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The Best 2020 Original Streaming Platform Shows

Updated March 1, 2021 469 votes 100 voters 3.5k views329 items

List RulesOnly shows original series on streaming networks that premiered in 2020.

Original series from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube Premium have expanded the range of shows we watch and how we watch them. And in 2020, the options available in streaming channels is almost overwhelming. There’s Disney+ and Apple TV+ already bringing some of the best streaming shows of 2020, but contenders such as Peacock, HBO Max and Quibi wait in the wings for their respective launch dates.  There is a daring flexibility to streaming originals that more brands are embracing, and the best streaming series in 2020 are ready to shake up your TV nights.

Streaming TV platforms often acquire shows from other channels, but what they do with their original programming is impressive. The flexibility of streaming services can make it a great place for returns to old favorites, like Star Trek: Picard from CBS All Access. Apple+ brings their first anthology series with Little America and Netflix continues its relationship with the BBC for a fresh adaptation of Dracula.

Although some streaming shows still dole out episodes weekly, others let you binge a new season all at once. There are pros (no waiting for new episodes!) and cons (there are no new episodes!) to each style but however you watch them, these are the best new shows on streaming platforms in 2020. Vote up the best new shows on streaming services in 2020.

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    Hillary

    Hillary Clinton

    Genres (Tv)Documentary Miniseries

    Hillary (Hulu, 2020) is a documentary miniseries directed by Nanette Burstein. A look at the...  more
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    High Fidelity

    Zoë Kravitz, David H. Holmes

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    High Fidelity (Hulu, 2020) is an American comedy television series adapted from the novel of...  more

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  • Locke & Key3
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    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

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    Spinning Out

    Kaya Scodelario, Mitchell Edwards

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Spinning Out (Netflix, 2020) American drama television series, created by Samantha Stratton....  more

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    Little America

    Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik

    Genres (Tv)Anthology

    Little America (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American anthology television series. Each episode of...  more

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    The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia

    Paulina Chávez, Reed Horstmann

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (Netflix, 2020), also known as Ashley Garcia: Genius...  more

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    AJ and the Queen

    Izzy G., Tia Carrere

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    AJ and the Queen (Netflix, 2020) is an American comedy series created by RuPaul and Michael...  more

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    Messiah

    Tomer Sisley, Michelle Monaghan

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller

    Messiah (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Michael...  more

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    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Drama

    Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series featuring the Star...  more

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  • Little Fires Everywhere10
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    Little Fires Everywhere

    Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu, 2020) is an American TV mini-series based on Celeste Ng's...  more

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    Ratched

    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 Eddy12
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    The Eddy

    André Holland, Joanna Kulig

    Genres (Tv)Musical, Drama

    The Eddy (Netflix, 2020) is an American musical drama television miniseries created by Damien...  more

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    Summer Camp Island

    Elliott Smith, Oona Laurence

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure

    Summer Camp Island (Cartoon Network, 2018) is an American animated television series created...  more

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    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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    Utopia

    Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Utopia (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American drama television series adapted by Gillian Flynn. A...  more

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    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

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  • Warrior Nun17
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    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

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    Close Enough

    J. G. Quintel, Jason Mantzoukas

    Genres (Tv)Animated, Comedy, Sitcom

    Close Enough (HBO Max, 2020) is an American animated sitcom created by J. G. Quintel. The show...  more

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    Home Before Dark

    Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Drama

    Home Before Dark (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American mystery drama television series created by...  more
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    Little Voice (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series. The...  more
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    Amazing Stories

    Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Fantasy

    Amazing Stories (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American fantasy anthology television series based on...  more

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    Mythic Quest

    Rob McElhenney, F. Murray Abraham

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Mythic Quest (Apple TV+, 2020), known as "Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet" for its first season,...  more

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    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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    Helstrom

    Tom Austen, Sydney Lemmon

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Action, Superhero

    Helstrom (Hulu, 2020) is an American supernatural action television series, based on the...  more

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    Broke

    Pauley Perrette, Jaime Camil

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Family sitcom

    Broke (CBS, 2020) is an American sitcom television series. After his wealthy father decides to...  more