As amazing as it is to constantly rewatch Friends and The Office, sometimes we need new TV shows to fall in love with. Luckily, every year tons of new programming is released across networks and streaming platforms. It seems that 2019 may be the best year for TV yet. So many new shows, reboots, and adaptations are in the works! We can barely contain our excitement about the new TV shows on the way. Our newest TV obsession may be just around the corner!
A new year means new beginnings in all aspects of life. New year, new you, new TV shows. Maybe it's time to let a few of your old stalwarts go (sorry, The CW, but some of your superhero shows just don't do it anymore) and try something totally outside your TV comfort zone. Some people vow to lose weight in the new year. Others claim they're going to read more. Us? We're going to be watching so much TV. Here are all the new TV shows to watch out for in 2019!
When and where to watch: January 3rd, NBC
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson meets American Ninja Warrior in one of the most intense new TV shows of 2019. On the series, men and women from around the country compete in grueling physical and mental competitions in their quest to become a Titan. The series will conclude with the Titans going head-to-head with only one woman and one man left standing in the end. Do we need another crazy physical challenge show? Probably not. But we'll definitely be watching this one nonetheless. Plus, with the inclusion of mental endurance tests, this series is already setting itself apart from the competition.
When and where to watch: January 9th, ABC
The Goldbergs is finally getting a spin-off! This new series isn't set in "1980-something," though, it's straight-up '90s! The show follows the teachers at William Penn Charter School long after the Goldberg children have moved on. Oh, and yes, this means everyone's favorite gym teacher, Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen), will be front and center! Other characters from the original series will be migrating to this new show with plenty of familiar faces set to guest star. The spin-off series was originally passed on for the 2018 TV season, but it finally got a shot and will be coming to TV screens in early 2019.
When and where to watch: January 10th, CBS
Nina Dobrev is coming back to TV, but this time she's staying away from sexy vampires. In Fam, Nina plays a woman with a great life, a perfect fiancé, — and a crazy half-sister! When her 16-year-old, out-of-control sis comes to live with her, everything is turned upside down — especially because she's kind of been fibbing about some aspects of her past. The series is all about the family we're born into and the family we make as we grow older and move away from home.
When and where to watch: January 15th, The CW
Get ready for a whole new Roswell! This new adaptation of the book series by the same name brings the story fans of the original TV show know and love into the modern age. It's a take on your usually alien story but with a twist. Created by The Originals writer (and Twitter gem) Carina Adly Mackenzie, this new iteration of the series attempts to explore modern themes of immigration, politics, and, of course, love! Tons of your fave teen series stars make up the cast along with plenty of new gorgeous faces to fawn over! The OG series was a high school-centric tale, but on this one, all the characters will be twentysomethings.
When and where to watch: January 28th, TNT
This miniseries has everything. A mysterious plot, historical elements, and an incredible director! Patty Jenkins, the genius behind Wonder Woman, produces and directs this series about a woman who sets out to find her origins and heads down a dark path. There are connections to the legendary Black Dahlia murders as the woman, who was given up by her mother, digs deep into where she came from. The series also stars Chris Pine (clearly a Jenkins fave!) and that should be enough to get you to watch one of the most suspenseful new TV shows coming in 2019!
When and where to watch: January 20th, Showtime
This comedy series brings us back to "Black Monday," the day in October 1987 when the world saw the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. The show tells the story of the outsiders who caused the crash when they took on Wall Street. This is another Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg project, so it's sure to be hilarious. The two have a huge history of success in their television and film collaborations. There's tons of talent on-screen as well, with Don Cheadle and Regina Hall set to star in this period comedy.
When and where to watch: January 24th, Comedy Central
SNL writing room alums Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider collaborated on this sure-to-be hilarious new series. In an age where anyone can become famous for anything, two siblings have to deal with their younger brother becoming a YouTube sensation. Both are trying to find success themselves when suddenly, overnight, their 12-year-old brother is the biggest thing in the world. We can only imagine the hilarity that can come out of that premise. Also, since it's on Comedy Central, we can be sure it'll be an unfiltered look at sibling jealousy and the ridiculousness of YouTube fame!
When and where to watch: February 1st, Netflix
Not a whole lot is known about this new Netflix show, but it already has a lot of great things going for it. First off, Amy Poehler is a creator and executive producer. Second, Natasha Lyonne joins her as a creator and executive producer as well as writing for and starring on the series. Talent overload! The plot revolves around Lyonne's character, Nadia, as she finds herself stuck in a loop of going to a party, dying at the end of the night, and waking up fine the next morning only to do it all again. With those ladies working behind the scenes (and on-screen!) this dramedy is sure to be Netflix's next watercooler hit.
When and where to watch: February 15th, Netflix
The Umbrella Academy may sound familiar to you, and for good reason! The series is based on a comic book series of the same name that was penned by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way! The story begins in 1989 when 43 children are born to random women around the globe who showed no sign of pregnancy until the children were born. A wealthy industrialist adopts seven of the children, creating "The Umbrella Academy" and assuring them they will save the world someday. When he dies many years later, it's up to his fractured family to solve his death and try to reconnect. The plot sounds super intriguing and we can't wait to see Way's vision come to life!
