Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > TV Talk
Reload this Page >

Favorite TV Shows of 2020

TV Talk Talk about Shows on TV

Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Old 12-19-20, 09:18 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
The Questyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 4,133
Received 166 Likes on 121 Posts
Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Interested to see what everyone's favorite tv shows of 2020 were. I watched over 100 shows so it was tough getting down to a top 20. I had another ten that were tough to cut.

1. The Queen's Gambit
2. The Mandalorian
3. The Boys
4. How to with John Wilson
5. Lovecraft Country
6. I'll Be Gone in the Dark
7. Mrs. America
8. Bojack Horseman
9. The Good Place
10. Sex Education
11. Little America
12. Killing Eve
13. Shrill
14. Hip-Hop Evolution
15. I May Destroy You
16. After Life
17. Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children
18. The Babysitter's Club
19. Dead to Me
20. The Last Dance

Old 12-19-20, 09:57 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 63,909
Received 772 Likes on 575 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

I'm going to try to stick with shows that aired their seasons this calendar year and completed airing their runs whether it's a 1/2 season or the entire season.

The Mandalorian season 2 (Disney +) - What more needs to be said?

The Last Dance (ESPN) - Probably one of the best sports documentaries ever.

The Undoing (HBO) - A pretty solid 1 and done miniseries with good stars.

Yellowstone season 3 (Paramount)

Warrior season 2 (Cinemax) - Kickass show that no one watches

Doom Patrol season 2 (HBO Max) - Such a weird, but fun show.

Taste the Nation (Hulu) - A really good food and travel entertainment show hosted by Padma Lakshmi. Smartly written and beautiful cinematography

Fear the Walking Dead's 1st half of season 6 (AMC) This may surprise some of you, but so far this is a really good comeback season

Gangs of London (AMC+) A really awesome and crazy season

The Flight Attendant (HBO Max) Yeah it had some dumb moments, but I was never bored watching it.

Liar season 2 (Sundance) British show that really got little to no attention

The Boys season 2 (Amazon)

Star Trek: Picard (CBS All-Access) I did enjoy this a lot even though it got extremely mixed reaction.

Better Call Saul (AMC) I forgot that this aired in early 2020. Good season.

Last edited by DJariya; 12-19-20 at 10:51 PM.
Old 12-19-20, 10:30 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Posts: 8,487
Received 220 Likes on 164 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

20 for 20

New shows

Queen's Gambit
The Right Stuff
Teenage Bounty Hunters
The Great
The Last Dance
Never Have I Ever
Lovecraft Country
Plot Against America
Picard

Old shows
Better Call Saul
Ozark 3
The Crown 4
Mandalorian 2
Umbrella Academy 2
Sex Education 2
Outlander 5
Bojack Horseman 6
Schitt's Creek 6
Better Things 4
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Old 12-19-20, 10:34 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,623
Received 50 Likes on 43 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

- 60 Minutes

(Couldn't bring myself to watch much of anything else with any consistency).
Old 12-19-20, 10:38 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 63,909
Received 772 Likes on 575 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Originally Posted by morriscroy View Post
- 60 Minutes

(Couldn't bring myself to watch much of anything else with any consistency).
Why comment then if you don't watch anything? Just like in the physical media thread you stated you don't watch or care about anything anymore. The OP wants to know what people like and are watching this year.
The following users liked this post:
morriscroy (12-19-20)
Old 12-20-20, 12:25 AM
  #6  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 3,785
Received 71 Likes on 56 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Can't Miss TV
Mandalorian - Season 2
Better Call Saul - Season 5

Favorite Guilty Pleasures
Below Deck - Season 8
Below Deck Mediterranean - Season 5

Favorite Surprise
Teenage Bounty Hunters - Season 1 (and now cancelled )
Old 12-20-20, 12:33 AM
  #7  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 41,034
Received 231 Likes on 184 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

How to with John Wilson was my #1
Old 12-20-20, 09:56 AM
  #8  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 5,480
Likes: 0
Received 46 Likes on 37 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

