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Rank your 2020 TV shows throughout the year

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Rules Guidelines:

  • Rank the seasons of shows that are released this year.
  • You may expand your list to older seasons/entire shows if you feel like it, or you can have two separate lists, which I think would work better to give readers your thoughts on how new shows fare against each other.
  • But if you missed out on a show that aired late last year, and you sneak it in with shows from this year, that's fine. Or go back to the 2019 thread.
  • Rank however you wish: numbers 1-infinity, quality grades (great, mediocre, bad, clusterfuck)
  • Simply list the shows, or talk a bit about them

To start off, the year is still young, so not much to say.

Messiah (Netflix) - not bad, but I feel the mystery is better than the eventual answers; the show had a good dance between religious and secular themes, which I liked, but I can see how it could be controversial.

Currently watching The Outsider (HBO) and Star Trek: Picard.

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1) Sex Education, Season 2 - binged this and the first season together, and thought the second was an improvement on the already fantastic season 1. Great use of comedy while still tactfully hadnling sensitive issues.

2) The Good Place - only the final few episodes actually aired this year so the ranking for this will likely end up poorer than it would have been. Excellent finish to the series though.

3) Grace and Frankie - it was ok, but as usual the pacing felt off, some of the jokes failed to land, and the plot really feels repetitive now. Not the specific details, but the general arc seems to be the same season-to-season. There is only so much traction you can get out of ‘i’m not getting old!’ before the audience begins to switch off.

 

eta: 6weeks into the year and i am already convinced i have forgotten something.

For the sake of my memory when i come back in later weeks/months, i am currently watching The Stranger on Netflix. So far it feels like a longer but shitter version of the BM episode Shut Up and Dance

Edited by HelenaExMachina

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The Outsider - first two episodes were great, since then, above average.

And that's it so far

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1. BoJack Horseman (season 6b) - the show could have continued (it was Netfix's decision to end it with season 6, not the creative team's), but if it had to end, this was probably the best possible ending. Still, if they revived it,  I'd be overjoyed. This is one of my all time favorite shows and certainly one of the best and most unique shows in recent years. I don't know where I'd rank season 6 - certainly above seasons 1 and 2 and below seasons 5 and 4. Probably about the same as season 3. 

2. The Good Place  (season 4b)- unlike BoJack, this show really needed to have a definite ending, and it was one planned by the creative team. Not all of season 4 was great, but the finale was amazing. 

3. Evil - one of the best new shows this season. Big networks have surprised me by featuring some interesting and original shows like this. I already ranked it on the 2019 list, but the last few episodes aired this season and were all excellent, so the show will probably be even higher on the 2020 list. Unless they screw it up with season 2.

4. Emergence - another good new SciFi show on a network. Unfortunately, since it's on a big network (ABC), its chances of getting renewed are not great, based on that nonsense that are Nielsen ratings. Fingers crossed. If it doesn't get renewed, I guess we can ignore the cliffhanger from the last couple of minutes - and the rest of the finale would be a satisfying ending to the show.

Ongoing shows I'm watching: Star Trek: Picard, Harley Quinn, Prodigal Son - which is getting better and better and will probably be placed higher than in 2019. The last episode was fantastic. I particularly like the humor that  the show is unexpectedly full of, particularly lately.

Also watching The Witcher - but I don't know if I'll put it on this list or the 2019 one. There are also other shows from 2019 that I need to finish. 

The only thing I've seen this year and disliked is See. Another show released in late 2019, I only saw the first episode and hated it, so I don't think I'm gonna continue. It's dull and based on a terrible premise that makes no sense, and there's really nothing in it that really draws me to the show.

 

Edited by Annara Snow

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I can start a list now. None of the shows on this list were anywhere near outstanding, but they all had their good moments.

  1. Altered Carbon – not as good as first season and may be the last. A few choices diminished the characterization of the protagonist. It was still strong on the visuals, and I’m still intrigued about its universe.
  2. The Outsider – Had a very strong opening, then meandered somewhat, up until the last couple of episodes, which finished fairly well. Well-acted throughout.
  3. Beforeigners – An enjoyable dark comedy with an interesting premise, if the execution wasn't that strong. Most of the characters were fun.
  4. Messiah  – not bad, but I feel the mystery is better than the eventual answers; the show had a good dance between religious and secular themes, which I liked, but I can see how it could be controversial.
  5. Locke & Key – an interesting premise, and great visuals; predictable season ending, and in the end not that compelling of a story

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1. Better Call Saul, starting off strong

2. The Outsider, pretty good series beginning to end. First two episodes were as good as anything. It found it's level after that and kind of stayed there.

