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2020 in American television

Television-related events in the USA during 2020

Top 10 2020 in American television related articles

For extended information about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the American television industry, see Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on television in the United States.

The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2020. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, and cancellations; channel launches, closures, and re-brandings; stations changing or adding their network affiliations; and information about controversies and carriage disputes.

2020 in American television Intro articles: 4

Notable events

Awards

Category/Organization 78th Golden Globe Awards
February 28, 2021
11th Critics' Choice Television Awards
March 7, 2021
Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild Awards
March 24-April 4, 2021
72nd Primetime Emmy Awards
September 19, 2021
Best Drama Series The Crown
Best Comedy Series Schitt's Creek Ted Lasso Schitt's Creek
Best Limited Series The Queen's Gambit
Best Actor in a Drama Series Josh O'Connor
The Crown
Best Actress in a Drama Series Emma Corrin
The Crown
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series N/A Michael K. Williams
Lovecraft Country
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Gillian Anderson
The Crown
Best Actor in a Comedy Series Jason Sudeikis
Ted Lasso
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Catherine O'Hara
Schitt's Creek
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series N/A Dan Levy
Schitt's Creek
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series N/A Hannah Waddingham
Ted Lasso
Best Actor in a Limited Series Mark Ruffalo
I Know This Much Is True
John Boyega
Small Axe
Best Actress in a Limited Series Anya Taylor-Joy
The Queen's Gambit
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series John Boyega
Small Axe
Donald Sutherland
The Undoing
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series N/A Uzo Aduba
Mrs. America

Television shows

Shows debuting in 2020

Shows changing networks

Show Moved from Moved to Source
Dirty John Bravo USA Network [1]
Vice HBO Showtime [2]
Vice News Tonight Vice on TV [3]
NAACP Image Awards TV One BET [4]
The Family Business BET BET+ [5]
Cobra Kai YouTube Premium Netflix [6]
One Day at a Time Netflix Pop and TV Land (premieres)/CBS (repeats) [7][8]
The Rich Eisen Show Audience NBCSN [9]
Doom Patrol DC Universe DC Universe/HBO Max [10]
Sesame Street HBO/PBS Kids HBO Max/PBS [11]
Esme & Roy
Search Party TBS HBO Max [12]
Gen:Lock Rooster Teeth [13]
Summer Camp Island Cartoon Network [14]
Infinity Train [15][16]
Titans DC Universe [17]
Where's Waldo? Universal Kids Peacock [18]
A.P. Bio NBC [19]
Curious George PBS Kids [20]
The Dan Patrick Show Audience/AT&T SportsNet [21]
Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings Freeform Disney+ [22]
Manhunt Discovery Channel Spectrum Originals [23]
Bellator MMA Paramount Network CBS Sports Network [24]
WWE Tribute to the Troops NBC Fox [25]

Milestone episodes and anniversaries

Show Network Episode # Episode title Episode airdate Source
The First 48 A&E 15th Anniversary "Chain of Death" January 1 [26]
Survivor CBS 20th Anniversary "Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players" February 5 [27]
Impractical Jokers TruTV 200th episode "Hollywood" February 13 [28]
The Real First-run syndication 1,000th episode N/A February 17 [29]
Supergirl The CW 100th episode "It's a Super Life" February 23 [30]
The Steve Wilkos Show First-run syndication 2,000th episode N/A February 24 [31]
Power Rangers Nickelodeon 900th episode "Game On!" March 7 [32]
Mom CBS 150th episode "A Judgy Face and Your Grandma's Drawers" March 12 [33]
Chicago Med NBC 100th episode "The Ghosts of the Past" March 18 [34]
Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO "The Spite Store" March 22 [35]
RuPaul's Drag Race VH1 150th episode "Gay's Anatomy" March 27
Empire Fox 100th episode "We Got Us" April 7 [36][37]
Modern Family ABC 250th episode "Finale Part Two" (series finale) April 8 [38]
The Blacklist NBC 150th episode "Brothers" May 1 [39][40][41]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee TBS 150th episode "May 6, 2020" May 6 [42]
If Loving You Is Wrong Oprah Winfrey Network 100th episode "Taken" June 2
The Loud House Nickelodeon "A Star is Scorned" June 10 [43]
Late Night with Seth Meyers NBC 1,000th episode Guest: Regina King June 11 [44]
All That Nickelodeon 200th episode "1130" (Jamie Lynn Spears and cast of Zoey 101, New Hope Club) July 11 [45]
Blindspot NBC 100th episode "Iunne Ennui" (series finale) July 23 [46]
Robot Chicken Adult Swim 200th episode "Endgame" July 26 [47]
Big Brother CBS 20th Anniversary Big Brother 22 season premiere August 5 [48]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver HBO 200th episode N/A August 16 [49]
American Dad! TBS 300th episode "300" September 14 [50][51]
Family Guy Fox 350th episode "Stewie's First Word" September 27 [52]
The 100 The CW 100th episode "The Last War" (series finale) September 30 [53]
Superstore NBC "California: Part 2" November 5 [54]
Bob's Burgers Fox 200th episode "Bob Belcher and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Kids" November 15 [55]
Snapped Oxygen 500th episode "Dana Flynn" November 22 [56][57]
NCIS CBS 400th episode "Everything Starts Somewhere" November 24 [58]
On the Case with Paula Zahn Investigation Discovery 300th episode "Crime and Injustice" November 29 [59]

