The perfect new TV reveals of 2020 to observe proper now

Even though the world came to a standstill in 2020, television continued to pump out television like nothing had changed. And while the new seasons of your favorite shows offered the convenience you were looking for, it was the brilliant new shows that caused the excitement and kept us looking forward to 2021.

Whether it's on Netflix, Hulu, or even a dinosaur like ABC, as long as it's good and new, you can find it in the list below. We'll also tell you where to see it, link a TV guide review (if any) and show a trailer so you can get an idea for yourself. Enjoy!

Check back often as this story is updated year round.

December

The wilderness

Jenna Clause, Sarah Pidgeon and Mia Healey, The Wilds

Matt Klitscher, Amazon Studios

Premiere on December 11th | Watch on Amazon Prime Video
This surprising survival thriller doesn't hide its inspiration – ABC's groundbreaking drama Lost – but unlike other copycats who came before it, it follows the formula so well that it doesn't matter. Add in that it's a diverse group of teenage girls whose plane crashes and they're stuck on a desert island, and you have a bingeable series where the fun twists and turns are subordinated to each character's story . It's gritty, addicting, and it's the late 2020 surprise. (REVIEW | TRAILER)

November

Kaley Cuoco, the flight attendant

Phil Caruso

Premiere November 26th | Watch on HBO Max
Kaley Cuoco pulls Penny from The Big Bang Theory and her Priceline Pitchman personality in favor of something more daring and fun. In this miniseries she plays Cassie, a stubborn flight attendant who jumps into a one-night stand in Bangkok with a play (Michiel Huisman) and wakes up next to his newly murdered corpse. What follows is a dark comedy that doubles as a crime thriller as Cuoco's character tries to piece what happened, evade the authorities and find the killer. And while you may be worried about Cassie's choices and the inability to play cool at all, the Slick show is too much fun to stop watching. (REVIEW | TRAILER)

Billie Piper, I hate Suzie

HBO max

Premiere on November 19th | Watch on HBO Max
It's okay to watch someone have the worst part of their life, really! Learning from their mistakes and enjoying a little glee is good, and on the SkyTV series I Hate Suzie, it's very fun too. Billie Piper delivers an award-winning performance as she absolutely becomes Suzie Pickles, an actress whose career and family will be torn to pieces when her phone is hacked and racy photos leaked on the internet. The scramble to save the face and their marriage is bumpy for Suzie, who walks through the wringer in the dark comedy not afraid to mix Raunch with keen observations of celebrities. There is a terrible element to the show when the walls approach Suzie and she retreats into self-destructive behavior in strange places and the fear it creates is great, almost too great. (PENDANT)

Aunt Donna's great old house of fun

Aunt Donna's great old house of fun

Netflix

Premiere on November 11th | Watch on Netflix
You don't have to be on psychedelics to enjoy this absurd sketch show by Aunt Donna, the frenzied pace and eccentric energy will already have you believing it is you. Each sketch merges into a deliberate attempt to turn Big Ol & # 39; House of Fun into a slapdash sitcom, which adds to the craziness as bits and pieces often end up in the stratosphere that are home to Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong. (PENDANT)

Midori Francis, Dash & Lily

Cr. Courtesy of NETFLIX / NETFLIX © 2020

Premiere on November 10th | Watch on Netflix
This one is intended for the vacation lovers who might feel a little disappointed in 2020, even at what is considered the most beautiful time of the year. Austin Abrams and Midori Francis play Dash and Lily of the same name in Netflix's enchanting adaptation of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's YA novel Dash & Lilys Book of Dares. Feeling abandoned and abandoned on vacation, Dash and Lily connect through a red moleskin notebook, handing it back and forth, exposing their souls before ever looking at each other. The unconventional pen pal not only pushes the couple out of their comfort zone, but also helps them see their favorite city – New York – in a new light and find motivation to be their best selves. It's a heartwarming, charming, and romantic little show that's the perfect vacation tonic in a year that feels like anything but those adjectives. -Megan Vick (REVIEW | TRAILER)

