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Phil’s Best & The Worst TV Shows of 2019

2019 was another epic year for TV.  Game of Thrones ended, Disney+ launched and  Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime continued delivering their strong original series.  Here’s my lost and the 5 best and a handful of Worst TV shows of 2019…


The Must Watch…

TV Show of The Year: Chernobyl
Yikes. Chernobyl was one of the most brutal TV show’s I have ever seen.  Charting the full disaster from start to finish , it was disturbing, superbly made and incredible to watch.



2. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

In Brief:  Damn.  The guy that made The Transporter (yup really) knocked this reboot of the cult 80’s film out the park and then some.  Dark, brooding and disturbing it defined epic from the start to the finish.


3. The Mandalorian

In Brief:  
Live action Star Wars FINALLY hits the screen and it’s the Western styled series that we always hoped for.  It was also the show that gave us THE most iconic character of 2019… nope not the titular bounty hunter but BABY YODA!!!!!!




4. American Horror Story: 1984
In Brief: 
American Horror Story hasn’t been essential to me for a long time but 1984, a slasher themed 80’s tribute hit everyone and rather than run out of steam it’s just kept delivering until the end.  Superb fun.


5. Mindhunter (Season 2)
In Brief:  
A much stronger year than you’d expect, the second season of Mindhunter felt better structured and put together than it’s initial outting. Dark and disturbing from the start.



Bubbling under:
Cobra Kai (Strong second season that expertly revisited characters form the film), His Dark Materials (Strong HBO/BBC Adaptation), Veep (Finished Strong), Watchman (Far better than I expected), Sex Education (Well made fun), GLOW: Season 3 (really fun year), Billions (Still OTT, still brilliant), Our Planet (Epic filmmaking) , Stranger Things: Season 3 (Just outside the Top 5), The Boys (Brilliant odd)


The Must Nots…

Miss of the year: Game Of Thrones: Season 8

In Brief: Look I enjoyed Season 8 of Game Of Thrones , I’m far from one of the haters .  But even I would admit that it felt rushed, unpolished and worst of all didn’t earn its shocking resolution.  Such as shame as with more time this could have been the best series ever.


Other shows I check-out ion this year: Treadstone (Just wasn’t interesting enough), Fear the Walking Dead (Became unwatchable),  The Flash: Season 5 (weak and disappointing) 


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...