I've been a little late bringing you this list.
As the movie studios were hustling trying to figure out how they were going to release their movies, and trying to decide which movies would get moved to next year, TV productions (some of them, at least) were stalled, and some shows got pushed to later in the year due to COVID. Since many people were in, you had a steady stream of content to watch and there was still plenty of new (returning and "new"
new shows) to watch while everyone was hunkered down in their homes waiting COVID-19 out. There was actually a tremendous surge of new shows. I could have easily made an entire 20 list of new shows. But some of my favorite shows delivered as well, and some even ended their entire runs with all barrels blazing (something that is hard to come by in the TV world). The 2010's definitely changed TV in a big way, TV has never been treated as seriously as it has been ever before (You can argue that this actually started in the late 2000's) and we'll have to hope that the streak continues for the unforeseeable future. As I said though, LOTS of great potential in 2020, so I think this era of great TV isn't slowing down for anything.
As always, I will give you my ten favorite new shows from 2020. Everything that just got started or a new miniseries. Then I will give you my ten favorite returning shows of 2020. Veteran TV that had strong seasons, shows I still can't get enough of.
THE TEN BEST NEW SHOWS
1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
All the hype you've heard about this one is real. "The Queen's Gambit" is fast-paced, engaging entertainment. For someone who never got into chess and never understood the fascination of it, this is a miniseries that kept me on the edge of my seat. Anya Taylor-Joy is quickly becoming one of my very favorite actresses, and she delivers here. Her Beth Harmon was one of the most unique TV heroes of the year and her journey through this miniseries was a delight.