October

City so real

City so real

Chicago Story Film, LLC

Premiere on October 29th | Watch on National Geographic / Hulu
In a year of widespread political documentaries, Steve James & # 39; City So Real (Hoop Dreams, America to Me) excelled in documentaries that captured the divide, tension and passion of politics today through to the mayoral elections Capture 2019 perfectly in Chicago. Covering topics such as race, police brutality, coronavirus pandemic, and violence, City So Real is a comprehensive story of a city in love with itself and the people who live there. (PENDANT)

As with John Wilson

HBO

Premiere on October 23rd | Watch on HBO / HBO max
The news that Nathan Fielder, the genius of Comedy Central, Nathan For You, was the executive producer of these alt-comedy documentaries immediately catapulted them onto my watch list, but even with such high expectations, I was not prepared for the many emotions that came I would feel while watching the premiere episode. Videographer John Wilson walks around New York City with a camera and infinite patience as he examines the human condition through simple and in-depth voice-over in much the same way Nathan For You did in his most vulnerable moments. Like Fielder, Wilson is a wizard of solitude who reveals what all humans have in common, and the resulting emotions are not specific to anyone but are shared by our entire species. It's pleasantly funny and incredibly revealing. (PENDANT)

The Queen's Gambit

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Game

Phil Bray / Netflix

Premiere on October 23rd | Watch on Netflix
Scott Frank (Godless) carefully adapted the 1983 novel about a female chess wonder in the 1950s and 1960s, following the example of author Walter Tavis, taking a subject that was supposed to be boring and turning it into a thriller. Chess? Exciting? I couldn't believe it either. As a seven-episode mini-series, there's not much room for fountain pens when we see Elizabeth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy, excellent) grow from a 9-year-old popping orphan to a champion who's out with the Russians Home takes up lawn. In between there's romance, addiction, and feminism, but it's also cool to pay attention to the fancy threads, adorned hotels, and gorgeous wallpaper. (PENDANT)

The good lord's bird

Ethan Hawke, the good lord's bird

William Gray / SHOWTIME

Premiere on October 4th | Check out Showtime
The Good Lord Bird uses humor and energy to navigate a terrifying chapter of American history normally reserved for robbery films. Somewhere under forty pounds of unkempt beard and a layer of caked-on dirt is Ethan Hawke like you've never seen him before. His performance as Abolitionist John Brown in the pre-Civil War drama is fueled by the kind of anger that can only come from a deeply ingrained belief that is so unhealthy that violence is not just an option but is preferred. But The Good Lord Bird is careful not to completely idolize Brown and wisely chooses to tell his story through the eyes of a freed slave who, like us, cannot decide whether Brown is a hero or a madman. (REVIEW | PENDANT)

September

We are who we are

Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer, we are who we are

HBO

Premiere on September 14th | Watch on HBO / HBO max
Luca Guadagnino, director of the 2017 coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name, took his first television outing with this thoughtful, moody drama about two teenagers trying to find themselves on an American military base in Italy in 2016, just like At Timothée Chalamets Elio, Guadagnino, who co-wrote and directed each episode, brings his trademark empathy and care to the stories of his two young leading actors, Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón), who explore the complexities of gender identity, weirdness and friendship while stuck in an environment based on uniformity. It's not a show that answers all of your questions or sets it all out, but it is one of the most human shows of the year and it's definitely worth sticking to until the end. The season finale alone is the kind of euphoric magic that makes you wish you could turn 14 again. -Allison Picurro (REVIEW | PENDANT)

Raised by wolves

Amanda Collin, raised by wolves

Coco Van Oppens

Premiere on September 3rd | Watch on HBO Max
Look, we know it's weird. We know a lot of it doesn't make sense. We know characters walk around in vacuum-sealed trash bags. But there hasn't been a science fiction show as unique or challenging as Ridley Scott's Raised by Wolves in 2020. From the dusty portraits of a barren intergalactic garden of Eden to the themes of parenting and religion to what the finale was, Raised by Wolves was niche programming with enough taste – even if it wasn't for everyone – make it to HBO Max & # 39; most-watched original series. (REVIEW | PENDANT)

