Best-Reviewed Returning TV Shows 2019

They say that sophomore seasons are often when the greatest shows hit their strides, and in 2019 second seasons dominated our list of the best-reviewed returning TV shows of the year. Fleabag, Mindhunter, Barry, Succession, and Dark all just got better for their second outings, according to the critics, and crowded out our top 10. Elsewhere, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, returning not just from another season but from the brink of extinction having been saved by NBC, showed that it could still draw quality laughs in its sixth season, while other beloved series in our list – Broad City, Fleabag – sadly won’t be returning again.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2019. Scores might change over time.

Fleabag: Season 2 (2019)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Fleabag jumps back into the fray with a bracing second season that upholds its predecessor's frenzied wit and delicate heart, replete with Phoebe Waller-Bridge's indefatigable charisma.

#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.

Barry: Season 2 (2019)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Barry follows up a pitch-perfect debut with a second season that balances darkness with comedy while steering clear of antihero overindulgence.

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Succession returns in darkly funny form, with sharp writing, exceptional performances, and a surprising new level of sympathy for some of television's least likable characters.

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Pamela Adlon fully asserts her authorial voice over Better Things in a triumphant third season that examines the exhaustion of motherhood with exhilarating artistry.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As timely and tender as ever, One Day at a Time's third season manages to up to comedy ante without losing the intimate family moments that help it hit so close to home.

#7
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.

Dark: Season 2 (2019)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Dark's sumptuous second season descends deeper into the show's meticulously-crafted mythos and cements the series as one of streaming's strongest and strangest science fiction stories.
Directed By: Baran bo Odar

Broad City: Season 5 (2019)
100%

#9
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Glazer and Jacobson give the people exactly what they want in Broad City's final season - relatable content, questionable intimacy, and ingenious escapades through the glorious squalor of IRL NYC.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Following a period of uncertainty and a shift to NBC, Brooklyn Nine-Nine reemerges with its cast and tone wholly intact.

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