10 Original Series You'll Want to Watch This Year

Including the second season of The Mandalorian.

ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) You might already have your all-time series faves, but year after year, you're likely to find a new gem to add to your to-watch-again list. If you’re on the lookout for new titles to binge-watch, we've got you covered. From fresh titles to new seasons, we round up a few of the most notable original series from Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, and Disney+ to look forward to in 2020. 

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Here are 10 original series coming out in 2020:

The New Pope

Release date: January 13
Where to watch: HBO
This nine-episode series is a continuation of the 2016 show The Young Pope and Jude Law reprises his role as Pope Pius the XIII, with John Malkovich joining the cast as the titular character, Pope John Paul III. If the trailer is anything to go by, it seems the follow-up is just as, or if not more, brazen in its look at the modern papacy. Academy Award-winning Paolo Sorrentino returns to direct.

High Fidelity

Release date: February 14
Where to watch: Hulu
If the title sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve read the Nick Hornby novel of the same name or you’ve seen the 2000 film starring John Cusack and Jack Black. This 10-episode series from Hulu is also an adaptation of the 1995 book, but in this one, Zoe Kravitz plays a gender-flipped version of Rob Gordon, a record store owner who can’t seem to keep relationships, and lists down her top five heartbreaks. As she tries to move on from her latest heartbreak (against a background of carefully curated music, of course), she meets a potential suitor in Clyde (Jake Lacy), a fresh face in New York .

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The Hunters

Release date: February 21
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Directed by Jordan Peele, The Hunters is set in 1977 and follows Jonah Heidelbaum (Logan Lerman), a boy who witnesses a Nazi kill someone in his house. Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) commiserates and offers him entry into the Hunters, a group of individuals equipped with the right skills to kill Nazis: lockpicker Roxy Jones (Tiffany Boone), spy Sister Harriet (Kate Mulvany), weapons specialists Mindy (Carol Kane) and Murray Markowitz (Saul Rubinek), disguise master Lonny Flash (How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor), and soldier Joe Torrance (Louis Ozawa Changchien).

The Mandalorian Season 2

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Release date: Late 2020
Where to watch: Disney+
The first season had fans following Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) as he took on a job to retrieve the Child (but let’s be real, everyone calls him Baby Yoda and for good reason) and then—spoiler alert—ended up taking him under his wing. In the second season, Din Djarin attempts to return the Child to his home planet.  

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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Release date: Late 2020
Where to watch: Disney+
While you’re waiting for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there will be a string of series releases on Disney’s official streaming platform Disney+. Included in the set of upcoming Marvel releases is the six-episode series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which chronicles the adventures of Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), or The Falcon, and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), also known as The Winter Soldier.

WandaVision

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Release date: TBA
Where to watch: Disney+
Elizabeth Olsen returns as Wanda Maximoff, while Paul Bettany reprises his role as the powerful android Vision. According to Olsen, the six-episode series will explain how Wanda acquires the name Scarlet Witch. Teyonah Parris also joins the cast as Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Captain Marvel’s best friend; Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, who also appeared in the Thor films, and Randall Park as FBI agent Jimmy Woo, who you saw in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Utopia

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Release date: TBA
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
This upcoming 2020 series is written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and is an American remake of the 2013 British drama of the same name. The series follows a group of young adults who meet online and are hunted down by a mysterious organization after they get their hands on a mythical graphic novel. It turns out its contents may be more real than fiction, which sets them on the dangerous path of saving the world. Utopia stars Sasha Lane, Rainn WilsonCory Michael Smith, Ashleigh LaThrop, Desmin Borges, Farrah Mackenzie, and Christopher Denham

Euphoria Season 2

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Release date: TBA
Where to watch: HBO
The first season of Euphoria followed a group of teens as they navigated the world of sex, drugs, and relationships. Not much is known about what will happen in Season 2, but you can expect to see Zendaya back as Rue, along with Hunter Schafer as Jules, Maude Apatow as Lexi, Angus Cloud as Fezco, Eric Dane as Cal, Alexa Demie as Maddy, Jacob Elordi as Nate, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Nika King as Leslie, Algee Smith as Christopher, and Sydney Sweeney as Cassie. 

Succession Season 3

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Release date: TBA
Where to watch: HBO
When you’ve created a global empire to pass on to your family, it comes as no surprise when everyone wants to claw their way to the top. Patriarch and CEO Logan Roy (Brian Cox) warns his family that it takes grit and iron will for anyone to succeed him, and it looks like Season 3 of Succession is still very much in the business of unveiling the dark side of money, wealth, and power. You can expect to see more of Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) going to great lengths to usurp his father’s throne.

Modern Love Season 2

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Release date: TBA
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Based on the New York Times column of the same name, anthology series Modern Love unravels the many different types of love told by people from all walks of life. The first season had some well-known actors acting out a different story in each episode—Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Cristin Milioti, and Andrew Scott, to name a few—and you can expect more tales of love in the second season.

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