Most of the series is set on a train to Chicago, creating a situation they can't (and mostly don't want to) escape from. –Aliza Sessler, Search Party returned in 2020 after a three-year hiatus, and having filmed its latest season more than two years ago, I was worried it might have become outdated during its time away. –Lauren Zupkus, The Boys premiered in 2019 as a raunchy, borderline absurdist response to superhero culture at a time when we were all still riding the high of Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest-grossing film in history. There are a few scenes — Elizabeth's "I'm not like the other girls" moment in Episode 3 and the dazzling U.S. Championship in Episode 5 — that I watch a few times a week because they're so good. More Photo Galleries. But Jordan is also unquestionably the greatest basketball player of all time, and The Last Dance doesn't shy away from Jordan's borderline psychotic competitive drive, notorious vindictiveness, and generally difficult personality. –Tim Surette, A show about chess may seem like it would be a snooze, but Scott Frank's miniseries The Queen's Gambit makes it look like war. Here’s my pick for the 10 best TV shows of 2020: 10. It's been a few since Netflix's last horny teen hit; this looks like the next one. Check out TV Guide's roundups of the best episodes of the year, the performances we couldn't stop talking about, and all the shows we lost this year. The hourlong drama is beautiful, rich, and unfiltered as it elevates marginalized people -- Black strippers, non-binary individuals, and country folk -- to show their full humanity, and it has the performances to back it up. Even though the world came to a standstill in 2020, television kept pumping out television like nothing had changed. -Kaitlin Thomas [REVIEW | TRAILER], Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True, Premiered May 10 | Watch on HBO Ruffalo ruffalo ruffalo Ruffalo ruffalo. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. -Liam Mathews [TRAILER], Premiered June 21 | Watch on HBO You probably remember Perry Mason as an imposing defense attorney somewhere inside that imposing suit as he boiled down murder cases and, like clockwork, wrung out a confession from someone who wasn't his client to prove his client's innocence. She stars in this miniseries as Cassie, a hard-partying flight attendant who jumps into a one-night stand in Bangkok with a hunk (Michiel Huisman) and wakes up next to his freshly murdered corpse. The Best TV Shows of 2020 The coronavirus may have shifted Hollywood's film business, but the world of television was still able to thrive. Enjoy! I just felt like I should say that... up front. Check back often, as this story will be updated throughout the year. [TRAILER], Premiered October 23 | Watch on HBO/HBO Max News that Nathan Fielder, of Comedy Central's genius Nathan For You, was executive producing this alt-comedy docuseries instantly catapulted it up my watchlist, but even with such high expectations I was unprepared for the flurry of emotions I would feel from watching the premiere episode. Next up is "Law School Magic," which claims to be part The Breakfast Club and part The Chronicles of Narnia, and the final special is "Parking Lot Wedding," and I'm not even going to tell you what happens because that would spoil the magic. We can't change our past, but we still have a say in our future, and no show portrays that better than On My Block. Schitt's Creek's final season wrapped up the Canadian comedy with a heartwarming, Emmy-sweeping bow as the characters prepared to take their next steps in life. In 12 stunning, sometimes unsettling episodes, the series follows what happens after hip young writer Arabella, played by Coel, realizes she'd been drugged and raped while out drinking in her home city of London. From Lovecraft Country and Cheer to The Baby-Sitter's Club and Run, these are the best new shows of 2020 on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and everywhere else you watch TV. While The Vow dedicates several hours to the supposed appeal of the group, Seduced swiftly and bluntly lays bare the sickening control tactics inflicted on its victims in specific detail, such as Oxenberg's forced weight loss and Raniere's unwavering demands for explicit photos. –Megan Vick, Ethan Hawke's blazing performance as the abolitionist John Brown is this historical limited series' main draw, but every element of the highly energized show is top-notch. Cheer celebrates the power of the human spirit; every Navarro cheerleader featured in Cheer overcame an intense personal battle — not only to make the team, but also to stay on the team and prove they are the best at what they do. S42 E26 - Down Payment on Death The sting operation to catch a woman in a murder-for-hire plot is filmed for a reality-TV series. December Preview: 16 TV Shows & New Movies to Watch at Home by Jason Dietz, Metacritic Features Editor – November 25, 2020 In the gallery above, our editors have selected the coming month's most promising TV shows (including limited series and specials) as well as