We wanted portals that could pluck us out of the constraints of a COVID universe and place us in normal-time worlds, where we could hang out with characters still able to interact, mask-free, with family members, families, classmates, colleagues, lovers, and even enemies.
Many of us did not merely want entertainment from our television encounters. It was not by air, car, or train that the easiest and safest way to fly was 2020. It was by logging into HBO Max or Netflix.
These lists of the ten best TV shows of 2020 are more than a compilation of personal favorites or the programs made with the highest degree of professional craftsmanship. However, that’s undoubtedly a massive part of it.
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Top 10 TV shows in USA
I’ll be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
No other 2020 series has done as many superlative things like this one. The long-form adaptation of writer Michelle McNamara’s posthumously released true-crime book charts by director Liz Garbus McNamara’s attempt to locate and prosecute the Golden State Killer decade-long series of home invasions, sexual assaults, and murders, later known as Joseph James DeAngelo.
But the series also has a lot to say about the evolving nature of crime and punishment over the past five decades, the repercussions of McNamara’s relentless quest for her loved ones, and the challenge of generating despair while fighting.
Most impressively, by concentrating on the domestic spaces that the killer desecrated and making shadows appear to glide unnaturally over crime scenes, it found a way to capture savagery without re-creating it.
The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
This passionate project about abolitionist John Brown (Hawke) by actor, co-creator, and co-writer Ethan Hawke nailed a tricky combination of tones out of the gate and never went wrong: it’s simultaneously a black comedy, a mental illness analysis, a mentorship meditation, a down-and-dirty war series, and a historical epic of U.S. race relations.
Even while allowing itself jaggedly modern touches (including modern and even contemporary Black music), which affirmed a link between the present and past struggles, the series remained rooted in its time.
I May Destroy you (HBO)
Michaela Coel’s series, about a writer named Arabella (Coel) seeking to find and punish the man who spiked her drink and raped her, plunged into the heart of horror, yet miraculously managed to be humorous and light on her feet as the heroine pursued her quest.
How to With John Wilson (HBO)
It is unusual to experience a sensitivity to filmmaking that feels entirely new, but filmmaker John Wilson manages here. In the manner of an old-fashioned city-life reporter in daily newspaper days, he writes with his camera, reflecting on the mundane and eccentric moments he sees in the New York people by passing here and there.
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
In addition to the already hilarious 2014 source film of the same name, this Jemaine Clement series on squabbling, abused vampires in Staten Island is bloodsucker kin to The Workplace, revitalizing sitcom tomfoolery’s direct-address school with deadpan performances, ace character acting, and genuinely touching moments.
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Part Western and part crime thriller, this space adventure about a roaming Mandalorian bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) is one of the best things ever released under the Star Wars banner and the only one from the early aughts to add a fresh style to all the familiar elements since Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series.
Acting under a mask and armor, with his sheer physical authority, Pascal anchors the series. Even though you never see his face, you sense what the character is feeling and thinking.
City So Real (National Geographic)
Filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) brought his muscular lyricism to bear on his hometown, Chicago, following people as they attempt to survive recent historical crises, including the 2019 mayoral election, the chaos after George Floyd’s murder, the pandemic of COVID-19, and widespread civic corruption.
Better Call Saul (AMC)
This series has so strongly built its own quirky brand five seasons in that it seems reductive to think of it as a prequel to Breaking Bad.
His hard-boiled plot lines and eye-wide-open approach to ethical regression have become so grim that they may be disturbing to Walter White. But at times, particularly when Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy/Saul embarks on a new grift, the show can also be laugh-out-loud funny, even adorable.
The insightful score, inventive soundtrack, and subtle sound design offer insight into the characters that dialogue and performance alone cannot offer.
Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
Many viewers did not want to hear them; this series from former Mad Men writer-producer Dahvi Waller spoke inconvenient political truths.
It demonstrated how right-wing figurehead Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett) derailed the Equal Rights Amendment by taking symbols that were fundamental to left-leaning feminism and subverting them to favor reactionaries, appealing to patriotic symbols, patriarchal values, and sentimentalities, such as equality in marriage and the workplace.
Audacious to the end, Scooby-Doo always felt like a politically conscious, live-action response to this mix of horror anthology and a history lesson.
Set in the 1950s, they tried to prevent or confront the beasts of prejudice, which could be literal and figurative, an intrepid group of working-class Black characters (played by Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Michael K. Williams, and Courtney B. Vance) followed.
There was nothing else on TV that performed as many magic tricks as much, even if you didn’t love every show.
Hence, there is no doubt about the fact that USA is a hub of some of the best TV shows. The production houses in USA cover a huge genre right from romantic, drama, horror to daily soups. You can always have the best time by just watching these shows.
So put on your TV or internet and have the best weekend by watching some of the great shows.
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