August

Lovecraft Land

Courtney B. Vance, Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country

Eli Joshua Ade / HBO

Premiere on August 16 | Watch on HBO
Misha Green adapted Matt Ruff's book about a young black man who searches for his missing father, Jim Crow America, in the 1950s, unaware that the lawn he is exploring is populated not only by racists but also by creatures who torn from the pages of literature. Lovecraft Country is a mix of genres, including a science fiction horror and a social justice drama. It's an exciting adventure about real and imaginary monsters. (REVIEW | PENDANT)

Ted Lasso

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Apple TV +

Premiere on August 14th | Watch on Apple TV +
If there is one show that can be credited with restoring trust in humanity after the whirlwind of 2020, it is Ted Lasso. The title Ted (Jason Sudeikis) is an American college football coach traveling to England to coach a real football team (football for the uninitiated). While the setup seems like a farce – Ted's hiring is part of an elaborate scheme by a bitter woman who seeks to ruin her deceitful ex-husband's beloved soccer team – it seems Ted's unwavering goodness and determination to see the best in everyone, even those who actively trying to harm it are downright inspiring. Not only does he light up everyone around him; He leaves the audience with the hope that it can get better and that it will be enough to do your best. He's the hero we didn't know we needed this year. -Megan Vick (PENDANT)

Teenage bounty hunters

Anjelica Bette Fellini and Maddie Phillips, teenage bounty hunters

Netflix

Premiere on August 14th | Watch on Netflix
The title is pretty self-explanatory, but I'll put it for you: A couple of Christian Academy high schoolers become bounty hunters in this drama. The twins accidentally land an appearance where refugees are handcuffed to make some extra cash while also dealing with adolescent issues like sex and sexuality, which obviously leads to a fun romp that never takes itself too seriously . (REVIEW | PENDANT)

Upright

Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock, upright

Photo by Matt Nettheim

Premiere August 6th | Now look at Sundance
Some of the best televisions cannot be properly praised or explained by the logline alone. One example of this is the charming Australian series Upright, which follows two strangers – a long-haired musician and a runaway teenage girl – who are in a difficult time delivering a piano across Australia's Nullarbor Plains. That doesn't say much, but it's great. The eight-episode series is one of those fun and unpredictable road trip adventures full of weird situations and unique characters, but it's the writing and performances of the two main cast – Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock – that really make this album special – these international ones Treasures that will invade America. (PENDANT)

July

P valley

Nicco Annan, P Valley

Starz

Premiere on July 12th | Watch Starz
That, uhhh, P stands for p — y. But this raw title fits the tone of the drama in and around a southern Mississippi strip club, as well as the struggles of the women who work there to care for their families and community-building. The hour long drama is beautiful, rich, and unfiltered as it gets marginalized people – black strippers, non-binary individuals, and compatriots – to show their full humanity, and it has the performances to support it. It all comes together for one of the best new shows of 2020. (REVIEW | PENDANT)

The babysitting club

Kailey Schwerman / Netflix

Premiere on July 3rd | Watch on Netflix
Ann M. Martin's cherished books about a group of girls who started their own babysitting businesses are updated with the new adaptation of Netflix for a modern audience. I know what you're thinking, "Really, TV Guide? The Baby-Sitters Club?" Yes! The show is a delight for all ages as it faithfully adapts the books and adds episodes that address key current issues such as transgender visibility and racism. It's a light and refreshing family-friendly TV, perfect for a simple family summer vacation. (REVIEW | PENDANT)

June

I'll be gone in the dark

Michelle McNamara, I'll be gone in the dark

Robyn From Swank / HBO

Premiere June 28th | Watch on HBO
Based on the bestseller of the same name, this six-part series explores writer Michelle McNamara's investigation into the identity of the serial robber she called the Golden State Killer, which led to the arrest of a suspect in 2018. Unfortunately, McNamara did it.These documentaries, directed by renowned documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus and produced by McNamara's widower Patton Oswalt, pay homage to McNamara's life and work, as well as a terrifying truth-crime documentary. -Liam Mathews (PENDANT)

