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The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020 

Molly Gander
80 votes 11 voters 32 items

List Rules Vote up the thriller television series airing new episodes during the 2020 calendar year that keep you caught up in the action and excitement.

Are you ready for the most exciting thriller TV shows in 2020 and can't wait to see what's new in thrill-filled television in 2020? These are the most exciting thriller TV series available to watch in 2020, which are either new or continuing from a previous season. The most exciting thriller series are often the most realistic and therefore the most terrifying to watch. The best exciting thrillers on TV will make you look under your bed and never open the door for strangers, ever again.

For a thriller series to be truly exciting, it has to be the kind that excites the viewer through masterful storytelling, unbearable suspense, and horrific consequences for the people on the screen. The tension of waiting for the other shoe to drop can be as heart-racingly intense as a chase scene, if a show does it right. Knowing that characters will reap the rewards of their actions, for better or worse (often for worse) keeps us glued to the screen.

Which of these most exciting thriller TV series are you most looking forward to in 2020? Vote up your favorites and watch as the most exciting thriller TV shows rise to the top!

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more
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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera
Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more
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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Jacob Dudman, Brandon Fellows, Siobhan Finneran
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 ...more
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Carnival Row is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Waj Ali
Carnival Row (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American neo-noir fantasy web television series created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham. As a serial killer preys on mystical creatures in a ...more
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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley
Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott
The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more
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You is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell
You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. A clever bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) relies on ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday
Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen
The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise. Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a ...more
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Messiah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Tomer Sisley, Michelle Monaghan, Mehdi Dehbi
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.
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Spectros is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Danilo Mesquita, Enzo Barone, Cláudia Okuno
Spectros (Netflix, 2020) is a Brazilian supernatural thriller television series directed by Douglas Petrie. Spectros tells the story of a group of five teenagers who are accidentally attracted ...more
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Alice in Borderland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya
Alice in Borderland (Netflix, 2020) is a Japanese thriller television series based on the suspense shōnen manga series of the same name by by Haro Aso. With his two friends, a ...more
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Dark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel
Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings light ...more
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Mayans MC is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
J. D. Pardo, Edward James Olmos, Jacqueline Obradors
Mayans MC (FX, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, and a spinoff of Sons of Anarchy. EZ Reyes (J. D. Pardo), a former golden boy now fresh out of ...more
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I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays
I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is a six-episode limited television series directed by Patty Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney, and Carl Franklin. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black ...more
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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020
Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly, Mickey Sumner
Snowpiercer (TBS, 2020) is an American television series based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. The series focuses on the last survivors on the planet. They inhabit 'The ...more