The 25 best TV shows of 2019, from ‘Fleabag’ to ‘Stranger Things’ – USA TODAY

Stranger Things
After 2019, TV will never be the same.  This year, TV got bigger than we ever could have imagined back when there were only three channels. Over 500 scripted series premiered new episodes, two major new streaming services (Apple TV+ and Disney+) debuted, "Star Wars" and Meryl Streep came to TV and "Game of Thrones" ended with massive ratings but disappointed fans. And yet we still are mostly talking about where we'll be able to easily access reruns of "Friends."  But there were some really fantastic TV series we hope some of you managed to watch between all the Twitter reactions and marathons of Disney animated movies. And spoiler alert: "Thrones" and its terrible ending didn't make the cut.  You still have plenty of time before New Year's Day to catch up on USA TODAY's top 25 series of 2019. 25. 'You’ (Netflix) The soapy thriller starring Penn Badgley was a pleasant surprise in its original home on Lifetime, and became a sensation once it moved to Netflix, which will stream its second season Dec. 26. .


The second outing with self-aggrandizing stalker (and murderer) Joe is just as addictive as the first, if a little repetitive. But of all the current series that traffic in bad men doing bad things, “You” remains one of the few that asks interesting questions about its bad guy. 24. ‘Evil’ (CBS)  Akin to “The X-Files” for religion – in which a psychologist, a priest-in-training and a tech expert investigate claims of miracles and demonic possessions – "Evil" is a hard sell on paper,  but a surprisingly coherent and gripping series. Created by Robert and Michelle King (“The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight”),  it is thought-provoking as an investigation of organized, institutional religion and as a source of thrilling horror stories about exorcisms and evildoers. 23. ‘Living With Yourself’ (Netflix)  Paul Rudd is one of Hollywood’s most charming (and ageless) actors, and he does welcome double duty in this dark comedy about a man who ends up with a clone that is significantly better at living his life. Full of existential angst and pratfalls, the series neatly balances comedy and drama. It's also a great showcase for Irish actress Aisling Bea, who turns in a breakout performance that isn’t overshadowed by Rudd’s star power. 22. ‘Country Music’ ....

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