532 Scripted Series In 2019 & Rising

James Wolcott Too Much Television

FX Networks Chairman John Landgraf has become kind of famous for his annual ‘state of play’ briefings about the phenomenon of ‘Peak TV’ thanks to access to his network’s research team stats which paint an effective picture of the modern network and streaming landscape.

Presenting his latest stats at a recent TCA panel, he confirmed that 2019 featured approximately 532 scripted original series and limited series on the air in the United States. That’s up 7% from 2018, which then had a record-breaking total of 495 scripted series.

The FX boss, who once suspected the ‘peak’ of Peak TV would inevitably contract, has now also changed his tune and says he doesn’t see the growth stopping anytime soon: “Given that the streaming wars are now at hand, that total will increase substantially this year, which to me is just bananas” he tells The Live Feed.

With the on-set of HBO Max and Peacock in the first half of this year along with Apple TV+, Disney+, and FX on Hulu getting ready to ramp up their content – he’s very likely right.