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The Best TV of 2020 (So Far)

Updated November 10, 2020

TV and streaming series and movies have performed an enormous service so far this year in providing some much-needed escapism in a world crippled by a health crisis. That so many viewers latched on to Netflix docuseries Tiger King for that escapism earlier this year is one of the most startling developments in this extraordinary time.

To help viewers still confined to their homes navigate the latest offerings, we collected all of the Certified Fresh TV and streaming titles of 2020 — the season premieres that occurred January through present that are Fresh with at least 20 critics reviews (five of those being from Top Critics). Below is a list of the best 2020 TV shows you should be watching, according to critics. They are ranked from those that were Certified Fresh at 75% or above, but subsequently fell below that threshold for CF designation, to the newest members of Rotten Tomatoes’ 100% Club, an enviable group whose members have gotten a positive review from every critic who’s seen them.

We will be updating this list as more shows are added, so make sure to bookmark the page or check in regularly for more recommendations.

Did your favorite 2020 show so far make the list of the best TV of 2020? Have a look at our ranking and see which 2020 TV series are Certified Fresh.

Recently added: City So Real: Miniseries, Fargo: Season 4, Flesh and Blood: Series 1, Love Fraud: Season 1, Lovecraft Country: Season 1, Noughts + Crosses: Season 1, PEN15: Season 2, Raised by Wolves: Season 1, Star Trek: Discovery: Season 3, Ted Lasso: Season 1, The Boys: Season 2, The Good Lord Bird: Season 1, The Haunting of Bly Manor: Miniseries, The Queen’s Gambit: Miniseries, The Third Day: Miniseries, The Undoing: Season 1, The Vow: Season 1, The Walking Dead: Season 10, We Are Who We Are: Season 1, Woke: Season 1, The Outsider: Season 1, Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 10, Homeland: Season 8, Dirty John: The Betty Broderick StoryTeenage Bounty Hunters: Season 1, High Score: Miniseries, Pure: Season 1, Julie and the Phantoms: Season 1, Gangs of London: Season 1, Truth Seekers: Season 1

#112
Adjusted Score: 74.212%
Critics Consensus: Though handsomely produced and full of charming performances, Noughts + Crosses fails to capture the scope of its source material, leaving little room for nuance in its revisionist history.
Synopsis: Noughts + Crosses follows two young people Sephy and Callum, who are divided by their colour but united by love.... [More]
Directed By: Julian Holmes

Adjusted Score: 77.85%
Critics Consensus: I Know This Much is True's relentlessly grim plotting makes it a difficult watch, but the strength of Mark Ruffalo's dual performances is enough to make it a dark tale worth tuning into.
Synopsis: Adaptation of Wally Lamb's novel about identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in a family saga that follows their... [More]

Westworld: Season 3 (2020)
73%

#110
Adjusted Score: 77.19%
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.
Synopsis: The third season of the drama series starts about three months after the ending of Season 2. Dolores (Evan Rachel... [More]

Adjusted Score: 75.702%
Critics Consensus: When the Streetlights Go On takes itself a little too seriously, but strong writing, an impressive cast, and most importantly, an intriguing mystery more than make up for it.
Synopsis: After the murder of a beautiful young girl rocks a suburban community, the victim's sister and her high school peers... [More]

#108
Adjusted Score: 75.702%
Critics Consensus: The pacing isn't always on point, but between a spectacularly strange premise and Titus Burgess, Dishmantled is a messy delight.
Synopsis: From the Creator and Executive Producer of Chopped comes DISHMANTLED, a high-octane cooking competition that will literally blow your socks... [More]
Starring:

Adjusted Score: 76.723%
Critics Consensus: Though City of Angels' host of interesting characters would be better served if there were fewer of them, twisty plotting and superb performances are bound to satisfy Penny Dreadful devotees.
Synopsis: A spiritual descendant of the PENNY DREADFUL story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles,... [More]
Directed By: Richard J. Lewis

