If you’re like me, you love binge watching TV coupled with a smorgasbord of snacks. I’m always on the hunt for something new to devour and, as a TV writer, something new to dissect and gush over via article. Thankfully, 2020 has our collective back with a slew of new and returning series slated for the upcoming year.
Everything from comic series to thrillers to comedies, there’s something out there to sate every TV lover’s appetite. Below, I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 most anticipated TV series for the new year. Peruse at your leisure, TV fans!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
More like “Agents of Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division,” am I right? This series has been a cornerstone of Marvel’s foray into television, constantly surprising and consistently pitch perfect. Not to mention, its ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe kept everything connected and cohesive.
Unfortunately, after seven years, 2020 will mark Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s final bow. Season 7 may be the last, but the show’s legacy will remain forever.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to ABC in 2020.
“It doesn’t look like anything to me.” Of course, it may not look like anything to Dolores Abernathy, but the rest of us are waiting with bated breath for the return of HBO hit Westworld. Thankfully, the series dropped a premiere date for 2020 and Season 3 looks to be as bonkers as ever – and now time travel is being thrown into the mix.
I’ve always harbored a fascination for time travel, so I’m intrigued to see how the show handles it. Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, and Thandie Newton are returning while Aaron Paul rounds out the cast for Season 3. As long as Dolores and Maeve continue to kick organic bum, I’m content.
Westworld will return to HBO on March 15th.
Star Trek: Picard
Live long and prosper, indeed. Star Trek: Picard has endeavored to keep its plot under wraps, but we know that it takes place after Star Trek: The Next Generation. We’ll get a glimpse into a new chapter in Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s life.
In my humble opinion, Picard is easily one of the most anticipated series of 2020. Sir Patrick Stewart definitely draws a crowd. I’m curious to see how this series contributes to Star Trek’s mythology and if there’s a connection to Star Trek: Discovery.
Star Trek: Picard will premiere on CBS All Access January 23rd.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Now, as an avid fan of Penny Dreadful‘s initial iteration, I’m tickled pink to see what Season 3 has in store. If showrunner/writer John Logan can morph this little-Gothic-horror-that-could into an anthology series, then Penny Dreadful‘s longevity will surely increase.
Of course, I’ll miss seeing the ethereal Eva Green on my screen, but I also have an obsession with the 1930s/1940s era. Couple that with Mexican-American horror and you’ve checked off my genre TV boxes.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will premiere on Showtime in 2020.
Bring on more Marvel, please! While I’m not a huge fan of the show’s title, WandaVision is still heavily on my radar. Scarlet Witch holds a special place in my heart, and I’m grateful Marvel is giving her a platform on which to shine. Plus, Kat Dennings is returning as Darcy Lewis.
Of course, Marvel is remaining tight-lipped regarding the show’s plot, as per their usual. Regardless, I have faith they’ll do Scarlet Witch and Vision justice.
WandaVision will premiere on Disney+ in 2020.
If you loved the 2013 film of the same name starring Chris Evans, then TNT’s television adaptation may be for you. Snowpiercer is set seven years after the world has morphed into a frozen wasteland. The remnants of humanity are housed on a perpetually moving train which circles the globe.
Of course, keeping the film iteration in mind, expect political intrigue and class injustice. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs star, with Orphan Black‘s Graeme Manson taking up the writing mantle.
Snowpiercer will premiere on TNT in 2020.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Your favorite MCU best buds are returning for a mini-series on Disney+! The Falcon and the Winder Soldier will follow the escapades of Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) will also make a resurgence on the show.
Once again, the plot is unknown, but I’m sure a portion of it involves Falcon taking up the Captain America shield. I’m a huge fan of Mackie and Stan, so I’m on board regardless (cue incessant Marvel fan-girling).
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere on Disney+ in 2020.
Alright, so this one isn’t a genre TV series, but sometimes we need a smattering of laughter to break up dark and dismal drama. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has solidified itself as a comedic juggernaut and a mainstay on network television.
Filled to the brim with equal parts hilarity and heart, this series is sure to turn any frown upside down. After the status quo shakeup at the end of last season, there are plenty of new ways the Nine-Nine could go from here.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine will return to NBC February 6th.
Bring on the nitty-gritty mystery! Ozark, a Netflix favorite, is returning to the streaming service for a third season. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney will reprise their roles as Marty and Wendy Byrde, respectively.
This crime drama and thriller has skyrocketed to critical acclaim. If you love dirty drug bosses, money laundering and the Missourian Ozarks, then you may want to binge this series before Season 3 premieres in the spring.
Ozark will return to Netflix March 27th.
Admittedly, I’d never heard of Marvel’s Helstrom until recently. However, upon reading the premise, I’m intrigued. It follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom (Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon) as they track down vicious baddies utilizing their unique skill sets. Of course, they’re also the children of formidable serial killers, which is the cherry on top.
Polarizing ideals are definitely at play here. While a definitive air date isn’t set, the show is going to premiere this year.
Marvel’s Helstrom will premiere on Hulu in 2020.
That’s all I wrote! What TV shows are you excited for in 2020? Are there any I missed? Sound off in the comments below, and don’t forget to Let Your Geek Sideshow!