We’re staring down the barrel of a whole new year, and with it comes a whole new selection of prestige television. It’s been argued that there’s simply too much TV to keep up with, but isn’t trying half the fun? Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and the other five million streaming services, there’s never been a better time to cancel plans and binge-watch. With that can-do spirit in mind, we’ve put together a list of the shows we can’t wait to watch in 2020.
Normal People (Hulu)
Sally Rooney’s Instagram-status-symbol novel Normal People is being made into a TV show starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. No word yet on the premiere date, but it was filming as of last May, so we may not have long to wait.
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens (Comedy Central)
This brand-new series follows Awkwafina as Nora Lin, a—you guessed it—Queens native living at home with her father (B.D. Wong) and grandmother (Lori Tan Chinn), and perennially being compared to her more successful cousin (SNL breakout star Bowen Yang). It sounds Broad City–esque in the best way—and Awkwafina has also proved with her impressive performance in The Farewell that she’s more than equipped to bring the emotional resonance. Awkwafina is Nora From Queens premieres January 22.
Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
This miniseries tells the story of the 1970s women’s movement in America, starring Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly, Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, and Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem. The casting is almost too good to be true, but with Captain Marvel directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on board as executive producers, it’s sure to deliver.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest fans will be eager to devour this Nurse Ratched origin story, which stars Sarah Paulson in the titular role. Cynthia Nixon, and Sharon Stone round out the cast, and Ryan Murphy is an executive producer, so this show is certain to hit the sweet spot of terrifying and titillating.
Katy Keene (The CW)
Musical-theater lovers and teen drama fans alike will flock to this musical comedy-slash-drama, which stars Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, and Lucien Laviscount. It follows four Archie Comics characters chasing their dreams in New York—think Riverdale, with a dash of Gossip Girl. Premieres February 6.
High Fidelity (Hulu)
Coming on February 14, this TV adaptation of the film based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel High Fidelity stars Zoë Kravitz, David J. Holmes, and Jake Lacy, moving the series to Brooklyn and gender-flipping the protagonist. Fun fact: Kravitz’s mother, Lisa Bonet, co-starred in the original 2000 film.
Amy Poehler, Mike Scully, and Julie Scully’s new animated series also stars Rashida Jones, Ty Burrell, Wiz Khalifa, and Riki Lindhome. The show will revolve around the family and fantasy lives of typical fifteen-year-old boy Duncan and premieres February 16.
The Outsider (HBO)
Stephen King’s novel of the same name provides the template for this chilling new investigative thriller, which stars Cynthia Erivo, Ben Mendelsohn, and Jason Bateman (Bateman will also direct).
Originally Appeared on Vogue