Perry Mason

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

HBO

Premiere on June 21st | Watch on HBO
You probably remember Perry Mason as the imposing defense attorney somewhere in that imposing suit, when he was boiling up murder cases and like clockwork a confession from someone who wasn't his client to prove his client's innocence. Throw most of it out the window as HBO reboots Perry Mason with Matthew Rhys of the Americans – who is absolutely gorgeous – playing the legendary TV character as the slightly disheveled, grumpy, boozy, disaffected person who overworks a case a murdered baby in a filthy, filthy 1930s Los Angeles. The eight-episode season of private-eyeing and courtroom drama is backed by a wonderful cast that includes Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, and Stephen Root, and a robust budget that keeps Depression-era LA under vigilant leadership from Game brought to a great life by Thrones & # 39; Tim Van Patten. This is how prestige television is made – even if the story is a bit short in the end, the performances and visuals are enough to keep you updated. (REVIEW | PENDANT)

I can destroy you

Michaela Coel, I can destroy you

Natalie Seery / HBO

Premiere on June 7th | Watch on HBO
Up-and-coming super talent Michaela Coel created, writes, directs and plays in this contemporary and unshakable drama, which was filmed in collaboration with the BBC. She plays Arabella, a writer who is drugged and sexually assaulted in a bar, and comes with a vague reminder that something bad happened to her, but she's not sure who is responsible. She's trying to figure out who did it all while maintaining her friendships and finishing her book. The series deals with some very heavy subjects but has a shrewd sense of humor that will make you laugh when you least expect it. -Liam Mathews (REVIEW | PENDANT)

CAN

quiz

Michael Sheen, quiz

AMC / ITV

Premiere on May 31st | Watch on AMC
One of my favorite movies of all time is the 1994 quiz show, in which Ralph Fiennes appears as a man on a Jeopardy! -Takes part in a similar game show and is illegally maintained by the producers – answers to the questions contained therein – in order to become champion on their recurring films to improve ratings. There is a great deal of similarity to AMC's quizzes, but the difference is that the participants form the cheat ring and the producers are no smarter. At least initially. The quiz is also based on a true story. In 2001, Charles Ingram, along with his sister and husband, devised a plan to win the grand prize on the huge new British hit series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to win, resulting in a criminal case that became a big story overseas. Quiz is an incredibly fun, three-episode mini-series that covers not only the scandal but also the evolution of the show, for those of you who'd like to see what goes on behind the scenes. It's fun too, and still manages to capture the excitement of the game show even though you know what's going to happen. As a bonus, the inimitable Michael Sheen stars in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? And he's great as always. (PENDANT)

The great

Elle Fanning, the big one

Ollie Upton / Hulu

Premiere on May 15th | Watch Hulu
This lavish piece from the period features powdered wigs, British accents, and flowing wardrobes, but it's not stuffy drama for your mom. Tony McNamara, the screenwriter of The Favorite, wrote this satirical look at Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) when she came to power in Russia, and it's based on fact. Well, some of them anyway. The rest is made to be fun and entertaining. And it's a scream. Keep an eye out for this version of Peter the Great (Nicholas Hoult), one of the best depictions of royal doofusry ever shown on television. -Kaitlin Thomas (REVIEW | PENDANT)

I know so much is true

Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo, I know so much is true

Atsushi Nishijima

Premiere on May 10th | Watch on HBO
Ruffalo Ruffalo Ruffalo Ruffalo Ruffalo. By that grammatically correct sentence, I mean that this HBO limited series plays Mark Ruffalo in two roles. He plays Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, twin brothers with a complicated relationship. Thomas has schizophrenia and Dominick has PTSD from taking care of him, serving in the Gulf War, and facing numerous other difficulties. It was written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, whose previous films include Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines in case you weren't sure I Know This Much Is True was going to be really difficult. Cianfrance is one of the toughest filmmakers in the game. The miniseries is based on a very popular, very lengthy 1998 novel by Wally Lamb. -Liam Mathews (REVIEW | PENDANT)

