With the new year comes new goals, new perspectives on life, and of course, new binge-worthy television. While you may be perfectly content with rewatching your favorites like New Girl and Futurama for the millionth time on Hulu, there’s no denying that it’s always exciting to watch something for the very first time. Maybe you’ll even discover new favorites that you’ll want to binge over and over. Don’t you ever wish you could experience Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad for the first time again? Unfortunately, that’s impossible, but chances are you can have that same feeling watching a brand new series.
Every year there seems to be more streaming services producing new content, in addition to cable networks competing with each other and fighting to stay relevant, so we’re inundated with options. There’s an influx of new comedies, dramas, superhero stories, horror, cartoons, and true crime shows to choose from this year. But why limit yourself? Here are 31 of the most highly-anticipated new TV shows coming in 2020.
When and where to watch: January 12, HBO
The Outsider is a drama miniseries adapted from a Stephen King novel of the same name, starring Jason Bateman and Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn. Bateman plays a little league baseball coach who is publicly arrested for the murder of a young boy—all evidence pointing toward him—and Mendelsohn plays the detective convinced he’s guilty. But this is Stephen King we’re talking about, so it can’t possibly be all that simple. No spoilers, but it’s sure to be a wild ride.
When and where to watch: January 19, HBO
Avenue 5 is a science fiction comedy set in space airing on HBO. The Avenue 5 is an interplanetary cruise (space)ship that gets knocked way off course, turning what was supposed to be a month long journey into an indefinite one. Hugh Laurie stars as Ryan Clark, the ship’s captain, and the show is headed by Veep creator Armando Iannucci.
When and where to watch: January 23, CBS All Access
Sir Patrick Stewart is back as Trekkies’ fan favorite Jean-Luc Picard yet again on a brand new Star Trek series on CBS All Access, alongside several other Star Trek: The Next Generation characters. The newest series is the eighth in the franchise, set 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis in the 24th century. The show was already renewed for a second season before the first ever aired, so it’s almost guaranteed to be a hit.
When and where to watch: January 23, Fox
Imagine raising four kids, and now imagine that three of them are certified geniuses. That’s the premise of Fox’s new comedy Outmatched, starring Jason Biggs (known for the American Pie franchise) and Maggie Lawson (from Psych). Biggs and Lawson play blue-collar parents raising their family in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They barely got through high school, so suffice it to say they can only *really* understand their eight-year-old non-genius daughter. Tony Danza will also be a guest star on the series.
When and where to watch: January 28, TBS
From the same creators and cast of Miracle Workers comes a brand new story, completely unrelated to heaven and its workings. This time the series is set in the Dark Ages, as the name suggests. Daniel Radcliffe (yes, Harry Potter) stars as a talentless, awkward prince unqualified to follow in the footsteps of his “murderous tyrant” father. Steve Buscemi also stars on the new TBS comedy.
When and where to watch: February 6, The CW
Part musical, part comedy, and part drama, Katy Keene is the newest member of The CW family. The series is a Riverdale spin-off taking place five years later, and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale plays the title character. The show takes place in New York City, where Katy is an aspiring fashion designer. The show also follows some other aspiring artists making their way in the big city, including Josie McCoy, singer-songwriter better known as the lead singer of the fictional girl band Josie and the Pussycats.
When and where to watch: February 6, USA
USA’s new drama Briarpatch is an adaption of Ross Thomas’s crime novel of the same name. Rosario Dawson stars as Allegra Dill, an investigator in Washington DC who returns to her hometown in Texas to track down her sister’s killer, aiming to take down the corrupt town along the way. Alan Cumming, Kim Dickens, and Jay R Ferguson also star on the series.
When and where to watch: February 6, NBC
Dan Levy, creator and star of Pop TV’s hit Schitt’s Creek, is back with a new comedy series Indebted coming to NBC. The upcoming show stars Fran Drescher, known for the '90s comedy The Nanny, as well as Steven Weber, who had a recurring role on iZombie as Vaughn du Clark, and Adam Pally, who you may remember as Dr. Peter Prentice on The Mindy Project. Rebecca and Dave are empty nesters looking forward to their new life, until Dave’s parents drop in unannounced and broke. Chaos ensues, naturally.
When and where to watch: February 7, Netflix
Locke and Key is the newest supernatural horror drama series coming to Netflix. The show is adapted from a comic book series by Joe Hill of the same name. There have been several attempts to turn the graphic novels into TV shows, but this time it finally happened!
After their father is brutally murdered, three siblings move into their family home in Massachusetts, only to find supernatural keys that give them magical abilities. Unfortunately, a demon (yes, an evil one) in the house also wants the keys.