movies available to watch at home through VOD and digital purchases, listed in order by premiere date. -Allison Picurro [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered September 3 | Watch on HBO Max Look, we know it's weird. Throw most of that out the window, as HBO reboots Perry Mason with The Americans' Matthew Rhys -- who's absolutely terrific -- playing the iconic TV character as a slightly disheveled, grumpy, boozing, f---ing malcontent who's working a case about a murdered baby in a dirty, grimy 1930s Los Angeles. Everything else about them? Ted Lasso. Most of it is coy cat-and-mouse, but every once in a while some genuine connections form. He plays Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, twin brothers with a complicated relationship. It's an incredible document of NBA history that basketball fans will find totally riveting. [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered Feb. 7 | Watch on Apple TV+ It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney is smart enough to know that video games are funny, but they're not to be made fun of. But while the sophomore season made us fall even more in love with the vampires (and appreciate Guillermo in a way they probably never will), the jaw-dropping cliffhanger is what has us champing at the bit to see what's next. His performance as abolitionist John Brown in the pre-Civil War drama is fueled by the kind of rage that can only come from deep-rooted faith so unhealthy, that violence isn't just an option, it's preferred. 05.16.2020 01:21:08 S42 E25 - Murder and Scandal in Chicagoland The chilling true crime story of a '85 Chicago Bears legend and the … WATCH NOW! It's funny in an "I can't believe they're pulling this off" way, as it's a comedy that deals with America's legacy of slavery. But best of all, the series has the confidence to just tell its story without telegraphing its themes. As a bonus, the inimitable Michael Sheen stars as the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and he's great as always. It all comes together for one of 2020's best new shows. –Tim Surette. [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered Jan. 18 | Watch on BBC America The latest from the incredible BBC documentary team goes from continent to continent to highlight the variation of the planet's wildlife in this new series. I can only hope that one day we'll talk about Search Party the way we talk about dramas like Breaking Bad, because with Season 3, it absolutely earned its place among the greats. –Megan Vick, This cheerleading docuseries that chronicled the journey of the Navarro Junior College cheer team on their way to another national championship was the first must-watch Netflix show of the year. -Megan Vick [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered October 29 | Watch on National Geographic/Hulu In a year where political documentaries were everywhere, Steve James' (Hoop Dreams, America to Me) City So Real stood out with a docuseries that perfectly captures the division, tension, and passion in politics today through the 2019 mayoral election in Chicago. Well, some of them, anyway. In between, there's romance, addiction, and feminism, but it's also cool to watch for the fancy threads, decked-out hotels, and gorgeous wallpaper. The show upped the ante in its second season with the help of a possessed undead Haley Joel Osment, a Superb Owl party, the world's most terrifying chain email, and the introduction of the man, the myth, and the legend that is Jackie Daytona. Not everything in 2020 was terrible, though. The limited series, which will likely bring FX a slew of Emmy nominations in the acting categories, is largely told through the eyes of Cate Blanchett's conservative homemaker and hopeful politician Phyllis Schlafly, who staunchly believes a woman's place is in the home even as she is quite often ... not in the home. He doesn't just bring a glow to everyone around him; he leaves viewers with hope that things can get better and that doing your best is enough. [TRAILER], Premiered April 19 | Watch on ESPN, ESPN+ This 10-part docuseries is ostensibly about the Chicago Bulls' historic 1997-98 season, but it's really an in-depth examination of Michael Jordan, who didn't get to be the greatest basketball player who ever lived by being nice to people. Raniere, who at one point asserts to a crowd of his followers that he could "make a baby very rape-able," doesn't deserve forgiveness, and the Starz series thankfully doesn't grant him any. The show is coming of age right before our eyes. Based on the webcomic by Radford Sechrist, Kipo is set 200 years in the future, after The Great Mutant Outbreak of 2020 caused animals to mutate in size and intelligence, leading most humans, now much lower on the food chain, to seek safety underground. Add in the wrinkle that it's a diverse group of teenage girls whose plane goes down, leaving them stranded on a deserted island, and you've got yourself a bingeable series in which the fun twists and turns are secondary to the individual stories of each character. And even though you'll bang