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35 TV Shows to Watch in 2020

Wondering what to watch next? Well I’ve compiled a list of 35 different shows for you to watch in 2020, including a short description of the plot, their genres, how I personally rate them and where to watch them online.

1. Outlander (2014 – Present)

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“After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humour. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives.”

  • Average episode length: One hour.
  • Genres: Historical, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance.
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Starz.
  • Rating: ★★★★★

2. The Office US (2005 – 2013)

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“The Office is an American mockumentary sitcom television series that depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom, Mockumentry.
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video.
  • Rating: ★★★★

3. This Country (2017 – Present)

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“Creators Daisy May and Charlie Cooper introduce a documentary-style comedy about the lives and experiences of young people in modern, rural Britain by following the antics and events of cousins Kerry and Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe. Each episode shines a light on the peculiar and the sometimes melancholy that comes with living far from the big city, while also poking fun at the idiosyncrasies of neighbours, friends and family. Despite higher levels of unemployment, lack of opportunity and entertainment, fun and mischief is still to be had with the village’s scarecrow festival, the attempts of friends to start a business, and in the potential for romance with new arrivals to the village, amongst others.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom, Mockumentry.
  • Where to watch: BBC iPlayer.
  • Rating: ★★★★★

4. Riverdale (2017 – Present)

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“The quiet little town of Riverdale is turned upside down after it is struck with the mysterious death of Jason Blossom, a popular high school student and member of the most powerful family in town. Archie and his friends explore the struggles of everyday life in a small town whilst taking on the haunting case of Jason Blossom. in order to solve this mystery, the rag tag group of friends must first unlock the secrets that lie buried deep beneath surface of their hometown. Riverdale may not be as innocent as it appears.”

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Teen.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★

5. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 – Present)

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“A group of five selfish underachievers co-own a decrepit Irish bar and are involved in various controversies. There is no unity among them as they constantly keep plotting against each other.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom, Dark Comedy.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

6. Vikings (2013 – Present)

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“Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Norse hero, is a mere farmer who rises up to become a fearless warrior and commander of the Viking tribes with the support of his equally ferocious family.”

  • Average episode length: One hour.
  • Genres: Historical, Action.
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video.
  • Rating: ★★★★


7. The Vampire Diaries (2009 – 2017)

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“On her first day at high school, Elena meets Stefan and immediately feels a connection with him. However, what she doesn’t know is that Stefan and his brother, Damon, are in fact vampires.”

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Romance, Teen, Fantasy.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

8. Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)

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“Walter White, a chemistry teacher, discovers that he has cancer and decides to get into the meth-making business to repay his medical debts. His priorities begin to change when he partners with Jesse.”

  • Average episode length: Fifty minutes.
  • Genres: Crime, Drama.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★★

9. The Handmaid’s Tale (2017 – Present)

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“June, a fertile woman, lives as a concubine to a Gileadan officer and his wife. While she is forced to agree to their strict rules and conditions, she hopes to be free and reunited with her daughter.”

  • Average episode length: Fifty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Science Fiction, Drama
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★★

10. Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015)

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“Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat, wishes to help a local nurse, Ann, convert a disused construction site into a community park but deals with red-tapism and self-centred neighbours.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom, Mockumentary, Political Satire.
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video.
  • Rating: ★★★★

11. Teen Wolf (2011 – 2017)

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“Scott McCall, an awkward teen, turns into a werewolf after being bitten by one a day before sophomore year. He must learn to adapt to his new identity while handling life as a teenager.”

  • Average episode length: Forty minutes.
  • Genres: Fantasy, Teen.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

12. The Good Place (2016 – 2020)

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“Eleanor, a deceased saleswoman who lived a morally corrupt life, finds herself in a heaven-like afterlife in a case of mistaken identity and tries to hide her past in order to stay there.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Comedy, Philosophical, Fantasy.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

13. Reign (2013 – 2017)

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“Reign chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her four best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at the French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.”

  • Average episode length: Forty minutes.
  • Genres: Historical, Romance.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

14. True Blood (2008 – 2014)

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“Sookie Stackhouse works as a barmaid in Louisiana and has the ability to read people’s minds. Her life changes when the vampires in her town reveal their existence to the world.”

  • Average episode length: Fifty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Romance, Action, Fantasy.
  • Where to watch: Sky Go, Now TV.
  • Rating: ★★★★★

15. iZombie (2015 – 2019)

“Medical resident Liv turns into a zombie and takes up a job at a morgue to satisfy her craving for consuming fresh human brains, only to discover that she absorbs the memories of those she feeds on.”

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Horror, Crime, Comedy-Drama.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

16. Pretty Little Liars (2010 – 2017)

“The series follows the lives of four teenage girls – Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily: four estranged friends whose darkest secrets are about to unravel.”

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Teen, Drama, Mystery.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

17. You (2018 – Present)

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“A brilliant male bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring female writer. A charming yet awkward crush becomes something even more sinister when the writer becomes the manager’s obsession. Using social media and the internet, he uses every tool at his disposal to become close to her, even going so far as to remove any obstacle –including people — that stands in his way of getting to her.

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Crime, Psychological Thriller, Romance.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

18. What We Do in the Shadows (2019 – Present)

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“Four vampire roommates live together in Staten Island: Nandor the Relentless, the leader of the house; Laszlo and Nadja, a married couple; and Colin Robinson, an energy vampire who works in an office and drains humans of their energy by boring them.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy.
  • Where to watch: BBC iPlayer.
  • Rating: ★★★★★

19. Skins (2007 – 2013)

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“The lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, England, are followed through two years of sixth form, with the story line of this critically acclaimed series delving into such controversial subjects as substance abuse, sexuality, teenage pregnancy, personality and eating disorders, and mental illness.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Teen, Drama.
  • Where to watch: Netflix, All 4.
  • Rating: ★★★★

20. The 100 (2014 – Present)

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“A nuclear conflict has decimated civilisation. Ninety-seven years later, a spaceship accommodating humanity’s lone survivors despatches 100 juvenile delinquents back to the Earth.”

