The Golden Globes 2020

2019 TV Shows That Have Received Nominations

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We are in the midst of the golden age of television. With the growing popularity of streaming services, there have never been more great shows available to watch in the comfort of our own home. In 2019 new TV shows were being released nearly every day, and it has become impossible to keep up with every show your friends or co-workers last binged. However, with the awards season fast approaching here’s a list of nominated shows that premiered in 2019 that you may have missed.

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1. The Morning Show (AppleTV+)

The Morning Show is one of the first original series created by AppleTV+. Jennifer Aniston plays the host of a daytime television show whose co-host (played by Steve Carell) is fired over sexual misconduct allegations. The show follows in the aftermath of the allegations as Aniston’s character, Alex Levy, tries to navigate life without her “TV husband.” Billy Crudup and Reese Witherspoon round out the all-star cast.

Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell as co-hosts on The Morning Show.
2019 TV — The Morning Show – Apple TV+ (2019)

2019 TV Nominations:

  • The Golden Globes: Best Television Series, Drama; Best Actress, Television Series Drama (Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon)
  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Billy Crudup)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Jennifer Aniston) and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (Steve Carell and Billy Crudup)

2. The Politician (Netflix)

The Politician is the newest show from the creators of Glee. It centers around Payton Hobart (played by Ben Platt) as he runs for student body president. What sounds like a simple high school drama proves to be an intense race to win where students will cross whatever lines they need to succeed.

Ben Platt and fellow co-stars stand in front of a blackboard in a promotional photo for The Politician.
2019 TV — The Politician – Netflix (2019)

2019 TV Nominations:

  • The Golden Globes: Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy and Best Actor, Television Series Musical or Comedy (Ben Platt)

3. Unbelievable (Netflix)

Netflix’s miniseries is based on a real story of a series of sexual assaults that took place in the western United States around a decade ago. Nevertheless, the series centers on one survivor as she navigates the mistreatment of sexual assault cases in the justice system. Additionally, the series follows the path of two detectives working to find the culprit years later.

Poster for the 2019 TV series Unbelievable on Netflix featuring Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever and Toni Collette.
2019 TV — Unbelievable – Netflix (2019)

2019 TV Nominations:

  • The Golden Globes: Best Limited Series or Television Film, Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Film (Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever), and Best Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Television Film (Toni Collette)
  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Best Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie (Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever), and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie (Toni Collette)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie (Toni Collette)

4. The Act (Hulu)

Hulu’s limited series starring Joey King and Patricia Arquette is based on the life of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Gypsy’s mother Dee Dee spent Gypsy’s life treating her like she was very ill and disabled because of her Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Although the series follows a timeline of events before and after the eventual murder of Dee Dee, Gypsy discovers her mom was lying to her and eventually plans the death of her mother with her boyfriend.

Patricia Arquette and Joey King in costume as Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard, respectively in the 2019 TV show The Act.
2019 TV — The Act – Hulu (2019)

2019 TV Nominations:

  • The Golden Globes: Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Film (Joey King) and Best Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series, or Television Film (Patricia Arquette*)
  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Best Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie (Joey King) and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie (Patricia Arquette)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie (Patricia Arquette and Joey King)

5. Ramy (Hulu)

Ramy is a Hulu original comedy about a son of Egyptian immigrants. He’s trying to reconcile his identity as a Muslim and his life as a millennial. However, it is a semi-autobiographical show based on the life of creator and star Ramy Youssef.

Ramy Youssef and co-star sitting outside a storefront in the 2019 TV show Ramy.
2019 TV — Ramy – Hulu (2019)

2019 TV Nominations:

  • The Golden Globes- Best Actor: Television Series Musical or Comedy (Ramy Youssef*)
  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Best Actor in a Comedy Series

6. Dead to Me (Netflix)

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star in Dead to Me. This series is about two women who meet in a therapy group for people who are grieving. Though, they form a strong friendship and work through their feelings of loss together; one of them is harboring a secret that changes everything. 

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini hanging out in a kitchen in the 2019 TV show Dead to Me.
2019 TV — Dead to Me Netflix (2019)

2019 TV Nominations:

  • The Golden Globes: Best Actress, Television Series Musical or Comedy (Christina Applegate)
  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Christina Applegate)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Christina Applegate)

7. PEN15 (Hulu)

PEN15 is a comedy series created by Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine about their lives in middle school. They’re adults playing themselves as thirteen-year-olds while surrounded by actual thirteen-year-old actors. However, the show takes place in the year 2000 so there’s plenty of nostalgia embedded in this offbeat comedy.

Maya Erskine and Anne Konkle dressed up as their younger selves looking miserable in the 2019 TV show PEN15.
2019 TV — PEN15 – Hulu (2019)

2019 TV Nominations:

  • Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Best Comedy Series

*The 77th Golden Globe Awards took place on January 5th, 2020. Patricia Arquette and Ramy Youssef both won the awards they were nominated for.

What To Make Of The 2019 Nominations?

By 2019, TV had flourished. Streaming services have expanded to showcase more diverse voices (there’s still plenty of room for improvement) and to cover more controversial topics. Netflix and newcomer Apple TV+ took on sexual harassment and assault with Unbelievable and The Morning Show, respectively. However, Hulu created the topical show Ramy dealing with religion and what it means to exist as a Muslim in our present day. The nominations these shows receive prove that viewers and critics want more than just shows that make them laugh. People want shows that are engaging them and teaching them about the world around us.

They want to watch shows that cover relevant topics to their lives. Additionally, there seems to be a trend of semi-autobiographical shows being released lately. This only further drives home the point that people want content that’s real. Were your favorite 2019 TV shows on this list? Personally, I’m rooting for PEN15 and Unbelievable to win what they’re nominated for. It seems like PEN15 is an underdog in the category it’s nominated in, competing with popular shows like Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. But I’m hopeful the show’s deep-rooted nostalgia will be enough to help it pull ahead. In contrast, Unbelievable is nominated for several awards so I’m pretty confident the all-star cast will get the recognition they deserve.


However, the 2019 TV awards season is a tough one and I’ll be rooting for my favorite shows! Tell us who you’re hoping wins this awards season over on our Twitter (@dailyfandomtv).