#106
Adjusted Score: 77.467%
Critics Consensus: Little Voice's earnest tune is a little too familiar, but a winsome cast led by Brittany O'Grady and catchy music from Sara Bareilles make for a breezy summer binge.
Synopsis: A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, "Little Voice" explores the universal journey of finding your authentic... [More]

#105
Adjusted Score: 77.467%
Critics Consensus: Though After Life's second season struggles to affirm its existence, it's a solid entry for anyone aching for a little more contemplative gallows humor.
Synopsis: In season 2, whilst still struggling with immense grief for his wife, we see Tony try to become a better... [More]

Adjusted Score: 77.808%
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.
Synopsis: At the beginning of Season 1 of this musical comedy, Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) decides to get an MRI fearing... [More]

Woke: Season 1 (2020)
76%

#103
Adjusted Score: 78.488%
Critics Consensus: Though Woke's first season doesn't quite know what it wants to say about racism in America, its solid ensemble - led by a well-cast Lamorne Morris - and some surreal silliness make it a messy conversation worth watching.
Synopsis: Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, comedy series Woke takes an absurdly irreverent look at identity... [More]

#102
Adjusted Score: 80.892%
Critics Consensus: The Undoing is a beautifully shot mystery that benefits greatly from Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant's performances - if only its story was as strong as its star power.
Synopsis: A successful therapist's life unfolds on the eve of her first book release.... [More]

#101
Adjusted Score: 77.127%
Critics Consensus: Though it takes on one too many side quests on its journey through video game history, High Score has enough nostalgia to entertain players of all ages.
Synopsis: This documentary series explores the rise of the golden era in gaming, a time rife with competition, innovation and flat-out... [More]
Starring:

#100
Adjusted Score: 81.977%
Critics Consensus: Brimming with top notch performances and dripping in style, Perry Mason's compelling mystery mostly makes up for its messy storytelling.
Synopsis: 1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic... [More]
Directed By: Tim Van Patten

#99
Adjusted Score: 79.744%
Critics Consensus: With a sufficiently arresting atmosphere and captivating performances from stars Jude Law and Naomie Harris, The Third Day is an intriguing - if overly familiar - addition to the folk-horror genre.
Synopsis: Created by Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly, limited series THE THIRD DAY debuts MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively... [More]
Directed By: Philippa Lowthorpe

#98
Adjusted Score: 77.893%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as laugh-out-loud funny as Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's previous collaborations, but Truth Seekers is genuinely eerie, balancing out its silly sensibilities with creeping terror and a scary talented cast.
Synopsis: Co-created by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Truth Seekers is an eight-part supernatural comedy series about a group of part-time... [More]

Fargo: Season 4 (2020)
79%

#97
Adjusted Score: 81.999%
Critics Consensus: Though Fargo's ambitious fourth season struggles to maintain momentum, fine performances and a change of scenery make for an engaging -- if uneven -- departure from the series' norm.
Synopsis: In 1950 Kansas City, two criminal syndicates jockey to control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs while fighting... [More]

Adjusted Score: 81.169%
Critics Consensus: Bristling with imagination and otherworldly imagery, Raised by Wolves is a bloody exploration of artificial intelligence and religious belief that will stimulate the eye and mind -- if not the heart.
Synopsis: From executive producer Ridley Scott, Raised by Wolves centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious... [More]

#95
Adjusted Score: 53.093%
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.
Synopsis: Kicking off 2020, the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) returns, resuming her time-and-space travels with friends Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip... [More]

Adjusted Score: 83.552%
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.
Synopsis: Based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an... [More]

Adjusted Score: 80.382%
Critics Consensus: Though The Pale Horse bristles with brutal thrills, it's convoluted mystery at times sedates the suspenseful proceedings.
Synopsis: When a murder investigation is launched into the death of a young woman, a mysterious list of names is discovered... [More]

#92
Adjusted Score: 80.382%
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.
Synopsis: Briarpatch follows Allegra Dill (Rosario Dawson), a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered.... [More]