your head over Cassie's decisions and inability to play it cool at all, the slick show is too fun to stop watching. -Liam Mathews [REVIEW | TRAILER], Zoë' Kravitz and David H. Holmes, High Fidelity, Premiered Feb. 14 | Watch on Hulu You've seen the movie, maybe you've even read the book, now you can watch the High Fidelity TV show! [TRAILER], Premiered May 15 | Watch on Hulu This lavish period piece features powdered wigs, British accents, and flowing wardrobes, but it ain't a stuffy drama for your mama. Starting with a mystery and a ticking clock, P-Valley follows several characters but focuses chiefly on a woman named Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson), who is on the run from some kind of undisclosed trouble and winds up at a country juke/strip joint named The Pynk. But The Good Lord Bird is careful not to entirely idolize Brown, smartly choosing to tell its story through the eyes of a freed slave who, like us, can't decide is Brown is a hero or a maniac. The show is a delight for all ages, faithfully adapting the books while also adding in episodes dealing with important current-day topics, such as transgender visibility and racism. Filmed at NYU, the first special is titled "Dream Job" and tells the story of two friends, one of whom has an important job interview that eventually spirals into an existential crisis. While the setup seems like a farce -- Ted's hiring is part of an elaborate scheme by an embittered woman looking to ruin the beloved football team of her cheating ex-husband -- Ted's seemingly unshakeable good nature and determination to see the best in everyone, even those actively trying to do him harm, is downright inspiring. In other words, it's simply the best. The final gutting scene showed Issa and Molly sitting down to a tentative truce, but their relationship has changed so drastically that it feels almost like a total reset of the show. –Tim Surette, Better Things has always centered around the joys and hardships of simply waking up and existing in the world each day, and its fourth season was its most human yet. At some point it becomes clear she's managed to convince herself she was not at all involved in the two murders she very much committed, and the way it culminates is absolutely bone-chilling. What's on TV & Streaming What's on TV & Streaming Top Rated Shows … From creator Tanya Saracho and starring Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera, Vida was unrivaled in its authentic portrayal of grief, intimacy, and queerness in the Latinx community. It also follows a Mexican soldier (Harold Torres) on the frontline of the drug war, and Giuseppe De Domenico as a Calabrian gangster who wants to take over his family business. Shop Related Deals. That doesn't say much, but it's great. [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered August 14 | Watch on Apple TV+If any show can be credited with restoring faith in humanity after the whirlwind of 2020, it is Ted Lasso. Each sketch blends together in a purposefully hurried attempt to make Big Ol' House of Fun into a slapdash sitcom, further adding to the zaniness as bits frequently go into the stratosphere where Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong call home. The last thing he needs is for an alien to land on him and transfer its powers before dying. - Liam Mathews [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered March 16 | Watch on HBO This limited series, written by The Wire's David Simon and Ed Burns, is based on a book by legendary novelist Philip Roth. Who knew we all needed to hear John McEnroe say "thirst trap"? It's written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, whose previous films include Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, in case you weren't sure if I Know This Much Is True was going to be really heavy. By that grammatically correct sentence, I mean this HBO limited series stars Mark Ruffalo in two roles. Stream online for free with your TV Provider. Quiz is an incredibly entertaining three-episode miniseries, and it not only covers the scandal but the development of the show as well, for those of you who like to see what goes on behind the scenes. El vecino is expected to make its debut in 2020 on Netflix. Netflix's best young adult series deftly mixes coming-of-age tales and teenage hijinks with the harsh reality of growing up in a crime-ridden neighborhood that has taken far more from its residents than it's given. This is exactly the kind of documentary that people should be talking about. -Liam Mathews [REVIEW | TRAILER], Nina Moran, Ardelia "Dede" Lovelace, and Moonbear, Betty, Premiered May 1 | Watch on HBO If Girls' Hannah Horvath spent less time telling everyone else how they were wrong and more time chilling on a skateboard, it might look a little like HBO's new six-episode series Betty, a loving ode to female friendship, New York City, and vibin'. We all remember the thong debacle, but the bits that really stuck with us were Maya's (Maya Erskine) reckoning with race and Anna (Anna Konkle) dealing with her parents' messy divorce. Mindy