Shows returning in 2020

The following shows will return with new episodes after being canceled or ended their run previously:

Show Last aired Type of Return Previous channel New/returning/same channel Return date Source
Supernanny 2011 Revival ABC Lifetime January 1 [60][61]
Steve
(as Steve on Watch)
2019 First-run syndication Facebook Watch January 6 [62]
Party of Five 2000 Reboot Fox Freeform January 8 [63]
The Biggest Loser 2016 NBC USA Network January 28 [64]
Manhunt 2017 Revival Discovery Channel Spectrum Originals February 3 [65]
XFL 2001 Reboot NBC/TNN/UPN ESPN/ABC/Fox/FS1 February 8 [66]
The Soup 2015 Revival E! same February 12 [67][68]
Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings 2018 New season Freeform Disney+ February 14 [22][69]
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2012 Revival ABC HGTV February 16 [70]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2014 New season Netflix Disney+ February 21 [71][72]
Forensic Files
(as Forensic Files II)
2011 Revival Court TV/TruTV HLN February 23 [73]
Bride & Prejudice
(as Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love)
2016 FYI Lifetime February 26 [74]
Opry 2009 New season GAC Circle [75][76]
Vice News Tonight 2019 Revival HBO Vice on TV March 4 [3]
Amazing Stories 1987 Reboot NBC Apple TV+ March 6 [77]
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
(as Cosmos: Possible Worlds)
2014 New season Fox/National Geographic same March 9 [78]
The Wall 2018 NBC March 15 [79]
One Day at a Time 2019 Netflix Pop/TV Land/CBS March 24 [7][80][81]
Vice 2018 HBO Showtime March 29 [2][82]
12 oz. Mouse Adult Swim same April 1[a] [83][84][85]
Singled Out 2019 Reboot MTV/YouTube Quibi April 6 [86][87]
Punk'd 2015 BET
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2014 Revival LMN A&E April 8 [88][89]
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2019 New season First-run syndication ABC [90]
Club MTV
(as Club MTV Presents #DanceTogether with D-Nice)
1992 Special MTV same April 25 [91]
Parks and Recreation
(as "A Parks and Recreation Special")
2015 NBC April 30 [92]
CBS Sunday Movie
(as CBS Sunday Night Movies)
2006 Revival CBS May 3 [93]
Reno 911! 2009 Comedy Central Quibi May 4 [94][95][96]
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2019 Special Netflix same May 12 [97][98]
Sell This House 2011 Revival A&E FYI May 18 [99]
True Life
(as True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders)
2017 Special MTV same June 9 [100]
Search Party New season TBS HBO Max June 25 [12][101]
Adventure Time
(as Adventure Time: Distant Lands)
2018 Specials Cartoon Network [102][101]
Nick News 2015 Revival Nickelodeon same June 29 [103]
Unsolved Mysteries 2010 Spike Netflix July 1 [104]
The Baby-Sitters Club 1990 Reboot HBO July 3 [105]
30 Rock
(as "30 Rock: A One-Time Special")
2013 Special NBC same July 16 [106][107]
Happy Endings
(as Happy Endings Special Charity Event)
ABC Sony Pictures Television YouTube channel July 20 [108]
The Fugitive 2001 Reboot CBS Quibi August 3 [109]
Eco-Challenge
(as World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji)
2002 Revival USA Network Prime Video August 14 [110][111]
Tyler Perry's House of Payne 2012 TBS BET September 2 [112][113]
A.P. Bio 2019 New season NBC Peacock September 3 [19][114]
Becoming 2016 Revival Disney XD Disney+ September 18 [115]
Way Too Early
(as Way Too Early with Kasie Hunt)
MSNBC same September 21 [116]
Dr. 90210 2008 E! September 28 [117][118]
Weakest Link 2003 First-run syndication NBC September 29 [119][120]
16 and Pregnant 2014 MTV same October 6 [121]
The West Wing
(as A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote)
2006 Special NBC HBO Max October 15 [122]
Supermarket Sweep 2003 Revival PAX ABC October 18 [123][124][125]
MDA Telethon
(as The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon)
2014 ABC YouTube Live October 24 [126]
Mickey Mouse
(as The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse)
2019 Disney Channel Disney+ November 18 [127]
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
(as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion)
1996 Special NBC HBO Max [128][129][130]
Animaniacs 1998 Revival Kids' WB Hulu November 20 [131][132][133]
I Love New York
(as I Love New York: Reunited)
2008 Special VH1 same November 23 [134]
Hollywood Exes
(as Hollywood Exes: Reunited)
2014 November 24
Saved by the Bell 1993 Revival NBC Peacock November 25 [135][136]

