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FALL 2020 TV SURVEY: 30 MOST ANTICIPATED RETURNING 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.

While the fall TV season might not necessarily look the same as it did a year ago, there’s still plenty of programming headed to the small screen in the next few months. The main difference: premiere dates. Sure, there are fewer shows coming back, but the more noticeable change is the fact that most shows won’t premiere in September (or even October) like normal. Theoretically, though, many of our favorite series are headed back to TV before 2020 is over.

The first question in our Fall TV Survey was which returning shows fans were most looking forward to. Readers were given more than one vote, allowing them to spread the love around. (Come on, who only watches one single show?)

Unsurprisingly (for anyone who’s seen it, at least), The Mandalorian topped the list — by a wide margin. Around 47 percent of users are looking forward to the live-action Star Wars series’ second season, with 30 percent of women and 52 percent of men all voting for the Disney+ hit. The title is by far the most universally beloved series across all demographics with 50 percent of respondents in the 18-34 age bracket; 47 percent in the 35-54 bracket; and 21 percent in the 55 and over bracket.

FX’s Fargo, with the delayed season 4 (starring Chris Rock) premiering in September, was in second place among Rotten Tomatoes users at 18 percent. And in third, NBC’s time-jumping tearjerker This Is Us, with 16 percent of respondents saying they’re looking forward to season 5 (21 percent of women, 9 percent of men). Grey’s Anatomy scored much higher among women than men (13 percent vs. 4 percent), while men were far more excited about the return of Fargo (18 percent vs. 7 percent) and Star Trek: Discovery (17 percent vs. 6 percent). And while 15 percent of users aged 55 and up were excited about The Crown (and 10 percent of users aged 35-54), just 6 percent of the 18-34 demo were looking forward to the historical Netflix drama.

Read on to find out all of Rotten Tomatoes users’ most anticipated returning series.

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

The Voice (2011)

#30
Synopsis: Singers square off for a coveted recording contract in this reality talent contest from the producers of "Big Brother" and... [More]

Bull (2016)

#29
Synopsis: A renowned psychologist heads a prolific trial consulting service in this drama series based on the early career of Dr.... [More]

Synopsis: They say friendship isn't one big thing, it's a million little things; and that's true for a group of friends... [More]

Blue Bloods (2010)

#27
Synopsis: A New York crime drama focusing on a multigenerational family of cops that includes the city's police commissioner, his two... [More]

#26
Synopsis: The adventures of an Army veteran-turned-private investigator in Portland, Ore.... [More]
Starring:

Evil (2019)
91%

#25
Synopsis: A psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses... [More]

Synopsis: Season six of Fear the Walking Dead explores what has become of the unlikely family once united by a mission... [More]

Synopsis: Lieutenant Olivia Benson leads a team that finds justice for victims of the city's worst crimes. NYPD Detectives Odafin Tutuola,... [More]

The Rookie (2018)

#22
Synopsis: The trials and tribulations of a 40-year-old LAPD rookie.... [More]
Directed By: Rachel Feldman

Young Sheldon (2017)

#21
Synopsis: Spin-off of "The Big Bang Theory" follows 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he grows up in East Texas and attends high... [More]

The Blacklist (2013)
91%

#20
Synopsis: For decades, ex-government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington has been one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for... [More]

black-ish (2014)
91%

#19
Synopsis: A successful family man worries that his four children are losing touch with black culture because they are growing up... [More]

The Goldbergs (2013)

#18
Synopsis: A nostalgic comedy series about kids growing up in a dysfunctional family in the 1980s. Based on creator Adam F.... [More]

Grey's Anatomy (2005)
83%

#17
Synopsis: Doctors at a Seattle teaching hospital hone their bedside manners on and off the job in this medical drama.... [More]

Synopsis: Eleven teams compete on a 25,000-mile journey around the world to win a $1 million prize.... [More]
Starring:

NCIS (2003)

#15
Synopsis: The series is about criminal cases involving Navy and Marine personnel, handled by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.... [More]

Family Guy (1999)

#14
Synopsis: Animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffins, a family that put some fun in dysfunctional. While dad Peter is a... [More]

Synopsis: Imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the... [More]
Starring:

The Simpsons (1989)
85%

#12
Synopsis: Matt Groening's subversive, animated satire about Springfield's hapless first family became a cult favorite when it premiered on Fox in... [More]

#11
Synopsis: A talented young surgeon with savant syndrome ruffles feathers while saving lives at a prestigious hospital's pediatric surgical unit.... [More]

#10
Adjusted Score: 43.99%
Synopsis: Twenty-six years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father... [More]

Synopsis: A singing competition in which artists perform in disguise.... [More]

Synopsis: A quirky family of employees at supersized megastore Cloud 9 tackle the day-to-day grind together. Stalwart employee Amy is trying... [More]
Starring:

Bob's Burgers (2011)
91%

#7
Synopsis: Following a hamburger restaurateur and his quirky family in this animated sitcom.... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.084%
Synopsis: After following Commander Burnham into the wormhole in the second season finale, season three of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY finds the... [More]
Starring:

Synopsis: An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy that follows a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world whose... [More]
Starring:

Synopsis: The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world -- Buckingham Palace and... [More]
Starring:

This Is Us (2016)
92%

#3
Synopsis: The Pearson family's generational story unfolds in this emotional drama. In moments of joy and heartbreak, revelations emerge from parents... [More]

Fargo: Season 4 (2020)
79%

#2
Adjusted Score: 81.54%
Critics Consensus: Though Fargo's ambitious fourth season struggles to maintain momentum, fine performances and a change of scenery make for an engaging -- if uneven -- departure from the series' norm.
Synopsis: In 1950 Kansas City, two criminal syndicates jockey to control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs while fighting... [More]

Synopsis: After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. "The Mandalorian" is... [More]
Starring:


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