When and where to watch: February 11, ABC
For Life is a legal drama, fictionalizing the real life story of Isaac Wright Jr., a wrongly imprisoned man who became a lawyer in order to help other inmates overturn their sentences, as well as prove his own innocence. On the series, Nicholas Pinnock plays Aaron, the unfairly convicted man-turned-attorney. Curtis Jackson, better known as rapper 50 Cent, is an executive producer of the show, alongside creator Hank Steinberg, who has created other dramas including Without a Trace, The Nine, and The Last Ship.
When and where to watch: February 14, Hulu
If the name High Fidelity sounds familiar, it should. The new Hulu series was inspired by the 2000 film High Fidelity starring John Cusack, which was adapted from Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel, also of the same name. The basis of the stories stay consistent: it’s a romantic comedy following a pop culture-obsessed record store owner. However, with every adaptation, some slight changes have been made. The novel took place in London, the 2000 film took place in Chicago, and the new series will be in Brooklyn. Also, the lead character — while retaining the name Rob — has been gender-swapped, and is played by Zoe Kravitz.
When and where to watch: February 16, Showtime
The Good Lord Bird is a drama miniseries adapted from a novel by James McBride. The series is historical fiction, told from the perspective of an enslaved boy called Onion who is part of John Brown’s group of abolitionist soldiers. This real-life group was ultimately responsible for instigating the Civil War in 1861. The Showtime series stars Ethan Hawke as John Brown and Daveed Diggs as Frederick Douglass. Hawke is also executive producer alongside Jason Blum, who has produced the Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Insidious franchises.
When and where to watch: February 16, Fox
From the mind of Amy Poehler and Mike and Julie Scully, both known for their work on The Simpsons, comes a new animated comedy on Fox called Duncanville. The show centers on the average 15-year-old Duncan Harris, voiced by Poehler, and his parents and two sisters. Other famous voices on the show include comedian Riki Lindhome, Ty Burrell from Modern Family, and Rashida Jones, Poehler’s co-star on Parks and Recreation.
When and where to watch: February 21, Amazon Prime
Hunters is about a crime fighting group of vigilantes, but they’re not superheroes — they’re Nazi hunters. The series takes place in New York City in 1977, where hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials have been discovered trying to bring about the Fourth Reich in the US. Jordan Peele is the executive producer of the show, alongside showrunner David Weil, and with Peele’s track record as of late, you know the show is going to be a hit. Al Pacino and Logan Lerman (of The Perks of Being a Wallflower fame) star on this Amazon Original.
When and where to watch: March 4, FXX
Dave is a new comedy coming to FXX about the life of Dave Burd, better known as rapper and comedian Lil Dicky. Lil Dicky is best known for his music videos for his songs such as “Pillow Talking,” “Save Dat Money,” and “Earth.” On the series, Lil Dicky plays a more or less fictionalized version of himself: a suburban 20-something convinced he’s bound to be a famous rapper. His co-star from the “Pillow Talking” video Taylor Misiak plays his girlfriend on the show. Kevin Hart is an executive producer.
When and where to watch: March 5, FX on Hulu
Devs follows a software engineer, Lily Chan, investigating the mysterious death (an apparent “suicide”) of her boyfriend, ultimately leading her back to the CEO of her Silicon Valley tech company. The science-heavy drama touches on topics like artificial intelligence and supercomputers that can predict the future. Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman stars as the company’s CEO, alongside Sonoya Mizuno, who plays Lily. Alex Garland, who directed Ex Machina and Annihilation, is executive producer of the new series.
When and where to watch: March 16, HBO
The Plot Against America is a new drama miniseries coming to HBO. It’s an adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel of the same name, which imagines an alternate American history under President Charles Lindbergh, the first aviator to fly from New York to Paris in a single-engine plane. On this imagined history, Lindbergh turns the country to fascism. The story is told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey. Winona Ryder stars as Evelyn Finkel, an unmarried woman who attracts the attention of an important Lindbergh supporter.
When and where to watch: March 18, Hulu
Celeste Ng’s 2017 novel Little Fires Everywhere has been adapted into a drama miniseries for Hulu starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. The novel was an instant bestseller, staying on the New York Times bestseller list for 13 weeks, and it was one of Witherspoon’s book club picks soon after its publication. The story follows two families in Ohio in the 90s whose lives become intertwined. Celeste Ng has given her full approval of the adaptation, tweeting that “the writers are amazing and they’re doing such a fantastic job.”
When and where to watch: April 15, FX on Hulu
Mrs. America is a drama miniseries coming to FX on Hulu, with history told through the eyes of women. Mrs. America is about the true story of the feminist movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. The series is full of high-profile actresses, including Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Banks, and Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba. Blanchett plays anti-feminist conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly, opposite Rose Byrne’s Gloria Steinem and the women’s liberation movement.
