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The Best New Thriller Shows Of 2020

Updated December 30, 2020 543 votes 193 voters 19.3k views36 items

List RulesVote 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 mystery thriller series based on the novel by Harlan Coben. A mysterious stranger (Hannah John-Kamen) goes around exposing secrets and lies, destroying the lives of seemingly normal suburban families....  more
    • Actors: Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders
    • Premiered: 2020
    • Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Thriller
    Did it keep you thrillled?

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    The Capture (BBC One/Peacock) is a crime mystery thriller television series created by Ben Chanan. When a British soldier is charged with a crime, the tenacious young detective handling his case begins to uncover a multi-layered conspiracy....  more
    • Actors: Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner, Holliday Grainger, Laura Haddock
    • Premiered: 2020
    • Genres (Tv): Crime, Mystery, Thriller
    Did it keep you thrillled?
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    The Nest (Acorn, 2020) is a British five-part television drama-thriller miniseries that first aired on the BBC. Kaya (Mirren Mack), a teenage girl in Glasgow agrees to carry a baby for couple Dan (Martin Compston) and his wife Emily (Sophie Rundle), but the surrogacy is not the deepest secret to be revealed....  more
    • Actors: Martin Compston, Mirren Mack, Sophie Rundle
    • Premiered: 2020
    • Genres (Tv): Thriller
    Did it keep you thrillled?

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    Devs (FX, 2020) is a sci-fi thriller television series created by Alex Garland. A computer engineer (Sonoya Mizuno) investigates the secretive development division in her company, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend (Nick Offerman)....  more
    • Actors: Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen Henderson
    • Premiered: March 5, 2020
    • Genres (Tv): Drama, Science fiction, Thriller
    Did it keep you thrillled?

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