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The Best Shows Starring Movie Stars on TV in 2020

Updated October 20, 2020 887 votes 64 voters46 items

List RulesVote up the best shows on television in 2020 that star movie stars.

Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and Jude Law are among the biggest film stars in the world. They are all also on 2020 TV shows starring movie stars. It used to be unheard of that a major movie star in the prime of their career would take a role on the small screen. However, thanks to what has been labeled, “The Golden Age of Television,” it is no longer taboo for movie stars to appear on TV.

Thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, the best movie star-led TVseries break the mold of traditional storytelling. Television dramas today can explore characters and experiment with narrative style. The modern television landscape is filled with flawed protagonists and stories that are able to develop over the course of an entire season, not just unravel over two standard hours.

What are the best series starring movie stars? Vote up your favorites. 

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  • The Morning Show1
    50
    7

    The Morning Show

    Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Movie Stars: Reese Witherspoon (Wild, Legally Blonde), Jennifer Aniston (Cake, Horrible Bosses), Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy, Anchorman)

    The Morning Show (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American drama web television series. The show...  more
  • Ozark2
    35
    1

    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Movie Stars: Jason Bateman (Game Night, Horrible Bosses), Laura Linney (Primal Fear, You Can Count On Me)

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial...  more
  • Homecoming3
    41
    10

    Homecoming

    Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller

    Movie Star: Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich)

    Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by...  more
  • Fargo4
    41
    15

    Fargo

    Chris Rock, Timothy Olyphant

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

    Movie Star: Chris Rock (Top Five, Grown Ups)

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah...  more
  • The Crown5
    34
    14

    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    Movie Stars in Season 4: Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, Ocean's Eight)

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter...  more
  • Billions6
    38
    20

    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Movie Star: Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Mr. Banks)

    Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman,...  more
  • The Politician7
    27
    10

    The Politician

    Bob Balaban, Benjamin Barrett

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Musical

    Movie Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow (Marvel Cinematic Universe, Seven, The Royal Tenenbaums), Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect)

    The Politician (Netflix, 2019) is an American musical comedy television series created by Ryan...  more
  • The New Pope8
    31
    15

    The New Pope

    Jude Law, John Malkovich

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Movie Stars: Jude Law (Closer, Sherlock Holmes), John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, Dangerous Liaisons)

    The New Pope (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2020) is an Italian and Spanish drama television miniseries...  more
  • Homeland9
    24
    10

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Suspense, Drama, Thriller

    Movie Star: Claire Danes (Romeo + Juliet, The Family Stone)

    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard...  more
  • Shameless10
    21
    8

    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Movie Star: William H. Macy (Fargo, Wild Hogs)

    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John...  more
  • Westworld11
    15
    4

    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    Movie Stars: Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen), Thandie Newton (Crash), James Marsden (Enchanted)

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series...  more
  • Stranger Things12
    21
    11

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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

    Movie Star: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands)

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
  • The Umbrella Academy13
    30
    22

    The Umbrella Academy

    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    Movie Star: Ellen Page (Juno, Inception)

    The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve...  more
  • Peaky Blinders14
    11
    0

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Period Drama

    Movie Star: Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Batman Begins)

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,...  more
  • Dead to Me15
    18
    10

    Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Tragicomedy

    Movie Stars: Christina Applegate (Anchorman), James Marsden (Enchanted)

    Dead to Me (Netflix, 2019) is an American dark comedy web television series created by Liz...  more
  • Grace and Frankie16
    22
    17

    Grace and Frankie

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Movie Stars: Jane Fonda (Klute, Barbarella) Lily Tomin (Nashville, I Heart Huckabees)

    Grace and Frankie (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by...  more
  • Gary Busey: Pet Judge17
    12
    4

    Gary Busey: Pet Judge

    Gary Busey, Mike E. Winfield

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Movie Stars: Gary Busey (Point Break, Lethal Weapon)

    Gary Busey: Pet Judge (Amazon Video, 2020) is a comedy television series hosted by Gary Busey...  more
  • City on a Hill18
    17
    10

    City on a Hill

    Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Movie Star: Kevin Bacon (Tremors, Footloose, JFK)

    City on a Hill (Showtime, 2019) is an American television series created by Chuck MacLean....  more
  • The Sinner19
    11
    2

    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Anthology

    Movie Stars: Jessica Biel (Blade: Trinity, The Illusionist), Bill Pullman (Independence Day) Matt Bomer (Magic Mike)

    The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds,...  more
  • The Righteous Gemstones20
    14
    10

    The Righteous Gemstones

    Danny McBride, John Goodman

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Movie Star: John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Lebowski)

    The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Danny...  more
  • Carnival Row21
    7
    1

    Carnival Row

    Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Neo-noir

    Movie Star: Orlando Bloom (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)

    Carnival Row (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American neo-noir fantasy web television series...  more
  • The Alienist22
    4
    1

    The Alienist

    Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    Movie Star: Dakota Fanning (Man on Fire, War of the Worlds)

    The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary...  more
  • Altered Carbon23
    7
    1

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

    Movie Stars: Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop, Suicide Squad), Anthony Mackie (8 Mile,  Avengers: Age of Ultron)

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,...  more
  • Away24
    4
    1

    Away

    Hillary Swank, Josh Charles

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Sci-Fi, Drama

    Movie Stars: Hilary Swank (Million-Dollar Baby, Logan Lucky, I Am Mother)

    Away (Netflix, 2020) is an American sci-fi television series created by Jessica Goldberg and...  more
  • The Undoing25
    2
    0

    The Undoing

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Movie Stars: Nicole Kidman (Bombshell, The Others), Hugh Grant (The Gentlemen, Love, Actually)

    The Undoing (HBO, 2020) is an American drama miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on...  more