Top 10 Shows To Check For In 2020

From network exclusives to streaming and more, we run down the shows we can't wait to see in 2020.

With every new year, there are opportunities for TV aficionados to get into new shows. As the year reveals to us an outstanding collection of new series (as well as some familiar favorites returning for another season) we’re anticipating some exceptional shows that will make us laugh, cry, think, or wish we never saw them in the first place. 

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If you’re overwhelmed by the enormous amount of options to watch in the new year, don’t worry about a thing, we’ve got you covered. We at have come up with a list of the Top 10 Shows To Check Out In 2020.

  1. Grown-ish

    Cast: Yara Shahidi, Luka Sabbat, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Deon Cole, Diggy Simmons.

    A spin-off of the ABC hit Black-ish, Grown-ish gives a fresh take on the ups and downs in the world of higher education and revolves around Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) and her friends as they make sense of everything at the fictitious CalU. 

    Returning for its third season on Freeform you can expect Zoey and the crew to keep the eyes of the audience glued to the screen as they navigate young adulthood while matriculating in college, now as upper-classmen. In a teaser for the upcoming season, Grown-ish fans were left gasping for air when a positive pregnancy test was revealed but no one knows who is with child! Yikes!

    Season 3 of Grown-ish premieres on Freeform at 8:00 PM on January 16th.

  2. Snowfall

    Cast: Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Michael Hyatt, Amin Joseph, Angela Lewis, Isaiah John, Alon Aboutboul

    The great Lawrence “Kris” Parker, aka KRS-One uttered, “Cocaine business controls America,” in 1988 and the truth of his lyrics still reverberates today. FX’s Snowfall is one of the latest series to embody the good, the bad, and the ugly effects of that era.

    Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) is building an empire in the narcotics business but he must navigate through a maze of enemies and even corrupt law enforcement officers who are just as involved in profiting from the underworld as he is.

    Created by the late John Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron, Snowfall gives a vivid portrayal of the crack cocaine epidemic that took hold of South Central Los Angeles in the 1980s, during the Reagan era.

    While no date has yet been confirmed, the drug-filled drama of Snowfall will return for another epic season in the summer of 2020.

  3. For Life

    Cast: Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant, Dorian Missick, Tyla Harris, Mary Stuart Masterson, Boris McGiver, Felonious Munk

    After the success of is mega-hit on Starz, the crime-drama Power, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has made his way to broadcast TV  as a content creator with his new show on ABC, For Life.

    The legal-drama For Life, inspired by the life of Harry Wright Jr.,  details the journey of Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock), an inmate who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while simultaneously fighting to overturn his own conviction, a life sentence for a crime that he’s innocent of. His desire for freedom is stoked by his unwavering need to return to the family he loves and to reclaim the life that was callously taken from him. 

    For Life premieres February 11th on ABC at 10 PM.

  4. Top Boy

    Cast: Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Shone Romulus, Malcolm Kamulete, Sharon Duncan, Brewster, Giacomo Mancini, Micheal Ward 

    Top Boy is a gritty, British television crime drama series, created and written by Ronan Bennett and is one of Netflix’s most popular shows. The series is set on the fictional Summerhouse estate in Hackney, East London where rival gangs are at war fighting for control of the streets. After a hiatus, Drake, who also is one of the executive producers, purchased the rights to the show in 2017 and partnered with Netflix to revive the series.

    While no date has yet been confirmed about the next season of Top Boy, because of the great demand and critical acclaim, Top Boy will definitely be bringing some new vibes in 2020.

    Recently on Instagram, GRM Daily asked, "Will we see a new season in 2020?" and Toronto’s finest, Drake replied: "Of course.” And there you have it.

  5. High Fidelity

    Cast: Zoë Kravitz, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Jake Lacy,  David Holmes

    Based on the Nick Hornby novel, which was also made into a film in 2000 starring John Cusack, Hulu has adapted High Fidelity into a new TV series starring Zoë Kravitz.

    The latest version of High Fidelity follows much of the same premise as the previous incarnations: Kravitz’s character is named Rob, owns a record store, and she breaks up with a boyfriend. To get over the pain of the breakup, Rob revisits her top-five previous romantic encounters that went south and the music that accompanied each of them.