Betty

Nina Moran, Ardelia "Dede" Lovelace and Moonbear, Betty

Alison Rosa / HBO

Premiere on May 1st | Watch on HBO
If Girls' Hannah Horvath spent less time telling everyone else how they were wrong and more time chilling out on a skateboard, it might look a little like HBO's new six-episode series Betty, one loving ode to female friendship, New York City and Vibin & # 39 ;. The show is an extension of Skate Kitchen, a 2018 film about a group of young female skateboarders. The film's director, Crystal Moselle, is bringing back the same cast and characters to tell more stories about queer love and your friends' backs. It's so summery, carefree, city adventures feel down when you want to relive its characters on behalf. (PENDANT)

APRIL

Normal people

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, normal people

Element Pictures / Enda Bowe, Hulu

Premiere on April 29th | Watch Hulu
Sally Rooney's bestselling novel Normal People, which depicts a delicate but intricate romance between two Irish teenagers from late high school through college, is faithfully and beautifully adapted for television in this limited Hulu series. Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal play Marianne and Connell, two teenagers whose upbringing couldn't be more different, but whose deep connection leads to an intense, all-consuming romance. Fluctuating power dynamics eventually strain their relationship as issues of class, privilege, submission, and emotional scarring intensify the inability to communicate and lead to periods of friendship and intimacy that give way to months of no contact. The show, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald, is a surprisingly honest look at young love and heartbreak. There is also a lot of skin. I mean a lot. I just felt like I should say that … up front. -Kaitlin Thomas (REVIEW | PENDANT)

I have never

I have never met Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Lee Rodriguez and Ramona Young

LARA SOLANKI / NETFLIX

Premiere on April 27th | Watch on Netflix
Mindy Kaling co-founded this teenage rom-com about an Indian-American girl named Devi, who is entering her sophomore year of high school and determined to lose her nerdy image and make a boyfriend. Do I even have to tell you that things are not going as planned? It's great, full of fun to write and an energetic performance from Maitreyi Ramakrishnan who meets all the obstacles of Devi with spirit and smile. It's been a few since Netflix's last hot teen hit; that looks like the next one. (REVIEW | PENDANT)

Middleditch & Schwartz

Ben Schwartz and Thomas Middleditch, Middleditch & Schwartz

Jeffery Neira / NETFLIX

Premiere on April 21st | Watch on Netflix
Laughter is the best medicine besides the actual medicine prescribed for you by a qualified doctor. So if you need a laugh, these three new fully impromptu comedy specials starring Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz are exactly what your doctor is likely to be watching in April, too. The first special to be filmed at NYU is titled "Dream Job" and tells the story of two friends, one of whom is conducting an important interview that ultimately leads to an existential crisis. Who wasn't there? Next up is "Law School Magic," which claims to be part of the Breakfast Club and part of the Chronicles of Narnia, and the final special is "Parking Lot Wedding," and I'm not even going to tell you what happens because that would spoil the Magic. -Kaitlin Thomas (REVIEW | TRAILER)

The midnight gospel

The midnight gospel

Netflix

Premiere on April 20th | Watch on Netflix
The latest iteration of Adventure Timecreator Pendleton Ward is a trippy, universe-surfing animated series about a podcaster traveling the multiverse interviewing subjects about their specialties. The Midnight Gospel uses audio from the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast and adds a strange, animated world. Basically, Rick & Morty meets Dr. Cat. It's the perfect show for a hazy night on the couch: a colorful and weird intellectual escape when the mood enhancers that make you appreciate the graphics allow your brain to follow suit. (PENDANT)

