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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 40 MOST ANTICIPATED NEW 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.

Comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy titles dominate the top 10 most anticipated new titles of fall. And then there’s Helen Mirren as the Russian empress in upcoming HBO limited series Catherine the Great.

The Mandalorian took first place with 33.36% of the vote, while Watchmen was hot on its heels with 33.22%.

Some of these titles, like third place Carnival Row (31%), are already running or have just launched on streaming services, so you can already start checking out a few of the new series Rotten Tomatoes users said they’re most interested in this fall.

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

Sunnyside: Season 1 (2019)
36%

#40
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Sunnyside settles for broad comedy over the specific insights its subject matter craves, shortchanging its superb cast and timely topics in the process.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As sharply dressed as it is smartly written, Godfather of Harlem walks familiar blocks to its own beat and makes a strong first impression.

Dollface: Season 1 (2019)
59%

#38
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Dollface has all of the right parts: a talented cast, a promising premise, and plenty of surreal intrigue -- if only its shallow vision of feminism didn't undermine them.

#37
Synopsis: A strong-willed father navigates the stress of the holiday season when his daughter brings her new boyfriend home for Christmas.... [More]

Adjusted Score: -1%
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Diagnosis: Season 1 (2019)
100%

#35
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As emotional as it is illuminating, Diagnosis' deep dives into the lives of patients navigating complicated health care systems is at once harrowing and hopeful.
Starring: Dr. Lisa Sanders

#34
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An appealing cast can't make up for Almost Family's appalling premise.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As unique as Dolly herself, Heartstrings' many tales of heartache and love don't always play, but strong performances and a sense of tension should be enough for fans of music and melodramaalike.

#32
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While The Politician can't uphold all of its tantalizing promises, it delivers just enough soapy satire in a sumptuous setting to keep Ryan Murphy fans invested -- though its unlikely to win him many new votes.
Directed By: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk

Adjusted Score: -1%
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Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bafflingly bad, the only mystery is how The I-Land got made in the first place.
Directed By: Chad Oakes, Mike Frislev

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While its family drama and superhero aspirations don't quite come together, compelling performances and a sense of wonder keep Raising Dion afloat and suggest that with a little more guidance it could become something great.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Groundbreaking, but unfortunately grating, Bob (Hearts) Abishola undermines its own progressive premise with underwhelming humor that relies too heavily on outdated stereotypes.

#27
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Perfect Harmony's precarious premise doesn't always hit the right notes, but a charming cast and and a few clever jokes inspire hope that with a little more practice it could really sing.

#26
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Warm and funny, The Unicorn finds humor in unexpected places and shows off a whole new side of the talented Walton Goggins.

Daybreak: Season 1 (2019)
70%

#25
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Daybreak's blend of soapy teen drama and post apocalyptic horror has some truly inspired moments, even if it feels like you've seen a few of them before.

#24
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Bluff City Law's procedural proceedings often feel outdated, fans of Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee may find comfort in its familiar beats.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While not quite as impressive as its legendary subject matter, An American Saga is a beautifully rendered and raw exploration of the Wu-Tang journey.

All Rise: Season 1 (2019)
56%

#22
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While All Rise can't quite rise above the shows it aspires to be, it shows potential for future growth while providing a decent showcase for Simone Missick.

#21
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Why Women Kill falls short of its ambitious premise, fans of Marc Cherry and his impressive cast will find much to like it its darkly soapy and stylish delights.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While Carol's Second Act earns high marks for bringing Patricia Heaton front and center, awkward plotting and lackluster jokes hold it back from living up to its star's high standards.

#19
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Heartbreaking and powerful, Unbelievable transcends familiar true-crime beats by shifting its gaze to survivors of abuse, telling their stories with grace and gravity.

mixed-ish: Season 1 (2019)
76%

#18
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While it needs more time to establish its own comedic voice, mixed-ish and its appealing cast are off to a sweet and smart start.

Emergence: Season 1 (2019)
94%

#17
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: Though it may not win many new converts, fans of Danny McBride will find much to praise in The Righteous Gemstones's darkly hilarious pews.

#15
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An appealing aesthetic and promising ensemble can't quite liven up Nancy Drew, a broody and bland mystery that follows too closely in the footsteps of the shows it aspires to be.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Strange, surreal, and surprising, Living With Yourself takes a minute to come together, but once it does it proves to be a clever rumination on identity driven by Paul Rudd's impressive dueling performances.

#13
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it shows promise, Prodigal Son sidelines a spectacular Michael Sheen in favor of a more pedestrian procedural that often drifts too deeply into the grotesque.

#12
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While Treadstone is as action-packed and frenetically paced as you'd expect from the Bourne universe, it lacks the narrative momentum and cohesion necessary to set it apart.
Directed By: Tim Kring

Creepshow: Season 1 (2019)
97%

#11
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Delightfully eerie, Creepshow captures the spirit of the original while forging its own spooky path.

Evil: Season 1 (2019)
92%

#10
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Smartly-written and effectively unsettling, Evil works best when it dares to delve into the depths of the uncomfortable questions it poses.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though its sumptuous setting and design often outshines its storytelling, Catherine the Great remains a seductive, if scattershot, period drama thanks to the great Helen Mirren.

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#8

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The daemon is in the details and while His Dark Materials visual splendor and exceptional performances deftly capture the essence of Philip Pullman's seminal novels, it could use a little more magic.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An epic fantasy adventure that will please old and new fans alike, Age of Resistance expertly builds on the lore of The Dark Crystal, crafting compelling new mythos without losing sight of the humanity at the story's heart.

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though the world of The Witcher at times feels only half-formed, Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor.
Directed By: Alik Sakharov

Batwoman: Season 1 (2019)
80%

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it needs more time to develop its own identity to truly soar, Batwoman's fun and stylish first season is a step in the right direction for representation and superhero shows alike.

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building -- unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on.

Watchmen: Season 1 (2019)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bold and bristling, Watchmen isn't always easy viewing, but by adding new layers of cultural context and a host of complex characters it expertly builds on its source material to create an impressive identity of its own.

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.

UPDATED 11/24: List updated to remove Lincoln, which won’t premiere until early 2020. And adding Sunnyside to No. 40 on the list. 


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