Production on the fourth season of Stranger Things was halted due to the pandemic back in March 2020, like so many other series. Luckily, filming started back up again in late September — which means that we’re going to get more from the Upside Down when the series returns sometime in 2022.

But what is the new season going to be about, and when is it actually going to premiere? Read on as we outline everything we know about season 4 of the Netflix hit.

UPDATED 11/06/21: New teaser, new details. And a summer premiere.


Welcome to California

(Photo by Netflix)

Another month, another Stranger Things 4 teaser. The new clip, which premiered during Netflix’s Stranger Things Day celebration, gives an uncharacteristically sun-drenched look at the usually gloomy-looking series. It’s been some time since Eleven, Will, Jonathan, and Joyce relocated to California. And finally, we’re getting a peek at their new home and the dangers looming on the horizon.

“We will have the best spring break ever,” Eleven’s voice exclaims over a clip of her writing a letter to Mike. But, things don’t look so great. After living in the Sunshine State for 185 days, she explains how well she has acclimated to her new surroundings. If that spitball she gets hit with is any indication, her new high school experience isn’t all sunshine and roses.

Aside from the difficulty in making new friends at school (and her excitement in reuniting with Mike and the gang), the teaser shows off a chaotic cavalcade of series moments: a creepy doll, gunfights, glammed-up roller skating, explosions, ominous men in suits, a covert underground base, a desert car chase, and so much more that promise an exciting new season.


Beware the Creel House

Fans got a creepy new peek into Stranger Things 4 during TUDUM, the Netflix global fan event that took place on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The Duffer Brothers, along with actors Gaten Matarazzo and Joe Keery, welcomed audiences to the Creel House — a new locale that will provide some gruesome scares in the new season. The clip takes us back in time to the 1950s and gives us a look at the seemingly haunted house, as well as a tease at the origin story of Robert Englund’s Victor Creel (more on the casting below).

Flickering lights, dead rabbits, and ultimately, the bodies of Creel’s dead children appear, all set to the tune of “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” Did Creel go mad and murder his family? Or is this the work of the Upside Down? As things jump to the present day (that is, 1986), we find our group of Hawkins heroes, Steve, Dustin, Caleb, and Max — as well as a couple of companions we can’t quite make out — breaking into the rundown structure to look for clues. Is this another portal to the Upside Down? Seems so. With references to both Sherlock Holmes and Ghostbusters, the teaser is filled with an overall mysterious and eerie vibe, punctuated by a the ominous ticking of a rather sinister-looking grandfather clock. Honestly, would you expect anything less?


Who’s Coming Back?

Season 3, which saw our favorite Hawkins, Indiana residents spend their summer like they spend the other seasons — defeating evil forces from another dimension, raising inter-dimensional beasts, and going to the mall — ended on quite a cliffhanger.

Spoiler alert (though why are you reading this article about season 4 if you didn’t watch season 3?): Although beloved police chief/foster dad Hopper (David Harbour) appeared to die sacrificing himself for the greater good at the end of the third season, Harbour is definitely returning to the series. The official Stranger Things Twitter account posted a video after filming began (way back in the beginning of March B.C. — before coronavirus), and Harbour’s face was the first to pop up (sporting a newly shaved head).

Also coming back: Millie Bobby BrownFinn WolfhardGaten MatarazzoCaleb McLaughlinNoah Schnapp, and Sadie Sink as the core group of friends; Natalia DyerCharlie HeatonJoe Keery, and Maya Hawke as the teens; Winona Ryder, Harbour, Cara Buono, and newly promoted series regular Brett Gelman as the adults; plus Priah Ferguson as Lucas’ precocious little sister.

Who won’t be back: Billy, that lovely d-bag who proved his heart was good after all when he sacrificed himself to stop the Mind Flayer that was possessing his body all throughout the third season. Alexi, a.k.a. Hopper’s Russian hostage who was tragically killed, is also not likely to return (though we would not be mad if that Slurpee-lover popped up again somehow).


What’s It About?

While it appeared that Hopper was incinerated in the season 3 finale when Joyce (Ryder) closed the gateway to the Upside Down that was hidden in the Russian bunker underneath the Starcourt Mall (with his approval, of course — it was the only way to ensure the safety of Eleven and the town of Hawkins), things might not have gone down the way it seemed. A mid-credits sequence in the finale showed two guards inside a Russian prison taking a prisoner from his cell to feed to a Demogorgon, making sure he was “not the American.”

But after Harbour confirmed his return with a Valentine’s Day video featuring Hopper working on a railroad track in a snowy Russian gulag, series creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed that Hopper is the American in question.

“It’s not all good news for our ‘American’; he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human… and other,” the brothers confirmed in a press release. “Meanwhile, back in the states, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything… Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more. In the meantime — pray for the American.”

Back in Hawkins, it appears the kids might be getting back into Dungeons and Dragons, as some of the footage released via the official social media accounts shows dice rolling and Keery carrying a flag for the “Hellfire Club” that includes some 20-sided dice.

Adding to the initial reveal that “The Hellfire Club” is the title of the first episode, Netflix unveiled all nine episode names during 2021’s Stranger Things Day event:

Since originally being released via the official Stranger Things writers’ Twitter account a year ago, the titles of each episode have been given a bit of an overhaul.  Gone are episode names “Tick Tok Mr. Clock,” and “You Snooze You Lose.”

Season 4 episode titles:

  • Episode 1: “The Hellfire Club”
  • Episode 2: “Vecna’s Curse”
  • Episode 3: “The Monster and the Superhero”
  • Episode 4: “Dear Billy”
  • Episode 5: “The Nina Project”
  • Episode 6: “The Dive”
  • Episode 7: “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”
  • Episode 8: “Papa”
  • Episode 9: “The Piggyback”

Who Will We Meet?

Stranger Things 4 casting news

(Photo by Netflix)

A bunch of new characters are joining the fray, including:

  • Robert Englund as Victor Creel, a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital.
  • Eduardo Franco as Argyle, a fun-loving stoner, pizza delivery boy, and Jonathan’s new best friend.
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard, a caring man who works as an orderly at a psychiatric hospital.
  • Sherman Augustus as Lt. Colonel Sullivan, a no-nonsense man who believes he knows how to stop the evil in Hawkins.
  • Mason Dye as Jason Carver, a handsome, rich athlete dating the most popular girl in school.
  • Tom Wlaschiha as Dmitri, a smart and charming Russian prison guard.
  • Nikola Djuricko as Yuri, an unpredictable Russian smuggler who loves bad jokes, cold hard cash, and crunchy style peanut butter.
  • Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson, the head of the Hawkins High official D&D Club, The Hellfire Club.

When’s It Coming Back?

Filming had only been underway for about a month when the COVID-19 pandemic cut production short, but it resumed again at the very end of September. Needless to say, the show was certainly not going to be ready to air until the latter half of 2021 at the earliest. Up to this point, each season came out around the time of year when it took place — i.e., season 2 took place around Halloween and was released in October, season 3 took place over summer break and came out around July 4 — and the fact that the upcoming season takes place during the school year (and, judging from social media clues, in the fall) led us to believe season 4 could have potentially premiered in the fall of 2021.

Then, of course, we got the teaser released on August 6, 2021, which didn’t show us much of anything new, but declared that season 4 would drop sometime in 2022. On November 6, 2021, the streamer finally gave the update we have been waiting for: Stranger Things 4 will be dropping during the 2022 summer season, which could mean we’ll see another Independence Day premiere.


Will There Be More?

There had been plenty of speculation that the fourth season of Stranger Things would be the last — especially since the young actors definitely don’t look like middle schoolers anymore. But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ross Duffer said that the story isn’t wrapping up just yet.

“Season 4 won’t be the end,” he said. “We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The pandemic-induced shut-down] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story.”


What’s Up With This Eleven Teaser?

While there’s still no premiere date, the powers that be at Netflix know that multiple years is way too long to go without any new Stranger Things content whatsoever — which is why they released a new (mysterious, of course) teaser in May hinting at some previously unrevealed information about season 4.

The minute-long clip focuses on Eleven, featuring what appears to be a flashback of the facility where our favorite superpowered teen was raised. As the clock strikes 3 (you’ll recall we know episode 2 was titled “Tick Tok Mr. Clock”), children play games (including what looks like Demogorgon chess) in a medical/science-type facility. A Magic 8-Ball reads “signs point to yes” and a Plinko game with discs that landed on numbers 4, 7, and 8. A man says, “Good morning, children” as the camera pans to a door with “11” on it — and our Eleven (played by Brown), startled, opens her eyes.

Stranger Things 4 will premiere on Netflix in Summer 2022.


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Netflix turned the second week in June into its own virtual comic-con with news that spanned genres from fantasy to horror to animation to video game adaptations and on. Elsewhere, She-Hulk cast its villain, the Sex and the City spinoff confirmed some returning faces, and more of the week’s biggest TV and streaming news.


TOP STORY

Netflix’s Geeked Week Programming Highlights: The Witcher Teaser, Zack Snyder’s Animated Series, New Stranger Things Cast, Masters of the Universe, and more

If the wait for that Vikings sequel at Netflix has you hankering for more Norseman in your life, the streaming service and Zack Snyder will be bringing even more, this time anime style. As part of its Geeked Week announcements of new programming, Netflix revealed Snyder’s upcoming Twilight of the Gods, an anime series that … well, that’s pretty much it for details, save a cast list and Snyder’s hint that, “It’s my take on Norse mythology. It’s just going to be unlike anything you’ve seen. In animation, we can do anything we want … the creatives involved have just been going nuts.”

As for the cast, it’s an impressive list, including Peter Stormare as Ulfr, Sylvia Hoeks as Sigrid, Stuart Martin as Leif, Pilou Asbæk as Thor, John Noble as Odin, Paterson Joseph as Loki, Rahul Kohli as Egill, Jamie Clayton as The Seid-Kona, Kristopher Hivju as Andvari, Jamie Chung as Hel, Lauren Cohan as Inge, and Corey Stoll as Hrafnkel.

More highlights of Netflix’s week-long marathon of announcements of upcoming programming to get all geeked out about:

• A first-look teaser at The Witcher season 2 featuring Freya Allan as Ciri. (Read more in “Everything We Know About The Witcher season 2.”)

• Animation sneak peeks: the exclusive opening scene of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, which premieres on July 8; a first look at Godzilla: Singular Point, which premieres June 24; and the release date – July 29 – for Kingdom, the final installation of the Transformers: War for Cybertron trilogy.


• And for one of the most anticipated Netflix animation events: the first teaser trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Kevin Smith’s He-Man reboot/sequel, with a Mark Hamill-voiced Skeletor battled He-Man (Chris Wood), other favorite characters like Evil-Lyn (Lena Headey), Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Cringer (Stephen Root), and Orko (Griffin Newman), and the announcement of an aftershow that will be hosted by Smith on July 23, when the first five episodes of the series premiere.


• Gaming series news including the first clip from Arcane, the animated series based on League of Legends that is coming in fall 2021. Plus, Netflix announced animated series for a Castlevania spin-off, Captain Laserhawk A Blood Dragon Remix, and Far Cry; released a first-look at the Splinter Cell animated series; and shared a photo of new Resident Evil live-action series cast, including Fringe star Lance Reddick. Watch the Day 5 stream.

• Buying merch from your favorite Netflix series just got a lot easier, and more official, at the Netflix store at Netflix.shop. Haruto clock, anyone?

• Stranger Things season 4 will have four new faces, who were introduced with – what else? – upside down photos on Instagram. There’s a band nerd, a basketball star, a cheerleader, and a beloved guidance counselor. (Read more in “Everything We Know About Stranger Things Season 4.”)

•  John Cho’s “lustrous” hair was what Mindy Kaling was excited about after viewing a preview of the live-action adaptation of anime classic Cowboy Bebop. P.S.: She was not wrong.

•  Speaking of Kaling, her Netflix hit, Never Have I Ever, will premiere its second season on July 15, and Netflix also announced the trailer for the new season will drop on June 17 at 8 p.m. in a special virtual event at YouTube and Twitter.

• What hints can you find in this list of just released Umbrella Academy season 3 episode titles?


• Trailers galore dropped during the week, including the Fear Street Trilogy, a trio of horror flicks – set in 1994, 1978, and the ominous 1666 – that will drop throughout July and are based on author R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series. Stars of the three movies include Gillian Jacobs, Jordana Spiro, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zukerman, and Maya Hawke. Premieres July 2 (Netflix)

• And The Sandman sneak peek, which finds author and executive producer Neil Gaiman taking viewers onto the set of the upcoming fantasy series.


•  And Kate, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as an assassin who has been poisoned and has just 24 hours left to live, unless she can find a cure on a dangerous dash through the streets of Tokyo. Woody Harrelson, Tadanobu Asano, and Michiel Huisman also star in the movie, which premieres Sept. 10.

•  And Blood Red Sky, a horror movie in which a gang hijacks a plane for money, but doesn’t count on a passenger who will do anything to protect her son, using her abilities as a vampire/werewolf-kinda hybrid. Dominic Purcell stars in the movie, which premieres July 23.

For a week of highlights of all of Netflix’s Geeked Week announcements, check out the Netflix Geeked Week guide.


NEW TRAILERS: No Sudden Move: Steven Soderbergh Rounds Up an All-Star Crime Thriller 

No Sudden Move is a crime thriller film, set in 1955 Detroit, about a group of small-time criminals hired to steal a new auto technology, and their search for who hired them when the plan goes very, very wrong. The all-star cast, directed by Steven Soderbergh, includes Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Julia Fox, Amy Seimetz, Benicio del Toro, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Kieran Culkin, and David Harbour. Premieres July 1. (HBO Max)

More trailers and teasers released this week:
• The Good Fight season 5 sees Diane deciding whether or not it’s appropriate for her to help operate an African American law firm with Liz, while Hal Wackner – played by new cast member Mandy Patinkin – enters the orbit of the firm when he, a regular Chicago citizen, decides to open a courtroom in the back of a copy shop. Stars Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald. Premieres June 24. (Paramount+)
• tick, tick … BOOM! is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature film-directing debut, an adaptation of an autobiographical play by the late Rent composter Jonathan Larson, who was questioning his decision to pursue a life in the performing arts. Stars Andrew Garfield, Judith Light, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, MJ Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, and Vanessa Hudgens. Premieres fall 2021. (Netflix)
• The Gossip Girl reboot goes back to school, the same Upper East Side NYC private school of the original, but with a whole new generation of teens who will be getting into all kinds of new drama, often courtesy of the new social media available to them. Stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak and Savannah Lee Smith. Premieres July 8. (HBO Max)
• Power Book III: Raising Kanan is the second spin-off from Power, this one set in the 1990s and focusing on the backstory of Kanan, played by 50 Cent in the original series, and Mekai Curtis in Raising Kanan. Also stars Omar Epps. Premieres July 18. (Starz)
• In Betty, Season 2, the New York skateboarders are back, and their plan to make a new video to show off their talents is being edged out by the hunt for love, jobs, and figuring out all sorts of bigger picture issues. Stars Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell, and directed by Crystal Moselle. Premieres June 11. (HBO Max)
• Bosch Season 7 marks the end of the road for LAPD detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), but a spin-off of the Michael Connelly-created series is coming to IMDB TV, and may include co-stars Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector as Chief Irving and Harry’s partner Jerry. Bosch’s final season premieres June 25. (Amazon Video)
• The Last Mercenary stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as a retired secret service agent who has to return to the job 25 years later when his estranged son is accused of some major crimes by the French government. Premieres July 30. (Netflix)
• Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail is the third season of the TBS comedy, and this time stars Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni and Jon Bass are moved to the American Old West, as a small-town preacher (Radcliffe) and an outlaw (Buscemi) lead a wagon train across the titular trail. Premieres July 13. (TBS)
• Dave became FXX’s most-watched series ever, and Season 2 returns with further debauchery and guest stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Hart, Kendall Jenner, Doja Cat, and Lil Nas X. Stars Lil Dicky. Premieres June 16. (FXX)
• Outer Banks Season 2 finds John B. and Sarah on the lam in the Bahamas. Stars Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline. Premieres July 30. (Netflix)

For all the latest TV and streaming trailers, subscribe to the Rotten Tomatoes TV YouTube channel.


CASTING:She-Hulk Casts The Good Place Star Jameela Jamil as Supervillain Titania

Jameela Jamil

(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

The Good Place star Jameela Jamil has joined the cast of Disney+’s She-Hulk, where she’ll play She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) rival Titania, a supervillain with super strength. (Variety)

Annie herself has yet to be cast, but Taraji P. Henson will play Miss Hannigan in NBC’s upcoming Annie Live musical. Producers have launched a nationwide virtual search to find the youngest star for the special, which is expected to air near the end of 2021.

Danny Trejo has joined the cast of American Horror Stories, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story spin-off, reports Deadline. Murphy confirmed several castings for the anthology series, including Kevin McHale (Glee), Dyllón Burnside (Pose), Charles Melton (Riverdale), and Nico Greetham (The Prom).

HBO Max’s Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That …, has added even more returning cast members, including Mario Cantone as Charlotte’s friend Anthony, David Eigenberg as Miranda’s husband Steve, Willie Garson as Carrie’s pal Stanford, and Evan Handler as Charlotte’s husband Harry. The nearly full house of cast members reprising their roles is a boon for SATCfans, but it also makes the absence of Kim Cattrall even more glaring.

Mary-Louise Parker will play Mysterious Woman in the HBO movie adaptation of author Elena Ferrante’s bestseller The Days of Abandonment. The movie stars Natalie Portman as Tess, whose supposedly stable home life is thrown into turmoil when her husband abandons the family. Mysterious Woman starts appearing to Tess everywhere, and makes her begin to doubt her sanity.

Dennis Quaid will play producer Rick Kirkham in Peacock’s Joe Exotic miniseries. Kirkham is the memorable reality TV producer who recalled in Tiger King trying to make a documentary about Exotic’s Oklahoma tiger park. The Peacock series will feature John Cameron Mitchell (Shrill) as Exotic and Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon as Exotic’s foe, Carole Baskin.

Judy Greer has joined the cast of HBO’s The White House Plumbers, a limited series about the Watergate scandal. She’ll play Fran Liddy, the wife of G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux). Theroux and Woody Harrelson, who plays Liddy’s fellow Richard Nixon adviser E. Howard Hunt, are executive producers on the five-part series. Liddy and Hunt were the architects of the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972, the scandal that led to the end of Nixon’s presidency. (Deadline)

Mickey Rourke has joined the cast of Peacock’s eight-episode MacGruber series, for which Will Forte will reprise his titular role from the skit and spin-off movie that originated on Saturday Night Live. Rourke will play the villainous Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth, a MacGruber enemy who was presumed dead, but who has resurfaced to carry out a nefarious plot and get revenge against MacGruber. Also in the all-star cast: Sam Elliott as MacGruber’s estranged dad, Perry; Laurence Fishburne as the respected General Barrett Fasoose, who’s married to MacGruber’s ex-wife; and Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe, who reprise their MacGruber movie roles as Vicki St. Elmo (who MacGruber marries at the end of the movie) and MacGruber cohort Dixon Piper.

Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner joins the cast of HBO Max’s limited series The Staircase, based on the story of Michael Peterson, the author who was accused of killing his wife and whose case was covered in the documentary of the same name. Turner will play Margaret Ratliff, one of Peterson’s adopted daughters. Colin Firth plays Peterson, while Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Juliette Binoche, and Rosemarie DeWitt also star.

Orange Is the New Black and Star Trek: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew has joined Showtime’s The First Lady series, playing Susan Sher, Michelle Obama’s chief of staff. Oscar-winning Crashproducer Cathy Schulman will serve as showrunner for the anthology series. (Deadline)

With Chris Harrison permanently out as host of all things The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, and Lil Jon will join David Spade as rotating guest hosts in the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise.

Matthew Goode (The Good Wife) will play legendary producer Robert Evans in Paramount+’s The Offer, the 10-episode limited series about the making of The Godfather. (Deadline)

Curtiss Cook Jr. (The Day Shall Come) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce) will star in Season 2 of Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga series. Cook Jr. will play Mathematics, the group’s DJ, producer, and creator of the iconic Wu-Tang logo, while Akinnagbe will play John “Mook” Gibbons, the group’s first manager. (Deadline)

Ugly Betty star Mark Indelicato will star in Amazon’s hour-long romantic comedy With Love, from One Day at a Time producer Gloria Calderón Kellett. Indelicato plays Jorge, who, along with sister Lily (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments’ Emeraude Toubia), is looking for love, and thinks he has found the man of his dreams … but he’s afraid to take him home to his family. (Deadline)

Meanwhile, One Day at a Time star Justina Machado has signed on for the Amazon drama pilot The Horror of Dolores Roach, which is based on the podcast of the same name. Dolores is a woman released from prison after 16 years, who returns to her gentrified Washington Heights NYC neighborhood with nothing but $200 and the clothes she’s wearing. She knows no one and nothing, except her friend Luis and a local empanada restaurant.

Hulu’s Elizabeth Holmes limited series The Dropout has added William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Stephen Fry, Elizabeth Marvel, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin, Michel Gill, and Josh Pais to the cast led by Amanda Seyfried portraying Theranos founder Holmes. (Variety)

Beau Bridges and Ludacris have joined the cast of the Queen Latifah Netflix thriller End of the Road. Latifah plays a recent widow who’s moving her family cross country to start a new life, only to become the target of a killer along the way. No details are being revealed about Bridges’ and Ludacris’ roles … could one of them be the mysterious murderer?


PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT: Peacock Orders Ted Straight to Series

TED 2, from left: Mark Wahlberg, Ted (voice: Seth MacFarlane), Amanda Seyfried

(Photo by ©Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

Peacock has ordered a 10-episode series adaptation of Seth MacFarlane’s movie franchise Ted, the talking teddy bear. The 2012 original movie and its 2015 sequel made a quarter of a billion dollars at the box office, with MacFarlane voicing Ted and Mark Wahlberg starring as Ted’s BFF. The series would be a sequel, with MacFarlane in talks to reprise his voicework of Ted.

Mike Myers has created, and will star in and produce a new Netflix comedy series called The Pentaverate, in which he will play seven new characters. Ken Jeong, Keegan-Michael Key, Debi Mazar, Richard McCabe, Jennifer Saunders, and Lydia West will also  star in the story, about a secret society of five men who have been working to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague of 1347. One unlikely Canadian journalist finds himself embroiled in a mission to uncover the truth and just possibly save the world himself. Remember, viewers are warned … “the Pentaverate must never be exposed!” Six 30-minute episodes of the limited series are now in production.

Pose Emmy winner Billy Porter will write and produce Fruits of Thy Labor, a family drama to be produced with Greg Berlanti and in development at Peacock. Porter will co-write the script with playwright Dan McCabe, telling the story of three generations of a Black showbiz family through love, politics, and careers.

After the success of Mare of Easttown, the show’s creator Brad Ingelsby has signed a three-year deal to create new projects for HBO. There is no squel currently planned, but Mare star Kate Winslet has said she is interested in revisiting the character, so Ingelsby’s deal could help make that possible.

Across its many properties, NBCUniversal announced it plans to broadcast 7,000 hours of coverage from the Tokyo Olympics. NBC, USA, CNBC, Peacock, the Golf Channel, and the company’s other outlets will all be involved, including 24 hours a day coverage on USA. Among announcers for the games: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, and, as skateboarding makes its debut at the Olympics, Tony Hawk.

Little Fires Everywhere creator Liz Tigelaar, who adapted that Hulu limited series from author Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel of the same name, is adapting another bestseller – Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Malibu Rising – also for Hulu. The book, about the children of a famed rocker and the trouble the whole family gets into at their annual summer bash, was a pick of the month on Jenna Bush Hager’s popular Read With Jenna book club on the Today show. (THR)

Jamie Lee Curtis and Blumhouse Television are developing a drama series based on the bestselling Kay Scarpetta novels by author Patricia Cornwall. Cornwall is scheduled to release her 25th novel about forensic pathologist Scarpetta, Autopsy, this fall. Curtis will be an executive producer on the series, but doesn’t currently plan to have an on-screen role.