My top ten

1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix) - Loved it
2. The Mandalorian S2 (Disney+) - The final was awesome
3. The Boys S2 (Amazon)
4. The Crown S4 (Netflix)
5. Wayne (Amazon) - Crazy show, the girl remind me of a young Valerie Bertinelli
6. The Right Stuff (Disney+)
7. Ozark S3 (Netflix)
8. Alice In Borderland (Netflix) - Very weird it like a cross between Battle Royale and The Game
9. World's Toughest Race (Amazon) - Kind knew who would win after third episode. The team from Japan was tough to watch.
10. Unbelievable (Netflix)
Old 12-20-20, 10:12 AM
  #9  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
The Questyen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Arizona
Posts: 4,133
Received 166 Likes on 121 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

I always wondered what that Alice in Borderland was. It pops up on my Netflix recommended all the time. I'll have to check it out since I love both those things you used to describe it.
Old 12-20-20, 02:24 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Somewhere between Heaven and Hell
Posts: 31,464
Received 163 Likes on 112 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Originally Posted by dom56 View Post
9. World's Toughest Race (Amazon) - Kind knew who would win after third episode. The team from Japan was tough to watch.
The father with Alzheimer's made me cry, dammit!
Old 12-20-20, 03:38 PM
  #11  
Inane Thread Master, 2018 TOTY
 
OldBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Are any of us really anywhere?
Posts: 42,561
Received 235 Likes on 204 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Queen's Gambit
The Mandalorian (S2)
Better Call Saul (S5)
The Boys (S2)
Teenage Bounty Hunters
The Unicorn (S2)
Old 12-20-20, 05:40 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 5,480
Likes: 0
Received 46 Likes on 37 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Originally Posted by devilshalo View Post
The father with Alzheimer's made me cry, dammit!
Yes very touching. Hope there a new season.
Old 12-20-20, 08:22 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Posts: 13,732
Received 130 Likes on 85 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

The very best of the year I found.

Top Tier:

The Great
Better Call Saul

2nd Tier:

Ozark
Schitt's Creek
A Confession


Old 12-21-20, 07:07 AM
  #14  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 4,217
Received 16 Likes on 14 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Enjoyed these 20 this year, not really ranked but sort of...

#1 - Ted Lasso - A terrific tonic in a stressful year.
#2 - The Queen's Gambit - Best mini-series I've seen in a long time...
#3 - The Mandalorian - Great 2nd season and a great finale
#4 - The Boys - One of the best things on Amazon
#5 - Wayne (from last year YouTube, but found it on Amazon this year.) - This was a hoot

#6 - After Life, really well done second season...
#7 - Better Call Saul (AMC) - Probably should have this in the top 5
#8 - Star Trek: Picard will probably re-subscribe for S2 - Didn't love the finale, but loved seeing Jean Luc again!
#9 - The Undoing (HBO) - I enjoyed this more than I thought I would...
#10 - The New Pope S2, I think this aired this year, good stuff

#11 - Ozark - Great finale for S3
#12 - Schitt's Creek - A real treat to binge this one this year...
#13 - Worlds Toughest Race, rock solid Adventure reality
#14 - Top Chef - Still standing after all these years
#15 - Survivor - Jumped back in after a 10 season hiatus and now watching with my Kids
#16 - Amazing Race - Hope we get another season
#17 - Right Stuff - this was pretty solid, I love Space shows and this one sort of delivered...
#18 - The Unicorn - One of the few new decent Sitcoms to debut
#19 - Plot Against America - Thought this was a well done period piece based on the Roth novel
#20 - Bosch/Jack Ryan - Forgot if these aired this year, but enjoyed both of them on Amazon Prime
#21 Forgot about Perry mason, this finished strong!

Last edited by mphtrilogy; 12-21-20 at 09:13 AM.
Old 12-21-20, 07:35 AM
  #15  
DVD Talk God
 
Deftones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Arizona
Posts: 76,622
Received 279 Likes on 199 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

My favorites:

The Mandalorian
Ted Lasso
Dave
Bosch
The Expanse (will only get 4 or 5 eps this year, but still awesome)
Ozark
Better Call Saul
The Boys
Umbrella Academy
Old 12-21-20, 09:52 AM
  #16  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: SnogBox
Posts: 7,649
Received 20 Likes on 17 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Enjoyed quite a bit, but Ted Lasso was easily the highlight!
Old 12-21-20, 11:06 AM
  #17  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Surf City, CA
Posts: 1,633
Likes: 0
Received 5 Likes on 4 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Several incredible shows this year!

