The best TV shows of 2020 have offered a great distraction during this extraordinary year. At the same time, the year isn’t over yet by any means. TV shows and movies have done an immense service this year in presenting some much-needed stories and laughter in a world hurt by a health crisis.
In this Best TV Shows List of 2020, you’ll find dramas, comedies, horror, and documentaries.
I Know This Much is True
This show is based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb. Starring Mark Ruffalo, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. This series follows the lead character Dominick Birdsey, who struggles to care for his twin brother, Thomas. Later he discovers the truth about his family history. Mark Ruffalo plays identical twins in this show on HBO. Dominick’s character helps his brother while his condition worsens, and Dominick discovers secrets at the hospital that puts Thomas in a dangerous position. The series is six-episodes filled with grief, sorrow, and a real trial on the human spirit. It’s some of the best acting and storytelling in 2020.
Away is a series about hope, humanity, space, and how we need one another to achieve impossible things. An American astronaut Emma Green has to leave her husband and daughter behind for a dangerous mission to command an international space crew. Away is an excellent show about the final frontier.
The Umbrella Academy: Season 2
Season 2 of Umbrella Academy will pick up directly after season 1, where Number Seven/Vanya blasted a Moon’s part recklessly, causing Earth’s destruction. The Umbrella Academy follows the dysfunctional Hargreaves children, based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comics.
The Boys: Season 2
Season 2 of The Boys will pick up right where season 1 left off. The evil Superman stand-in Homelander reveals a super-powered son, despite running through his girlfriend at the start of the show, where Hughie saves the life of speedster A-Train.
PEN15: Season 2
PEN15’s student season goes intense into middle school life differences without losing any of its attraction. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play Maya and Anna’s characters. Attractive, two adult actors characterizing their versions beautifully on the screen with drama that gains people’s attention.
Supernatural: Season 15
The Winchester brothers’ epic journey comes to an end in season 15. It’s been a long journey where Jensen Ackles plays Dean, and Jared Padalecki plays Sam Winchester, and Misha Collins plays Angel Castiel. Season 15 starts where the last season ends with God threatening with the line “Welcome to the End,” and where it all begins and ends. Winchester brothers have battled various mythical creatures and monsters, demons and angels, in a seemingly never-ending quest to save the world.
Raised by Wolves
This show will take place on a mysterious planet in the early colonization time. The series will focus on a pair of androids raising human children, living along with the colonists. The colonists haven’t left their ideological things back on Earth since they are being torn apart by religious differences. The androids find themselves flimsy in the middle.
This is a suspenseful drama series set in 1947 that tells the origin story of an asylum nurse. Mildred Ratched arrives in Northern California to seek a job at a psychiatric hospital, where there have been unsettling experiments that have begun on the human mind. She introduces herself as the ideal image of a dedicated nurse. Still, on an undercover mission, she begins to bother the mental health care system and patients.
It is an Irish drama television series. Based on the 2018 novel produced by Element Pictures for BBC in association with Screen Ireland. The series cast of Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal focus on the relationship between the characters Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron as they reach adulthood from secondary school to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. The book became a U.S. bestseller by selling almost 64,000 hard copies in the first four months. The series was initially written by Rooney and Alice Birch and directed by Hettie Macdonald and Lenny Abrahamson.
It is an American television docu-series on Netflix. The series with only six episodes follows the nationally ranked Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team from Corsicana, Texas, directed by Monica Aldama (coach). They’re preparing to compete in the Cheerleading Championship at a national level held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. The series’ episodes focus primarily on elements of the history of cheerleading and five individual Cheer Team members, including the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) formation.
Dare Me focuses on the lives of a group of cheerleaders whose team has been disrupted by a new coach’s entrance, Colette French (Willa Fitzgerald). The show also features head cheerleader Beth Cassidy and Addy Hanlon (Herizen Guardiola), whose stories tie the series together. Gina Fattore and novelist Megan Abbott ran the show. The show displays the glory, pitfalls of heeding desire, and small-town emotional complications. This show owns the tuned script and bold performances from Kelly and Guardiola that further explain the complex dynamics of sisterhood, friendship, and other focal points.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
This is based on the Golden State Killer case, who terrorized California in the 70s and 80s—committing more than 50 sexual assaults and ten murders. The actual author of the crime reports, Michelle McNamara’s, was obsessed with finding justice on his victims’ account. Her work is presented in the book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, which inspired the same HBO documentary. The six-episode series shows McNamara’s great investigative work and how DeAngelo’s rampage survivors have managed to cope.