When and where to watch: April TBD, Quibi
If you’re obsessed with home renovation and true crime, you need to download the new Quibi app when it launches in April in order to watch your new favorite short-form show, Murder House Flip. Quibi is a video platform designed to be watched on your cell phone on the go, with all content in short ten minute episodes. Just as it sounds, Murder House Flip is a home renovation show with a unique twist: all the homes being renovated were once the place of murders. Forensic specialists and spiritual healers work on the homes in addition to the standard renovation team.
When and where to watch: Summer TBD, Apple TV+
From Loren Bouchard, the creator of Bob’s Burgers, comes a new animated musical comedy, Central Park. The art style is very much in line with Bob’s Burgers, but the story is set in New York City, namely Central Park, as the title suggests. The Tillerman family lives in and takes care of the park, while a hotel heiress tries to turn it into condos. Kristen Bell, Josh Gad (who voiced Olaf in Frozen), and Leslie Odom Jr. (who played Aaron Burr in Hamilton) are among the voice cast.
When and where to watch: Fall/Winter TBD, FX
The new season of American Crime Story will focus on President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998. We were all young when the impeachment happened, but it’s an infamous story we’re familiar with regardless. Monica Lewinsky is producing the series, so the show will be true to her story and experience. Clive Owen plays Bill Clinton, and Beanie Feldstein plays Lewinsky. Impeachment was originally slated to air before the 2020 election, but has been pushed back as showrunner Ryan Murphy is busy with other projects and production for the show will likely go until October.
When and where to watch: Fall TBD, Disney+
After the huge success of The Mandalorian, Disney+ would be crazy not to bring viewers new content from other popular franchises as well, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Multiple Marvel TV series are currently in the works, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is due out on the streaming service this Fall. The Avengers characters will be reprising their roles post-Endgame. Malcolm Spellman, writer of Empire, and Derek Kolstad, who created the John Wick franchise, are on board to write the new series.
When and where to watch: TBD, Netflix
When President Donald Trump announced the creation of a new branch of the military, Space Force, it sounded more like the premise of a sitcom than an actual endeavor. Of course, Steve Carell and Greg Daniels (who has worked on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, and The Office) are making this a reality, with a new workplace comedy on Netflix so aptly named Space Force. Carell will also star in the show, alongside John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, and Tawny Newsome.
When and where to watch: TBD, HBO
Perry Mason is a series of short stories and novels by Erle Stanley Gardner about a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles in 1932. The stories are being adapted by HBO into a drama series due out sometime in 2020. Robert Downey Jr. is the executive producer of the series, and The Americans’ Matthew Rhys stars as the title character. The show dives into the origin story of Perry Mason, while he’s living paycheck to paycheck as a private investigator during the Great Depression.
When and where to watch: TBD, Showtime
Your Honor is a new legal thriller on Showtime adapted from an Israeli series called Kvodo. Bryan Cranston, aka Heisenberg from Breaking Bad, stars as a well-respected judge in New Orleans whose son is involved in a hit-and-run. Showtime’s President of Entertainment Gary Levine describes the show as having “gut-wrenching suspense, raw emotion, and moral complexity.” Cranston will also executive produce the series alongside Peter Moffat, best known for BBC drama Criminal Justice.
Bridgerton is an adaptation of Julia Quinn’s bestselling historical romance novels. The Bridgertons are a high society family in London navigating a world focused on marriage. The series is being written and produced by Chris Van Dusen and Shonda Rhimes, the creators of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Julie Andrews narrates the show, and it also stars Nicola Coughlan of Derry Girls, Polly Walker of Line of Duty, and Jonathan Bailey of Broadchurch.
Netflix’s hit supernatural horror anthology series The Haunting of Hill House is back with a new season, this time called The Haunting of Bly Manor. This new season will be loosely based on Henry James’s 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw, which was also recently adapted into The Turning, a film starring Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard. A few actors from the previous Haunting cast are returning to play new characters in the new season, including Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, and Kate Siegel.
When and where to watch: TBD, AMC
In September 2001, Major Charles Ingram, a contestant on the UK’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, was accused of cheating his way to a million pounds using his wife Diana and another accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, in the audience. AMC is taking this true story and turning it into a three-part drama called Quiz. The series stars Michael Sheen as host Chris Tarrant, Matthew Macfadyen as Ingram, Sian Clifford as Diana, and Michael Jibson as Tecwen.
When and where to watch: TBD, FX
With all the new series adapted from novels, there has to be at least one adapted from a comic book series. Y: The Last Man is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra about a post-apocalyptic world filled solely with women, and just one man—and his pet monkey. The show adaptation is coming to FX sometime in 2020. Some of these women left on Earth are played by Amber Tamblyn, Diane Lane, Imogen Poots, and Lashana Lynch.
Run is a new romantic comedic thriller coming to HBO this year about a young woman named Ruby (played by Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever) who “gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact promising true love and self-reinvention by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame.” Also starring on the series is Domhnall Gleeson, who plays Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter series, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Fleabag.