3. Altered Carbon, although it wasn't nearly as good as S1 it was still interesting.

4. Deputy, watched one episode and quit

5. Bone collector tv series, watched one episode and quit

I think this is all I have so far, likely forgetting something though.

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On 2/7/2020 at 12:15 AM, HelenaExMachina said:

1) Sex Education, Season 2 - binged this and the first season together, and thought the second was an improvement on the already fantastic season 1. Great use of comedy while still tactfully hadnling sensitive issues.

2) The Good Place - only the final few episodes actually aired this year so the ranking for this will likely end up poorer than it would have been. Excellent finish to the series though.

3) Grace and Frankie - it was ok, but as usual the pacing felt off, some of the jokes failed to land, and the plot really feels repetitive now. Not the specific details, but the general arc seems to be the same season-to-season. There is only so much traction you can get out of ‘i’m not getting old!’ before the audience begins to switch off.

 

eta: 6weeks into the year and i am already convinced i have forgotten something.

For the sake of my memory when i come back in later weeks/months, i am currently watching The Stranger on Netflix. So far it feels like a longer but shitter version of the BM episode Shut Up and Dance

1) Sex Education, S2

2) The Good Place, series finale

3) Dracula (missed this off my last list somehow. Would rate this higher if it was only a two-parter but the third episode was a steaming pile of... Well anyway I did not enjoy that episode) 

4) Locke and Key, season one. Fine I guess, mindlessly entertaining. Pretty shallow plot and characters but passable as something to kill the time

5) Grace and Frankie

6) The Stranger. Pretty dire, nothing anyone did made any sense, the "shocks" were eye-roll inducing and/or blatantly obvious and the resolution was stupid. 

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Forgot I watched Sex education S1 and S2 this year, Ill put that above altered Carbon and just below The Outsider and reserve the right to switch those two later on. Currently on Mrs. Maisel S1, should catch up so S3 and then I'll add to my list.

22 hours ago, dbunting said:

1. Better Call Saul, starting off strong

2. The Outsider, pretty good series beginning to end. First two episodes were as good as anything. It found it's level after that and kind of stayed there.

3. Altered Carbon, although it wasn't nearly as good as S1 it was still interesting.

4. Deputy, watched one episode and quit

5. Bone collector tv series, watched one episode and quit

I think this is all I have so far, likely forgetting something though.

 

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Posted (edited)

1. Harley Quinn.

2. Bojack Horseman's final season.

3. Castlevania season 3.

Edited by Red Tiger

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  1. Lost in Space Season 2 - There is something so irrestistible about this show. I find it so amazing.
  2. Altered Carbon Season 2 - Falcon is not Takeshi.
  3. Grey's anatomy Season 16 - this one will not die nicel

Watching Outlander, planning to watch Locke and Key, The English Game etc. I am really off this year. 2020 sucks. 

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Update:

  1. Kingdom (Korean Netflix show) - a highly entertaining second season. Maybe not as solid as season 1, but still excellent, with a numbers of good twists and turns. Interested to see how the story evolves.
  2. Altered Carbon – not as good as first season and may be the last. A few choices diminished the characterization of the protagonist. It was still strong on the visuals, and I’m still intrigued about its universe.
  3. The Outsider – Had a very strong opening, then meandered somewhat, up until the last couple of episodes, which finished fairly well. Well-acted throughout.
  4. Beforeigners – An enjoyable dark comedy with an interesting premise, if the execution wasn't that strong. Most of the characters were fun.
  5. Messiah  – not bad, but I feel the mystery is better than the eventual answers; the show had a good dance between religious and secular themes, which I liked, but I can see how it could be controversial.
  6. Locke & Key – an interesting premise, and great visuals; predictable season ending, and in the end not that compelling of a story

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Disclaimer: I know this list isn't following the guidelines as strictly as some people care for, but this is how I catalog my TV viewing. Anyway, these are all complete seasons of shows I've watched and/or completed watching in 2020 ranked from most to least favorite.

