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The Best New Thriller Shows Of 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated March 13, 2020 53 votes 36 voters 2.7k views 8 items

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

While some of the best thrillers of 2020 are eagerly anticipated, others surprised us with how addictively thrilling their stories were. From edge-of-your-seat excitement to classic crime fiction to slick neo-noir thrillers, they have it all - the best 2020 TV thrillers are captivating and chilling in perfect measures.

The best thriller shows of 2020 take you to the edge of your seat and keep you there whether you've got to wait each week for the latest thrills or can overload on them all at once by binge-watching. While action thrillers keep our hearts pumping with adrenaline, the drama neXT wraps its tangled thrills into science fiction and crime drama. Of course, it's up to the true TV fans to decide which show is the best. There are even international thriller series such as Spectros (Brazil) and Alice in Borderland (Japan) for those who like to cast their thrill net wide.

Check out the 2020 thriller shows below and vote up the very best. You can also vote down shows that didn't cut it for you, or whose thrills were thin.

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The Stranger (Netflix, 2020) is a British television drama series based on the novel of the same name by Harlan Coben. The series will follow Adam Price, who seems to be living the perfect life - two great sons, a watertight marriage - until a stranger approaches him at a bar and reveals a shocking secret about Price's wife, Corinne. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jacob Dudman, Brandon Fellows, Siobhan Finneran

Premiered: 2020

Network: Netflix

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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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Messiah (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Michael Petroni. The world reacts to a man in the Middle East claiming to be the Messiah. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Tomer Sisley, Michelle Monaghan, Mehdi Dehbi, John Ortiz, Melinda Page Hamilton, + more

Premiered: 2020

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

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For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg. Prisoner Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a crime he didn't commit. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant, Glenn Fleshler, Dorian Missick

Premiered: 2020

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller, Legal drama

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