When and where to watch: March 15, Hulu
More Aidy Bryant on my TV screen? Yes, please! The Saturday Night Live star plays Annie, an overweight woman who wants to change life, but not her body. She knows she's just as good as everyone around her and won't let the world deem her unworthy because of her weight. The series is based on the book Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West, who also serves as an executive producer. Oh, and luckily, Lorne Michaels is also involved so we're pretty sure the show won't interfere with us seeing Bryant on SNL!
When and where to watch: TBA, FX
Who said shows about vampires were out of fashion? This new series from Taika Waititi (a.k.a the mastermind behind Thor: Ragnarok) is a totally different take on vampires than we're used to. The series is based on a film by the same name, which was also from Waititi, and focuses on three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds of years. It's basically a buddy comedy except they drink blood instead of beer! After seeing Waititi's previous work, we're sure this is going to be one of the most hilarious new TV shows of 2019!
When and where to watch: TBA, HBO
HBO is dipping into the teen drama market with this new show! The series follows a group of high schoolers that, you guessed it, party, have sex, and try to get a handle on their hormones. We're so here for an HBO version of The CW shows we grew up on! We know it'll be way more realistic than network TV can manage. The series is based on an Israeli show of the same name and boasts some big names with Zendaya set to lead the cast and Drake producing! TBH, it sounds like the new Skins and we are so here for it.
The Watchmen film is one of the all-time-great comic book adaptations. But, we're not gonna lie, it's a little bloated. There is so much story to tell and only a finite amount of time to do it! That's why television may be a better medium to tell these stories in. The series will be based upon the comics that tackle an alternate version of American history where superheroes are outlaws and vigilantes. The source material is incredible enough, but the series also has Damon Lindelof — the man who brought us Lost and The Leftovers — at the helm!
When and where to watch: Spring 2019, NBC
This is definitely Cheers for the modern age! New TV shows tend to take cues from older ones and we can't think of a better show to try and emulate. "Abby's" itself is actually a makeshift bar in a woman named Abby's (Natalie Morales) backyard. She hosts a slew of regulars and bans cell phones, attempting to make her bar a place to connect with other people. Michael Schur claims a production credit on this one which basically means it'll be a surefire hit. He's the man responsible for The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Parks and Recreation after all!
When and where to watch: TBA, NBC
We probably should have seen this one coming. The Law & Order franchise has tackled all types of crime so why not one that is as relevant as ever in today's society? Not too much is known about the new spin-off series, but the cast is set to be introduced in the latter half of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's twentieth season. The series is also based off of a real Hate Crimes division in the NYPD that investigates many different kinds of discrimination. We're just guessing, but we're pretty sure this will be just as much of a massive hit as the rest of the Law & Order series!
When and where to watch: TBA, BET
Some new TV shows are based on age-old concepts. This series is based on the 1996 film with the same name — which itself was based on a book! So, naturally, TV was the next medium to tell the story in! First Wives Club follows three women who come together when their marriages fall apart. They find strength in their friendship — and encourage each other to get a little revenge. The cast is full of up-and-comers and we're hoping our new fave TV actress is among them!
When and where to watch: TBA, Freeform
We're heading back in to the crazy world of Pretty Little Liars! This time, things are a bit different. This sequel series brings back Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Mona (Janel Parrish) from the original series and drops them into another bizarro town full of mystery and murder. Those two are no stranger to chaos so we're sure they'll fit in just fine! With a new cast of hot young adults, this is going to be your next guilty pleasure. This is one of 2019's new TV shows that we're not quite sure when we'll see (no air date is set yet!), but we're sure we'll be watching whenever it's released!
When and where to watch: TBA, MTV
They're baaaack! The Hills gang (sans some of the more popular faces, i.e. Lauren Conrad) are coming back to TV screens to bring the drama in 2019. Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port are all slated to return to the series. Along with their kids! But don't worry, even though they're all parents now, we're guessing they're still going to act just as crazy as ever! Oh, and did we mention that Mischa Barton is joining the cast?! She went from starring on The O.C. to joining to the cast of the reality show inspired by the teen hit. What a world!
When and where to watch: TBA, Hulu
This is probably the most exciting of all the new TV shows airing in 2019. It's an opportunity for old fans to get back into the world of Neptune, California and for new fans to discover the awesomeness that is Veronica Mars. Almost the entire original cast is returning for the revival series (someone please call Tessa Thompson) that reportedly will lean even more into the noir aspects we know and love. So that means that the series won't be a nostalgia boom like the Veronica Mars film was. It's going to be "darker and more cinematic," according to showrunner Rob Thomas. A release date isn't known yet but we're betting on summer 2019 since that's when the first three seasons of the series along with the movie hit Hulu!
When and where to watch: TBA, Showtime
It's a show about Boston so you know Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have gotta be involved! The two produce this series together and Affleck himself created the concept. This new TV series from those two New England natives focuses on Boston in the early '90s when crime was rampant on the streets. The series fictionalizes the "Boston Miracle" that upended the justice system in the city. Kevin Bacon stars, proving all your fave Hollywood dads are involved in this one.