It's not hyperbole to say the past few years of television have been the greatest in the history of the medium.

And in 2020, it looks like things will get even better. A little more complicated, too.

See our roundup of the 26 new TV shows we're most excited about for 2020.

It's not just about the big four networks anymore. HBO is expanding its prestige television lineup. FX is taking big risks, and streaming networks like Disney+, Netflix and Hulu are spending billions of dollars to keep in the television programming conversation. All are enlisting A-list stars and campaigning for Emmys and other major accolades.

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For audiences around the country, all that just means TV is better than it's ever been before. And this slate of new shows set to debut in 2020 are perfectly indicative of what's to come next for entertainment. In 2020, there will be more envelope-pushing plot lines, action-packed hero epics, ripped-from-the-headlines stories, and thrilling dramas in store for us.

See our favorites in the above gallery.

SFGATE editor Dan Gentile contributed to this report.

Alyssa Pereira is an SFGATE digital editor. Email: alyssa.pereira@sfgate.com | Twitter: @alyspereira