Kaling's warm, wickedly funny spin on a classic high school comedy stars newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi Vishwakumar, a high achiever desperate to reinvent herself after the sudden death of her father (Sendhil Ramamurthy, joining the ranks of TV's hot dads even in flashbacks). Absolutely no one is saying this Breaking Bad spin-off is unnecessary now. The eight-episode series is one of those fun and unpredictable road trip adventures, packed with odd situations and unique characters, but it's the writing and the performances from the two leads -- Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock -- that really makes this one of those international treasures that's about to invade America. [JOSH THOMAS INTERVIEW | TRAILER], Season 1 premiered January 14; Season 2 premiered June 12 | Watch on Netflix Despite being set well after the apocalypse 200 years in the future when humanity is forced to live underground because giant man-eating mutants roam the surface of the Earth, this charming animated series based on a webcomic is pure delight. But if the first season of What We Do in the Shadows was set up for success by the hilarious feature film of the same name, Season 2 revealed that Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and the show's writing staff have gotten so comfortable in this extension of the film's world that they not only can meet the movie's genius, but surpass it completely. 11:54 AM PT-- WE tv tells us ...'Get Ya Life!' The hip-hop soundtrack, diverse characters, and hilarious mutant animal gangs are just plusses on top. [TRAILER], Premiered Jan. 17 | Watch on Apple TV+ If you need a nice pick-me-up from the ills of the world, this anthology series from Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Alan Yang is a good bet. Watching them throw seemingly inhuman tumbling passes was enthralling, but so was getting to know each of these tenacious athletes on a personal level. Looks like you're using an unsupported browser or operating system. The result is a fascinating exploration of court theatrics and politics as told through the eyes of a highly intelligent and competent woman, one whose ideas and desire for progress are regularly disregarded by intellectually inferior men. Thomas has schizophrenia, and Dominick has PTSD from taking care of him, serving in the Gulf War, and numerous other hardships. Kipo is a wide-eyed and effusive burrow girl who, when she finds herself on the post-apocalyptic, Ozian surface, just wants to snuggle all the gigantic but adorable creatures who are trying to kill her. The premiere will take you right back to how you felt in 2015-16, as Lindbergh's rise makes people uneasy, but they don't think he could actually be elected. The latest slate of artists in Netflix's TV version of the popular … Life After Lockup Five couples face parole and temptations in "Life After Lockup" - will they break rules or break old habits? What sets Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens apart from others in its class is its Asian-American perspective and the fact that the character still lives at home with her dad and grandmother, who both play big parts in the show. the first must-watch Netflix show of the year, salacious details surrounding the NVIXM cult, the performances we couldn't stop talking about. Tiffany (Amanda Seales) pushed aside her postpartum depression until she felt compelled to run away. This show is all about the moments that make life worth living, and it continues to be a non-stop pleasure to watch. Well, at least initially. And when every day feels the same, I cherish the ability not only to be whisked away to places like Rio de Janeiro, the Mississippi Delta, or Seoul, but also to see these cities through the eyes of Phil, whose optimism and ability to connect with anyone anywhere is a lovely antidote to the loneliness and cynicism this year has so often inspired. The update of the series about a white family who struggles when the parents are killed in a car crash moves thing to a Latinx family who must keep it together after the parents are deported for being undocumented. Featured Shows. Ted Lasso is the Animal Crossing of TV shows. –Kelly Connolly, There is no show on TV quite like On My Block, which follows a group of Black and Latinx teens in South Central Los Angeles. It revealed to fans what it might be like if their favorite caped crusaders had corporate backers and weren't all altruistic saviors. The media circus that springs to life around them turns them into bona fide celebrities, and the show takes shots not just at the American legal system's history of going easy on privileged white people, but at our culture's voyeuristic fascination with true crime. Fueled by the mistreatment of Indigenous women that he witnessed while working as a probation officer, Kipp started the gym to help women and girls learn to defend themselves, and to provide a drug and alcohol-free haven in an addiction-plagued society. The unconventional pen-palship not only pushes the pair out of their comfort zone but helps them see their mutual