20 of the Hottest Shows to Watch Right Now

Nicole Pomarico | May 16, 2019 TV
20 of the Hottest Shows to Watch Right Now
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Jaime King, Edsson Morales, and Erika Hau in Black Summer

For people who love binge-watching TV shows, there's never been a better time to be a fan of the small screen. Not only is network television constantly coming up with compelling new shows, but streaming is better than ever. We can't get enough of the Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon originals that have been hitting the services recently. All the new shows coming to life have led to some fierce competition. It's not just Game of Thrones that everyone's obsessed with right now. There are tons of hot shows people can't get enough of, so for anyone searching for their next favorite show, we have some ideas.

It's not easy to make seriously good TV that people love. The writing has to be good, the cast has to have chemistry, and that's just the beginning. And with so many options for what to watch, TV fans can be much more picky these days -- which means shows have to be super impressive to make an impact and find success. 

The best of the best have risen to the top, and now, it's time to see what shows have come out as favorites so far in 2019. Recently, Rotten Tomatoes ranked the 20 hottest shows on television based on their freshness rating. Newer shows, like Dead to Me, have already made a huge impression on viewers with shows receiving critical acclaim -- like Killing Eve -- continuing to impress fans two seasons in.

Need something new to watch? Look no further.

Here are the shows people just can't get enough of right now, and yes (of course) GoT is on this list.

  • 'Game of Thrones'

    Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

    Where to Watch: HBO

    Considering the massive popularity of Game of Thrones, is it really any surprise that it's one of the hottest shows on TV right now? Ranking 79% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes -- not counting the recent episodes -- this HBO fantasy drama series has become an obsession for millions of people all around the world. And now, those people are tuning in week after week to find out how it all ends.

  • 'A Discovery of Witches'

    Alex Kingston and Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches

    Where to Watch: AMC

    A Discovery of Witches may have only premiered in 2018 and aired just one season on AMC so far, but it's already rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The show stars Teresa Palmer as a witch named Diana Bishop who's transported into a magical world. The only person who can help her is a vampire by played by Matthew Goode.

    But in their world, witches don't trust vampires.

    (TBH, who would?)

  • 'State of the Union'


    Where to Watch: SundanceTV

    Starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd, State of the Union is a brand new comedy series that just premiered on SundanceTV. According to Deadline, the series is about a couple named Louise and Tom "who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session." Over the season, the episodes will tell the story of their relationship ... and potentially how it will end. So far, it already seems to be a hit.

  • 'Killing Eve'


    Where to Watch: BBC America & AMC

    Since Killing Eve's first season premiered in 2018 on BBC America, it was an instant hit. And now that season two is here, it doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon. In case ya haven't had a chance to check out the Sandra Oh drama, it's about her character -- Eve, of course -- who works as an intelligence officer. It's her job to find killer Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer), but the investigation doesn't quite go as planned.

  • 'Tuca & Bertie'


    Where to Watch: Netflix

    Brand new to Netflix, there's a good chance that Tuca & Bertie is the animated comedy of our dreams. Voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, the show is about two birds who are BFFs and live in the same apartment building. And yes, they're hilarious. With a cast like that, is it anyone surprised it's already rated 100% fresh?

  • 'True Detective'

    Stephen Dorff, Brett Cullen, and Mahershala Ali in True Detective

    Where to Watch: HBO

    True Detective has been scooping up loyal fans since it premiered in 2014. Even after the show wrapped up its third season in February, plenty of people are still obsessed. True Detective is an anthology crime series, where each season tells its own story. The most recent season starred Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, and Ray Fisher covering the investigation of missing children in the Ozarks.

  • 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Where to Watch: NBC

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine has such a passionate fan base that when it was canceled on Fox, NBC saved it -- so is it really any surprise that it made this list? Starring Andy Samberg, Chelsea Peretti, and Stephanie Beatriz, this cop comedy is rated 100% fresh. And it seems like there's plenty more to come, because it's already been renewed for a seventh season.

  • 'Chernobyl'

    Stellan Skarsgård in Chernobyl

    Where to Watch: HBO

    A brand new miniseries on HBO, Chernobyl, premiered on May 6. According to Deadline, the series "dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster." The series will consist of five episodes and stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, and Emily Watson.

