At the end of the 2022 Doctor Who special “The Power of the Doctor,” the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) regenerated into the next incarnation of the legendary time traveler. What surprised the show’s 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? The question intrigued Whovians as the series went dark in anticipation of its 60th anniversary this month.

With a set of three special episodes (and a fourth for the holidays), there are many things already known about the landmark celebration. So, let’s take a look at what we know about the Time Lord’s upcoming anniversary, what it means for Tennant to once again be The Doctor, and The Doctor who is already waiting to take his place.


What’s It All About? 

Considering the first preview for the specials, which aired after “The Power of the Doctor,” offered only a few details — and even a character played by Ncuti Gatwa asking “What the hell is going on?” — some believed the upcoming adventures, and the return of Tennant’s Tenth Doctor persona as the Fourteenth, might all happen in the character’s head mid-regeneration.. Typically, The Doctor does not regenerate into new clothing (besides the first time the change occurred in series history) or a previous face, so the fact it happened here is significant.


But since that night in October 2022, official communication to the press from the production identified Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and that the stories told in the anniversary specials are real and canon — or, at least, as canon as any Doctor Who episode can be since its 60 year history features three different explanations for the sinking of Atlantis and two origins for the Loch Ness Monster.

Thanks to subsequent trailers and returning showrunner Russell T. Davies’ comments across the last 13 months, a clearer perception of the specials has emerged. Regenerated into a previous form, The Doctor searches for the reason why and soon stumbles upon an old friend, Donna Noble, who can never remember she traveled with him. If she ever recalls their time together, her brain will literally burn away.

Saturday’s special episode, “The Star Beast,” will nonetheless reunite The Doctor and Donna. Scenes from the next two episodes, “Wild Blue Yonder,” and “The Giggle,” make it clear that the two will be traveling together with seemingly no harm coming to Donna. Well, at least for the moment as a more recent trailer makes it clear The Doctor may not be able to save her this time around.


As Davies revealed in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine, “The Star Beast” is adapted from a Doctor Who comic strip story of nearly the same name (by Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons) featuring an alien known as Beep The Meep. He offered more oblique comments about the other two specials, asking of the third, “what is the giggle, who’s giggling, what about and why?” Seemingly, the answer is The Celestial Toymaker, a villain who has not appeared on the show in 58 years — but more on that antagonist later.

Of “Wild Blue Yonder,” he noted it is a reference to the military song, but left readers wondering why it might be playing. Both he, Tennant, and other members of the production have referred to the second special as being “unlike anything” seen on Doctor Who before.

The directors for the anniversary specials are Rachel Talalay — a familiar name to Who fans — Tom Kingsley (of the BBC’s version of Ghosts) and The Spanish Princess‘s Chanya Button.


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. As mentioned above, 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 because of the danger The Doctor presents to Donna. But as we also mentioned above, trailers for the special make it clear they can have a few adventures before the time bomb in her brain goes off.

Also along for at least one part of the adventure is the late Bernard Cribbins as Donna’s grandfather, Wilfred Mott. The actor was spotted on set in May 2022 — 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 of that year. 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.

A trailer for the specials released on Christmas Day 2022 also confirmed Jacqueline King and Karl Collins will return as Sylvia Noble and Shaun Temple, Donna’s mother and husband, respectively.


Doctor Who logo

(Photo by BBC/Disney+)

Behind the camera, Davies returns as not only the writer of the specials, but as executive producer for the quartet of 2023 specials and the subsequent new season next year. Davies spearheaded the show’s return in 2005 and returns nearly 15 years 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.

Unlike most Doctor Who anniversary outings, no other former Doctors are expected to appear. Although, if IMDb is to be believed, one former companion from the 1980s may stop by. A returning guest character who has been confirmed is Jemma Redgrave‘s Kate Stewart, the head of U.N.I.T., a global peacekeeping force that occasionally helps The Doctor.

In April 2023, word broke revealing composer Murray Gold, who scored the entirety of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor eras, will be back for the specials and the 2024 season.

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 air on December 25.

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.”

He subsequently told Rolling Stone that his version of the character is “emotionally vulnerable. He hides it with humour, but he’s lonely.” Gatwa also added that The Doctor is once again full of energy and that “the poor cameramen struggled to keep up.”

Before Tennant turns into Gatwa, though, Yasmin Finney will also debut in the anniversary specials as a character called Rose — but not Rose Tyler, the companion played by Piper in the first two seasons of the New Series. Instead, this new Rose is Donna’s daughter with Shaun. Various teases and comments from Finney in Doctor Who Magazine have made it clear she has some knowledge of her mother’s adventures with The Doctor, if only as wild fantasies she uses in her crafting hobby. Also, a curious reference by Davies to Finney’s presence on set in the waning days of the 2024 season’s production suggests Rose may recur beyond the anniversary stories.