I May Destroy You
I May Destroy You is the best new series of 2020. Starring Michaela Coel as Arabella, and her attempt to remember the night she was sexually assaulted. The series focuses on Arabella as she tries to remember and solve the puzzle memories of her assault while also preparing her status as a survivor of sexual assault. The writing and execution wrap the crime in a mix of vulnerability and take the harshness of a monstrous crime and strength, with dark humor, creating something from survivor stories you’ve seen in the past.
The Last Dance
The Last Dance is a documentary series of 2020 American sports by ESPN and Netflix, directed by Jason Hehir. This series focuses on the career of Michael Jordan, particularly on his final season with the Chicago Bulls. It highlights exclusive footage with an all-access pass to the Bulls of a film crew and many NBA personalities, including Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson, and Steve Kerr.
Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever is a drama plus comedy television show. Created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher and starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, and premiered on Netflix in May 2020. This show circles around an Indian American high school student struggling with her father’s death. The comedy is partially based on Kaling’s childhood in the Boston area.
The Great series balances the line between comedy and period drama with ease. Catherine, Peter, and their various followers spit viciously funny insults at each other. The punchlines come as lacerating and swift as Peter’s temper. An anti-historical, genre-bending ride through 18th-century Russia following the fiercely comedic rise of Catherine the Nothing to the Great.
Westworld: Season 3
From executive producers Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Lisa Joy, Westworld returns this March with the third season. This season initially received positive reviews from critics; reviews praised the performances and visuals. After three of the second season’s events, the third season occurs, with Dolores having escaped Westworld, including Bernard’s. They were taking residence in neo-Los Angeles in 2058.
When The Streetlights Go On: Season 1
When the Streetlights Go On comes with strong writing, an impressive cast, and an exciting mystery, the story focuses on a double homicide that rattles the lives of a group of teenagers, coming of age amid a murder investigation while struggling to find a sense of normalcy.
Space Force is a comedy series focusing on a group of people tasked with building the United States Armed Forces’ sixth branch, the United States Space Force. The character Mark Naird is the first general of the Space Force and is in charge of the work, and as per the President’s orders to get on the Moon by 2024.
The Outsider is based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. It focuses on an investigation, which was simple but gets complicated when a cop murders a boy. Some supernatural force binds its way into the case and leads it into further research to question everything they believe. The central character is Holly Gibney in this series.
I Am Not Okay With This
This series is a comedy-drama based on the comic book of the same name by Charles Forsman. This series was released on Netflix in February 2020, and it received many positive reviews for the performances of Lillis and Oleff. The story focuses on a teenager operating the difficulties of high school, sexuality, and family while dealing with new problems.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is a television series starring Rob McElhenney, and it premiered on February 7, 2020. The story focuses on the team of the biggest multiplayer video game tasked with creating legends, building worlds, and molding heroes.
Run: Season 1
Run is a comedy thriller television series created by Vicky Jones, and it premiered on HBO in April 2020. It stars Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever. The story focuses on a woman whose ordinary life gets turned upside down when she receives a text from her college lover, inviting her to meet him in New York to fulfill the pact they made 17 years earlier.
Lovecraft Country is a horror drama television series produced by Misha Green based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff of the same name as the series. It premiered on August 16, 2020, and starred Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors. The story focuses on the character Atticus Black when he joins his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to start on a road trip across 50s America in search of his missing father.
Upload is a comedy-drama science fiction television series produced by Greg Daniels, and it premiered in May 2020 on Prime Video. The storyline is that in 2033, humans can upload themselves into a virtual afterlife of their choice. When the center character, Nathan, a computer programmer, dies untimely, he is uploaded to the very expensive Lake View. Still, he soon finds himself under the thumb of his still-living and possessive girlfriend, Ingrid.
Hunters is a drama web television series produced by David Weil, and it premiered in February 2020 on Amazon Prime Video. The story is based in New York City in 1977; Nazi hunters find numbers of high-ranking Nazi officials planning to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S., where the Hunters plan to bring the Nazis to law and prevent their new genocidal plans.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
The Haunting of Bly Manor is a horror-drama television show which is streaming now. Mike Flanagan produces it for streaming on Netflix. The series follows The Haunting of Hill House, but they are not connected. The cast and team of Hill House returned for Bly Manor. The story goes that a young nanny is hired by a man to look after his niece and nephew at the family countryside house after they fall into his care. She begins to see apparitions that proceed to haunt the manor after arriving at the Bly estate.
These are the best picks so far in 2020. For those wanting to celebrate Halloween by watching a scary flick, the shows have arrived like The Haunting of Bly Manor, and there’s also mysteries and documentaries. In November, make sure to watch The Crown with its new and exciting story.