American Horror Story: 1984 keyart (FX)

(Photo by FX)

Fall 2019 TV Survey: 40 Most Anticipated Returning Shows

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

We first asked TV fans which returning fall TV shows they were most looking forward to, allowing them more than one vote to spread the love around.

American Horror Story took the top spot with 25% of the vote. No. 2, the second season of Mindhunter, which has already launched on Netflix, got 24.31% of the vote, besting The Good Place (23.7%) by a hair.

Read on to find out all of Rotten Tomatoes users’ most anticipated returning series.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

You: Season 2 (2019)
87%

#37
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Penn Badgley's perversely endearing serial stalker keeps looking for love in all the wrong places during a second season that maintains the subversive tension while adding some welcome variations on the series' formula.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: By focusing on its strong ensemble and the character moments fans have come to love, Runaways ends its three season run on an exciting -- and surprisingly introspective -- high note.

Riverdale: Season 4 (2019)
84%

#34
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#33
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

FBI: Season 2 (2019)

#32
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

The Expanse: Season 4 (2019)
100%

#31
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Smart and thrilling as ever, The Expanse's fourth season doesn't miss a beat, successfully navigating network changes without losing any of its rich character work or narrative complexities.

#30
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:
Directed By: John Wells

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:


Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Man in the High Castle finds something close to closure, wrapping up major threads to bring everything full circle in sufficiently dramatic fashion.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#23
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As visually spectacular as ever, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's witty banter flies with comedic fury -- but shallow social commentary and wandering storylines highlight the show's increasingly superficial tendencies.

#21
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#20
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

9-1-1: Season 3 (2019)
75%

#19
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#18
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though the strangeness of reality threatens to one-up it, Silicon Valley's final season is funny, fearless, and still playing by its own rules to the very end.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:


Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Always Sunny's provocative humor has lost some bite, but the patrons of Paddy's Pub ought to be pleased by the Gang's inability to cope with modernity -- and each other.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Arrow: Season 8 (2019)
95%

#12
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Oliver Queen's final adventure hits emotional peaks while spearheading the game-changing "Crisis on Infinite Earths," giving the Emerald Archer a rousing sendoff.

#11
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#10
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Rick and Morty's fourth season is both an exciting progression and a delightful return to form that proves more than worth the two-year wait.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Jack Ryan's second season is both more refined and more predictable, doubling down on its espionage set-pieces while toning down its titular character's moral complexities to create a more straight-forward spy show.

The Crown: Season 3 (2019)
90%

#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Olivia Colman shines, but as The Crown marches on in reliably luxurious fashion through time it finds space for the characters around her, providing ample opportunity for the appealing ensemble to gleam, too.

The Flash: Season 6 (2019)
85%

#7
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A few changes in front of and behind the camera allow TWD create space for compelling new stories and some seriously scary new adversaries.

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A heartfelt goodbye that leaves the door open, Modern Family's final season is a touching tribute to the show and a fitting enough farewell to one of TVs favorite families.

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: This Is Us reaffirms that it is more than just a mystery box in its fourth season, pressing on with some of its most central questions answered -- but its emotional power intact.

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A wild philosophical ride to the very end, The Good Place brings it home with a forking good final season.

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Mindhunter expands its narrative horizons without losing sight of the details that made its first season so rich, crafting a chilling second season that is as unsettling as it is utterly absorbing.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A near-perfect blend of slasher tropes and American Horror Story's trademark twists, 1984 is a bloody good time.

*No. 22 reflects write-in votes; a few of the top titles included The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselMr. Robot, Chicago P.D., A Million Little Things, and Blue Bloods. (Some titles confirmed return dates after our survey was conducted; others, like popular write-in Star Trek: Discovery, have yet to announce.)