Pure: Season 1 (2019)
80%

#91
Adjusted Score: 80.763%
Critics Consensus: Pure sidesteps the seedy pratfalls of its ribald premise to instead compassionately explore the complications of compulsion, shame, and struggling to make sense of oneself.
Synopsis: 24-year-old Marnie moves to London to start a new life. As she is finding her way in the big city,... [More]

Hightown: Season 1 (2020)
80%

#90
Adjusted Score: 80.702%
Critics Consensus: Monica Raymund's charms rise above any formulaic tendencies in Hightown's highly entertaining first season.
Synopsis: "Hightown" follows one woman's journey to sobriety, overshadowed by a murder. Jackie Quiñones, a hard-partying townie, discovers a body on... [More]

The Vow: Season 1 (2020)
77%

#89
Adjusted Score: 78.212%
Critics Consensus: Though The Vow's scope at times exceeds its reach, its empathetic approach to unpacking NXIVM's manipulations and the consequences therein make for necessary, difficult viewing.
Synopsis: A look at NXIVM, a self-improvement group and multi-level marketing company that disintegrated with criminal charges brought against its highest... [More]
Directed By: Jehane Noujaim

Adjusted Score: 81.553%
Critics Consensus: Home Before Dark's central mystery is more intriguing than its mawkish writing lets on, but Brooklyn Prince's fiercely dedicated performance more than makes up for any narrative shortcomings.
Synopsis: A dramatic mystery series inspired by the reporting of young investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak, and directed and executive produced by... [More]

Stateless: Season 1 (2020)
80%

#87
Adjusted Score: 82.488%
Critics Consensus: Stateless has great performances and good intentions, but its harrowing real-life tale is undermined by its underdeveloped characterization of the refugee experience.
Synopsis: Inspired by true events; a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a... [More]

#86
Adjusted Score: 83.169%
Critics Consensus: If Killing Eve's third season doesn't cut quite as deep, it's still a fiendishly delightful showcase for Jodi Comer and Sandra Oh's killer chemistry.
Synopsis: Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve centers on two women: Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5... [More]

Run: Season 1 (2020)
80%

#85
Adjusted Score: 83.339%
Critics Consensus: Though it can't always sustain its frenetic pace, Run's sharp subversions of romcom clichés are never less than entertaining thanks to Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson's electrifying performances.
Synopsis: A woman's life is turned upside down when she receives a text from her college sweetheart inviting her to drop... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Bray, Vicky Jones

Hillary: Season 1 (2020)
80%

#84
Adjusted Score: 83.68%
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.
Synopsis: A documentary series about the life and 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 82.638%
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.
Synopsis: Creator and writer Awkwafina (The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians) stars in the half-hour scripted comedy inspired by her real-life growing... [More]

Adjusted Score: 83.659%
Critics Consensus: It lacks new insight, but by focusing on the stories of survivors Filthy Rich sheds light on the lasting impact of Epstein's crimes.
Synopsis: Leading up to his 2019 arrest, mysterious tycoon Jeffrey Epstein was accused of abusing women and underage girls for decades,... [More]
Starring:

Devs: Season 1 (2020)
81%

#81
Adjusted Score: 87.232%
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.
Synopsis: A young computer engineer investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco,... [More]

Baptiste: Series 1 (2019)
83%

#80
Adjusted Score: 84.028%
Critics Consensus: Though Baptiste does little to distinguish itself from The Missing, jolting twists and a deliciously jittery performance by Tom Hollander provide ample enough enticement for mystery fans.
Synopsis: Series 1 of the crime series following the work of Julien Baptiste.... [More]

#79
Adjusted Score: 84.042%
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.
Synopsis: Adam Price is a happily married father of two whose life is turned upside-down after a stranger tells him a... [More]
Directed By: Daniel O'Hara

Breeders: Season 1 (2020)
83%

#78
Adjusted Score: 84.978%
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.
Synopsis: Breeders, a new comedy series starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard, explores the paradox that every parent knows but never... [More]

#77
Adjusted Score: 84.978%
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.
Synopsis: Season Two begins 30 years after the epic conclusion of Season One, and finds Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie), the lone... [More]

