At the end of the Doctor Who special “The Power of the Doctor” last Sunday, Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) regenerated into the next incarnation of the legendary time traveler. What surprised the shows fans was the emergence of former star David Tennant as the Doctor once again — counted as number 14 this time.

But what does that really mean? For the next year, the question will intrigue Whovians as the series goes dark until its 60th Anniversary.

With a set of three special episodes are already being filmed (and a fourth on the way), there are a few things already known about the landmark celebration, however. So, let’s take a look at what we know about the Time Lord’s upcoming anniversary and what it means for Tennant to once again be The Doctor.


What’s It All About? 

Considering the preview for the first of the specials, which aired after “The Power of the Doctor,” offers few details — and even a character played by Ncuti Gatwa asking “What the hell is going on?” — we’ll take stab at what could be happening. Typically, The Doctor does not regenerate into new clothing (besides the first time the change occurred in series history), so the fact it happened here is significant. One possibility: the adventure, and the return of Tennant’s Tenth Doctor persona as the Fourteenth, is all happening in their head mid-regeneration.

If that’s the case, anything can happen and anyone can show up. And since the story is meant to celebrate all of the show’s history, that would easily allow actors like Tom Baker, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi to show up as older versions of their Doctor personas — just like Paul McGann and 1980s Doctor Who stars Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy did in “The Power of the Doctor.” It would also allow for David Bradley to make another appearance as the First Doctor (as he did in “Power” and Capaldi’s swan song, “Twice Upon a Time”) and Jo Martin as the Fugitive Doctor — although we’re uncertain Davies will want to do much with that story. The purpose of it all transpiring in the Doctor’s head would be the chance for them to determine what sort of Doctor they want to be next. Something far more purposeful than is generally the case for The Doctor.


Then again, official communication to the press from the production identifies Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor, suggesting the story is happening “for real.” In that scenario, the story may revolve around something more curious: the Doctor “revisiting some of the old favorites” after their last two incarnations faced a lot of trauma and sadness. At that point, returning to Tennant’s Tenth Doctor, despite the despair he faced, would seem a welcome respite. But considering that persona already took charge of two regenerations — the second occurring at the start of the season 4 finale, “Journey’s End” — the persona’s habit of returning may also be an aspect of the tale. Is it the selfishness of the “Time Lord Triumphant” sneaking out again or a sense of security in that face? And can he finally let it all go and accept that The Doctor must change?

Incoming head writer Russell T. Davies offered his own speculation back in May, when circumstances forced him to comment despite wanting to leave the focus on Whittaker and former showrunner Chris Chibnall’s final days: “Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.”


Who Is Returning?

DOCTOR WHO, (from left): David Tennant, Catherine Tate,

(Photo by Adrian Rogers/ © Sci-Fi Channel/BBC / Courtesy: Everett Collection)

Headlining the specials are Tennant and fellow season 4 costar Catherine Tate. She returns as companion Donna Noble. Both were revealed on May 15, 2022, ahead of some location shooting which would have spoiled the surprise. Tate’s return caused plenty of speculation among the fans as her character can never remember her time with the Doctor. If she recalls any of her travels — for various metacrisis reasons — her brain will literally burn away. So, naturally enough, how can this be happening? One of our suggestions helps sidestep this problem, but we hope Davies will surprise us with something more, ahem, mind-blowing.

Also along for at least one part of the adventure is the late Bernard Cribbins as Donna’s grandfather, Wilfred Mott. The actor was on set earlier this year — his scenes may have been the reason the BBC went public with Tennant and Tate’s return — but, sadly, he passed away on July 28. It is unclear how important he will be to the story, but at least it will offer his devoted fans one last moment with him as a character he adored playing.

Behind the camera, Davies returns as not only the writer of the specials, but as executive producer for the trio of Anniversary episodes and the subsequent new season. Davies spearheaded the show’s return in 2005 and returns nearly a decade later to, seemingly, right the ship again. Although, that comparison is not exactly correct as his first run saw him resurrecting the program after 14 years of dormancy (baring the 1996 TV movie, of course). Other returning behind-the-scenes names include executive producers Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson, and Jane Tranter — although the latter was a BBC executive at the time of Davies’s first run with the series.

