Binge-watching your favorite TV shows is a great way to unwind at the end of the day. Luckily, with so many streaming services and cable providers constantly spinning out new products, there’s no shortage of options for any viewer. If you’re looking for a new obsession in 2020, you won’t want to miss these TV releases.
1. “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)
“Little Fires Everywhere” is a new show on Hulu that releases March 18th. It comes packed with an all-star cast led by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington and is actually an adaptation of a novel by the same name written by Celeste Ng.
The story takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio, right in the middle of suburbia. Washington and Witherspoon play polar opposites to each other in the show. Witherspoon takes on the image of a picture-perfect suburban matriarch named Elena Richardson. Washington, on the other hand, plays the new mother in town and takes on the role of an unconventional single mother who moves into the town and stands out clearly from the cookie-cutter world around her. Her character’s name is Mia and she brings her daughter Pearl into the town.
2. “Mrs. America” (FX)
If you sign up to a TV provider like DISH, you’ll be able to catch “Mrs. America,” premiering sometime later this year.
With the political sphere as hot as it is right now, it’s no surprise to see another show with a political setting come to the small screen in 2020. This show takes a look at a specific movement – the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment which first crossed legislators desks in 1923.
Instead of looking at a modern take, though, this story is set in the 1970s and takes a look at the conservative effort to stop the amendment in its tracks decades ago. The show even has a female lead against the movement with Cate Blanchett starring as the lawyer Phyllis Schlafly who was a loud critical voice against the amendment when it made its rounds all those decades ago.
The cast also includes familiar faces such as Rose Byrne, Tracey Ullman, Uzo Aduba, and Margo Martindale.
3. “Perry Mason” (HBO)
Classic TV fans are sure to remember when the black-and-white crime show “Perry Mason” was a household name. This year, HBO is trying to recapture that magic with a new “Perry Mason” set to release later this year.
Since Raymond Burr is no longer around to grace our screens as the titular character he played in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Matthew Rhys will be filling his shoes. Instead of taking us through day-to-day courtroom dramas, this piece will be set in Hollywood in the 1930s and serve as a prequel of sorts for the original series.
Alongside Tatiana Maslany, Shea Whigham, and John Lithgow, Rhys brings us back to Mason’s early days as a PI. It’ll be an interesting take on a classic and Rhys sure has quite a role to live up to.
4. “Space Force” (Netflix)
For fans of “The Office,” seeing Steve Carell in another workplace-style comedy is sure to be a dream come true. Instead of the usual office job, this time Carell takes on a position in Trump’s proposed Space Force, as the title of the show suggests.
It’s sure to be a treat since Carell isn’t only starring in the series, he’s also been working to help create the show. Set as a parody of an idea that many people already find potentially comedic in its own right, the show is sure to have outlandish elements that a show like “The Office” didn’t have a chance to play with the first time around. We don’t know exactly when the show will hit Netflix, but the streaming service and Carell have promised it later this year.
5. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney+)
With the release of Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, and the box office successes of Marvel movies, it makes sense that we’d see more of these characters on the small screen as well.
We’ve already had the chance to see what Disney and Marvel could do in a TV show atmosphere with the creation of shows like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” but fans are in for a treat with the inclusion of characters like The Falcon and Bucky Barnes.
In the canonical timeline, this show will take place in the aftermath of the latest box office release “Avengers: Endgame.” It includes the original actors for the roles as well, so it should capture a lot of the original magic.
Which show are you looking forward to the most this year?