The Best TV Show of 2020, According to Critics

Richard Evans
·3 min read

For all of us who have ever felt like there were simply too many shows to stream, 2020 finally gave us the time to catch up on a significant number of them—if not under the most ideal circumstances. But even in a year when most of us spent more time inside than ever, there were still an awful lot of great series to keep up on. From edgy comedies to lyrical dramas to gripping docuseries, the best TV shows of 2020 took ample hours of couch time to get through.

For our list of the best series of the year, we turned to Metacritic, which scores shows based on an average of their reviews. Their ranked list includes some of 2020's biggest breakout hits, as well as some lesser known offerings that are just as deserving of your attention. Some of these shows made their debut this year, while others simply put forth exceptional seasons. Read on to find out if your favorite made the cut. And for the opposite end of the spectrum, check out The Worst TV Show of 2020, According to Critics.

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50

Murder on Middle Beach

murder on middle beach
murder on middle beach

Metascore: 76

And for more great offerings from this year, These Are the Best Movies of 2020, According to Critics.

49

The Flight Attendant

still from the flight attendant
still from the flight attendant

Metascore: 76

48

Star Trek: Picard

star trek picard
star trek picard

Metascore: 76

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47

The Vow

still from the vow
still from the vow

Metascore: 76

46

Challenger: The Final Flight

challenger the final flight
challenger the final flight

Metascore: 76

45

Tiger King

tiger king
tiger king

Metascore: 76

And for more of what we streamed this year, These Were the Most Popular Shows on Netflix in 2020.

44

Julie and the Phantoms

julie and the phantoms
julie and the phantoms

Metascore: 77

43

Party of Five

party of five
party of five

Metascore: 77

42

Ozark

laura linney and jason bateman on ozark
laura linney and jason bateman on ozark

Metascore: 77

41

Betty

still from betty
still from betty

Metascore: 77

40

We Are Who We Are

we are who we are
we are who we are

Metascore: 77

39

Love Fraud

love fraud
love fraud

Metascore: 77

38

In My Skin

in my skin
in my skin

Metascore: 78

37

Search Party

still from search party
still from search party

Metascore: 78

36

What We Do in the Shadows

what we do in the shadows
what we do in the shadows

Metascore: 79

35

Everything's Gonna be Okay

everything's gonna be okay
everything's gonna be okay

Metascore: 79

34

Lovecraft Country

lovecraft country
lovecraft country

Metascore: 79

33

The Queen's Gambit

the queen's gambit
the queen's gambit

Metascore: 79

32

Never Have I Ever

never have I ever
never have I ever

Metascore: 80

31

Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children

atlanta's missing and murdered
atlanta's missing and murdered

Metascore: 80

30

The Boys

still from the boys
still from the boys

Metascore: 80

29

Central Park

still from central park
still from central park

Metascore: 81

28

Cheer

still from cheer
still from cheer

Metascore: 81

27

The Plot Against America

the plot against america
the plot against america

Metascore: 82

26

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

i'll be gone in the dark
i'll be gone in the dark

Metascore: 82

25

Normal People

still from normal people
still from normal people

Metascore: 82

24

The Midnight Gospel

the midnight gospel
the midnight gospel

Metascore: 82

23

Ramy

still from ramy
still from ramy

Metascore: 83

22

Sex Education

still from sex education
still from sex education

Metascore: 83

21

Feel Good

still from feel good
still from feel good

Metascore: 83

20

One Day at a Time

one day at a time
one day at a time

Metascore: 84

19

The Good Fight

the good fight
the good fight

Metascore: 84

18

The Good Lord Bird

the good lord bird
the good lord bird

Metascore: 84

17

Little America

little america
little america

Metascore: 85

16

I Hate Suzie

I hate suzie
I hate suzie

Metascore: 85

15

Immigration Nation

immigration nation
immigration nation

Metascore: 85

14

Unorthodox

still from unorthodox
still from unorthodox

Metascore: 85

13

P-Valley

still from p-valley
still from p-valley

Metascore: 85

12

The Crown

still from the crown
still from the crown

Metascore: 85

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11

I May Destroy You

I may destroy you
I may destroy you

Metascore: 86

10

Mrs. America

mrs. america
mrs. america

Metascore: 87

9

The Baby-Sitters Club

the baby-sitters club
the baby-sitters club

Metascore: 87

And for more to watch on Netflix, check out The 50 Best Netflix Shows Ever, According to Critics.

8

Lenox Hill

lenox hill
lenox hill

Metascore: 87

7

Visible: Out on Television

visible out on television
visible out on television

Metascore: 89

6

The Last Dance

the last dance
the last dance

Metascore: 90

5

BoJack Horseman

bojack horseman
bojack horseman

Metascore: 91

And for more ways to kill time on Netflix, check out The 20 TV Shows Streaming on Netflix That Have the Most Episodes.

4

My Brilliant Friend

my brilliant friend
my brilliant friend

Metascore: 92

3

Better Call Saul

better call saul
better call saul

Metascore: 92

And for more of the year's best, These Are the Best Horror Films of 2020, According to Critics.

2

Pen15

still from pen15
still from pen15

Metascore: 93

1

City So Real

city so real
city so real

Metascore: 93

And for the films that failed to impress this year, check out The Worst Movie of 2020, According to Critics.