Every time we watch TV shows, we try to be taken to a different location. This is especially true for 2020, the year we have had to spend long periods of time in isolation and indoors where our TV, mobile devices, and streaming subscriptions are among our closest satellites. Many of us don’t just crave entertainment from our television experience.
Hence, this list of the ten best events for 2020 is more than just a personal favorites list or the highest quality crafted programs, although that is certainly a big part of it. This list also reflects the performances that have allowed us to temporarily forget all reasons to worry about this sad year and leave us somewhere else for a few minutes or hours.
1. Country of Lovecraft (HBO)
This combination of horror anthology and history lessons dares to the end, and often feels like an immediate, politically conscious response to Scooby-Doo. In the 1950s, he follows a group of fearless working-class characters (played by Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Michael K. Williams, and Courtney B. Vance) as they try to avoid or confront the beast of racism.
2. Mrs. America (FX for Hulu)
From former Crazy Men producer Dahvi Waller, this show speaks of an awkward political truth that many viewers refuse to listen to. She shows how right-wing figure skater Phyllis Schlaflay (Cate Blanchett) cannot change equality by taking important symbols for leftist feminism – such as equality between marriage and work – and undermining it for the sake of reactionaries. , refers to patriotic symbols, patriarchal values, and sentimentality.
3. Better call Saul (AMC)
After five seasons, the series has so firmly established its own bizarre identity that it seems paralyzed to think of it as the forerunner of Breaking Bad. Her stubborn storyline and eyes wide open to ethical slumps have become so bleak that Walter White might find her disturbing.
4. City So Real (National Geographic)
Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) brings his muscular lyric poetry to his hometown of Chicago after citizens try to overcome recent historical crises, including the 2019 mayoral election and riots after the George Floyd murder, the COVID-19 pandemic, and ubiquitous civil corruption.
5. The Mandalorian (Disney +)
Part western detectives and some, this space adventure for the wandering Mandalorian hunter (Pedro Pascal) is one of the best ever released under the Star Wars banner, and the only one in Gendi Tartakovski’s “Clone Wars” series from Early Outs to give it style fresh to all known elements.
6. What do we do in the shadows (FX)
Jemaine Clement’s series about quarrels and the marginalized vampire on Staten Island is an extension of the 2014 source film of the same title, which is obvious. A relative of The Office, she brings the school to life right off the volume of the sitcom with dead shows, actors, and truly touching moments.
7. Like John Wilson (HBO)
There’s seldom any sensibility in filming that feels so fresh, but that’s what director John Wilson was doing here. He writes with his camera like an old-fashioned reporter from city life in a daily newspaper, reflecting on every day and eccentric moments he sees – usually in New York – and finds humanity in everyone who crosses his lenses.
8. I can break you (HBO)
This series from Michaela Coel – about a writer named Arabella (Coel) who tries to identify and punish the man who added drinks to her and raped her – goes into a heart of fear, but miraculously manages to make it fun and easy. stood up as the heroine followed her quest.
9. Good Master Bird (Showtime)
This passionate project by actor, co-author, and co-author Ethan Hawke for abolitionist John Brown (Hawk) features a complex, unmistakable combination of tones: it’s research on black comedy and mental illness, mentoring -Meditation, a dirty military series, and historical epic about American racial relations.
10. I’ll disappear into the dark (HBO)
No other 2020 series has done so many things this well. Director Liz Garbus’ long-term adaptation of Michelle McNamara’s published posthumous real-life crime diagram, McNamara’s search for the Golden State killer – later identified as Joseph James De Angelo – over decades of sexual assault and murder.