"In all likelihood, when the year-end lists for best TV of 2019 are submitted, Years and Years will be on many of them," says Tim Goodman. "The HBO limited series has Emma Thompson in a key, refreshing role; it is so far the best series on television at directly tackling the fallout of the Trump presidency and the rise of totalitarianism masquerading as populism; it's arguably one of the most creative looks at the future and technology paranoia this season, overshadowing the king of that genre, Black Mirror. The level of ambition and smarts and the wonderful writing in Years and Years sets it apart, and there are emotionally touching, superb performances throughout. And yet, as the series had its finale on HBO on Monday, one thing became very clear: It might be 'too soon' and 'too triggering' a series to currently get the credit that will eventually come to it." ALSO: Years and Years was brilliant but "depressing on top of depressing, which may explain why so many viewers took a pass."