Meanwhile, we expect familiar faces to return, but no one has been confirmed. Nevertheless, we’d be surprised if Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, Pearl Mackie, Camille Coduri, and others do not make at least a momentary appearance. Also, who wouldn’t want to see more of Graham’s (Bradley Walsh) former companion support group?

Also, one last detail we also know is returning: the Doctor Who “diamond” logo. Introduced in Jon Pertwee’s last season (1973), it represents the most intricate of the logos to date and featured on Who merchandise for the next seven years. It also resurfaced as the brand logo for the VHS releases of Classic Series stories until 1996. Seeing it return is certainly a nostalgia bomb for fans of the program’s original run.


Who Is New?

NCUTI GATWA

(Photo by Disney/Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

At some point during the anniversary specials, Gatwa will debut as the Fifteenth Doctor and take charge of a fourth special to debut during the “festive season” in 2023, though the preview attached to the end of “The Power of the Doctor” suggests he may also appear as someone else before he assumes the title role.

Upon the announcement of Gatwa as the next Doctor, the actor said in a statement, “There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care…I will endeavour my utmost to do the same.”

Yasmin Finney will also debut as a character called Rose — but not Rose Tyler, the companion played by Piper in the first two seasons of the New Series. Davies himself indicated that the new Rose is a separate character. For her part, Finney said in May 2022, “I cannot wait to begin this journey and for you all to see how Rose blossoms. Get Ready.” At the time she was revealed, it was assumed Rose would be the Fifteenth Doctor’s first companion — a term we’re happy to see return after Chibnall dismissed it in favor of “friends” or “fam” — but on November 18, the BBC confirmed Coronation Street veteran Millie Gibson will join the Fifteenth Doctor as companion Ruby Sunday. In a statement, Gibson said, “I will do everything to try and fill the boots the fellow companions have traveled in before me.” She will debut in the “festive season” special.


Neil Patrick Harris and David Tennant filming Doctor Who

(Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)

Additionally, Neil Patrick Harris is on board as the primary antagonist of the anniversary specials and is seen briefly in the teaser (and pictured above with Tennant on set). Although, it is still unclear who he is playing. One theory suggests he is the Celestial Toymaker, a villain who appeared in one 1966 story, played by Michael Gough. In that one televised story, the character and The Doctor are said to be locked in ongoing game. Attempts to dramatize a rematch between them were always foiled by production issues, making him one of the most intriguing and underutilized enemies in the show’s history. But if we keep open the possibility that all of this is transpiring in The Doctor’s mind, then it is possible Harris is a manifestation of the Dream Lord, a dark aspect of The Doctor played by Toby Jones in the 2010 episode “Amy’s Choice.”

At the time his participation became public, Davies said, “It’s my huge honour to open our studio doors for the mighty Neil Patrick Harris… but who, why, what is he playing?  You’ll just have to wait.  But I promise you, the stuff we’re shooting now is off the scale.  Doctor beware!”

New production personnel joining the show include executive producer Joel Collins, producers Vicki Delow and Chris May, co-producer Ellen Marsh, production designer Philip Sims, and script editor Scott Handcock.


Who Is Airing the Show?

Doctor Who logo

(Photo by BBC/Disney+)

When the show returns it will have a new worldwide streaming partner: Disney+. The deal, announced just a few days after “The Power of the Doctor” aired, will still allow the program to premiere first on BBC One in the UK and Ireland, followed shortly thereafter in other regions on the Disney platform. It is a change from previous agreements, particularly in the States where BBC America enjoyed broadcast rights with new episodes of recent seasons debuting on HBO Max some months later. It is still unclear if BBC America will be able to broadcast the show, as they have since Tennant first debuted as the Tenth Doctor, but even if they retain those broadcast rights, the customary AMC+ stream will likely disappear in favor of Disney+.