The last Dance

Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson

JEFF HAYNES / AFP via Getty Images

Premiere on April 19th | Watch on ESPN, ESPN +
This 10-part documentary is supposed to be about the historic 1997-98 season of the Chicago Bulls, but it really is an in-depth investigation of Michael Jordan, who wasn't the greatest basketball player who ever lived by being nice to people. Its airiness is remarkably unguarded, as it speaks at length of the feuds and resentments that fueled his unprecedented career, accompanied by exceptional archive footage from this season and interviews with dozens of people, from Dennis Rodman to Barack Obama. It's an incredible document in NBA history that basketball fans will absolutely love. – Liam Mathews (REVIEW | PENDANT)

Mrs. America

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Sabrina Lantos / FX

Premiere on April 15th | Watch on FX Hulu
Mrs. America is the second show to debut as part of FX's new streaming deal with Hulu. It tells the chaotic story of modern feminism in the US and the struggle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s (a struggle that continues to this day). The limited series, which is likely to bring FX a ton of Emmy nominations in the acting categories, is largely told through the eyes of Cate Blanchett's conservative housewife and hopeful politician Phyllis Schlafly, who firmly believes a woman is at home, just like she's away from home quite often … Across the table are notable figures like Gloria Steinam (Rose Byrne), author of The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman), and Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba), who is the first woman to run for the Democratic Party presidency. The compelling and thoughtful series, however, is careful not to take sides in the discussion or to draw conclusions. It's not perfect, but it's still a must see on TV. -Kaitlin Thomas (REVIEW | PENDANT)

Run

Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson, Run

HBO

Premiere on April 12th | Watch on HBO
Early on in HBO's new series Run, you'll know that the two main characters (Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson) are absolutely delighted. Anything else about them? Well, you just have to wait for the details to be analyzed. But that's the fun of Fleabag's Vicky Jones dark comedy where old college flames fulfill a pact they made and 15 years later run away on a whim, leaving their lives behind to regain love, that they had for each other as teenagers. Most of the series is set on a train to Chicago, which creates a situation they can't (and mostly don't want to) escape. There are twists and turns and an uncomfortable feeling that these two people are either doing exactly wrong or just right and that this energy makes you feel like part of the business. (PENDANT)

MARCH

Tiger King: Murder, Chaos and Madness

Joe Exotic, Tiger King: Murder, Chaos and Madness

Netflix

Premiere on March 20th | Watch on Netflix
Netflix's latest real crime miniseries is really insane, even by the standards of real crime miniseries. It tells the story of Joe Exotic, a private zoo operator who was arrested for hiring killers to kill an animal rights activist who tried to shut him down. The documentaries create the impression that anyone who works in the big cat industry is a larger than life figure, and none is bigger than Joe, a charismatic gay polygamist who doesn't let anyone tell them what to do with their big cats. You can tell the filmmakers that they tried to make a themed documentary about animal welfare in the beginning, which then turned into something else during the filming. It's a truly wild journey that has the perfect binge right now. – Liam Mathews (REVIEW | PENDANT)

The conspiracy against America

John Turturro, The Conspiracy Against America

Michele K. Short

Premiere on March 16 | Watch on HBO
This limited series, written by David Simon and Ed Burns of The Wire, is based on a book by legendary writer Philip Roth. It presents an alternate version of American history in which famous aviator Charles Lindbergh defeated Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 election on a fascist, isolationist platform. It tells the story through the eyes of the Levins, a Jewish-American working class family in Newark whose pursuit of the American dream is halted when America slips into fascism. The book was written during the George W. Bush presidency, but the limited edition series is a melting pot-style allegory for the Trump era. The premiere brings you back to how you felt in 2015-16 as Lindbergh's rise makes people restless, but they don't believe he could actually be elected. -Liam Mathews (REVIEW | PENDANT)