favorite city -- New York -- in a new light and find motivation to be their best selves. There are scenes this season that were so beautifully executed that I can't help thinking about them all the time, like the one in which Sam and her eldest daughter, Max (Mikey Madison), hurl vicious slurs at each other before dissolving into laughter and hugs, and Sam screening her documentary about aging for her kids. It's great, filled with fun writing and an energetic performance from its lead, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who meets every of Devi's obstacles with spirit and a smile. [REVIEW | TRAILER], Ben Schwartz and Thomas Middleditch, Middleditch & Schwartz, Premiered April 21 | Watch on Netflix Laughter is the best medicine besides actual medicine prescribed to you by a qualified medical professional, so if you're in need of some laughs, these three new, completely improvised comedy specials featuring Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz are exactly what your doctor is probably also watching in April. What follows is a dark comedy that doubles as a murder mystery as Cuoco's character tries to piece together what happened, evade authorities, and find the murderer. –Kaitlin Thomas, Elarica Johnson, Shannon Thornton, Brandee Evans, P-Valley. It's the perfect show for a hazy late-night on the couch: a colorful and comically intellectual escape, if the mood-enhancers you take to appreciate the visuals allow your brain to follow it. I was happy to be proven wrong. Considering Season 2 was filmed before the pandemic began and George Floyd's death at the hands of police officers sparked global protests against police brutality and systemic racism, it proves that The Boys not only knows how to give good superhero spectacle, but that the Amazon series might be the best in the game at doing so while actually telling a meaningful story. Hawke and his writing partners faithfully adapted James McBride's National Book Award-winning novel in a way that captures its irreverent spirit, and the show is stuffed with great performances, especially from young Joshua Caleb Johnson, who plays a freed boy who travels with Brown and observes antebellum America as Brown crusades against slavery. Cozy up to the new TV shows in January 2021. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Fluctuating power dynamics eventually put a strain on their relationship, as issues of class, privilege, submission, and emotional scarring compound an inability to communicate, leading to periods of friendship and intimacy giving way to months of no contact. Exciting? -Kaitlin Thomas [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered April 12 | Watch on HBO Early on in HBO's new series Run, you'll know that the two main characters (Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson) totally have the hots for each other. With Jack Dylan Grazer, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Chloë Sevigny, Alice Braga. Image: Lucasfilm, NBC, The CW, Netflix, and Syfy. –Megan Vick. Chess? As of September 2020, too, Disney Plus added a co-watching feature called GroupWatch, letting you watch a movie or TV show with up to six other … -Liam Mathews [REVIEW | TRAILER], Walter Cordopatri and Giuseppe De Domenico, ZeroZeroZero, Premiered March 6 | Watch on Amazon Prime Video Amazon's violent, prestige-y, multi-continental crime epic ZeroZeroZero, produced in partnership with Sky Atlantic and Canal+, could potentially be the answer to Netflix's Narcos. –Liam Mathews, We considered including Tiger King — a perfectly entertaining series, regardless of what fun-hating detractors say — in this list of best shows of the year, but the shallowness of it all ultimately gave it the boot. CBS All Access/Netflix/HBO . Jenna Clause, Sarah Pidgeon, and Mia Healey, The Wilds, Premiered December 11 | Watch on Amazon Prime Video This surprise survival thriller doesn't hide its inspiration -- ABC's game-changing drama Lost -- but unlike other imitators that came before it, it follows the formula so well it doesn't matter. It is a timely (or perhaps timeless) story anchored by career-best performances from Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, who portrays Peter III of Russia as an oversized, self-obsessed frat boy, and the script is both bold and genuinely funny. How wrong they'd be. No one would accuse Season 1 of being afraid to go there, but Season 2 upped the stakes in every way possible without compromising character development or a coherent story. –Tim Surette, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Noah Reid, Emily Hampshire, Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek, If heaven had a creek, it truly would be this one. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals in early 2020 with the proviso they would meet with the monarch a year on to discuss how … © 2021 TV GUIDE, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Though they are pieces in a bigger puzzle about Arabella's experience, their own sex lives are also muddied by questions of consent and experiences with sexual violence.