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Science Fiction, Drama.
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, All 4.
  • Rating: ★★★★

21. Game of Thrones (2011 – 2019)

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“Nine noble families wage war against each other in order to gain control over the mythical land of Westeros. Meanwhile, a force is rising after millenniums and threatens the existence of living men.”

  • Average episode length: One hour.
  • Genres: Fantasy, Drama.
  • Where to watch: Now TV.
  • Rating: ★★★★

22. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013 – Present)

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“Ray Holt, an eccentric commanding officer, and his diverse and quirky team of odd detectives solve crimes in Brooklyn, New York City.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom, Crime.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★

23. Supernatural (2005 – Present)

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“Brothers Dean and Sam follow in their father’s footsteps and set out to eliminate monsters, demons and other supernatural entities that exist on Earth.”

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Action.
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video.
  • Rating: ★★★

24. American Horror Story (2011 – Present)

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“An anthology of stories consisting of a house with a deadly secret, a demented asylum, a witch coven, an unusual show, a hotel, a haunted farmhouse, a cult and an apocalypse.”

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Horror, Drama.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

25. The OA (2016 – 2019)

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“Prairie Johnson is a young woman who returns home after a 7-year disappearance. Her sudden return is not the only miraculous occurrence: everyone is shocked to learn that Prairie is no longer blind. While the FBI and her parents are anxious to discuss Prairie’s disappearance, she won’t talk about what happened during the time that she was missing.”

  • Average episode length: Fifty minutes.
  • Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Drama.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

26. Stranger Things (2016 – Present)

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“In 1980s Indiana, a group of young friends witness supernatural forces and secret government exploits. As they search for answers, the children unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries.”

  • Average episode length: Fifty minutes.
  • Genres: Science Fiction, Teen.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

27. 13 Reasons Why (2017 – Present)

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“Hannah is a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her tragic death, a classmate named Clay finds a mysterious box on his porch. Inside the box are recordings made by Hannah – on whom Clay had a crush – in which she explains the 13 reasons why she chose to commit suicide. If Clay decides to listen to the recordings, he will find out if and how he made the list. This intricate and heart-wrenching tale is told through Clay and Hannah’s dual narratives.”

  • Average episode length: Fifty-five minuets long.
  • Genres: Teen, Drama.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★

28. The Haunting of Hill House (2018 – Present)

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“This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country… Now adults, they are forced back together in the face of tragedy and must finally confront the ghosts of their past. Some of those ghosts still lurk in their minds, while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House.”

  • Average episode length: Fifty minutes.
  • Genres: Horror.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

29. Broad City (2014 – 2019)

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“Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams are best friends who struggle as they go about their daily lives in New York City with their low-paying jobs.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom.
  • Where to watch: Now TV.
  • Rating: ★★★★

30. Arrested Development (2003 – Present)

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“The Bluth family, once a prominent name in the business, loses everything after the head patriarch gets convicted for fraud. Now Michael, the only sane one in the family, must maintain peace at home.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★

31. Bob’s Burgers (2011 – Present)

“Bob Belcher is a third-generation restaurateur who runs Bob’s Burgers with his loving wife and their three children. Bob believes his burgers speak for themselves and isn’t afraid to offer a variety of off-beat creations. Bob’s wife, Linda, supports his dream but is becoming sick of the slow times, as the restaurant is constantly in danger of going out of business. The main competition to Bob’s Burgers is a busy pasta joint located across the street that is run by Bob’s nemesis, Jimmy Pesto. Despite the challenges, which includes consistent harassment from Linda’s ex, a health inspector – Bob tries to keep the grill sizzling.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Animated Sitcom.
  • Where to watch: Now TV.
  • Rating: ★★★★

32. Orange is the New Black (2013 – 2019)

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“Ten years after transporting drug money to Alex, Piper is imprisoned for the crime. The toughness of prison changes her drastically as an individual, compelling her to do the unthinkable.”

  • Average episode length: Fifty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Comedy.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★

33. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015 – 2019)

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“Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up. Together they’ll make it through whatever life throws at them.”

  • Average episode length: Twenty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★

34. Merlin (2008 – 2012)

“This action-packed fantasy-drama revisits the saga of King Arthur and his wizard, Merlin, by focusing on the two characters when they were ambitious young men struggling to understand their destinies. In this telling, Prince Arthur is known to be the heir to the throne (no sword from the stone here). And he is acquainted with all those who will one day form the legend of Camelot, including Lancelot, Guinevere, and Morgana. Merlin is also forced to deal with King Uther’s Great Purge, which bans all use of magic.”

  • Average episode length: Forty-five minutes.
  • Genres: Historical, Fantasy.
  • Where to watch: Netflix, BBC iPlayer.
  • Rating: ★★★★

34. The Last Kingdom (2015 – Present)

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“During their invasion of England, the Danes capture Uhtred, a young successor of Saxon earldom, and raise him as their own. Years later, Uhtred’s loyalties are put to the test by the Danes.”

  • Average episode length:
  • Genres: Historical, Action.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★★

35. Cuckoo (2012 – 2019)

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“When Ken and Lorna collect their daughter Rachel from the airport, they learn that she has returned from her gap year before medical school having married Dale “Cuckoo” Ashbrick, an eccentric American hippie with an exuberantly loving attitude who does not have a job and loves to take drugs.”

  • Average episode length: Thirty minutes.
  • Genres: Sitcom.
  • Where to watch: Netflix.
  • Rating: ★★★

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