Shows ending in 2020

End date Show Channel First aired Status Source
January 1 Messiah Netflix 2020 Canceled [137]
Spinning Out [138]
January 10 AJ and the Queen [139]
Harvey Girls Forever! 2018 [140]
January 19 Ray Donovan Showtime 2013 [141]
January 23 Perfect Harmony NBC 2019 [142]
October Faction Netflix 2020 [143]
January 24 The Ranch 2016 Ended [144]
January 25 Flirty Dancing Fox 2019 Canceled [145]
January 26 Star Wars Resistance Disney Channel/Disney XD 2018 Ended [146][147]
January 28 Arrow The CW 2012 [148]
Emergence ABC 2019 Canceled [149]
January 29 Next In Fashion Netflix 2020 [150]
Homicide Hunter Investigation Discovery 2011 Ended [151][152]
January 30 The Good Place NBC 2016 [153][154]
New Looney Tunes Boomerang 2015 [155]
January 31 BoJack Horseman Netflix 2014 [156]
February 6 Tell Me a Story CBS All Access 2018 Canceled [157]
Interrogation 2020 [158]
February 9 Power Starz 2014 Ended [159][160]
February 14 High Fidelity Hulu 2020 Canceled [161]
February 16 Mike Tyson Mysteries Adult Swim 2014 [162]
February 19 Criminal Minds CBS 2005 Ended [163][164]
February 21 Fresh Off the Boat ABC 2015 [165]
February 22 Almost Family Fox 2019 Canceled [166]
February 26 I Am Not Okay with This Netflix 2020 [167]
February 27 Altered Carbon 2018 [168]
February 28 Queen Sono 2020 [169]
March 1 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Disney Channel 2017 Ended [170][171]
March 2 Hardball with Chris Matthews MSNBC 1997 [172]
March 4 Party of Five Freeform 2020 Canceled [173]
March 8 Kidding Showtime 2018 [174]
Dare Me USA Network 2019 [175]
March 12 Lights Out with David Spade Comedy Central [176]
Carol's Second Act CBS [177]
E! News E! 1991 [178]
In the Room 2019
Pop of the Morning 2020
March 13 Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector NBC [142]
March 14 Trish Regan Primetime Fox Business 2015 [179]
March 18 68 Whiskey Paramount Network 2020 [180]
March 19 Very Cavallari E! 2018 Ended [181]
March 21 Henry Danger Nickelodeon 2014 [182][183]
March 24 Project Blue Book History 2019 Canceled [184]
March 25 Stumptown ABC [185]
March 26 Deputy Fox 2020 [186]
Outmatched [187]
March 27 High Noon ESPN 2018 [188]
Steven Universe Future Cartoon Network 2019 Ended [189]
April 1 The Magicians Syfy 2015 [190]
April 3 Future Man Hulu 2017 [191][192]
Hawaii Five-0 CBS 2010 [193]
High Maintenance HBO 2016 Canceled [194]
April 8 Modern Family ABC 2009 Ended [195][196]
April 13 Briarpatch USA Network 2020 Canceled [197]
April 16 Wife Swap Paramount Network 2004 [198]
Indebted NBC 2020 [199]
April 17 Strike Back Cinemax 2011 Ended [200][201]
April 18 Doc McStuffins Disney Junior 2012 [202]
April 21 Empire Fox 2015 [36][203]
April 23 Will & Grace NBC 1998 [204][205]
April 24 Sister Circle TV One/Tegna O&Os 2017 Canceled [206]
April 26 God Friended Me CBS 2018 [207]
Homeland Showtime 2011 Ended [208][209]
May 4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Disney+ 2008 [210]
May 5 Bless This Mess ABC 2019 Canceled [149]
May 6 Brockmire IFC 2017 Ended [211][212]
May 7 Tommy CBS 2020 Canceled [177][213]
May 8 The Hollow Netflix 2018 [214][215]
May 11 Cops Paramount Network 1989 [216]
May 13 Single Parents ABC 2018 [149]
Schooled 2019
May 14 Katy Keene The CW 2020 [217]
How to Get Away with Murder ABC 2014 Ended [218][219]
May 15 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Netflix 2018 [220]
