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The sheer number of scripted television shows being produced each year -- a whopping 532 series aired across all networks, cable, and streaming services in 2019 -- is staggering. But while the percentage of quality shows has fallen over the past decade as a result, there's never been more to love or a wider variety of programming to watch. We're into it.

What notable new and returning shows are on tap for 2020? Just bookmark this curated list of the most promising new TV series and returning favorites coming to a small screen near you.
Also read: Netflix originals we're excited to see this year

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Dead to Me

Netflix, May 8
Pour out a glass of chardonnay and get ready to tune into Season 2 of Netflix's moms behaving badly series. After Season 1's shocking murderous finale, Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate's characters have much to keep hush about. -- Sadie Bell 
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The Eddy

Netflix, May 8
Has Whiplash/La La Land director Damien Chazelle made you fall in love with jazz yet? Either way, he's not giving up! He's one of the executive producers and directed a handful of episodes for this new musical drama about a Parisian jazz club owner (André Holland) who is visited by his estranged teenaged daughter (Amandla Stenberg). -- SB
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Solar Opposites

Hulu, May 8
Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick & Morty, has another animated space-adjacent comedy in the works that Hulu has already greenlit for two 16-episode seasons. In Solar Opposites, an alien family plants themselves in flyover country after escaping an asteroid crash on their home planet. Is it our modern Third Rock from the Sun? The Simpsons with aliens? Who knows! Like Rick and Morty and Meeseeks and etc., Roiland will voice two of the main characters and presumably tons of randos the aliens encounter. The series will get a premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. -- Leanne Butkovic
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I Know This Much Is True 

HBO, May 10
I know this much is true: This one is for the Mark Ruffalo fans. Why? The new limited series adaptation of Wally Lamb's novel of the same name sees the actor in both of the leading roles, playing a pair of twin brothers. The drama follows both of their lives as they and their family struggle with the effects of mental illness and work together towards forgiveness. The series comes from Derek Cianfrance (Blue ValentineThe Place Beyond the Pines), with Ruffalo on as executive producer, and sees a stacked cast featuring Melissa Leo, Imogen Poots, and others. -- SB
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend

Netflix, May 12
You can bet that Ellie Kemper's happy-go-lucky character Kimmy Schmidt grew up on Choose Your Own Adventure books, and now she gets to live in one, sort of! Like the Black Mirror special Bandersnatch before it, Netflix is rolling out its interactive viewing experience with a special episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt. While the show wrapped last year, the cast is returning for the one-off which follows Kimmy's journey to get to her wedding on time. -- SB
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The Great

Hulu, May 15
Legendary Russian empress Catherine the Great (who was known for being quite the seductress) is getting the sexy drama treatment. It's not to be confused with the HBO miniseries Catherine the Great with Helen Mirren that came out last year; here Elle Fanning stars as the ruler and it documents her young rise from living in Austria in the 17th century to be married off to a Russian ruler. -- SB
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The Last Narc 

Amazon Prime, May 15
If you're a fiend for cartel history, you may already be familiar with the muder of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena or saw it play out on Netflix's Narcos: Mexico, but now Prime is delving into the case in a more true crime fashion. The Last Narc is a four-part docuseries about the agent who was kidnapped and killed by the Mexican cartel in the '80s, and the investigation led by special agent Hector Berrellez that followed. -- SB 
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White Lines

Netflix, May 15
Money Heist showrunner Álex Pina's latest series is a British/Spanish co-production about a woman from Manchester who sets off in search of answers surrounding the mysterious disappearance of her brother who was a famous DJ in Ibiza. (By the looks of the title, sounds like drugs are involved). -- SB
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Starz, May 17
Who said detective agents are the only government officials who can solve crimes? Here, Monica Raymund plays a Cape Cod fishery service agent who discovers a body believed to be related do the area's opioid epidemic, and brings it upon herself to solve the case. -- SB 
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TNT, May 17
Bong Joon Ho's post-apocalyptic thriller, based on a French graphic novel about an endlessly moving mega-train that's divided by class, gets adapted for television, and we will be there for it, at least until we decide whether it's even remotely as mind-blowing as that 2013 movie was. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs star. -- John Sellers
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The Big Flower Fight

Netflix, May 18
To brighten up your spring spent indoors, Netflix is dropping a new reality competition series that pits florists and sculptors against one another as they're tasked with designing larger-than-life structures out of flowers and greenery. These are not your typical bouquets. -- SB
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Dead Still

Acorn TV, May 18
Dead Still sounds like the show for British/Irish TV obsessives. It's a period piece and a procedural about a memorialist photographer trying to solve the murder of one of his subjects, there are characters named Brock Blennerhasset, Cecil Carruthers, and Nancy Vickers, and supposedly a fair amount of dark, deadpan humor. Bloody hell! -- SB
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DC Universe/The CW, May 18
Another star-spangled DC Comics character is coming to The CW, in case you haven't had enough of those. Stargirl is about a high schooler named Courtney as she enters the Justice Society of America. Episodes debut weekly on DC Universe starting May 18 and air a day later on The CW. -- SB
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At Home With Amy Sedaris

truTV, May 20
Everybody's at home right now, so why not spend it at home with the hilarious Amy Sedaris? Her satirical crafting show is back to inspire you with surreal crafts you can take on during quarantine. This time around, she'll be joined again by a handful of star-studded guests like Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Justin Theroux, and others. -- SB
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Ultimate Tag

