The Best TV of 2020
2020 had many excellent TV shows to enjoy:
The Mandalorian Season 2
The Mandalorian Season 2 followed its namesake through a full story
arc of a quest to protect and find a home for the child.
Along the way are epic adventures and new travel companions. We
learn the name of the child. Some familiar names and faces make an
appearance as well.
Normal People follows the relationship between two Irish young adults
through high school and beyond. Several Irish locations serve as a
beautiful backdrop to the ups and downs of their lives. The long
duration of the story sets this apart from many other shows.
Homeland Season 8
Homeland has always been a high-intensity, binge-able show. In the
final season, the scheming, plotting, and skullduggery reach a
dramatic conclusion as Carrie rebounds from her captivity. The
writers and producers show just how to wrap up a drama like this. If only
every show had a chance to tie up all of their loose ends.
This season sees more dramatic action as the resistance grows in
strength and numbers. All action builds to a dramatic finale filled
with risk and potential reward. Can June topple Gilead? What
sacrifices are made in the process? I won't spoil any of these
questions, watch the show to find out.
Teenage Bounty Hunters
Here's an unexpected streaming surprise I hadn't heard about before it
appeared in the "new" section of Netflix. Teenage Bounty Hunters
is essentially true to its name, focusing on two sisters who somewhat
accidentally fall into a bounty hunting career (or side hustle to high
school, at least). They aren't at it alone, their naive youthful
energy is balanced out by their crusty partner/mentor, which is one of
the many enjoyable parts of the show. Between the adventures of the
job and high school hijinks, there is plenty to like in this quick (10
The tension between the two leads keeps this show on edge. At first
glance, it is about an intelligence officer (Eve) hunting down an
international assassin. Eve is dedicated in her pursuit of the case,
but at what point does dedication cross the line into obsession? And
what if the hunter becomes the hunted? Three seasons are currently
Another show I found on a lark and ended up enjoying quite a bit.
This medical/procedural/dramedy mashup has a high joke density. Not
all land, but those that do are laugh-out-loud hilarious. The two
leads are former medical "professionals" who are drafted to fight
crime, and travel to numerous international locales to do so.
Seemingly unqualified for both medicine and policework, they muddle
through with lots of pithy commentary.
This Steve Carell-led comedy has more hits than misses, though be
ready with the 1.25x speed if you hit a slow point. Starting from the
real-life creation of a new branch of the U.S. military, it follows
the office politics and new projects undertaken by the agency. If you
like Carell's brand of earnest but not-very-competent manager, this
may be for you. It includes an interesting supporting performance
from John Malkovich.
Last modified on 24 Dec 2020 by AO
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