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Best TV Shows of 2020

By Kate Avera

A year ago this month, March 2020, the world went into lockdown. That is when the binge-watching of t.v. shows began because what else are we supposed to do with all the extra time? Through all of the 10 episodes-a-day cramming and flying through show after show, have you ever wondered which shows are the most popular and beloved by majority opinion? Rotten Tomatoes has ranked these shows based on the highest ratings.

Disclaimer: I did not put every show from Rotten Tomatoes on this list. I mostly put shows that I think Woodson students have watched or heard of. Additionally, most of these shows below are rated TV-MA and TV-14. Therefore, please watch at your own discretion. You can view the complete list here or at the bottom of the page.

Schitt's Creek: TV-MA

100% Rotten Tomatoes

The sitcom “Schitt's Creek” follows the lives of the wealthy Rose family after losing all their wealth. With one remaining asset, the family is forced to move to the rural town that was bought years before as a joke. As a result, the Roses now must learn to adapt to this new and unfamiliar environment that they now live in.

Author's opinion- Loved this show! It was so funny, I especially loved how it showed character development in each character.

The Queen's Gambit: TV-14

97% Rotten Tomatoes

The “Queen's Gambit” follows Beth Harmon, a highly intelligent orphan, who goes from playing chess in a dirty basement to the chess world championship. Although she strikes against all odds in a male dominant activity, this show also gives insight into her struggles with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. After watching the show, Jessica, YH Vice President, says, “The Queen’s Gambit is one of my favorite Netflix limited series- usually I would be mad that Netflix let a highly creative and interesting show last only 7 episodes but also believe it finished off on a great ending.”

Author's opinion- Like what Jessica said, it is a highly creative show that empowers women. And I love how it highlights many other major issues.

Never Have I Ever: TV-14

96% Rotten Tomatoes

“Never Have I Ever” is a coming-of-age comedy that follows an Indian-American teen. After the loss of her father, Devi tries to make the rest of her high school year memorable: starting with going out with Paxton, also known as her crush and the hottest guy in school. Jessica's thoughts on the show were “I went in thinking that I’d just have something to laugh at and then realized that I had just binged the whole thing in 3 days. This show reminded me of when I used to watch Sonny With a Chance-it’s corny but wholesome.”

Author's opinion- This was probably one of my favorite shows to watch over quarantine. I’ve rewatched it 3 times already! It is cringy, of course, but also hysterically heartwarming.

The Mandalorian: TV-14

94% Rotten Tomatoes

This Star Wars spinoff takes place after the fall of the Empire and the emergence of the First Order. It follows a bounty hunter whose life changes when ordered to hunt down an extremely valuable (and very cute!) creature.

Author's opinion- At first I was not so sure about this show. Then I ended up impatiently waiting for another episode to come out! It is fun and adventurous. Of course, there are some slow parts, but the show keeps you wanting to see more each week.

The Umbrella Academy: TV-14

90% Rotten Tomatoes

One day in 1989, 43 infants were unexpectedly born simultaneously, and shockingly, the women who birthed the infants showed no signs of pregnancy until minutes before the delivery. However, the surprises do not just end here: some of the infants bear mysterious gifts. Seven of the 43 were adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire, and created the Umbrella Academy, a place where he can prepare his gifted children for the world. As years go by, they eventually go their separate ways. Flash forward to the present day, they are reunited due to the death of their father. The reunion brings up broken bonds that need to be mended, for there's an apocalypse at hand.

Author's opinion- Fun show to watch. Can get slow and confusing at times. But you learn to love each character in a way.

Bridgerton: TV-MA

89% Rotten Tomatoes

When Pride and Prejudice meet Gossip Girl. Shondaland has brought from the books to the screen, Bridgerton. The series follows the different storylines of each Bridgerton child. The first season follows Daphne, the eldest daughter, as she is put through the “London Marriage Market”. But when she and the Duke of Hastings make an agreement to be seen together so that Daphne can get more suitors and people can leave the Duke alone about marriage, a spark ignites between them. Is this more to this simple agreement?

Author opinion-Shonda Rhimes has done it again with another show that leaves you wanting more! If you are not a romantic person, this may not be the show for you. Seeing the different stories of each character is one of my favorite parts of the show.

Tiger King: TV-MA

86% Rotten Tomatoes

“Murder, mayhem, madness” Tiger King could be described in those three words. The show’s premise is an out-of-control zoo owner is accused of hiring someone to murder his rival, Carole Baskins. They go back and forth with these accusations and it is eventually taken to court.

His Dark Materials: TV-14

82% Rotten Tomatoes

Based on the book series “His Dark Materials”, the series takes place in a parallel universe where each person has a daemon (a spirit animal) who shares a part of your soul. Lyra is trying to discover the truth about her past while also trying to find her best friend who has been kidnapped. While on her adventure, she is given a Golden Compass that is very valuable and takes years to learn how to read, but Lyra learns how to read it in a matter of days.

Author's opinion- As I did with the Mandolorian, I walked into this show thinking that it would be ok. I love this show, it is so fascinating and leaves you craving the next season!

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: TV-14

76% Rotten Tomatoes

When an earthquake occurs during her MRI, Zoey is left with some interesting side effects. She is able to hear people's feelings through song. But only she can see the performance!

Author’s opinion- This was the show that I would watch every Sunday while eating ice cream with my family. It is a creative, musical, and funny show. It left me with wanting powers that can see other people's emotions through song!

Sources: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/best-tv-shows-of-2020/

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