#76
Adjusted Score: 85.733%
Critics Consensus: Though at times more style than substance, World on Fire's layered storytelling never steps on itself, leaving room for its excellent ensemble and gorgeous set-pieces to fill in any narrative gaps.
Synopsis: World on Fire tells the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of... [More]

Adjusted Score: 88.275%
Critics Consensus: Though the show around them burns a bit too slowly, Tales from the Loop beautifully transposes Simon Stålenhag's paintings into moving art and provides a welcome dose of warmth and humanity with its sci-fi.
Synopsis: The townspeople who live above "The Loop," a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe, experience... [More]

Adjusted Score: 85.702%
Critics Consensus: A vibrantly goofy return to form, Looney Tunes Cartoons is perfectly calibrated cartoon comedy.
Synopsis: Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven... [More]
Starring:

Homeland: Season 8 (2020)
85%

#73
Adjusted Score: 86.212%
Critics Consensus: Homeland returns to form with a tautly thrilling final season that fittingly finishes the job Carrie Mathison started all those years ago.
Synopsis: In the final season, Carrie Mathison is recovering from brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but... [More]

Adjusted Score: 88.148%
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.
Synopsis: A group of ordinary people stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 90.616%
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.
Synopsis: At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart)... [More]

#70
Adjusted Score: 91.041%
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.
Synopsis: A female record-store owner in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, uses music to reflect on past relationships in this TV adaptation of... [More]

Adjusted Score: 91.296%
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.
Synopsis: Adaptation of Philip Roth's novel that imagines an alternate American history, as seen by a working-class Jewish family in New... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Schlamme

#68
Adjusted Score: 93.338%
Critics Consensus: A bizarre true crime story you have to see to believe, Tiger King is a messy and captivating portrait of obsession gone terribly wrong.
Synopsis: Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joe... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Eric Goode

Adjusted Score: 89.723%
Critics Consensus: We Are Who We Are doesn't move mountains, but by focusing on the little details and allowing its central teens to just be, Luca Guadagnino creates small-screen poetry.
Synopsis: A story about two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy, We Are Who We Are... [More]

#66
Adjusted Score: 89.61%
Critics Consensus: Hayley Atwell shines in Howards End, a beautiful, if borderline superficial, adaptation of a much-revered book.
Synopsis: Margaret (Hayley Atwell) and Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) are intelligent and idealistic young women living together with their hypochondriac younger... [More]

Upload: Season 1 (2020)
87%

#65
Adjusted Score: 90.68%
Critics Consensus: Though Upload at times suffers from tonal overload, witty writing and a winsome cast make it an afterlife worth living.
Synopsis: From Emmy-Award winning writer Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) comes Upload, a new sci-fi comedy series set in... [More]

Adjusted Score: 91.701%
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.
Synopsis: I Am Not Okay With This is an irreverent origin story that follows a teenage girl who's navigating the trials... [More]

#63
Adjusted Score: 89.042%
Critics Consensus: A disturbing new mystery reminiscent of Broadchurch, Deadwater Fell is gripping, even if the plot doesn't always hold water.
Synopsis: Dark crime thriller.... [More]

Ted Lasso: Season 1 (2020)
89%

#62
Adjusted Score: 92.509%
Critics Consensus: Warm and winsome, if not particularly hilarious, Ted Lasso fleshes out its promo premise with unrelenting optimism and a charming turn from Jason Sudeikis.
Synopsis: Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in... [More]

The Great: Season 1 (2020)
88%

#61
Adjusted Score: 93.552%
Critics Consensus: The Great can't quite live up to its namesake, but delicious performances from Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult and a wicked sense of humor make it a pretty good watch.
Synopsis: The Great is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest reigning... [More]

Adjusted Score: 93.913%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as scary as its predecessor, but with plenty of spooky tricks inside its haunted halls and a strong sense of heart, The Haunting of Bly Manor is another solid entry into Mike Flanagan's growing horrorography.
Synopsis: From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the... [More]

#59
Adjusted Score: 90.978%
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.
Synopsis: The story of an ex-cop turned security auditor who rigged McDonald's Monopoly game promotion for a decade, stealing millions of... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: James Lee Hernandez

