The Emmys were last night, so it’s a perfect time to prioritize your TV watching time! 2019 has been packed with amazing television – shows that made us think, laugh, and cry. We are serving up our list of the best TV shows of 2019 – and you won’t want to miss any of them.

Orange is The New Black

We love this show. And with this being the final season, we were sad to see it go. Orange is The New Black has given us so many emotional moments in the past 7 years, and the final season was no exception. Without writing any spoilers…the last season focused on a current political crisis and brought it close to our hearts. Thankfully, there was closure on all the outstanding storylines – and some really happy moments. Unfortunately, like life, some of our beloved characters didn’t fare so well.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Best TV Shows of 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale

If you’re not watching this show…the only question is – why not? Even though it seems like the plotline should be running thin by now, the Handmaid’s Tale continues to be one of the most shocking, heart aching and timely shows on television. Elizabeth Moss shines, as do so many other complex female characters (Serena, anyone?). We love to hate Joseph Fiennes as the obliviously horrible Commander Waterford, and Bradley Whitford…well, it’s complicated.

The Act

Another Hulu gem, the Act is a guilty pleasure that belongs right at the top of our list of best TV shows of 2019. The true story follows Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose Blanchard as they navigate two decades of welfare and medical fraud. Child abuse, matricide, S&M, it’s all there. And it’s a lot funnier than we’re making it sounds. Joey King (nominated for an Emmy) and Patricia Arquette (who won one) are incredibly transformed as mother and daughter. However, in our opinion, the best performance might come from Calum Worthy, who plays Gypsy’s boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn. He brings an extremely troubled young man to life on the screen. It’s trashy, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it!

Schitt’s Creek

Schitt’s Creek

If you’re still living under a rock, maybe you haven’t heard of Schitt’s Creek. For the rest of us, we know this indie surprise is hilarious, endearing and full on wonderful. Don’t worry if the first few episodes aren’t great, you’ll be hooked by episode 4. We are so charmed by each actor in the Rose family that we couldn’t possibly pick our favorites.

Veep

This long-running and consistently hilarious show closed out its seventh and final season with a bang. Julia Louis-Dreyfus still reigns as the queen of comedy. Flash forwards wrap up all of our favorite characters’ storylines nicely. A great end to a great show.

PEN15

Best TV Shows of 2019 - PEN15

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle in PEN15

When you try to describe this show, it sounds ridiculous. Two 30 year old actresses play 13 year olds and all the other characters are played by actual 13 year olds? But it works, and it’s HILARIOUS. It so accurately and sweetly depicts female friendship and adolescence. You truly have to watch it to understand. Pen15 will especially resonate for you if your were born in the mid-late 80s.

Big Little Lies

The first season was a tough act to follow, and we weren’t expecting much for the second season of BLL. After all, where could they go from there? But they brought in Meryl Streep and kept things compellingly human and real with Nicole Kidman’s storyline. Plus we finally get to see Ed (Adam Scott) grow a backbone!

Honorable Mentions:

Sex Education

Best TV Shows of 2019 - Sex Education

Sex Education – Netflix

Another coming of age comedy on Netflix – this time following teenage Otis – a nobody who becomes his classmates’ unofficial sex therapist. Gillian Anderson (I mean seriously, does this woman plan to age anytime soon?) plays his mother, also a sex therapist. The young cast shines, but the real reason to watch here is the incredible Ncuti Gatwa, who plays Otis’ best friend Eric. Struggling to pair his sexuality to his strict religious upbringing, Gatwa steals the show. His interactions with his on-screen father will have you reaching for the tissues.

Shrill

We loved this book, and anything Lindy West writes. The show takes on a life of its own and Aidy Bryant is fantastic as a young woman navigating friendships, work and non-committal lovers. It’s all so relatable, and made even better by the fact that our protagonist is complex, selfish, imperfect. The first season was short – and left us eagerly waiting for season 2.

In conclusion, that’s our list of the best TV shows of 2019.  Here’s hoping your house is a cozy place to watch them all. If you’re looking to move to any neighborhood in New York City and beyond, look no further than NYC’s top-rated moving company – Stride Movers. We are committed to excellence and customer satisfaction. It would be our pleasure to be the movers on your next relocation. Get a free quote now.