Best-Reviewed TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy 2019

Small towns, missing children, unnatural-seeming happenings, Netflix: Combine, stir, then stream for a high-scoring sci-fi/fantasy TV show. That was the recipe for super-success in this category in 2019, when Netflix’s German series Dark and the hit Duffer Brothers’ show Stranger Things came out on top, with Disney+’s big Star Wars effort, The Mandalorian, not too many light years behind. Rounding out the top five were ABC’s Emergence, which gave former Fargo star Allison Tolman a formidable and compelling network vehicle, and British series A Discovery of Witches, an adaptation of part of Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy of novels.

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

Dark: Season 2 (2019)
100%

#1
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

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Stranger Things transforms itself into a riveting -- if familiar -- summer ride that basks in its neon-laden nostalgia without losing sight of the rich relationships that make the series so endearing.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Action-packed and expertly-crafted -- if at times a bit too withholding -- The Mandalorian is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe that benefits greatly from the cuteness of its cargo.

Emergence: Season 1 (2019)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding Allison Tolman, Emergence avoids becoming just another mystery-box mess with strongly-written characters that will keep viewers caring no matter the resolution.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A Discovery of Witches smartly grounds its flights of fancy with a lived-in authenticity and harnesses the chemistry between its two star-crossed leads to make for a promising foray into the occult.

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