Adjusted Score: 91.063%
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.
Synopsis: "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" follows a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular... [More]

Stargirl: Season 1 (2019)
89%

#57
Adjusted Score: 91.35%
Critics Consensus: A stellar series perfect for anyone looking for a little hope, Stargirl is delightful fun the whole family can enjoy.
Synopsis: About a high-school student who bands together with the Justice Society of America to fight villains, past and present... [More]

#56
Adjusted Score: 91.957%
Critics Consensus: A modern crime family masterpiece, Gangs of London builds its own empire atop tried and true mafia turf -- complete with engaging drama, exhilarating action, and fine performances all around
Synopsis: When the head of a criminal organization is assassinated, the resulting power vacuum leads to a struggle that threatens the... [More]

#55
Adjusted Score: 90.702%
Critics Consensus: Flesh and Blood's non-linear storytelling doesn't always play, but there's no denying the engrossing glory of its colorful mystery.
Synopsis: Three siblings must navigate through a web of lies when their widowed mother falls for a new man.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 90.702%
Critics Consensus: Although Betty Broderick's sensational Story is at times scattershot, Amanda Peet's incredible embodiment of a woman scorned is a sight to behold.
Synopsis: The second installment of this anthology series, is based on another epic true tale of love gone wrong ? a... [More]

#53
Adjusted Score: 90.787%
Critics Consensus: Search Party's third season changes the satirical scenery without losing any of its bite, while giving its capable cast plenty of moments to shine.
Synopsis: A dark comedy that centers on four self-centered twentysomethings who gather together in the wake of their college acquaintance's vanishing.... [More]

Legendary: Season 1 (2020)
90%

#52
Adjusted Score: 90.787%
Critics Consensus: With host Dashaun Wesley's charms, talented houses, and seemingly endless joy, Legendary is a ballroom extravaganza for die-hards and newcomers alike.
Synopsis: Pulling directly from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka "houses") must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion... [More]

#51
Adjusted Score: 91.645%
Critics Consensus: Charming, hilarious, and surprisingly sincere, Solar Opposites revels in the ridiculousness of life while finding a few fresh things to say about humanity along the way.
Synopsis: A group of aliens flee their planet after it is destroyed by an asteroid and end up on earth. They're... [More]

#50
Adjusted Score: 93.169%
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.
Synopsis: Sequel to 'The Young Pope' follows Pope John Paul III as he takes over the papal throne from Pope Pius... [More]

#49
Adjusted Score: 95.892%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal's vulnerable performances, Normal People is at once intimate and illuminating, beautifully translating the nuances of its source material.
Synopsis: Based on Sally Rooney's New York Times best-selling novel, Normal People tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and... [More]
Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson

Adjusted Score: 96.062%
Critics Consensus: Proof that time can heal almost all wounds, The Umbrella Academy's exhilarating second season lightens its tonal load without losing its emotional core, giving the super siblings room to grow while doubling down on the time traveling fun.
Synopsis: Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya's 2019 apocalypse was risky.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 98.274%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jonathan Majors' heroic performances, Misha Green's Lovecraft Country is a thrilling take on Lovecraftian lore that proves the Elder Gods aren't the only thing that goes bump in the cosmos.
Synopsis: Atticus Black, a young black man, joins his friend and uncle on a road trip in the 1950s to find... [More]

Gentefied: Season 1 (2020)
91%

#46
Adjusted Score: 91.957%
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.
Synopsis: Created by two Chicano first-gen writers, Gentefied is a half-hour dramatic comedy adapted from the 2017 Sundance digital darling of... [More]

#45
Adjusted Score: 95.701%
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.
Synopsis: Adaptation of Stephen King's novel about the investigation of the gruesome murder of a boy in the Georgia woods and... [More]

Adjusted Score: 93.042%
Critics Consensus: Teenage Bounty Hunters has snappy one-liners and style to spare, and though its peculiar premise at times fizzles, it's held together by Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini's killer chemistry.
Synopsis: Rebelling against their buttoned-up Southern community, sixteen-year-old fraternal twin sisters Sterling (Maddie Phillips) and Blair (Anjelica Bette Fellini) Wesley team... [More]

