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With plenty of streaming services fighting for your attention and new shows being released literally every week, figuring out what to watch can be a struggle. Yet some titles manage to stand out from the crowd and become instant pop culture staples.

If you're looking to join in the conversation, we've got you covered. Below are 10 series that are enjoying quite the hype as we're nearing the end of 2020. We've come up with this list using both trends and our own expert preferences and it will be updated each Wednesday. You can't go wrong with adding any of these TV wonders to your watchlist.

1. Tiny Pretty Things


Year: 2020

Cast: Brennan Clost, Barton Cowperthwaite, Damon J. Gillespie

Based on the novel of the same name by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things is basically Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars.

Set at an elite ballet academy, the soapy drama focuses on the students - rich and poor, from a variety of backgrounds. They all share a rare talent and passion for dance and a loyal sense of community. Plus, when it comes to their dreams, the dancers have no Plan B.

So when one of their own plunges off the top of a four-story building, a newcomer joins their ranks, entering a world of lies, betrayal and cutthroat competition.

A thrilling teen series, Tiny Pretty Things makes for a fun binge, especially if you love over-the-top drama and intriguing mysteries. The dancing scenes are excellent.

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2. The Wilds


Year: 2020

Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Sophia Ali, Shannon Berry

What do you get when you cross a teen drama with a survivalist show? The Wilds, Prime Video's latest original series, which follows a group of young girls from radically different backgrounds who are stranded on a remote island, unaware they've just become the subjects of an elaborate social experiment.

Thrilling and addictive, the show makes for an excellent binge you'll get lost in immediately. With a promising plot, complex characters and great production values, it's the kind of series that you won't be able to stop watching. We strongly advise you clear your schedule for at least a couple of days before you tune in.

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3. Euphoria


Year: 2019

Cast: Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Maude Apatow

We may still be a few months away from watching the second season of Euphoria, but we can enjoy a very special episode in the meantime.

Released just in time for the holidays and titled Part 1: Rue, the standalone episode follows Euphoria's main character as she celebrates Christmas. It takes place after the end of season one, when Rue was left by Jules at the train station. Written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson, the episode also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in season one. A second special standalone episode is set to premiere early next year, before season two begins production.

If you haven't watched the highly praised teen drama yet, it revolves around a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media. Euphoria won Zendaya her first Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

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4. Your Honour


Year: 2020

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Hunter Doohan, Hope Davis, Sofia Black-D'Elia

When the child of a reputed judge gets involved in a hit and run, we see how even the most upright people can be willing to break the law in order to save their family. Bryan Cranston stars in Your Honour as New Orleans judge Michael Desiato, who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son's hit and run affects an organised crime family.

A limited series that explores privilege, Your Honour has a talented ensemble cast and an intriguing premise. No wonder it's already making waves.

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5. Big Mouth


Year: 2017

Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Netflix's acclaimed animated comedy is back with season four. This time around, the kids at the centre of the action are on the brink of eighth grade and they must contend with summer camp torments, shady alter egos, new make-out frontiers and Tito the Anxiety Mosquito.

Funny and profane, the show tackles serious issues in an irresistible way. It might make you blush, at least when you're not too busy laughing out loud. We recommend you binge this one alone to avoid any awkwardness.

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6. The Flight Attendant


Year: 2020

Cast: Kaley Cuoco, Zosia Mamet, Michelle Gomez, Merle Dandridge

The Flight Attendant is a dark thriller comedy about Cassie, a party girl whose life takes a wild turn during a crazy night. Cassie works as a flight attendant and one morning she wakes up in a hotel room in Bangkok, hungover from the night before, with a dead body lying next to her and no memory of what happened.

She tries to move on with her life, but that becomes increasingly difficult when the authorities get involved. What really transpired that night? And could she possibly be a killer?

The premise is bonkers and things only get better from there. With a strong performance from Kaley Cuoco in the lead, The Flight Attendant is a whole lot of fun.

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7. Virgin River


Year: 2019

Cast: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Lauren Hammersley

This hugely popular romantic drama follows a nurse practitioner who moves from Los Angeles to a remote Northern California town seeking a fresh start. Once there, she is surprised by what – and who – she finds.

With season two now available, there's no wonder fans are wasting no time binge-watching new episodes to see whether Mel and Jack find their way back to each other.

If you love relaxing shows set in small towns where there's no shortage of drama, add Virgin River to your watchlist immediately. Well acted and with plenty of twists and turns, it will keep you coming back for more.

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8. Saved by the Bell (2020)


Year: 2020

Cast: Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Josie Totah, Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez

Welcome back to Bayside High! Turns out the reboot everyone was skeptical about is… actually good?

When Zack Morris, now a governor, gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the best schools in the state. That includes Bayside High, where the influx of new students gives the privileged kids a much-needed dose of reality.

Funny, timely and clever, the 2020 Saved by the Bell is a worthy successor to the original. Whether you tune in for nostalgic purposes or simply to laugh out loud, it delivers. It's the rare reboot that both pays homage to the past and reinvents itself in spectacular fashion.

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9. The Mandalorian


Year: 2019

Cast: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito

As the first live action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian revolves around a lone gunfighter who makes his way through the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

He takes The Child, also known as Baby Yoda, under his wing. Together, the two set off in the second season to find out more about The Child and hopefully reunite him with his own kind.

After becoming a bona fide hit upon its release in 2019, The Mandalorian shows no signs of slowing down. Season two is just as visually stunning and captivating as you'd expect. Dare we say it's even better than the first?

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10. The Queen's Gambit


Year: 2020

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Bill Camp, Marielle Heller

Certified fresh with a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, The Queen's Gambit is a polished miniseries set during the Cold War era. We follow orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she struggles with addiction in a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world.

The Queen's Gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius, with a dazzling turn from lead Anya Taylor-Joy. Entertaining and intriguing, the series will keep you glued to the screen. The Netflix original has also led to a massive surge of interest in chess, which is never a bad thing.

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    ArtyOctober 5, 2015

    If I get the iTunes downloads of Rick and Morty, do I end up with the censored or un-censored versions?

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      BrodieOctober 6, 2015

      Hi there!

      As far as I can tell, the Rick and Morty episodes you purchase through iTunes are censored. The only way to get an uncensored copy is to wait for the DVD/Bluray release.

      Cheers,

      Brodie

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