Best Series of 2020 For You To Check Out
We made it through 2020 with the help of television. After a year primarily spent in quarantine, television had the impossible job of keeping us entertained and all happy! With an array of series to watch and to keep us entertained.
So, yeah! Thank you TV. Thanks for being the friend we didn’t know we’d rely on so much in 2020. We’re thankful for everything you gave us. For the laughter, company, and intrigue
We bring you a list of the Best series of 2020 you should check out!
Raised By Wolves: Season 1 (2020)
Originally, the focus was on two androids, Mother and Father. They tasked with raising babies rescued from the Earth we know and make it so they could survive after they no longer function. However, the planet they land on, Kepler-22b, seemingly isn’t the best place for children. Hence a continuous struggle to keep the children alive. But then comes those that took part in the destruction of Earth arriving, the religious group known as the Mithraic, and so begins the unraveling of a story in more ways than one. Its a show with mixed reviews because as you watch, nearly everything you were invested in loses its luster. Buts worth a shot
Harley Quinn: Season 2 (2020)
Discovering this animated series, which debuted in November 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service, with Season 2 arriving in April, has been one of the many nice surprises brought about by the launch of HBO Max. Not unlike the 2020 Harley Quinn-centric DCEU movie Birds of Prey, the 26 existing episodes (a third season is set for 2021 on HBO Max), features plenty of fast-flying jokes and mayhem. But the genuinely emotional relationship between the wannabe supervillain (voiced by Kaley Cuoco) and best friend Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) sets Harley Quinn apart.
Better Call Saul: Season 5 (2020)
Five seasons in, this series has established its own quirky identity. So firmly that it seems reductive to think of it as a Breaking Bad prequel. Its hard-boiled storylines and eyes-wide-open approach to ethical decay have become so bleak that Walter White might find them alarming. But the show can also be laugh-out-loud funny. Even adorable at times, especially when Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy/Saul embarks on a new grift. The thoughtful score, imaginative soundtrack, and subtle sound design give insight into the characters that dialogue and performance alone can’t provide.
The Flight Attendant: Miniseries (2020)
Raise your hand if you had Kaley Cuoco’s The Flight Attendant down in your predictions for best series of the year. Now put your damn hand down because no one saw The Flight Attendant coming. The series features Cuoco in her best role to date, mixing abit of high drama, with comedy and camp. Pair her alongside either Rosie Perez or Michelle Gomez, and you damn near have magic. After a long tenure and a slew of jokes about The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco has proven that she’s way more than you’ve been giving her credit for.
I May Destroy You: Miniseries (2020)
This BBC One and HBO creation from Michaela Coel is one of the frontrunners for best new series of 2020. Coel stars as Arabella, a woman whose drink was spiked one night, leading to her sexual assault. The dramedy series follows Arabella as she tries to piece together the memories of her assault. While also processing her status as a survivor of sexual assault. The series seems a bit severe on the surface. But the writing and execution takes the brutality of a heinous crime. It is wrapped it in a mix of vulnerability, strength, and dark humor. Creating something so far-removed from survivor stories you’ve seen in the past.
Sex Education: Season 2 (2020)
Maybe one of the keys to success is simply getting Gillian Anderson on your series (see above). Coming in with its second season, Netflix’s Sex Education remains one of the smartest and most inclusive shows in the comedy line up right now. Though it was an early release in 2020, its sophomore season traversed the impossible lull. The kind that so many series face: not knowing where the story goes in Season Two. Instead of floundering, Sex Education took time to invest deeper in characters that weren’t just Otis. The payoff is a broad bench of narratives for the third season, which is expected to be out in 2021.
The Boys: Season 2 (2020)
Shrugging off any notion of a sophomore slump, Amazon’s The Boys barreled into its second season with gusto. Coming off the big conclusion of season one, Butcher and the boys are on the run for a murder. So on top of unveiling the corruption behind the Seven and the abuse of their superpowers, they’re also fugitives on the run for murder. A superhero series has the potential to veer into the unwieldy. But The Boys remains a tight show whose narrative in Season Two managed to hit tragically close to home.
The Queen’s Gambit: Miniseries (2020)
It’s been a while since we’ve been this into chess. But the Netflix adaptation of Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel is catching a lot of people’s attention. The miniseries follows orphaned Beth Harmon’s incredible trajectory as she aims to become the world’s best chess player. Riddled with addiction issues, the series spans 14 years, and no—before you ask—it’s not based on a true story. But that’s a testament to just how good the show is. Because it’s rare that a story this good isn’t based on some semblance of reality.
The Last Dance: Season 1 (2020)
Sometimes, you can measure your own greatness by how much you’re pissing other people off. If we’re going by that metric, then The Last Dance, ESPN’s documentary about the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls dynasty, was a hell of a success. Scottie Pippen… Horace Grant… even Ken Burns lobbed hater bombs at the 10-part docuseries. Regardless, director Jason Hehir can rest easy knowing that he made a documentary almost as great as its subject. At first, he had MJ cackling, burning through a glass of whiskey, and talking shit like it was ’98 again—but later, had him tearing up, realizing on camera what exactly he lost at the cost of greatness.
