I don’t think it is crazy to say that there were better TV shows than movies in 2020. TV was awesome this year.
I still didn’t even touch the surface of all of the best shows with the world shut down. I am missing some great shows that I haven’t watch yet. Some of them include “I May Destroy You,” “Queens Gambit,” “Ted Lasso,” and so many more.
Here we go: (WARNING: Many docuseries are coming)
A 10-part documentary chronicling the untold story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty with rare, never-before-seen footage and sound from the 1997-98 championship season – plus over 100 interviews with famous figures and basketball’s biggest names.
Sports documentaries don’t get much better than this. “The Last Dance” was must-watch television, and it truly brought back event television. I would have watched ten more hours. I didn’t grow up watching Michael Jordan, so this docuseries was even better. Kobe Bryant was my Jordan. It was engaging, entertaining, and informative. Ten hours with Michael Jordan reminiscing on his career was fantastic. The episodes would leave you wanting more. It was the best piece of entertainment in 2020. The best part is that you don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate it.
After a money-laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel goes wrong, financial advisor Martin “Marty” Byrde proposes to make amends by offering to set up a bigger laundering operation in the Lake of the Ozarks region of central Missouri.
“Ozark” keeps getting better and better and better. The tension in the show is ridiculous, and it’ll give you gray hair. “Breaking Bad” has been my favorite show, but “Ozark” may replace depending on the final season, which comes out in 2021. The regular cast is phenomenal, but the addition of Tom Pelphrey, who played Wendy’s brother, stole the show. I won’t spoil anything, of course, but his performance made him a bonafide star. It truly is a damn shame he did not get nominated for any awards so far. Yeah, Ozark fucking rules.
A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.
How do you make the second season of “The Boys” better? Crank up the show to even more. More violence, more dark humor, more filth, more fun. “The Boys” season two might have been the most fun I had watching a show all year. This is the show that I recommend to anyone looking for something to watch. Honestly, if you haven’t watched this show…what are you doing? I can’t wait for season three.
A lone gunfighter makes his way through the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.
I’m not going to lie, after watching the last three “Star Wars” movies, I was done with the franchise. Disney ruined it for me. The magic was gone. Well, “The Mandalorian” has resurrected my love for “Star Wars” and made me love it again. I wouldn’t even call myself a “Star Wars” nerd, but this show makes me what to be one because of the lore that it creates. The show isn’t corny, and it’s not watered down like the newest movies. It is a western show set in the “Star Wars” galaxy, and it is glorious. Season two was remarkable. I could not believe my eyes with some of the stuff they pulled off. The last four episodes are television and movie magic, especially the last episode. I still have chills.
A four-part docuseries exposing the determination, heartbreak, and raw emotion of UFC’s challenge to produce a major sports event when much of the world was shut down.
Director Rory Karpf has not missed when it comes to his films. He is a must watch director not only because his documentaries are filmed great but because the stories that he tells. I sincerely believe you don’t have to be a UFC fan or even a sports fan to appreciate “UFC Fight Island: Declassified.” The stories throughout it are compelling and to see raw emotion so intimately is excellent.
Set in Staten Island, What We Do in the Shadows follows the lives of three traditional vampires, Nandor, Laszlo, and Nadja; Colin Robinson, an energy vampire; and Guillermo, Nandor’s familiar. The series revolves around the centuries-old vampires interacting with the modern world and other supernatural beings.
“What We Do in the Shadows” is the funniest television show, and I feel like no one is watching it. The second season came out this year, and it might even be more amusing than the first. The writing is so damn great. I’m over the moon about the show getting nominated for an Emmy, rightfully so. Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Matt Berry, and Mark Proksch, as the four main vampires, are truly doing something special, and it needs to be watched. Please, if you have not seen an episode, I beg of you, watch one episode and thank me later.
Five-part documentary series that chronicles the evolution of comedy from within the walls of the iconic L.A. club. This documentary series brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at The Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars.
As a lover of stand-up comedy, “The Comedy Store” was right up my alley and exceeded all of my expectations. I was actually bummed out that it was only five parts. The stories that went on within the walls of that comedy club are iconic. Director Mike Binder does a great job, including all of the legends and telling their history. The interviews feel genuine and not forced. The last episode sucked, but the four previous episodes were so strong it made up for it. If you enjoy stand-up comedy, seek this out.
“A five-part documentary series examining the gripping story of high school football star Greg Kelley who was convicted of sexual assault of a four-year-old boy, and sentenced to 25 years in prison with no possibility for parole. But a groundswell of support emerged for Kelley, calling into question the investigation, the prosecution’s tactics and ultimately, the validity of the conviction.”
Showtime has been killing it with their documentaries. “Outcry” was an excellent true-crime docuseries. It plays on the fear of being convicted of a crime that you did not commit, and no one believes you. It highlights the poor investigative process while also shining a light on police work that no one was willing to own up to. This docuseries reminded me a lot of “Making A Murderer,” check it out.
Young computer engineer Lily Chan investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend.
I almost forgot this came out this year. Giving writer/director Alex Garland eight episodes to create a science fiction thriller was one the best decisions FOX has ever made. While the show did start slow and strange, it quickly picked up and ended fantastically. The ideas and atmosphere of “Devs” is the strength of the show. The acting is good, nothing super memorable, other than Nick Offerman, who was fantastic.
A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.
What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about “Tiger King”? It came out at the right time. It is an insane docuseries for an insane year. When you think of 2020, “Tiger King” will be on the tips of their tongue for most people. Actually, screw it, 2020 will be remembered for Tiger King and COVID-19.
Some honorable mentions that just missed the list were:
- “Lock and Key”
- “Lovecraft Country”
- “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez”
- “The Haunting of Bly Manor”
- “Undertaker: The Last Ride”
- “The Outsider”
- “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults”
- “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez”
- “Westworld” Season Three