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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 2020s

Updated June 10, 2020 524 votes 57 voters 1.9k views21 items

List RulesVote up the best shows set in the 2020s. If you're adding an item to the list, be sure it's a period piece set in the 2020s, not a series released during that decade.

When it comes to science fiction television shows, many of them have 20/20 vision - the year 2020, that is. From anime to American comedies and British dramas, the best TV shows set in the 2020s play with the possibilities of our near future.

Television series set in the 2020s that are from earlier decades, such as the 1970s Sealab 2020, or '80s television shows such as Terrahawks and Star Cops, had a little more elbow room for prediction than shows made later.  Shows like The Last Man on Earth (2015) and Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) are telling stories about the incredibly near future and rely on catastrophic events or the twists of a genre like horror and science fiction to add mental distance to events set less than a decade into the future. Years and Years starring Emma Thompson may be the boldest - and cutting it the closest to being released in the same decade it is set in - airing in 2019 and following the lives of the characters over the next 15 years. The second season of Netflix's Dark also added 2020 to it's list of time-hopping storylines, airing just six months before the decade change.

Which of these top TV shows set in the 2020s are your favorites? Check out the list below and vote up the best science fiction shows, comedies, and series, while voting down the shows that aren't enjoyable.

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    Set in: 2020s

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    • Set in: 2020s

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          Set in: 2020

          Gerry Anderson & Christopher Burr's Terrahawks, simply referred to as Terrahawks, is a 1980s British science fiction television series produced by Anderson Burr Pictures and created by the production team of Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr. The show was Anderson's first in over a decade to utilize puppets for its characters, and also his last. Anderson's previous puppet-laden TV series included Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Set in the year 2020, the series followed the adventures of the Terrahawks, a taskforce responsible for protecting Earth from invasion by a group of extraterrestrial androids and aliens led by Zelda. Like Anderson's previous puppet series,...  more
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