Another behind-the-scenes change is happening, too. Previous seasons of Doctor Who were produced by one arm or another of the BBC, but the 60th Anniversary specials and subsequent seasons will be produced by Bad Wolf for the BBC. The company was founded by Gardner and Tranter — the latter being the BBC  executive who commissioned the revived series in 2004 — and takes its name from the phrase that chased the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose across time and space. Via Bad Wolf, the pair also produced His Dark Materials for HBO and the BBC. Moving Doctor Who to an outside production company means it will gain access to greater funding (indeed, reports indicate Disney will be co-producing the new seasons), bypassing a difficulty which lead to the show’s inconsistent schedule over the last few years. It will also give Davies the opportunity to devise the show with less mandates from the BBC management. That guarantee of increased freedom was a key condition of his return. And though that might seem ominous to some, Davies proved in his first run at the helm a special devotion to the show’s concepts and a willingness to add a (generally) satisfying emotional component.

Combined with the greater reach Disney+ promises to deliver, it could be the most golden of ages for the series.


When Does Doctor Who Return?

NCUTI GATWA

(Photo by Disney/Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

Doctor Who will take the rest of 2022 and most of 2023 off, returning in November that year in its new home, Disney+. Since that the 50th Anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor,” aired on the show’s actual anniversary date, November 23, we’re going to assume the first of the 60th Anniversary specials will air that day, too, with the other two specials airing through the remainder of the month and Gatwa’s first starring episode debuting likely on Christmas Day — a holiday of significance in Davies’ first run on the show. After that, his first full season as The Doctor will debut sometime in 2024.


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The Expanse season 4 poster (Amazon Prime Video)

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

2020 Winter TV Scorecard

Updated as of March 22, 2020

We’ve tracked the best (and worst) cold-weather TV and streaming offerings since mid-December, gathering a list of all the premieres this season – series, miniseries, and TV movies across cable, broadcast, and streaming – and ranked them by Tomatometer. And now it’s time to say goodbye. We’ve closed down the list as of March 19, the last day of winter.

The final list of 110 titles includes every eligible new TV season or streaming movie that premiered since December 13, with highlights like The Witcher on Netflix, AMC’s Better Call SaulThe Expanse on Amazon Prime Video, Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access, the final season of Schitt’s Creek on Pop, Freeform’s Party of Five, HBO’s The New Pope9-1-1: Lone Star on Fox, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens on Comedy Central, Katy Keene on The CW, Briarpatch on USA Network, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet on Apple TV+, the final season of Homeland on Showtime, High Fidelity on Hulu, Outlander on Starz, Togo on Disney+, and more!

To be included, each TV show on the list must have received at least 10 critic reviews, while TV movies had to have at least 20 reviews. So if you’re wondering why your favorite show or TV movie isn’t on here, it likely just doesn’t yet have enough reviews to qualify under our criteria. And remember: a Certified Fresh badge generally means that a show or film has earned the respect of  the majority of reviewers weighing in (at least 20 for a TV season and 40 for films), including some of the industry’s top critics.

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Adjusted Score: 7705%
Critics Consensus: It'll be the last thing most viewers want, too.
Synopsis: When she helps her father broker an arms deal, a reporter becomes involved in the story she's trying to break.... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

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Critics Consensus: Drama for drama's sake does not a great movie make, but boy is it fun to watch A Fall From Grace unravel.
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Directed By: Tyler Perry

Indebted: Season 1 (2020)
25%

#107
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Critics Consensus: Despite its top talent, Indebted isn't a bill worth paying.


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Critics Consensus: Though it benefits from Paltrow's charms, The Goop Lab's pseudoscience holds little water and its stiff format is often more boring than enlightening.

#104
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Critics Consensus: Sticks and Stones may not break any bones, but its mundane melodrama may hurt your viewing experience.

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Critics Consensus: Parasite's sweep and some strong performances -- including the singular Janelle Monáe's opening number -- couldn't save a listless ceremony from its own host-less chaos.
Directed By: Glenn Weiss

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Starring: Ricky Gervais

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6 Underground (2019)
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Adjusted Score: 40435%
Critics Consensus: 6 Underground is loud, frenetic, and finally preposterous -- which is either bad news or a hearty recommendation, depending how one feels about the movies of Michael Bay.
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Directed By: Michael Bay

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Spenser Confidential (2020)
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Adjusted Score: 40624%
Critics Consensus: While the buddy cops at the center of Spenser Confidential are plenty affable, the comedy never arrives as this half-hearted vehicle goes purely through the motions.
Synopsis: To unravel a twisted murder conspiracy, a former police detective returns to Boston's criminal underworld.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

Deputy: Season 1 (2020)
40%

#99
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While those looking for a stylish new procedural with a few unexpected nuances will find much to like, Deputy sticks too closely to its genre guns to break any new ground.