01.   Mr. Robot – S4
02.   Fleabag – S1
03.   Good Place - S4
04.   Legion – S3
05.   You’re the Worst – S2, S3, S4
06.   Curb Your Enthusiasm – S10
07.   Tiger King [Netflix docuseries]
08.   High Fidelity – S1
09.   Lost In Space – S2
10.   Fleabag – S2
11.   Avenue 5 – S1
12.   Carnival Row – S1
13.   World According To Jeff Goldblum – S1
14.   Killer Inside: Mind of Aaron Hernandez
15.   Pharmacist [Netflix docuseries]
16.   Cheer – S1
17.   Brooklyn Nine-Nine – S6
18.   Letterkenny – S8
19.   Littlekenny – S1
20.   Archer – S10
21.   McMillions [HBO]
22.   Hunters – S1
23.   Movies That Made Us – S1
24.   The Witcher – S1
25.   Hot Ones – S10-11
26.   Killing Eve – S1

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On 3/10/2020 at 6:56 AM, dbunting said:

Forgot I watched Sex education S1 and S2 this year, Ill put that above altered Carbon and just below The Outsider and reserve the right to switch those two later on. Currently on Mrs. Maisel S1, should catch up so S3 and then I'll add to my list.

 

Well I knew I had forgotten some shows, came out in December so i'm putting them with 2020.

Better Call Saul - one of the best shows on right now

Marvelous Mrs Maisel, watched all three seasons this year, S1 was the best

The Outsider

Lost in Space S2

McMillions

Altered Carbon S2

The Witcher

Currently binging The Americans.  Very good so far, couple episodes into S2 now.

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I've stalled on a few series already in 2020 but the two series I've so far finished, ranked in order, would be:

Babylon Berlin s3

Kingdom s2

Westworld s3 has been good so far. Valhalla Murders is decent.

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1. Narcos: Mexico s2- Despite losing some good characters from s1, I enjoyed this season way more. 

2. Curb Your Enthusiasm- I appreciate it.

3. The Outsider- It started out good but lost steam at the end, exactly like the book.

On 3/20/2020 at 9:36 PM, Risto said:
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  2. Grey's anatomy Season 16 - this one will not die nicel

I’m kinda shocked this is still on. I would’ve guessed that it ended in like 2013.

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16 hours ago, Ramsay B. said:

...3The Outsider- It started out good but lost steam at the end, exactly like the book...

I literally just finished this series. Not quite sure where I'd rank it yet, but it is definitely in the top 15. The final episode was pretty satisfying. The series could've been 8 episodes and trimmed a bit of the fat off as far as the "tension building" long shots and the looooong road to get the Ben Mendelsohn character to where he needed to be. Cynthia Erivo as Holly Gibney was outstanding. Gimme another season or two of her.

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Updates:

  1. Kingdom (Korean Netflix show) - a highly entertaining second season. Maybe not as solid as season 1, but still excellent, with a numbers of good twists and turns. Interested to see how the story evolves.
  2. Altered Carbon – not as good as first season and may be the last. A few choices diminished the characterization of the protagonist. It was still strong on the visuals, and I’m still intrigued about its universe.
  3. The Outsider – Had a very strong opening, then meandered somewhat, up until the last couple of episodes, which finished fairly well. Well-acted throughout.
  4. Beforeigners – An enjoyable dark comedy with an interesting premise, if the execution wasn't that strong. Most of the characters were fun.
  5. Star Trek: Picard - well this should have been better; slow start, strong build up, meh finale. It demands more exploration of the world. Patrick Stewart was strong, but I didn't feel much attachment to the new characters. Maybe that will improve next season. 
  6. Messiah  – not bad, but I feel the mystery is better than the eventual answers; the show had a good dance between religious and secular themes, which I liked, but I can see how it could be controversial. (Edit: show's been cancelled)
  7. Locke & Key – an interesting premise, and great visuals; predictable season ending, and in the end not that compelling of a story
  8. The Letter for the King - on par with GoT season 8. Stuff happened because of reasons, character development was stunted. I suppose it has the excuse of being YA, but it was still mostly trash. It had the weirdest, slowest magical good v. evil duel I've ever seen, with no explanation whatsoever. 

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