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The Best New TV Shows Of 2020

Updated January 7, 2021 5.7k votes 505 voters 5.2k views552 items

List RulesVote up the best brand new TV shows and online series that premiered between January 1 and December 31, 2020. Limited series are OK.

UPDATED: Check out the Best New TV Shows in 2021!

From thrilling new dramas to musical comedies or thrilling sci-fi, the best 2020 TV premieres won't wait a moment to start the year off right. The best new shows of 2020 are some great TV and highly anticipated, including series that had been expected in 2019 but were pushed back into the new year, like HBO's The New Pope.

Right on the dawn of the new year, 2020 started with the Netflix original series Messiah, and although many of the first new shows of the year were heavy dramas or procedurals, Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist swept in with a song to bring some light to the new year. New sitcoms like Outmatched will definitely keep you grinning, while reboots like Party Of Five and new additions to franchises, such as Star Trek: Picard, add a fresh layer onto already loved stories that feels very appropriate for 2020.

What are the best new series of 2020? Vote up the most excellent programs below, and add your favorite shows that premiered in 2020 if they are missing from the list.

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    25

    Upload

    Robbie Amell, Andy Allo

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Science Fiction, Satire

    Upload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series... more on Wikipedia
  • Lovecraft Country2
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    15

    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Drama

    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt... more on Wikipedia
  • Warrior Nun3
    12
    4

    Warrior Nun

    Alba Baptista, Toya Turner

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Drama, Supernatural

    Warrior Nun (Netflix, 2020) is a supernatural drama television series created by Simon Barry,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ted Lasso4
    11
    2

    Ted Lasso

    Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sports

    Ted Lasso (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American sports comedy television series created by Bill... more on Wikipedia
  • The Last Dance5
    8
    0

    The Last Dance

    Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson

    Genres (Tv)Sports documentary

    The Last Dance (ESPN, 2020) is an American sports documentary miniseries directed by Jason... more on Wikipedia
  • Raised by Wolves6
    21
    18

    Raised by Wolves

    Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Raised by Wolves (HBO Max, 2020) is an American science fiction drama television series... more on Wikipedia
  • I Know This Much Is True7

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Miniseries

    I Know This Much Is True (HBO) is an American TV drama based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
  • Dave8
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    38

    Dave

    Lil Dicky, Taylor Misiak

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Dave (FXX, 2020) is an American comedy series created by Lil Dicky and Jeff Schaffer. A... more on Wikipedia
  • Defending Jacob9
    12
    11

    Defending Jacob

    Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama, Crime Drama, Mystery, Thriller

    Defending Jacob (Apple TV+) is an American crime drama television miniseries, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons10
    7
    4

    Looney Tunes Cartoons

    Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen

    Genres (Tv)Animated, Comedy, Slapstick

    Looney Tunes Cartoons (HBO Max, 2020) is an American animated comedy slapstick television... more on Wikipedia
  • Truth Seekers11
    5
    2

    Truth Seekers

    Nick Frost, Hiten Patel

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Truth Seekers (Amazon Video, 2020) is a British paranormal comedy television series. It... more on Wikipedia
  • Perry Mason12
    15
    17

    Perry Mason

    Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Perry Mason (HBO, 2020) is an American drama television series, based on the Perry Mason... more on Wikipedia
  • Locke & Key13
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    61

    Locke & Key

    Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Fantasy, Drama

    Locke & Key (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series based on the comic book... more on Wikipedia
  • Dead Still14
    5
    4

    Dead Still

    Michael Smiley, Jimmy Smallhorne

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime

    Dead Still (Acorn TV, 2020) is a comedy crime television series starring Michael Smiley. Set... more on Wikipedia
  • The Great15
    11
    12

    The Great

    Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Great (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series written and executive produced by Tony... more on Wikipedia
  • Stargirl16
    15
    20

    Stargirl

    Brec Bassinger, Anjelika Washington

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Superhero

    Stargirl (DC Universe, The CW, 2020) is an American drama television series, based on the DC... more on Wikipedia
  • Filthy Rich17
    5
    5

    Filthy Rich

    Kim Cattrall, Gerald McRaney

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Filthy Rich (Fox, 2020) is an American drama television series. The show centers on a... more on Wikipedia
  • Unorthodox18
    20
    27

    Unorthodox

    Jeff Wilbusch, Amit Rahav

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Unorthodox (Netflix, 2020) is a German drama television series created by Anna Winger and... more on Wikipedia
  • #blackAF19
    4
    4

    #blackAF

    Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Black Excellence (Netflix, 2020) (stylized as #blackAF) is an American single-camera sitcom... more on Wikipedia
  • Die Hart20
    5
    7

    Die Hart

    Kevin Hart

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Thriller, Action

    Die Hart (Quibi, 2020), working title Action Scene, is an action comedy series starring Kevin... more on Wikipedia
  • Nightgowns21
    4
    5

    Nightgowns

    Sasha Velour

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    Nightgowns (Quibi, 2020) is a documentary television series starring Sasha Velour. A new and... more on Wikipedia
  • The Drew Barrymore Show22
    4
    5

    Genres (Tv)Talk show

    The Drew Barrymore Show (Syndication, 2020) is an American television talk show. Host Drew... more on Wikipedia
  • Breeders23
    12
    18

    Breeders

    Jayda Eyles, Martin Freeman

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Breeders (FX, 2020) is a comedy television series created by Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell,... more on Wikipedia
  • Gary Busey: Pet Judge24
    12
    18

    Gary Busey: Pet Judge

    Gary Busey, Mike E. Winfield

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Gary Busey: Pet Judge (Amazon Video, 2020) is a comedy television series hosted by Gary Busey... more on Wikipedia
  • Belgravia25
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    Belgravia

    Alice Eve, Philip Glenister
    Belgravia (Epix, 2020) is a television drama series based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia