To overcome the endless scroll of trying to decide what to watch, I’ve created a list of 2020’s best new shows so far.
I sat on my apartment couch scrolling through Netflix with a tired thumb from clicking the arrows on the Roku remote too many times. By this point, I could have finished at least a full episode of something –– anything!
So here is a compilation of some of the best new shows out there (in order of release date). Now you won’t have to dissect your streaming services to find a show you will only back out of 15 minutes into it.
1. “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”
Where to watch: NBC, Hulu, Sling TV and FuboTV
I was surfing the internet, trying to find an article-worthy show when a storyline about a female coder (a woman in computer science, heck yeah!) caught my eye. Zoey Clarke, the female lead, finds herself in a strange turn of events where she can suddenly hear the innermost thoughts of those around her in the form of song. The pilot (which you can find here) had me laughing at the quirky jokes and watching the top-notch cast in amazement. Did someone say Skyler Astin and Lauren Graham? And it’s basically a musical, even better.
2. “Party of Five (2020)”
Where to watch: Freeform, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Vudu
“Party of Five” (2020) is a remake of the 1994 drama, but it’s the perfect reboot for our current times. “Party of Five” revolves around the five Acosta children who must learn how to navigate life after their parents are unexpectedly deported back to Mexico. The trailer reveals a raw reality that sits heavy, so I can only imagine what it will be like watching the show all the way through. My advice? Make sure you watch with a box of tissues nearby.
3. “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector”
Where to Watch: NBC, Hulu, Sling TV, FuboTV, Google Play and Vudu
Calling all CSI fans; this one’s for you. Based on the book, “The Bone Collector,” this series tells the story of an unlikely duo. The duo, made up of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, work together to crack New York’s biggest cases. According to the trailer, their main goal is to find the killer who is responsible for their team dynamic.
4. “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay”
Where to Watch: Freeform
Aimlessly scrolling through Instagram never ended in a better find. “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” takes the viewer through a series of awkward, yet lovable conversations between three siblings whose father just died. With a half brother, a sister on the autism spectrum, the battles of growing up and the recent tragedy, this series seems to be one of hope, joy and feel-good moments.
5. “The Outsider”
Where to watch: Hulu and HBO (Beginning Jan. 19)
If “The Shinning” is your go-to kind of entertainment, then “The Outsider,” based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, is for you. The series follows an investigation that takes a sharp turn when a young boy is murdered at the hands of a cop. As if that wasn’t dark enough, the supernatural makes its way into the plotline and makes reason unattainable. It’s a thick story full of mindgames, and if you’re still not convinced, try watching the trailer.