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TV Shows to Help You Live Your Best Life in 2019

Live your best life in 2019 with these shows

Malcolm Venable
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1 of 52 HBO, NBC, Netflix

TV Shows to Inspire Your New Year's Resolutions

The start of a new year is an opportune time to think about who you want to be and what you want to accomplish over the next 12 months -- even if chances are all this newfound inspo lasts only a few weeks. (No judgments!) Sticking to this new you can be really hard, which is why it's always helpful to have some models, examples and motivators on deck at all times. Fortunately, some of the best shows of 2018 and programs on deck for 2019 offer plenty of guiding lights.

2 of 52 Larry D. Horricks, ABC

Embrace your inner badass, like Lauren Cohan on Whiskey Cavalier

As CIA operative Frankie Trowbridge, Lauren Cohan will be busting chops and nabbing bad guys on ABC's drama-action-comedyWhiskey Cavalier, no doubt inspiring many young woman as she gives the boys a run for their money. (Premieres Feb. 27.)

3 of 52 HBO

Stop letting other people decide who you are like the women of Westworld

If you can look past all the "violent delights" and confusing time shifts of Westworld's second season, you'll see a story about women who are fed up with being objectified. You probably do not want to adopt Maeve (Thandie Newton) or Dolores' (Evan Rachel Wood) particular methods, but they can still be looked to for a boost on breaking through those societal devaluations you've been dealing with in the new year.

4 of 52 Bravo, Paul Cheney/Bravo

Spend some downtime with your work friends like the peeps on Vanderpump Rules

If you've been keep your work pals at a professional distance, take a leaf from the Vanderpump Rules playbook and see if there might be a potential friendship there. Who knows? You, too, might end up scooping up the group for a lowkey vacay with the crew.

5 of 52 CBS

Make an old-school classic your own, like Jordan Peele did with The Twilight Zone

Stepping in as an executive producer, narrator and host of CBS All Access' rebootedThe Twilight Zone coming in 2019, Jordan Peele took something from the past that he loved and put a modern spin on it; early teasers feature lots of references to the classic series but add new-school talent, including Adam Scott, Kumail Nanjiani and Sanaa Lathan, to what are sure to be freakishly good episodes.

6 of 52 Denise Crew/Netflix

Declutter your place once and for all with Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant who had everyone buzzing over her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, comes to Netflix with her show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, where she teaches people how to show gratitude for their stuff before sending it out the door. Life-changing, indeed. (Premieres Jan. 1 on Netflix.)

7 of 52 Gene Page/AMC

Lead your community, like Michonne on The Walking Dead

This season saw Michonne (Danai Gurira) making the future hella female by prioritizing a charter -- not a constitution -- that governs a new civilization. It's a sure sign this show will outlive us all.

8 of 52 Eric McCandless, ABC

Refuse to act your age, like John Nolan of The Rookie

It's been said 40 is the new 30, and it's been the new 20 too. Whichever the case, John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) of The Rookie don't care: At 40, he wanted to join the police force and he did it, haters and stupid catchphrases be damned.

9 of 52 Per Arnesen/Netflix

Prepare that survival bunker like the family on The Rain

If you've been thinking about how to prepare your own survival stash in the wake of all the grim climate change news we've been getting lately, take notes from the family on The Rain, which gathered all kinds of interesting sundries for just that occasion.

10 of 52 Monty Brinton, CBS

Open up to your neighbors more, like Calvin and Dave on The Neighborhood

CBS' The Neighborhood puts a very timely spin on the classic feuding neighbors setup: Dave (Max Greenfield) moves into a historically African-American neighborhood, and the very old-school Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) isn't thrilled about it. But even though they bicker and rattle each others' nerves, they dare to engage each other with honesty and empathy, offering a much-needed example of how, even in these divided times, people can listen to folks with whom they might disagree and find beautiful common ground.

11 of 52 Nicole Rivelli/Amazon Originals

Pursue that secret passion like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

There's no time like the present to start living your truth, like Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, when she stops propping up her husband's lifeless comedy career and making moves to forge her own.

12 of 52 George Kraychyk, Hulu

Do your part to take down the patriarchy like June and Emily of Handmaid's Tale

One of the reasons The Handmaid's Taleis such essential viewing right now is that it shows us just how bad things can get if zealotry and instincts for oppression go unchecked. But characters like June (Elisabeth Moss) and Emily (Alexis Bledel) refuse to give in, and neither should we.

