Top Ten Binge-Worthy TV Shows of 2020

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You will probably have been watching more TV than usual this year. Surprisingly, a global pandemic leaves you with not much else to do (other than those online lessons, of course). As we go into the winter, and life is still far from normal, there are still plenty of opportunities for some more binge-watching. Fear not, here are some of the most binge-worthy series this year…

10. Love Life

Finding true love is not easy. HBO Max’s new hit series explores the love life of Darby (Anna Kendrick), a New York-dweller, who is on her journey to finding her everlasting love. From those infamous sweatpants and ice cream days to some beautifully romantic moments, this is the very relatable tale of a young adult finding their way in the world.

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For me, Anna Kendrick is what makes this series a success, with her bubbly character and superb acting. If you loved her in Pitch Perfect, you'll definitely love this.

Available on HBO Max

9. The Great British Baking Show

Ice cream meltdowns, chocolate brownie disasters, and a pineapple upside-down cake controversy — the latest season has something for everyone! With a new presenting duo at the helm (comprised of British comedians Noel Fielding and the hilarious Matt Lucas), the latest season is possibly the most entertaining yet.

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It is a quintessentially British show, which I have been a fan of for many years, and has recently gone from strength to strength. For those unfamiliar with this delightful masterpiece, it is the ultimate binge-worthy comfort TV (but not to be watched without your own sweet treats!).

Available on Netflix

8. Emily In Paris

The latest creation from Sex and the City creator Darren Star features Lily Collins as Emily, a marketing executive from Chicago, who has relocated to Paris. After initially struggling to fit in due to cultural and linguistic differences, Emily begins to embrace ‘the city of love’ with new friendships, love interests, and a beret.

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This is not the best series I have ever seen, nor was it the worst. Plenty of other people I have spoken to actually quite enjoyed it, so this might be a matter of personal opinion. It probably won't be winning any awards, but it is still good and easy-to-watch TV — perfect for those winter nights in!

Available on Netflix

7. The Umbrella Academy

A mysterious adventure about adopted siblings with superpowers. After being estranged from each other for several years, they reunite after discovering the impending threat of an apocalypse.

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Personally, I felt that it took a few episodes to get into the action, but after that, I was hooked. Don't worry if you haven't started watching yet, the third season is not expected for a while — so you have plenty of time to catch-up!

Available on Netflix

6. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness

Detailed documentary footage of the life of eccentric zoo owner, Joe Exotic, has become an unlikely triumph for Netflix this year. Be prepared for surreal and jaw-dropping moments in every episode, as Joe fights financial battles and a few more dangerous battles with one of nature's most threatening big cats...

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'Murder, Madness, and Mayhem' certainly captures the absurdity and harsh truths explored in this series. In fact, several months on from when I watched it, I still don't think I've quite processed everything! It is unique, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Available on Netflix

5. The Good Place

Eleanor Shellstrop is dead. Along with three other strangers from different walks of life, their posthumous reward is an eternity in the utopian land of The Good Place. This is until Eleanor drops the bombshell — she doesn’t belong there. The subsequent journey is a heart-warming story about four people evaluating their values to become the best versions of themselves with some laugh-out-loud moments too.

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The show was masterminded by the genius that is Michael Schur, who is known for creating and producing great series such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and this is no exception. It is one of my favorite US sitcoms, so it was a shame to see it come to an end earlier this year, but at least it is available for us to watch all over again on Netflix.

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4. Dash and Lily

Lily loves Christmas. Dash prefers to spend Christmas alone. The tale of two unlikely romantics finding their soul mate portrays the recurrent festive love story in a whole new way. A series of dares exchanged merely through a red notebook help each of the star-crossed lovers to discover more about their mysterious other.

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I began watching the series to commemorate the start of the festivities, and I'm glad I did too. Filled with festive cheer and joy, this will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit!

Available on Netflix

3. Schitt's Creek

After losing their millions, the Rose family are forced to leave their mansion for a motel in the unconventional town of Schitt's Creek. In September, it hit the headlines for scooping nine Emmy Awards and has since officially become the most famous Canadian export since maple syrup. Its creators, Daniel and Eugene Levy, have said that they created the show which they set out to create: one which prides itself on its kindness, friendship, and inclusivity.

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This is a delightful comedy, and the escapades of Johnny, Moira, David, and Alexis have never failed to make me laugh, and I can guarantee that it will have you in fits of laughter too!

Available on Netflix

2. Never Have I Ever

Empowering, uplifting, and poignant. Devi, Eleanor, and Fabiola are sophomores at high school and all struggling to find love, but this is far more than the standard high school romance story. The coming-of-age series, narrated by former tennis world number one, John McInroe (I haven't got a clue why — but it actually works quite well!), has been widely critically-acclaimed — especially due to its approach towards breaking Asian stereotypes.

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I only discovered this a few weeks ago, but I have already devoured the first season - I watched so many episodes in one sitting that I think it might be burned into my retinas. I think that this could be one of the best new releases of 2020.

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1. Friends

Could this be any more binge-worthy? Friends explores the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, who are twenty-somethings living in NYC. Our favorite friendship group recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, and, since it was added to Netflix, has gained fans from a whole new generation.

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Earlier this year, it was removed from Netflix in the US, but thankfully it is still on Netflix where I am in the UK. It is a brilliant sitcom and can always return some sanity to your life (which this year has been more important than ever). Even if you've watched it before, feel no guilt in watching it for a second time (or even the twentieth...) because, on the good days and the bad days, Friends will always be there for you.

Available on HBO Max (US) or Netflix (UK)

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Samuel Burton

Samuel Burton is a high school student in England. This year, he created his high school's magazine, and hopes to continue with his passion for writing here at The Teen Magazine. You will currently find him 'embracing' the British weather, underneath several layers of thermal clothing.