Best-Reviewed TV Comedies 2020

2020 was a banner year for comedy on TV and streaming, with the arrival of new critically lauded shows like Ted Lasso and a pitch-perfect send-off for Schitt’s Creek, the Canadian series that, over six seasons, went from hidden gem to cult favorite to Emmy-dominating powerhouse. The five series below – including Schitt’s Creek at number four – represent the best of the best, according to the critics, with top of the class going to Hulu’s PEN15, the story of middle-school besties Maya and Anna, played by show creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. Its second season, Certified Fresh at 100%, only improved on the first, with Erskine and Konkle dialing up the cringe and the heart.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2020. Scores might change over time.

PEN15: Season 2 (2020)

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An excellent showcase for Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and their well-cast classmates, PEN15's sophomore season goes deeper into the nuances of middle school life without losing any of its cringey charm.

Feel Good: Season 1 (2020)

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.

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Critics Consensus: Bat! What We Do In the Shadows loses no steam in a smashing second season that savvily expands its supernatural horizons while doubling down on the fast flying fun.

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.

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

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