We're living through the age of Peak TV, meaning there are more exciting new TV shows than you can possibly consume in one lifetime. However, we here at GamesRadar+ – working with the magazine teams at Total Film and SFX – have put our minds together to bring you what we believe are the most exciting new TV shows coming in 2020. From the shows that will be debuting on Disney Plus, to those animations coming to Adult Swim, we cover a lot of ground.
Not only are we going to list the best new TV shows coming your way, but we've broken down the key points of what to expect from each one. So, start scrolling to discover all the new TV shows you will be binging this year and next.
The Clone Wars season 7
The Clone Wars season 7 release date: February 21, 2020
The Clone Wars is back! Having initially been cancelled in 2012, the animated show is returning on the Disney Plus. Set between Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars previously featured Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi and introduced new characters Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano. Original showrunner Dave Filoni returns for season 7, which will consist of 12 episodes.
The Walking Dead season 10 (part 2)
The Walking Dead season 10 release date: February 23, 2020
Half of The Walking Dead season 10 has already played out, yet we're none the wiser on how Michonne will exit. The Whisperer War, though, looks to be reaching boiling point, which could very well lead to her departure – one way or another. Fingers crossed "Part B" of season 10 can pick up the pace following a middling first few episodes.
Read more: Everything we know about The Walking Dead movies so far
Altered Carbon season 2
Altered Carbon season 2 release date: February 27, 2020
Altered Carob returns, but without Joel Kinnaman. Instead, Anthony Mackie – the actor best known for playing the superhero Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – will play Takeshi Kovacs, who has also bee portrayed by both Kinnaman and Will Yun Lee in the series. How come multiple actors play the same character? Well, Altered Carbon takes place in a world where people can transfer their consciousness and memories between bodies – or "sleeves" – allowing for unlimited recasting.
Castlevania season 3
Castlevania season 3 release date: March 5, 2020
Trevor Belmont and his vampire-slaying pals return this year for a third season. The first season – which was only four episodes long – debuted in July 2017, and the second followed with 8 episodes in October 2018. The third season will be composed of 10 episodes, which almost puts it outside of "binge the entire thing in one marathon session" territory. Almost.
Westworld season 3
Westworld season 3 release date: March 15, 2020
After what feels like an eternity, Westworld's finally coming back to hopefully answer a few of our many, many questions. Delos and Maeve return, while the cast has grown a little, as Aaron Paul will have a key role in the upcoming season, as will Master of None's Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi (aka rapper Kid Cudi), and former NFL player Marshawn Lynch. Also new: another robotic world, this one with a World War Two setting.
Ozark season 3
Ozark season 3 release date: March 27, 2020
The crime drama, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, ended with the Byrdes plotting to launch a new casino to help launder some of their ill-gotten gains. The season 3 synopses reads: "It’s six months later, the casino is up and running, but Marty and Wendy are fighting for control of the family’s destiny. Marty preaches keeping the status quo. Aided by an alliance with Helen and drug cartel leader Omar Navarro, Wendy plots for expansion. But when Wendy’s brother Ben comes into town, everyone’s lives are thrown into chaos."
Rick and Morty season 4 (part 2)
Rick and Morty season 4 release date: 2020
Wabalubadubdub! Five episodes of Rick and Morty season 4 have already aired, with multiple guest stars – including Elon Musk and Taika Waititi – having already appeared. Part 2 has not yet been given a release date, though hopefully we can expect word soon on when the next 5 episodes are arriving.
Star Trek: Discovery season 3
Star Trek: Discovery season 3 release date: TBC
Star Trek has always had a thing for boldly going where no one has gone before. Star Trek: Discovery season 3 looks set to go so far beyond the final frontier, however, as last season's climactic, time-jumping ending changed the show's course forever.
That means that the next time we meet Lt Commander Michael Burnham, Commander Saru and the rest of the crew will be 930 years in the future, exploring a universe they don’t recognise and with no immediate allies to call on for help. In other words, for the first time since Star Trek: The Next Generation beamed onto TV screens in 1987, Star Trek: Discovery season 3 will be exploring an entirely new region of the Star Trek timeline – totally unbound by the restrictions of existing canon, and we cannot wait.
The Boys season 2
The Boys season 2 release date: TBC
Even before the first season of The Boys reached Amazon Prime, the streamers knew they had a hit on their hands, commissioning The Boys season 2 before the premiere even touched down. Luckily, the superhero show proved to be a huge smash, and fans cannot wait a second longer for season 2. That season 1 ending left things pretty up in the air for Karl Urban's Billy Butcher. How things will unravel is anyone's guess.
Lord of the Rings Amazon show
The Lord of the Rings Amazon show release date: TBC
No-one's expecting Amazon's Lord of the Rings show to be released anytime soon. We currently have a few casting announcements, such as Will Poulter as one of the leads, and a period setting, in The Second Age, but little else. Still, we're hugely excited to see what co-showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay will do with Tolkien's world. Because the more time spent in Middle Earth, the better.
Falcon and the Winter Solder
Falcon and the Winter Solder release date: August 2020
Yes, there have been multiple Marvel shows that link to the larger MCU, but none have brought central Avengers to the small screen. Now comes Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will be the first Disney Plus-exclusive Marvel show. MCU mastermind Kevin Feige has promised crossover between the Disney Plus shows and the movies, so get this on your watch list if you're a Marvel fan.
The Mandalorian season 2
The Mandalorian season 2 release date: October 2020
The Mandalorian has quickly become one of our favourite shows, mainly thanks to the adorable Baby Yoda. The adventures of Daddy Mando and his adopted green creature are a pleasure to watch, and we can't wait to see how that season 1 ending leads into season 2.
WandaVision release date: December 2020
Following Falcon and the Winter Soldier comes WandaVision, another MCU series that brings movie characters to the small screen. this one looks particularly wild, with the potential to dive into multiple dimensions. This is going to be one confusing head trip.
Stranger Things season 4
Stranger Things season 4 release date: Unknown
Who is "The American"? Is Hopper still alive? Will Joyce and the family be able to relocate successfully? These are all lingering questions we have after Stranger Things season 3 finished. Hopefully they will all be resolved later this year, though no exact release date for Stranger Things season 4 has been announced yet.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
The Haunting of Bly Manor release date: 2020
The Haunting of Hill House season 2, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, will be based on Henry James' iconic novel, The Turn of the Screw, which tells the story of a governess who moves to Bly Manor to take care of a man’s niece and nephew – Miles and Flora – after their parents died. Things turn sour when the governess starts to see ghosts of the previous governess Miss Jessel and her lover Peter Quint around the property.
Speaking to GamesRadar+ and Total Film, the show's creator Mike Flanagan also confirmed the new series will adapt "dozens" of James's stories and not just The Turn of the Screw. Colour us intrigued and frightened – and eagerly awaiting a proper release date.