Adjusted Score: 93.042%
Critics Consensus: With catchy tunes and just the right amount of ghost jokes, Julie and the Phantoms is a fun, feel-good show that proves a perfect showcase for newcomer Madison Reyes.
Synopsis: High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts... [More]

#42
Adjusted Score: 93.127%
Critics Consensus: Explosive, but never exploitive, Love Fraud tells a thrilling tale of online dating gone terribly wrong with expert precision and a welcome dose of empathy.
Synopsis: For 20 years, Richard Scott Smith has committed a string of identify fraud crimes by preying on unsuspecting women seeking... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Rachel Grady

#41
Adjusted Score: 94.063%
Critics Consensus: With warmth, wit, and a pitch perfect ensemble, Central Park is a joyously hilarious musical love letter to the Big Apple.
Synopsis: "Central Park" is an animated musical comedy about the Tillermans, a family that lives in Central Park. Owen, the park... [More]

#40
Adjusted Score: 94.439%
Critics Consensus: Gripping to the very end, The Capture's well-built tension culminates in a riveting revitalization of a tired genre.
Synopsis: Season 1 sees an innocent man falsely accused of a crime.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 94.297%
Critics Consensus: The Midnight Gospel's strange brew won't be for all tastes, but those willing to drink deep will find a wealth of vibrant visuals and illuminating insights.
Synopsis: The Midnight Gospel is the story of Clancy, a spacecaster with a malfunctioning multiverse simulator who leaves the comfort of... [More]
Starring: Pendleton Ward

Adjusted Score: 94.467%
Critics Consensus: With less canonical baggage and a welcome dose of character development, Discovery continues to forge its own path and is narratively all the better for it.
Synopsis: After following Commander Burnham into the wormhole in the second season finale, season three of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY finds the... [More]

#37
Adjusted Score: 95.829%
Critics Consensus: Michael Cimino charms in Love, Victor, a sincere and sweet - if safe - spin-off with a lot of heart.
Synopsis: Set in the world of the 2018 groundbreaking film "Love, Simon," which was inspired by Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel, "Simon... [More]

Adjusted Score: 95.723%
Critics Consensus: Kimmy and company return as resilientas ever in a fun and fast paced special that makes excellent use of its interactive capabilities to produce maximum fabulosity.
Synopsis: Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) sets off on her biggest adventure yet. Three states! Explosions! A dancing hamburger! And you, the... [More]

#35
Adjusted Score: 95.91%
Critics Consensus: Rick and Morty's fourth season is both an exciting progression and a delightful return to form that proves more than worth the two-year wait.
Synopsis: Mad scientist Rick Sanchez moves in with his daughter's family after disappearing for 20 years and involves them in his... [More]
Directed By: Erica Hayes, Pete Michels

Insecure: Season 4 (2020)
95%

#34
Adjusted Score: 95.702%
Critics Consensus: Insecure continues to be one of the funniest, warmest, and most beautifully-shot comedies that takes full advantage of its sunny L.A. setting.
Synopsis: Two black women who are best friends navigate the pitfalls of their personal and professional lives in south Los Angeles.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 95.702%
Critics Consensus: Still ticked off, but with more timely themes, Curb Your Enthusiasm's tenth season feels fresher than ever.
Synopsis: A neurotic TV writer copes with life in L.A. in a tart, hilarious and semi-improvised sitcom that follows him dealing... [More]

Quiz: Miniseries (2020)
95%

#32
Adjusted Score: 97.233%
Critics Consensus: With clever writing, a slick production, and a pitch perfect Michael Sheen, Quiz crafts a captivating snapshot of a wild scandal that will keep viewers on their toes.
Synopsis: On September 9, 2001, Major Ingram (Matthew Macfayden), his wife Diana (Sian Clifford) and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock (Michael Jibson),... [More]

