Alexander Skarsgård in THE STAND

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FALL 2020 TV SURVEY: 30 MOST ANTICIPATED NEW SHOWS

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked 1,000 of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

When film and television production shut down in March, it threw a wrench into the TV production schedule for the rest of the year. Sadly, plenty of series that were initially supposed to premiere in 2020 are now being pushed to 2021 (and potentially beyond). So, while Rotten Tomatoes users were most pumped about the first Disney+ MCU series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it looks as though they’re going to have to wait a little longer for the Anthony Mackie–Sebastian Stan vehicle.

But there’s still plenty of great television hitting the small screen this year: The No. 1 new show that Rotten Tomatoes users are most looking forward to seeing is The Stand, CBS All Access’ take on the post-apocalyptic Stephen King story that premieres later this year. In second is The Haunting of Bly Manor, the follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House from the same creative team (and much of the same cast).

The gender splits were pretty even, with men and women anticipating each of the titles in pretty similar amounts, though more women are excited for the latest Ryan Murphy–Sarah Paulson collaboration, Netflix’s Ratched (inspired by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), and more men are looking forward to Hulu’s remake of the beloved animated series Animaniacs.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Updated: The list has been updated since publication to correct an error in the ranking.

Deaf U (2020)

#30
Synopsis: A coming-of-age documentary series following a tight-knit group of deaf students at Gallaudet University.
Starring: Rodney Burford, Cheyenna Clearbrooke, Tessa Lewis, Alexa Paulay-Simmons, Renate Rose, Daequan Taylor, Dalton Taylor
#29
Synopsis: Docu-series chronicles the evolution of comedy from within the walls of the legendary L.A. club.

Adjusted Score: 42.475%
Synopsis: Comedy series about a woman in small town who makes it her business to know a bit about everyone's lives.... [More]

#27
Adjusted Score: -0.084%
Synopsis: A rogue AI technology threatens to turn people against one another and cause a global catastrophe, the CEO who helped... [More]

Synopsis: A Teacher follows Claire Wilson (Kate Mara), a young teacher at a suburban Texas high school and her student, Eric... [More]
Starring: Kate Mara

Synopsis: A raw and sometimes scary front-line search to identify the chain of events that could cause the next global pandemic.
Starring: Chris Golden, James Longman

#24
Adjusted Score: 82.433%
Critics Consensus: Alex Rider's first season takes a minute to find it's footing, but once it does it proves a solid entry into the espionage game that the whole family can enjoy.
Synopsis: Alex Rider (Otto Farrant) is a London-based teenager who has unknowingly been trained since childhood for the dangerous world of... [More]

#23
Adjusted Score: 87.264%
Synopsis: When the head of a criminal organization is assassinated, the resulting power vacuum leads to a struggle that threatens the... [More]

Adjusted Score: 58.993%
Synopsis: THE GOOD LORD BIRD is told from the point of view of "Onion" (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy... [More]

#21
Synopsis: Based on the novel I Diavoli by Guido Maria Brera, DEVILS is an international thriller that follows Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro... [More]

Tiger (2020)

#20
Synopsis: Two-part documentary series about the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods, from executive producer Alex Gibney.
Starring: Tiger Woods (photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Adjusted Score: 65.36%
Critics Consensus: Despite some impressive performances, The Comey Rule's chaotic approach to current events clarifies very little, further obscuring the facts of already confusing circumstances without adding much insight.
Synopsis: THE COMEY RULE, starring Emmy(R) winners Jeff Daniels as former FBI Director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Donald... [More]

#18
Adjusted Score: 42.475%
Synopsis: Encounters with Gothic beasts, including fallen angels and werewolves, broken people are driven to desperate acts in an attempt to... [More]

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The Queen's Gambit is a coming-of-age story that... [More]
Starring:

#16
Adjusted Score: 88.348%
Critics Consensus: Flesh and Blood's non-linear storytelling doesn't always play, but there's no denying the engrossing glory of its colorful mystery.
Synopsis: Three siblings must navigate through a web of lies when their widowed mother falls for a new man.... [More]

Roadkill (2020)

#15
Synopsis: Ambition knows no bounds, nor does corruption in a political thriller written by David Hare about a scheming UK government minister.
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Helen McCrory
#14
Adjusted Score: 85.144%
Synopsis: Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a... [More]
Synopsis: The six-episode series is a workplace comedy that follows three subpar astronauts living at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator with high hopes of being chosen to travel to the moon.
Starring: Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, John C. Reilly
#12
Synopsis: From David E. Kelley, private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt join forces with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt, to investigate a kidnapping.
Starring: Kylie Bunbury, Ryan Phillippe, Katheryn Winnick

Utopia: Season 1 (2020)
54%

#11
Adjusted Score: 55.95%
Critics Consensus: Utopia's cast and mystery at times transcend its overtly cynical and overly violent tendencies, but even those willing to look past the torture may find the whole thing too timely - in a bad way.
Synopsis: Utopia centers on a group of comic fans who meet online and bond over their obsession of a seemingly fictional... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.084%
Synopsis: As the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, Helstrom follows Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom... [More]

Synopsis: In this reimagining of the classic series, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.
Starring: Queen Latifah, Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint
Synopsis: Following the climactic ending to season 12, this coming holiday season will see the return of one of the Doctor’s biggest and most feared enemies – the Daleks.
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill
Adjusted Score: 41.717%
Synopsis: A series about the first generation to come of age after the apocalypse.... [More]
Synopsis: A program of eight genre thrillers, the stories are centered around family and love as redemptive or destructive forces.
Starring: Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard, Joey King, Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine, Sarita Choudhury, Sunita Mani, Omar Maskati, Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Jacques Colimon
Adjusted Score: -0.084%
Synopsis: A successful therapist about to release her first book has her life turned upside down following a violent death and... [More]
Starring:
Synopsis: Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot, wreak havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet.
Starring: Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Maurice LaMarche

Ratched: Season 1 (2019)
60%

#3
Adjusted Score: 66.214%
Critics Consensus: Ratched is undeniably stylish, but salacious plot holes and cartoonish characterizations undermine its gorgeous production and committed performances.
Synopsis: From Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, RATCHED is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.253%
Synopsis: From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the... [More]

Synopsis: THE STAND is Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between... [More]


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