Popular Shows That Have Been Renewed or Canceled for 2020
We always love watching TV, but when a crisis like the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic hits, we watch even more TV than usual — minus all the guilt! Binge watching has massively increased in volume, and viewers are constantly looking for new shows to watch. Fortunately, many great TV options are out there, just waiting to be discovered.
However, some popular shows will be coming to an end when their current season wraps. Scared to see if your favorites will be gone for good or coming back for more? Here’s a look at some of the popular series that have already been renewed or canceled for 2020. Be prepared to celebrate — or cry! Good luck!
The Handmaid’s Tale: Renewed
The Handmaid's Tale has been renewed for a fourth season and will air on Hulu in the fall of 2020. The dystopian series, starring Elisabeth Moss, has won tons of awards since its release, so it’s not surprising that the show will go on. Fans just can't seem to get enough of this scary nightmare version of a future.
Modern Family: Canceled
Season 11 of Modern Family marks the end of an era in 2020, as the much-loved show comes to a close. The sitcom became widely popular because of its fresh take on what a standard family looks like in the U.S. today. Stars Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell brought audiences many laughs over the years.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Renewed
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has developed a sort of cult following over the years, and there is still no end in sight. The show, which began in 2005, has now been renewed for a 15th season, setting a record for the longest running, live-action comedy series.
The eighth season of Homeland was its last, but it had a good run with a large following, picking up lots of steam since it was released in 2011. The spy thriller series starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis earned six Emmy awards throughout the years.
Stranger Things: Renewed
The internationally popular Stranger Things has had fans perched on the edges of their couches for three seasons since it originally aired in 2016. Back by hugely popular demand, it has now been renewed for a fourth season. The first season in particular had fans enthralled from the first to the last episode.
The Big Bang Theory: Canceled
It was with great sadness that diehard fans grudgingly accepted that The Big Bang Theory was ending. The season 12 series finale aired in 2019. Audiences around the world who fell in love with Sheldon, Penny, Howard, Raj and Leonard had no choice but to say goodbye to these beloved characters.
Black Mirror: Renewed
What started as a dark British science-fiction anthology series was later picked up by Netflix and expanded. The emotionally thrilling, high-tech series Black Mirror will be back for a sixth season in 2020. Despite the fact that the cast rotates every episode and the show has no continuous plot — certainly bizarre characteristics, even on modern TV — Black Mirror continues to do well season after season.
The standard law drama concept was made new again by Suits' unique premise and the outstanding performances of its two main actors, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams. Adams' character, a college dropout, somehow ends up making it as a star lawyer — without a law degree.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Renewed
Fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were no doubt delighted to hear that the series would be coming back for a fourth season in 2020. Yet the continuation of this show can't be too surprising. It has been nominated for countless Emmy Awards and even won for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The Good Place: Canceled
The writers of The Good Place thought extending the series past four seasons would be too much, so they ended it after its short but highly successful stint on the air. The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop as she struggles to make her way in "heaven," even though she's not supposed to be there.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Renewed
Andy Samberg turns a regular old cop show into a really comedic cop show with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Fox canceled the series after season six, but it was picked up by NBC. This means the show will go on for at least two more seasons.
Last Call with Carson Daly: Canceled
Once upon a time, Carson Daly was an MTV VJ, where he originally rose to stardom before moving on to become a television host, radio host and producer. His NBC late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly, which attracted millions of viewers over the years, has come to a close after 18 seasons and 2,000 episodes.
Ozark's renewal for a third season on Netflix had to be great news to fans when they first heard about it last fall. It just released on March 27, 2020, and if audiences were excited before, then they are probably even more ecstatic now, thanks to the current need for great television to watch.
Criminal Minds: Canceled
Criminal Minds has been on the air since 2005, and it has been one of the most popular television series of the past two decades. After its 15th and final season in 2020, it will finally see its series finale. The crime drama series that has captivated a large audience over the years will certainly be missed.