May 23 Live PD A&E 2016 Canceled [221]
May 24 Run HBO 2020 [222]
May 28 Siren Freeform 2018 [223]
May 31 Vida Starz Ended [224][225]
June 1 The Baker and the Beauty ABC 2020 Canceled [226]
June 2 Fuller House Netflix 2016 Ended [227]
June 4 Vagrant Queen Syfy 2020 Canceled [228]
June 5 13 Reasons Why Netflix 2017 Ended [229][230]
June 7 Transformers: Cyberverse Cartoon Network 2018 [231]
June 11 Man with a Plan CBS 2016 Canceled [177][232]
June 13 Alexa & Katie Netflix 2018 Ended [233]
June 16 If Loving You Is Wrong Oprah Winfrey Network 2014 [234][235]
One Day at a Time Pop 2017 Canceled [236]
WWE Backstage Fox Sports 1 2019 [237]
June 18 The Order Netflix [238]
June 19 Live PD: Police Patrol First-run syndication 2017 [239]
June 25 The Twilight Zone CBS All Access 2019 [240]
Broke CBS 2020 [177][241]
June 26 The Will Cain Show ESPNews 2018 Ended [242]
June 28 Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Netflix Canceled [243]
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Showtime 2020 [244]
July 2 Council of Dads NBC [245]
July 3 DC Daily DC Universe 2018 [246]
July 15 Brave New World Peacock 2020 [247]
July 23 Blindspot NBC 2015 Ended [248][249]
July 28 Last Chance U Netflix 2016 [250]
July 29 At Home with Amy Sedaris TruTV 2017 Canceled [251]
July 31 12 oz. Mouse Adult Swim 2005 [252]
August 11 Greenleaf Oprah Winfrey Network 2016 Ended [253][254]
August 12 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC 2013 [255][256][257]
World of Dance NBC 2017 Canceled [258]
August 14 Teenage Bounty Hunters Netflix 2020 [259]
August 21 Hoops [260]
August 23 Elena of Avalor Disney Junior 2016 Ended [261]
NOS4A2 AMC 2019 Canceled [262]
August 25 Trinkets Netflix Ended [263][264]
August 26 Corporate Comedy Central 2018 [265][266]
United We Fall ABC 2020 Canceled [267]
August 27 Unikitty! Cartoon Network 2017 Ended [268]
September 4 Away Netflix 2020 Canceled [269]
September 9 L.A.'s Finest Spectrum Originals 2019 [270]
September 13 Kasie DC MSNBC 2017 [116]
September 25 Utopia Prime Video 2020 [271]
September 30 The 100 The CW 2014 Ended [272][273]
October 9 Room 104 HBO 2017 [274][275]
October 12 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Netflix 2020 [276]
October 16 Helstrom Hulu Canceled [277]
October 29 Politicking with Larry King Ora TV/Hulu/RT America 2013 Ended [278]
November 16 Connecting NBC.com/Peacock 2020 Canceled [279][280]
November 19 Supernatural The CW 2005 Ended [281][148][282]
November 20 The Pack Prime Video 2020 Canceled [283]
November 24 Tosh.0 Comedy Central 2009 [284]
November 30 Filthy Rich Fox 2020 [285][286]
December 5 ThunderCats Roar Cartoon Network [287]
December 9 The Big Show Show Netflix [288][289]
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia
December 22 Next Fox [285][290]
December 30 Vikings Prime Video 2013 Ended [291][292]
December 31 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix 2018 Canceled [293][294]

Entering syndication in 2020

A list of programs (current or canceled) that have accumulated enough episodes (between 65 and 100) or seasons (three or more) to be eligible for off-network syndication and/or basic cable runs.

Show Seasons In Production Notes Source
American Housewife 4 Yes [295][296]
Schitt's Creek 6 No [297]
Young Sheldon 3 Yes [298]

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