I hate lists. Here’s my list of the best TV of 2019.

It’s early December, which means it’s List Season, my least favorite time of the year to be someone who writes about TV. Because I HATE LISTS, Y’ALL. I hate making a list and then realizing I left shows I really liked off the list and then second-guessing the shows I did include on the list and long story short, I’m sorry to Shrill, PEN15, Evil, BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie, Broad City, Stumptown, Killing Eve, OH MY GOD, I FORGOT COUNTRY MUSIC, DAMMIT, and even The Walking Dead (but only kinda — while I don’t think that it was great, I do feel like it deserves a lot of credit for turning things around) and God only knows what else. Anyway, here’s the top 25 I settled on and have to live with, if you’re interested. Feel free to yell at me that I’m wrong, I can take it.

Here we go again: according to this Express story, George R.R. Martin has hinted that Winds of Winter will be done by the summer. Now, after a cursory search, I can’t find the original blog entry that is being referenced in this piece, so take all of this with a grain of salt.

Another day, another breathless GAME OF THRONES DELETED SCENES REVEAL!! story, this time about the fate of one female character. But before you click on the link, ask yourself, “Have I even heard of Alys Karstark and do I actually care what happened to her?”

Oh, Evan Bass of Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise “fame.” I mean, honestly, is there anything lower than being a boner pill huckster?

Bloomberg News has been banned from all Trump campaign events. It’s an interesting conundrum that Michael Bloomberg has created by running for office. Stay tuned.

Apparently, people care about Justin Hartley’s divorce. But why?

Bryce Dallas Howard’s kids — ages 6 and 11 — knew about Baby Yoda FOR A YEAR and never told their friends. That is just fucking amazing.

Because there are literally no other TV stories out there, more on the America’s Got Talent mess. Howard Stern, of all people, defended Gabrielle Union, by pointing out the obvious: that Cowell keeps replacing the female judges while the men get to stay around. Time’s Up has also spoken out for Union, insisting that NBCUniversal has “a lot of work to do.”

I used to work in book publishing and one of my jobs was to go through what is called the “slush pile” — manuscripts that are just sent in cold from people who don’t have agents — and read them (or “read” them) and then draft rejection letters and send them back. I wish I had been as blunt as Stevie Nick’s manager back then:


  • Schooled has been picked up for a full season at ABC.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Awkwafina is Nora from Queens will debut on Comedy Central on January 22.
  • The Magicians will debut on Syfy on January 15.
  • Messiah will debut on Netflix on January 1.


Lil’ Bub, Cat

Joe Smith, Record executive

Cha In-Ha, Korean actor


One Day at Disney: A documentary series about what it’s like to work at the Walt Disney company. Disney+

Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special: Brad Paisley gets his own variety special, because why not. Celebrity Guests Include Kelsea Ballerini, Hootie & The Blowfish, Jonas Brothers, Chris Harrison, Peyton Manning, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, and Carrie Underwood. 7 p.m., ABC

How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming: “Hiccup and Toothless share stories of their special relationship with their respective families as they prepare for the Snoggletog Festival.” I’m sure that means something to those of you more familiar with the How to Tame Your Dragon universe. 7:30 p.m., NBC

CMA Country Christmas: Trisha Yearwood hosts. Performers include Kristin Chenoweth, for KING & COUNTRY, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young, and Chris Young. 8 p.m., ABC

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah: Premiere of the comedy special. Netflix

Arrow: The Crisis looms in the fall finale. 8 p.m., The CW

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: This is for my Houston readers — our local superstar chef, Chris Shepherd, will be on the show tonight. He’ll be making his Korean goat dumplings. Related: If you’ve never had his Korean goat dumplings, get thee to Hay Merchant immediately and order some. Thank me later. 10:30 p.m., ABC

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Delaney, Felicity Jones, Tomi Adeyemi, Burna Boy
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Henry Cavill, Chris Shepherd, Beck
  • The Daily Show: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Conan: Jay Baruchel, Garrett Millerick
  • Lights Out with David Spade: Rob Lowe, Dusty Slay, Annie Lederman
  • Watch What Happens Live: Elizabeth Perkins, Kelly Dodd


TUES. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special
CMA Country Christmas
NCIS: New Orleans
CW The Flash
FOX The Resident
NBC How the Grinch Stole Christmas How to Train Your Dragon: Home-coming
The Voice
Making It

2 thoughts on “I hate lists. Here’s my list of the best TV of 2019.

  1. Regarding Ali Wong’s deal for two more stand-up specials, I was going to ask, “Does this mean … ?” No, bad joke.

    I’m a little surprised about the apology for Stumptown not making the List, because in my opinion the quality has dropped. Maybe feel sorry for skipping Evil instead.

    1. Evil was on the list of shows I regret not adding, just lumped in there early. I actually enjoy Evil more than any other new network series. I really went back and forth about including it.


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