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

Martial Arts international rt labs critics edition supernatural cancelled TV series revenge documentaries indiana jones biopic Reality Competition Hollywood Foreign Press Association Star Wars Marvel Television vs. remakes nfl Rocky Teen anthology Disney Channel french new zealand History Black History Month New York Comic Con women hollywood Prime Video trophy Best and Worst psycho HBO Rom-Com Image Comics monster movies Comic Book Bravo BET Awards animated hispanic Superheroe Sundance TV marvel cinematic universe Funimation Calendar Lifetime BET blaxploitation The CW suspense die hard VH1 streaming Apple slashers Paramount Plus FX Esquire franchise Certified Fresh San Diego Comic-Con FXX LGBT Cannes twilight Masterpiece cats AMC Plus mcc trailers sag awards Emmy Nominations superman Polls and Games zombies Sneak Peek TV movies versus universal monsters Spectrum Originals Quiz Super Bowl news thriller miniseries black Drama reboot Spike theme song what to watch dragons Amazon movies Disney+ Disney Plus Vudu casting LGBTQ SDCC fresh TV sequel A24 Best Actor natural history all-time Mary Poppins Returns space Disney sports 2019 Food Network psychological thriller 1990s unscripted transformers crime drama award winner dexter parents spy thriller TruTV Hulu based on movie spain new york target Trivia Syfy Film Festival debate period drama rt labs 72 Emmy Awards Mary poppins Crunchyroll Trophy Talk American Society of Cinematographers GIFs Acorn TV Warner Bros. crime thriller romantic comedy blockbusters E! 71st Emmy Awards TLC aliens Pop Opinion TCA Awards Musicals Brie Larson Universal Pictures Lucasfilm black comedy stoner Mary Tyler Moore E3 Sony Pictures Fargo james bond Shudder latino saw mutant godzilla Columbia Pictures know your critic Tomatazos ESPN Hallmark Christmas movies Winter TV talk show Watching Series canceled TV shows rotten movies we love discovery fast and furious king arthur WGN Crackle HBO Go criterion 94th Oscars summer TV Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Marvel Studios X-Men Heroines Nickelodeon 2018 MTV satire hidden camera movie lord of the rings TNT CNN 79th Golden Globes Awards Reality APB WarnerMedia foreign National Geographic Adult Swim golden globes TCA 2017 ABC Lionsgate dogs Red Carpet toy story comic book movie summer TV preview DC Universe Extras Video Games series italian Ellie Kemper Box Office Lifetime Christmas movies Photos dreamworks Biopics Instagram Live The Witch spider-man 24 frames olympics chucky Mystery 99% critic resources IFC kaiju comics Anna Paquin classics Animation ViacomCBS cancelled 93rd Oscars Focus Features australia hist rt archives Pet Sematary Oscar Emmys Christmas GoT A&E CMT YouTube Red cars Avengers sopranos VICE Trailer ratings Disney Plus comedies OneApp First Look 90s See It Skip It 007 TV One summer preview football Action Mudbound Winners DGA Endgame adventure streamig razzies obituary richard e. Grant 2016 laika south america jurassic park aapi disaster Tags: Comedy Thanksgiving scorecard Character Guide free movies 73rd Emmy Awards worst movies Television Critics Association Tumblr streaming movies DC streaming service YouTube Premium finale binge Star Trek cults Freeform critics scary movies comic book movies Kids & Family Hear Us Out Paramount Pictures GLAAD zero dark thirty ghosts TV Land Travel Channel halloween tv Stephen King Netflix First Reviews zombie MGM Fall TV documentary Premiere Dates dramedy screen actors guild wonder woman Pacific Islander Western diversity Pirates christmas movies Writers Guild of America indie Binge Guide Oscars President Hallmark young adult IMDb TV Comics on TV Paramount Creative Arts Emmys NYCC deadpool Best Director technology Grammys emmy awards boxing festival Wes Anderson Television Academy Sundance Now telelvision renewed TV shows RT21 SundanceTV nbcuniversal Tokyo Olympics japanese police drama CW Seed rotten live event cartoon screenings tv talk Rock new star wars movies live action adaptation cooking robots Rocketman The Walt Disney Company docuseries Interview 21st Century Fox HFPA 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards mob true crime cancelled television Showtime singing competition The Academy elevated horror doctor who Neflix docudrama game of thrones RT History Pixar Film pirates of the caribbean boxoffice Election biography MCU Song of Ice and Fire USA Amazon Prime Video broadcast royal family YA Awards Tour video Year in Review batman Summer crime hispanic heritage month Fox Searchlight blockbuster posters venice Nominations Nat Geo Music scary slasher Tubi PBS composers canceled Universal serial killer Alien feel good genre BBC America SXSW CBS All Access NBA Musical BAFTA asian-american Best Picture Comedy films BBC SXSW 2022 dceu Infographic stand-up comedy comic books basketball Sundance Captain marvel Set visit Family anime IFC Films Discovery Channel heist movie Apple TV Plus BBC One 2017 social media television The Purge DC Comics Britbox Countdown dc name the review quibi concert spider-verse kids obi wan Pride Month Exclusive Video Holidays cops The Walking Dead popular YouTube facebook golden globe awards Superheroes Holiday high school FX on Hulu independent romance king kong Awards Comedy Central Baby Yoda spanish leaderboard Women's History Month TBS breaking bad Legendary Walt Disney Pictures politics Podcast Tarantino justice league travel Paramount Network ABC Family Horror Broadway NBC PaleyFest Valentine's Day science fiction ITV Epix book spinoff sequels nature mockumentary dark 4/20 CBS game show adenture Comic-Con@Home 2021 20th Century Fox Shondaland medical drama superhero Classic Film HBO Max Amazon Prime ABC Signature Cosplay mission: impossible gangster jamie lee curtis joker best Cartoon Network Pop TV Netflix Christmas movies Toys 2020 Schedule Fox News TCA The Arrangement children's TV halloween DirecTV South by Southwest Film Festival vampires scene in color TV renewals Peacock TCA Winter 2020 Elton John sitcom historical drama Ovation Ghostbusters FOX Marathons Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Turner crossover Amazon Studios reviews a nightmare on elm street art house teaser toronto strong female leads cinemax Starz Disney streaming service comiccon book adaptation video on demand Country 45 Turner Classic Movies TCM PlayStation prank Dark Horse Comics witnail VOD spanish language Arrowverse El Rey Logo Black Mirror 2015 Academy Awards Marvel Best Actress Apple TV+ ID green book japan action-comedy TIFF Sci-Fi child's play kong festivals werewolf rom-coms stop motion war MSNBC worst Chernobyl archives 2021 directors AMC marvel comics Spring TV legend OWN harry potter Mindy Kaling cancelled TV shows comic Fantasy USA Network political drama