The synchronicity of cult leader Keith Raniere's criminal sentencing with the Season 1 finale furthered the docuseries' word-of-mouth buzz. –Tim Surette. Summer TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos) Summer is in full swing, and everyone is staying at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Keep the celebration of the best TV of 2020 going! Quiz is also based on a true story; in 2001, Charles Ingram, along with his sister and her husband, devised a plan to win the big prize in the U.K.'s massive new hit series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, leading to a criminal trial that became a huge story overseas. The result is the same -- many tissues will be needed -- but the importance and relevance is multiplied in this new Party of Five. -Liam Mathews [TRAILER], Premiered June 21 | Watch on HBO You probably remember Perry Mason as an imposing defense attorney somewhere inside that imposing suit as he boiled down murder cases and, like clockwork, wrung out a confession from someone who wasn't his client to prove his client's innocence. Everything else about them? Pamela Adlon, who expertly pulls quadruple duty as the show's creator, star, director, and sometimes writer, has gotten her comedy to such a warmly lived-in place that it's almost surprising it can still pull out moving, thoughtful episodes like the ones we saw in Season 4, including "New Orleans," which sees Sam (Adlon) attend a wedding by herself, and "Father's Day," in which Sam and her friends get together to celebrate -- and commiserate about -- being single mothers. the first must-watch Netflix show of the year, salacious details surrounding the NVIXM cult, the performances we couldn't stop talking about. Meanwhile, the tense fifth season of Better Call Saul cemented the Breaking Bad spin-off as the best show on TV, and documentary series like The Last Dance, Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult, and Love Fraud proved that sometimes real life is more interesting than fiction. The show is heavily influenced by acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich), which means it's whimsical and sad at the same time. Ted Lasso is the Animal Crossing of TV shows. The show is an extension of Skate Kitchen, a 2018 film about a group of young female skateboarders, with the film's director, Crystal Moselle, bringing back the same cast and characters for more stories about queer love and having your friends' backs. The introduction of Stormfront (Aya Cash) centered Season 2 around a Vought-sponsored "culture war" in which alleged super-terrorists threatened the American way of life, and The Seven's position was that only supe-maintained law and order could solve the problem. -Liam Mathews [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered May 31 | Watch on AMC One of my favorite movies of all time is 1994's Quiz Show, which stars Ralph Fiennes as a man who competes on a Jeopardy!-like game show and gets illegally groomed by the producers -- answers to the questions included -- to become their recurring champion to boost ratings. Exciting? Check out TV Guide's roundups of the best episodes of the year, the performances we couldn't stop talking about, and all the shows we … From its dusty portraits of a barren intergalactic Garden of Eden to its themes of parenting and religion to its WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT finale, Raised by Wolves was niche programming with enough flavor -- even if it wasn't to everyone's tastes -- to make it HBO Max's most-watched original series. Phil isn't a chef or a culinary expert; he's just a guy who loves food and meeting new people, which gives the show a relatable casualness that makes it easy to imagine experiencing his adventures yourself. –Allison Picurro, In less than 30 minutes, ESPN's poignant documentary sheds light on an American epidemic largely ignored by lawmakers and civilians alike: violence against and mistreatment of Indigenous women. Featured Shows. Kipo's message of positivity and inclusivity is an unexpected salve for the hostility and divisiveness that has infected our country this year. The last thing he needs is for an alien to land on him and transfer its powers before dying. But if the first season of What We Do in the Shadows was set up for success by the hilarious feature film of the same name, Season 2 revealed that Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and the show's writing staff have gotten so comfortable in this extension of the film's world that they not only can meet the movie's genius, but surpass it completely. Well, you'll just have to wait as the details are parsed out. Braxton Family Values The bond between the Braxtons is fierce, and they are not shy about putting all their cards on the table. As a bonus, the inimitable Michael Sheen stars as the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and he's great as