#31
Adjusted Score: 97.148%
Critics Consensus: Joyous, heartfelt, and very human, Little America's thoughtful collection of immigrant tales is as inspirational as it is relatable.
Synopsis: Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, "Little America" will go beyond the headlines to look at the... [More]

#30
Adjusted Score: 97.318%
Critics Consensus: Dead to Me doubles down on the twists and turns out an exciting second season that makes excellent use of its well-matched leads.
Synopsis: Jen (Christina Applegate), Judy (Linda Cardellini) and the lies that entwine them are back. Picking up in the aftermath of... [More]

#29
Adjusted Score: 97.744%
Critics Consensus: Unorthodox adapts its source material with extreme care, crafting a series that is at once intimate and urgent, all centered around Shira Haas' captivating performance.
Synopsis: Based on the New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name by Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox is a story about... [More]

Cheer: Season 1 (2020)
96%

#28
Adjusted Score: 96.957%
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.
Synopsis: This gripping docuseries follows the ups and downs of Navarro College's competitive cheer squad as they work to win a... [More]
Starring:

#27
Adjusted Score: 90.382%
Critics Consensus: An epic portrait of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a diverse and divided community, City So Real's even handed, empathetic storytelling exposes the complex structural issues facing the people of Chicago today without ever feeling like work.
Synopsis: An impressionistic, mosaic portrait of current-day Chicago which delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of America's third-largest city,... [More]
Starring:

Betty: Season 1 (2020)
96%

#26
Adjusted Score: 97.297%
Critics Consensus: Earnest, audacious, and effortlessly cool, Betty captures the spirit of skating and friendship with style.
Synopsis: Opinionated and loyal, Janay (Dede Lovelace) is strong willed and stubborn in ways that both help and hurt her. Honeybear... [More]

#25
Adjusted Score: 97.469%
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.
Synopsis: The Buendía siblings struggle to survive together as a family after their parents are deported to Mexico.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 98.914%
Critics Consensus: Director Liz Garbus smartly centers I'll Be Gone in the Dark around the late Michelle McNamara's passionate efforts, weaving together a heavy, but important tapestry of trauma, obsession, and survival.
Synopsis: I'll Be Gone in the Dark is based on the book of the same name and explores writer Michelle McNamara's... [More]
Starring:

Adjusted Score: 99.424%
Critics Consensus: Never Have I Ever's fresh take on the coming-of-age comedy is hilariously honest, sweetly smart, and likely to have viewers falling head over heels for charming newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.
Synopsis: Never Have I Ever is a new coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage... [More]

#22
Adjusted Score: 99.585%
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.
Synopsis: BoJack inches his way toward redemption as a stint in rehab forces him to confront his mistakes and start making... [More]

#21
Adjusted Score: 99.765%
Critics Consensus: A compelling and comprehensive portrait of one of basketball's great teams, The Last Dance's blend of archival footage and candid interviews confirms there's nobody quite like Mike or the team he led to victory.
Synopsis: In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls began their quest to win a sixth NBA title... [More]

#20
Adjusted Score: 103.338%
Critics Consensus: Mrs. America captures the complicated life and times of Phyllis Schlafly with poise and style to spare, brought to vivid life by a superb ensemble led by another masterful performance from Cate Blanchett.
Synopsis: Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led... [More]

Ramy: Season 2 (2020)
97%

#19
Adjusted Score: 98.553%
Critics Consensus: Ramy's layered approach yields rich rewards in a poignant second season that digs deeper without losing faith in the power of levity.
Synopsis: Ramy Hassan is a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. RAMY... [More]

Ozark: Season 3 (2020)
97%

#18
Adjusted Score: 98.893%
Critics Consensus: Ozark finally finds its footing in a third season that ramps up the tension and shines a brighter spotlight on Laura Linney's exceptional performance.
Synopsis: It's six months later, the casino is up and running, but Marty and Wendy are fighting for control of the... [More]

#17
Adjusted Score: 99.233%
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.
Synopsis: In season 2, as a late bloomer Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with... [More]

