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 didn't wait a moment to start the year off right. The best new shows of 2020 were 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. As the year went on, more comforting shows like Ted Lasso or Dash & Lily became the faves, but they were balanced by heavy science fiction such as Raised By Wolves and horror like Lovecraft Country.
What were the best new series of 2020? Vote up the most excellent programs of the year.
Genres (Tv): Drama, ThrillerThe Queen's Gambit (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama miniseries based on the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis. Following her life from eight to 22 years old, the show centers on orphan chess prodigy... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomTed Lasso (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American sports comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis and is a continuation of a character Sudeikis portrayed in promos for NBC's... more
Genres (Tv): Sports documentaryThe Last Dance (ESPN, 2020) is an American sports documentary miniseries directed by Jason Hehir. Focusing on the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, the docuseries follows Michael Jordan's career and his final... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, RomanceBridgerton (Netflix, 2020) is an American period drama television series created by Shonda Rhimes and based on the Bridgerton book series by Julia Quinn. Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the... more
Genres (Tv): Science fictionUpload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series created by Greg Daniels. In the future, Nathan (Robbie Amell) meets his early death, and is uploaded into... more
Genres (Tv): Talk, Science fiction, EntertainmentDisney Gallery: The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2020) is a television documentary series. Hosted by executive director Jon Favreau, the cast and crew of The Mandalorian to share an unprecedented look at... more
Genres (Tv): DramaI May Destroy You (HBO, 2020) is a drama television series created by Michaela Coel. Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella, a carefree, self-assured... more
Genres (Tv): Comedy, Animated, ChildrenAnimaniacs (Hulu, 2020) is an American animated comedy show created by Tom Ruegger and a reboot of the 1993 show of the same name. The show follows Yakko, Wakko, and Dot as they have a great time... more
Genres (Tv): DramaUnorthodox (Netflix, 2020) is a German drama television series created by Anna Winger and directed by Maria Schrader based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Feldman. It follows the story of a... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, HorrorThe Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season of the Netflix supernatural anthology television series The Haunting. It premiered on October 9, 2020. The story is loosely based on the 1898 horror... more
Genres (Tv): Science fictionRaised by Wolves (HBO Max, 2020) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Ridley Scott and Aaron Guzikowski. Androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious... more
Genres (Tv): DramaThe Great (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series written and executive produced by Tony McNamara. The series details the rise to power of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and her explosive... more
Genres (Tv): DramaLovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt Ruff. Set in 1950s Jim Crow America, Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), his friend Letitia (Jurnee... more
Genres (Tv): Crime dramaPerry Mason (HBO, 2020) is an American drama television series, based on the Perry Mason series of short stories and novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner. In booming 1932 Los Angeles, a... more
Genres (Tv): Documentary, ComedyHow To... with John Wilson (HBO, 2020) an American television docuseries created by filmmaker John Wilson. The titular anxious New Yorker who attempts to give everyday advice while dealing with his... more
Genres (Tv): DramaI Know This Much Is True (HBO) is an American TV drama based on the novel of the same name by Wally Lamb. The story follows the lives of twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey (Mark Ruffalo).... more
Genres (Tv): Crime drama, ThrillerYour Honor (Showtime, 2020) is an American 10-episode limited series adapted from the Israeli series Kvodo created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach. A Chicago judge tries to protect his son after he... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, ThrillerThe Flight Attendant (HBO Max, 2020) is an American thriller television series created by actress and producer Kaley Cuoco. Flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes in her hotel room hungover from the... more
Genres (Tv): Documentary, CrimeJeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Netflix, 2020) is a crime documentary miniseries based on the 2016 book of the same name by James Patterson, and co-written by John Connolly and Tim Malloy. Stories from... more
Genres (Tv): DramaNormal People (Hulu, BBC, 2020) is an Irish television drama series based on the novel of the same name by Sally Rooney. The series follows Marianne and Connell, best friends from different... more
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Romance, AnthologyLove Life (HBO Max, 2020) is a romantic comedy anthology television series created by Sam Boyd. The series follows a different person each season from their first romance until their last romance.... more
Genres (Tv): ComedyLove on the Spectrum (Netflix, 2020) is an American documentary television series executive produced by Karina Holden. This four-part documentary series follows young adults on the autism spectrum as... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomDave (FXX, 2020) is an American comedy series created by Lil Dicky and Jeff Schaffer. A neurotic mid 20's suburbanite is convinced he's destined to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Now he... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, FantasyWarrior Nun (Netflix, 2020) is a supernatural drama television series created by Simon Barry, based on the comic book Warrior Nun Areala. After waking up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a... more
Genres (Tv): DramaDefending Jacob (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American crime drama television miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by William Landay. The miniseries follows the story of Andy Barber (Chris... more