Online streaming services such as Netflix and Stan have completely changed the way people watch TV shows. There appears to be a shift happening in the entertainment industry, with viewers being more interested in watching big budget TV shows rather than big budget movies.
Streaming services have made it much easier to get access to a variety of different shows, so there is bound to be something that appeals to you. Due to this, many people find themselves eagerly awaiting the next installment of their favourite program.
Netflix in particular has paid attention to this and has started releasing the every episode of a show at once, rather than making viewers wait to watch it week by week. This has made it easier than ever for people to get sucked into their favourite shows and essentially binge watch every episode in one sitting.
The big TV networks appear to have picked up the demand for big budget shows, and seem eager to deliver. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there is a huge range of TV series to watch in 2019.
If you don’t know where to begin, keep reading to find out some of the best TV series to watch in 2019.
Game of Thrones season eight
It is impossible to talk about TV series to watch without mentioning Game of Thrones. The show was an immediate hit when it first aired in 2011 and has become a worldwide phenomenon.
The pop culture favourite has captivated viewers over seven epic seasons and is set to come to an intense conclusion later on in the year. Game of Thrones pulls viewers into the fantastical world of dragons and white walkers and has twists that no one could see coming.
The final season is set to have six movie length episodes and promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. If you are a fan of the show, this is something you simply cannot miss in 2019. For those of you that still haven’t watched the series, there is still plenty of time to stream all the previous episodes before season eight airs in April!
The War of the Worlds
One of the most anticipated English TV dramas to watch is none other than The War of the Worlds. The show was announced in 2017, began filming in 2018 and is set to be released sometime in 2019, although an exact air date is yet to be announced.
The show is based on the infamous HG Wells si-fi novel that sparked mass panic during its radio broadcast eighty years ago. Whilst we now know that the world is not actually ending, and the work is purely fiction, the show is set to be intense.
The War of the Worlds TV series is based on the novel of the same name and follows the lives of people as they try to survive an alien invasion. This is the first time that the iconic work of fiction has been turned into a TV series to watch, and it has been announced that it will be a three part mini-series on the BBC.
If you are a fan of si-fi or are simply looking for an intense mini-series to watch, The War of the Worlds is something you can’t miss.
Stranger Things series three
Netflix original Stranger Things was an instant favourite among viewers and is now prominent in pop culture. It was common knowledge that season three was a definite before season two had even finished. Fans simply can’t get enough of the series. It appears that Netflix is happy to indulge them by continuing the story.
It has been a while since season two, which aired in 2017, but it has recently been announced that season three will be back on our screens on the 4th July 2019.
Although the creators of the show have not revealed much about the newest season, they are claiming that “It will be worth the wait.” Producer Shawn Levy has also said that “cinematically, it’s our biggest season yet”.
One of the lesser known releases for 2019 is Amazon Prime’s Good Omens. The program is baes on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch”. The show is said to be closely linked to the original novel and the script was written by Gaiman.
The plot follows a demon named Crowley and an angel Aziraphale who live on earth and seek to prevent the coming of the antichrist and the final battle between Heaven and Hell.
It has been revealed that Good Omens will be a six part series and will be released at the end of May 2019. If you are a fan of binge watching, this could be for you as Amazon Prime has announced that all six episodes will be released at once.
The show is said to have an all-star cast including actors such as David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jack Whitehall and Miranda Richardson.
Westworld season three
Another huge si-fi drama has been announced to be coming back for a third season. As viewers will know, the show is set sometime in the future, although no exact date is given. The premise is based around a theme park in which guests can live out their wildest fantasies and desires; the park is filled with advanced artificial intelligence known as “hosts”.
Westworld is known for its complex and confusing plotline that leaves viewers with questions at the end of every episode. Whilst many fans believed the show to be over after season two, HBO have surprised everyone by announcing a third season.
Although fans were hoping for the third season to be released in 2019, recent news has emerged stating that filming will not finish until October 2019. This means that viewers will probably have to wait until mid-2020 before finding out the fate of the characters.
This may not be a TV series you can watch in 2019, but the newest season is in the works and it is certainly something to start getting excited about!