Adjusted Score: 102.466%
Critics Consensus: I May Destroy You is at once brave and delicate, untangling the trauma of sexual assault with dark humor and moments of deep discomfort all held together on the strength of Michaela Coel's undeniable talent.
Synopsis: A drama that explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating... [More]
Directed By: Sam Miller

The Boys: Season 2 (2020)
97%

#15
Adjusted Score: 104.168%
Critics Consensus: The Boys comes out swinging in a superb second season that digs deeper into its complicated characters and ups the action ante without pulling any of its socially critical punches.
Synopsis: The even more intense, more insane Season 2 finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the... [More]
Directed By: Evan Goldberg

Adjusted Score: 101.574%
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.
Synopsis: In season five of the critically acclaimed drama, Better Call Saul, Jimmy McGill's decision to practice law as "Saul Goodman"... [More]

#13
Adjusted Score: 100.702%
Critics Consensus: As layered, loving, and laugh-out-loud funny as ever, One Day at a Time successfully does the network shuffle without missing a beat.
Synopsis: A remake of Norman Lear's classic 1975 sitcom revolves around a Cuban-American family headed by a recently separated military mom... [More]

Adjusted Score: 100.787%
Critics Consensus: A rare and expansive look into the consequences of unfettered power, Immigration Nation is a powerful, harrowing indictment of the current state of American immigration.
Synopsis: In the groundbreaking six-part documentary series Immigration Nation, acclaimed filmmaking team Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau (2017's Trophy) offer an... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Christina Clusiau

Giri/Haji: Season 1 (2019)
100%

#11
Adjusted Score: 100.94%
Critics Consensus: Smart, suspenseful, and superbly shot, Giri/Haji is a near-perfect crime thriller with a surprisingly sharp sense of humor.
Synopsis: A detective from Tokyo travels to London in search of his missing brother, who had ties to the Yakuza.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 98.808%
Critics Consensus: Ethan Hawke dazzles in The Good Lord Bird, an epically irreverent adaptation that does right by its source material's good word.
Synopsis: THE GOOD LORD BIRD is told from the point of view of "Onion" (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy... [More]

Adjusted Score: 101.212%
Critics Consensus: Against all odds the delightful cast and crew of Parks and Recreation pull off a socially distant reunion that's warm, funny, and very, very special.
Synopsis: Five years after audiences said goodbye to one of the most beloved comedies in TV history, the fine citizens of... [More]

P-Valley: Season 1 (2020)
100%

#8
Adjusted Score: 101.467%
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.
Synopsis: Life and love are examined among the women and patrons of an infamous Mississippi strip club.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 101.553%
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.
Synopsis: Set in New York City, What We Do in the Shadows follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds... [More]

The Virtues: Series 1 (2019)
100%

#6
Adjusted Score: 101.733%
Critics Consensus: Stephen Graham gives a masterful performance in Shane Meadows' deeply personal depiction of trauma, gifting viewers with a raw account of self-destruction and a hopeful promise of renewal.
Synopsis: A troubled man travels to Ireland to confront demons from a childhood spent in the care system.... [More]

Feel Good: Season 1 (2020)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.808%
Critics Consensus: An intimate portrait of addiction and love, Feel Good is at once sweetly charming, uncomfortably complicated, and completely worth falling for.
Synopsis: A comedian living in London navigates sobriety and a new relationship with her girlfriend.... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.893%
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.
Synopsis: A wealthy family lose their fortune and move to a dreary small town they purchased once as a joke.... [More]

PEN15: Season 2 (2020)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 101.893%
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.
Synopsis: Two 13-year-old middle-school friends deal with the awkwardness of adolescence in 2000.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 102.659%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, sincere, and full of hope, The Baby-Sitters Club's grounded approach honors its source material while updating the story for a new generation.
Synopsis: A modern take on the beloved series that sees a group of girls run a babysitting business.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 104.956%
Critics Consensus: Its moves aren't always perfect, but between Anya Taylor-Joy's magnetic performance, incredibly realized period details, and emotionally intelligent writing, The Queen's Gambit is an absolute win.
Synopsis: Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The Queen's Gambit is a coming-of-age story that... [More]

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