The Best Television of 2019: The Drama of War and the Pursuit of Justice

Shows like ‘Das Boot,’ ‘Our Boys’ and ‘The Spy’ gave this year’s most distinguished programming a decidedly international flavor. 

The best shows of 2019 were set around the globe and shared a common theme—the drama of war and the pursuit of justice. Subtitles abounded.

“Das Boot’’ (Hulu) powered in, assured, elegant and phenomenally gripping, no small triumph given its status as a sequel. Written chiefly by Johannes W. Betz and Tony Saint, and directed by Andreas Prochaska, the series begins where the 1981 film “Das Boot”—based on Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s novel of the same name—leaves off. The time is 1942; the German U-boats assigned the task...

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