2020 was a tough year. We spent more time at home than ever, and there weren't that many new shows. The need to escape the real world never felt more desperate, so yes, this list is a bit random. In fact, I don't know if I would have watched all of these shows in a different year. Regardless, they all left me with something positive.
Here are my top picks of shows that premiered in 2020:
1. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
This show will make you laugh, cry, and if you allow it to, inspire you to be a better person. I know that sounds dramatic, but just watch. The writing, acting, story line, and music are all fantastic. Can't recommend enough.
2. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
Inspiring story about a smart, badass girl. If that isn't enough to entice you, then it's probably not for you, and what is wrong with you?
3. The Undoing (HBO Max)
High society. Murder. Drama. Plot twists. Suspense. 6 episodes that will leave you on the edge of your seat. You'll think you have this show figured out multiple times and you probably won't be right.
4. Ratched (Netflix)
Warning - this show is not for everyone. I only started watching it because they filmed some scenes in my hometown and I was curious, and then I got hooked. Deals with a serial killer and a mental hospital. If you can't take blood or violence, I do not recommend. Probably the craziest show I've ever seen.
5. Normal People (Hulu)
I loved and hated this show all at the same time. The story follows two teens in Ireland navigating romance, adulthood, intimacy, and a lot more. I loved it because I am a sucker for a good love story, but also found myself annoyed because they were so awful at communicating with each other sometimes. Very artsy show, so it will appeal to some, but not all. Deals with some heavy topics such as depression, grief, and abuse.
6. Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Finished this show in a day and then wished I could erase my memory and experience it for the first time all over again. Girly show that is so much fun to watch. If you love fashion, travel, or love, then you'll especially enjoy.
7. Tiger King (Netflix)
If you don't already know what this is, who are you? Seriously. Even if you haven't watched, you know what it's about. And yes, Carole Baskin killed her husband. Obviously.
8. Dave (Hulu)
If you like Lil Dicky or his music, then definitely watch. If you're like my parents and have no idea who he is, then don't bother.
9. Upload (Amazon Prime)
This was a fun show that caught me by surprise and exceeded expectations. It's light-hearted, funny, and deals with an interesting concept about afterlife.
10. Love on the Spectrum (Netflix)
Quick show that left me with all the feels. Another one that will make you laugh and cry. Thinking about this show just makes me happy.