always. Raniere, who at one point asserts to a crowd of his followers that he could "make a baby very rape-able," doesn't deserve forgiveness, and the Starz series thankfully doesn't grant him any. [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered November 19 | Watch on HBO Max It's OK to watch someone during the worst time of their life, really! There's a fantastic cast that includes F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, and Charlotte Nicdao, and a midseason standalone episode is a great story of creativity vs. profits. It's an incredible document of NBA history that basketball fans will find totally riveting. Considering Season 2 was filmed before the pandemic began and George Floyd's death at the hands of police officers sparked global protests against police brutality and systemic racism, it proves that The Boys not only knows how to give good superhero spectacle, but that the Amazon series might be the best in the game at doing so while actually telling a meaningful story. Using audio from the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast and adding a weird, animated world around it, The Midnight Gospel is basically Rick & Morty meets Dr. Katz. The hourlong drama is beautiful, rich, and unfiltered. [TRAILER], Premiered April 19 | Watch on ESPN, ESPN+ This 10-part docuseries is ostensibly about the Chicago Bulls' historic 1997-98 season, but it's really an in-depth examination of Michael Jordan, who didn't get to be the greatest basketball player who ever lived by being nice to people. [REVIEW | TRAILER], Courtney B. Vance, Jurnee Smollett, and Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country, Premiered August 16 | Watch on HBO Misha Green adapted Matt Ruff's book about a young Black man who goes searching for his missing father in 1950s Jim Crow America, not knowing that the turf he explores is not only populated by racists, but creatures torn out of the pages of literature. It's written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, whose previous films include Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, in case you weren't sure if I Know This Much Is True was going to be really heavy. TV Channel Guide: Schedule of air times for upcoming shows and movies on WE tv. Schitt's Creek is a show we will watch again and again whenever we need some happiness. The miniseries is based on a very popular, very long 1998 novel by Wally Lamb. Watching them throw seemingly inhuman tumbling passes was enthralling, but so was getting to know each of these tenacious athletes on a personal level. –Tim Surette, Better Things has always centered around the joys and hardships of simply waking up and existing in the world each day, and its fourth season was its most human yet. Check out TV Guide's roundups of the best episodes of the year, the performances we couldn't stop talking about, and all the shows we lost this year. From Showtime's take on John Brown to a YA meet-cute at a bookstore. The final gutting scene showed Issa and Molly sitting down to a tentative truce, but their relationship has changed so drastically that it feels almost like a total reset of the show. Absolutely no one is saying this Breaking Bad spin-off is unnecessary now. Most of the series is set on a train to Chicago, creating a situation they can't (and mostly don't want to) escape from. But The Good Lord Bird is careful not to entirely idolize Brown, smartly choosing to tell its story through the eyes of a freed slave who, like us, can't decide is Brown is a hero or a maniac. The site may not work as expected. The title itself leaves us with more questions than answers -- it's not clear who the "I" or "You" are, and in interviews, Coel never gives a firm answer -- and it's that kind of cerebral, bring-to-it-what-you-want fluidity that made the show so alluring. This is how prestige television is done -- even if the story ultimately comes up a bit short, the performances and visuals are enough to keep you watching. -Megan Vick [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered October 29 | Watch on National Geographic/Hulu In a year where political documentaries were everywhere, Steve James' (Hoop Dreams, America to Me) City So Real stood out with a docuseries that perfectly captures the division, tension, and passion in politics today through the 2019 mayoral election in Chicago. Hawke and his writing partners faithfully adapted James McBride's National Book Award-winning novel in a way that captures its irreverent spirit, and the show is stuffed with great performances, especially from young Joshua Caleb Johnson, who plays a freed boy who travels with Brown and observes antebellum America as Brown crusades against slavery. S42 E26 - Down Payment on Death The sting operation to catch a woman in a murder-for-hire plot is filmed for a reality-TV series. As of September 2020, too, Disney Plus added a co-watching feature called GroupWatch, letting you watch a movie or TV show with up to six other … - Liam Mathews [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered March 16 | Watch on HBO This limited series, written by The Wire's David Simon and Ed Burns, is based on a book by legendary novelist Philip Roth. It's funny in an "I can't believe they're pulling this off" way, as it's a comedy that deals with America's legacy of slavery. Cianfrance is one of the heaviest filmmakers in the game. Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal star as Marianne and Connell, two teens whose upbringings couldn't be more different but whose deep connection leads to an intense, all-consuming romance. As she navigates a love triangle and denies the depth of her grief, short-tempered Devi's inner life is narrated, hilariously, by tennis legend John McEnroe. His Airness is remarkably unguarded as he talks at length about the feuds and resentments that fueled his unparalleled career, accompanied by extraordinary archival footage from that season and interviews with dozens of people who were there, from Dennis Rodman to Barack Obama. Here’s my pick for the 10 best TV shows of 2020: 10. The slick series tracks the cocaine trade between Mexican, American, and Italian organized crime, and stars Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, and Gabriel Byrne as the Americans, who broker the deals and transport the coke via their shipping company. In August 2020 Fubo TV added a bunch of channels including ESPN and Disney channels, but at the same time it dropped Turner networks including CNN, TNT and TBS -- … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The game biz gets a loving send-up in Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet without making games the joke as McElhenney plays the egotistical creative director of a popular MMORPG about to release its first expansion pack. It presents an alternate version of American history in which celebrity aviator Charles Lindbergh beat Franklin D. Roosevelt in the election of 1940 on a fascist, isolationist platform. Only the savviest of cultural connoisseurs knew that the series, about the goings-on of a strip club in a fictional town in the Mississippi Delta, was an adaptation of playwright Katori Hall's work Pussy Valley, and that behind the pasties and G-strings was a layered, complex, and expertly crafted drama about women we usually ignore. The eight-episode series is one of those fun and unpredictable road trip adventures, packed with odd situations and unique characters, but it's the writing and the performances from the two leads -- Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock -- that really makes this one of those international treasures that's about to invade America. Each episode of Little America is based on the true stories of immigrants in America, showing off their successes and experiences in humorous and heartwarming fashion, like the Indian spelling bee whiz who ran his parents' hotel after they were deported and petitioned Laura Bush to help him get them back. At some point it becomes clear she's managed to convince herself she was not at all involved in the two murders she very much committed, and the way it culminates is absolutely bone-chilling. Edited by Kaitlin Thomas and Noelene Clark Illustration by Jessie Cowan. While the setup seems like a farce -- Ted's hiring is part of an elaborate scheme by an embittered woman looking to ruin the beloved football team of her cheating ex-husband -- Ted's seemingly unshakeable good nature and determination to see the best in everyone, even those actively trying to do him harm, is downright inspiring. Austin Abrams and Midori Francis play the eponymous Dash and Lily in Netflix's adorable adaptation of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's YA novel Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. [TRAILER], Premiered Jan. 1 | Watch on Netflix Imagine Big Brother but if everyone stayed in their rooms on WhatsApp instead of talking face-to-face, and you've got an idea of Netflix's reality competition series The Circle. –Malcolm Venable, Over the course of its first three seasons, Insecure handled everything -- workplace microaggressions, bad relationships, selfish friends, and much more -- with a wink and a hearty wine-fueled belly laugh. It also follows a Mexican soldier (Harold Torres) on the frontline of the drug war, and Giuseppe De Domenico as a Calabrian gangster who wants to take over his family business. Mindy Kaling's warm, wickedly funny spin on a classic high school comedy stars newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi Vishwakumar, a high achiever desperate to reinvent herself after the sudden death of her father (Sendhil Ramamurthy, joining the ranks of TV's hot dads even in flashbacks). –Kelly Connolly, There is no show on TV quite like On My Block, which follows a group of Black and Latinx teens in South Central Los Angeles. Find