All the TV Shows You Need to Watch in 2020

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The last decade has brought us the well-known moniker and lifestyle, “Netflix & Chill.” Three words culminated the current affairs of dating, where millennials would forgo candlelit dinners for a night on the couch binge-watching a show with hopes of moving from the couch to the bedroom…or not leaving the couch at all. Some may think that “Netflix & Chill” is representative of a sad state of affairs in dating; but when the decade brought us Netflix’s streaming service and with hit shows like Orange Is The New Black, Unbreakable Kimmey Schmidt, Black Mirror, Stranger Things, Mindhunter, Narcos (the list goes on), who would want to leave the comforts of home? Yes, “Netflix and Chill” maybe the death of romance on one hand but it also represents the evolution of entertainment and in 2020 we have so much more to look forward to in TV and streaming.

Here’s a look at the top TV shows to kick off the new decade.

Watchmen (HBO)

If you’re reading this and you’re familiar with Watchmen and you’re asking yourself, “wait, didn’t Watchmen premiere in 2019?.” You are right, but hear me out! Watchmen was arguably the best show in 2019. The adaptation of the graphic novel by the same name and created by Damon Lindelof (LOST), follows Angela Abar (Regina King), a detective on a one-woman mission to fight white-supremacy in an alternate universe. This show is mandatory viewing as it successfully tackled racism and generational trauma in a way that no TV show has ever done. Watchmen is still available on HBO and there is a likelihood that the show will not return for a second season, so make it a must-watch for your TV viewing in 2020!

The Outsider (HBO, Jan 12)

The Outsider is a crime drama based on a Stephen King novel starring Jason Bateman and Cynthia Erivo. I’m personally a huge fan of Cynthia Erivo and I’m so happy to see her star on the rise! The premise is a mystery centered around the death of an 11-year-old boy and the prime suspect is Bateman’s character, the town’s little league coach. The police face opposition from the town in support of Bateman’s character. Erivo plays a private detective who helps crack the case.

Awkwafina is Nora From Queens (Comedy Central, Jan 22)

Awkwafina is having a big year after gaining critical acclaim (and a Golden Globe) for her roll in the drama Farewell. With Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, she’s going back to her comedic roots, literally and figuratively. Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, will play herself in a telling of her life in Queens with her family trying to figure out life. Awkwafina is Nora from Queens has already been renewed for a second season.

Shrill (Hulu, Jan 24)

While trainer and former coach on The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels is busy fat-shaming pop phenomenon Lizzo, Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) is proving that fat girls are here to stay! Season one of Shrill charmed audiences with its timely humor, messages of body-positivity, and relatable millennial drama. Season two picks up where season one left off with Aidy’s main character, Annie stepping fearlessly into her new life.

Briarpatch (USA, Feb 6)

2020 is not short of murder mysteries. Briarpatch is based on a novel by Ross Thomas and stars Rosario Dawson as Allegra Dill, a detective investigating the murder of her sister in their small Texas hometown.

For Life (ABC, Feb 11)

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is finding a lot of success as a TV producer. Although Power is in its last season, a spinoff has already been greenlit. Jackson also serves as producer for For Life, a drama about a man who becomes a lawyer and defends himself for a wrongfully convicted crime.

High Fidelity (Hulu, Feb 14)

Before Zoe Kravitz slides into her shiny leather catsuit to play Catwoman, she’ll play Rob Brooks in High Fidelity, inspired by the 2000 film and 1995 novel of the same name. Zoe’s character explores her past relationships and why they’ve all failed, and in the process learns more about herself.

Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC, March 1)

Anything having to do with Andre 3000, I feel like I have to tune in. That’s the selling point for Dispatches From Elsewhere, a new anthology series executively produced, created, and starring Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Andre 300, and Sally Field. The premise seems simple, four strangers team up to solve a puzzle, but the trailer shows a bit whimsy and mystery. If you are a fan of SyFy, this may be the show for you.

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu, March 18)

In the summer of 2019, I picked up Celest Ng’s novel Little Fires Everywhere and couldn’t put it down. Naturally, I was excited to hear that Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington were bringing the novel to the small screen and would also be starring. Little Fires Everywhere takes place in a pristine suburb in Ohio where Stepford Wife, Elena Richardson (Witherspoon) encounters an artist, Mia Warren (Washington). Their worlds collide, and nothing is the same.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker (Netflix, March 20)

Just in time for Women’s History Month, Octavia Spencer plays Madam CJ Walker, who in the early 20th century became America’s richest self-made woman buy selling black-hair care products.

Insecure (HBO, April 12)

Once upon a time shows would return every year like clockwork. It was a given, like death and taxes. However, nowadays, shows are taking indefinite hiatuses. Lord knows when we’ll ever have a new season of Atlanta and we had to wait nearly two years for season 4 of Insecure. But atlas, Issa Dee and the gang will all return in April to entertain us with their messy AF lives. All is well with the world.

Twenties (BET, TBA)

Lena Waithe is on a mission to make this current black renaissance in film and television a movement and not a moment. Next on her list of groundbreaking work is Twenties, her new comedy for BET. Twenties (which is loosely based on Waithe’s life) follows a queer-black production assistant, Hattie, and her two straight best friends as they navigate love and careers.

The Underground Railroad (Amazon, TBA)

Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, is coming to the small screen with The Underground Railroad, an adaption of the novel by Colson Whitehead. The Underground Railroad imagines a world where an actual train operating underground guides slaves to freedom.

Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX, TBA)

Practically anything that Ryan Murphy touches turns to ratings gold, and that has certainly been the case with his anthology series American Crime Story. After the success of the first two seasons, The People v. O.J Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Murphy will give his dramatic take on President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Given that the impeachment of President Trump is one of the biggest political events to occur in 2020 outside of the 2020 election, audiences will surely want to draw comparisons to the impeachment of a previous president.

Eunice Omega is originally from Connecticut and received her Bachelors in English & Journalism with a minor in African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Afterward, she pursued her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University. Eunice currently works as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at The School of American Ballet, the premiere dance academy for inspiring dancers. Eunice currently lives in Manhattan and on her spare time she enjoys writing for her where she takes a critical view on pop culture, shares personal stories, and her adventures traveling. She also loves to explore the city and spend time with her family.

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