What a year we’ve had! Returning favorites like Stranger Things 3, the second season of Fleabag, Lucifer’s Netflix debut, and the end of Game of Thrones made a splash, but what about all of the fresh content that we met in 2019? In the past twelve months, we were introduced to numerous teen dramas, exciting action series, and Netflix dramedies one could binge in a day. And although not all of them left an impression, some new series made quite a name for themselves.
So, as we near the end of 2019, let’s reflect on the top 15 most-watched new series of the year!
15. Good Trouble
Fans of The Fosters started the year with this Freeform spin-off series. New beginnings were in store as Callie and Mariana moved to Los Angeles and faced the challenges and harsh realities of living on their own.
2019 continued to deliver Freeform spin-offs with Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. The crime thriller gave fans more secrets and lies, but unfortunately, wasn’t up to par. It was cancelled after one season!
13. Dead to Me
Christina Applegate’s return to television won big as the Netflix series combined grief with comedy and mystery, leading to one hell of a friendship.
Based on the YA novel of the same name, three teenage girls form an unlikely friendship at “Shoplifter’s Anonymous.” The series climbed onto our Binge Reports over the summer, and has been renewed for a second and final season!
11. The Order
Spring delivered a supernatural horror-comedy with werewolves, witches, and a secret society. Whether you loved or hated Season 1, The Order has the potential to become a future cult favorite.
10. Dr. Stone
Anime seems to be more popular than ever! After two students are literally petrified in stone for 3700 years they are eventually brought back to life and try to build a new civilization.
9. The Boys
The super vigilantes we needed to rescue us from the July heat! The summer debut of The Boys bumped this action-comedy into becoming one of the most-watched Amazon series in 2019.
8. Russian Doll
Natasha Lyonne took Groundhog Day to the next level in this Netflix dramedy, and gave us a memorable birthday greeting.
The breakout series of the summer! Zendaya’s performance as “Rue” and high school students navigating sex, drugs, trauma, and social media brought the heart-wrenching truth of today’s teenage experience to the small screen.
Adapted by the manga of the same name, a kindhearted boy’s life is changed after his family is slaughtered by a demon, and his sister is transformed into a demon herself. The emotional attachment fans felt toward the siblings made this one of the biggest anime hits of 2019.
Although sometimes hard to watch, TV Time users couldn’t look away! The historical drama of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster has earned the HBO mini-series “top mini-series of the year” in TV Time.
4. The Society
A modern-day Lord of the Flies … When a group of teens get trapped and have to survive on their own, the juicy mysteries and trauma screamed “binge-worthy.”.
Covering genres like sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, this NSFW collection of animated short stories had something for just about everyone. And to make things even weirder, Netflix released the anthology in four different episode orders; causing a stir amongst viewers.
February’s quirky comic-book-series-turned-Netflix-show breathed new life into television’s superhero genre. With a distinct visual style, eclectic soundtrack, (and even a talking chimp), this show gave fans one super dysfunctional family.
Everyone fell in love with Sex Education in January! The British teen dramedy charmed us with its young cast and cringe-worthy moments, but won viewers over with its diversity and heart … Not to mention X-Files queen, Gillian Anderson, plays the sex therapist mother! Luckily, fans don’t have to wait much longer for the show’s return: Season 2 arrives to Netflix on January 17, 2020.
What was your favorite show that debuted in 2019? Share them in the comments below!
*The "Most-Watched New Series of 2019" is based on episodes tracked in TV Time from 1/1/19-12/1/19.