  • 'Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments'


    Where to Watch: Freeform

    Based on a young adult series of the same name, Shadowhunters scored a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show is about a group of half humans, half angels who hunt demons. As wonderful as it is, sadly, Shadowhunters was canceled with the final episodes recently airing.

  • '9-1-1'

    Aisha Hinds in 9-1-1

    Where to Watch: Fox

    Being that 9-1-1 was created by Ryan Murphy -- the same guy who brought us American Horror Story -- we knew it was going to be good, and we were right. The show is about first responders in LA, starring Angela Bassett and Peter Krause. It's about to wrap up its second season, but if ya already love it, don't worry, because according to TVLine, it was renewed for a third season.

  • 'Gentleman Jack'

    Gentleman Jack

    Where to Watch: HBO

    Gentleman Jack premiered in April on HBO, and so far, it seems like people love it as it's rated 83% fresh! Gentleman Jack is a historical drama that "tells the story of a woman who had a passion for life and a mind for business, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn." The show stars Suranne Jones.

  • 'Chambers'


    Where to Watch: Netflix

    This Netflix drama stars Uma Thurman and Scandal's Tony Goldwyn, and if ya haven't caught it yet, the premise is pretty wild. Chambers is about a teenager who gets a heart transplant and ends up having a supernatural connection to the donor. This leads her to figuring out the circumstances that led to the donor's death.

  • 'Black Summer'


    Where to Watch: Netflix

    Here's another Netflix series to catch. Black Summer, which stars Jaime King, is yet another zombie apocalypse series. But this time, Jaime plays a mother who's been separated from her daughter and is determined to find her -- even though conditions are obviously dangerous for her.

  • 'The Walking Dead'

    Danai Gurira, Nadia Hilker, and Avi Nash in The Walking Dead

    Where to Watch: AMC

    Speaking of zombies ... The Walking Dead has always had a huge cult following, and with a 90% fresh rating nine seasons later, it doesn't sound like that's about to change anytime soon. Although the show has gone through a lot of changes over the years -- with cast members leaving the show (and dying, because zombies, duh) -- it's still maintained its place as a TV staple. And after Norman Reedus recently confirmed that filming on Season 10 has started, it doesn't seem like it's going to end in the near future.

  • 'Dead to Me'


    Where to Watch: Netflix

    If ya love a good dark comedy, there's an excellent chance Netflix's new series Dead to Me is the one. Starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, the show is about two women who meet in a grief support group. As Christina's character tries to cope with the death of her husband in a hit-and-run accident, Linda's character tries to keep a lot of secrets from her new BFF.

  • 'Cobra Kai'


    Where to Watch: YouTube Premium

    Cobra Kai is one of YouTube's original series, and it's already gaining a lot of fans -- and an 87% fresh rating. The series based on cult classic The Karate Kid and picks up more than 30 years after the movies with Johnny Lawrence reopening the karate studio. There have already been two seasons, and a third is on the way.

  • 'Into the Badlands'


    Where to Watch: AMC

    Although Into the Badlands was canceled after three seasons, that hasn't stopped fans from falling in love with the 88% fresh series. The show is set in a post-apocalyptic America, and the world outside of the Badlands is unknown.

  • 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow'


    Where to Watch: The CW

    Airing on The CW, Legends of Tomorrow follows characters from DC Comics's series Arrow and The Flash. Heroes work together to stop a future catastrophe from changing the world as they know it. The show stars Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, and Dominic Purcell.

  • 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

    Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J in NCIS: Los Angeles

    Where to Watch: CBS

    Because NCIS is a staple on CBS, is it any wonder that it's grabbed a spot on this list? With 10 seasons under the show's belt, it stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J, and it's hard to imagine TV without it.

  • 'Barry'

    Bill Hader in Barry

    Where to Watch: HBO

    With a 100% fresh rating, Barry has already won over a lot of fans only two seasons in. Starring Bill Hader in the title role, the show is about a hit man who's supposed to kill someone but ends up in an acting class instead and finds his whole life changed. Henry Winkler and Stephen Root also star.


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