1.) The Great - by far, the biggest surprise of the year!
2.) Ted Lasso - warm, light hearted and funny
3.) Ozark - just another well-acted season, brilliant work
4.) The Boys - Better than S1
5.)The Queen's Gambit - shockingly good, not even a chess fan
6.) The Mandalorian - duh!
7.) Alice in Borderland - trippy and violent, I like
8.) Umbrella Academy S2
9.) I'll Be Gone in the Dark (limited)

Honorable Mentions:

Dead to Me
The Vow
Doom Patrol
The Flight Attendant
Old 12-22-20, 09:47 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Posts: 759
Received 5 Likes on 5 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

I agree with a lot of the shows mentioned. But I found that I watched and enjoyed a lot documentaries and documentary series this year, including:

The Vow -- I know, way too many episodes for the amount of content, but I was mesmerized.
Love Fraud -- How could a guy as schlubby as I am attract so many women
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
McMillions
My Psychedelic Love Story
The Reagans
The Comedy Store
Shangri-La
Old 12-22-20, 09:49 AM
  #19  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 14,978
Received 210 Likes on 152 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Ted Lasso is the best thing to come out of 2020; hands down.
Old 12-22-20, 01:19 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,623
Received 50 Likes on 43 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

Originally Posted by SteveA View Post
But I found that I watched and enjoyed a lot documentaries and documentary series this year, including:
The only genre I have watched consistently this past year, were documentaries. Mostly on PBS and occasionally on a smithsonian channel and youtube.

Stuff like:

- Frontline
- Hacking Your Mind
- Cosmos: Possible Worlds
- various docs hosted by Lucy Worsley
- Magic Numbers
- Rise of the Nazis
- Nova
- Secrets of the Dead
- The FBI Declassified (hosted by Alana de la Garza)
- various docs about the Hong Kong protests
- various docs about China's push into AI


In terms of actual fictional drama shows where I eventually watched all the episodes of the current season, so far only one show: Tribal (8 episodes).

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9108604/

Old 12-22-20, 01:37 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 63,909
Received 772 Likes on 575 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

I forgot that Bosch season 6 aired in April. That would also go under my favorites for 2020.
Old 12-23-20, 04:13 AM
  #22  
DVD Talk Hero
 
TomOpus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 35,275
Received 226 Likes on 167 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

In no particular order. Heavy on Netflix:

The Queen's Gambit
Grace & Frankie
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Tiger King
Ozark
Umbrella Academy

The Mandalorian
Sex Education
Dead to Me
F is For Family
Big Mouth
Life Below Zero
The Boys

Old 12-23-20, 05:39 AM
  #23  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
tanman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Gator Nation
Posts: 7,441
Received 235 Likes on 170 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

I guess I haven't really watched that much current TV. Absolute favorite:

Mandalorian - Best show on TV in a long time.
Also great:
Challenger: Final Flight

Eh...TV
Tiger King
Arrowverse -
out of some sense of loyalty at this point
Star Trek Discovery - such a promising season that turned out so dull.
L&O SVU
Old 12-23-20, 08:21 AM
  #24  
and
Cool New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Posts: 23
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

If I had to limit it to my favorite 3:
Better Call Saul
Mandalorian
The Queens Gambit
Old 12-23-20, 07:46 PM
  #25  
Moderator
 
dex14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 33,927
Likes: 0
Received 988 Likes on 666 Posts
Re: Favorite TV Shows of 2020

I’ve watched a lot of TV this year. I mean A LOT. More episodes than probably some people have watched in their life time. This is just a list for new / current shows. I’m probably forgetting something.

The Best:
Normal People (this should be on more people’s radar!)
The Queen’s Gambit
The Mandalorian
Better Call Saul
Sex Education
The Boys
Dave
Ted Lasso
Unorthodox
How to with John Wilson

The rest:
Bosch
Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist
Love Life
Never Have I Ever
Ozark
The Great
The Crown
Dead to Me
Wayne
Teenage Bounty Hunters
The Comedy Store
Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult
The Vow
The Last Dance
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark
The Challenge

Honorable mention:
Dash and Lily
The Clone Wars
The Babysitters Club
The Flight Attendant
City So Real
Murder on Middle Beach
Grand Army
We Are Who We Are
Upload

Last edited by dex14; 12-27-20 at 07:48 PM.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.