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 2022, 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 Christmas Day special, which will be called “The Church on Ruby Road.”


Additionally, Neil Patrick Harris is on board as the Celestial Toymaker, a villain who appeared in a 1966 story in the form of the late 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. According to Davies, the Toymaker is the chief antagonist of the third anniversary special, “The Giggle.”

At the time Harris’s 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!”

The Christmas Day 2022 trailer also revealed Ruth Madeley will appear as a character later confirmed to be called Shirley Anne Bingham. The preview also offered a treat for fans of Doctor Who comics as a character called Beep the Meep made his first life action appearance. As mentioned above, the character debuted in a comic strip adventure, but will be voiced in the special by Miriam Margolyes. Other actors confirmed for the three anniversary specials include Susan Twist, Charlie De Melo, and John Mackay. The latter reprises his role as John Logie Baird from Nolly, a Davies series about Noele Gordon (Helena Bonham Carter), a UK TV star whose success, betrayal, and disappearance from television screens was both legendary and public. Why Davies is so keen to tie the two shows together is anyone’s guess.

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’s in Season 14?

The celebration of the program will continue into the next season — the 14th since Davies brought Doctor Who back in 2005. Gatwa and Gibson carry on as The Doctor and Ruby, while they face guest stars like India Varma and Jinkx Monsoon.

Varma will be playing a character known only as “The Duchess.” Of her, Davies said, “a whole new audience will be hiding behind the settee when the Duchess unleashes her terror.” Curiously, Varma has appeared in the Doctor World before as doomed Torchwood agent Suzie Costello, but considering familiar faces pop up again and again — including Doctors at this point — it’s hardly a continuity problem.

Monsoon’s character, meanwhile, is not yet named but is said to be a “major” role, leading many to assume a new incarnation of The Master is on their way. At this point, a different established character or even a brand new foe are equally possible. Of the actress’s part, Davies only said, “Doctor Who will never be the same again.”

Other actors set to appear in the new season include Jonathan Groff (in a “key” role), Anita Dobson, Michelle Greenidge, and Aneurin Barnard as The Doctor and Ruby head off to Regency England, the 1960s, and other strange reaches of space and time. Additionally, Redgrave will also return for the season. The other actors are playing as-yet undisclosed roles, although Barnard is said to be playing someone called “Roger ap Gwilliam.” In June 2023, Doctor Who socials announced that Lenny Rush will play Morris in the new series. It was also announced in June 2023 that Bonnie Langford will reprise her role as Melanie Bush, the companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors played by Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. She made a cameo in Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Thirteenth Doctor. And, as mentioned above, IMDb claims she will appear in one or more of the anniversary specials.

Gatwa’s main costume was revealed in December 2022 — a key event in the lead-up to a new Doctor — but subsequent photos have revealed his incarnation will more readily dress in period fashions than many of his predecessors. “They’d been thinking about lots of outfits, almost a different one each week. Which is new! I love it,” Gatwa said in that Rolling Stone interview. “The Doctor has traveled all of time and space; they’re going to have a sick wardrobe.”

The eight episode season will be directed by Dylan Holmes Williams, Mark Tonderai, Julie Anne Robinson, Ben Chessell and Jamie Donoughue.


Who Is Airing the Show?

(Photo by Disney+)

When the show returns this weekend, 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 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.

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 (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)

“The Star Beast” airs this Saturday, November 25, with “Wild Blue Yonder” debuting on December 2 and “The Giggle” rounding out the anniversary specials on December 9. “The Church on Ruby Road” returns Doctor Who to December 25, a day of great significance during Davies’s first tenure as showrunner. According to Disney, each special will be available at the same time they air in the UK, so plan your next few Saturdays accordingly. After that, Gatwa’s first full season as The Doctor will debut sometime in 2024.


What Is the Rotten Tomatoes Score for Doctor Who

The series score for Doctor Who from 2005 to the present is 90% and 68% for the seasons airing from 1963-1989. An embargo on the 60th anniversary special episodes, and 14th season has not yet been announced; therefore, there is no score yet for those.

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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: 100417%
Critics Consensus:

#109
#109
Adjusted Score: 7434%
Critics Consensus: It'll be the last thing most viewers want, too.
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Directed By: Dee Rees

#108
Adjusted Score: 15595%
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
Adjusted Score: 25304%
Critics Consensus: Despite its top talent, Indebted isn't a bill worth paying.

Adjusted Score: 36199%
Critics Consensus: With as many narrative threads as words in its title, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector buries a compelling Russell Hornsby in a pile of plot.