Paramount+ has added more than 1,000 movies to its library, including the new sci-fi thriller Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Antoine Fuqua. The Paramount+  offerings will include more than 2,500 films by the end of the summer, just as it’s set to launch its new $4.99/month (with ads) plan next week. Among the other flicks just added to Paramount+: Skyfall, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol; I Love You, Man, School of Rock, The Addams Family, Charlotte’s Web, Pet Sematary, Rocketman, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Birdcage, and Little Women.

Even though he said he was done with Madea movies, Tyler Perry’s 12th Madea film, A Madea Homecoming, will start production for a planned 2022 debut on Netflix. Perry, of course, will write, direct, and put on the Madea dress, wig, and ‘tude for Madea’s return.

Jennifer Lopez has signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, via her Nuyorican Productions company, to develop movies and scripted and unscripted series for the streaming service. Her projects will focus on showcasing diverse female performers, writers, and filmmakers.

Heavy metal rock star-turned horror movie director Rob Zombie will be directing a movie adaptation of The Munsters. Zombie, a long-time fan of the 1964-66 comedy, will write the script for the movie, which he says he has wanted to make for decades. (The Wrap)

Kevin Hart’s Die Hart, which originated at Quibi (R.I.P.), has been so successful in its new Roku home that Roku has ordered a second season. Called Die Harter, the series will continue to follow Hart playing a fictional version of himself pursuing a plan to turn his comedy career into action hero stardom. Roku purchased all of Quibi’s assets, more than 75 series, after Quibi shut down last year. Die Hart is the first Quibi series to get an order for a new season from Roku.


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

To close out Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re celebrating shows and characters that have inspired some of our favorite AAPI creatives working today. We asked the talent behind some of TV’s top series — Nelson Cragg of Amazon horror anthology Them, Joy Osmanski of Fox’s animated comedy Duncanville and The CW superhero drama Stargirl, and more — about the most influential, favorite, or meaningful television series in their lives.

Some of the shows on the list center Asian stories in a way they haven’t been seen on television in the past, some star Asian actors in prominent roles, and some are just plain entertaining and relatable and inspired younger actors to pursue their dreams. Read on for a hand-picked selection of TV (perfect for a marathon) so you can celebrate AAPI talent all year long.


Nelson Cragg, executive producer, director and Emmy-winning cinematographer (Amazon’s Them and Netflix’s Ratched): Killing Eve is such an incredible show. Seeing a Korean woman star in such a powerful piece is inspiring. And it isn’t a show about being Asian. It is just a great role for a great actor. I hope in the future Asian leads will be cast in a broader range of roles in tv and film of all types!

Josh Dela Cruz, Broadway actor and host of Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You!: Killing Eve is amazing. Sandra Oh’s portrayal of the immensely intelligent and complicated Eve is a far departure from the stereotypical Asian characters depicted on screen when I was growing up. The only thing I don’t like about it is the fact I have to wait for the next season!!!!


Joy Osmanski, actor (Duncanville, Stargirl): I remember how excited I was when Mindy Kaling’s show first started — I had loved her acting and writing on The Office and was thrilled she got to create all these stories centered around a character who was funny, flawed and just fun to watch. Seeing her face week after week and watching her navigating the complexities of running a show really inspired me.


Hong Chau, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Watchmen (Mark Hill/HBO)

(Photo by Mark Hill/HBO)

Stephen Oyoung, actor (Good Trouble, Jupiter’s Legacy): I was blown away by Hong Chau’s performance as Lady Trieu. At first she’s just totally odd, mysterious, but then she morphs into this charismatic and sometimes hilarious villain? Protagonist? Antihero? All of the above! Like everything else in the show, you never know what she’s going to do next, but it all leads to fantastic payoffs.


Dela Cruz: Fresh Off the Boat is one of my favorite television shows of all time. It’s one of the first shows I’ve seen that closely resembles my experience growing up as one of the few Asian kids in my town. Not to mention the incredible cast. It’s so dang funny.


STEPHEN OYOUNG behind the scenes in JUPITER’S LEGACY

(Photo by Marni Grossman/Netflix)

Oyoung: This was a great opportunity to bring together my background in martial arts, stunts, and acting into one role as Tectonic. I’ve portrayed my share of serious comic book villains, so I was excited to play the goodhearted superhero and wise-cracking best friend.


Sway Bhatia, actor (The Mighty Ducks: Gamechangers, Succession): I admire Stranger Things, from the acting to the writing and the special effects. I’m so inspired by the work created collectively by the cast and crew because it’s challenging having to imagine being in the Upside Down. The entire cast seems to have such great chemistry and I love Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp’s work on this show. They have taught me so much when it comes to acting and they seem relatable on and off camera. The writing and directing combined make for a great series, and one day I hope to work on the other side of the camera and make people feel engaged the way I feel when watching Stranger Things. Now I can’t wait to see season 4! “He’s coming…”


Osmanski: This is a show that reaches all ages — in our family, my 4- and 5-year-olds love it, as does my 20-year-old stepkid (who introduced us to it), and my husband. The soundtrack is fantastic, and the fact that the main character is biracial Korean and Black really speaks to me and my family. It’s an incredible show with some pretty big themes. If I’d seen this show as a kid, it would have blown my mind.


Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy showrunner): How can you not love Aggretsuko for its bonkers sensibility? But what’s maybe even more fascinating is how you can watch it with the English voice actors or in Japanese with subtitles and come away with a totally different experience. I can’t decide which I prefer. Either way, please check it out. After the past year, it’s not hard to relate to the lead character’s rage.


Oanh Ly (TV writer and producer, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina): Korean period zombie horror show Kingdom on Netflix — what a fantastic mash up of Korean dynastic history, horror, and palace intrigue.


Ly: Daniel Wu is such a badass and the martial arts and stunts were so insanely innovative. They never got the recognition they deserved.


Ly: Not just a fun stylish entertaining show, but it’s really about something deeper. Much respect for the nuanced ways the show elucidates mental disease. Greta Lee’s delivery of “Sweet Birthday Baby” should have its own cottage industry of memes, ringtones and merch.


Ly: I love the parents and family in this show. Aziz’s parents are so charming. And the Thanksgiving episode is one of my favorite episodes of all time.


Ly: Vanishing Son was a mid 1990’s obsession for me, mostly because it was the only place I could find Asian American actors on screen. There were four m-o-ws and one season of TV. It starred Russel Wong as a man who escaped China after a political protest. (Not enough depictions of Asian protestors on screen.) And it also starred the beloved Cambodian actor Haing S. Ngor. There was even a storyline that took place in the world of Vietnamese fishermen (guest starring Dustin Nguyen) in New Orleans and their struggles with racism. It was really the first time I’d seen Vietnamese Americans on a TV show and it had a lasting impact on me.

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

The X-Files, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, Battlestar Galactica (Fox, AMC, HBO,BBC America, Syfy)

(Photo by Fox, AMC, HBO,BBC America, Syfy)

 To close out Women’s History Month this year, we’ve revisited our list of the most fearless women on TV. Below are more than 100 female characters from the annals of television history who stood out as particularly inspiring for their bravery in the face of challenges big and small.

The oldest show on our list, I Love Lucy, which started airing in 1951, starred Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo, who brought humor to every struggle — even if they were often self-made.

Our list also pays homage to young heroines like Midge Maisel (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Betty Suarez (Ugly Betty) and fresh characters like Regina King’s Sister Night in Watchmen and the women of The Mandalorian played by Ming-Na Wen, Katee Sackhoff, and Rosario Dawson in some of the newest shows on TV and streaming.

Have a look at a few of our favorite fearless females on TV, then head to the comments to tell us which female characters inspire you.


Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) — I Love Lucy

CBS. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by CBS. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

Yes, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo infamously slept in separate beds on I Love Lucy, but the depiction of an interracial marriage on TV (the very first) was radical enough. And that wasn’t all: Ricky played straight man to Lucy’s irrepressible and mischievous spirit, as she bounced off the edges of the television set with wild schemes and even wilder facial expressions and comic timing. The show may have been in black-and-white, but Lucy brought the color.


Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) — Star Trek 80%

Paramount. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by Paramount. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

Writer and producer Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek TV series was responsible for numerous firsts, but Nichols’ position as one of the first black woman in a leading role on TV inspired a generation. Nichols told Rotten Tomatoes she feels “honored” to have been a part of a visionary show and about that time Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “ordered” her not to quit the series.


Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) — The Mary Tyler Moore Show

(Photo by CBS. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

Mary Richards was a smart, sassy, independent, modern professional who young women in 1970 looked up to and saw as a friend and sister, as well as a model for future career women. Headlining her own series, Moore was admirable in her own right, after having enjoyed fame as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show.


Diana Prince (Lynda Carter) — Wonder Woman 100%

CBS. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by CBS. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

The creation of psychologist William Marston, Amazon princess Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Diana Prince) was given the seal of approval by his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, also a psychologist and her husband’s collaborator. Patriotic, loving, and strong, Wonder Woman leaped from comic books, where she started in 1941, to television screens in 1975, serving as a unique TV option for young girls more accustomed to seeing Batman and Superman portrayed in live action.


Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) — The Cosby Show

NBC. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by NBC. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

No-nonsense mom Clair Huxtable was a lawyer and the rock of her family. She represented a black middle-class too often overlooked in early television, entering the living rooms of people of every race as a model of both motherhood and career woman. Her fearlessness manifested itself in her unapologetic confidence as a professional and co-head of the household.


The Golden Girls

NBC

(Photo by NBC)

If you want an indication of the cultural potency that Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), Dorothy Sbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) enjoy to this day, just turn on your TV: seemingly at any time of day, on a number of cable channels, you will find the four women sat there in their wicker-heavy living room or noshing in their kitchen, swapping zingers about money, Reagan-era politics, or life in St. Olaf. While all four women are tropes, the genius of the show – and the incredible performances at its center – was that all had depth and tenacity, and their bond was of a kind that all viewers, regardless of gender, wanted with their own pals and confidants.


Lisa Simpson (Yeardley Smith) — The Simpsons 85%

20th Century Fox Film Corp. Courtesy Everett Collection.

(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Courtesy Everett Collection.)

Springfield’s pointy-haired do-gooder and moral center of TV’s longest-running primetime show, Lisa Simpson has been through it all over her 30 years on our screens (and eight years of life): She’s launched her own Malibu Stacy rival; become president of the United States; maintained her staunch vegetarianism while living in a home of people who refuse to “make friends with salad”; and fended off the persistent advances of Milhouse. She is TV’s ultimate feminist icon.


Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) — The X-Files 74%

20th Century Fox Film Corp. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

From the start of their association, FBI agent Dana Scully was most often playing her A-game while it seemed her partner, Fox Mulder, was still sifting through the sandbox. Sure, there really were aliens in that sandbox, but Dr. Scully’s scientific approach proved the truth that was out there, however out-there that truth was. She was as potentially lethal as she was wicked smart.


Xena (Lucy Lawless) — Xena

Everett Collection.

(Photo by Everett Collection.)

Seriously, who even remembers TV’s Hercules? (OK, we kinda do – but mostly because the Kevin Sorbo–starring ’90s show was where we first met Lucy Lawless’s Xena ahead of the character getting her own spin-off that ran for six seasons from 1995 to 2001.) We love Xena for her ferociousness, her can-do and do-good spirit, her “Ayiyiyiyiyi” battle cry, and her many-college-theses–launching companionship with sidekick Gabrielle.


Women of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 83%

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Season 3, 1996-2003 TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection

(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Courtesy: Everett Collection)

To be a Buffy fan 2021 is to be conflicted – under close examination, through a modern lens, it’s been hard in recent years not to see that the series’ often inspiring feminist messages and its game-changing positioning of the victim/damsel as ass-kicking vamp-hunting hero lived alongside problematic relationships with race (not a single significant character of color until the final season), LGBTQ issues (see its use of the dead lesbian trope), and even the feminism for which it’s been long hailed (Buffy kicks ass, sure, but is also hugely dependent on the not-great men around her emotionally). And then there were the recent accusations from Charisma Carpenter (who played popular girl Cordelia Chase, who ultimately evolves into a hero in her own right) – backed up by several cast members – that the show’s creator and one-time geek hero, Joss Whedon, was an emotionally abusive orchestrator of a toxic environment on Buffy and spin-off Angel. And yet: For decades now, the women of the Buffyverse – Buffy herself (Sarah Michelle Gellar), powerful witch and former timid nerd Willow (Alyson Hannigan), reformed demon Anya (Emma Caulfield Ford), good-hearted Tara (Amber Benson), younger sister finding her voice Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg), and Cordelia – have been sources of inspiration for their intelligence, bravery, growth, and yes… ability to kick ass. That they’re lately inspiring conversation about the complicated relationship we sometimes find ourselves in with our pop-culture heroes, with the actors leaning into the conversation and largely coming out in support of Carpenter, shows a different kind of heroism equally worth applauding.


Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) — Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

NBC

(Photo by NBC)

In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit, led by a fierce woman who is singlemindedly focused on bringing perpetrators to justice. Olivia Benson is so inspirational that her crusade for victims has spilled over into Mariska Hargitay’s real life: The actress is a leading activist dedicated to ending the rape-kit backlog and has helped fight for sexual assault survivors with her Joyful Heart Foundation, now 15 years into its mission to change society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.


Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) — Alias 86%

Jennifer Garner, (ALIAS fashion shoot), 2002, © Touchstone TV Productions / Courtesy: Everett Collection
Super-spy Sydney Bristow had a wig collection to die for and the world’s coolest job at Credit Dauphine, which was not actually a boring bank but the front for what Sydney thought was the CIA. But once she learned the truth — that she was not working for a black-ops CIA division but actually part of an alliance working against the U.S. government — she became even more badass as a double agent trying to take down the bad guys and also figure out what the hell a Renaissance inventor named Milo Rambaldi had to do with it all.


Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres) — Firefly 77%

20th Century Fox Film Corp. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

In war, the survivors are not always the winners of the battle, and the story of Firefly is the story of some of those losers. Zoe, a former corporal in the Independent Army, travels through space as the second-in-command to Captain Mal Reynolds of the Serenity. Whether battling cannibalistic human Reavers or having Mal’s back in smuggling negotiations with the unsavory elements in areas outside of the Alliance’s reach, Zoe proves herself again and again as a warrior to be reckoned with — if you dare.


Women of Battlestar Galactica 95%

SCI-FI. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by SCI-FI. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

Some corners winged when they found out that “Starbuck” of Ronald D. Moore’s reimagining of the 1978 sci-fi series would be a woman. But Katee Sackhoff left no question about her abilities as the hard-drinking, mercurial fighter pilot. Her female costars — Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin, Grace Park as Sharon “Boomer” Valerii/Number Eight/Sharon “Athena” Agathon, Tricia Helfer as Number Six, and, later, Lucy Lawless as D’Anna Biers/Number Three — also left and indelible mark on the face of sci-fi. The series, in fact, takes top spot in our list of the 100 Best Science Fiction Series of All Time.


Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) — Veronica Mars 91%

Warner Bros. Television. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by Warner Bros. Television. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

Inside, the petite blonde private investigator — along with her pitbull sidekick Backup — is a gooey marshmallow. On the outside, however, she’s a tough-talking, sarcastic student eager to solve any cases her rich high school (and then college) classmates send her way, from missing mascots to murder.


Women of Grey's Anatomy 84%

ABC

(Photo by ABC)

Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) is the “dark and twisty” heroine of our dreams. Since the show’s 2005 inception, we’ve seen Meredith grow from an uneasy surgical intern to a self-assured, award-winning leader in her field — and watched Pompeo become one of the highest-paid actors on TV to boot. Grey’s also launched Sandra Oh into the spotlight through her character Cristina Yang, a tough-as-nails heart surgeon whose ambition knows no bounds. The duo quickly became one of TV’s most lasting friendships, and even coined the iconic phrase “you’re my person.” Their mentor, Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), fiercely modeled tough-as-nails leadership as well as feminine strength and vulnerability. Then there’s Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), Teddy Altman (Kim Raver), and not to mention Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen) — basically, Grey Sloan Memorial is chock full of tough women who save lives on a daily basis. What’s more fearless than that?


Betty Suarez (America Ferrera) — Ugly Betty 97%

ABC

(Photo by ABC)

After America Ferrera joined the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but before she taught you How to Train Your Dragon or charmed us into an impulse buy in her Superstore, she was fearless Ugly Betty, a bright but style-challenged woman who starts her career in the unlikely role as a personal assistant at a high-fashion magazine. Based on a Colombian telenovela, the four-season series presented an intelligent underdog paddling for her life in shark-infested workplace waters. Besides her smarts, Betty Suarez’s superpower was her tenacity.


Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) — 30 Rock 78%

NBC

(Photo by NBC)

You get the sense there’s not a whole lot of distance between 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon and the woman who created and plays her, Tina Fey – especially if you’ve read the latter’s bestselling autobiography, Bossypants. And either woman would qualify for this list. Like Fey once did, Lemon works as a head writer on a major network sketch comedy show, juggling deadlines, egos, and a personal life that’s far less glamorous and much more relatable than what we usually see in glossier, NYC-set comedies. She fearlessly deals with the likes of overbearing boss Jack Donaghy, as well as her series’ impossible lead stars, and shows while you may not be able to “have it all” – Career! Kids! Love! Fulfillment! – you can do good work, forge strong friendships, and keep us cracking up as you try.


Peggy and Joan (Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks) — Mad Men 94%

AMC

(Photo by AMC)

In the sexist world of Mad Men, AMC’s ’50s-set ad-industry drama, Peggy and Joan were beacons of female ambition. Peggy was observant and cunning, while Joan was brash and unapologetic. The characters were flawed and made bad decisions, but would rise from the ashes of their self-immolation to reach again for the brass ring so often denied to them. Their stubborn refusal to stop their respective career climbs in the face of adversity became a most admirable shared quality.


Women of The Walking Dead 80%

The Walking Dead - Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier (Victoria Will/AMC)

(Photo by Victoria Will/AMC)

Who can slice through mobile meat sacks with the greatest of ease? These women! Who watches friends and family die, but still returns to the fight? These warriors! Who fights zombie hordes week-after-week seemingly without breaking a sweat? The women of The Walking Dead. Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Michonne (Danai Gurira), and Carol (Melissa McBride) are just three of the female characters who’ve proven their zombie-whacking prowess on the AMC horror series over its nine-season run. It must feel good to be so badass…


Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum) — Shameless 82%

Showtime

(Photo by Showtime)

Though Shameless managed to continue for a bit without Rossum’s Fiona Gallagher, there’s no denying from anyone who’s ever watched the series that she was the heart and soul of both the Gallagher family and the show. And though her final season seemed hellbent to bring her down a peg or two — not that she was ever on easy street, as this is Shameless — nothing could change that fact.


Women of Game of Thrones 89%

Cersei, Daenerys, Arya, Sansa, and Brienee of Game of Thrones, season 8 (Helen Sloan/HBO)

(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)

Think what you will about the inclusion of Cersei (Lena Headey) on our list — the woman has mad survival skills, as do the rest of Game of Thrones‘ still-standing (for now) female characters: Sansa (Sophie Turner), Arya (Maisie Williams), Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). Let’s not forget the B-team of Missandei, Meera, Yara, Ellaria, and little Lyanna Mormont. And we’ll pour one out for Catelyn, Ygritte, Margaery, Osha, Myrcella, Shireen, Ros, Leaf, Irri, Talisa, Tyene, Obara, Nymeria, Septa Mordane…


Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) — Homeland 85%

Showtime

(Photo by Showtime)

Nobody’s perfect, and Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison certainly suffers from her share of inner demons — not to mention bipolar disorder — but that doesn’t stop her from being one of the most consistently effective intelligence agents in TV history… and a mother. Carrie regularly goes above and beyond what’s asked of her, frequently putting herself directly in harm’s way, to make sure her team gets what it needs. Is it a little reckless sometimes? Sure, but without risk, you don’t get the kinds of results she delivers, and you don’t get the kinds of results she delivers unless “she” is Carrie Mathison.


Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) — Scandal 93%

ABC

(Photo by ABC)

Political operative and sometime puppetmaster Olivia Pope captivated audiences as the head of her own Washington, D.C., crisis management firm for seven seasons. The Shonda Rhimes series gave Pope a complicated love life with fictional U.S. President Fitzgerald Grant III as her heart’s commander in chief and a non-stop, harrowing career path. Washington presented a character made up of equal parts resolve and grace, giving young women everywhere a role model despite her occasional missteps.


Selina Meyer (Julia Louis Dreyfus) — Veep 93%

Photo Credit: Lacey Terrell

(Photo by Lacey Terrell / HBO)

Spouting sharp one-liners from the mind of Armando Iannucci (Google the dildo croissant line immediately) and imbued with incomparable fierceness by gazillion-time Emmy winner Louis-Dreyfus, Selina Meyer is one of the most terrifying politicians on TV. (Seriously, if it were between Meyer and that guy who got the boot from that Netflix series, we’d put our money on the former.) Yet for all the nastiness she can exude and the colossal mishaps that set her back, it’s easy to miss the point being made in this show: Meyer is rarely the cause of her failures. She’s surrounded by buffoons, mostly men, and is — as fearlessly as ferociously — trying to clean up the messes they create and get to where she knows she belongs.


Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) — The Americans 96%

THE AMERICANS -- Pictured: Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings. CR: James Minchin/FX

(Photo by James Minchin/FX)

Yes, being a Russian spy is a pretty big crime — but does it compare to the felony of not giving Russell a Golden Globe or Emmy for her portrayal of The Americans’ Elizabeth Jennings? Like, not even once over the course of six years in which the show was Certified Fresh for every season and during which time critics were lauding her work as one half of the clandestine “all-American” couple that was secretly squirrelling away secrets for the USSR and occasionally brutally killing Americans who got in their way? Elizabeth Jennings is the ultimate anti-hero (sorry Walter, Tony, Don): a woman doing very bad things for what she perceives to be very good reasons – the well-being of her country and the protection of her family.


Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) — House of Cards 77%

House of Cards season 6 Netflix

(Photo by Netflix)

Wright’s Claire Underwood may not be the sweetest woman on this list, but she makes a strong case as one of the most fearless. After all, few people — man or woman — would thrive under the kind of pressure she’s faced as the wife of Frank Underwood, and fewer still would have the nerve to leave Frank behind and re-emerge from the rubble of their relationship to become the most powerful person in the world. She’s ambitious, but she’s got the spine to achieve her lofty goals.


Sarah Manning and the Clones (Tatiana Maslany) of Orphan Black 93% 

BBCA

(Photo by BBCA)

Being a single mother tends to make you fearless, but imagine raising a precocious child while you try to get to the bottom of an international conspiracy. Maslany finally earned a well-deserved Emmy in 2016 for portraying not only Sarah Manning, but also every single one of Sarah’s Leda clones — including Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, MK, Beth, Katja, Jennifer, Krystal, and more — who band together and use their unique talents to solve a mind-bending mystery. Her multi-layered performance is every bit as fearless as the Clone Club.


Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) — Brooklyn Nine-Nine 95%

FOX

(Photo by FOX)

Diaz is an enigma. She loves leather jackets, motorcycles, archery, and Nancy Meyers movies (to the point that she will call you an “idiot” if you confuse Meyers for Nora Ephron). She’s also perhaps the one Brooklyn Nine-Nine character whose stories mostly always work no matter what pairing she’s put into. Oh, and she’s a bisexual icon. Diaz is, simply put, dope.


Ilana Wexler and Abbi Abrams (Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson) — Broad City 99%

Matthew Peyton / Comedy Central

(Photo by Matthew Peyton / Comedy Central)

Yas queens! Twentysomething BFFs Ilana and Abbi are the true embodiment of the millennial hustle: Though they graduated from college into the less-than-supportive gig economy, the duo will stop at nothing to achieve their dreams in New York City.


Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) — Outlander 89%

Starz

(Photo by Starz)

Time-traveling wife Claire not only has to contend with the mind-blowing fact that she’s slipped 200 years through time from the 1940s to the relatively barbaric 1740s, but also that her husband’s doppelganger in that time is a twisted rapist. (In fact, the Starz series based on Diana Gabaldon’s book series has gotten some flack for its sexual assault plotlines.) But Claire endures, and endures, and endures — through violent attacks and the tragic deaths of loved ones. Nevertheless, she persisted.


Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) — How to Get Away With Murder 88%

ABC

(Photo by ABC)

High-powered lawyer and professor Annalise Keating delivers legendary monologues on a weekly basis while unapologetically defending herself against personal and professional attackers; defending her students like a mother lion; defending her clients like their lives depend on it — because they do — and in doing so, shines a light on real-world inequalities within the criminal justice system and educational institutions.


Women of Jane The Virgin 100%

The CW

(Photo by The CW)

There are three generations of fearless Villanueva women on Jane the Virgin. Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is a writer, teacher, and a mom. Jane is often chided by friends and foes for being persistent, but that’s not a negative quality. She isn’t willing to sacrifice her high standards and falls in love fearlessly. Jane’s passion makes her who she is, and we love her for it. Then there’s Alba (Ivonne Coll), Jane’s abuela, who immigrated to the United States from Venezuela with her husband before her daughter Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) was born. Xiomara, Jane’s mother, lives in absolute contrast to her religious upbringing — she does what (and who) she wants, when she wants, and she’s a cancer survivor to boot.


Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) — Marvel's Agent Carter 86%

ABC

(Photo by ABC)

In a franchise that has talking raccoons, hammer-wielding gods, and several varieties of green people, it’s hard for any regular human to stand out. But through resolve and determination in the face of some big comic-book events, Agent Peggy Carter made her mark. Atwell navigates the character through the 1940s, when it was uncommon to have women in the military at her capacity, juggling professional issues with Carter’s personal life, and creating a robust, complete portrait of a fighter in strange times.


Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) — Empire 84%

Taraji P. Henson as Cookie in Empire (FOX)

(Photo by Fox)

Oh, yes, she did. She may back off every now and again if it suits her purposes, but Empire matriarch Cookie Lyon does not back down. And though not every move she makes is admirable, her ferocity and spirit should be taught in schools.


Jessica Huang (Constance Wu) — Fresh Off the Boat 94%

ABC

(Photo by ABC)

If you only know Wu from her role as Rachel Chu in Crazy Rich Asians, you are missing out. For five seasons, she has been delivering one of the most TV’s most hilarious and unsung comedic performances as Huang family matriarch Jessica, whose high standards for her kids, husband, and neighbors (poor Honey) drive most of the laughs and heart of the show.


Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) — Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 96%

Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Eric Liebowitz / Netflix)

(Photo by Eric Liebowitz / Netflix)

The 15 years Kimmy spent in an underground bunker maybe made her a little oblivious to the real-world dangers she should be afraid of, but that doesn’t automatically disqualify the fact that she approaches every new task, every impending adventure, with the kind of brazen gusto appropriate for someone whose life essentially skipped from age 14 to 29. Plus, we could all learn a little something from Kimmy’s unflappable can-do attitude.


Grace and Frankie (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) — Grace and Frankie 88%

(Photo by Netflix)

Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein are two of the funniest and toughest female characters on television. Not only did they start their lives over completely when their husbands left them (for each other), but they forged an incredible friendship in the process. And then? They started their own business selling vibrators geared toward older women. Together, the two polar opposites are unstoppable and an absolute joy to watch.


Women of Supergirl 88%

Melissa Benoist, Nicole Maines and Chyler Leighand Supergirl

(Photo by The CW Network)

As Supergirl, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) can fall into a lot of the same traps that people criticize her cousin Superman for. She sees a lot of things — if not everything — in black and white and often can’t see how her privilege makes her struggles as an alien minuscule to a lot of others’ struggles as an alien. But like her cousin, Supergirl is a beacon of hope (and wholesome badassery), and Kara Danvers is no slouch either. She loves musicals, donuts, and seeing Oliver Queen get cut down to size.

Meanwhile, her adoptive sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) led an entire government organization for two years, but pivoted out of that when her priorities changed. Now, she’s on the edge of becoming a superhero in her own right (something the show should’ve done sooner). Then again, it also introduced Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) and told her story of becoming Dreamer, the first out trans superhero on television. Like Kara, both Alex and Nia Nal are beacons of hope (in their own particular ways) and fearless to boot; in fact, both were featured in season 4 episodes about that very topic.


Women of the Marvel Universe on Netflix

Krysten Ritter in Marvel's Jessica Jones season 2 (David Giesbrecht/Netflix)

(Photo by Netflix)

In an entertainment world soaked through with male anti-heroes, Ritter’s turn as powerful, but flawed and often-reluctant do-gooder Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) feels fresh and needed. This is no Disney princess. She’s the ass-kicking, alcoholic BFF you never knew you wanted — and for her Jessica Jones BFF, Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), she is the one person willing to do everything to save her. Even if it meant putting Trish behind bars.

They are just two examples of the women who braved and sometimes conquered the New York of Marvel’s Netflix shows. Misty Knight (Simone Missick) was the best cop on the force and an even better force for justice when she had to leave the NYPD behind in Luke Cage and The Defenders. Elektra (Elodie Yung) brought the town under her heel for one shining moment in Daredevil, and while we never got to see much of Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) wielding mystical energies in Iron Fist and The Defenders, her final, full-power appearance still leaves us hoping we’ll see her and her sword return to another part of the Marvel Universe.


Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) — The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016) 97%

FX. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

(Photo by FX. Courtesy: Everett Collection.)

The 2010s have seen a number of reassessments of major 1990s tabloid figures; those who found themselves splashed across the front of the Enquirer in the morning and the butt of so many punchlines late at night are now being shown in a new light. Lorena Bobbit? Try laughing now that you know the real story. Wanna talk about that “blue dress”? Try watching a recent interview with Monica Lewinsky, campaigning against bullying these days, first. Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial, was for a long time known as the woman who let OJ go — and the woman with that hair. Ryan Murphy’s The People v. O.J. Simpson and Paulson’s portrayal of Clark in the limited series showed us the story behind the headlines, one about a talented lawyer working her ass off as her own department as savage media outlets worked to bring her down. (We will never forget the “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” episode.) Clark is now, rightfully, enjoying a career renaissance.


Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds) and Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) Underground 96%

Aisha Hinds as Harriet Tubman and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee in Underground (WGN America)

(Photo by WGN America)

Though the WGN America series unfortunately only got two seasons, it made the most of them, especially in its second season and especially when it came to the women of Underground. While we’re all eagerly awaiting Smollett-Bell as Black Canary in the Birds of Prey feature film, her work as runaway house slave–turned–beacon of hope Rosalee should never be forgotten. The second season also introduced Hinds as Harriet Tubman, giving one of the best (and criminally under-praised) performances of 2017 — to the point where an entire episode (“Minty”) was “simply” Tubman giving a speech to a crowd.


Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) — Stranger Things 93%

Netflix

(Photo by Netflix)

Who can stop a truck with her bare hands and down a full box of Eggos for breakfast? This mystery girl, who first caught our attention — and that of three Hawkins boys — when she appeared on our screens in Netflix’s Stranger Things in 2016. As she’s settled into Hawkins life, “El” (played in a star-making performance by British actress Brown) has proven herself the town’s most resourceful defender against the dangers of the Upside Down. And dammit if we don’t cry every time she even looks at Hopper.


Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) — Westworld 81%

Westworld Episode 12 (season 2, episode 2), debut 4/29/18: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

(Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO)

Sure, they’re killer robots, but should we hold that against them? Each achieved a moment of transcendence in which they broke the binds of servitude. As metaphors go, robots busting up a slavery ring makes for excellent TV and some stellar female anti-heroes — or are they heroes? We’re still figuring it out.


Issa (Issa Rae) — Insecure 97%

Issa Rae in Inscecure (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

As a Los Angeles thirtysomething navigating personal and professional relationships alongside her BFFs, Rae portrays an everyday (yet sadly rare) kind of fearlessness: The kind required to confront your own decisions, good and bad, and move forward from them.


Lydia Riera (Rita Moreno) and Penelope and Elena Alvarez (Justina Machado and Isabella Gomez) – One Day at a Time 99%

One Day At A Time SEASON Season 1 EPISODE 2 PHOTO CREDIT Michael Yarish / Netflix PICTURED Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez

The three women of the Alvarez/Riera clan all bring a different brand of fearlessness to the table. Machado’s Penelope, a veteran who, in the show’s third and final season, successfully studies to become nurse practitioner, is a fighter who’ll do anything to keep her family strong. Gomez’s Elena bravely came out of the closet in the show’s first season, and showed similar tenacity for two more seasons thereafter. And Lydia – an incomparable and scene-stealing Moreno – laced her Cuban fabulousness with plenty of wisdom and heart. The three will be missed.


Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 88%

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Credit: Amazon Prime Video

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

Addressing downer issues like divorce and glass ceilings with comedy sometimes may be the only way to address them, and Midge Maisel is making a career of it. Midge charges head-first into her problems with aplomb, and though her obsession with the circumference of her thighs may be disturbing, that she’s so hilarious while wielding the measuring tape allows her a pass for such quirks. The series has won eight Emmy awards so far, including Outstanding Comedy Series, multiple awards for series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for star Brosnahan providing ample validation for the series itself, as well as its chipper, outspoken, and, most importantly, funny lead character.


June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) — The Handmaid's Tale 83%

Elisabeth Moss in THE HANDMAID'S TALE (Take Five/Hulu)

(Photo by Take Five/Hulu)

After the U.S. government was overthrown by a theocratic dictatorship, June lost her husband and daughter trying to escape to Canada and was forced into sex slavery as a “handmaid,” a forced pregnancy surrogate assigned to a rich and powerful family affected by a worldwide infertility plague. But although she was stripped of her identity and forced to go by “Offred” (or “of Fred” as the handmaid of Commander Fred Waterford), she never lost her will to live. She discovered her daughter was still alive and will stop at nothing to save her, her newborn daughter by the commander’s chauffeur, and the rest of the women oppressed under the totalitarian regime.


Samantha White (Logan Browning) — Dear White People 95%

(Photo by Adam Rose/Netflix)

Samantha navigates racism and discrimination at a predominantly white Ivy League college. A college radio DJ, she has a platform that both elevates her message and often exacerbates her problems dealing with social injustice and bias, while also juggling her social and academic lives — all of which she does fearlessly, even when fear is her biggest challenge of all.


Captain Georgiou and Michael Burnham (Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green) — Star Trek: Discovery 86%

Star Trek: Discovery stars Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green (CBS All Access)

(Photo by CBS All Access)

Since its start in the 1960s, the Star Trek franchise has grown both in size and in socio-political philosophy. Part of that growth hit streaming service CBS All Access in 2018 with season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery, which focuses on the struggles of a female crew member of its starship with male captains playing a supporting role to her main storyline. Martin-Green’s Burnham is the thread connecting an otherwise ensemble cast that features Yeoh as both earnest, upstanding Captain Georgiou and her indomitable alt-universe counterpart, Emperor Georgiou.


Eve and Villanelle (Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer) — Killing Eve 89%

Killing Eve Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh) (BBC America)

(Photo by BBC America)

TV’s most recent and most glorious odd couple has got to be the whack-job assassin central to BBC America’s Killing Eve, Villanelle, and Eve, the dutiful MI5 security officer chasing her. Created by Fleabag genius Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the series’ first season is Certified Fresh at 96%, and season 2, due April 7, looks on track to repeat that stellar Tomatometer performance. What makes these two characters so fearless? Their cat-and-mouse game for one, but also that they keep switching off in the cat and mouse roles, keeping audiences both engaged and appreciative.


Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) — Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 81%

Jeff Weddell/Netflix

(Photo by Jeff Weddell/Netflix)

Netflix’s iteration of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is decidedly much darker than the ’90s kid-TV version. Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina is powerful — and not just because of her witchy abilities. This teenage witch looks death and darkness in the eye, and always trusts her intuition. There’s absolutely no quiver in her voice when she confronts a swarm of threatening witches at the start of the series. Sabrina refuses to give up her powers or sign her name away to the Dark Lord (i.e., the devil). She’s not about to let the underworld’s patriarchy control or undermine her.


The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) — Doctor Who: Season 11 (2018) 90%

Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who

(Photo by Colin Hutton / © BBC)

The story of Doctor Who — a time-traveling extraterrestrial lifeform who acts as a sort of space-time cop, battling intergalactic and alternate-universe threats and occasionally regenerating — took what is arguably its most profound turn yet with its 13th doctor. For the first time since the iconic British sci-fi series began airing in 1963, the Doctor regenerated as a woman. Whittaker took on more than just a staple of British pop culture when she agreed to play the role, but also its rabid fan base (for both good and bad). So hats off to the Doctor and her new adventures, as well as the brave woman who accepted the gig.


Women of The Mandalorian 93%

Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand in a Mandalorian season 2 character poster

(Photo by © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.)

The Mandalorian brought three amazing women into its second season. Although we met Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) in the first season, we really only saw her brilliance in a battle and her sense of honor recently – and after watching her take out some Imperials, we definitely want her in our squad. Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), meanwhile, made such an impact that we’re ready to follow her into flames to liberate Mandalore … even if her claim to the throne is currently shaky. And while Ahsoka Tano was already a fan favorite from animated Star Wars shows, her first live action appearance (in the form of Rosario Dawson) revealed a seasoned Force-user whose stories we will follow religiously.


Women of DC's Legends of Tomorrow 89%

Caity Lotz in DC's Legends of Tomorrow 2021 promo poster

(Photo by The CW)

Whether saving all of reality, throwing a bachelorette party across time, or finding their purpose in life, the women of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are the key reason to watch the show. Each of their journeys allowed them to be, at various times, broken, zany, ill-prepared, tactical geniuses, and heroic. Not that it always happened in that order or leads them to the same end state. Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellars) found her peace and left the team. Zari 1.0 (Tala Ashe) accepted the world she came from no longer exists and stepped aside so Zari 2.0 (also Ashe) could become the hero she was meant to be. Meanwhile, Sara (Caity Lotz) and Ava (Jes Macallan), opposites in almost every respect, found cooperation and love with each other. Also, they ended up leading the team!


Ryan Wilder/Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) – Batwoman 82%

Javicia Leslie as Batwoman in season 2 first look image

(Photo by The CW)

Although Ryan has only been on the job a few months, she’s already shaking up our perceptions of a Caped Crusader. We’ll be honest, we were worried when we first heard she would be “from the streets,” but that perspective proved to be more illuminating in terms of story and indicative of what happens when someone approaches superhero-ing with empathy regarding to reasons behind most crime – even if she still needs to fight the truly corrupt. Also, her life experiences gave her such an unexpected confidence in the suit that it now seems like she was always meant to wear it.


Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) – Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 95%

(Photo by ABC/Jennifer Clasen)

By virtue of seeing them to the end of the S.H.I.E.L.D. story, one of the most striking elements of Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) as characters is the way they became better by knowing each other. When we met them, Daisy – then called Skye – was youthful chaos while May was the absolute model of precision. At the same time, though, both had closed off great aspects of themselves for reasons revealed over the course of the program’s first four years. By the time they ended up 90 years in their own future, they were equals in terms of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and by the time the series ended, equals as women and adoptive family. Their journey to become more open and confident (in ways others than you might expect) may not have been the program’s main story, but it is one of its most rewarding.


Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) – Wynonna Earp 92%

WYNONNA EARP -- Season:2 -- Pictured: Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna Earp -- (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Season 2, Inc./Syfy)

(Photo by Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Season 2, Inc./Syfy)

First and foremost, Wynonna is the hot mess you want in your corner. Always passionate and protective of those she loves, she is also, somehow, the same woman who walked back into Purgatory a few years back to raise literal hell. When the chips are down, she’ll get good and drunk before gathering herself and finding the courage to fight against the darkness. She’ll also be surprisingly funny in the midst of that doubt spiral. But that mixture of irreverence, irresponsibility, and, ultimately, perseverance is why we want her on our side and why we’ll always fight for her.


Women of Arrow 86%

Arrow -- "Fadeout"

(Photo by Colin Bentley/The CW)

By the end of Arrow’s run, Star City was filled with women any superhero team would love to add to their roster. Whether quick with the quips like Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), great in fight like Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy), or born for the job like Mia Smoak-Queen (Katherine McNamara), each was a full-fledged hero whether or not they wore costumes or if their costumes varied wildly in different realities. And considering how dreadful some of the realities they visited could be, they are also all remarkably well self-possessed. Yes, even Felicity. It took a certain strength to raise a daughter far from friends knowing she will become the Green Arrow one day. It also took equal amounts of gumption and vulnerability for Laurel – a villain from a different Earth – to put her past behind her and grow into someone Dinah could forgive for killing one of the few people she ever loved. And though we never got to see the full story, we imagine Mia had a special fortitude to put up with Laurel and Dinah when they moved to her time in 2040.


Iris West (Candice Patton) and Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) – The Flash 89%

Candice Patton in The Flash 2021 promo poster

(Photo by The CW)

In the most recent seasons of The Flash, Iris, Caitlin, and Killer Frost have all gone on journeys underscoring a certain fearlessness among them. For Iris, it was building her own newspaper, actually staffing it, and going after a story so big, its effects are still being felt. Caitlin’s journey saw her not just accepting her powers came with a different, wilder personality, but that Killer Frost had the right to be her own person even if they share the same body. Frost, meanwhile, took the opportunity Caitlin gave her to learn how to be a whole person with vulnerabilities, responsibilities, and even tact (well, sometimes).


Vanya (Elliot Page) and Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) Hargreeves – The Umbrella Academy 83%

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY - EMMY RAVER-LAMPMAN and ELLIOT PAGE

(Photo by CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX)

For the Hargreeve sisters, overcoming fear was the only way to become better people and better siblings during their time away from the 21st century. In Allison’s case, it took the form of joining the 1960s Civil Rights movement without allowing her reality manipulation powers to do most of the work. Vanya’s faced a different challenge: forgiving Allison for convincing her she had no powers when they were children. Of course, losing her memory when she first arrived in 1961 and finding a caring, non-Hargreeve family might’ve helped. Nevertheless, for Allison to reach a point where she could help Vanya and for Vanya to reach a point where she would not just accept it, but smile about it is the greatest show of strength either has made to date.


Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) – DC's Stargirl 94%

Brec Bassinger in DC's Stargirl 2021 promo poster

(Photo by The CW)

Whether moving to a new town in Nebraska, learning how to fly, or convincing people that being better is worthwhile, Courtney’s courage is wrapped up in a surprisingly sunny optimism for a teenager who supposedly grew up on Southern California. Nevertheless, it makes her a compelling lead as it proves to be infectious among the friends she makes and the viewers at home. And if you recall how hard it was to get club in high school off the ground – or for that club to make the simplest decision – Courtney’s ability to resurrect the Justice Society of America with an handful of outcast teens is a superpower in its own right.


Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams), Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain) – Black Lightning 92%

Black Lightning - Nafessa Williams as Thunder and China Anne McClain as Lightning

(Photo by The CW)

Anissa is fearless in her causes, whether she supports them as herself, the superhero known as Thunder, or the street vigilante and sometimes freedom fighter called Blackbird. Living with one superhero persona is hard enough – just ask her sister Jennifer – but two requires a special sort of fortitude just to recall who each identity has met and how many people know the secret about both, one, or neither. And that’s on top of caring for her girlfriend, who until very recently was in a coma. Nevertheless, Anissa gives a lot to what she believes in. Jennifer, meanwhile, took a longer road to accepting her powers and the desire to use them for the common good as Lightning. It’s still not easy, what with her mother asking about the SAT and a dubious social media presence, but at least she has a sense of purpose now. Contrast this with just a few years ago, when her fondest wish was just to be “normal.” That may just be the natural arc of a teenager, but it is still nonetheless heroic.


Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) – Vikings 93%

Katheryn Winnick in Vikings

(Photo by History)

Vicious when necessary and as fierce in her passion as protecting her clan, Vikings’ lead matriarch set the standard for female warriors in Michael Hirst’s six-season saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his savage brood, based on the true story of the 9th-century Danish king. By the time she said goodbye to the series in the last season, she was worshiped as a goddess by her people — and TV fans everywhere.


Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) – Fringe 90%

(Photo by Fox)

Series creators J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman conjured a late 2000s answer to The X-Files heroine Dana Scully, who Fox lost after nine seasons on TV in 2001. (She would later return for a two-season revival.) Dunham was the FBI muscle of the Fringe universe, however; leaving the scientific side of the search for whatever truth was out there mainly to her somewhat untrustworthy consulting partner Dr. Walter Bishop and his son Peter.


Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) and Cameron Philips (Summer Glau) – Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 85%

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, Lena Headley, Summer Glau

(Photo by Jill Greenberg / © Warner Brothers / Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Why on Earth would Sarah Connor trust a Terminator? She wouldn’t, which is one reason Cameron Philips doesn’t reveal her true nature until absolutely necessary to save teenage John Connor’s life. When his killer mom and the 2027-era Terminator team up, John’s smothered in a protective cocoon of fearless women.


Women of The Expanse 94%

Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper in The Expanse season 3

(Photo by Syfy)

Each of this space opera’s principal female leads kicks major ass in her own way: Naomi Nagata (Dominique Tipper), an equal partner in ownership and operation of the Rocinante and brilliant engineer with a heart of gold; Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), the foul-mouthed planet leader who mops the floor with condescending politicians; Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams), the former Mars Marine Corps. Gunnery Sergeant who now uses her very particular set of skills to help save the solar system; and Camina Drummer (Cara Gee), the Belter captain and former security chief who later makes a living as a space pirate.


Hanna (Esme Creed-Miles) – Hanna 80%

Hanna keyart (Amazon Prime Video)

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

She’s a teenage assassin with major daddy issues. When they cooked up Hanna in the lab, they broke the mold – sort of. In this Amazon Prime Video adaptation of the feature film, we come to find out that Hanna isn’t alone; she was part of a legion of designer killers raised from birth. With special training from her father, however, she may be the deadliest.


Ciri (Freya Allan) and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) – The Witcher 81%

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer in The Witcher season 1; Freya Allan in The Witcher season 2

(Photo by Netflix)

Amidst the magical creatures of Netflix’s The Witcher, Ciri and Yennefer reign. In season 1, young Ciri was just learning about her deadly powers, while Yennefer journeyed from physically disabled farm girl to one of the realm’s most powerful sorceresses.


Angela Abar (Regina King) – Watchmen 96%

Watchmen keyart Regina King (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

Angela works for the Tulsa police force as Sister Night in a world in which law enforcement officers don masks to hide their identities from racist extremists responsible for an attack on police. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 DC Comics series serves as the inspiration for Damon Lindelof’s HBO show set 34 years after the events of the comic series in the Watchmen alternate reality.


Leti Lewis (Jurneee Smollett) – Lovecraft Country 88%

Jurnee Smollett in Lovecraft Country season 1

(Photo by Elizabeth Morris/HBO)

Battling monsters, racists, and dark magic, Leti holds her own in the mystical world developed by Misha Green for HBO. The horror series is an adaptation of the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff set in the 1950s about the mysteries of the town where writer H. P. Lovecraft set his stories.


Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) – The Queen's Gambit 96%

ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT.

(Photo by Charlie Gray/Netflix)

Chess prodigy Beth Harmon ignores the mores of 1950s and ’60s America and pursues her passion for chess as she grows from a precocious child to a striking young woman. Along the way, she becomes a chess champion and travels the world.