FOX, May 20
FOX's latest competition show takes social distancing to the extreme. The stakes aren't as high as actual social distancing, but it plays out a souped up game of tag where competitors are tasked with running through an obstacle course while fleeing "taggers," who are by no means trying to stay six feet apart. (If you were worried, they definitely were yelling, "You're it!" months ago when production wrapped up before the outbreak.) -- SB
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The 100

The CW, May 20
The sci-fi show about 100 teenagers sent back to Earth after civilization has move to space, is coming to an end with its seventh season, now that those teenagers are well no longer juveniles. Don't get too upset, though, because there's already a spin-off in the works. -- SB

Labor of Love

FOX, May 21
Reality TV has no chill. The commitment of an engagement after several weeks on shows like The Bachelor is apparently a little been-there-done-that by now, so FOX's upping the ante with Labor of Love which sets up a single woman looking to start a family with a potential man to father her children. Yes, you read that right. -- SB
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Love Island

CBS, May 21
Are you in the mood for love? And a whole lot of drama? Good, because the American version of everyone's favorite reality show full of chaos is back for Season 2. -- SB


Sundance Now, May 21
If you're craving the intrigue and melodrama of an erotic thriller, Penance might just be what you need. The British drama follows a mother whose son died unexpectedly and her daughter whose lives are changed when they meet a mysterious man. -- SB

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Amazon Prime, May 22
After a long wait, Amazon's mysterious thriller about a facility meant to transition soldiers to regular life is back for a second season. You may have been captivated by Julia Roberts in her Season 1 starring role, but unfortunately she won't be returning. The great Janelle Monae is is leading the cast now in a new role, though, and the series is said to take place during the fallout of the program. -- SB
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Nat Geo, May 23
Nat Geo sees an adaptation of Annie Proulx's period piece novel Barkskins about two indentured servants to work in the wilderness of 1600s New France. -- SB
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HBO Max, May 27
Did you know that the crafting community is alive and well on YouTube? Well, it is. It's so big that one of the biggest crafters, LaurDIY (AKA Lauren Riihimaki), is getting her own TV show -- Craftopia, which is one of the first programs available at HBO Max's launch. The competition show puts crafty tweens to the test as they're tasked with constructing mind-blowing creations. -- SB
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HBO Max, May 27
The team behind Queer Eye are among producers of this new performance competition show that sees vogueing teams from the ballroom community going head-to-head by putting together routines that showcase their style and talents. -- SB
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Looney Tunes Cartoons

HBO Max, May 27
HBO Max is all things WarnerMedia -- and they're really making that known with this beloved, old Warner Bros. property. They'll be launching all new shorts featuring Bugs Bunny and co., and it's just the first slate of future specials to come. Nostalgia wins again! -- SB
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Love Life

HBO Max, May 27
The Anna Kendrick-starring Love Life is the first scripted series to come from HBO Max, and it'll be available at launch. The show executively produced by Kendrick, Paul Feig, and others is a rom-com anthology, each season dissecting one person's love life with each episode about a different relationship they've been in. That's a lot of feels and hearbreak to go around. -- SB 
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On the Record

HBO Max, May 27
Documentarians Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War) latest tells the story of music executive Drew Dixon, who's worked with the likes of Kanye West and Whitney Houston and was one of the first women of color to come forward during the #MeToo movement with allegations against fellow exec Russell Simmons. This feature will be the first original doc on HBO Max. -- SB
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Central Park

Apple TV+, May 29
Ah, something original coming to Apple TV+! Don't get used to it. This animated musical comedy (yep, you read that right) from Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard already has the green light for two seasons. Hopefully you like musical comedy, Josh Gad (one of the voices), and puns. Also attached are Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Titus Burgess, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Daveed Diggs. -- SB
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Hulu, May 29
Showrunner and star Ramy Youssef snagged a well-deserved Golden Globe for Season 1 of this comedy loosely based on his experience coming of age as a Muslim millennial. If his Globe win wasn't enough to convince you to catch up and watch the upcoming second season, he's hilarious and the show is great. Period. -- SB
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Space Force

Netflix, May 29
In summer 2018, President Trump announced that he was creating a sixth branch of the military: the space force for… "space-related tasks." Because of how absurd that sounds, showrunner Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and Steve Carell teamed up to write and produce a workplace comedy imagining what the hell the government staffers went through trying to put that galactic team together. Carell also stars, with John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz in other leading roles. -- SB
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AMC, May 31
No need to phone a friend: A bizarre scandal involving coughing in the audience on the original British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has been turned into a must-watch miniseries starring Michael Sheen, Fleabag costar Sian Clifford and Succession scene-stealer Matthew Macfadyen. -- JS
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