Gone are the days of streaming services just providing a place to binge-watch your favorite network shows; nowadays they've become places for original content to thrive, and Netflix's slate of upcoming original TV shows for 2019 is something to be excited about.
From early smash-hit original series like Orange Is The New Black, Netflix has expanded to create dozens of new series each year. Animation, comedy, docuseries, comic book adaptations; you name it, Netflix is making it. And while some of these have been major duds (or at least created their fair share of controversy), there’s no doubt that the streaming service has continued to produce an incredible number of binge-worthy shows.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that 2019 brings with it a huge number of new and continuing series for viewers to look forward to. From the last of the Marvel/Netflix Defenders series to some brand new comic adaptations, dark British comedies, and inspirational docuseries, these are the best upcoming Netflix Original Series to watch in 2019 (in no particular order).
15. Stranger Things
Available July 4
Stranger Things returns for its third season after skipping 2018, and it's going to be an exciting one. Not much is known about the exact plot of Stranger Things season 3, but the fact that it takes place in the summer, and will include themes and references to some of the biggest movies from 1985, makes for an interesting new take on the series. Everyone, including 11, is together, and even though everything seems to be going fine, something will ultimately happen and turn their summer vacation into another thrilling adventure.
14. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
This January sees two new docuseries hitting Netflix, and the one you choose is going to say a whole lot about how you like to start your new year. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is one for those who are definitely into the "new year, new me" approach, and this house-clearing reality show will both inspire and charm you. Starring Marie Kondo, the author of the wildly popular The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, the show sees Marie help various people tidy up their homes and change their lives - and much like Queer Eye, it’s so much more than just a makeover show.
13. Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Available Jan 24
Of course, if you would rather start the year by having your pants scared off, there’s always Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The latest to tap into the trend of serial killer obsessions, this docuseries focuses on the best-known killer of them all: Ted Bundy. Featuring never-before-heard audio interviews with Bundy on death row, this is sure to appeal to fans of Making A Murderer.
12. Grace And Frankie
Available January 18
Grace And Frankie remains one of Netflix’s more underrated comedy series, but this year it’s headed into season 5 in January - which means that there’s a solid fanbase watching this hilarious show. Don’t expect another sitcom about sexy city roommates in their 20s, though. Grace and Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two very different women who discover that their husbands have been romantically involved for decades… and now that they are retiring, it’s time to come out of the closet. A new take on the odd couple dynamic, this show has plenty of dysfunctional family goodness and presents a great take on the way that retirement-age characters are presented in TV.
11. Sex Education
If you would rather get your laughs from something newer (and darker), take a look at this series that is brand new to Netflix this year: Sex Education. Asa Butterfield stars in this a brilliant new Brit comedy about a teenage boy and his sex-therapist mother. Expect plenty of cringe-worthy moments as he schools his friends on the sex he just can’t seem to bring himself to have… even with himself.
10. Dead To Me
Release date unconfirmed
Dead To Me, meanwhile, is an upcoming series starring Christina Applegate (image above from Anchorman). The tagline has everyone wondering just what is going to happen, with the intriguing description "A dark comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret." Sounds like this one is going to be another dark comedy, and one with plenty of surprises in store.
9. The Punisher/Jessica Jones
The Punisher is available January 18, Jessica Jones release date is unconfirmed
The dreaded superhero fatigue still shows no sign of appearing in 2019, with Aquaman crushing the box office, and if you are searching for something comic book related on the small screen, Netflix has you covered. Of course, we’re bidding a sad farewell to the ambitious shared universe of Marvel/Netflix’s Defenders, which means the final few series are on their way this year. The Punisher returns for a second season this month, and Jessica Jones will get a third at some point later this year. Get your fill of the last of Marvel’s ass-kicking heroes before they are gone for good.