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The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated February 19, 2020 14.1k votes 757 voters 5.6k views 129 items

List Rules Vote up the returning shows premiering new episodes in 2019 that you're most exited about.

The best TV shows returning in 2020 are a mix of long-awaited series finales, canceled shows that have been renewed, and Emmy-nominated shows. Which 2020 returning shows are you most looking forward to?

The most anticipated 2020 season premieres include Euphoria, The Umbrella Academy, Outlander, The Handmaid's Tale, Russian Doll, Better Call Saul, and Ozark. Many favorite returning shows are ending in 2020 and will be airing their final seasons, such as Dark, Future Man, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Other shows have especially anticipated new seasons such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, season four of Stranger Things, the return of Westworld with a season three, and Dirty John - returning as an anthology series with a new season called "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story".

Vote up the 2020 returning TV shows you're most excited to watch, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list. Then, check out the best shows on TV right now.

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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

Season Two - Returns in early 2020.

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

Season Four - Returns TBD.

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

Season Three - Returns January 24.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

Season Seven - Returns February 6.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in ...more
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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Network: Starz

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Season Five - Returns February 16.

Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

Season 10 - Returns in September.

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

Season Seven, final season - Returns TBD.

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more
8
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

Network: A&E, CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Season 15, final season - Returns January 8.

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

Season Three - Returns March 15.

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Season Seven, final season - Returns in summer 2020.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more
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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

Season Five - Returns January 15.

The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more
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The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
starwarssuperfan added Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Premiered: November 12, 2019

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: Disney+

Genres (Tv): Drama, Space Opera, Science Fiction

Season Two - Returns in October.

The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. Taking place after the events in Return of the Jedi, but ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

Season Four - Returns TBD.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
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Young Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Young Sheldon Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber

Premiered: 2017

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season Four - Returns February 6.

Young Sheldon (CBS, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro. The series is a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory and serves as a prequel to that series, following the ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

Season 11 - Returns February 23.

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Nick Cannon

Genres (Tv): Reality competition, Music

Season Three - Returns February 2.

The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Series 12 - Returns January 1.

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
18
This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

Season Five - Returns January 14.

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more
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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Genres (Tv): Animation, Adult, Comedy

Season Four - Returns TBD.

Big Mouth (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, based on Kroll and Goldberg's tweenage years in the New ...more
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Schitt's Creek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Schitt's Creek Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: CBC, POP

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Season Six, final season - Returns January 7.

Schitt's Creek (CBC, 2015) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy. After losing their fortune, a family is forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining ...more
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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

Season Five - Returns January 14.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more
22
Russian Doll is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Season Two - Returns TBD.

Russian Doll (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy web television series created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland. A young woman (Natasha Lyonne) in New York tries to escape ...more
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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis

Genres (Tv): Drama

Season Two - Returns January 6.

Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew Fernandes. When Montego Air Flight 828 lands safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew ...more
24
Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

Season Three - Returns TBD.

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 196

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Medical drama, Romance TV, Drama, Comedy-drama, + more

Season 17 - Returns January 23.

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more