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The Best New TV Shows Of 2020

Updated March 2, 2021 8.9k votes 620 voters 5.8k views606 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 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.

  • The Queen's Gambit1

    The Queen's Gambit

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Queen's Gambit (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama miniseries based on the 1983 novel by...  more

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  • Ted Lasso2

    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

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  • The Last Dance3

    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
  • I May Destroy You4

    I May Destroy You

    Michaela Coel, Lewis Reeves

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    I May Destroy You (HBO, 2020) is a drama television series created by Michaela Coel. Set in...  more

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    #81 of 114 The Best Dramas On HBO Max#20 of 65 The Best Black TV Shows In 2020

  • Bridgerton5


    Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Period drama

    Bridgerton (Netflix, 2020) is an American period drama television series created by Shonda...  more

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  • Upload6


    Robbie Amell, Andy Allo

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Science Fiction, Satire

    Upload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series...  more

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  • The Great7

    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

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    #22 of 46 New TV Shows of the Last Few Years with the Best Overall Acting#119 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

  • Animaniacs8


    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Family, Kids

    Animaniacs (Hulu, 2020) is an American animated comedy show created by Tom Ruegger and a...  more

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  • Perry Mason9

    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

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  • The Haunting of Bly Manor10

    The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Victoria Pedretti, Tahirah Sharif

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Anthology

    The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season of the Netflix supernatural anthology...  more

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  • Lovecraft Country11

    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

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    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Comedy

    How To... with John Wilson (HBO, 2020) an American television docuseries created by filmmaker...  more

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  • Dave13


    Lil Dicky, Taylor Misiak

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Dave (FXX, 2020) is an American comedy series created by Lil Dicky and Jeff Schaffer. A...  more

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  • I Know This Much Is True14

    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

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  • Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian15

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Miniseries

    Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2020) is a television documentary series. Hosted by...  more

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  • Unorthodox16


    Jeff Wilbusch, Amit Rahav

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Unorthodox (Netflix, 2020) is a German drama television series created by Anna Winger and...  more
  • Defending Jacob17

    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
  • Raised by Wolves18

    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

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    #18 of 36 Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing#14 of 46 The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years

  • Looney Tunes Cartoons19

    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

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  • Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich20

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime

    Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Netflix, 2020) is a crime documentary miniseries based on the...  more

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  • Ratched21


    Sarah Paulson, Alice Englert

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Ratched (Netflix, 2020) is an American television series based on Ken Kesey's novel One Flew...  more


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  • The Flight Attendant22

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    Kaley Cuoco, Sonoya Mizuno

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Drama

    The Flight Attendant (HBO Max, 2020) is an American thriller television series created by...  more

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  • Never Have I Ever23

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    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Never Have I Ever (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by Mindy...  more

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  • Your Honor24

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    Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg

    Genres (Tv)Legal drama

    Your Honor (Showtime, 2020) is an American 10-episode limited series adapted from the Israeli...  more

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  • Love Life25

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    Anna Kendrick, Zoe Chao

    Genres (Tv)Romantic, Comedy

    Love Life (HBO Max, 2020) is a romantic comedy anthology television series created by Sam...  more

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