#98
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Critics Consensus: While Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser's chemistry remains charmingly in tact, Mad About You's relevance does not.

#97
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Critics Consensus: Undoubtedly original, but unfortunately bland, Utopia Falls's attempts at social commentary too closely resemble an after school special to make an impact.

Messiah: Season 1 (2020)
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Critics Consensus: While Amazing Stories' aspirations are admirable, it feels more like a dated retread than a heartfelt reboot.

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Critics Consensus: Though it doesn't always come together, AJ and the Queen is a sweet, sometimes off-the wall adventure that's fun to watch even when it's fumbling.

#93

A Christmas Carol (2018)
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#93
Adjusted Score: 52269%
Critics Consensus: This radical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic parable struggles to justify its oppressive tone and edgy flourishes, although Guy Pearce is suitably haunting as the haunted Ebenezer Scrooge.
Synopsis: Scottish business tycoon Mr. Scrooge faces some big changes when a trio of atypical spirits pay him a visit at... [More]
Directed By: David Izatt

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Directed By: Umut Dag, Robert Dornhelm

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Critics Consensus: Interrogation's "interactive" qualities are interesting, but ultimately get in the way of what could be a satisfying dramatic experience.

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Synopsis: Three young witches with basic training in combat magic prepare to defend the country against looming terrorist threats by using... [More]

Dave: Season 1 (2020)
77%

#89
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: DAVE can be just as off-putting as Lil Dicky's rap persona with its abundance of genitalia jokes and self-aggrandizement, but beneath the raunchy veneer is a surprisingly self-aware show with a sweet core.

COBRA: Season 1 (1993)
62%

#88
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite being predictable and a bit uneven, Cobra's great cast and intriguing premise deliver an electrifying and bingeable first season.
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Sanditon: Season 1 (2019)
65%

#87
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Despite a strong start, Sanditon's soapy drama quickly dissolves into nothing more than just another beautiful, melodramatic period piece.

#86
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though at times more melodramatic than meaningful, Spinning Out's campy, guilty-pleasure exterior hides a surprisingly thoughtful exploration of living with a mental illness.

Hunters: Season 1 (2020)
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#85
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Tommy: Season 1 (2020)
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#84
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Avenue 5: Season 1 (2020)
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#83
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#82

Troop Zero (2019)
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#82
Adjusted Score: 71301%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a charming cast and infectious energy, Troop Zero is more than the sum of its instantly familiar parts.
Synopsis: Misfit Birdie Scouts enter a national competition.... [More]
Directed By: Bert & Bertie

#81
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Critics Consensus: Though Locke & Key at times struggles to strike a consistent tone, it captures enough of the essence of its source material to provide a fiendishly fun and sufficiently spooky time.

#80
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Critics Consensus: Though the world of The Witcher at times feels only half-formed, Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor.
Directed By: Alik Sakharov

#79

All the Bright Places (2020)
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#79
Adjusted Score: 66646%
Critics Consensus: Though it at times buckles under the emotional weight of its source material, All The Bright Place succeeds on the strength of Elle Fanning and Justice Smith's charming and tender performances.
Synopsis: After meeting each other, two people struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past. They discover that even... [More]
Directed By: Brett Haley

#78

Stargirl (2020)
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#78
Adjusted Score: 69648%
Critics Consensus: Stargirl's feel-good story hits familiar coming-of-age beats, but self-assured performances and an earnest mission worn proudly make it a tune worth listening to.
Synopsis: An unassuming high school student finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl whose unconventional ways change how they... [More]
Directed By: Julia Hart

#77

Lost Girls (2020)
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#77
Adjusted Score: 77100%
Critics Consensus: Raw yet rewarding, Lost Girls overcomes uneven storytelling with powerful performances and a willingness to resist easy catharsis.
Synopsis: Determined to find her missing daughter, a desperate woman launches a personal investigation that leads police to the unsolved cases... [More]
Directed By: Liz Garbus

Dracula: Season 1 (2020)
71%

#76
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A delicious blend of horror and humor that more-or-less balances modern sensibilities and the character's beloved legacy, Dracula is a frighteningly fun -- if not always faithful -- time.