Dark: Season 3 (2020)
In the final season of Netflix’s German-language sci-fi brain-buster, the forces of good and evil vying for control of the very nature of time itself in the past, present, and future of Winden wend further along their possibly unending temporal loop that we now know also spans a parallel universe. Jonas, having been rescued by Martha 2 in the second-season finale, is more determined than ever to stop the villainous Adam and return things to normal. But undoing a knot that has held Winden in balance for five generations requires a sacrifice. Resulting in one of the most shocking and emotional conclusions to a TV show you’ll see this year.
Insecure: Season 4 (2020)
The show is about best friends Issa and Molly who belong to the same social background and face similar experiences. They always strive to find solutions to their problems by facing them together.
Insecure has at times struggled to maintain a dynamic story arc throughout its run, its aesthetic sensibilities never wavered. Since its premiere, Insecure has been a visual feast, portraying black Los Angeles with a warm and generous eye no matter which director shoots a specific episode. The list of auteurs who’ve lent their vision to the series is diverse and impressive; among them are Melina Matsoukas, Kerry Washington, Stella Meghie, and Nijla Mu’min.
The Mandalorian: Season 2 (2020)
Sophomore seasons can be hard, especially when you’re an offshoot of a deeply (sometimes toxic!) beloved franchise like Star Wars. But you know what they say about assuming? It makes an ass out of you, and you alone, because you’re probably the only person not watching Grogu (nee The Child, nee nee Baby Yoda) decimate cuteness standards. Let’s be frank: the plot is perfectly fine, but we’re all tuning in each week to see what Baby Yoda does. Never has such a precious creature made possible murder seem so adorable. (Point of clarification: we do not endorse genocide. We only endorse eating all the eggs if you’re a baby.)
Bridgerton: Season 1 (2020)
Bridgerton, which is the first show released on Netflix produced by Shonda Rhimes. This is after her headline-making exclusive deal with the company, is set in the early-1800s period known as the Regency, during the Austen-Brontë stretch of time when English society’s structure was rigid, corsets were tight, and marriage was the Number One priority of any woman considered of age. In other words, it’s about hot characters doing scandalous things, just what Shondaland fans have come to expect.
The Umbrella Academy: Season 2 (2020)
In the first season’s dramatic climax, Number 5 time-travelled his family away from the Armageddon awaiting Earth. Which was caused by a now super-powered and distraught Vanya. Furious over her family’s lies and unable to control her powers, Vanya eventually causes the apocalypse. Which Number 5 had been trying to prevent.
The TV series shifted gear from the plot of Way’s comic on many an occasion. Particularly with the way in which the season ended. With the earth destroyed, the family broken and the time-travelling Commission hot on their tail.
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story (2020)
The tale of Betty Broderick (played by Amanda Peet), is about a woman raised with strong Catholic values primed to be a perfect housewife by her strict parents. She got married to up and coming doctor, and later lawyer Daniel Broderick (Christian Slater). Despite sharing four children and moving to California where they lived what looked like an idyllic life, in the mid 80s their marriage dissolved bitterly and very publicly, ending in tragedy. Dirty John season two tries not to come down too hard on exactly who the ‘Dirty John’ is here. Instead showing the ruthlessness of divorce.
Lovecraft Country: Season 1 (2020)
Lovecraft Country is HBO’s boldest new release since Watchmen. The summer series from JJ Abrams and Jordan Peele follows Atticus Freeman, his friend, and his uncle, as they set off on a road trip across 1950s America, but it quickly becomes much more complicated than that. There are, of course, the racial terrors of mid-century America, but in this reality, there are also actual monsters.
The Haunting Of Bly Manor: Miniseries (2020)
The Haunting of Hill House, horror auteur Mike Flanagan’s well-regarded 2018 Netflix miniseries. Unearthed the roots of a family’s trauma using the very spirits that haunted them as children in a mansion that was like flypaper for people’s souls. Compared to that season, the second installment of what has become an anthology show with many of the same actors playing unconnected characters is barely frightening at all. But that’s far from a criticism. There are plenty of ghosts in Bly Manor.
Based on Henry James’ gothic mystery novel The Turn of the Screw. In which a governess comes to believe that her two young charges are being possessed by the ghosts of two lovers. Who died on the grounds before she arrived. But the show spends less time on crafting its (very effective) scares and more on exploring what force could possibly be powerful enough to turn a dead person into a ghost. Death is a tragedy; a soul unable to move on even more so
Tiger King: Season 1 (2020)
Tiger King swept popular culture at a time when the world really needed a distraction. If one story has the power to draw attention, it’s the strange tale of Joseph Maldonado-Passage (better known as Joe Exotic). The seven-episode docu-series looks into the bizarre world of big cat owners Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and Doc Antle. Not sold? By the time you’ve finished the series, there’s an assassination plot, a three-way marriage, an alligator explosion, and an unsolved murder mystery.