Shirley Chisolm (Uzo Aduba) – Mrs. America 96%

mrs america uzo adubo shirley chisholm

(Photo by Sabrina Lantos/FX)

FX’s limited series Mrs. America, about the campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and the Phyllis Schlafly-led campaign block it, was teeming with strong women – some who used their powers for good, and a couple who, shall we say, did not. But among a raft of inspirational characters and the rich performances that brought them to life (Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug among them), it was Uzo Aduba’s Shirley Chisholm – the first African American Congresswoman and the first Black major party candidate to run for President – who stood out. The series, and Aduba’s embodiment of the determined and unbowed politician, brought Chisholm’s achievements once more into the public eye, sparking a renewed interest that might have just nudged forward the announcement of upcoming biopic Shirley, which will star Oscar winner Regina King.


Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) – WandaVision 91%

WANDAVISION episode 109

(Photo by Disney+/Marvel Studios)

It might have been Agatha all along, but it was Wanda and Monica who gave viewers two very different types of compelling heroes to root for in Disney+’s first MCU series, WandaVision. With Wanda (Olsen), well, it was complicated: While her grief – and some skillful manipulation from outside forces – turned her into a psychological terrorist of sorts, holding an entire New Jersey town hostage under her mind-control powers, she ultimately overcame herself and her enemies, discovering and embracing new levels of power and making an ultimate sacrifice for good. (Did she take enough responsibility for the terror she unleashed? We will leave that to the dozens of think pieces asking that question across the Internet right now.) For Monica, the S.W.O.R.D. agent following in her mother’s footsteps who was always a step ahead of her superiors in working out the Hex and its implications, it’s less complicated. An unambiguous hero imbued with new powers at the series’ end – and an exciting path forward via the upcoming Captain Marvel 2 – the only real question was whether Monica was robbed of her moment to truly shine in her MCU debut.


Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Diane Lockhart (Christina Baranski) – The Good Wife 93%, The Good Fight 95%

(Photo by CBS)

At the center of two of the most compelling and complicated legal dramas of the last few decades are two of the most compelling and complicated TV characters to ever pass the bar. Both start their respective series, CBS’s The Good Wife and its Paramount+ spin-off The Good Fight, at low points: Wife’s Alicia Florrick (Margulies) at the side of her husband as he confesses to adultery during a packed press conference; in Fight’s first episode, Diane Lockhart (Baranski) has lost her fortune in a scheme and her hopes for the future (Trump has just been elected). Watching as they fight their way back, rebuilding their careers and their lives, is a bumpy, thrilling, and inspiring ride – one punctuated by plenty of whiskey (for Diane) and generous glasses of red (for Alicia).


Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) – Ozark 81%

Julia Garner in Ozark SEASON 3 EPISODE 1 PHOTO CREDIT Courtesy of Netflix

(Photo by Netflix)

The title of this article says “fearless” – not “good.” Nor “decent.” Nor “exhibiting behavior we recommend you emulate.” And so it is that these two exemplary antiheroes and sometime murderers join the ranks of the Golden Girls and Wonder Woman, celebrated – or at least cautiously admired – for their ruthlessness in taking care of business in male-dominated criminal worlds. Wendy Byrde’s (Linney) journey from go-along-with-it wife of embezzler Marty (Jason Bateman) to deal-making leader of the family business is a brutal delight to witness. Meanwhile, scene-stealing Garner made Ruth Langmore – foul-mouthed, calculating, but ultimately caring leader of the rough-and-tumble Langmore clan – a formidable favorite from day one.


Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) – The Blacklist 91%

The Blacklist - Season 8 - Episode 804 - "Elizabeth Keen (#1)"

(Photo by NBC)

She’s been the head of an FBI unit and a criminal profiler. She knows how to keep her own history as under wraps as possible. She has dealt with subordinates calling her “sir” because they don’t like answering to a woman. She’s faked her own death. She can banter with a criminal mastermind played by James Spader. She can crack a case in under an hour. In short, do not mess with Elizabeth Keen.


Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) – Stargate SG-1

 STARGATE SG-1, Amanda Tapping, 'Stronghold', (Season 9). 1997-2007. photo: Bob Akester / © MGM Television / Courtesy: Everett CollectionEverett Collection

An astrophysicist and member of the U.S. Air Force who eventually rises up the ranks to colonel, Samantha Carter has the perfect LinkedIn resume to get the attention of anyone putting together an elite team of officers to venture into space in search of alien life. A Gulf War veteran who is daring but pragmatic, she is also protective of her team and definitely someone you want on your side when exploring the unknown.


Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) – The Killing 68%

Mireille Enos (L) and Joel Kinnaman (R) in a scene from Netflix's "The Killing" Season 4. Photo Credit: Carole Segal for Netflix.

(Photo by Carole Segal for Netflix)

Dogged with no time for makeup and blowouts, Sarah Linden does not like letting cases go unsolved – particularly when the victims are women and even if they affect her own mental health. She will obsess over crime files and — probably rightly so — question everyone else’s police work until she finds out, say, how a 17-year-old girl came to slowly drown while trapped in the trunk of a politician’s car or how to stop a serial killer who is preying on young runaways.


Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) – Happy Valley 98%

(Photo by Netflix)

A no-nonsense small-town cop who has seen way too much hardship in her life (her daughter killed herself; her sister is a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict), Sergeant Catherine Cawood is not to be trifled with. Not by a punk kid loitering in broad daylight. Not by the idiot criminals planning a kidnapping. And certainly not by Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man who raped and impregnated her daughter.


The Women of Godless 83%

(Photo by Netflix)

It’s the Wild West and women have to band together – particularly in a small New Mexico town like this Netflix miniseries set in an 1880s town where a mining accident claimed most of the men. The characters include Merritt Wever’s Mary Agnes, who is smart enough to know a bad deal from some greasy businessmen when she hears it, and Michelle Dockery’s Alice, a struggling single mom who is boss of her ranch. But the show is primarily remembered for its final episode. That’s when, sick of all the lies and bloodshed, the female characters and join forces, lock, and load inside the town’s hotel.


Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) – The Bionic Woman

Courtesy: Everett Collection

(Photo by Everett Collection)

The first female cyborg, Jamie Sommers could run fast and hear everything. She was also a pretty decent spy when she wasn’t busy teaching middle school. Sometimes, this included stopping a doomsday device. Others, it could mean fighting female robots or tracking down a bionic dog. She also makes time to find love and foster relationships outside of work.


Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen) – His Dark Materials 81%

His Dark Materials screenshot (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

It’s not every girl who gets to spend her childhood frolicking around Oxford and going on other adventures with her sidekick (or dæmon) pine marten before things get really weird. The quick-thinking (and silver-tongued) Lyra saves children from kidnappers, her father from prison and learns that maybe you shouldn’t trust adults. And that’s all before she crosses a portal to another world and finds all-new ways that she has to protect herself and learn who to trust.


The Women of Orange Is the New Black 90%

JoJo Whilden/Netflix

(Photo by Netflix)

The women of Litchfield Penitentiary may be locked up, but they are not silenced. Over the course of the Netflix dramedy’s seven seasons, we saw characters like Danielle Brooks’ Taystee Jefferson, who negotiated with authorities after a riot and set up an educational system for inmates that would also honor Samira Wiley’s Poussey Washington, an inmate the system let down. There were also characters like Laverne Cox’s Sophia Burset, who fought discrimination and emerged from the prison as a prospering member of society, and Kate Mulgrew’s “Red” Reznikov, who might have had trouble on the outside but rose to power once incarcerated. And then there was Taylor Schilling’s Piper Chapman, who finally learned that she was no better than any of these people just because she came from privilege.


Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) – Dickinson 92%

hailee steinfeld dickinson season 2 700

(Photo by Apple TV+)

Emily Dickinson was more than a recluse who kept her poetry mostly hidden from the world during her lifetime – and, in Hailee Steinfeld’s embodiment of her in the eponymous Apple TV+ series, one gets to see a modern take on what the writer’s life was like. Here, there’s twerking, romance with her sister-in-law, carriage rides with Death (Wiz Khalifa) and a natural inclination to fight her mother’s expectations that she marry a proper young man.


The Women of Pose 98%

Pose

(Photo by Michael Parmalee / ©FX / Courtesy Everett Collection)

The category is … fearless! Introducing the eclectic group of performers who make up FX’s series about the New York City underground ball scene in the 1980s and ‘90s. Chief among them: Mj Rodriguez’s Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista, who is creative (and also scrappy) enough to pull together her own “house” (or support group) where she can “mother” (or mentor) “children” with overlooked potential like Angel (Indya Moore) – or one of her rivals, the imposing and persevering Elektra Wintour (Dominique Jackson).


Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) – Castle 82%

CASTLE, Stana Katic (Richard Cartwright/ABC/Courtesy Everett Collection)

(Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Being so good at your job that you inspire a literary character is impressive enough, but Kate Beckett did it all while chaperoning Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a man-child author who shadowed her at work to draw inspiration for his latest literary heroine, Nikki Heat. Even better: Once the dynamic with her charge sparked, she was able to learn from his unique perspective as well. (Then, of course, they fell in love. A tale as old as time.)


Women of Once Upon a Time 78%

(ABC/Jack Rowand)

(Photo by ABC/Jack Rowand)

Fairy tale princesses were typically portrayed as damsels in distress — but not the versions from ABC’s storybook drama that ran from 2011 to 2018. No, the women of Once Upon a Time — including Lana Parrilla as Regina/The Evil Queen, Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Emilie De Ravin as Belle, Rebecca Mader as The Wicked Witch — took on their traditional fairy tale roles, both good and evil, and turned those stereotypes around. Fun fact: OUAT was the first-ever Disney property to portray Snow White with a sword in hand. That’s pretty fearless.


Alyssa (Jessica Barden) – The End of the F...ing World 94%

The End of the F***ing World stars Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther (Netflix)

Listen, things could’ve worked out pretty terribly for English teenager Alyssa, considering her partner in crime was a psychopath who wanted to kill her. But it was Alyssa who stepped up when she and James were in danger, and it was Alyssa who had the tenacity to keep going against impossible odds. Plus, she was darkly funny throughout their whole adventure.


Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson) and Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) – Sex Education 95%

Sam Taylor / Netflix

(Photo by Sam Taylor / Netflix)

Not only are these two fiercely independent women used to taking care of themselves, but they’re also totally beyond buying into society’s internalized patriarchal values regarding sex and female pleasure. They know what they want and they know how to get it — but that hard outer shell can sometimes encase a gooey, vulnerable center.


Esther Shapiro (Shira Haas) – Unorthodox 96%

Unorthodox

(Photo by Anika Molnar/Netflix)

It takes more than courage to escape a sheltered life like Esther’s, having been born and raised into an insular Orthodox Jewish community in New York City. Despite the fact that she didn’t know any other way of life, she knew it wasn’t for her — and she risked everything to pursue the life she wanted.


Detective Karen Duvall (Merritt Wever) and Detective Grace Rasmussen (Toni Collette) – Unbelievable 98%

Beth Dubber/Netflix

(Photo by Beth Dubber/Netflix)

Not only did Detectives Duvall and Rasmussen solve a sexual assault case ignored by the male detectives who originally investigated it, they managed to bring justice to women across multiple states who had no closure surrounding their own traumatic assaults — and they’re both based on real-life people. Talk about fearless.


Agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) – Chuck 90%

Dean Hendler/NBC/Courtesy Everett Collection

(Photo by Dean Hendler/NBC/Courtesy Everett Collection)

At first glance, Sarah Walker is a sweet, stunning girl-next-door type. That dazzling smile belies the fact that she’s also a blonde bombshell CIA agent with fierce fighting skills, serious smarts, and at least a half dozen aliases she can slip into at any moment.


Athena Grant (Angela Bassett) – 9-1-1 81%

Jack Zeman / FOX

(Photo by Jack Zeman / FOX)

As written, Athena Grant is a smart, badass LAPD Sergeant who is very good at her job. But thanks to the award-winning actor who plays her, she’s also kind, understanding, and layered. That means she helps save victims of earthquakes, highway collapses, serial bombings, human trafficking and much, much more, then goes home and finds time to be a kind, loving, understanding mom as well.


Deandra “Dee” Reynolds (Kaitlin Olson) – It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 97%

Patrick McElhenney/FXX

(Photo by Patrick McElhenney/FXX)

The characters of It’s Always Sunny can be ruthlessly mean — including (and sometimes especially) Sweet Dee, who can give just as good as she gets (and she takes a lot of crap from her coworkers at Paddy’s Pub). Ultimately, even if Dee doesn’t do the right thing in any given situation, she holds her own and shows viewers what the right thing actually is.


The Women of American Horror Story 77%

(Photo by FX)

After watching any season of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series it’s clear why he continues to work with the same troupe of actors year after year: they’re amazing. Whether up against villains real or imagined or embodying evil in some way, shape or form, the women of American Horror Story — Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga, Adina Porter, Billie Lourd and more — crush it every time.


Don’t see your favorite fearless female on our list? Tell us all about it in the comments!


Contributors: Erik Amaya, Jean Bentley, Jacqueline Coley, Debbie Day, Whitney Friedlander, Ryan FujitaniLaToya Furguson, Sophie-Marie Prime, Joel Meares, Allison ShoemakerAshley Bissette Sumerel, Alex Vo


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.


 

Sure, it was a bummer that so many TV productions were delayed in 2020. But that just means 2021 is going to be filled with even more excellent television to distract you from whatever is happening in the real world. High-profile Marvel projects are finally premiering on Disney+ — including WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and more — and long-anticipated seasons are headed back to TV  — American Horror Story season 10, The Witcher season 2 (here’s hoping), and The Walking Dead bonus season 10 episodes and season 11, for example.


Related: The Most Anticipated Movies of 2021


Among the big 2021 TV offerings, there are new superheroes — Javicia Leslie’s debut in Batwoman, the latest Arrowverse addition Superman & Lois — some real-life heroes — Aretha Franklin, The Rock — space-based series, crime procedurals, and much, much more. Check out our list of the most anticipated TV premieres of 2021 — we’ll add new ones as new premiere dates are announced.

Be sure to bookmark this list of anticipated 2021 TV and streaming shows and let us know in the comments which 2021 shows you’re most excited about.


Jan-Mar | Apr-June | July-Sep | Oct-Dec | TBD



January


Starring: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka
Release Date: January 1

It’s the ultimate grudge match! Season 3 offers a three-way feud now that a new sensei lords over the Cobra Kai dojo.

Critics Consensus: By pairing its emotional punches with stronger humor, Cobra Kai’s third season finds itself in fine fighting form.



Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski, Anna Baryshnikov, Toby Huss, Adrian Enscoe
Release Date: January 8

Season 2 finds poet Emily Dickinson struggling to be published and pinning her hopes on newspaperman Sam Bowles (Finn Jones). Read more: “Dickinson and Hawkeye Star Hailee Steinfeld Relishes Playing Strong-Willed Characters Who ‘Use Their Voice’

Critics Consensus: With stronger writing and a never-better Hailee Steinfeld, Dickinson finds surer footing in its second season without losing any of its strange delights.



Starring: Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer, Alex Kingston
Release Date: January 9

Witch Diana Bishop escapes to the past with vampire Matthew Clairmont to escape the fallout from their taboo relationship and solve the mysteries of their supernatural existence.

Critics Consensus: Grounded by Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer’s infectious chemistry and a healthy dose of visual splendor, A Discovery of Witches’ sophomore season makes slipping eras look easy.



Starring: Nicholas Ralph, Samuel West, Callum Woodhouse, Anna Madeley, Rachel Shenton
Release Date: January 10

James Herriot’s books, based on his life as a rural veterinarian in 1930s Yorkshire, get the Masterpiece treatment in this seven-part series.

Critics Consensus: With a winsome cast, picturesque setting, and plenty of heart, All Creatures Great and Small is a gentle reminder that good drama can be as soothing as it is entertaining.



Starring: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley
Release Date: January 10

Shadow Moon rejects his destiny, seeking a quiet life and guidance from the Orishas, the gods of his Black ancestors; meanwhile his dad Odin, the Norse All-Father, persists in pulling Shadow back into the war between gods.

Critics Consensus: Though it’s unlikely to bring anyone back into the fold, American Gods’ tighter focus and strong performances may be enough for fans still holding out hope for a solid finish.



Starring: Gil Carrillo, Frank Salerno
Release Date: January 13

The true story of California serial killer Richard Ramirez, who stalked Los Angeles in the 1980s. Gil Carrillo, then a detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the legendary homicide investigator Frank Salerno take viewers step-by-step through the grisly crimes.



Starring: Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris
Release Date: January 15

Avengers Wanda Maximoff and Vision kick off the MCU’s Phase 4 in a series set in idyllic sitcom environments, passing through several decades, and questioning reality.

Critics Consensus: Part loving homage to TV history, part off-kilter mystery, WandaVision is a wonderfully weird and strikingly bold step into the small screen for the MCU — and a perfect showcase for Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.



Starring: Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, Rupert Grint
Release Date: January 15

From M. Night Shyamalan, Servant’s second season finds Philadelphia couple Sean and Dorothy reeling from the disappearance of the baby they know as their son Jericho and his nanny Leanne, who is part of a cult. Read more: M. Night Shyamalan Teases Four-Season Blueprint for Servant.

Critics Consensus: Servant’s second season serves up a solid — if not always convincing — set of thrills with a better grasp on its dark humor.



Starring: Javicia Leslie, Camrus Johnson, Nicole Kang, Meagan Tandy
Release Date: January 17

Gotham City is getting a new Batwoman: down-to-earth Ryan Wilder stumbles upon the Batsuit, opening up a new destiny for the once-disadvantaged new hero.

Critics Consensus: Batwoman’s second season survives a soft reboot, maintaining the show’s excellence while giving Javicia Leslie plenty of room to spread her wings.



Starring: Jared Padalecki, Keegan Allen, Lindsey Morgan
Release Date: January 21

Texas Ranger Cordell Walker returns home to Austin after two years undercover. The widower must reconnect with his two children and make nice with his new partner, one of the first female Texas Rangers in history.



Starring: Hunter Schafer
Release Date: January 24

The special episode of the HBO hit drama series follows Jules over the Christmas holiday as she reflects on the year. Creator Sam Levinson directed the episode and co-wrote it with star Schafer, who also serves as an executive producer.



Starring: Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly, Sean Bean, Lena Hall, Mickey Sumner, Alison Wright
Release Date: January 25

A new power struggle emerges in season 2, following the arrival of Mr. Wilford (Bean) and a new train in the season 1 finale. A dangerous rift opens, dividing the survivors between their loyalty to Snowpiercer and to Wilford. Meanwhile, Melanie investigates a new discovery that could change humanity’s fate.



Starring: Alan Tudyk, Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds
Release Date: January 27

A shape-shifting alien crash-lands on Earth and assumes the identify of a doctor in the small town of Patience, Washington. As “Dr. Harry” tends to patients, questions arise about the death of the town’s previous doctor.


February


Starring: Queen Latifah, Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint
Release Date: February 7

In this reimagining of the classic series, Queen Latifah stars as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her skills to defend those with nowhere else to turn.



Starring: Cress Williams, Christine Adams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain
Release Date: February 8

Black Lightning season 3 keyart (The CW)

(Photo by The CW)

The CW’s superhero series sees Jefferson Pierce serve up the final season of Black Lightning’s justice. Based on the DC Comics series, the show holds a 94% Tomatometer score going into season 4.



Starring: Rebecca Breeds, Kal Penn, Nick Sandow
Release Date: February 11

FBI Agent Clarice Starling returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. “[Dr. Lecter] was just a part of the process that is triggering her to go back to the real demons that are in her life,” star Rebecca Breeds told Rotten Tomatoes about her character. Read more: “Clarice Star Rebecca Breeds: Series Is a Step in the Evolution of The Silence of the Lambs Heroine.”



Starring:
Release Date: February 16

From Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat) and action superstar Dwayne Johnson, the story of The Rock’s formative years unfolds in an 11-episode comedy series. Johnson will appear in each episode as the focus and inspiration of the series.



Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Jodi Balfour, Shantel VanSanten, Krys Marshall, Sonya Walger
Release Date: February 19

Season 1 of the alternate-history drama presented a world in which the USSR beat the U.S. to the moon. Season 2 picks up a decade later when Cold War tensions are at their peak, the U.S. and the Soviets race to control the moon’s resources, and NASA is militarized.



Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch
Release Date: February 23

The world’s most famous superhero and most famous journalist together face their biggest challenge yet: being modern-day working parents.



Starring:
Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Seth Gilliam
Release Date: February 28

The Walking Dead extended its 10th season by six episodes, which will hit in February and see the survivors rebuilding their lives post-Whisperers, while facing several existential crises over their community, their emotional well-being, and humanity overall.  The series will end with season 11, also expected later this year.


March


Starring: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl
Release Date: March 19

Mackie and Stan reunite following the events of Avengers: Endgame as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, respectively. The bickering superheroes team up in an adventure that takes them around the world, testing their abilities — and their patience. Brühl returns as villain Helmut Zemo.



Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance
Release Date: March TBD

Erivo stars in an exploration of Aretha Franklin’s musical genius and career. The series examines the gospel prodigy and outspoken civil rights champion’s impact and lasting influence on music and culture worldwide.



Starring: Iman Vellani
Release Date: Winter TBD

A new Marvel TV hero is on the horizon: Awkward 16-year-old Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City, is a great student, a gamer, fan-fiction scribe, and a massive fan of superheroes — Captain Marvel in particular. Her world changes dramatically when Kamala gets super powers like the heroes she loves.



April

Hemingway: Miniseries (PBS)
Starring: Jeff Daniels
Release Date: April 5

Award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick take on the life of literary icon Ernest Hemingway. The three-part, six-hour documentary series paints an intimate picture of Hemingway the writer and explores the writer’s limitations and biases as an artist and a man of his time.



Starring: Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, Kit Young, Ben Barnes
Release Date: April TBD

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels, the fantasy series is set in a war-torn world in which a young soldier attracts sinister forces when she reveals a magical power that might unite her world.


May


Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, Richard E. Grant
Release Date: May TBD

The God of Mischief steps out of his brother Thor’s shadow in a new MCU Phase 4 series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame.


Summer TBD


Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Natalie Portman, Michael Douglas, Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Michael Rooker, Tom Hiddleston
Release Date: Summer TBD

Marvel Studios’ first animated series What If… ? reimagines famous events from Marvel films in unexpected ways. The series features a voice cast made up of the MCU biggest stars reprising their roles.


Power Book III: Raising Kanan: Season 1 (Starz)
Starring: Mekai Curtis, Patina Miller, Omar Epps
Release Date: Summer TBD

From creator, showrunner, and executive producer Sascha Penn, the third installment in the Power franchise tells the story of the early years of Kanan Stark, portrayed by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in the original series.


The Nevers: Season 1 (HBO)
Starring: Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Rochelle Neil, Eleanor Tomlinson, Amy Manson, Pip Torrens, Denis O’Hare, Zackary Momoh, Elizabeth Berrington, Kiran Sawar, Nick Frost, Ben Chaplin
Release Date: Summer TBD

Laura Donnelly in The Nevers (screencap)

(Photo by HBO)

Set in Victorian-era London, this 10-episode science-fiction drama series follows a gang of women who manifest unusual abilities, then face relentless enemies as they embark on a mission that could have world-changing repercussions. The series was originally helmed by Joss Whedon, who stepped down in November 2020 after filming wrapped. HBO subsequently issued a statement that the series would premiere in summer.



December

The Book of Boba Fett: Season 1 (Disney+)
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Ming-Na Wen
Release Date: December TBD

The Mandalorian season 2 Boba Fett poster

(Photo by © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.)

As teased in a surprise end-credit sequence in the season finale of The Mandalorian, the legendary bounty hunter’s journey will continue in The Book of Boba Fett, created by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau. Read more: “Everything We Know About The Book of Boba Fett.”



TBD


Starring: Michael C. Hall
Release Date: TBD

A 10-episode limited series reunites series star Michael C. Hall and showrunner Clyde Phillips to revive America’s favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan. The series is set to begin production in early 2021, with a tentative premiere date in the fall of 2021.


Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Season 1 (Disney+)
Starring:
TBD
Release Date: TBD

The Bad Batch is an elite squad of clones (first introduced in The Clone Wars) that vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army. Members each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinary soldiers. Together the formidable crew take on mercenary missions in this animated series set in the post–Clone Wars era.



Starring: Jared Harris, Lee Pace
Release Date: TBD

The 10-episode series based on Isaac Asimov’s influential (think: Star Wars) science-fiction novel trilogy is from David Goyer, Josh Friedman, and Skydance Television and chronicles the epic saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.


Girls5Eva: Season 1 (Peacock)
Starring: Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, Busy Philipps
Release Date: TBD

From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer and co-executive producer Meredith Scardino, the series follows a ’90s one-hit-wonder girl group that reunites to give their dreams one more shot. Tina Fey serves as executive producer.



Starring: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Joey Batey, MyAnna Buring
Release Date: TBD

Monster-hunter-for-hire Geralt of Rivia continues his journeys in season 2. Based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, the series follows Geralt as he finds love, battles all forms of beast, and stumbles into relationships that together can loosely be called a family.


Vikings: Valhalla: Season 1 (Netflix)
Starring:
Bill Murphy, Yvonne Mai
Release Date: TBD

From The Fugitive writer Jeb Stuart, the new saga begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the lives of famous Vikings including Harald Hardrada and Erik the Red. Vikings creator Michael Hirst serves as executive producer.



Starring: Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Brian d’Arcy James
Release Date: TBD

In another installment of the MCU’s Phase 4, Renner reprises his role as Avenger Hawkeye to introduce another skilled Marvel Comics archer, Kate Bishop (Steinfeld).



Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp
Release Date: TBD

While David Harbour’s Hopper did not meet his end in the climactic battle of season 3, “It’s not all good news for our ‘American’; he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human… and other,” creators the Duffer Brothers revealed in a press release announcing the start of season 4 filming. “Meanwhile, back in the States, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything.” Read more: “Everything We Know about Stranger Things Season 4.”


Y: The Last Man: Season 1 (FX on Hulu)
Starring:
Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thirlby, Amber Tamblyn, Marin Ireland
Release Date: TBD

Based on DC Comics’ series of the same name, Y: The Last Man explores a world in which an apocalyptic event has wiped-out every mammal with a Y chromosome, except for one human male and his pet monkey.


Law & Order Organized Crime: Season 1 (NBC)
Starring:
Christopher Meloni
Release Date: TBD

Meloni reprises his Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler, who returns to the NYPD to lead a new task force following a major personal loss. After a decade away, he must adapt to a changed city, police department, and criminal justice system as he takes on powerful crime syndicates.



Starring: Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Joel Edgerton
Release Date: TBD

Based on Colson Whitehead’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for fiction of the same name, this series is helmed by Barry Jenkins and follows a young Georgia woman’s journey to freedom as she escapes on the very literal, very secret underground railroad.



Starring: Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Matthew McFadyen, Nicholas Braun, Alan Ruck, Hiam Abbass
Release Date: TBD

Succession s2

(Photo by HBO)

Revisit the insanity of the dysfunctional Roy family dynasty after its 2020 Outstanding Drama Series Emmy win. The four grown children of media tycoon Logan Roy (Cox) return to undermine each other as they each grasp for control of their father’s legacy. But he’s not retired yet.



Starring: Beanie Feldstein, Sarah Paulson, Clive Owen
Release Date: TBD

The third installment of the award-winning true-crime anthology series from producer Ryan Murphy returns with the story of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.



Starring: Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, Finn Wittrock, Macaulay Culkin
Release Date: TBD

The 10th season of Ryan Murphy’s FX horror anthology is expected to premiere in 2021. Us Weekly magazine reports that the season will be subtitled Pilgrim and is scheduled to start filming on February 1 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with production concluding on March 6.


American Horror Stories, Season 1 (Hulu)
Starring: TBD
Release Date: TBD

Ryan Murphy’s Hulu horror film anthology is also expected this year, and frequent star of Murphy titles Sarah Paulson (ACSAHS, Ratched) revealed that she will direct an episode.



Starring: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz
Release Date: TBD

Donald Glover in Atlanta

(Photo by Matthias Clamer/FX)

The third and fourth seasons of the award-winning comedy from the mind of Donald Glover are expected to film concurrently in 2021 as up-and-coming rapper Paper Boi achieves more success.



Starring: Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Harvey Guillen, Mark Proksch
Release Date: TBD

Harvey Guillen, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, Natasia Demetriou, and Matt Berry in What We Do in the Shadows

(Photo by Russ Martin/©FX)

Created by Jemaine Clement, star of the 2014 film of the same name, the series takes place on Staten Island, where the lives of four vampire roommates are filmed documentary-style. Guest stars in this series — where literally anything can happen — have included Clement, Taika Waititi, and Jonathan Brugh, reprising their roles from the film, as well as Tilda Swinton, Evan Rachel Wood, Danny Trejo, Paul Rubens, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Mark Hamill, Lucy Punch, and more.



Starring: Pamela Adlon
Release Date: TBD

Pamela Adlon in Better Things

(Photo by Suzanne Tenner/FX)

The award-winning FX comedy series centers on a single mom and actress trying to raise her three daughters in Los Angeles.



Starring:
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner
Release Date: TBD

Ozark

(Photo by Steve Dietl/Netflix ©2020)

Neck deep in a cartel money-laundering operation, financial advisor Marty Byrde (Bateman) and his wife Wendy (Linney) were actively involved in some shocking season 3 murders. The first half of the 14-episode fourth and final season is expected to premiere in 2021, with the second half expected to debut in 2022.


Reservation Dogs (FX)
Starring:
D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor
Release Date: TBD

Cast of FX series Reservation Dogs

(Photo by Shane Brown/FX)

The half-hour comedy series from Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, follows four Native teenagers in rural Oklahoma who both commit crime and fight it.


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

With 3 seasons on Netflix, Stranger Things is a Certified Fresh phenomenon. So if you’re a fan of the crazy kids from Hawkins and all their spooky adventures, here are five more shows we think you’ll love on this week’s Binge Guide!

Stranger Things seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix


On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Want to know if your favorite television series is among the latest cancelled TV shows? Bookmark this page to learn about Netflix cancelled shows, when network series get the axe, and which cable TV limited series are being reworked as anthologies to squeeze every single drop of fan love out of them.

How it works: Renewals are obvious: new season = yay! When a network or streaming service announces that they’re not making another season of a show, however, we count that as cancelled (or “canceled” if you spell it without SEO considerations). Sure, some shows “come to a natural end,” but someone somewhere said “enough,” and to avoid endless discussions about whether a title was “cancelled” or “retired” — “Daredevil and Empire were cancelled, but Game of Thrones died peacefully of old age!” — we’re going with the one designation. Feel free to debate specific titles in the comments if you wish. But first, learn which series will live on, which have been resurrected — which is happening more and more frequently — and which have reached their expiration date.


HBO has announced a third season of its trippy fantasy series, His Dark Materials. However, fans of this adaptation of author Phillip Pullman’s work should note that this will be the last chapter in the series. The story focuses on Dafne Keen’s Lyra, an extremely brave young woman who happens to be from another world. Other cast members for the second season include Ruth Wilson, Amir Wilson, Ariyon Bakare, Andrew Scott, Will Keen, Ruta Gedmintas and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show has a cumulative 80% Tomatometer for its first two seasons.


Buckle up, folks. Because HBO Max has cleared a second season of The Flight Attendant for takeoff. The psychological thriller stars Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden, a globe-trotting flight attendant and party girl who gets an unwelcome surprise when she wakes up after a black-out night in a foreign country: The man she’d flirted with on the flight over (Michiel Huisman) is lying dead next to her. Now Cassie must solve the case before the feds — or the killer — find her. The first season is Certified Fresh with a 98% Tomatometer.


Brush off those lab coats. Peacock has renewed comedy A.P. Bio for a fourth season. The comedy, which aired on NBC for its first two seasons, stars Glenn Howerton as a former Harvard professor now relegated to teach high school biology (and make his students do his bidding). Other faculty members include Patton Oswalt as Principal Ralph Durbin and Paula Pell as his secretary, Helen Henry Demarcus. The first three seasons have a cumulative 88% Tomatometer.


Hulu has canceled the gritty horror/superhero series Marvel’s Helstrom after one season. The show, which has a 27% Tomatometer score, starred Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon as Daimon and Ana Helstrom — the children of a serial killer who are also on the hunt for horrible people.


# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

#

12 Dates of Christmas: season 2 (HBO Max) – Renewed
60 Minutes: season 53 (CBS) – Renewed
68 Whiskey: season 1 (Paramount Network) – Cancelled
9-1-1: season 4 (Fox) – Renewed
9-1-1: Lone Star: season 2 (Fox) – Renewed 
The $100,000 Pyramid: season 5 (ABC) – Renewed 
_
Back to Top


A

A Discovery of Witches: seasons 2 and 3 (Sundance Now) – Renewed 
Absentia
: season 3 (Amazon) – Renewed
After Life: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
Alex Rider: season 2 (IMDb TV) – Renewed
The Alienist: season 2 (TNT) – Renewed
All American: season 2 (The CW) – Renewed
All Rise: season 2 (CBS) – Renewed
Altered Carbon: season 2 (Netflix) – Cancelled
The Amazing Race: season 33 (CBS) – Renewed
America’s Got Talent: season 15 (NBC) – Renewed
America’s Got Talent: The Champions: season 2 (NBC) – Renewed
American Crime Story: season 3 (FX) – Renewed
American Gods: season 3 (Starz) – Renewed
American Horror Story: seasons 10, 11, 12 and 13 (FX) – Renewed
American Housewife: season 5 (ABC) – Renewed
American Idol: season 4 (ABC) – Renewed 
American Ninja Warrior: season 12 (NBC) – Renewed
American Soul: season 2 (BET) – Renewed
Amphibia: season 3 (Disney Channel) – Renewed
Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: season 2 (Food Network) – Renewed
Animal Kingdom: season 5 (TNT) – Renewed
Another Life: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
A.P. Bio: season 4 (Peacock) – Renewed
Archer: season 12 (FX) – Renewed
At Home With Amy Sedaris: season 3 (truTV) – Renewed 
Atlanta: seasons 3 & 4 (FX)  – Renewed 
Atypical: season 4 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after fourth, and final, season)
Avenue 5: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Away: season 1 (Netflix) – Cancelled
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens: season 2 (Comedy Central) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


B

The Bachelor: season 25 (ABC)
The Bachelorette: season 16 (ABC) – Renewed
Bachelor in Paradise: season 7 (ABC) – Renewed
Back to Life: season 2 (Showtime) – Renewed
Bargain Mansions: season 3 (HGTV) – Renewed
Bar Rescue: season 7 (Paramount Network) – Renewed
Baroness Von Sketch Show
: season 5 (IFC) – Renewed
Barry: season 3 (HBO) – Renewed
Beat Shazam: season 4 (Fox) – Renewed
Better Things: season 5 (FX) – Renewed
Better Call Saul: season 6 (HBO) – Cancelled (after sixth, and final, season)
Betty: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Big Brother: season 23 (CBS) – Renewed
Big Mouth: seasons 3-6 (Netflix) – Renewed
Billions: season 6 (Showtime) – Renewed
#blackAF: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Black-ish: season 7 (ABC) – Renewed
A Black Lady Sketch Show: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Black Lightning: season 4 (The CW) –  Cancelled (after fourth, and final, season)
Black Monday: season 3 (Showtime) – Renewed
The Blacklist
: season 8 (NBC) – Renewed
Black Mirror: season 5 (Netflix) – Renewed
Bless the Harts: season 2 (Fox) – Renewed
Blood & Treasure: season 2 (CBS) – Renewed
Blue Bloods: season 11 (CBS) – Renewed
Bob (Hearts) Abishola: season 2 (CBS) – Renewed
Bob’s Burgers: seasons 12 and 13 (Fox) – Renewed
The Bold and the Beautiful: seasons 34 and 35 (CBS) – Renewed
The Bold Type: season 4 (Freeform) – Renewed
Boomerang: season 2 (BET) – Renewed
Botched: season 7 (E!)- Renewed
The Boys: season 3 (Amazon) – Renewed
The Bradshaw Bunch: season 2 (E!)- Renewed
Brave New World: season 1 (Peacock) – Cancelled 
Breeders: season 2 (FX) – Renewed
Britannia: season 3 (moves to Epix) – Renewed
Brockmire: season 4 (IFC) – Renewed
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: season 8 (NBC) – Renewed
Buddy vs. Duff: season 2 (Food Network)  – Renewed
Bull: season 5 (CBS) – Renewed
Bunk’d: season 5 (Disney Channel) – Renewed
Burden of Truth: season 3 (The CW) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


C

Cake: season 3 (FXX) – Renewed
Card Sharks: season 2 (ABC) – Renewed
Carmen Sandiego: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Carnival Row: season 2 (Amazon) – Renewed
Carter: season 2 (WGN) – Renewed
Castle Rock: season 2 (Hulu) – Cancelled
Castlevania: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
Celebrity Family Feud: season 7 (ABC) – Renewed
Charmed: season 3 (The CW) – Renewed
Chef’s Table: seasons 7 and 8 (Netflix) – Renewed
The Chi: season 4 (Showtime) – Renewed
Chicago Fire: season 11 (NBC) – Renewed
Chicago Med
: season 8 (NBC) – Renewed
Chicago P.D.
: season 10 (NBC) – Renewed
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: part 4 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after fourth, and final, season)
Christina on the Coast: season 2 (HGTV) – Renewed
The Circle: seasons 2 and 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
City on a Hill: season 2 (Showtime) – Renewed
Claws: season 4 (TNT) – Cancelled (after fourth, and final, season)
Cobra Kai: seasons 3 and 4 (moves to Netflix) – Renewed
Conan: season 10 (TBS)-  Cancelled (moving to new show on HBO Max)
Condor: season 2 (Audience) – Renewed
The Conners: season 3 (ABC) – Renewed
Cops: season 32 (Paramount Network) – Cancelled
Craftopia: season 2 (HBO Max) – Renewed
Craig of the Creek: season 3 (Cartoon Network) – Renewed
Crank Yankers: season 6 (Comedy Central) – Renewed
Creepshow: season 2 (Shudder) – Renewed
Crossing Swords: season 2 (Hulu) – Renewed
The Crown: seasons 4, 5 and 6 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after sixth, and final, season)
Curb Your Enthusiasm: season 11 (HBO) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


D

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who season 11 poster (BBC America)

(Photo by BBC America)

Dancing With the Stars: season 29 (ABC) – Renewed
Dark
: season 3 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after third, and final, season)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: season 1 (Netflix) – Cancelled
Dave: season 2 (FXX) – Renewed
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: season 6 (The CW) – Renewed
Dead to Me
: season 3 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after third, and final, season)
Dear White People: season 4 (Netflix) – Cancelled 
Desus & Mero: season 3 (Showtime) – Renewed
Diary of a Future President: season 2 (Disney+) – Renewed
Dickinson: season 3 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
Disenchantment: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Doctor Who: season 13 (BBC America) – Renewed 
Documentary Now: season 4 (IFC) – Renewed
Dogs: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Doom Patrol: season 2 (DC Universe) – Renewed
Drunk History: season 6 (Comedy Central) – Cancelled
Duncanville: season 2 (Fox) – Renewed
Dynasty: season 4 (The CW) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


E

E! True Hollywood Story: season 2 (E!)- Renewed
Eli Roth’s History of Horror: season 2 (AMC) – Renewed
Elite: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed (through season 5)
Ellen’s Game of Games: season 4 (NBC) – Renewed
Emily In Paris: season 2 (Netflix)
The End of The F***ing World: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Euphoria: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Evil: season 2 (CBS) – Renewed
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay: season 2 (Freeform) – Renewed
The Expanse: season 6 (Amazon Prime Video) – Cancelled (after a sixth, and final, season)

Back to Top


F

F is for Family: season 5 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after fifth, and final, season)
Family Guy: seasons 19 and 20 (Fox) – Renewed
Family Reunion
: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Fargo
: season 4 (FX) – Renewed
FBI: season 3 (CBS) – Renewed
FBI: Most Wanted: season 2 (CBS) – Renewed
Fear the Walking Dead: season 6 (AMC) – Renewed
Feel Good: season 2 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after a second, and final, season)
Filthy Rich: season 1 (Fox) – Cancelled
Five Points: season 2 (Facebook) – Renewed
Flack: season 2 (moves to Amazon) – Renewed
The Flash: season 7 (The CW) – Renewed
The Flight Attendant: season 2 (HBO Max) – Renewed,
For All Mankind: season 3 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
For Life: season 2 (ABC) – Renewed
F*ck That’s Delicious: season 4 (Viceland) – Renewed
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: season 6 (TBS) – Renewed

Back to Top


G

glow cancelled netflix

(Photo by Netflix)

Gangs of London: season 2 (AMC) – Renewed
Genius: season 4 (moves to Disney+ for season 4 after previously airing on Nat Geo) – Renewed
Gentleman Jack: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Gentefied: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Get Shorty: season 3 (Epix) – Renewed
Ghost Nation: season 2 (Travel Channel) – Renewed
GLOW: season 3 (Netflix) – Cancelled
Godfather of Harlem: season 2 (Epix) – Renewed
The Goldbergs: season 8 (ABC) – Renewed
The Good Doctor: season 4 (ABC) – Renewed
The Good Fight: season 5 (CBS All Access) – Renewed
Good Girls: season 4 (NBC) – Renewed
Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik: season 2 (Amazon Prime Video) – Renewed
Good Trouble: season 3 (Freefrom) – Renewed
Good Witch: season 6 (Hallmark) – Renewed
The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Grace and Frankie: season 7 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after seventh and final season)
Grantchester: season 6 (PBS) – Renewed
The Great: season 2 (Hulu) – Renewed
The Great North: season 2 (Fox) – Renewed
Greenleaf: season 5 (OWN) – Renewed
Grey’s Anatomy: seasons 16 and 17 (ABC) – Renewed
Grown-ish: season 4 (Freeform) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


H

The Handmaid’s Tale: season 5 (Hulu) – Renewed
Hanna
: season 3 (Amazon Prime Video) – Renewed
Harley Quinn: season 3 (moves to HBO Max) – Renewed
The Haunting of Hill House: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed 
Hell’s Kitchen: seasons 19 and 20 (FOX) – Renewed
High Fidelity: season 1 (Hulu) – Cancelled
High Maintenance: season 4 (HBO) – Renewed
Hightown: season 2 (Starz) – Renewed
The Hills: New Beginnings: season 2 (MTV) – Renewed
His Dark Materials: season 3 (HBO) – Cancelled (after a third, and final, season)
Hitmen: season 2 (Peacock) – Renewed
Home Before Dark: season 2 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
Hoops: season 1 (Netflix) – Cancelled
The Hot Zone: season 2 (Nat Geo) – Renewed
How To with John Wilson: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Hunters: season 2 (Amazon) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


I

I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
If Loving You Is Wrong: season 5 (OWN) – Cancelled (after fifth, and final, season)
I’m Sorry: season 2 (truTV) – Cancelled
Impractical Jokers: season 9 (truTV) – Renewed
Impulse: season 2 (YouTube Premium) – Renewed
In the Dark: season 3 (The CW) – Renewed
Industry: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Insecure: season 5 (HBO) – Renewed
Into the Dark: season 2 (Hulu) – Renewed
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: season 15, 16, 17 and 18 (FXX) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


J

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Seasons 18, 19, and 20 (ABC) – Renewed
Judge Judy: season 25 (syndicated) – Cancelled (after 25th, and final, season)
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed

Back to Top


K

Keeping Up With the Kardashians: season 20 (E!) – Cancelled (after 20th, and final, season)
Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole: season 2 (A&E) – Renewed
Killing Eve: season 4 (AMC and BBC America) – Renewed
The Kominsky Method: season 3 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after third, and final, season)
_
Back to Top


L

L.A.’s Finest: season 2 (Spectrum Originals) – Cancelled
Last Chance U: season 4 (Netflix) – Renewed
The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs: season 2 (Shudder) – Renewed
Last Man Standing: season 9 (Fox) – Cancelled
The Last O.G.: season 4 (TBS) – Renewed
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: seasons 8, 9 and 10 (HBO) – Renewed
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: season 24 (NBC) – Renewed
Legacies: season 3 (The CW) – Renewed
Legendary: season 2 (HBO Max) – Renewed
Lego Masters: season 2 (Fox) – Renewed
Letterkenny: season 7 (Hulu) – Renewed
Liar: season 2 (Sundance) – Renewed
Little America: season 2 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
Little Big Shots: season 4 (NBC) – Renewed
A Little Late with Lilly Singh: season 2 (NBC) – Renewed
Live PD: season 4 (A&E) – Cancelled
Liza On Demand: season 2 (YouTube Premium) – Renewed
Locke & Key: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
The Lord of the Rings: season 2 (Amazon) – Renewed
Los Espookys: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Lost in Space: season 3 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after a third, and final, season)
Loudermilk: season 3 (Audience) Renewed
Love, Death & Robots: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Love is Blind: season 4 (Netflix) – Renewed
Love Island: seasons 2 and 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
Love Life: season 2 (HBO Max) – Renewed
Love, Victor: season 2 (Hulu) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


M

MacGyver: season 5 (CBS) – Renewed
Magic for Humans: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
Magnum P.I.: season 3 (CBS) – Renewed
Making It: season 3 (NBC) – Renewed
The Mandalorian: season 3 (Disney+) – Renewed
Manifest: season 3 (NBC) – Renewed
Marcella: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
Marvel’s Spider-Man: season 3 (Disney XD) – Renewed (retitled Spider-Man: Maximum Venom)
Marvel’s Helstrom: season 1 (Netflix) – Cancelled
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: season 4 (Amazon) – Renewed
The Masked Singer: season 5 (Fox) – Renewed
MasterChef
: season 10 (Fox) – Renewed
MasterChef Junior: season 8 (Fox) – Renewed
Masters of Illusion
: season 9 (The CW) – Renewed
Match Game: season 5 (ABC) – Renewed
Mayans M.C.: season 3 (FX) – Renewed
Mental Samurai: season 2 (Fox) – Renewed
A Million Little Things: season 3 (ABC) – Renewed
Mindhunter: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Miracle Workers: season 3 (TNT) – Renewed
The Misery Index: season 3 (TBS) – Renewed
Mixed-ish: season 2 (ABC) – Renewed
Modern Love: season 2 (Amazon Prime Video) – Renewed
The Moodys: season 2 (Fox) – Renewed
Motherland: Fort Salem: season 2 (Freeform) – Renewed
Mom: seasons 7 and 8 (CBS) – Renewed
The Morning Show: season 2 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
Mr. Iglesias: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Mr. Inbetween: season 3 (FX) – Renewed
Mr. Mercedes: season 3 (Audience) – Renewed
Murder House Flip: season 2 (Quibi) – Renewed
My Brilliant Friend: season 3 (HBO) – Renewed

_
Back to Top


N

NARCOS: MEXICO Photo Credit: Carlos Somonte/Netflix

(Photo by Carlos Somonte/Netflix)

Narcos: Mexico: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
NCIS: season 18 (CBS) – Renewed
NCIS: Los Angeles: season 12 (CBS) – Renewed
NCIS: New Orleans: season 7 (CBS) – Renewed
The Neighborhood: season 3 (CBS) – Renewed
Never Have I Ever: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
New Amsterdam: seasons 3, 4 and 5 (NBC) – Renewed
Next: season 1 (Fox) – Cancelled
No Activity: season 4 (CBS All Access) – Renewed
NOS4A2: season 2 (AMC) – Cancelled
_
Back to Top