Rick and Morty season four
Arguably one of the most popular cartoon duos is Rick and Morty. This is another TV series to watch if you are a fan of pop culture and are hoping for a laugh.
If you haven’t heard of the popular cartoon that is aimed at adults, the show follows Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith as they interdimensional travel, visit bizarre planets and get into some awkward situations. It’s no stretch to say that the show is one of the funniest on our screens at the moment. So it should come as no surprise that fans are desperate for the newest season to air.
It has been a while since a new episode of Rick and Morty has graced our TV screens. Season three ended in October 2017, with it being announced that Adult Swim ordered 70 more Rick and Morty episodes in 2018.
While there is still no solid release date for season four series co- creator Justin Roiland recently tweeted “The new Rick and Morty episodes are feeling preeeetty great”. Optimistic fans are hoping that this means the episodes are complete and will be airing soon.
Despite no set release date, this is a TV show to look out for in 2019! Luckily Netflix still have every episode of seasons one, two and three to keep you entertained until season four drops.
If you are searching for a documentary to watch in 2019, look no further than Netflix’s answer to Planet Earth. Our Planet is an incredible series that showcases the natural beauty of the world. The show also examines how climate change impacts all living creatures. Similar to Planet Earth, Our Planet will be narrated by David Attenborough.
Netflix has announced that the show will be released on 5th April 2019 and will be composed of eight episodes. Fans can expect incredible cinematography and the soothing and knowledgeable voice of Attenborough from Our Planet. This is certainly one of the top TV shows to watch in 2019.
Black Mirror season five
Black Mirror captivated viewers in its previous series by pushing boundaries and exploring intense and sensitive topics. Fans of the show will remember the most recent creation by Charlie Brooker and longtime collaborator Annabel Jones. Bandersnatch wowed viewers with its never before seen interactive experience; it’s safe to say that viewers were left wanting more!
It appears that creators are not planning on stopping anytime soon and it has been officially announced that there will be a Black Mirror season five released in 2019.
The creators of the show are being quite secretive about what they have in store for season five, but Brooker stated that season five will contain “a mix” of the shows trademark nihilistic tone and some slightly lighter episodes.
Game of Thrones may be coming to an end, but viewers can sleep easy knowing that George RR Martin has a new TV series to watch on Syfy and Netflix. Although written by the same author, the two shows could not be more different. Nightflyers is a horror si-fi series based on Martin’s novel of the same name. The author claims that the show is “Psycho in Space”.
The story is set in 2093 on the eve of the Earth’s destruction. The show follows a group of scientists who set out on the most advanced ship in the Galaxy to find alien lifeforms who have the knowledge needed to save the Earth and humankind. However, things don’t go according to plan, Netflix states “as they journey deeper into the unknown, more and more mysterious and destructive incidents begin to threaten the mission and the lives of crew”.
Actor Eoin Macken claims that the show is “like a dark, crazy, twisted, psychological horror journey into space,” he goes on to say that “I like the idea how it’s airing on Netflix, because you get to binge-watch it and I think it’s that type of show,”
Although the show has already aired on Syfy in the US, viewers from around the world will have to wait for a little bit longer before it is released on Netflix. Whilst there is no official Netflix release date yet, it has been confirmed that the show will air sometime in 2019.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season two
Netflix surprised everyone last year when it released a revamped and darker remake of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Despite this being a surprising and unusual remake, it was an instant favourite and was particularly popular with fans of Riverdale.
Season two has again been written by Riverdale show runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is set to see Sabrina get into more trouble and have an even darker undertone. Although there is a teaser trailer for season two, not much has been revealed. But fans can expect to see Sabrina get to grips with being a witch in Greendale. Show runners have stated that fans can expect season two to be “a bit more magical – and a lot sexier”.
Fans won’t have to wait much longer to find out what happens in the magical world of Sabrina, as season two will be released globally on Netflix on 5th April 2019.
Rebecca is a writer and an editor at ‘Best in Australia‘ who has written on a range of topics. She is enthusiastic and passionate with an interest in food, health, entertainment and politics. She is the editor responsible for our health section.