What a year, huh? Despite the erratic television schedule surrounding COVID-19, we still had an abundance of fresh content to watch. From memorable miniseries and dramas to lighthearted comedies and wild reality shows, there was always something to binge and escape for a while… So, as 2020 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the most-watched new series of the year!
A group of aspiring actors and filmmakers changed post-World War II Hollywood in this spring miniseries.
14. The Outsider
HBO’s crime drama about the mysterious murder of a young boy kept viewers guessing, but unfortunately, the series was canceled after one season.
13. Space Force
May’s comedy follows a group of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the armed services, the U.S. Space Force.
12. Warrior Nun
This Netflix series brought some much-needed action to the summer season as an orphaned teen discovers she has superpowers, forcing her to join an ancient order of demon-hunting nuns.
11. Love Is Blind
The addition of walls made reality dating much more entertaining in February! A group of singles try to fall in love without seeing one another face-to-face.
The retelling of the Arthurian legend brought Katherine Langford front and center as Nimue, a teenage sorceress, who’s destined to become the powerful Lady of the Lake.
Spring’s hottest reality series followed gorgeous singles taking on a celibacy challenge in the hopes of winning $100,000.
The much-anticipated television reboot of Snowpiercer finally hit TNT in May! The remnants of humanity inhabit a perpetually-moving train that circles the globe, where class warfare, social injustice, and the politics of survival play out.
Fall’s thriller about the infamous nurse, Mildred Ratched, working at a psychiatric hospital delighted Sarah Paulson stans new and old.
Based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel, January’s dramedy about a teenager navigating both high school and her new telekinetic powers was an immediate fan-favorite. The series was canceled after one season due to circumstances related to COVID-19.
What a lovely surprise this miniseries turned out to be! Orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon struggles with addiction while trying to become the greatest chess player in the world.
4. Outer Banks
Viewers were able to escape quarantine with this wild teen drama about a boy who enlists his three friends to hunt for treasure linked to his father’s disappearance.
Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age comedy came out during the COVID lock down! The complicated life of Devi, a first-gen Indian-American teenager, was a perfect story to binge at home.
2. Locke & Key
The February debut of Locke & Key followed a new fantasy story as three siblings discover magical keys connected to their father’s death.
Emily Cooper’s move to Paris made quite the impression on viewers (for better or worse), making this dramedy the No. 1 most-watched new series of the year.
Bonus: The Haunting of Bly Manor
Since The Haunting is technically an anthology series, the show isn’t new. However, Netflix released Bly Manor separately from Hill House, and it was devoured by TV Time users. So, this horror favorite gets a well-deserved shoutout!
*The “Most-Watched New Series of 2020” is based on episodes tracked in TV Time from 1/1/20-12/1/20, featuring shows that debuted in the year 2020.Most-Watched New Series of 2020