Best Reviewed Scripted TV Shows of the Year According to Metacritic
by Terri Schwartz | IGN | December 24, 2019
With more original scripted TV shows being released than there are days of the year, chances are you — like us — are using the holidays to catch up on hidden gems you may have missed. There are so many different ways to categorize what makes great TV: it could be a recommendation from a trusted friend, buzz around a major title or even the suggestion of a media outlet you like and respect.
In the spirit of the latter category, we have gathered up the 14 best-reviewed scripted TV shows of the year according to review aggregate website Metacritic. These series met universal acclaim from the critics who reviewed them, ranging from long-running series like Veep and Billions to newcomers like Undone and Back to Life.
For some more information on how Metacritic determines their critic grade, they explain their scale of 0 to 100 according to the following parameters: “We carefully curate a large group of the world’s most respected critics, assign scores to their reviews, and apply a weighted average to summarize the range of their opinions. The result is a single number that captures the essence of critical opinion in one Metascore.”
Keep reading for the 14 TV shows with the highest Metacritic scores in 2019:
Billions: Season 4 (Showtime) – Metacritic Score: 87
Showtime’s Billions earned four positive reviews for the fourth season of the Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti-led drama. Vulture’s Kathryn VanArendonk says Billions remixes enough of its standard formula to feel fresh in Season 4, while also sticking to the elements that work. Comparing it to HBO’s Succession, she writes that if “Succession is mostly interested in the mess that happens when a family becomes a business, Billions is a show about the process of power.” CNN’s Brian Lowry says, “Everything about the show is juicy — starting with the key performances — and its sense of the current political moment is savvy without needing to be especially specific.”
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