With COVID 19 still plaguing much of the world, most of us are still in lock-down. The earliest shelter in place orders came in mid-March.
The first orders were handed down in California, and the rest of the country soon followed their example.
With us spending so much time inside, we’ve had to find new ways to stay entertained. Many of us have chosen to catch up on TV or even binge something new.
Whether you use cable, a streaming service, or a mix of both, there are plenty of great shows to watch this year. We’ll talk about some of the best TV shows in this article.
1. Better Call Saul
Breaking Bad is considered one of the best TV shows of all time. However, one of the most interesting things about the series is that the spin-off it inspired is actually really good.
The show has a lot going for it. It follows young lawyer Jimmy McGill (soon-to-be Saul Goodman) as he tries to survive and navigate the legal system. Many lawyers, judges, and the like attest that it’s one of the most accurate law programs on TV.
Jimmy is regularly seen trying to make deals with judges and other lawyers to try to secure the best outcome for his clients. This happens a lot in the real world.
Many of the arguments used in the court scenes are realistic. Larger firms do have more power and tend to use it to overwhelm rival lawyers.
The show normally runs on FX, though it has made its way to Hulu. If you want to watch it on cable, you should go with the sharpest cable TV.
2. Normal People
This BBC production, now on Hulu, explores a relationship between two Irish teenagers as they grow into adulthood. For a show about sex and relationships, it doesn’t try to glamorize things.
Some of the encounters are left charmingly awkward to accurately reflect what it’s like to be in love for the first time. Plus, nothing in the show is treated as a throwaway scene. Everything that happens plays some role in helping develop the characters and their relationship.
The show also doesn’t shy away from the emotional and psychological turmoil the characters are dealing with.
3. What We Do in the Shadows
If romance and legal dramas aren’t your thing, may we recommend What we do in the shadows? This Hulu show was inspired by Taika Waititi’s movie of the same name, and follows the adventures of a group of vampires living in Staten Island.
The show also follows the mockumentary format of the original, showing just how strange it is to be a vampire living in the modern world. From having no idea what a Superbowl party is, to attempting to disguise yourself with nothing but a toothpick, this series delivers laughs at every turn.
Have you ever wanted to see Nick Offerman play a murderous tech magnate who’s obsessed with his newest project? Do you want to see that now that we’ve said something?
If you answered either question with ‘yes’ then Devs is the show for you. A terrifying thriller for the modern age, this show’s plot can be hard to follow at times but explores a lot of interesting things about the human condition.
The show is the brain-child of Alex Garland, who frequently writes about how technology interacts with humanity, and what the result could be.
5. Mrs. America
Mrs. America is a historical series that explores the second-wave feminist movement and its pioneers. However, they go about it in very interesting ways.
Among the most prominent characters in the show is Phyllis Schlafly, a woman who was a major anti-feminist activist. This may seem like a strange direction, but despite being the villain, it shows Schlafly as yet another victim of the ideology she represents.
6. The Plot Against America
Did you know Charles Lindbergh was a Nazi sympathizer? He encouraged neutrality with the Germans during World War II and publicly condemned the actions of the British and the Jews of the world.
The Plot Against America is an alternate history series where Lindbergh runs for president in 1940 and wins by promising the American public that they won’t go to war.
Lindbergh keeps his promise, leaving the US out of WWII and imitating the fascist governments set up in Europe.
The series follows a Jewish family living in New Jersey as they try to navigate and survive in an America that now sees them as an enemy.
7. The Last Dance
The Last Dance has become a controversial program. It’s a documentary about the Chicago Bulls’ legendary performance in the 1990s, and the man at the center of it all–Michael Jordan.
The biggest criticism this documentary gets is that Michael Jordan’s production company collaborated with the creators, meaning that they might gloss over a few of his flaws.
However, the show does criticize his competitiveness and a few other issues, so it’s not like they didn’t make the effort.
The Best TV Shows to Watch in 2020
Coronavirus may be unpleasant, but at least it occurred during the age of streaming. Now, we have some of the best TV shows of the year at our fingertips, which may keep us from getting bored.
We’ve talked about some of this year’s best shows in this article, but there are many others we didn’t have time to cover. We encourage you to look into them and see what we missed.
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