Year in Review: The Best International TV Series of 2020

Best International Shows of 2020

As the world stayed home and tuned in to their screens to escape the monotony of lockdown, international series made an unprecedented impact in 2020.

In many ways, the COVID-19 crisis served as a catalyst for a global content boom that was already well underway, fueled by the continued growth of global platforms and increased original programming from local TV players.

Scrolling through a myriad of streamers and linear channels, with endless content in every language imaginable, can be overwhelming, so Variety’s international staff compiled a list of the year’s top drama series from around the world, including details on where these shows can be found in the U.S. market.

These are Variety’s picks for the 15 best international series of 2020.