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The Saddest TV Shows In 2020

Updated March 24, 2020 887 votes 74 voters 1.2k views37 items

List RulesVote up the television series airing new episodes during the 2020 calendar year kept the tears coming.

Dim the lights, grab the tissues, and get ready to bawl your eyes out. These sad shows are sure to bring out all the feelings. Who doesn’t love a good cry? It’s healing to just let the tears flow free. The saddest TV shows of 2020 feature all the dramatic staples from medical dramas to police cases to fires.  

There’s a reason why This Is Us tops the television ratings every week. And no, it’s not because of Milo Ventimiglia’s mustache (although that thing is pretty sweet). Dramas like This Is Us combine that perfect blend of tragedy and hope. In fact, the happy sweet scenes are just as likely to make viewers crawl up into a big weeping ball than the sad scenes. 

Which are the saddest TV shows airing new episodes in 2020? Vote up the shows that make you do the ugly cry. 

 

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  • This Is Us1
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Family drama

    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a...  more
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  • The Handmaid's Tale2
    44
    11

    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
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  • 13 Reasons Why3
    45
    21

    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

    13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel...  more
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  • BoJack Horseman4
    27
    8

    BoJack Horseman

    Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Animation

    BoJack Horseman (Netflix, 2014) is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael...  more
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  • The Walking Dead5
    37
    20

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

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

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more
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  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit6
    28
    11

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime...  more
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  • A Million Little Things7
    32
    18

    A Million Little Things

    David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by...  more
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  • Grey's Anatomy8
    28
    14

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by...  more
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  • Black Mirror9
    24
    15

    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
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  • The Outsider10
    22
    14

    The Outsider

    Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Horror

    The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by...  more
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  • Criminal Minds11
    18
    10

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series...  more
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  • Servant12
    15
    7

    Servant

    Toby Kebbell, Lauren Ambrose

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller, Horror drama

    Servant (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American psychological thriller television series created by...  more
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  • New Amsterdam13
    20
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    New Amsterdam

    Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama

    New Amsterdam (NBC, 2018) is an American medical drama television series developed by David...  more
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  • Westworld14
    22
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    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
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  • Evil15
    10
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    Evil

    Katja Herbers, Mike Colter

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Thriller, Drama

    Evil (CBS, 2019) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Robert King...  more
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  • Stranger Things16
    15
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    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
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  • How to Get Away with Murder17
    14
    14

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Legal drama

    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series...  more
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  • Call The Midwife18
    1
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    Call The Midwife

    Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The...  more
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  • The Chi19
    11
    11

    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A...  more
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  • Truth Be Told20
    1
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    Truth Be Told

    Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Drama

    Truth Be Told (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American drama television series based on Are You...  more
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  • Doctor Who21
    14
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
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  • Transparent22
    7
    5

    Transparent

    Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy

    Transparent (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jill...  more
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  • Chicago Med23
    7
    5

    Chicago Med

    Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama

    Chicago Med (NBC, 2015) is an American medical drama television series created by Dick Wolf...  more
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  • The Sinner24
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    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
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  • Council of Dads25
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    Council of Dads

    Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Family drama

    Council of Dads (NBC, 2020) is an American drama television series based upon the 2010 book...  more
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