O

October Faction: season 1 (Netflix) – Cancelled
On Becoming a God in Central Florida: season 1 (Showtime) – Cancelled
On My Block: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
One Day at a Time
: season 4 (Pop) –  Cancelled
The Order: season 1 (Netflix) – Cancelled
The Orville: season 3 (Fox/Hulu) – Renewed 
The Other Two: season 2 (Comedy Central) – Renewed
Outer Banks: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Outlander: season 5 and 6 (Starz) – Renewed
The Outpost: season 3 (The CW) – Renewed
The Outsider: season 1 (HBO) – Cancelled
The Owl House: season 2 (Disney Channel) – Renewed
Ozark: season 4 (Netflix) – Cancelled (after a fourth, and final, season)
_
Back to Top


P

P-Valley: season 2 (Starz) – Renewed
Paradise PD: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Party of Five: season 1 (Freeform) – Cancelled
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: season 6 (Netflix) – Cancelled
PEN15: season 2 (Hulu) – Renewed
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels: season 1 (Showtime) – Cancelled
Pennyworth: season 2 (Epix) – Renewed
Perry Mason: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Peyton’s Places: season 3 (ESPN+) – Renewed
Pose: season 3 (FX) – Renewed

Power Book II: Ghost
: season 2 (Starz) – Renewed
Press Your Luck: season 2 (ABC) – Renewed
Prodigal Son: season 2 (Fox) – Renewed
Project Blue Book: season 2 (History) – Renewed
Project Runway: season 18 (Bravo) – Renewed
Punk’d: season 2 (Quibi) – Renewed
The Purge: season 2 (USA) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


Q

Queer Eye: season 6 (Netflix) – Renewed
Queen of the South: season 5 (USA) – Renewed
Queen Sugar: season 5 (OWN) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


R

Raised by Wolves: season 2 (HBO Max) – Renewed
Ramy: season 3 (Hulu) – Renewed
Random Acts of Flyness: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure: season 3 (Disney Channel) – Renewed
Raven’s Home: season 3 (Disney Channel) – Renewed
Real Time with Bill Maher: season 19 and 20 (HBO) – Renewed
The Resident: season 4 (Fox) – Renewed
Rhythm+ Flow: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed 
Rick and Morty: season 4 (Adult Swim) – Renewed 
Ride With Norman Reedus: season 5 (AMC) – Renewed
The Righteous Gemstones: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: season 2 (Nickelodeon) – Renewed
Riverdale: season 5 (The CW) – Renewed
Riviera: season 3 (Sundance Now) – Renewed
The Rookie: season 3 (ABC) – Renewed
Room 104: season 4 (HBO) – Cancelled (after the fourth, and final, season)
Roswell, New Mexico: season 3 (The CW) – Renewed
RuPaul’s Drag Race: season 13 (VH1) – Renewed
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: season 6 (VH1) – Renewed
Russian Doll: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


S

Sacred Lies: season 3 (Facebook) – Renewed
Scream: season 3 (MTV) – Renewed
SEAL Team: season 4 (CBS) – Renewed
Search Party: season 4 (TBS) – Renewed
See: season 2 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
Selena + Chef: season 2 (HBO Max) – Renewed
Servant: season 2 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
Sex Education: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
Shameless: season 11 (Showtime) – Cancelled (after 11th, and final, season)
Shark Tank: season 11 (ABC) – Renewed
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: season 5 (Netflix) – Renewed
Sherman’s Showcase: season 2 (AMC and IFC) – Renewed
Shrill: season 3 (Hulu) – Renewed
The Simpsons: seasons 31 and 32 (Fox) – Renewed
Singled Out: season 2 (Quibi) – Renewed
The Sinner: season 4 (USA) – Renewed
Siren: season 3 (Freeform) – Cancelled
Snowfall: season 4 (FX) – Renewed


Snowpiercer: season 2 (TNT) – Renewed
So You Think You Can Dance: season 17 (Fox) – Renewed
The Society: season 1 (Netflix) – Cancelled
Solar Opposites: season 3 (Hulu) – Renewed
Somebody Feed Phil: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
Songland: season 2 (NBC) – Renewed
Soulmates: season 2 (AMC) – Renewed
South Park: season 26 (Comedy Central) – Renewed
South Side: season 2 (Comedy Central) – Renewed
Space Force: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Star Trek: Discovery: season 4 (CBS All Access) – Renewed
Star Trek: Picard: season 2 (CBS All Access) – Renewed
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: season 7 (Disney+) – Cancelled (after seventh, and final, season)
Stargirl: season 2 (moves to The CW from DC Universe) – Renewed
Station 19: season 4 (ABC) – Renewed
Stranger Things: season 4 (Netflix) – Renewed
Strike Back: season 7 (Cinemax) – Cancelled (after seventh, and final, season)
Stumptown: season 1 (ABC) – Cancelled 
Succession: season 3 (HBO) – Renewed
Supergirl: season 6 (The CW) – Cancelled  (after sixth, and final, season)
Supernatural: season 15 (The CW) – Cancelled (after fifteenth, and final, season)
Supertore: season 6 (NBC) – Cancelled (after a sixth, and final, season)
Survivor: season 41 (CBS) – Renewed
S.W.A.T.: season 4 (CBS) – Renewed
Sweet Magnolias: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Sydney to the Max: season 3 (Disney Channel) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


T

Taboo: season 2 (FX) – Renewed
Tacoma FD: season 3 (TruTV) – Renewed
Tamron Hall: season 3 (syndicated) – Renewed
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi: season 2 (Hulu) – Renewed
Ted Lasso: season 3 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
Teenage Bounty Hunters: season 1 (Netflix) – Cancelled
Tell Me a Story: season 2 (CBS All Access) – Cancelled
Temptation Island: season 5 (USA) – Renewed
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: Part 4 (Netflix) – Cancelled (cancelled for this season)
The Terror: season 2 (AMC) – Renewed
Texas 6: season 2 (CBS All Access) – Renewed
The Titan Games: season 2 (NBC) – Renewed
This Close: season 2 (Sundance) – Renewed
This Is Us: seasons 5 and 6 (NBC) – Renewed
Titans: season 3 (DC Universe) – Renewed
To Tell the Truth: season 5 (ABC) – Renewed
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: season 3 (Amazon) – Renewed
Tosh.0: season 12 (Comedy Central) – Cancelled (after 12th, and final, season)
Tough as Nails: season 2 (CBS) – Renewed
Transplant: season 2 (NBC) – Renewed
Truth Be Told: season 2 (Apple TV+) – Renewed
Tuca & Bertie: season 2 (moves to Adult Swim from Netflix) – Renewed
Twenties: season 2 (BET) – Renewed
The Twilight Zone: season 2 (CBS All Access) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


U

Ultraman: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
The Umbrella Academy
: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
Undone: season 2 (Amazon Prime Video) – Renewed
The Unicorn: season 2 (CBS) – Renewed
Upload: season 2 (Amazon Prime Video) – Renewed
Utopia: season 1 (Amazon Prime Video) – Cancelled
_
Back to Top


V

vida starz

(Photo by Starz)

Van Helsing: season 5 (Syfy) – Cancelled (after a fifth, and final, season)
The Venture Bros.: season 7 (Adult Swim) – Cancelled
Veronica Mars: season 4 (Hulu) – Cancelled
Very Scary People: season 2 (HLN) – Renewed
Vida: season 3 (Starz) – Cancelled (after third, and final, season)
Virgin River: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
The Voice: season 18 (NBC) – Renewed
The Vow: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


W


The Walking Dead
: season 11 (AMC) – Cancelled (after 11th, and final, season)
Watch What Happens Liveseason 18 (Bravo) – Renewed
Warrior: season 2 (Cinemax) – Renewed
The Weekly: season 2 (FX) – Renewed
We’re Here: season 2 (HBO) – Renewed
Westworld: season 4 (HBO) – Renewed
What We Do in the Shadows: season 3 (FX) – Renewed
When Calls the Heart: season 7 (Hallmark) – Renewed
The Witcher: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: season 15 (The CW) – Renewed
The Wilds: season 2 (Netflix) – Renewed
Woke: season 2 (Hulu) – Renewed
World of Dance: season 4 (NBC) – Renewed
Wrong Man: season 2 (STARZ) – Renewed
Wynonna Earp: season 4 (Syfy) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


X

_
Back to Top


Y

Penn Badgley stars in YOU

(Photo by Lifetime)

Year of the Rabbit: season 2 (IFC) – Renewed
Yellowstone: season 4 (Paramount Network) – Renewed
You: season 3 (Netflix) – Renewed
You Me Her: season 5 (Audience) – Cancelled (after fifth, and final, season)
The Young and the Restless: seasons 48, 49, 50 and 51 (CBS) – Renewed
Young Justice: seasons 4 (DC Universe) – Renewed
Young Sheldon: seasons 3 and 4 (CBS) – Renewed
Younger: season 7 (TV Land) – Renewed

_
Back to Top


Z

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: season 2 (NBC) – Renewed
_
Back to Top


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Stranger Things - Barb (Netflix)

(Photo by Netflix)

44 Best Horror TV Series to Watch on Netflix

Updated: October 26, 2020

Looking for the perfect Halloween binge watch? Satisfy your blood craving with one of the many original Netflix horror series and more. The streaming service’s collection of horror-centric series includes teen vampires (The Vampire Diaries), campy zombie hunters (Ash vs. Evil Dead), genius anime detectives (Death Note), and some incredibly scary haunted houses (The Haunting of Hill House), haunted horror writers (French drama Marianne), haunted hearts (Chambers), and even haunted military interrogation centers (India’s Ghoul). Basically, there’s a lot of haunting.

Netflix also serves up multiple horror anthology series, including American Horror StoryTwo Sentence Horror Stories, Slasher, and Love, Death & Robots. If anthologies aren’t your thing, sit down for some supernatural-themed procedurals, like the multi-seasoned broadcast imports Lucifer, Supernatural, and iZombie.

The streaming service has also added plenty of foreign options, including French historical horror La Révolution and Mexican religious horror Diablero, although they didn’t make the list because we’re only including series that are ranked with Tomatometer scores. (That’s also why U.S. shows like Legacies and Van Helsing didn’t make it either.)

In the mood for some TV scares? Check out this list of 44 horror TV series on Netflix you can watch right now.

Ratched (2020)
61%

#44
Synopsis: A young nurse at a mental institution becomes jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients.... [More]

The Mist (2017)
60%

#43
Synopsis: Stephen King's 1980 novella "The Mist" -- adapted into a feature film by Frank Darabont in 2007 -- is re-imagined... [More]

Scream (2015)
61%

#42
Synopsis: MTV teams with super-producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein on a TV series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise. Instigated... [More]

Haven (2010)
63%

#41
Synopsis: FBI Agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine, on what she believes is a routine assignment. But the longer she... [More]

Typewriter (2019)
67%

#40
Synopsis: A haunted house and a haunted book stir the imaginations of young wannabe ghost hunters.... [More]
Directed By: Sujoy Ghosh

Synopsis: Anthology series exploring primal and social fears.... [More]
Starring:

Slasher (2016)
70%

#38
Synopsis: Sarah Bennett's parents were murdered by a killer known as "The Executioner" 30 years ago. Now, she returns to the... [More]

Daybreak (2019)
70%

#37
Synopsis: Navigating a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies and "Mad Max"-style gangs, a teenage outcast searches for his lost love.... [More]

Dracula (2020)
71%

#36
Synopsis: The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire's gory crimes -- and bring his vulnerability... [More]
Directed By: Sue Vertue

Curon (2020)
71%

#35
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring:

Dexter (2006)
71%

#34
Synopsis: Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn't just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he's... [More]

Requiem (2018)
71%

#33
Synopsis: Matilda Gray, an ambitious musician and talented cellist, has her life suddenly turned upside down when her mother commits suicide.... [More]
Directed By: Mahalia Belo

#32
Synopsis: "American Horror Story" was created by the co-creators of "Glee," but the shows have little in common besides that. The... [More]

#31
Synopsis: This collection of animated short stories spans several genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy. World-class animation creators bring... [More]
Starring:

Black Summer (2019)
89%

#30
Synopsis: Set in the "Z Nation" universe, this series follows a crack team of special forces as it fights for hope... [More]
Directed By: Abram Cox

Glitch (2015)
80%

#29
Synopsis: A police officer in a small country town finds his life turned upside down when six former residents return from... [More]
Directed By: Tony Ayres

The Walking Dead (2010)
80%

#28
Synopsis: Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the months and years... [More]

The Twilight Zone (1959)
82%

#27
Synopsis: "The Twilight Zone" was the brainchild of Emmy Award-winner Rod Serling, who served as host and wrote over 80 episodes... [More]
Starring: Rod Serling

The Originals (2013)
84%

#26
Synopsis: Klaus, the original vampire/werewolf hybrid, returns to New Orleans -- which his family helped build -- to investigate rumors of... [More]

Synopsis: This adaptation of the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the... [More]

The Vampire Diaries (2009)
86%

#24
Synopsis: This supernatural drama, based on the series of novels by L.J. Smith, details the lives of two brothers, Damon and... [More]

Lucifer (2016)
88%

#23
Synopsis: Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel,... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Hope

Ghoul (2018)
88%

#22
Synopsis: When a new prisoner arrives at a military detention center exhibiting eerie behavior, young interrogator Nida Rahim searches for the... [More]

#21
Synopsis: A young governess arrives at Bly Manor and begins to see apparitions haunting the estate.... [More]

Twin Peaks (1990)
82%

#20
Synopsis: A crime drama mixed with healthy doses of the surreal, this series is about FBI Agent Dale Cooper, who travels... [More]

Devilman Crybaby (2018)
89%

#19
Synopsis: Akira's best friend tells him that ancient demons have returned to take back the world from humans and suggests that... [More]

Santa Clarita Diet (2017)
89%

#18
Synopsis: Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this Netflix-original series as married realtors, Sheila and Joel, who are living a... [More]

iZombie (2015)
92%

#17
Synopsis: When over-achieving medical resident Liv Moore attends a party that turns into a zombie feeding frenzy, she ends up joining... [More]

Penny Dreadful (2014)
91%

#16
Synopsis: Many people are familiar with classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. "Penny Dreadful" brings those and other... [More]
Directed By: John Logan, Sam Mendes

Wynonna Earp (2016)
92%

#15
Synopsis: Wynonna Earp has been away from her hometown, Purgatory, for years but returns to reluctantly take on the role that... [More]

Dead Set (2008)
92%

#14
Synopsis: Inspired, says creator Charlie Brooker, by the classic horror film "Dawn of the Dead," this five-episode series chronicles a nightmare... [More]

Hannibal (2013)
92%

#13
Synopsis: Gifted criminal profiler Will Graham has a unique way of thinking that allows him to empathize with anyone, including psychopaths.... [More]

Marianne (2019)
94%

#12
Synopsis: A famous horror writer who is lured back to her hometown discovers that the evil spirit who plagues her dreams... [More]
Directed By: Samuel Bodin

Castlevania (2017)
94%

#11
Synopsis: Inspired by the popular video game series, this anime series is a dark medieval fantasy. It follows the last surviving... [More]

Synopsis: This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on... [More]

Bates Motel (2013)
93%

#9
Synopsis: After the death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel in the picturesque coastal town of White Pine Bay,... [More]

Supernatural (2005)
93%

#8
Synopsis: This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly... [More]

Stranger Things (2016)
93%

#7
Synopsis: The disappearance of a boy in Hawkins, Ind., is just the beginning of strange paranormal happenings in the small Midwestern... [More]

Dark (2017)
95%

#6
Synopsis: When two children go missing in a small German town, its sinful past is exposed along with the double lives... [More]
Directed By: Baran bo Odar

Mindhunter (2017)
97%

#5
Synopsis: Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain's mind to figure out how he thinks. That's... [More]

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)
99%

#4
Synopsis: Ash is baaaack! Bruce Campbell reprises his "Evil Dead" film role as heroic, chainsaw-handed monster fighter Ash Williams, now an... [More]

The Order (2019)
100%

#3
Synopsis: When Belgrave University student Jack Morton joins a fabled secret society, the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose, he is... [More]

Crazyhead (2016)
100%

#2
Synopsis: A twentysomething woman who can see demons joins a hunter on a quest to end the demon threat.... [More]
Directed By: Al Mackay, Johnny Capps

Death Note (2006)
100%

#1
Synopsis: A high-school student discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill.... [More]


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

We asked, you answered. We recently polled 1,000 Rotten Tomatoes users to find out which shows they think are the most bingeable. And from Scranton to Hawkins and a Winnebago in the desert to a galaxy far far away, it just so happens that the top five results of that poll make for a pretty perfect binge guide.

Read more: 
2020 Fall TV Survey
• 30 Top Returning Fall Shows
• 30 Top New Fall Shows
• 10 Top TV and Streaming Movies
• 30 Favorite Netflix Shows
• 25 Most Bingeable Shows
• Top Network Show & More

Watchmen keyart Regina King (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

When the Television Academy announces winners for the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards on Sunday, HBO’s Watchmen and Succession and the final season of Schitt’s Creek are sure to dominate — in the world according to us.

We’ve weighed the variables — including Tomatometer scores (critical reception), Audience Scores, industry buzz, competition in each category, and our own wild (but educated) hunches — to come up with our list of who we think will take home awards this weekend.

Check out our Emmy award predictions below and come back on Sunday when we reveal the winners of the 2020 Emmy Awards.

Disagree? Let us know who you think will win in the comments.


Read also: Rotten Tomatoes’ 2020 Fall TV Reader Survey — The Mandalorian and The Stand Lead Our Top Categories


Outstanding Comedy Series

Schitt's Creek the final season keyart

(Photo by Pop TV)

What’s nominated?








What will win? Schitt’s Creek

And why? The sixth and final season of Pop series Schitt’s Creek climbed from four nominations last year to a whopping 15 this year, and its cast is likely to dominate in their respective categories. With 20 nominations this year and 17 past Emmy wins, Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the title to beat, but its Certified Fresh third season scored an 82% compared to Schitt’s Creek season 6’s Certified Fresh 100% score. Meanwhile, a win by What We Do in the Shadows, another title whose most recent season is Certified Fresh at 100%, would be a big category upset.


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Catherine O'Hara in Schitt's Creek, s6

(Photo by Pop TV)

Who is nominated?






Who will win? O’Hara

And why? O’Hara will ride the Schitt’s Creek wave and take the category for her role as the Rose family’s wig-loving matriarch, Moira. Brosnahan, with three Emmy nominations in her career, won this category once for her as Midge Maisel. The stars of Dead to Me are likely to have split their vote, while Ross was the surprise nomination for the category, despite having been nominated three previous times for her role as Rainbow Johnson.


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Eugene Levy in season 6 of Schitt's Creek

(Photo by Pop TV)

Who is nominated?






Who will win? Levy

And why? We’re betting on Levy and that Schitt’s Creek love, though we felt that Youssef was a strong contender for the award. They face Danson, who’s been nominated in this category for the past two years, and Douglas, while Cheadle and Anderson’s nominations came as a surprise.


Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

Who will be nominated?








Who will win? Borstein

And why? Borstein won this category the past two years in a row for her role as Susie Myerson in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and, we think, is again the front runner this year. Seven-time nominee, two-time winner McKinnon and nomination newcomer Strong, may split votes for their Saturday Night Live work. Meanwhile, Emmy-nomination newbies Murphy and Carden have strong support for the final seasons of their respective shows — but this is a tough category.


Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Tony Shalhoub in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 3

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

Who is nominated?








Who will win? Shalhoub

And why? Emmy heavyweight Shalhoub (11 career nominations, four wins) will defend his title in this category against Schitt’s Creek executive producer, co-creator, and star Levy. (We’re thinking the Television Academy will reward Levy’s producer role with the comedy series win.) Braugher and Harper’s nominations were a nice surprise, but they’re facing an uphill battle against the two favorites; that said, Ali could provide an even bigger surprise and knock everyone out come awards time.


Outstanding Drama Series

Succession s2

(Photo by HBO)

What is nominated?








What will win? Succession

And whyThe strength of Succession’s first season seemed to take some off-guard, but series creator Jesse Armstrong (Oscar nominated for 2009’s In The Loop) went on to win a writing Emmy for it. The HBO show’s story was on steroids in season 2, setting the series itself up for an award this year. Still, the category offers a few questions to ponder: Could all that Baby Yoda love carry surprise nominee The Mandalorian into the winners’ circle? Or will Better Call Saul take revenge for its stars’ snubs in the acting nominations and spank everyone in the category? We’re sticking with Succession in our predictions.


Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Laura Linney in Ozark SEASON 3 EPISODE 6 PHOTO CREDIT Steve Dietl/Netflix

(Photo by Steve Dietl/Netflix)

Who is nominated?






Who will win? Linney

And why? Colman seemed the actress to beat for her highly-anticipated turn as Queen Elizabeth II in season 3 of The Crown, but Linney and Aniston are Emmy favorites, now with seven nominations each in their careers, with Linney winning four times and Aniston winning once. Comer is the incumbent here, but Killing Eve Tomatometer score took a dive in season 3 at 80%, compared to season 1’s 96% and 2’s 92% (all were Certified Fresh), and then there’s the nomination of Oh in the category that further dilutes the Killing Eve duo’s individual chances. Zendaya’s nomination surprised many (not us), but with so many awards-veteran challengers, a win seems out of reach. We’re giving it to Linney for the buzz on her chances — but wouldn’t be surprised at all if Colman snagged it from her.


Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox, Succession

(Photo by Peter Kramer/HBO)

Who is nominated?






Who will win? Cox

And why? Forgive us, we’re still reeling from the nomination snub of Bob Odenkirk in this category for his work on season 5 of Better Call Saul. That leaves Cox in the strongest position; though Strong may have split the vote among Succession fans, leaving Bateman in the lead. Porter won this category last year for his role as Pray Tell in the FX series, and there’s every reason to think he could take it again. Brown and Carell were the surprise nominations for us, and we don’t see them overtaking the front runners. We’re betting Cox will prevail for his epic performance as the Roy family patriarch.


Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter in season 3 of The Crown

(Photo by Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix)

Who is nominated?








Who will win? Carter

And why? Carter clearly had a ball playing aging Princess Margaret in season 3 of The Crown, but the big question is how she will fare against last year’s winner in the category, Garner, for her role as Ruth Langmore in Ozark. The category’s competition is wickedly strong across the board, but we think it’s down to those two, and we’ll give it to Carter for her surprising and delightful portrayal.


Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Crudup in The Morning Show

(Photo by Apple TV+)

Who is nominated?








Who will win? Crudup

And why? Our guess is that Crudup and Culkin battled it out for supremacy; though both must contend with the possibility that their costars siphoned off votes, and maybe Whitford, Wright, or Esposito will have realized an advantage because of it. Team Succession probably collectively won, but we’re betting on Crudup in a category that could really go to any of the nominees.


Outstanding Limited Series

Watchmen, season 1 Regina King. Andrew Howard. Photo: Mark Hill.

(Photo by HBO)

What is nominated?





What will win? Watchmen

And why? Mrs. America and Unbelievable may have higher Tomatometer scores, but we think the category is going Watchmen, Damon Lindelof’s timely and tense examination of history, race, and justice within the superhero milieu.


TV Movie

The winner in this category will be announced on Saturday, September 19 as part of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards presentation, airing at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on FXX.

Bad Education

(Photo by Ben Rothstein / Netflix)

What is nominated?





What will win? Bad Education

And why? The power of Bad Education, with its Certified Fresh 93% score and outstanding performances led by Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, is undeniable. Jesse Pinkman and his El Camino may not go down without a fight, but we think they’re going to get schooled.


Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Watchmen Season 1, Episode 9 (season finale) Regina King. photo: Mark Hill/HBO

(Photo by Mark Hill/HBO)

Who is nominated?





Who will win? King

And why? Though Blanchett is a front runner, we think 2018 category winner King will emerge victorious once more for her powerful performance in HBO’s alternate-history, vigilante-superhero drama.


Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mark Ruffalo in I Know This Much Is True

(Photo by Atsushi Nishijima/HBO)

Who is nominated?





Who will win? Ruffalo

And why? Ruffalo turned in a stellar dual performance in I Know This Much Is True, and his biggest competition is fellow film star Jackman. We can’t help thinking, however, that Ruffalo did twice the work.


Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jean Smart in Watchmen

(Photo by Mark Hill/HBO)

Who is nominated?






Who will win? Smart

And why? This is a tough category chock full of superb performances. For one, we expect the three Mrs. America stars to divide the Academy, leaving Smart — with her buzzy performance in a timely genre series — as the favorite for the win.


Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Watchmen

(Photo by Mark Hill/HBO)

Who is nominated?






Who will win? Abdul-Mateen II

And why? The odds favor four-time Emmy winner Parsons, but — feel that breeze? That’s the wings of Watchmen and the winds of change.


The 72nd Emmy Awards winners will be announced on Sunday, September 20, at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

STRANGER THINGS 3 (Netflix)

(Photo by Netflix)

FALL 2020 TV SURVEY: 30 FAVORITE NETFLIX SHOWS

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands 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.

It’s official: you really, really, really love Stranger Things. For the third year in a row, the retro sci-fi series dominated the top spot across all age groups and gender demographics as Rotten Tomatoes users’ favorite Netflix original series. A massive 48 percent of respondents — 44 percent of women and 52 percent of men — named the Spielberg-inspired ’80s-set drama their favorite original Netflix show.

But there are two new entries in the top 5: comic book drama The Umbrella Academy at No. 2, and novel adaptation The Witcher at No. 4. Marvel’s Daredevil makes the top 5 yet again (dropping down a spot to No. 2), with moody drama Ozark coming in at No. 5 (replacing last year’s moody No. 3 drama, Mindhunter).

While men and women alike are mega-fans of Stranger Things, the next-most-popular show among women was The Umbrella Academy, and among the men it was Daredevil. Younger folks tended to go for the genre-friendly series (superheroes, sci-fi, etc.), while the 55 and up demo prefer more down-to-earth series (Ozark, The CrownGrace and Frankie).

Some big titles that made the list last year — The OA, Big Mouth, Peaky Blinders, Making a Murderer, Iron Fist, A Series of Unfortunate Events — didn’t make it in 2020, leaving room for newcomers like The Haunting of Hill House, Sex Education, Dead to Me, and more.

We allowed survey participants to vote for multiple titles — read on to find out which came out on top overall.

BoJack Horseman (2014)
93%

#30
Synopsis: A humanoid horse, BoJack Horseman -- lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze -- decides it's time for a... [More]

Sex Education (2019)
95%

#29
Synopsis: Socially awkward high school student Otis may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance... [More]

Master of None (2015)
93%

#28
Synopsis: Comic Aziz Ansari and writer Alan Yang are the creators of this Netflix-original comedy, which is loosely based on Ansari's... [More]

Space Force (2020)

#27
Synopsis: A group of people are tasked with establishing the U.S. Space Force.... [More]

Synopsis: This adaptation of the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the... [More]

Altered Carbon (2018)
75%

#25
Synopsis: More than 300 years in the future, society has been transformed by new technology, leading to human bodies being interchangeable... [More]
Directed By: Laeta Kalogridis

Russian Doll (2019)
97%

#24
Synopsis: Emmy-nominated actress Natasha Lyonne stars in this comedy-drama series as Nadia, a young woman who is on a journey to... [More]

House of Cards (2013)
77%

#23
Synopsis: U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production.... [More]

Lost in Space (2018)
84%

#22
Synopsis: "Danger, Will Robinson!" The rest of the Robinson clan should be on the lookout for danger, as well, because they... [More]

Synopsis: An exploration of big cat breeding and its bizarre underworld, populated by eccentric characters.... [More]

#20
Synopsis: Michael Bluth finds himself forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father,... [More]

Lucifer (2016)
88%

#19
Synopsis: Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel,... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Hope

Grace and Frankie (2016)
88%

#18
Synopsis: For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt,... [More]

#17
Synopsis: Four of Marvel's biggest heroes are each working individually but have one common goal in mind -- to save New... [More]

#16
Synopsis: Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to... [More]

#15
Synopsis: Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where... [More]

Dead to Me (2019)
89%

#14
Synopsis: Jen's husband recently died in a hit-and-run, and the sardonic widow is determined to solve the crime. Optimistic free spirit... [More]

GLOW (2017)
92%

#13
Synopsis: Alison Brie stars as Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work actress living in Los Angeles in the '80s. Wilder finds an unexpected... [More]

Marvel's Luke Cage (2016)
87%

#12
Synopsis: This gritty, action-packed drama follows the evolution of Luke Cage (Mike Colter), a man with super strength and unbreakable skin... [More]

Synopsis: This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on... [More]

Mindhunter (2017)
97%

#10
Synopsis: Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain's mind to figure out how he thinks. That's... [More]

The Crown (2016)
90%

#9
Synopsis: Based on an award-winning play ("The Audience") by showrunner Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen... [More]

#8
Synopsis: After exacting revenge on the people responsible for the deaths of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy... [More]
Directed By: Steve Lightfoot

#7
Synopsis: This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy... [More]

Black Mirror (2011)
84%

#6
Synopsis: Featuring stand-alone dramas -- sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia -- "Black Mirror" is a contemporary reworking of "The... [More]
Starring:

Ozark (2017)
81%

#5
Synopsis: Created by Bill Dubuque ("The Accountant," "The Judge"), this drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner... [More]

The Witcher (2019)
81%

#4
Synopsis: The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove... [More]

Marvel's Daredevil (2015)
92%

#3
Synopsis: The first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe, "Daredevil" follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and... [More]

#2
Synopsis: On one day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy... [More]

Stranger Things (2016)
93%

#1
Synopsis: The disappearance of a boy in Hawkins, Ind., is just the beginning of strange paranormal happenings in the small Midwestern... [More]


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

The Boys, s1 NYCC trailer screencap (Amazon Prime Video)

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

FALL 2020 TV SURVEY: 25 MOST BINGEABLE 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.

We’re examining our readers’ binge preferences in this year’s survey, and we asked which shows you’re most likely to press play on again and again and again. The answers run the gamut from long-running series with hundreds of episodes that you’ve watched 50 times or so to shows in their first couple of seasons (with many fewer episodes), plus all that binge-goodness in between.

You’re probably not going to binge The Office in the same way you’re going to re-watch Game of Thrones, but both series made the top five. Stranger Things topped the list, with a pretty even split between men and women and all age demographics.



Women tended to prefer shows like Downton Abbey (16 percent of women vs. 5 percent of men) and Lucifer (14 percent vs. 7 percent), while men went for The Mandalorian (33 percent vs. 19 percent) and Breaking Bad (31 percent vs. 18 percent). The biggest generational split? That would be The Office — 22 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds picked the NBC sitcom versus only 2 percent of the 55 and over crowd. Conversely, 21 percent of the 55+ demographic chose Downton Abbey versus just 4 percent of the 18-34 demo.

Plenty of network sitcoms made the list, but prestige cable dramas also scored many spots on the list. The oldest series is Friends, while the newest entry is Amazon’s meta comic book series The Boys.

Check out the list below and let us know if your favorites rank where you think they should.

Synopsis: This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on... [More]

Synopsis: The search is on to crown Britain's "Best Amateur Baker."... [More]

Westworld (2016)
81%

#23
Synopsis: Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park -- which is looked after by robotic... [More]

#22
Synopsis: Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to... [More]

Lucifer (2016)
88%

#21
Synopsis: Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel,... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Hope

Seinfeld (1989)
89%

#20
Synopsis: Four single friends -- comic Jerry Seinfeld, bungling George Costanza, frustrated working gal Elaine Benes and eccentric neighbor Cosmo Kramer... [More]

Community (2009)
88%

#19
Synopsis: When fast-talking lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) finds his degree has been revoked, he is forced to go back to... [More]

#18
Synopsis: Sarah Michelle Gellar takes on the role of Buffy Summers in this TV version of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," based... [More]

Sherlock (2010)
78%

#17
Synopsis: In this contemporary version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories, Dr. John Watson is a war vet just home... [More]
Directed By: Paul McGuigan

Mindhunter (2017)
97%

#16
Synopsis: Catching a criminal often requires the authorities to get inside the villain's mind to figure out how he thinks. That's... [More]

Fleabag (2016)
100%

#15
Synopsis: A dry-witted woman, known only as Fleabag, has no filter as she navigates life and love in London while trying... [More]
Directed By: Harry Bradbeer

Marvel's Daredevil (2015)
92%

#14
Synopsis: The first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe, "Daredevil" follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and... [More]

#13
Synopsis: It's the late 1950s and Miriam "Midge" Maisel has everything she has ever wanted -- the perfect husband, two kids... [More]

Black Mirror (2011)
84%

#12
Synopsis: Featuring stand-alone dramas -- sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia -- "Black Mirror" is a contemporary reworking of "The... [More]
Starring:

Friends (1994)
82%

#11
Synopsis: Three young men and three young women -- of the BFF kind -- live in the same apartment complex and... [More]

The Boys (2019)
91%

#10
Synopsis: Superheroes are often as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and sometimes even as revered as gods. But that's... [More]

Synopsis: This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family's classic Georgian country... [More]
Directed By: Julian Fellowes

Schitt's Creek (2015)
93%

#8
Synopsis: In the sitcom "Schitt's Creek," a wealthy couple -- video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira... [More]

Ozark (2017)
81%

#7
Synopsis: Created by Bill Dubuque ("The Accountant," "The Judge"), this drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner... [More]

#6
Synopsis: Leslie Knope, a midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her... [More]

The Office (2005)
81%

#5
Synopsis: This U.S. adaptation -- set at a paper company based in Scranton, Pa. -- has a similar documentary style to... [More]

Game of Thrones (2011)
89%

#4
Synopsis: George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" is brought to the screen as HBO sinks... [More]
Directed By: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Breaking Bad (2008)
96%

#3
Synopsis: Mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White thinks his life can't get much worse. His salary barely makes ends meet,... [More]

The Mandalorian (2019)
93%

#2
Synopsis: After the fall of the Galactic Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the outer reaches of the lawless... [More]

Stranger Things (2016)
93%

#1
Synopsis: The disappearance of a boy in Hawkins, Ind., is just the beginning of strange paranormal happenings in the small Midwestern... [More]


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE cast

(Photo by Trae Patton/NBC)

As part of our annual Fall TV Survey for 2020, we asked Rotten Tomatoes readers about their current favorite shows on network and cable TV and on streaming. Here’s a peek at what they say they’re watching when they’re not bingeing Stranger Things for the eighth time.

Disagree with the results? Tell us what your current favorites are in the comments!

Favorite Network TV Show

1.


2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

Favorite Cable TV Show

1.


2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

Favorite Streaming Show

1.


2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

Most Bingeable Genre

1. Comedy (scripted)
2. Science fiction
3. Superhero series
4. Fantasy
5. Drama


Favorite Talk Show Host

1. Stephen Colbert


2. John Oliver
3. Jimmy Fallon 
4. Trevor Noah 
5. Jimmy Kimmel 
6. James Corden 
7. Conan O’Brien
8. Seth Meyers
9. Graham Norton 
10. Bill Maher

Read more of Rotten Tomatoes’ 2020 Fall TV Survey:

30 Top Returning Fall Shows
30 Top New Fall Shows
10 Top TV and Streaming Movies
30 Favorite Netflix Shows
25 Most Bingeable Shows

Dark, The Mandalorian, David Makes Man

(Photo by Netflix, Disney+, OWN)

With an estimated 532 scripted series released in 2019, choosing the best TV to watch has become something of a chore — not to mention expensive if you’re subscribing to all of the streaming services to complete the task. Narrowing the worthy award contenders is another heavy lift, and those who take on the challenge run the risk of permanently becoming one with their couch.

To this, we say, “Help! We’re trapped in our sofas!” But we’re also ready to do the hard work for you.

We’ve looked at the top contenders for nominations in the top drama and comedy Emmy categories and noted a few other titles that may not be dominating the conversation but definitely deserve recognition. Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 28, and while these shows may not be among them — we think they should.


Related: Rotten Tomatoes Predicts the 2020 Emmy Nominations


Stranger Things: Season 3 (2019) 89% | Netflix

Who Stars In It: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Abby Glover, Maya Hawke, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Cary Elwes

What It’s About: This throwback to the age of Spielbergian 1980s genre fare centers on a group of kids who encounter ominous, supernatural goings-on in their sleepy, circa-1983 Indiana town. With the help of the local police chief and a new friend with psychokinetic abilities, they band together to investigate and fight back against an insidious entity as it threatens to turn their world upside down.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: Matt and Ross Duffer’s love letter to the ’80s turned out to be more than just a cheeky excuse to wallow in smug nostalgia when it premiered, as Stranger Things managed to tell a compelling sci-fi/horror mystery without skimping on the underlying character work. As a result, the series has been a critical darling, and the first two seasons accordingly racked up multiple Emmy nominations, even taking home six trophies in the Creative Arts categories. That successful formula continued in season 3, which showcased outstanding ensemble work from its talented cast and built on the series’ larger mythology. There’s also something to be said for its consistently top-notch special effects; the show just doesn’t work if it can’t sell the menace of the Upside Down and its evil manifestations, but it does so convincingly and with flair.


The Mandalorian: Season 1 (2019) 93% | Disney+

Who Stars In It: Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Werner Herzog, Taika Waititi, Giancarlo Esposito

What It’s About: Set in the larger Star Wars universe some time after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and before Episode VII: The Force Awakens, this space adventure follows a lone member of the titular famed order of bounty hunters who encounters an alien child on one of his assignments and decides to take him under his protection as powerful adversaries with ulterior motives are hot on their trail.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: It would be easy to dismiss The Mandalorian as a blatant ploy to attract subscribers to the fledgling Disney+ streaming service — as if the Disney/Pixar/Marvel/Star Wars libraries weren’t enough to begin with — but its remarkable approval rating from both critics and audiences are testament to the show’s quality. Anchored by a charismatic lead in Pedro Pascal — who spends almost the entire first season obscured under a helmet, mind you — and his undeniable screen chemistry with his diminutive, puppet costar, the series immerses viewers in its unique world and grounds its otherworldly characters in thoughtful, affecting relationship dynamics. Considering the level of talent involved across the board, from creator-writer-producer Jon Favreau and writer-directors Rick Famuyiwa and Dave Filoni to folks like Deborah Chow and Taika Waititi, the latter of whom directed the outstanding season finale, it’s hard not to feel like the series should take home a trophy. If nothing else, the fact that Baby Yoda not only felt like a real, living, breathing, ridiculously adorable creature, but also became a viral sensation overnight is a pretty convincing argument for at least a technical award or two.


Servant: Season 1 (2019) 83% | Apple TV+

Who Stars In It: Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, Rupert Grint

What It’s About: Philly couple Dorothy and Sean Turner (Ambrose and Kebbell) are reeling after the death of infant son Jericho, with Dorothy turning to a therapeutic baby doll to deal with her grief. When a mysterious stranger enters their home – and the doll suddenly springs to life (or does it?) – things get very, very creepy.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: In the up-and-down career of M. Night Shyamalan, Apple TV+’s Servant is among the peaks. Shyamalan executive produced the series and directed two episodes, and his expert sense of slow-moving dread is the show’s signature. Never truly scary, but always unsettlingly “off,” the Certified Fresh 10-parter may progress too glacially for some, but patient viewers will be rewarded with some of the last year’s best WTF moments, a moving dive into parental grief, and an embarrassment of great performances. Ambrose in particular is in top form as Dorothy, the grieving, delusional, and occasionally hysterical mother, and she is well-matched by the mesmerizingly quiet Free, whom Game of Thrones fans will remember as ill-fated Marcella Baratheon and who here plays the “servant” who could hold the answer to the family’s big mystery.


Sex Education: Season 2 (2020) 98% | Netflix

Who Stars In It: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Patricia Allison, Keda Williams-Stirling, Mikael Persbrandt, Connor Swindells

What It’s About: An awkward, virginal British high schooler (Butterfield) finds himself following in his sex therapist mother’s footsteps when fellow students begin turning to him for advice on everything from performance anxiety to the intricacies of oral sex. Egged on by bad-girl-with-a-heart-of-gold Maeve (Mackey) and gay best friend Eric (Gatwa), he begins charging for sex therapy sessions.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: For evidence that high school shows have come a long way since 90210, turn to Sex Education, one of a number of blisteringly smart, emotionally mature, and consistently surprising school-focused series Netflix has put out over the last couple of years. (Never Have I Ever and On My Block are right up there with it.) What makes Sex Education Emmy-worthy in its second year is that it successfully grew upon its already pitch-perfect first season, handing more of the narrative spotlight over to Maeve (this season dealing with her recovering-addict mom), and to Eric, whose complex attraction to school bully Adam is one of the most beautifully and honestly captured relationships currently on TV. He also remains hilarious. And then of course there’s Anderson as sex therapist and (occasionally) concerned mother Jean Milburn, who is as delicious as she was in season 1 when mortifying Otis with frank sex talk, but gets even more to do in this sophomore outing, including battling the stuffy school principal and liberating his repressed wife – mostly with cocktails. Give her all the Emmys.


Evil: Season 1 (2019) 92% | CBS

Who Stars In It: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti

What It’s About: This update to the X-Files’ skeptic-and-believer-pairing procedural sees a psychologist (Herbers) teaming up with a priest-in-training (Colter) to investigate unexplained and seemingly supernatural happenings – most involving heaven, hell, and the church.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: Created by The Good Wife and The Good Fight creators Michelle and Robert King, Evil bears the duo’s signatures: It is crazy-smart, mixes fascinating cases-of-the-week with a compelling season-long plot, and is driven by two complex and frequently unpredictable protagonists – neither painted as purely good or… well, evil. What sets Evil apart from nearly anything else on major network TV right now, though, is its flair for the bizarre. (Another feature of the Kings’ – remember the short-lived Brain Dead?) Consider George, the glowing-eyed and strangely eloquent demon who alternately terrorizes and converses with Herber’s Kristen Bouchard in her dreams. Or the series’ villain, manipulative rival forensic psychologist and maybe-not-human, Leland, played by Lost’s Emerson. The actor is the show’s strongest chance at an Emmy nod, but we’re praying – to the good guy – that the overall show gets some love, too.


Little America: Season 1 (2020) 95% | Apple TV+

Who Stars In It: Conphidance, Haaz Sleiman, Mélanie Laurent, Shaun Taub, Jearnest Corchado

What It’s About: This Apple TV+ anthology series tells a different story of immigration in American with each episode. The stories are inspired by those featured in Epic Magazine’s “Little America” collection of true stories.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: All eyes at Apple HQ will likely be on The Morning Show come nominations morning, with the mega-budget, mega-star series likely to score nods despite the critical shrug with which it was greeted. (The series is just Fresh on the Tomatometer right now.) In a perfect world, though, those eyes – and all that campaign money – would be directed at Little America, one of 2020’s most beautifully realized and emotionally affecting new titles. And probably the strongest of Apple’s original offerings so far. The show is co-created by The Big Sick writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (along with Lee Eisenberg), and that film’s sense of humanity, empathy, humor, and warmth ripples through its eight episodes. It may not have the star wattage of Apple TV+’s flagship, but Little America deserves its moment in the light.


David Makes Man: Season 1 (2019) 100% | OWN

Who Stars In It: Akili McDowell, Alana Arenas, Phylicia Rashad, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Ade Chike Torbert

What It’s About: Fourteen-year-old David lives in a projects complex in South Florida, where he juggles supporting his hardworking mom, succeeding at a magnet school on the other side of town, and trying not to fall in with a group of local drug dealers.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: Often, when critics talk of TV having a cinematic quality, they’re talking about big-budget spectacles; Stranger Things and Game of Thrones, say, felt “cinematic” because of their scale. David Makes Man is as cinematic as any other on TV or streaming right now, but for very different reasons. Created by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote that play that was adapted into Oscar winner Moonlight, the series is a semi-autobiographical look at his formative years, told with a confidence, inventiveness, and a daring usually reserved for only the most lyrical of indie films. Which is not to say David is inaccessible or obtuse: The story that unfolds over its 10 episodes is a gripping and relatable tug of war, and at its center sits a fierce and star-making turn from McDowell as David. Season 1 of the OWN series is now available on HBO Max, and we’re confident that as more people discover it, the show’s 2021 chances for Emmy glory will rise exponentially.


Dark: Season 2 (2019) 100% | Netflix

Who Stars In It: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari, Maja Schöne, Andreas Pietschmann, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel, Paul Lux, Moritz Jahn, Gina Stiebitz, Oliver Masucci

What It’s About: Officially, it’s about the disappearance of two young children in the small German town of Winden and the double lives and fractures the incident exposes between four families. But you’ll quickly learn it’s so much more than that – thinking caps on, and pay attention.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: Why does Dark deserve all the Emmys we know it doesn’t stand a child’s-chance-in-Winden of winning? Because it did the seemingly impossible with its Emmys-eligible second season: It’s a complex, mind-bending, brilliantly confounding sci-fi phenomenon that actually just got better upon its return. The German series’ second season is 100% Certified Fresh and deservedly so, having expanded on the first season’s signature thrills and atmosphere, fleshed out its rich mythology, upped its levels of ambition, and all while never losing focus on character and emotion. There’s a reason Dark fans are so hardcore (yes, guys, we see you voting on those polls): this German gem is that damn good. And, as anyone who has seen the just-released third and final season knows, Dark also sticks the landing. Watch out Emmys 2021.


What We Do in the Shadows: Season 2 (2020) 98% | FX

Who Stars In It: Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen, Mark Proksch

What It’s About: A suburban comedy about four Staten Island roommates — who are vampires. The series, shot like a reality show with interviews and asides made to the ever-vulnerable camera crew, is based on the 96% Certified Fresh 2014 movie of the same name that starred film and series creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: Stars Berry, Novak, and Demetriou bring the undead to hilarious life in tackling the trials and tribulations of the modern-day vampire, with Proksch portraying the fourth roommate, an energy vampire, who sucks the life out of every party…office workplace…every house meeting of his bloodsucker roommates, and Guillen is Guillermo, the overtaxed and underappreciated human familiar of vampire Nandor (Novak). Few ensemble comedies can reach such heights of ridiculous and sublime with such seeming ease. We’re so sure that this unlikely award candidate deserves an Emmy, in fact, that we actually bet the Television Academy will grace it with a nomination.


The Great: Season 1 (2020) 88% | Hulu

Who Stars In It: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan, Charity Wakefield, Adam Godley

What It’s About: This semi-true series focuses on a young newly married Catherine The Great’s first days in Russia before she deposed her husband on her way to becoming one of the most celebrated monarchs in history.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: The Favourite co-writer Tony McNamara proved in his Oscar-nominated script about Queen Anne that he could deftly navigate dark comedy and drama while operating within the confines of a historical tale. For his new Hulu series The Great, he applies that award-winning formula to the ascension of Russian Empress Catherine the Great. The result is a hilarious satire that feels eerily topical despite being set more than 200 years in the past. Hoult, who was equally as entertaining in The Favourite, shines as the oafish and debauched Emperor married to the guileless-turned-ruthless Catherine, played by Fanning. The lavish costumes and production design serve as a stark contrast the obscurity of those forced to bend to the whim of an incompetent leader who values perceptions of strength and being liked over trying to govern responsibly. Still, there is cutting and poignant social commentary about feminism, trust in scientific fact, and the folly of war between all the laughs. As the disclaimer states in the opening credits, The Great is “an occasionally true story” — it’s also eternally fun and more than worthy of awards for several categories.


