Best-Reviewed TV Drama 2020

The drama category pulls together the best of what’s old, what’s new, what’s limited, and what’s a miniseries – dramatically speaking. You’ll see, for instance, season 4 of The Crown holding court in the top spot, and season 5 of Better Call Saul at No. 2. Meanwhile, season 1 of P-Valley takes the No. 3 position and miniseries The Flight Attendant checks in at No. 4. The category’s unexpected delight comes in at No. 5: season 1 of Netflix’s international hybrid crime drama–romance Giri/Haji, starring Takehiro Hira and Kelly Macdonald.

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

The Crown: Season 4 (2020)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Whatever historical liberties The Crown takes in its fourth season are easily forgiven thanks to the sheer power of its performances - particularly Gillian Anderson's imposing take on The Iron Lady and newcomer Emma Corrin's embodiment of a young Princess Diana.

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.

P-Valley: Season 1 (2020)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A stunning, lyrical piece of neon noir, P-Valley explores the unseen lives of strippers in Mississippi through Katori Hall's singular gaze, celebrating the beauty of the craft without sugarcoating the challenges.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Kaley Cuoco shines as a hot mess in The Flight Attendant, an addictively intriguing slice of stylish pulp that will bring mystery aficionados to Cloud Nine.

Giri/Haji: Season 1 (2019)
100%

#5
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.