13 of 52 NBC, Colleen Hayes/NBC

Swear less, like Eleanor of The Good Place

If you're looking for a way to dial down your sailor tongue status in the new year, characters like Eleanor (Kristen Bell) on The Good Place can help offer up a few safe-for-work alternatives to your usual werdy derds, even if it's not what they'd prefer to be saying.

14 of 52 Alex Bailey / Netflix

Spruce up your wardrobe with some threads that make you feel hot like Queen Elizabeth on The Crown

When Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) is faced with a visit from the fabulous Jacqueline Kennedy onThe Crown, she brings in an expert to help her spiff up her own wardrobe a bit, and it makes her feel even more magnificent than she already is. Most of us commoners do not have a personal stylist-slash-fashion designer on staff like her, but investing in a few treat-yo-self pieces for the new year could still be key to self-esteem enhancement in 2019.

15 of 52 Eric McCandless, ABC

Move on with your life after a traumatic episode, like The Conners

After Roseanne's death, Dan (John Goodman) has to come to grips with being single again while the kids still reel from her untimely death. Both on the screen and off, this family is a model of how to move forward after everything goes haywire.

16 of 52 Paul Hebert, ABC

Bounce back from that bad breakup like a boss like Becca from The Bachelor

In one of the reality TV moments of the year, Becca Kufrin learned in a post-finale reunion of The Bachelorthat her beau was actually taking it all back and going with the other option instead. As excruciating as it was for her to have that scenario play out on television, though, she bounced right back and became The Bachelorette. That experience should be pretty instructive, then, if and when facing your own moments of unexpected disappointment.

17 of 52 Paul Sarkis, Paul Sarkis/Showtime

Know when your opinion is not needed like Noah on The Affair

On the latest season of The Affair, Noah (Dominic West) tries to fill the void of his estranged family members by getting involved with his school's principal and her son, but he finds out his opinions aren't always welcome by everyone involved. Learning where and when to insert yourself in any given situation is a good social skill for anyone to develop, really.

18 of 52 PAUL SARKIS, PAUL SARKIS/Showtime

Know when your opinion is not needed, like the folks on The Affair

On the latest season of The Affair, Noah (Dominic West) tries to fill the void of his estranged family members by getting involved with his school's principal and her son, but he finds out his opinions aren't always welcome by everyone involved. Learning where and when to insert yourself in any given situation is a good social skill for anyone to develop, really.

19 of 52 HBO

Come clean with love ones like Siobhan and Tom of Succession

All throughout Succession's first season, Siobhan (Sarah Snook) and Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) were doing a dance of duplicity. Once their wedding arrived, though, they decide to just fess up to all the ways they've wronged each other, and it is completely healing for both to unburden themselves and move on.

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Try on a rad new look like Eleven

To break out of her rut on Stranger Things' second season, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) decides to try on a new aesthetic for size, among other things, and the "bitchin'" look suits her increasingly badass personality pretty well. If your current style doesn't match the inner you, try something new, too!

21 of 52 John Medland, Freeform

Strengthen the bond between you and your partner, like Magnus and Alec of Shadowhunters

Surviving everything from battling demons to almost losing their souls, Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) and Alec (Matthew Daddario) -- or Malec as we affectionately call them -- share an unbreakable bond that made them the best ship of 2018.

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Be of service to others, like the boys of Queer Eye

The Queer Eye guys produced one of the best episodes of TV in 2018 when they helped a gay guy and his pastor mom develop mutual respect and unconditional love -- and that was just one heartwarming episode of many. As much as this uplifting reboot is about closet-cleaning and beard-trimming, it's also about helping others to see the greatness in themselves, an inspiring message for all.

23 of 52 FX

Take care of others, like Blanca on Pose

Even when she had pretty much nothing, Pose's Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) opened up her little shack of an apartment and shared what she had with kids who had nowhere else to go -- a model of altruism.

24 of 52 Aimee Spinks/Showtime

Visit somewhere exciting and new like Claire and Jamie on Outlander

Outlander's fourth season relocates Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) to a brave new world, and although there are some troubling elements of that experience, those with a gnawing sense of wanderlust could certainly borrow from Claire and Jamie's boundless sense of adventure.

25 of 52 JoJo Whilden / Netflix

Make amends with someone you've fallen out with like the women of Orange Is the New Black

Forget Piper and Alex, the real love story on Orange is the New Black is the intense maternal bond Red (Kate Mulgrew) feels for Nicky (Natasha Lyonne). On the show's latest season, though, their relationship struggled quite a bit as questions of loyalty came into play. By the time it was all said and done, though, they found a way to patch things up, and they were both all the better for it. So, if you've been on the outs with someone you care about, be like Nicky and find a way to make amends -- minus the sisterly slaughter sesh, obviously.

