These days it seems like a new, must-see series is dropped on us every week, and it's hard to keep up. While you may have seen or at least were hyped on Netflix's excellent hit miniseries The Queen's Gambit -- or Amazon's The Boys, or HBO's Lovecraft Country -- there are many other shows that haven't gotten quite the same amount of attention but are just as worthy of your eyeballs. Here are a dozen new series from 2020 that are worth checking out, from dead-serious dramas to wacky workplace comedies to heady sci-fi and at least a couple that defy easy categorization.
Check out the list below.
Betty (HBO Max)
So many people lament the days of yore in NYC, when things were supposedly wild and free and cooler, complaining about how real estate has ruined everything. While some of that may be true, HBO's wonderfully vibey series Betty shows that that the city's unique heartbeat -- and youth culture -- are still going strong. Filmmaker Crystal Moselle adapted her 2018 film Skate Kitchen, about a group of girl skaters trying to be recognized in a male-dominated sport, into this series that manages to keep its loose feel across the first season's six episodes. The film's Dede Lovelace, Rachelle Vinberg, Anaji Russell, Moonbear, and Nina Moran -- who are all real skaters cast from the streets of NYC, and play slightly fictionalized versions of themselves -- reprise their roles here. While episodes are hung on standard plotlines involving relationships, competition and money problems, Betty is primarily a hang, with the actors' very real chemistry, camaraderie, and charisma, as well as the vibrant spirit of NYC, making it roll.