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The Best Shows Starring Movie Stars on TV in 2020

Updated October 20, 2020 783 votes 58 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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  • 1
    The Morning Show
    48
    5

    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)

  • 2
    Homecoming
    41
    7

    Homecoming

    Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller

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

  • 3
    Ozark
    32
    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)

  • 4
    Fargo
    40
    14

    Fargo

    Chris Rock, Timothy Olyphant

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

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

  • 5
    Billions
    37
    18

    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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

  • 6
    The Politician
    27
    8

    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)

  • 7
    The New Pope
    31
    14

    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)

  • 8
    The Crown
    30
    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)

  • 9
    Shameless
    21
    5

    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

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

  • 10
    Homeland
    22
    8

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Suspense, Drama, Thriller

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

  • 11
    Westworld
    15
    1

    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)

  • 12
    The Umbrella Academy
    28
    21

    The Umbrella Academy

    Ellen Page, Tom Hopper

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    Movie Star: Ellen Page (Juno, Inception)

  • 13
    Gary Busey: Pet Judge
    12
    2

    Gary Busey: Pet Judge

    Gary Busey, Mike E. Winfield

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

  • 14
    Dead to Me
    17
    8

    Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Tragicomedy

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

  • 15
    Peaky Blinders
    10
    0

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Period Drama

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

  • 16
    Stranger Things
    18
    11

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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

    Movie Star: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands)

  • 17
    Grace and Frankie
    21
    15

    Grace and Frankie

    Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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

  • 18
    City on a Hill
    14
    8

    City on a Hill

    Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

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

  • 19
    The Righteous Gemstones
    14
    8

    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)

  • 20
    Miracle Workers
    12
    12

    Miracle Workers

    Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Movie Stars: Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Fargo), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter films)

  • 21
    The Sinner
    5
    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)

  • 22
    Altered Carbon
    5
    0

    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)

  • 23
    Barry
    8
    7

    Barry

    Bill Hader, Stephen Root

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Movie Star: Bill Hader (Superbad, Trainwreck)

  • 24
    The Alienist
    4
    0

    The Alienist

    Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

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

  • 25
    Little Fires Everywhere
    4
    0

    Little Fires Everywhere

    Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Movie Stars: Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Walk The Line, Wild), Kerry Washington (Django Unchained, American Son, Save The Last Dance)