#75

Horse Girl (2020)
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#75
Adjusted Score: 73827%
Critics Consensus: Horse Girl proves unwilling or unable to explore the deeper themes it addresses, but this unusual drama is anchored by Alison Brie's committed performance.
Synopsis: A woman's surreal dreams affect her perception of reality.... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Baena

#74

The Aeronauts (2019)
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#74
Adjusted Score: 81647%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling visuals and the substantial chemistry of its well-matched leads make The Aeronauts an adventure well worth taking.
Synopsis: In 1862 headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than... [More]
Directed By: Tom Harper

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Critics Consensus: If not as outlandishly fun as its predecessor, 9-1-1: Lone Star still packs an entertaining punch and is a great showcase for the handsomely self-aware Rob Lowe.

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Critics Consensus: Bloated, but intriguing, The Most Dangerous Animal of All's commitment to the truth makes it a solid first step into the true crime field for FX.

#71
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Critics Consensus: Though it hits the occasional sour note, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist manages to carry a pretty enjoyable tune, thanks in large part to the always charming Jane Levy.

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Critics Consensus: Though it can't help but feel a little incomplete given the circumstances, The Killer Inside crafts a compelling overview of a series of tragic events.
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#68
Adjusted Score: 79764%
Critics Consensus: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You may feel like little more than an amiable postscript to its predecessor, but fans of the original should still find this a swoonworthy sequel.
Synopsis: As her relationship with Peter continues to grow, Lara Jean reunites with another recipient of one of her old love... [More]
Directed By: Michael Fimognari

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Critics Consensus: Though Little Fires Everywhere at times plays it too safe, sparks fly when it lets well-matched leads Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon dig into the difficult questions it does dare to ask.

#66
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Critics Consensus: Briarpatch's ambiance is at times more intriguing than the simmering mystery at its center, but a captivating Rosario Dawson and surreal setting ensure it's never less than watchable.
Directed By: Sam Esmail

#65
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Critics Consensus: Though The Pale Horse bristles with brutal thrills, it's convoluted mystery at times sedates the suspenseful proceedings.
Starring: Rufus Sewell
Directed By: Sarah Phelps

Hillary: Season 1 (2020)
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#63
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#62
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Critics Consensus: Strangely earnest, The Circle at times struggles to find the drama, but those looking for a weirdly compelling social experiment may find themselves more invested than expected.

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Critics Consensus: Nora From Queens showcases Awkwafina's charming brashness and surrounds her with an equally delightful cast -- especially scene stealer Lori Tan Chinn -- but it could stand to walk a less familiar comedic beat.

Devs: Season 1 (2020)
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#60
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Shrill: Season 2 (2020)
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#59
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Westworld: Season 3 (2020)
73%

#58
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Critics Consensus: Westworld successfully reboots itself by broadening its scope while tightening its storytelling clarity -- although some may feel that the soul has been stripped from this machine in the process.


#56
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Critics Consensus: Gorgeous effects and a simple, solid, story help Lost in Space's second season find itself on stronger ground.


#54
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Critics Consensus: If not quite as addicting as its source material, The Stranger has a strong cast and enough tension to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Dare Me: Season 1 (2019)
85%

#53
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Visceral, if at times vapid, Dare Me's slow-burning thriller pairs nicely with its moody atmospherics to create a deft exploration of the interiority of teen life.
Directed By: Gina Fattore, Peter Berg

Breeders: Season 1 (2020)
83%

#52
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A provocative addition to the growing slate of shows about parents behaving badly, Breeders' take on the realities of child-rearing are as hilarious as they are cringe-inducing.

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Critics Consensus: A weird and whimsical journey into the unknown, Dispatches from Elsewhere's experimental approach doesn't always coalesce, but committed performances and a genuine sense of wonder make it a trip worth taking.

#50
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Critics Consensus: Familiar, but in a fresh way, Next in Fashion may not rewrite the rules of fashion competition shows, but exciting new talent and Tan France and Alexa Chungs winning chemistry make it worth tuning in.

