Our Favorite TV Shows of 2020

28th February 2021

Our Favorite TV Shows Of 2020

Apart from eating, catching up on movies and TV shows is our favorite past-time together. As video creators, we prefer to think of the time we spent on the couch (bean bags in our case) as essential “research” required to improve on our work. And, we’re proud to say that in 2020, we’ve done quite a bit of “research”.

We believe that many of you probably have also spent more time at home in 2020 than in the years before. That means that you’re likely to have spent more time watching shows, and it’s a trend that’s set to continue in 2021. So hopefully, you’ll find something new from this list that’s worth watching, for those times that you’re stuck at home!

If you're looking for something intense...

Dark (Season 3)

We’ve heard great things about this German series (first released in 2017) for some time, but the abstract cover art and marketing material just never intrigued us enough to give it a shot. But we’re so glad that we finally did! We actually started watching this in 2021, and binged watched all 3 seasons at record pace – just in time for it to make this list.

There’s no recency bias here, this show is just so mind-blowingly good. Shows about time travel is always tricky, as it’s easy to find loopholes and flaws in the plot. But in the case of Dark, at some point you just stop trying to spot mistakes in the story as you become convinced that the writers are from the future. Just enjoy the ride!

(There’s an interactive, incredibly complicated family tree on their website. Check it out after you’ve watched the show to avoid spoilers.)

What We Liked:

Casting was on point, acting was phenomenal. Impeccable plot and storytelling. Amazing, haunting soundtrack.

Problems:

Left us itching for the next episode EVERY SINGLE TIME. Have to constantly remember to pick our jaws up from the floor.

If you're looking for something (more) light-hearted...

Sex Education (Season 2)

We headed into the first season of Sex Education just for laughs, expecting a cliché, coming-of-age story. We were so wrong!

Season 2 of Sex Education continued to build on the endearing and hilarious foundation of the first season. This show isn’t just corny comedy, it’s a comedy-drama. While the comedy of Sex Education is excellent, it’s the drama that stole the show.

The story is relatable and heartwarming. The acting is impressive. Film-making and storytelling is top-notch. It’s not a show that we were expecting to love, yet here we are, eagerly awaiting the next season.

What We Liked:

A refreshing take on the genre. Impressive performance from the cast. One moment it makes you laugh, another, it makes you cry; and it’s all utterly enjoyable.

Problems:

Reminds us that we’re “old” (relative). Have to turn down the volume during certain scenes, or risk awkward misunderstandings with the neighbors (the walls of our apartment building can be a little thin).

Honorable Mentions

Better Call Saul (Season 5)
The Last Dance
The Queen's Gambit

We’re huge fans of the original Breaking Bad. In fact, it’s arguably Glo’s favorite series of all time. We would never have thought that this spin-off/prequel would be this good! If not for Dark’s last second intervention, and the fact that Better Call Saul has not yet concluded, the 5th season of this wonderful series would have taken top spot for our favorite show of 2020.

Glo is a huge sports fan, so The Last Dance was naturally right up his alley. But surprisingly, HL was hooked on this documentary too, despite knowing practically NOTHING about Michael Jordan and the legendary Chicago Bulls team. This series is an interesting peek into the mentality and mindset of one of the greatest and most iconic athlete in the history of sports.

The breakout Netflix hit of 2020. We thoroughly enjoyed this one-season wonder, but felt that The Queen’s Gambit just lacked the depth of some of the other series on this list.

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