26 of 52 Netflix

Be more cunning like Holden on Mindhunter

Sometimes you just have to give into your inner weirdo to get things done, and that's exactly what Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) does to get inside the heads of the serial killers he's taking notes from on Mindhunter.

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Stay optimistic in the face of horrific circumstances, like the people in Lovecraft Country

Jordan Peele's adaption of the book of the same name is horror social thriller in the vein of his splendid Get Out; in the series coming to HBO in 2019, a man named Atticus Black joins his friend Letitia and his uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. Along the way, they face racist terrors and actual monsters, which means they're going to give everyone a master class on what staying strong looks like.

28 of 52 Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Stop planning so much and ride the waves of life, like Wyatt Russell in Lodge 49

Proving that the laid-back life can still be one that leads to greatness, Sean "Dud" Dudley is a true inspiration for all those who want to live a life of giving zero f---s.

29 of 52 MTV

Start a new career, like Lindsay Lohan does on Lindsay Lohan's Beach Clubon MTV.

Listen, if Lindsay Lohan can reinvent herself, so can you. (Premieres Jan. 8.)

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Never, ever give up, like Eve of Killing Eve

She may be clumsy and she may cause some unintentional collateral damage but nevertheless, Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) persists, and (it seems) not even assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) can take that away from her.

31 of 52 MTV

Get the old gang back together like the kids from Jersey Shore

Life comes at you fast, but no matter how many adult things have happened since you last got sloppy with your besties from the glory days, it's still not too late to bring the gang back together for one more run of fun, as the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation showed us this year.

32 of 52 HBO

Stop the cycle of toxic relationships, like Issa and Molly on Insecure

After being habitually unlucky in love, at some point you've got to be brave enough to ask yourself if maybe it really is you and not them, as Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) did last season on Insecure. When they finally started rejecting unhealthy situations, like Molly did, and improving the most important relationship -- with yourself -- like Issa did, they were able to grow.

33 of 52 Amazon Originals

Channel your frustrations into action, like Tom Arnold on his Viceland series

Everybody complains about the government, but few people do anything about it, like Tom Arnold Arnold did on his insane Viceland docuseries, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold.

34 of 52 Tina Rowden/Netflix

Appreciate your siblings more like the siblings of The Haunting of Hill House

Beyond all the spooky hidden ghosts and statements on the grieving process, The Haunting of Hill House was also about how siblings tend to grow up and apart over the years but really, really need each other when life gets hard. If anything, the takeaway should be that when your sister or brother randomly calls you this year, make sure that's a call you accept.

35 of 52 John Fleenor, ABC

Take a break to sort through your troubles like Jackson from Grey's

Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams)'s little timeout from reality onGrey's Anatomyis a bit problematic for his relationship status -- mainly because he didn't warn his girlfriend and then proceeded to get emotionally involved with another woman along the way -- but the idea is still solid. When life gets to be too much, take a small break in any way you can and try to see the bigger picture and embrace the good parts .. just, ya know, make sure to give your loved ones a heads up first.

36 of 52 Amazon Originals

Get along with your enemies in service of a greater good, like Aziraphale and Crowley on Amazon's Good Omens

Amazon Prime's adaptation of the Neil Gaiman book Good Omenscenters on an angel named Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and a demon named Crowley (David Tennant),but when the fate of the Earth they've come to appreciate is in jeopardy, they decide to join forces. Teamwork makes the dream work. (Good Omens premieres in 2019.)

37 of 52 Netflix

Let go of toxic people/things that remind you of them like Debbie of GLOW

After finding out that her ex had moved on with his secretary in GLOW's second season, Debbie (Betty Gilpin) decides to say good riddance to bad rubbish and scrubs her home of all memory to her failed marriage. So, if you're looking for some inspo to guide your spring cleaning regimen next year, she's as goals as they get.

38 of 52 HBO

Trust your instincts like Samwell Tarly on Game of Thrones

Apart from Gilly, there's almost no one who takes Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) seriously on Game of Thrones. Despite all the nay-saying, though, he trusts his gut that he can roll up those sleeves and cure Jorah Mormont's greyscale and that Bran's news about the white walker army is true. We could all learn a thing or two from Sam about not letting people talk him down.

39 of 52 Bravo, Jordin Althaus/Bravo

Follow your gut, like Veronica on Dirty John

She knew her mom's new guy was no good, and instead of playing nice and holding her tongue,Dirty John's Veronica (Juno Temple) followed her instincts and helped save her mom's life.

