These are the best shows we saw in 2020 on Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max and Disney+

Because it wasn’t actually a giant 12 months for leaving your home, 2020 was a really massive 12 months for tv. From marquee HBO shows to the trashiest actuality TV conceivable, there was a full spectrum of unbelievable experiences available from the comforts of 1’s sofa. Here’s our favourite shows that we wrote about this 12 months — click on the present titles to learn our evaluations — and glad bingeing.


If you guessed that certainly one of the 12 months’s most exhilarating shows could be a status sports activities drama a few teenage feminine chess champion, properly, you are nice at guessing. Few shows this 12 months supplied as a lot suspense, fashion and sexiness as this unlikely champion, which can simply be the biggest sports activities present since “Friday Night Lights.”

“Too Hot to Handle,” a actuality relationship present from Netflix, challenges singles to go one month with out intercourse.



Remember when it was bizarre to not be capable of contact different people, as a substitute of only a regular 2020 factor? Early in the pandemic, this shallow innovation of the relationship present coincidentally captured the zeitgeist in a manner its creators by no means might have imagined. Also, it has a lot of very fairly individuals to take a look at (however no touching!).

This picture launched by HBO shows Nicole Kidman, left, and Hugh Grant in a scene from “The Undoing.”

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One of the best social media phenomena of the 12 months was the fixed Twitter bickering over who killed Elena Alves, a discourse that might by no means have occurred if “The Undoing” wasn’t launched the old style manner: one episode at a time.

The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child (aka Baby Yoda) in a nonetheless from season two of “The Mandalorian.”

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They actually ought to’ve left Boba Fett in that pit, however we’ll forgive Disney as a result of the second season of “The Mandalorian” is manner higher than the first.

New episodes of “Animaniacs” premiered on Hulu on Nov. 20, 2020.

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If you grew up in the early Nineteen Nineties and thought you had been actually intelligent, odds are you preferred “The Animaniacs.” A pioneer in the style of children shows with jokes solely their mother and father perceive, the reboot is a triumph, skewering at present’s political panorama with a infantile playfulness that you simply will not see wherever else.

Chris Rock as Loy Cannon in season 4 of the FX present “Fargo,” which is on the market streaming on Hulu.

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This season, FX took “Fargo” out of the Midwest, and in the course of left behind the trappings of Fake Nice with certainly one of its nastiest characters but.

A scene from HBO Max’s “Love Life.”

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Watching Anna Kendrick stumble via a revolving door of NYC boyfriends is charming on its personal, however what made “Love Life” stand out was its distinctive launch schedule. It did not drop the entire season directly, and even an episode per week, however slightly launched units of a number of episodes collectively to permit for mini-binges, however nonetheless saved the viewer coming again for extra.

“Teenage Bounty Hunters” has one season obtainable on Netflix.Netflix/ Contributed photograph/COURTESY OF NETFLIX


Netflix pulled the plug on the second season of “TBH,” which is a rattling disgrace contemplating that the coming of age comedy that crosses “Clueless” with “Breaking Bad” was certainly one of the wildest rides of the 12 months.

“Outer Banks” is the present of the 12 months, it doesn’t matter what critics say.

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SFGATE columnist Drew Magary threw down the gauntlet by calling this the present of the 12 months, and though he would possibly’ve been slightly weirdly excited by the kiss scene on the dock, he does provide a righteous takedown of pretentious TV critics.

Tic (Jonathan Majors) in a nonetheless from HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.”

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You like monsters and hate racism? Then Jordan Peele has the present for you. There might have been no extra bold present this 12 months visually or thematically than “Lovecraft Country,” which masterfully combines sci-fi with a interval drama.

“Woke” has one season obtainable on Hulu.Hulu/Contributed photograph


Requisite viewing should you stay in San Francisco, “Woke” roasts all of the metropolis’s contradictions, whereas incorporating an revolutionary mixture of animation and stay motion.

Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched and Alice Englert as Nurse Dolly in episode 101 of “Ratched.”

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One of Netflix’s greatest breakouts of the 12 months reimagined the backstory of Nurse Ratched from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” exhibiting her grisly previous working at a psychological hospital in Northern California. It has a few of the most scenic pictures on TV this 12 months, and showcases certainly one of the Bay Area’s most attractive trip retreats, the Lucia Lodge.

Dior Walker-Scott is homeless for a lot of season 5 of Netflix’s “Last Chance U,” certainly one of myriad issues confronted in a altering Oakland.

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Capturing the vitality of a junior faculty soccer crew in Oakland is not simple, however the of us at Netflix did their homework by utilizing an enormous crew of locals to make the present really feel similar to the Town.

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