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The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated February 13, 2020 421 votes 66 voters 3.2k views 37 items

List Rules Vote up the science fiction shows and fantasy series you're most excited to watch in 2020.

It's 2020 and we're living in the future, and the upcoming sci-fi and fantasy series promise it'll be a good one. Even if 2020 doesn't turn out like science fiction predicted, there's no way the past could predict how great some of the most anticipated shows of 2020 will be. From favorite franchises and adaptations taking their stories to the small screen to new stories, the upcoming science fiction TV shows and fantasy series are making today's future something to look forward to.

Snowpiercer is both an adaptation of a French comic book series and a reboot of the 2013 film's continuity, is a post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller that blends gorgeous imagery with a cold (both emotionally and climate-wise) future. Television adaptations of science fiction novel classics such as the Foundation series and Brave New World are joining 2020's TV lineup alongside adaptations of much-loved fantasy novels such as The Watch and The Wheel Of Time.

But even with the anticipation of returns from shows such as Battlestar Galactica, there are new fantasy and sci-fi series to look forward to as well. The sci-fi comedy series Avenue 5 takes a humorous look at space tourism, while Raised By Wolves will bring the drama from creators Ridley Scott and Aaron Guzikowski . There are also family-friendly fantasy and science fiction series such as The Fungies and Monsters At Work. The musical dramedy Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist also offers a more lighthearted take on the genre.

What new sci-fi and upcoming fantasy series are you looking forward to the most in 2020? Vote up the TV shows you can't wait to watch and add any upcoming fantasy or science fiction shows that are set to air in 2020 that we've missed.

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Foundation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Lee Pace, Jared Harris

Network: Apple TV+

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi

Foundation (Apple TV+, 2020) American science fiction television series based on the book series of the same name by Isaac Asimov. Foundation chronicles the thousand year saga of The Foundation, ...more
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The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

The Wheel of Time (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American fantasy television series based on the novels by Robert Jordan. Moiraine embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women, and ...more
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Star Trek: Picard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Science fiction, Drama

Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series featuring the Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as part of an expansion of the Star Trek franchise. ...more
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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Stuart Walker, Mark Arends, Rhys Bailey

Network: Peacock

Genres (Tv): Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Brave New World (Peacock, 2020) is an American sci-fi dystopian drama series based on Aldous Huxley's book of the same name. A utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the ...more
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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Netflix, 2020) is a live-action adaptation of the animated series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Aang and his friends fight to save the world ...more
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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly, Mickey Sumner

Network: TBS

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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
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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

The Lord of the Rings (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American fantasy television series based on the book series The Lord of the Rings. Set during the 3,441-year period, known as the Age of ...more
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Cursed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Katherine Langford

Genres (Tv): Drama

Cursed (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series, based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler. Nimue (Katherine Langford), a teenage heroine with ...more
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neXT is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade Michael Mosley, Jason Butler Harner

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Drama, Thriller, Science fiction

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 ...more
10
Contraband is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction, Drama, Fantasy

Contraband (HBO, 2020), originally titled "Demimonde," is an American science fiction drama television series created by J. J. Abrams. The show is centered around a world's battle ...more
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The War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall, Rupert Graves

Network: BBC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

The War of the Worlds (BBC, 2020) is a British television drama based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name. The three-part limited series follows George (Rafe Spall) and his partner Amy ...more
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The Time Traveler's Wife... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Time Traveler's Wife (HBO, 2020) is an American drama television series based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger. Henry DeTamble involuntarily travels through time which complicates his ...more
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Dune: The Sisterhood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: HBO Max

Genres (Tv): Sci-Fi, Drama

Dune: The Sisterhood (HBO Max, 2020) is an American science fiction television series set in the 'Dune' universe. The series centers on the lives of the Bene Gesserit and will serve as a prequel ...more
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Zoey's Extraordinary Pla... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Musical fantasy, Dramedy, Musical, Fantsasy, Comedy, + more

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC, 2020) is an American musical fantasy dramedy television series. The show is set around Zoey's (Jane Levy) ability to recognize the thoughts of the people ...more
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Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: HBO Max

Genres (Tv): Sci-Fi

Green Lantern (HBO Max, 2020) is a sci-fi live-action television series based on the DC character of the same name.
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Upload is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Zainab Johnson

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Science Fiction, Satire

Upload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series created by Greg Daniels. In the future, Nathan (Robbie Amell) meets his early death, and is uploaded ...more
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DC's Strange Adventures ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: HBO Max

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Anthology

DC's Strange Adventures (HBO Max) is a superhero anthology television series based on the comic books of the same name. The series will feature characters from across the DC canon.
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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: Peacock

Genres (Tv): Sci-Fi

Battlestar Galactica (Peacock, 2020) is an American science fiction television series and the fourth series in the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The series will explore a new story within the ...more
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Masters of the Universe:... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Netflix) is an American animated television series created by Kevin Smith, continuing the stories from the original 1983 animated TV series He-Man and the ...more
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Star Trek: Lower Decks ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Comedy

Star Trek: Lower Decks (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American adult animated web television series created by Mike McMahan as part of an expansion of the Star Trek franchise. The series centers ...more
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October Faction is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Maxim Roy, Tamara Taylor, J.C. MacKenzie

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Sci-fi

October Faction (Netflix, 2020) is an American science fiction drama television series, based on the eponymous comic series by Steve Niles and Damien Worm. The series follows the adventures of a ...more
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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sci-Fi, Action

Pacific Rim (Netflix, 2020) is an American anime series that will expand upon the story of the first two live action movies in the Pacific Rim franchise. A teenage boy and his younger sister ...more
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Gremlins: Secrets of the... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Tze Chun

Network: HBO Max

Genres (Tv): Animated, Comedy, Fantasy

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai (HBO Max, 2020) is an animated comedy fantasy television series, to be broadcast on WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service, HBO Max. Plot unknown. TV series ...more
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The Watch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020

Network: BBC America

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Police procedural

The Watch (BBC America, 2020) is a fantasy police procedural television series based on the series of fantasy novels by Terry Pratchett. Misfit cops fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized ...more
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Raised by Wolves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Anticipated New Sci-Fi & Fantasy TV Shows of 2020
Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim

Network: HBO Max

Genres (Tv): Drama

Raised by Wolves (HBO Max, 2020) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Ridley Scott and Aaron Guzikowski. Androids are tasked with raising human children on a ...more