40 of 52 Saeed Adyani/Netflix

Use your voice, like Sam on Dear White People

Even as people issued threats against her and her romantic relationships were complicated by her on-campus activism, Dear White People's Sam (Logan Browning) refused to back down, showing what it looks like to believe fully in the power of your own voice. Incorporate just a little bit of her conviction to start 2019 on a good note.

41 of 52 Diyah Pera/Netflix

Embrace your duality, like Sabrina from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Equally proud of her human and witch heritage, Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ofChilling Adventures of Sabrinatries to take the best of both traditions and leave the rest behind.

42 of 52 Patrick Harbron, Hulu

Spend some quality time with your mother like Henry on Castle Rock

Henry Deaver (Andre Holland) learns the hard way that he really should have spent some more time checking in on his aging mother to make sure she was okay on Castle Rock, and chances are, he's not the only one who could stand to give their mom some extra attention.

43 of 52 Netflix

Travel and see the world more, like Carmen Sandiego

Move over Airbnb! Criminal mastermind Carmen Sandiego will really show people how to travel in style (and secrecy) when she arrives on Netflix Jan. 18.

44 of 52 NETFLIX

Seize that opportunity when it comes along like Princess Caroline on BoJack Horseman

Princess Caroline finally, finally learns to invest some of her signature gumption into her own life's needs by the end of BoJack Horseman's latest season. While we might not all need to flit off to who-knows-where in pursuit of that individual passion, but learning to seize that opportunity for personal fulfillment above professional ambitions is still clutch.af

45 of 52 Erin Simkin, Erin Simkin/SHOWTIME

Buck the system, like the maverick Wall Street traders of Black Monday

Black Monday, a semi-true comedy about Wall Street insiders who dared to shake up the financial system in 1987, stars Don Cheadle and Regina Hall as renegade traders who take on the Wall Street elite. The series also posits that they were (kind of) responsible for the worst stock market crash in history on Oct. 19, 1987, but hey, minor details right? (Black Monday premieres Jan. 20 on Showtime.)

46 of 52 Netflix

Finally learn how to code like Nanette from Black Mirror

It's the 21st century now, which means we all probably need to know a thing or two about how computers and programs actually operate to participate in the modern world. If Nanette (Cristin Milioti) fromBlack Mirror's "U.S.S. Callister" episode taught us anything, it's that having a good grip on the fundamentals of all those 0s and 1s can be pretty essential in a pinch.

47 of 52 HBO

Make some new friends like the gals of Big Little Lies

Everyone could use a few new friends, and if they turn out to be anywhere near as fiercely loyal and essential as the gals from Big Little Lies, even better.

48 of 52 Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Help someone who society has given up on like Kim on Better Call Saul

Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) has always been one to see the good in people, even where others don't -- how else could she have ended up sharing a life with Jimmy? On the most recent season ofBetter Call Saul, though, she ramps up her efforts to help those who are down on their luck by doing pro bono defense. Not everyone will have the resources to devote themselves so fully to philanthropy like that, of course, but everyone can try to see through people's mistakes a little more.

49 of 52 HBO

Don't be afraid to try something new like Barry

There's a lot to learn about what not to do in life in HBO's Barry, but the title character (played by Bill Hader) can also teach us that it's never too late to take up a new hobby, as he does by joining that acting troupe.

50 of 52 FX

Learn how to play an instrument like Darius of Atlanta

Darius (Lakeith Stanfield)'s decision to seek out a new instrument on Atlanta yields all kind of unexpected craziness, so maybe don't turn to an internet messaging board for such a sale in real-life. But do use this as a catalyst for bringing a little more music into your life in 2019 -- try out a few at-home keyboard tutorials or finally, finally learn the chords of that hand-me-down guitar that's been collecting dust in the attic.

51 of 52 FXX

Get totally ripped, like Mac on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Mac (Rob McElhenney) of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia may not have been totally happy once he got his "gay bod," but he set a goal and stuck to it, so that counts for something. And since he went a step further by choreographing an elaborate coming out dance after realizing his body was just one piece of the puzzle, he gets double the respect.

52 of 52 Fox

Tap into your inner courage, like Bobby Nash on 9-1-1

Captain Bobby Nash (Peter Krause) has done all manner of rescuing on 9-1-1, from running into burning buildings to using the Jaws of Life to rescue people. But this season, he's doing something that, for him, is far more courageous: opening his heart. Casting aside the heartbreak and guilt over his responsibility in family's death, he's kicked down the doors of his heart and professed his love for Sgt. Athena Grant (Angela Bassett), which took guts.