13 TV Shows to Watch in 2020


Have we officially reached Peak Streaming Content? The jury’s still out, but with the recent launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+—with HBO Max and NBC’s Peacock soon to follow in 2020—trying to figure out your viewing schedule is as overwhelming as ever. We’ve got your back. Here are 13 of the shows that should be on your radar in the new year, from returning faves like Outlander and Schitt’s Creek to new offerings from the teams behind Downton Abbey and Big Little Lies.

1

Schitt’s Creek Season 6 (January 7 on Pop TV)

We are not even close to being emotionally prepared to say goodbye to the Rose family, who will return for one last glorious set of episodes early in the new year. The sleeper hit’s final season will feature the wedding of David and Patrick, aka TV’s most perfect couple, so get ready to feel some feelings and belt some Tina Turner.

2

Party of Five (January 8 on Freeform)

Yes, it’s yet another remake of a beloved ’90s TV show, but unlike so many others, Freeform’s reimagined Party of Five has a compelling and timely reason to exist. Whereas the original show centered on a group of siblings forced to fend for themselves after their parents died in a car accident, this party of five are not orphans, but the children of immigrants who are deported back to Mexico in the season premiere.

3

Sex Education Season 2 (January 17 on Netflix)

One of the freshest and best new shows of 2019 will return for its sophomore run on Netflix in the new year. The next season will see awkward but intuitive teen sex therapist Otis (Asa Butterfield) continue to counsel his fellow students while navigating his own sexual neuroses, while Gillian Anderson will, of course, return as his boundary-less mother Jean.

4

Shrill Season 2 (January 24 on Hulu)

When Hulu dropped six half-hour episodes of Shrill in March 2019, one thing was clear: three hours with Annie (Aidy Bryant), Fran (Lolly Adefope), and their kooky friends and families were not enough. Eight new episodes are coming in January, with Annie vowing to explore beyond her comfort zone—starting with an unpaid internship and sex in a field. —Julie Kosin

5

Katy Keene (February 6 on The CW)

While technically a Riverdale spinoff, The CW’s latest drama seems poised to strike a very different tone. Focusing on a different quartet of Archie Comics characters—including Riverdale’s much-missed songstress Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) and the eponymous Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), an aspiring fashion designer—the show is a musical dramedy about the twenty-something hustle in NYC.

6

High Fidelity (February 14 on Hulu)

Hulu’s fresh take on Nick Hornby’s beloved novel (which has already been adapted for the big screen and the Broadway stage) stars Zoe Kravitz as the gender-flipped lead. Kravitz’s Rob is a lovelorn record store owner who, after a breakup, revisits her past relationships through the lens of music and pop culture.

7

Outlander (February 16 on Starz)

The Droughtlander is almost over once again! The fifth season of Starz’s addictive time-traveling drama will find Claire and Jamie’s lives in the New World complicated by the American revolution, and—more importantly—the introduction of a brand new character in Adso the kitty.

8

Little Fires Everywhere (March 18 on Hulu)

This Hulu miniseries has been highly anticipated ever since news broke that Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington would be producing an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s acclaimed novel. Washington stars as Mia, a single mom with a mysterious past who becomes entangled with Witherspoon’s Elena and her seemingly perfect suburban family.

9

Mrs. America (Spring 2020 on FX on Hulu)

In the 1970s, a group of pioneering feminists—among them Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus—fought to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have guaranteed equal rights for women by law. FX’s limited series will follow the fight for the amendment, and the backlash led by infamous antifeminist Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). The cast includes Rose Byrne as Steinem, Uzo Aduba as Chisholm, Tracey Ullman as Friedan, and Elizabeth Banks as Ruckelshaus.

10

Normal People (Spring 2020 on Hulu)

Adapted from Sally Rooney’s celebrated novel, this Hulu miniseries follows Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), who are from the same small Irish town and develop an intimate, intense relationship despite their different social classes. The show will track the pair from childhood through to young adulthood, and is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and Hettie Macdonald (Howards End).

11

Belgravia (TBD 2020 on Epix)

Your Downton Abbey withdrawal will soon be cured, thanks to this new period drama from Downton creator Julian Fellowes. Based on a novel written by Fellowes himself, Belgravia begins at a ball on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, then jumps 25 years into the future to show how the events of that single evening have changed the lives of those who were there.

12

Selena: The Series (TBD 2020 on Netflix)

The story of Selena Quintanilla, the legendary “Queen of Tejano music” who rose to fame as a teenager before her murder at 23, is one of the most extraordinary and tragic in modern pop culture. This Netflix dramatization follows the star (played by The Walking Dead’s Christian Serratos) as she ascends to best-selling female artist in Latin music history, and her murder at the hands of her friend (and former fan club manager) Yolanda Saldívar.

13

Nine Perfect Strangers (TBD 2020 on Hulu)

However you felt about the second season of Big Little Lies, it’s hard not to get excited about Nicole Kidman re-teaming with author Liane Moriarty for this Hulu series. Kidman produces and stars in this adaptation of Moriarty’s novel, playing the director of a boutique resort overseeing a 10-day retreat where women are invited to relax and recuperate. Per Hulu’s deeply intriguing synopsis, the nine “perfect strangers” who attend the retreat “have no idea what is about to hit them.”





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