Adjusted Score: 31373%
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
Adjusted Score: 37858%
Critics Consensus: Sticks and Stones may not break any bones, but its mundane melodrama may hurt your viewing experience.

Adjusted Score: 34284%
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

Adjusted Score: 36176%
Critics Consensus: An apathetic performance from Ricky Gervais can't quite sink the 77th Golden Globes, but scattered moments of hope, from unexpected winners to heart-felt speeches, can't quite save it either.
Starring: Ricky Gervais

#101

6 Underground (2019)
36%

#101
Adjusted Score: 40456%
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

#100
#100
Adjusted Score: 40335%
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: 40634%
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
Adjusted Score: 42802%
Critics Consensus: While Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser's chemistry remains charmingly in tact, Mad About You's relevance does not.

#97
Adjusted Score: 43523%
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)
45%

#96
Adjusted Score: 47160%
Critics Consensus: A promising premise and superb ensemble can't save Messiah from its own bland storytelling.

#95
Adjusted Score: 43705%
Critics Consensus: While Amazing Stories' aspirations are admirable, it feels more like a dated retread than a heartfelt reboot.

Adjusted Score: 53288%
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
#93
Adjusted Score: 52467%
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

#92
Adjusted Score: 54415%
Critics Consensus: Though it rarely rises above 'watchable,' fans of period crime series may enjoy passing time with Vienna Blood's charismatic cast anyway.
Directed By: Umut Dag, Robert Dornhelm

#91
Adjusted Score: 57523%
Critics Consensus: Interrogation's "interactive" qualities are interesting, but ultimately get in the way of what could be a satisfying dramatic experience.

#90
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Dave: Season 1 (2020)
79%

#89
Adjusted Score: 80611%
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: 62752%
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)
66%

#87
Adjusted Score: 68034%
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: 59849%
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)
65%

#85
Adjusted Score: 76094%
Critics Consensus: Propelled by a strong cast and even stronger sense of justice, Hunters' stylish first season doesn't always hit the mark, but when it does, it strikes pulpy paydirt.

Tommy: Season 1 (2020)
68%

#84
Adjusted Score: 69395%
Critics Consensus: Though Tommy at times undermines unexpected twists with predictable solutions, it's still a decent new procedural thanks to the endlessly watchable Edie Falco.

Avenue 5: Season 1 (2020)
67%

#83
Adjusted Score: 71666%
Critics Consensus: If Avenue 5's maiden voyage isn't as smooth as its creative clout implies, it's still a hilarious step in a completely new -- while still enjoyably caustic -- direction for creator Armando Iannucci.

#82

Troop Zero (2019)
69%

#82
Adjusted Score: 71563%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a charming cast and infectious energy, Troop Zero is more than the sum of its instantly familiar parts.
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Directed By: Bert & Bertie

#81
Adjusted Score: 70537%
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
Adjusted Score: 75631%
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
#79
Adjusted Score: 66453%
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)
69%

#78
Adjusted Score: 70575%
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.
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Directed By: Julia Hart

#77

Lost Girls (2020)
74%

#77
Adjusted Score: 76742%
Critics Consensus: Raw yet rewarding, Lost Girls overcomes uneven storytelling with powerful performances and a willingness to resist easy catharsis.
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Directed By: Liz Garbus

Dracula: Season 1 (2020)
71%

#76
Adjusted Score: 76102%
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)
71%

#75
Adjusted Score: 73557%
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)
72%

#74
Adjusted Score: 81745%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling visuals and the substantial chemistry of its well-matched leads make The Aeronauts an adventure well worth taking.
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Directed By: Tom Harper

Adjusted Score: 77416%
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.

Adjusted Score: 75308%
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
Adjusted Score: 68156%
Critics Consensus: Addictive, but problematic, Love Is Blind is undeniably binge-able, but its version of romance often comes off more toxic than aspirational.

Adjusted Score: 78705%
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.

Adjusted Score: 69071%
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: 80538%
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.
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Directed By: Michael Fimognari

Adjusted Score: 86824%
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
Adjusted Score: 81154%
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
Adjusted Score: 67988%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Who's twelfth outing adds welcome nuances to Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and some scary new layers of horror to some of the series' most terrifying villains.

Adjusted Score: 81052%
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)
79%

#63
Adjusted Score: 84101%
Critics Consensus: Hillary faces the impossible task of consolidating a full life into four hours -- still, it serves as an insightful, often powerful exploration of Hillary Clinton's life and legacy.

#62
Adjusted Score: 82852%
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.

Adjusted Score: 83377%
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)
82%

#60
Adjusted Score: 90915%
Critics Consensus: A hauntingly beautiful meditation on humanity, Devs' slow unfurling may test some viewers patience, but fans of Alex Garland's singular talents will find much to chew on.