ZeroZeroZero

Walter Cordopatri and Giuseppe De Domenico, ZeroZeroZero

Stefania Rosini / Amazon Studios

Premiere on March 6th | Keep looking Amazon Prime Video
Amazon's violent, prestigious, multicontinental crime epic ZeroZeroZero, produced in partnership with Sky Atlantic and Canal +, could possibly be the answer to Netflix's Narcos. The Slick series traces the cocaine trade between organized crime in Mexico, America and Italy and plays Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan and Gabriel Byrne as Americans who broker the deals and transport the cola through their shipping company. It is followed by a Mexican soldier (Harold Torres) on the front lines of the drug war and Giuseppe De Domenico as a Calabrian gangster who wants to take over his family business. -Liam Mathews (PENDANT)

developer

Nick Offerman as Forest, Devs

Miya Mizuno / FX

Premiere March 5th | Keep looking Hulu
Ex Machina and Annihilation director Alex Garland go on television for the first time with this philosophical science fiction slow burn. The limited series follows the story of a young software engineer, Lily Chan (Sonoya Mizuno), who investigates the secret development department of the company she works for, which is run by a strange guy named Forest (Nick Offerman) because she believes that this is responsible for the murder of her boyfriend. Most of the time, however, the show revolves around Garland's obsession with building lightbulbs into the walls of the set to make everything glow golden. -Liam Mathews (REVIEW | PENDANT)

Shipments from elsewhere

Jason Segel and Eve Lindley, broadcasts from elsewhere

Zach Dilgard / AMC

Premiere on March 1st | Keep looking AMC
Jason Segel created this experimental dramedy, and How I Met Your Mother fans are facing a real journey. Segel plays Peter, a lonely man whose humble existence is shaken when he replies to a flyer that embroils him in a mysterious conflict between the Jejune Institute and the Elsewhere Society. It could be a game, it could be a conspiracy, it could be nothing, it could be something. Simone (Eve Lindley), Fredwynn (Andre Benjamin) and Janice (Sally Field) accompany him on his search, each of whom will receive their own episodes over the course of the season. The show is heavily influenced by acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Immaculate Mind, Being John Malkovich), which means it's quirky and sad at the same time. -Liam Mathews (REVIEW | TRAILER)

FEBRUARY

Hi-Fi

Zoë & # 39; Kravitz and David H. Holmes, High Fidelity

Phillip Caruso / Hulu

Premiere on February 14th | Watch Hulu
You saw the movie, maybe you even read the book, now you can watch the high fidelity TV show! Nick Hornby's novel about a record shop owner with cocky taste and a penchant for top 5 lists moves to Brooklyn and turns the main character into a woman (Zoë Kravitz) who shows romantic mistakes and an inability to accept mistakes of her own, not just for white Men. (REVIEW | TRAILER)

Mythical Quest: Raven Banquet

Rob McElhenney, Mythical Quest

Apple

Premiere on February 7th | Keep looking Apple TV +
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Rob McElhenney is smart enough to know that video games are funny, but they shouldn't be made fun of. After all, players are legion. The game business is affectionately received in Mythic Quest: Raven & # 39; s Banquet without games turning into a joke, while McElhenney plays the selfish creative director of a popular MMORPG that is about to release its first expansion pack. There's a fantastic cast that includes F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, and Charlotte Nicdao, and a stand-alone midseason episode is a great story of creativity and profit. (REVIEW | TRAILER)

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JANUARY

Star Trek: Picard

Sir Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: Picard

Matt Kennedy, CBS

Premiere January 23rd | Keep looking CBS All Access
Star Trek: Picard is neither Star Trek: The Next Generation nor does it have any ambition to be. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is back, but there isn't much more in common between the two shows as Picard is a heavily serialized story about the aftermath of Star Trek: Nemesis and Picard's life 20 years later. And while it is far in the future, it resonates today with issues like terrorism, government corruption, and immigration. (REVIEW | TRAILER)

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens

Awkwafina, Awkwafina is Nora from Queens

Comedy Central

Premiere January 22nd | Keep looking Comedy Central
Golden Globe winner Awkwafina gives growing up a chance in this stoner comedy that resembles Broad City. It turns out that growing up is pretty hard, but very fun. What sets Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens apart from others in its class is his Asian-American perspective and the fact that the character still lives at home with her father and grandmother, who both play huge roles on the show. (REVIEW | TRAILER)

