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The Best New Sci-fi Shows Of 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated April 3, 2020 100 votes 56 voters 1.9k views 11 items

List Rules Vote up the best science fiction television shows that premiered their first season in 2020.

The previous year's selection of science fiction series set new standards of innovation and awe leaving the best sci-fi shows of 2020 a lot to live up to. Luckily, the great sci-fi series released in 2020 are ready to live up to them. From horror to action to superheroes and drama – even series that are more speculative than science-y - the newest sci-fi on TV is ready to rock your world and the worlds beyond.

Is there any more widely known science fiction television franchise than Star Trek? A new series brings back old favorites in Star Trek: Picard. If true classics are what you want, an adaptation of The War Of The Worlds from the BBC and Netflix has a perfect pedigree. The new sci-fi shows of 2020 also include comedy series like Avenue 5 and dramatic horror with October Faction, as well as some of the most exciting sci-fi shows in 2020.

Vote up your favorite 2020 sci-fi shows from the list below, and vote down those that just didn't work for you. You can also add any new shows that may have not made the list.

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Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series featuring the Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as part of an expansion of the Star Trek franchise. The series is set 18 years after the events of the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis and finds the retired Admiral General deeply affected by the destruction of Romulus as depicted in the 2009 film Star Trek. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Drama

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Snowpiercer (TBS, 2020) is an American television series based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. The series focuses on the last survivors on the planet. They inhabit 'The Snowpiercer', a train that travels around the globe, which is divided into two feuding classes. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly, Mickey Sumner, Annalise Basso

Network: TBS

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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neXT (Fox, 2020) is an American crime thriller, sci-fi drama television series. Brilliant but paranoid former tech CEO, Paul Leblanc (John Slattery), joins a Homeland Cybersecurity Agent (Fernanda Andrade) and her team to stop the world’s first artificial intelligence crisis: the emergence of a rogue AI with the ability to continuously improve itself. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Drama, Thriller, Science fiction

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Avenue 5 (HBO, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci. Space captain Ryan Clark of the Avenue 5 tries to get along with others in the space tourism industry. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura, Rebecca Front

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Comedy

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