After what seemed like an age, HBO finally allowed winter to arrive by delivering the first full trailer for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. Suddenly Twitter feeds and Facebook timelines were awash with excited updates, as people quite possibly peed in their pants with excitement at finally seeing which characters pert buttocks will be left sitting upon the famed Iron Throne by the time the story comes to its inevitable end.
But Game of Thrones isn’t the only exciting series you need to be looking out for in 2019 – not by half! So, for those of you who might not yet know here’s our list of other TV Shows to Watch Out for in 2019.
Honourable Mentions: Giri/Haji, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Virtues
10. DOOM PATROL
Doom Patrol has already started to air in the US, but it’s new enough to qualify for this list. Like so many of today’s best TV shows, Doom Patrol is based on a comic book series, originally housed at DC Comics. It’s another superhero ensemble series, something we’re not short of, but it promises a lighter side of the famously dark DC, as we glimpse heroes who find themselves alienated from society because of their powers, which led to them being known as ‘The World’s Strangest Heroes’.
9. MINDHUNTER (SEASON 2)
Mindhunter was one of the best shows on Netflix when it premiered back in October 2017. Ever since binge-watching the first season, we’ve been glued to our televisions anticipating the show’s return – which will come later this year.
Based on the true story of the FBI’s Elite Serial Killer Unit, the show follows two disenfranchised FBI agents who act as the pioneers for the Behavioural Science Unit by interviewing America’s most dangerous and demented killers, including Ed Kemper, the so-called Co-ed Killer.
Season 2 promises more of the same dark tone we’ve come to love from David Fincher’s work but with a little Charles Manson thrown into the mix to shake things up. Our only concern is that Netflix can’t release the next series soon enough.
8. WAR OF THE WORLDS
The BBC is upping its game of late with excellent TV dramas like Watership Down and will continue with a 3-part adaptation of H.G. Wells classic alien invasion novel The War of the Worlds.
Adapted by Peter Harness and Craig Viveiros, the drama will be a period sci-fi opus set in the Edwardian-era, and will star Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe (son of Timothy) Spall. Unsurprisingly Tom Cruise is not attached.
7. HIS DARK MATERIALS
War of the Worlds isn’t the only exciting sci-fi drama coming out of the BBC this year. Perhaps even more exciting than an adaptation of H.G. Wells iconic novel is an adaptation of Philip Pullman’s equally seminal novel His Dark Materials.
This will be an 8-part adaptation, which has been in the pipeline for an absolute age. It will follow a young girl named Lyra (Dafne Keen) who, while searching for a missing friend, then discovers a parallel universe where science and magic are one and the same.
James McAvoy (Split, Glass), Clarke Peters (The Wire), and Anne-Marie Duff (Black Mirror) round off a stellar cast.
With the exception of The Strain, the last few years have seen nothing but a bunch of Twilight-style vampires appearing in TV shows such as True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. That’s all set to change in 2019 though when Joe Hill’s classic novel NOS4A2 comes to the small screen, with Zachary Quinto in the titular role as a haggard immortal who is hunted by a young woman intent on ending the bloodsuckers bizarre reign of terror.
We’ve already covered pretty much everything we know about HBO’s adaptation of the classic comic book series Watchmen, but for those reading this who’ve never heard of it (or can’t be arsed to read the previous article), it’s a reimagining of perhaps the greatest comic book story ever told in which outlawed superheroes battle for survival in a world that no longer wants them around. It’s already been turned into a movie, but we’re confident that HBO will deliver everything that the Marmite-like movie did not.
4. STRANGER THINGS (SEASON 3)
Oh come on, do you really think we’d have a list of the must-see TV shows for 2019 and not include Stranger Things?
So far Netflix has played its hand pretty close to its chest, so we know practically bugger all about what to expect. That’s no problem though. We have every faith in the Duffer Brothers to deliver another kick ass episode in the adventures of Eleven and her squad as they continue to battle the darkness that creeps out from the Upside Down.
3. GOOD OMENS
Terry Pratchett’s work has been screaming for a redux for what feels like forever, so it comes as a relief that the BBC, working in tandem with Amazon, has finally seen sense by adapting one of the authors most beloved properties for television.
2. THE TICK (SEASON 2)
The Big Blue Bug of Justice returns to Amazon Prime Video this month with the long-awaited, if not unexpected, second season of The Tick.
After a successful animated show, and an epic, but short-lived 2001 live-action series, Ben Edlund’s bonkers superhero returned to the small screen in 2016 with a new spin on the popular comic book character.
Despite being excellent, the Prime version seemed destined to last for only a single season, as seemed to be the case with most decent TV shows of the time. However, the network has obviously seen sense and allowed us to indulge in a little bit of crazy for another year and we couldn’t be more excited to cuddle up on the sofa chanting Tick’s epic catchphrase “SPOOOON!”.
1. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
Taika Waititi’s What We do in the Shadows was easily the funniest film of 2014, and now it’s looking like it could be the funniest TV spin-off ever made, and the sleeper hit of 2019.
Just like the movie, What We do in the Shadows will take a mockumentary approach as cameras are given exclusive access to a secret nest of vampires which is living it up in New York City. Waititi will return as a director along with co-creator Jermain Clement, but this time the vamps will be played by Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Mark Proksch.
We’re not sure how long a series with this premise can realistically run, so be sure to indulge straight away and give What We Do in the Shadows the chance it truly deserves. You won’t be sorry.
Which of our 10 picks are you most excited to see in 2019? What other shows will be released this year that we should be checking out? Let us know using #tbg2019tv