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

Updated December 17, 2020 4.1k votes 497 voters 31.3k views67 items

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In 2020 we began living in the future. Even though 2020 didn't'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 would be. From favorite franchises and adaptations taking their stories to the small screen to new stories, 2020's science fiction TV shows and fantasy series were 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 joined 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 were you looking forward to the most in 2020? Vote up the TV shows you couldn't wait to watch.

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    The Wheel of Time (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American fantasy television series based on the...  more
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    The Lord of the Rings

    Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle
    The Lord of the Rings (Amazon Video, 2021) is an American fantasy television series based on...  more
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    Dune: The Sisterhood (HBO Max) is an American science fiction television series set in the...  more
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    Foundation

    Lee Pace, Jared Harris
    Foundation (Apple TV+, 2021) American science fiction television series based on the book...  more
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    Battlestar Galactica (Peacock, 2020) is an American science fiction television series and the...  more
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    Event Horizon (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction horror television series and...  more
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    The Stand

    Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden
    The Stand (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American apocalyptic horror drama television...  more
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera
    Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series created by Akiva...  more
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    Avatar: The Last Airbender (Netflix, 2021) is a live-action adaptation of the animated series...  more
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    Raised by Wolves

    Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin
    Raised by Wolves (HBO Max, 2020) is an American science fiction drama television series...  more
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    The Watch

    Samuel Adewunmi, Marama Corlett
    The Watch (BBC America, 2021) is a fantasy police procedural television series based on the...  more
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    Brave New World

    Stuart Walker, Mark Arends
    Brave New World (Peacock, 2020) is an American sci-fi dystopian drama series based on Aldous...  more
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    Cursed

    Katherine Langford
    Cursed (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series, based on the illustrated novel...  more
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    Green Lantern (HBO Max, 2021) is an American sci-fi live-action television series based on the...  more
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    Station Eleven

    Mackenzie Davis, Matilda Lawler
    Station Eleven (HBO Max, 2021) is an American post-apocalyptic television miniseries based on...  more
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    Ragnarok

    David Stakston, Jonas Strand Gravli
    Ragnarok (Netflix, 2020) is a television drama series created by Adam Price. A small Norwegian...  more
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    Devs

    Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman
    Devs (FX, 2020) is a sci-fi thriller television series created by Alex Garland. A computer...  more
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    Upload

    Robbie Amell, Andy Allo
    Upload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series...  more
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    Warrior Nun

    Alba Baptista, Toya Turner
    Warrior Nun (Netflix, 2020) is a supernatural drama television series created by Simon Barry,...  more
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    Contraband (HBO, 2021), originally titled "Demimonde," is an American science fiction drama...  more
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    Masters of the Universe: Revelation

    Diedrich Bader, Kevin Conroy
    Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Netflix, 2021) is an American animated television series...  more
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    neXT

    John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade Michael Mosley
    neXT (Fox, 2020) is an American crime thriller, sci-fi drama television series. Brilliant but...  more
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    Amazing Stories

    Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti
    Amazing Stories (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American fantasy anthology television series based on...  more
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    October Faction

    Maxim Roy, Tamara Taylor
    October Faction (Netflix, 2020) is an American supernatural drama web television series...  more
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    Strange Adventures (HBO Max) is a superhero anthology television series based on the comic...  more