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The Most Exciting Thriller TV Shows In 2020

Updated November 13, 2020 165 votes 17 voters44 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    The Handmaid's Tale
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    2

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Ozark
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    4

    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Blacklist
    7
    2

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Homeland
    5
    1

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Genres (Tv)Suspense, Drama, Thriller

    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Stranger Things
    5
    1

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

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

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    American Horror Story
    5
    4

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Black Mirror
    5
    4

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Sinner
    5
    4

    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Anthology

    The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Taboo
    4
    2

    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill

    Genres (Tv)Period drama

    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips"... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Carnival Row
    4
    2

    Carnival Row

    Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Neo-noir

    Carnival Row (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American neo-noir fantasy web television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    You
    4
    4

    You

    Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Walking Dead
    5
    7

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Genres (Tv)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Westworld
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    2

    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Fear the Walking Dead
    2
    5

    Fear the Walking Dead

    Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror

    Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Mr. Robot
    1
    2

    Mr. Robot

    Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Techno thriller, Psychological thriller

    Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Sam... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Dark
    0
    2

    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Thriller

    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Riviera
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    1

    Riviera

    Julia Stiles, Lena Olin

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller

    Riviera (Sky Atlantic, 2017) is a British television drama created by Neil Jordan. After the... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Safe
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    2

    Safe

    Michael C. Hall, Amanda Abbington

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller, Mystery

    Safe (Netflix, 2018) is a television drama series created by Harlan Coben. After his teenage... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Mayans MC
    1
    1

    Mayans MC

    J. D. Pardo, Edward James Olmos

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama, Thriller

    Mayans MC (FX, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Purge
    1
    2

    The Purge

    Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons

    Genres (Tv)Action, Horror, Sci-fi

    The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Tell Me a Story
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    0

    Tell Me a Story

    Billy Magnussen, Kim Cattrall

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller, Anthology series

    Tell Me a Story (CBS All Access, 2018) is an American psychological thriller web television... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    I Am the Night
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    2

    I Am the Night

    Chris Pine, India Eisley

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery

    I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is an American limited television series created by Sam Sheridan.... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Godfather of Harlem
    2
    2

    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Snowpiercer
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    2

    Snowpiercer

    Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

    Snowpiercer (TNT, 2020) is an American television series based on the French graphic novel Le... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    The Rook
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    2

    The Rook

    Jon Fletcher, Emma Greenwell

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Rook (Starz, 2019) is an American television series created by Stephenie Meyer and based... more on Wikipedia