    High Fidelity premieres on Hulu on February 14th.

  6. Fargo

    Cast: Chris Rock, Uzo Aduba, Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, and Timothy Olyphant

    Comic legend Chris Rock is out to prove that he has dramatic acting chops as he leads the cast in the fourth season of Fargo

    FX’s Emmy winning show Fargo is a Black comedy/crime drama created and written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the eponymous 1996 film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, who are also executive producers on the series alongside Hawley. The show follows an anthology format, with each season set in a different era, with different storylines, and mostly new characters and cast, with some overlap between seasons.

    This season is set in the 1950s in Kansas City, Missouri, and the plot will be centered upon a clash between two rival criminal organizations, one African-American and the other Italian-American, who have come to a compromise. To cement their peace treaty, the heads of both families have traded their eldest sons to the other family.

    Season 4 of Fargo is (TBD).

  7. Twenties

    Cast: JoJo T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore, Gabrielle Graham, Sophina Brown, Big Sean

    Lena Waithe has blossomed into a mover and shaker on the Hollywood landscape. She became the first Black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2017 and has offered her creative genius as a writer/producer/showrunner on The Chi, Queen and Slim, Boomerang, and her latest comedic endeavor on BET, Twenties.

    Loosely based on Waithe’s own experiences, Twenties follows a queer Black girl (JoJo T. Gibbs) an aspiring TV writer and her hilarious friends (Christina Elmore and Gabrielle Graham) who are trying to juggle careers, love, sexuality, gender identity, and friendship as they discover who they are as young-adults. The comedy chronicles a journey of self-discovery with mad laughs along the way.

    Twenties is set to premiere in early 2020.


  8. The Chi

    Cast: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Shamon Brown Jr., Michael Epps, Kandi Burris, Lala Anthony, and Birgundi Baker.

    Although Jason Mitchell was relieved from his duties as one of the stars of the show, Showtime’s hit drama The Chi is set to return for its third season. With new faces adding their respective talents to the cast, look for The Chi to not miss a beat in 2020.

    The Chi follows the interconnected lives of several figures within the South Side neighborhood of Chicago who are drawn together by the tragic events that have taken place in the community. In spite of the pain that exists in The Chi, love, dreams and hope is still the driving force at the heart of the narrative. Although no official date has been confirmed, The Chi will be back at it in the spring of 2020.

  9. Insecure

    Cast: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Lisa Joyce, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales, Y'lan Noel, Jay Ellis

    After its premiere in 2016, Issa Rae’s Insecure became a pop culture phenomenon. Not only has Insecure become one of HBO’s most popular shows, but it has garnered critical acclaim and more rapper name drops than the star can count. Additionally, for her work as the lead actress, Rae has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, in addition to a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

    Season 3 of Insecure was full of adventures and misadventures of Issa and her girls. Issa began a new hustle as an Uber driver, Molly (Yvonne Orji) deals with patriarchy in the workplace, the girls went to Coachella and got mad high, Lawrence (Jay Ellis) made his triumphant return, Issa started hooking up with Nathan, then she got ghosted by Nathan, and so much more. With all that took place last season, fans of the series are counting down the days until it returns with plenty of laughs and even more drama.

    Season 4 of Insecure is (TBD).

  10. Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt For The Bone Collector

    Cast: Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Michael Imperioli, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff, Tate Ellington, Brian F. O'Byrne, Jaidon Walls, Claire Coffee 

    Denzel Washinton gave a stellar performance in The Bone Collector, along with co-star Angelina Jolie. Inspired by Jeffery Deaver's 1997 crime novel of the same name, NBC will debut the latest adaption of the story in series form for the very first time.

    Former NYPD detective and forensic savant Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby) was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forced him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel), a gifted young officer who finds herself on the trail of a killer, Rhyme discovers a new partner in a classic game of cat and mouse. The unlikely duo now collaborates on complex cases and works to bring justice to the killer that they both want to prosecute.

    Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt For The Bone Collector premiers on January 10th on NBC.

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