Mindhunter: Season 2 (2019) 99% | Netflix

Who Stars In It: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

What It’s About: A child’s murder propels season 2 of Mindhunter, the serial killer series set in the late ’70s and early ’80s about the development of the FBI’s criminal profiling division. The second season explored the work of serial killer Wayne Williams in the case that would become known as the Atlanta Child Murders. The series was created by The Road screenwriter Joe Penhall with executive producers including Gone Girl director David Fincher and Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron. Fincher also directed the first three episodes of the season.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: A wealth of talent from creators to stars and beyond make this Netflix series a cinematic-quality drama. Its already-impressive Tomatometer score improved from season 1 to season 2 to a Certified Fresh 98%. Season 1 scored at least one nomination: Cameron Britton for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as serial killer Edmund Kemper (the “Co-ed Killer”). That the series’ second season and its stars aren’t considered favorites for a nomination is one of the biggest crimes of Emmy season.


The Boys: Season 1 (2019) 85% | Amazon Prime Video

Who Stars In It: Jack Quaid, Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Nathan Mitchell, Laz Alonso, Tomer Kapon, Karen Fukuhara

What It’s About: The Boys imagines a world in which superheroes are drunk on their own powers and are used as assets bought, sold, and rented out by a corporate overseer. A rag-tag group of vigilantes take on “The Seven,” as the main superhero team is known, to lethal and often hilarious ends.

Why It Deserves an Emmy: There isn’t an Emmy for “Badass”? That’s a shame, because The Boys is the most inventive ensemble adventure to come to screens — small or large — possibly ever (sorry, Avengers). Its subversion of the comic book world’s superhero tropes calls for recognition beyond Comic-Con cosplay and fanboy/girl obsession.

Schitt's Creek the final season keyart

(Photo by Pop TV)

Updated July 26, 2020

The Television Academy announces nominees for the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards next Tuesday. We’re feeling the love for the final season of Schitt’s Creek (pictured) — 2020’s top TV series (so far) by Tomatometer — and its stars in the comedy categories for the series’ sixth and final season on Pop TV. For drama, Oscar-winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and the season 3 cast of Netflix series The Crown promise to turn in a solid performance during the award nominations.

But what other shows and stars will make the grade and snag a nomination? Leading our bets in drama are season 2 of HBO’s Succession, and season 5 of AMC’s Better Call Saul, and season 3 of Netflix’s Ozark. In comedy, Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3, season 2 of FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, and season 2 of Hulu’s Ramy. In the limited series category, FX on Hulu’s Mrs. America, HBO’s Watchmen, and Netflix’s Unbelievable, and those series’ respective casts are all strong contenders for awards.

Check out our Emmy nominations predictions below, and be here on Tuesday when we reveal who officially is nominated for the 2020 Academy Awards. An asterisk (*) indicates the top choice in a category selected by our staff in a poll.

Let us know who you think will be nominated in the comments.


Related: The Best TV Shows of 2020 (So Far)


Outstanding Comedy Series

 Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel s3

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

Who will be nominated?

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79%
Schitt's Creek: Season 6 (2020) 100%*
The Good Place: Season 4 (2019) 100%
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 10 (2020) 94%
Dead to Me: Season 2 (2020) 93%
Ramy: Season 2 (2020) 95%
What We Do in the Shadows: Season 2 (2020) 98%*
Insecure: Season 4 (2020) 95%

And why? With 34 nominations and 16 Emmys, Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the title to beat. We think beloved underdog comedy Schitt’s Creek and its cast will be recognized for the sixth and final season of the Pop series, which is Certified Fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer, compared to Maisel’s 82% for season 3. Schitt’s Creek has four previous nominations from last year. Our staff also has put its faith in FX’s vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows to break into the comedy series Emmy nominations this year (it was nominated for cinematography and sound editing last year).


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Catherine O'Hara in Schitt's Creek, s6

(Photo by Pop TV)

Who will be nominated?

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt's Creek: Season 6 (2020) 100%*
Rachel Brosnahan– The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79%
Christina Applegate – Dead to Me: Season 2 (2020) 93%
Linda Cardellini – Dead to Me: Season 2 (2020) 93%
Issa Rae – Insecure: Season 4 (2020) 95%
Pamela Adlon – Better Things: Season 4 (2020) 100%

And why? O’Hara has been a strong focus of support for her role as Moira on Schitt’s Creek. Our staff agrees, voting overwhelmingly that O’Hara will see another nomination this year. Brosnahan has had three Emmy nominations in her career and won once, in this category, for her her role as Midge Maisel. Meanwhile, the stars of Dead to Me are likely to split their vote come award-voting time, though we predict that both Applegate and Cardellini will be nominated. That leaves one-time nominee Rae and Adlon, seven-time nominee, one-time Emmy winner (for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance) to face off for the final spots in this category’s nominations against other possible contenders like Awkwafina (Nora from Queens), Elle Fanning (The Great), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), and Zöe Kravitz (High Fidelity).


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Ramy Youssef in Ramy -- "frank in the future" - Episode 208

(Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Who will be nominated?

Eugene Levy – Schitt's Creek: Season 6 (2020) 100%*
Ted Danson – The Good Place: Season 4 (2019) 100%
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 10 (2020) 94%
Ramy Youssef – Ramy: Season 2 (2020) 95%*
Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method: Season 2 (2019) 100%
Steve Carell – Space Force: Season 1 (2020) 39%

And why? Levy and Youssef tied for our staff votes as shoo-ins for nominations. They face Danson, who’s been nominated in this category for the past two years and six-time nominee David. We expect Douglas and Carell to round out nominations in the category.


Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

Who will be nominated?

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79%*
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live: Season 45 (2019) 72%
Jane Lynch – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79%
Annie Murphy – Schitt's Creek: Season 6 (2020) 100%
Marin Hinkle – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79%
Betty Gilpin – GLOW: Season 3 (2019) 86%
D’Arcy Carden – The Good Place: Season 4 (2019) 100%
Yvonne Orji – Insecure: Season 4 (2020) 95%

And why? Borstein has won this category the past two years in a row for her role as Susie Myerson in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and is again the front runner this year (the RT staff agreed). The category is chock full of strong supporting performances — including seven-time nominee, two-time winner McKinnon and 12-time nominee, five-time winner Lynch — from a diverse lineup of comedy programming. But can any of them best Borstein come awards time?


Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Mahershala Ali in Ramy -- "can you hear me now?" - Episode 202

(Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)

Who will be nominated?

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79%
Dan Levy – Schitt's Creek: Season 6 (2020) 100%*
Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method: Season 2 (2019) 100%
Sterling K. Brown – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79%
Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live: Season 45 (2019) 72%
Mahershala Ali – Ramy: Season 2 (2020) 95%*
James Marsden – Dead to Me: Season 2 (2020) 93%
John Malkovich – Space Force: Season 1 (2020) 39%

And why? With 10 nominations and four wins (including last year’s win in this category for his role as doting dad Abe Weissman), Shalhoub is an Emmy heavyweight. Our staff chose Levy and Ali as certain contenders in the category, while Arkin, Brown, and Thompson are odds-on nominees. Marsden and Malkovich are less certain in a category that may see Louie Anderson for Baskets, Nicholas Hoult for The Great, or Noah Reid for Schitt’s Creek show up in nominations instead.


Outstanding Drama Series

Succession s2

(Photo by HBO)

Who will be nominated?

Succession: Season 2 (2019) 97%*
Ozark: Season 3 (2020) 98%
The Crown: Season 3 (2019) 90%
Better Call Saul: Season 5 (2020) 99%
The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 (2019) 82%
The Morning Show: Season 1 (2019) 61%
Pose: Season 2 (2019) 98%
Euphoria: Season 1 (2019) 80%

And whyThere’s no way Succession’s second season could be left out of nominations in this category. The HBO series is favored by odds and the RT staff. Every season of every show in our nomination predictions is Certified Fresh at over 80% except The Morning Show, but despite critical response to the Apple TV+ star vehicle, we think the Television Academy will want to recognize the title. We predict Pose and Euphoria will get nominations, but strong contenders like Big Little Lies, Westworld, Stranger Things, and Killing Eve all have a very good chance to knock them out of consideration. It’s a tough fight in the drama category for those last spots in nominations.


Lead Actress in a Drama Series

The Crown Season 3

(Photo by Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix)

Who will be nominated?

Olivia Colman – The Crown: Season 3 (2019) 90%*
Laura Linney – Ozark: Season 3 (2020) 98%
Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show: Season 1 (2019) 61%
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 (2019) 82%
Jodie Comer – Killing Eve: Season 3 (2020) 80%
Zendaya – Euphoria: Season 1 (2019) 80%

And why? Colman received her first Oscar for her starring role in The Favourite in 2018 and has been Emmy-nominated twice for supporting categories for Fleabag and The Night Manager. She is now the actress to beat for her highly-anticipated turn as Queen Elizabeth II in season 3 of The Crown. Moss has won twice on 11 nominations, including winning for her role as Offred / June Osborne and one producing award for season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale. In 2018, she lost out in this category to Claire Foy for playing young Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. Linney and Aniston, meanwhile are Emmy favorites with six nominations each in their careers, with Linney winning four times and Aniston winning once. Comer is the incumbent here, but with a bit of the shine off of Killing Eve — season 3 is Certified Fresh at 80% compared to season 1’s 96% and 2’s 92% — may have a harder time prevailing come awards time. Zendaya faces huge challengers for the last spot on the nominations list: Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder, Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies, Sandra Oh in Killing Eve, Claire Danes in Homeland, and Reese Witherspoon in The Morning Show. But we think the actress pulled off a phenomenal performance in season 1 of the HBO series and deserves the nomination, and we’re betting Academy members may agree with us. This is another tough category.


Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill - Better Call Saul _ Season 5, Episode 9

(Photo by Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Who will be nominated?

Brian Cox – Succession: Season 2 (2019) 97%
Jason Bateman – Ozark: Season 3 (2020) 98%
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul: Season 5 (2020) 99%*
Jeremy Strong – Succession: Season 2 (2019) 97%
Billy Porter – Pose: Season 2 (2019) 98%
Tobias Menzies – The Crown: Season 3 (2019) 90%

And why? An Odenkirk nomination is a no-brainer for his titular role in season 5 of Better Call Saul, a season that saw the character move closer to being the Saul Goodman we remember from Breaking Bad, which won Emmys for all 16 of its nominations. Odenkirk has two previous Emmys for writing. Cox and Strong may split the vote for their exceptional performances in Succession, Bateman is considered a lock for a nomination, and Porter won this category last year for his role as Pray Tell in the FX series. Menzies is the wild card here. Can he grab that last spot from Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Al Pacino (Hunters), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard), and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)? We’re betting on it.


Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler - Better Call Saul _ Season 5, Episode 9

(Photo by Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Who will be nominated?

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown: Season 3 (2019) 90%*
Julia Garner – Ozark: Season 3 (2020) 98%*
Meryl Streep – Big Little Lies: Season 2 (2019) 86%
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies: Season 2 (2019) 86%
Sarah Snook – Succession: Season 2 (2019) 97%
Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul: Season 5 (2020) 99%
Thandie Newton – Westworld: Season 3 (2020) 73%
Ann Dowd – The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 (2019) 82%

And why? Mostly known for her film career, Bonham Carter is a newbie at the Emmys — but one to beat for her many-layered performance as aging Princess Margaret in season 3 of The Crown. She’s going head-to-head with last year’s winner in the category Julia Garner for her role as Ruth Langmore in Ozark. Streep and Dern are favored for their roles in Big Little Lies. Less certain, however, are the nominations for Snook and Seehorn with their major competitors including two former winners in this category, Newton (Westworld) and Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), as well as Janet McTeer (Ozark), previously nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

Note this category has been updated since publication.


Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Crudup in The Morning Show

(Photo by Apple TV+)

Who will be nominated?

Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul: Season 5 (2020) 99%
Billy Crudup – The Morning Show: Season 1 (2019) 61%*
Kieran Culkin – Succession: Season 2 (2019) 97%
Tom Pelphrey – Ozark: Season 3 (2020) 98%*
Bradley Whitford – The Handmaid's Tale: Season 3 (2019) 82%
David Harbour – Stranger Things: Season 3 (2019) 89%
Giancarlo Esposito – Better Call Saul: Season 5 (2020) 99%
Matthew Macfadyen – Succession: Season 2 (2019) 97%

And why? Crudup and Pelphrey tied in our staff poll for nominees in the category. Banks and Culkin are also favorites. Whitford, Harbour, Esposito, and Macfadyen are challenged for the last nominations by Mandy Patinkin for Homeland, Josh O’Connor for The Crown, and Jeffrey Wright for Westworld.

Note this category has been updated since publication.


Outstanding Limited Series

Watchmen keyart Regina King (HBO)

(Photo by HBO)

Who will be nominated?

Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96%*
Mrs. America: Miniseries (2020) 96%
Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019) 98%
Little Fires Everywhere: Season 1 (2020) 79%
Unorthodox: Miniseries (2020) 96%

And why? Watchmen, Mrs. America, and Unbelievable are locks for nominations in this category. While we think Little Fires Everywhere and Unorthodox will take a stand for the final two nominations, we also expect that Hollywood, Normal People, I Know This Much Is TrueThe Plot Against America, and Defending Jacob put up a strong fight.


TV Movie

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie SEASON A Netflix Television Event PHOTO CREDIT Ben Rothstein / Netflix PICTURED Aaron Paul COPYRIGHT © 2018 Vinton Productions. All rights reserved.

(Photo by Ben Rothstein / Netflix)

Who will be nominated?

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) 91%
Bad Education (2019) 93%
() %
Togo (2019) 92%
Blow the Man Down (2019) 98%

And why? The RT staff didn’t vote in this category, but they all would have voted for El Camino; that said, Bad Education, with its Certified Fresh 93% score and outstanding cast led by Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, may be the stronger candidate when it comes to awards night. With an even higher 98% Certified Fresh score, Blow the Man Down is beloved by critics, but appears to have lower odds with Emmy voters. We would not be the first outlet — Variety, IndieWire — to lament that the category should have a larger number of strong contenders than it does.

Note this category has been updated since publication.


Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett stars as Phyllis Schlafly in MRS. AMERICA

(Photo by Pari Dukovic/FX)

Who will be nominated?

Cate Blanchett – Mrs. America: Miniseries (2020) 96%
Regina King – Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96%*
Merritt Wever – Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019) 98%
Kaitlyn Dever – Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019) 98%
Shira Haas – Unorthodox: Miniseries (2020) 96%

And why? Blanchett and 2018 category winner King are the front runners here, with Dever and Haas close behind for their extraordinary performances in Netflix titles Unbelievable and Unorthodox, respectively. We also expect one of the two stars of Little Fires Everywhere will swoop in and spoil a nomination — it really is a toss-up between Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon — and their star power will sway voters to ditch either Dever or Haas.

Note this category has been updated since publication.


Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mark Ruffalo in I Know This Much Is True

(Photo by )

Who will be nominated?

Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True: Miniseries (2020) 74%*
Aaron Paul – El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) 91%
Hugh Jackman – Bad Education (2019) 93%
Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice: Season 1 (2019) 55%
Jeremy Irons – Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96%

And why? Ruffalo was amazing in two vastly different roles in I Know This Much Is True, while Crowe has garnered high praise for his work in The Loudest Voice (even if the series itself didn’t win over critics). The odds are also in Paul and Jackman’s favor, while Iron’s fights for the last nomination in this category against Paul Mescal for Normal People, Chris Evans for Defending Jacob, Andre Holland for The Eddy, Jeremy Pope and David Corenswet for Hollywood, Matthew Macfadyen for Quiz, Sacha Baron Cohen for The Spy, and Nick Offerman for Devs.

Note this category has been updated since publication.


Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

PATTI LUPONE in Episode 102 of HOLLYWOOD

(Photo by Saeed Adyana/Netflix)

Who will be nominated?

Allison Janney – Bad Education (2019) 93%
Toni Collette – Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019) 98%
Jean Smart – Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96%*
Rose Byrne – Mrs. America: Miniseries (2020) 96%
Margo Martindale – Mrs. America: Miniseries (2020) 96%
Patti LuPone – Hollywood: Season 1 (2020) 58%

And why? It’s a hard Emmy season to be a woman. This category, for instance, is spread incredibly thin across a great selection of talent led by Janney, Collette and Smart as favorites for a nomination. Byrne, Martindale, and LuPone are all challenged by the likes of Holland Taylor for Hollywood and Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba, and Tracey Ullman for their performances in Mrs. America. Meanwhile, Hong Chau (Watchmen), Melissa Leo (I Know This Much Is True), Cherry Jones (Defending Jacob), and Emma Thompson (Years and Years) all deserve a mention.

Note this category has been updated since publication.


Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

JIM PARSONS in Episode 104 of HOLLYWOOD

(Photo by Netflix)

Who will be nominated?

Jim Parsons – Hollywood: Season 1 (2020) 58%
Tim Blake Nelson – Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96%*
John Slattery – Mrs. America: Miniseries (2020) 96%
John Turturro – The Plot Against America: Season 1 (2020) 87%
Joe Mantello – Hollywood: Season 1 (2020) 58%
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96%

And why? Four-time Emmy winner Parsons is the favorite for a nomination by the odds, while our staff picked Nelson. Of the remainder, Abdul-Mateen II seems the most vulnerable with Emmy winner Darrin Criss (Hollywood) hot on his heels.


The 2020 Emmy nominations are announced Tuesday, July 28, at 11:30 a.m. EDT / 8:30 a.m. PDT. Check back at Rotten Tomatoes to see who gets a nod. 

Tag Cloud

screen actors guild Alien superhero biography renewed TV shows comic books Women's History Month comiccon trophy know your critic Stephen King Polls and Games scorecard canceled Endgame CNN Bravo war award winner Spring TV franchise BET halloween NYCC hidden camera Anna Paquin Super Bowl TV renewals teaser Image Comics jamie lee curtis Infographic biopic The Walt Disney Company Esquire comics adenture stand-up comedy live event FOX Paramount Network comic book movies Marvel Television TV young adult international Disney Plus Rocketman australia Fox News Amazon Classic Film spider-man Cartoon Network Musicals Ovation Syfy Mindy Kaling kids ABC Signature dreamworks hist cinemax Lionsgate 71st Emmy Awards crime animated National Geographic monster movies Ellie Kemper nfl king arthur vs. period drama game of thrones Marvel basketball Britbox mutant 45 Hulu doctor who Schedule See It Skip It name the review new zealand 72 Emmy Awards rom-coms new york FXX Comic-Con@Home 2021 worst movies reviews child's play Chernobyl serial killer latino binge Chilling Adventures of Sabrina blockbuster Crunchyroll Dark Horse Comics RT History Reality Comedy versus Universal CMT YouTube Trophy Talk Certified Fresh SXSW Vudu critic resources police drama Premiere Dates sitcom NBA festivals science fiction Comics on TV Best and Worst Cannes VICE 2015 stop motion Disney DGA Sundance Calendar rotten FX political drama streaming all-time TLC witnail Fox Searchlight GIFs IMDb TV crossover Winners Baby Yoda Star Wars TCA Awards Turner 93rd Oscars mockumentary FX on Hulu Red Carpet GoT 2021 OneApp BBC America comic book movie women breaking bad Fall TV 21st Century Fox Reality Competition PlayStation Pop japanese Freeform adventure History discovery documentary APB Interview scary Hear Us Out Logo Nickelodeon king kong American Society of Cinematographers reboot anthology anime genre Elton John Netflix Christmas movies heist movie cancelled television slasher Shondaland The Academy 2019 godzilla cancelled toronto spain archives spider-verse Valentine's Day asian-american Summer dceu WGN Thanksgiving cats 90s HBO Go olympics BBC technology Brie Larson crime thriller composers Watching Series Music fast and furious Lifetime Christmas movies CBS strong female leads batman The Walking Dead Apple movies Winter TV directors RT21 2020 Discovery Channel nbcuniversal boxing zombies HBO Max fresh GLAAD aapi Pet Sematary robots YouTube Red Opinion joker video razzies movie a nightmare on elm street high school twilight toy story ghosts ABC Family Trivia Trailer The Arrangement wonder woman mob kaiju free movies independent The Purge what to watch Fargo Emmys 99% Superheroes Binge Guide blockbusters comedies Toys sag awards LGBTQ travel Pop TV Amazon Studios diversity E! streaming movies DC Universe art house Television Academy Lifetime New York Comic Con sequels Animation docudrama legend Epix SundanceTV Song of Ice and Fire jurassic park dogs Action Sony Pictures Food Network Black History Month Nominations Holidays Horror Pride Month popular Academy Awards Pixar documentaries Character Guide stoner children's TV lord of the rings crime drama Prime Video rt archives black space royal family Sci-Fi Spectrum Originals Arrowverse romantic comedy aliens Spike Peacock NBC Tarantino OWN Podcast Sundance Now CBS All Access cancelled TV series medical drama japan El Rey debate singing competition Creative Arts Emmys canceled TV shows BET Awards ABC live action dark Rock Netflix parents TCM BBC One action-comedy best Comedy Central italian Hallmark die hard VOD hollywood finale posters Turner Classic Movies TBS Cosplay screenings HBO cooking universal monsters elevated horror Countdown satire james bond ID Instagram Live Tokyo Olympics television classics Fantasy ViacomCBS TCA 2017 20th Century Fox french psycho E3 mcc BAFTA 79th Golden Globes Awards films VH1 Travel Channel The Witch The CW Warner Bros. game show dc Writers Guild of America book adaptation comic new star wars movies 24 frames DirecTV cancelled TV shows book pirates of the caribbean TV One miniseries marvel cinematic universe mission: impossible series hispanic green book rt labs critics edition Disney streaming service TV Land south america First Look Awards Starz dramedy ratings kong dexter Quiz Lucasfilm richard e. Grant IFC TCA justice league politics TIFF Rom-Com Superheroe Photos tv talk docuseries MTV transformers marvel comics TruTV A24 TNT Amazon Prime Video Sundance TV based on movie X-Men TV movies Legendary boxoffice Awards Tour foreign Tomatazos prank leaderboard MCU supernatural Martial Arts Election Marathons revenge target venice Captain marvel AMC Plus rt labs casting cults Heroines indiana jones Oscars nature obituary Extras adaptation Ghostbusters thriller Nat Geo gangster Neflix PaleyFest AMC Year in Review festival vampires indie Pacific Islander PBS Grammys disaster Disney Channel quibi golden globe awards psychological thriller scary movies Mary poppins news deadpool werewolf feel good dragons worst Columbia Pictures spanish TCA Winter 2020 sequel spy thriller Showtime Teen cartoon 2017 Mudbound cops Broadway Acorn TV Film Festival true crime spinoff Drama saw christmas movies facebook Amazon Prime Set visit USA rotten movies we love Kids & Family Shudder hispanic heritage month DC streaming service scene in color 1990s talk show harry potter emmy awards 4/20 Mystery Paramount Apple TV+ Star Trek historical drama Funimation chucky Musical Wes Anderson Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 73rd Emmy Awards YouTube Premium IFC Films telelvision spanish language YA Mary Poppins Returns Masterpiece concert A&E Tags: Comedy Crackle remakes halloween tv ITV SDCC video on demand Video Games zero dark thirty San Diego Comic-Con Rocky black comedy 2016 sports MSNBC laika Paramount Plus First Reviews Film Family Tubi natural history CW Seed superman Universal Pictures Apple TV Plus Television Critics Association football sopranos trailers Hallmark Christmas movies Avengers HFPA Comic Book Walt Disney Pictures Adult Swim Black Mirror Western Exclusive Video Holiday Hollywood Foreign Press Association DC Comics Disney+ Disney Plus critics ESPN 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards 007 Tumblr slashers social media President Country Biopics criterion zombie Sneak Peek blaxploitation unscripted golden globes Mary Tyler Moore cars Christmas theme song USA Network Pirates Emmy Nominations romance Box Office WarnerMedia suspense Marvel Studios LGBT 2018