From hot new series to returning favorites, at Wiretap, we’re looking at 20 of the most anticipated Netflix original series coming out this year.
AJ and the Queen (January 10)
If you’re a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you won’t want to miss AJ and the Queen. It stars Mama Ru as Ruby Red, a drag queen traveling across America, and a young stowaway, AJ (Izzy G), who becomes an unlikely sidekick. Not only is there a fantastic drag number performed by RuPaul in each city they visit, you’ll recognize some familiar faces from Drag Race like Bianca del Rio, Latrice Royal, and Trinity the Tuck.
Sex Education (January 17)
In Season 2 of the surprise Netflix hit, Otis (Asa Butterfield) is trying to understand his sexual urges and navigate the relationship with his girlfriend, Ola (Patricia Allison) while dealing with his strained relationship with Maeve (Emma Mackey). Meanwhile, Jean (Gillian Anderson) and Jakob’s (Mikael Persbrandt) secret relationship is discovered.
October Faction (January 23)
Based on the comics by Steve Niles and Damien Worm, October Faction is about monster hunters Fred (J.C. MacKenzie, Madam Secretary) and Deloris Allen (Tamara Taylor, Bones) who must hide their identities as part of a covert organization while their teen kids, Geoff (Gabriel Darku) and Viv (Aurora Burghart), are stuck living in a town that’s trapped in the past. It also stars Megan Follows (aka TV’s OG Anne of Green Gables) and Maxim Roy (Jocelyn Fray on Shadowhunters).
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 3 (January 24)
In the highly anticipated return of CAOS, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) and her mortal friends, affectionately referred to as the “Fright Club,” are on a mission to free Nick (Gavin Leatherwood) from the clutches of hell. At the same time, a mysterious carnival arrives in Greendale that threatens the Spellmans and the entire coven.
BoJack Horseman (January 31)
In the final eight episodes of the groundbreaking Netflix series, the story of BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) comes to an end. Although we don’t know much about what’s in store, Arnett has teased that it’s going to be messy and complicated, much like real life.
Locke & Key (February 7)
This series, based on the best-selling comic series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, finally comes to life on Netflix this year. Produced by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), Locke & Key is the story of the Locke siblings (Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup, and Emilia Jones) who move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, along with their mother (Darby Stanchfield), following the murder of their father. They discover the house is filled with magical keys that could be connected to their father’s death. The Fosters‘ Sherri Saum also stars.
In this four-episode miniseries, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the African-American haircare entrepreneur who became America’s first female self-made millionaire. Blair Underwood and Tiffany Haddish also star.
Ozark (March 27)
In Season 3 of Ozark, the story picks up six months following the events of the Season 2 finale. The casino is up and running, but Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) aren’t on the same page. To complicate things further, Wendy’s brother comes to town and brings chaos along with him.
In this comedy based on a digital series that came out of the Sundance Institute, three cousins come together following the death of their grandfather to keep his beloved taco shop open in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Among its executive producers is America Ferrera, alongside Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez who created Gente-fied: The Digital Series.
2019 brought us The Politician, and this year, Ryan Murphy has a few projects launching on Netflix. This one stars frequent Murphy muse Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as the young nurse at a mental institution who becomes the monster best known from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Sharon Stone, Rosanna Arquette, and Don Cheadle also star.
The Umbrella Academy (TBD)
One of Netflix’s biggest hits in 2019, The Umbrella Academy is back this year for its second season. While no details have been revealed as of yet, it’ll probably revolve around the Hargreeves siblings dealing with the fallout of the apocalyptic events at the end of Season 1. At this point, there’s no premiere date but it’s rumored for release in the second half of 2020.
Space Force (TBD)
Have you ever wondered what The Office would look like if it took place in space? Well, Space Force is the series for you. Created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, it’s a comedy about the people creating Space Force, the new branch of the US military. It stars Carell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, and Tawny Newsome.
The Eddy (TBD)
Damien Chazelle, best known as the director of La La Land, brings his first TV project to Netflix in an eight-part musical drama. The story is centered on a jazz club in contemporary Paris, and stars an impressive cast including Andre Holland and Amandla Stenberg.
Altered Carbon (TBD)
We don’t know much about Season 2 of Altered Carbon as of yet, but we do know that Anthony Mackie is taking over as Takeshi Kovacs, and Luke Cage‘s Simone Missick has also been cast in a key role. A premiere date hasn’t been set, but we’re probably looking at some time in the first half of 2020.
Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) stars in this re-imagining of the Arthurian legend. The story is told through the eyes of Nimue, a teen sorceress who will eventually become the Lady of the Lake. Following the death of her mother, Nimue partners with a young mercenary, Arthur, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword.
Shonda Rhimes made headlines when she signed a huge deal with Netflix, and 2020 will bring us her first project for the streamer, Bridgerton. Based on the best-selling romance novels by Julia Quinn set during England’s early 1800s Regency period, Julie Andrews leads a large ensemble cast that includes For the People‘s Regé-Jean Page and Derry Girls‘ Nicola Coughlan.<.p>
Selena: The Series (TBD)
Christian Serratos (Rosita from The Walking Dead) steps into the role of the iconic Tejano superstar whose life was tragically cut short in 1995. The series is a coming of age story about Selena Quintanilla, her rise to stardom, and how it affects her family. Six episodes are set to premiere at some point in 2020.
Remember when Netflix rescued Lucifer when it was cancelled by Fox? Well, following an incredible fourth season on the streamer, they’ve renewed it for a fifth and final season. Yes, it’s going to be sad to say goodbye to these characters and this story, but at least we’re getting a super-sized season with 16 episodes, the first half of which will be released at some point this year. In an awesome casting choice, Dennis Haysbert has landed the role of God, reuniting him with his 24 co-star D.B. Woodside.
Season 3 of GLOW moved the action to Las Vegas when the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling landed a residency at an off-strip hotel. They’re stepping into the ring one last time in 2020 with a fourth and final season that brings the action back to LA and a loophole that’s going to let them revive their TV show.
This follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House is loosely based on horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Much of the original cast is returning in different roles (although there will be some Season 1 Easter eggs). While we don’t have a premiere date yet, it’s rumored for a Halloween release.
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