out when the most anticipated new and returning shows of 2020 will premiere with our calendar of TV and streaming premiere dates. Docuseries? [REVIEW | TRAILER], Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer, We Are Who We Are, Premiered September 14 | Watch on HBO/HBO Max Luca Guadagnino, director of 2017's coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name, made his first foray in TV with this thoughtful, moody drama about two teens trying to find themselves while living on an American military base in Italy in 2016. This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our … Nothing has more successfully done that than Somebody Feed Phil, which follows Everybody Loves Raymond creator and living embodiment of joy Phil Rosenthal traveling the world, hanging with the locals, and eating everything he can get his hands on. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. What's on TV & Streaming What's on TV & Streaming Top Rated Shows … By the series' stunning end, viewers come to realize that the story in totality was about healing, but the journey there was an unorthodox one as it explored consent, rape, and the ugly parts of sex in a way that was as playful and humorous as it was raw and wrenching. A gut-punch statistic puts that in more tangible perspective: Native American women make up 3 percent of Montana's population but account for 30 percent of all missing women cases in the state. It tells the story through the eyes of the Levins, a working class Jewish American family in Newark whose pursuit of the American Dream gets halted as America slides into fascism. -Liam Mathews [TRAILER], Premiered March 5 | Watch on Hulu Ex Machina and Annihilation director Alex Garland heads to TV for the first time with this philosophical sci-fi slow-burn. To the uninitiated, the arrival of Starz's scintillating summer series P-Valley could've seemed like the network's attempt to make a Hustlers for the small screen, or maybe to keep "underserved" customers in the fold after the conclusion of Power. The laughs and tears continue in Thomas' new Freeform series Everything's Gonna Be Okay, about a twentysomething entomologist who takes guardianship of his two teenage half-sisters, one of whom is autistic. It's meant to mimic the social media experience as contestants carefully build profiles to curry favor with others, and there's an interesting twist that makes it all fun: Some contestants are catfishing, posing as others they think will be seen as better people. [REVIEW | TRAILER], Premiered Jan. 18 | Watch on BBC America The latest from the incredible BBC documentary team goes from continent to continent to highlight the variation of the planet's wildlife in this new series. But while the sophomore season made us fall even more in love with the vampires (and appreciate Guillermo in a way they probably never will), the jaw-dropping cliffhanger is what has us champing at the bit to see what's next. It revealed to fans what it might be like if their favorite caped crusaders had corporate backers and weren't all altruistic saviors. -Liam Mathews [REVIEW | TRAILER], Walter Cordopatri and Giuseppe De Domenico, ZeroZeroZero, Premiered March 6 | Watch on Amazon Prime Video Amazon's violent, prestige-y, multi-continental crime epic ZeroZeroZero, produced in partnership with Sky Atlantic and Canal+, could potentially be the answer to Netflix's Narcos. It tells the story of Joe Exotic, a private zoo operator who was arrested for hiring hitmen to kill an animal rights activist who was trying to shut him down. Gamers are legion, after all. –Noelene Clark, The Last Dance is not without its faults. It turns out that adulting is pretty hard, but very funny. The update of the series about a white family who struggles when the parents are killed in a car crash moves thing to a Latinx family who must keep it together after the parents are deported for being undocumented. We'll go ahead and say that no one is going to miss 2020 and all of its chaos. And while new seasons of your favorite returning shows provided the comfort you were looking for, it was the brilliant new shows that provided the excitement and have us looking forward to 2021. –Tim Surette, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Noah Reid, Emily Hampshire, Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek, If heaven had a creek, it truly would be this one. With Jack Dylan Grazer, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Chloë Sevigny, Alice Braga. Covering issues of race, police brutality, and the coronavirus pandemic, and violence, City So Real is a sweeping story of a city at odds with and in love with itself, and the people who live there. The scramble to save face and her marriage is a bumpy one for Suzie, who goes through the wringer in the dark comedy that isn't afraid to mix raunch with sharp observations about celebrity. 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