Seven worlds, one planet

Seven worlds, one planet

Nick Green / BBC America / BBC Studios

Premiere on January 18th | Keep looking BBC America
The latest from the BBC's incredible documentary film crew goes from continent to continent to highlight the variation in the planet's wildlife in this new series. It may seem more like the same, but the simple format of Seven Worlds, One Planet, gives a more understandable picture of Earth's biodiversity. That might sound like a broken record, but the footage is absolutely stunning and somehow stands out from the team's previous work. (PENDANT)

Little America

Conphidance, Little America

Apple

Premiere January 17th | Keep looking Apple TV +
When you need a nice pick-me-up from the world's evils, this anthology series by Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Alan Yang is a great choice. Each episode of Little America is based on the true stories of immigrants in America and portrays their successes and experiences in a humorous and heartwarming way, like the Indian speller who ran his parents' hotel after they were deported and asked Laura Bush for help bring them back. The best part of the show is that the challenges they face are more systemic in nature than from a few bad racist apples, and the stories vary widely so they don't repeat themselves. (REVIEW | TRAILER)

Everything will be fine

Maeve Press, Kayla Cromer and Josh Thomas, everything will be fine

Tony Rivetti

Premiere January 16 | Watch on Freeform, Hulu
Josh Thomas became a cult TV hero with his series Please Like Me, a coming-of-age comedy with dramatic elements. The laughter and tears continue in Thomas & # 39; s new freeform series "Everything will be fine", about an entomologist at the age of 20 who takes over the guardianship of his two teenage half-sisters, one of whom is autistic. It's sentimental, fun, and an authentic representation of the teenage experience. (JOSH THOMAS INTERVIEW | PENDANT)

Kipo and the Age of Wonder Animals

Kipo and the Age of Wonder Animals

Netflix

Season 1 premiered on January 14th. Season 2 premiered on June 12th Watch on Netflix
Although this charming animated series based on a webcomic is set well after the apocalypse of 200 years in the future when mankind is forced to live underground because giant man-eating mutants roam the surface of the earth, it is pure joy. Following Kipo in search of her missing father is Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts as resourceful as Adventure Time and as exciting as Avatar: The Last Airbender, but it really goes off because it's relentlessly positive for a heroine who just want to stroke these fantastic animals she meets. The hip hop soundtrack, the different characters, and the hilarious mutant animal gangs are just a plus. (PENDANT)

To cheer

To cheer

Netflix

Premiere January 8th | Watch on Netflix
The documentary crew behind Last Chance U step off the field and step on the sidelines for a hardcore look at the best college cheerleading program in the US at Navarro College, Texas. Cheering is so much more than just shaking pompoms; There is literally blood, sweat and tears flowing as these young men and women try to be the best, and the character that forms is more dazzling than any movement of air. (6 REASONS TO WATCH CHEER | TRAILER)

Party of Five

Niko Guardado, Brandon Larracuente, Elle Paris and Emily Tosta, Party of Five

Vu Ong, freeform

Premiere January 8th | Watch on Freeform, Hulu
We didn't need to restart the drama in the mid-90s, but we're glad we got it. The series update on a white family struggling with parents killed in a car accident moves cause to a Latinx family that must hold them together after parents were deported for undocumentedness. The result is the same – many tissues are needed – but the importance and relevance of this new party of five is multiplied. (PENDANT)

The circle

The circle

Netflix

Premiere on January 1st | Keep looking Netflix
Imagine Big Brother, but when everyone stays in their rooms on WhatsApp instead of chatting in person, you have an idea of ​​Netflix's reality contest series The Circle. It is meant to mimic the social media experience with attendees carefully profiling themselves to endear themselves to others, and there is an interesting twist that makes it all fun: some attendees fish and pose than others they believe they are seen as better people. Most of it is shy cat and mouse, but every now and then real bonds form. (PENDANT)

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