Last Man Standing: Renewed
Last Man Standing almost saw its end after season six when ABC abruptly canceled it, but fans weren’t having it. They got more than half a million signatures and sent a petition to Fox, and somehow that plan worked. Last Man Standing was just renewed for an eighth season, which started airing in the first days of 2020.
Orange Is the New Black: Canceled
A champion of cutting-edge entertainment, diversity and creativity, Orange is the New Black had a spectacular run for seven seasons. However, its seventh season was its last, and the series — and all its unique, crazy characters — won't be back in 2020. Fans wanted the show to keep going, but fan popularity isn’t always enough to save a show.
Billions was renewed for a fifth season in 2020 and will begin airing on Showtime in May. Between the outstanding and award-winning cast of Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff, it's not hard to see why this New York City law drama continues to run.
Vikings ran for six great seasons and was originally created for the History channel, where it premiered. However, its sixth season was its last, and the show won't be back in 2020. As a historical drama, it was fairly accurate, following the real-life Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Travis Fimmel.
The 100: Renewed
The post-apocalyptic drama The 100 was renewed for a seventh season that will air in 2020. It's clear that fans love the show, as it has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The series is about 4,000 survivors left on Earth after a nuclear Armageddon who navigate their way through a new, strange kind of life.
Lucifer's fifth and final season will run in 2020. For starters, the fact that it made it to five seasons is a kind of — dare we say God-given? — miracle. Originally, it was a Fox series, but Fox canceled it after its third season — with a cliffhanger ending. A fan campaign then petitioned Warner Bros. to sell the show to Netflix, who kept it alive for two more seasons.
The Crown: Renewed
The Crown is a period series on Netflix following Queen Elizabeth II and the political and romantic dramas that played a part in how the last half of the 20th century unfolded in Britain. Its popularity is undeniable, so Netflix has renewed it for a third season that will air in 2020.
13 Reasons Why: Canceled
Many people were shocked that 13 Reasons Why needed more than one season to tell its story. The fact that the show made it to four seasons is pretty impressive, all things considered. However, the fourth season will be its last in 2020.
Penn Badgley, who everyone used to know and love as Dan from Gossip Girl, became the strangely romanticized stalker in the popular Lifetime-turned-Netflix drama-thriller You. After two seasons, Netflix has decided to keep it going for a third, and it’s scheduled to be released in early 2021.
The Affair: Canceled
Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are stellar leads who have both won Golden Globe Awards for their roles in The Affair. Despite the show’s success, the critically-acclaimed Showtime drama came to an end after its fifth season, with the final episode airing in November 2019.
Better Call Saul: Renewed
The prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul starring Bob Odenkirk has really taken off with fans. Odenkirk's character, Saul Goodman, was the attorney for Walter White in Breaking Bad, and the show, which was just renewed for a fifth season, takes place before he meets Walter, when he was just a small-time attorney.
Mr. Robot: Canceled
When Mr. Robot debuted in 2015, Rami Malek was an unknown actor. Since then, he has won an Oscar for his role as Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, which is a pretty big deal in TV land. While his fame likely attracted more viewers to Mr. Robot, the show’s fifth season in 2020 will be its final season.
Matt Groening, the creator of two widely popular animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama, made yet another successful show with Disenchantment. It is a Netflix medieval fantasy series with two seasons already under its belt, and it has been renewed for not one but two more seasons to date.
Bojack Horseman: Canceled
As far as adult cartoons go, Bojack Horseman is pretty weird, and that very weirdness may be responsible for its cult following. Still, after six seasons, the show has finally called it quits. The early days of Bojack Horseman didn’t receive much critical acclaim, but critics came around after a while.
The Walking Dead: Renewed
The hugely popular post-apocalyptic zombie drama The Walking Dead is still going strong after 10 seasons, and it has just been renewed for an 11th season that will air in 2020. The show did have a bit of a slump in more recent seasons, but it has clearly picked back up.
Broad City: Canceled
Broad City, created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, started out as a comedy web series, but its popularity led to it getting picked up by Comedy Central. It had a great run for five seasons, although the show ended in 2019 and won't be back. Jacobson and Glazer want to focus on other projects moving forward.