so much as it is about the significance of truly listening to and understanding the victim.
What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows is a hilarious new TV adaption of the New Zealand faux documentary with the same name. It’s a mockumentary that follows four (very old) vampires and their adventures around Staten Island as they struggle to keep up with the everyday responsibilities and duties that comes with a modern lifestyle. It is wonderfully silly and incredibly enjoyable. The handheld camera aesthetic fits in seamlessly with the humour and it also has some of the greatest cameos from Tilda Swinton to Nick Kroll, definitely worth a watch.