Homeland: Season 8 (2020)
85%

#49
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Critics Consensus: Homeland returns to form with a tautly thrilling final season that fittingly finishes the job Carrie Mathison started all those years ago.

#48
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Critics Consensus: While not quite there yet, a clearer sense of purpose and more defined characters push Altered Carbon's sophomore season one step closer to the brilliance of its source material.
Directed By: Laeta Kalogridis

#47
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#46
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Critics Consensus: An addictive thriller whose greatest weakness is that it is at times too withholding, ZeroZeroZero will stick with you long after the credits roll.

For Life: Season 1 (2020)
86%

#45
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Critics Consensus: Guided by Nicholas Pinnock's powerful performance, For Life eschews procedural pitfalls with a sturdy, empathetic script and an impressive ensemble to bring it to life.

#44
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Critics Consensus: A disturbing new mystery reminiscent of Broadchurch, Deadwater Fell is gripping, even if the plot doesn't always hold water.
Directed By: David Tennant

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Critics Consensus: As awkward and charming as adolescence, but with twice the supernatural twists, I Am Not Okay With This' first season at times veers into shallow territory, but Sophia Lillis' strong performance keeps it afloat.

#42
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Critics Consensus: As addictive -- and relevant -- as ever, Narcos: México's sophomore season is definitely more violent, but it never spoils the rich drama fans have come to love.


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Critics Consensus: A cautionary tale that hits close to home, The Plot Against America's handsomely realized revisionist history is disturbingly relevant, making it difficult, but essential viewing.

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#38
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Critics Consensus: A fun, fast paced film for all, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made celebrates the power of imagination with a delightful sense of humor and just the right amount of bears.
Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Timmy Failure and Total, his imaginary 1,500-pound polar bear partner, operate Total Failure Inc., a detective agency in Portland,... [More]
Directed By: Tom McCarthy

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Critics Consensus: While it relies too heavily on the workplace comedy formula, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is nonetheless hilarious and stands out for exploring the gaming industry with intelligence, thoughtfulness, and sincerity.

You: Season 2 (2019)
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#36
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#35

The Two Popes (2019)
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#35
Adjusted Score: 101943%
Critics Consensus: Led by outstanding performances from its well-matched leads, The Two Popes draws absorbing drama from a pivotal moment in modern organized religion.
Synopsis: Behind the Vatican walls, Pope Benedict and the future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

#34
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Critics Consensus: Katy Keene definitely has style to spare, but its greatest strength is its warm, joyous tone that sparkles in a sea of gritty YA TV.


#32
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Critics Consensus: Though its predecessor's shadow looms large, devout fans will still find much to like in The New Pope's exploration of power dynamics and sumptuous strangeness.
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino

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Critics Consensus: By focusing on its strong ensemble and the character moments fans have come to love, Runaways ends its three season run on an exciting -- and surprisingly introspective -- high note.

Gentefied: Season 1 (2020)
92%

#29
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Critics Consensus: If at times a bit blunt, Gentefied's gente-centric approach to the realities of gentrification is as strikingly personal as it is hilariously relatable.

#28

Togo (2019)
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#28
Adjusted Score: 94646%
Critics Consensus: An endearing and exciting underdog story that benefits greatly from its stars (canine and human alike), Togo is a timeless tale, well-told.
Synopsis: "Togo" is the true story set in the winter of 1925 of champion dogsled trainer Leonhard Seppala and his lead... [More]
Directed By: Ericson Core

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Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Cop-doctors finally get their due in Medical Police, a show that works almost as well as a good old fashioned action-adventure as it does a delightfully absurd satire about doctor-cops.

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Adjusted Score: 97311%
Critics Consensus: Miss Americana provides an engaging if somewhat deliberately opaque backstage look at a pop star turned cultural phenomenon.
Synopsis: Pop singer Taylor Swift reveals intimate details of her life while showcasing backstage and onstage concert footage.... [More]
Directed By: Lana Wilson

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Carried by series leads Matt Berry and Susan Wokoma, Year of the Rabbit is a superbly silly and delightfully subversive period piece.
Directed By: Ben Taylor

Twenties: Season 1 (2020)
88%

#24
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Sharply written and hilarious relatable, Twenties is another impressive series from creator Lena Waithe that also announces Jonica T. Gibbs as a talent to watch.

