TV shows were one of the rare sources of comfort in 2020, and we just kept adding new ones to our watch list. Luckily, this year has given us an amazing slate of new shows to choose from, and these five found enormous success.
Tiger King (Netflix)
This true-crime docu-series about the dark world of big cat collectors defined the early days of quarantine. It’s one of 2020’s pop culture milestones, but it’s impossible to tell if it would’ve been such a huge hit if it came at any other time.
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Some 2020 shows were worth the hype and some were not, but The Queen’s Gambit certainly falls under the first category. It gave us a window into the magical world of chess through the eyes of Beth Harmon, a fictional chess prodigy with substance abuse problems.
Normal People (Hulu)
Normal People completely redefined the way modern romance and intimacy are depicted on the small screen. We’re still looking for new love stories that are as raw and realistic as Marianne and Connell’s.
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows the journey of a black man who travels back in time to the segregated 1950s in search of his missing father, only to face unbelievable horrors that are straight out of H. P. Lovecraft’s stories.
The Great (Hulu)
If you thought that period dramas can’t be quirky and hilarious, The Great is here to prove you wrong. The satirical retelling of Catherine the Great’s rise to the Russian throne was one of the most refreshing new shows of the year.