Shrill: Season 2 (2020)
83%

#59
Adjusted Score: 83959%
Critics Consensus: If a bit too slight, Shrill continues Annie's journey of self discovery with compassion while also shining a welcome spotlight on some of the show's strong side characters.

Westworld: Season 3 (2020)
73%

#58
Adjusted Score: 79409%
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.

#57
Adjusted Score: 97736%
Critics Consensus: Though The Outsider's slow burn isn't always satisfying, it remains watchable thanks to its excellent performances -- especially series standout Cynthia Erivo.

#56
Adjusted Score: 85233%
Critics Consensus: Gorgeous effects and a simple, solid, story help Lost in Space's second season find itself on stronger ground.

Adjusted Score: 83957%
Critics Consensus: Tense and thrilling, White House Farm teeters on too long, but maintains its hold with gripping performances and glossy production values.

#54
Adjusted Score: 88506%
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)
82%

#53
Adjusted Score: 83656%
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: 85918%
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.

Adjusted Score: 88249%
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
Adjusted Score: 85414%
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
Adjusted Score: 86942%
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
Adjusted Score: 83922%
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
Adjusted Score: 92845%
Critics Consensus: Though it skips the occasional beat, High Fidelity's fresh take on a familiar track is as witty as it is emotionally charged, giving a curmudgeonly charming Zoë Kravitz plenty of room to shine.

#46
Adjusted Score: 96812%
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
Adjusted Score: 86525%
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
Adjusted Score: 89725%
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

Adjusted Score: 92621%
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
Adjusted Score: 81743%
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.

#41
Adjusted Score: 91922%
Critics Consensus: Like something out of a movie, McMillions effectively -- if not always artfully -- captures the chaos of this once-in-a-lifetime, very real con and the colorful cast of characters at its center.

Adjusted Score: 94389%
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.

Adjusted Score: 92629%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by the incomparable Patrick Stewart, Picard departs from standard Starfleet protocol with a slower, serialized story, but like all great Star Trek it tackles timely themes with grace and makes for an exciting push further into the final frontier.

#38

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#38

Adjusted Score: 93249%
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)
89%

#36
Adjusted Score: 92458%
Critics Consensus: Penn Badgley's perversely endearing serial stalker keeps looking for love in all the wrong places during a second season that maintains the subversive tension while adding some welcome variations on the series' formula.

#35

The Two Popes (2019)
89%

#35
Adjusted Score: 100804%
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
Adjusted Score: 92502%
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.

Adjusted Score: 92378%
Critics Consensus: A deliciously hellish thrill ride from start to finish, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina just keeps getting better.

#32
Adjusted Score: 94339%
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

#31
Adjusted Score: 91198%
Critics Consensus: Queen Sono's twisty, taut thrills are matched with epic action sequences and soapy delights, making Netflix's first South African series a smashing good time.

Adjusted Score: 83136%
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
Adjusted Score: 93724%
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)
92%

#28
Adjusted Score: 93171%
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

#27
Adjusted Score: 92414%
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.

#26
Adjusted Score: 95948%
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: 94706%
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: 88852%
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
Adjusted Score: 93173%
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: 96284%
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: 98140%
Critics Consensus: Joyous, heartfelt, and very human, Little America's thoughtful collection of immigrant tales is as inspirational as it is relatable.

#20

Honey Boy (2019)
95%

#20
Adjusted Score: 107361%
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)
86%

#19
Adjusted Score: 86199%
Critics Consensus: Outlander's romantic ardor doesn't burn as bright in this fifth season, but the Frasers remain an enthralling pair as they try to forge a home together.

Adjusted Score: 96922%
Critics Consensus: Still ticked off, but with more timely themes, Curb Your Enthusiasm's tenth season feels fresher than ever.

Cheer: Season 1 (2020)
94%

#17
Adjusted Score: 96377%
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: 96450%
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: 99269%
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.

#14
Adjusted Score: 100217%
Critics Consensus: Bittersweet and brilliant to the very end, BoJack Horseman's final season manages to keep surprising viewers with its empathy and depth, solidifying its place as one of TV's greatest offerings.

#13
Adjusted Score: 99621%
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: 103529%
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%

#11
Adjusted Score: 99452%
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]
Directed By: Lauren Greenfield

Adjusted Score: 103665%
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: 100043%
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: 100199%
Critics Consensus: A satisfying conclusion to a great American comedy, Brockmire's final season is a bittersweet home run.

Adjusted Score: 100634%
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: 101394%
Critics Consensus: Sharp and singular, Better Things just keeps getting better.

#5
Adjusted Score: 96070%
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: 101276%
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: 103685%
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: 103686%
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: 102320%
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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