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 94970%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining for longtime fans as well as casually interested viewers, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool burnishes the legacy of a brilliant artist.
Synopsis: An exploration of the musician's archival photos and home movies.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Stanley Nelson

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Sweetly poignant and warmly witty, Everything's Gonna Be Okay is as big-hearted and nuanced as the well-written characters at its center.
Starring:

#21
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Joyous, heartfelt, and very human, Little America's thoughtful collection of immigrant tales is as inspirational as it is relatable.
Starring:

#20

Honey Boy (2019)
95%92%

#20
Adjusted Score: 107337%
Critics Consensus: Honey Boy serves as an act of cinematic therapy for its screenwriter and subject -- one whose unique perspective should strike a chord in audiences from all backgrounds.
Synopsis: When 12-year-old Otis begins to find success as a television star, his abusive, alcoholic father returns and takes over as... [More]
Directed By: Alma Har'el

Outlander: Season 5 (2020)
91%

#19
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Still ticked off, but with more timely themes, Curb Your Enthusiasm's tenth season feels fresher than ever.

Cheer: Season 1 (2020)
97%

#17
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With an inspirational troupe of teens and willingness to engage in the tougher trials facing the sport today, Cheer perfectly captures the highs and lows of what it takes to be a cheerleader.
Starring: Monica Aldama

#16
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With spectacular musical numbers, a smartly silly sensibility, and just the right amount of existential dread, John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch is a joyous reminder that kindness and comedy can in fact go hand in hand.
Synopsis: Emmy Award Winning Comedian John Mulaney aims to recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs... [More]
Directed By: Rhys Thomas

#15
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: With a strong cast and empathetic storytelling, Party of Five's timely reinvention adds a new layer of urgency while still honoring the original series.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

#13
Adjusted Score: 100492%
Critics Consensus: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon retains the charm of its small-screen source material while engagingly expanding the title character's world.
Synopsis: When a UFO crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, it's up to Shaun the sheep and his animal friends to help... [More]

#12
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Sex Education's sophomore season definitely has more going on, but by treating each new subject with care and humor, it leaves plenty of space for its characters to grow.
Directed By: Jamie Campbell

#11

The Kingmaker (2019)
97%90%

#11
Adjusted Score: 100102%
Critics Consensus: The Kingmaker aims a disquieting spotlight at the private life of a divisive public figure -- as well as the ways in which unchecked power seduces and corrupts.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield examines the controversial history of Filipino politician Imelda Marcos and her family.... [More]
Starring: Imelda Marcos
Directed By: Lauren Greenfield

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Grounded by Bob Odenkirk's endlessly nuanced, lived-in performance, Better Call Saul's fifth season is a darkly funny, vividly realized master class in tragedy.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A majestic journey around the world with more on its mind than just jaw-dropping landscapes, Seven Worlds, One Planet is prime David Attenborough goodness.
Directed By: Jonny Keeling

Brockmire: Season 4 (2020)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A satisfying conclusion to a great American comedy, Brockmire's final season is a bittersweet home run.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and often powerful, Visible: Out on Television is as vital and vibrant as the community at its center.
Starring:

#6
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Sharp and singular, Better Things just keeps getting better.

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Castlevania's stunningly animated third season continues to build on the game's lore by diving deeper into its characters with humor, heart, and a lot of bloody action.

Giri/Haji: Season 1 (2019)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Smart, suspenseful, and superbly shot, Giri/Haji is a near-perfect crime thriller with a surprisingly sharp sense of humor.

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Witty, warm, and with just the right blend of wisdom and wisecracks, Schitt's Creek's final season is the perfect farewell to the Roses and the town that changed their lives.

Feel Good: Season 1 (2020)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An intimate portrait of addiction and love, Feel Good is at once sweetly charming, uncomfortably complicated, and completely worth falling for.

The Expanse: Season 4 (2019)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Smart and thrilling as ever, The Expanse's fourth season doesn't miss a beat, successfully navigating network changes without losing any of its rich character work or narrative complexities.

* Due to a technical issue, the score for season 5 of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow won’t show up in this view. It stands at 99% with 13 season-level reviews, as well as episode-level reviews with scores that also count toward its season score.


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