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Every IndieWire TV Review from 2020, Ranked by Grade from Best to Worst

Yes, yes, Peak TV. It's troubling, we know. There, there, sssshh. Let us offer some assistance in determining what to watch so far in 2020.

BoJack Horseman

“BoJack Horseman”

Courtesy of Netflix

At this point, we’re almost legally obligated to start off TV roundups with some variation on this idea that there’s a lot of TV out there, but it really is impossible to keep up with everything. And calling attention to it doesn’t make it any less true!

So, given that TV time is reaching astronomical heights in 2020, how does one find something to watch, let alone focus on just the best of the best? That’s where we come in.

Keeping track of the dizzying amount of television we’ve reviewed so far in 2020 is a task in and of itself, so we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible. Below, we’ve gathered each of our 2020 TV reviews, each with a season number and the network/service where the new episodes first aired for U.S. audiences. Hopefully, this will help you decide what streaming service to spend your dollars on and on what show to spend your precious time.

Every review is organized by the letter grade it received, on our scale of A to F. All links take you to our initial reviews, though ongoing series might have more than one episode review to read. It’s also important to note that reviews were made with a particular amount of episodes on-hand. Some networks provided the entirety of their seasons for review, while others only revealed one or two episodes for review purposes.

With that in mind, let’s look at what’s kept us captivated (and bewildered) so far in 2020 [Note: This list is up-to-date as of December 28, 2020]:

Lori Lightfoot celebrates a preliminary victory as the Chicago Mayoral race comes to a close. (Chicago Story Film, LLC)

Lori Lightfoot in “City So Real

Chicago Story Film, LLC


Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children [HBO]

Better Things – Season 4 [FX]

City So Real [National Geographic]

The Crown — Season 4 [Netflix]

The Good Fight — Season 4 [CBS All Access]

I May Destroy You [HBO]

The Midnight Gospel [Netflix]

Mrs. America [FX on Hulu]

My Brilliant Friend — Season 2 [HBO]

Normal People [Hulu]

P-Valley — Season 1 [Starz]

The Good Lord Bird Ethan Hawke Showtime Joshua Caleb Johnson

Ethan Hawke and Joshua Caleb Johnson in “The Good Lord Bird”

William Gray / Showtime


A.P. Bio — Season 3 [Peacock]

Archer — Season 11 [FXX]

BoJack HorsemanSeason 6, Part 2 [Netflix]

Better Call Saul — Season 5 [AMC]

Cheer [Netflix]

Cherish the Day — Season 1 [OWN]

Corporate — Season 3 [Comedy Central]

Cosmos: Possible Worlds [NatGeo]

Dark — Season 3 [Netflix]

Devs — Season 1 [FX]

The Eric Andre Show — Season 5 [Adult Swim]

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay — Season 1 [Freeform]

The Good Lord Bird [Showtime]

How To with John Wilson — Season 1 [HBO]

Insecure — Season 4 [HBO]

Kidding — Season 2 [Showtime]

Last Chance U — Season 5 [Netflix]

The Last Dance [ESPN]

The New Pope [HBO]

PEN15 — Season 2 [Hulu]

Ramy — Season 2 [Hulu]

Sanditon [PBS]

Save Me — Season 2 [Peacock]

Sex Education — Season 2 [Netflix]

Tiger King [Netflix]

Trigonometry — Season 1 [HBO Max]

Unorthodox [Netflix]

We Are Who We Are [HBO]

What We Do in the Shadows — Season 2 [FX]

Ted Lasso Jason Sudeikis Apple TV+

Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”

Apple TV+


At Home with Amy Sedaris — Season 3 [truTV]

Baroness Von Sketch Show — Season 5 [IFC]

Billions — Season 5 [Showtime]

Brockmire — Season 4 [IFC]

Central Park — Season 1 [Apple TV+]

Curb Your Enthusiasm — Season 10 [HBO]

Dare Me — Season 1 [USA]

Dirty Money – Season 2 [Netflix]

The Eddy [Netflix]

The Expanse — Season 5 [Amazon Prime Video]

Fargo — Season 4 [FX]

Gentefied – Season 1 [Netflix]

Hanna — Season 2 [Amazon Prime Video]

High Fidelity — Season 1 [Hulu]

Homeland — Season 8 [Showtime]

I Am Not Okay With This – Season 1 [Netflix]

I Hate Suzie — Season 1 [HBO Max]

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark [HBO]

Lenox Hill [Netflix]

Little America — Season 1 [Apple TV+]

Love Fraud [Showtime]

Lovecraft Country — Season 1 [HBO]

McMillions [HBO]

Medical Police — Season 1 [Netflix]

Middleditch & Schwartz [Netflix]

Night on Earth [Netflix]

Perry Mason — Season 1 [HBO]

Pure — Season 1 [HBO Max]

The Queen’s Gambit [Netflix]

Room 104 — Season 4 [HBO]

Search Party — Season 3 [HBO Max]

The Sinner — Season 3 [USA]

Solar Opposites — Season 1 [Hulu]

Star Trek: Discovery — Season 3 [CBS All Access]

Ted Lasso — Season 1 [Apple TV+]

Trying — Season 1 [Apple TV+]

Twenties – Season 1 [BET]

A Wilderness of Error [FX]

The Wilds — Season 1 [Amazon Prime Video]

Year of the Rabbit — Season 1 [IFC]

Sammy and her kids are coming to terms with the culture shock of life in Newcastle and the possibility that they may not be returning to London any time soon. Sammy’s mother, Jean, has been single and sober for many years since the tragic death of her husband, but she faces some decisions as she tempts fate with a surprising attraction to a new man. Meanwhile, Sammy’s brother Jim and his lover Bev conspire against Sammy as Bev convinces Jim that Sammy is after his mother’s house.


Merman Productions


Barkskins [National Geographic]

The Boys — Season 2 [Amazon Prime Video]

Brave New World [Peacock]

Bridgerton — Season 1 [Netflix]

Criminal: UK — Season 2 [Netflix]

Deutschland 89 [Sundance]

The Flight Attendant — [HBO Max]

Frayed — Season 1 [HBO Max]

Hunters — Season 1 [Amazon Prime Video]

I Know This Much Is True [HBO]

Legendary — Season 1 [HBO Max]

Moonbase 8 — Season 1 [Showtime]

Ozark — Season 3 [Netflix]

The Reagans [Showtime]

The Ripper [Netflix]

Space Force — Season 1 [Netflix]

Star Trek: Picard — Season 1 [CBS All Access]

Tales from the Loop — Season 1 [Amazon Prime Video]

Teenage Bounty Hunters — Season 1 [Netflix]

This Is Us — Season 5 [NBC]

Three Busy Debras [Adult Swim]

Vick [ESPN]

The Walking Dead – Season 10 [AMC]

We Are the Champions [Netflix]

Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo in “The Outsider”

Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo in “The Outsider”

Bob Mahoney/HBO


Altered Carbon – Season 2 [Netflix]

Avenue 5 — Season 1 [HBO]

Babies [Netflix]

Belgravia [Epix]

Betty — Season 1 [HBO]

Breeders – Season 1 [FX]

The Cost of Winning [HBO]

Council of Dads — Season 1 [NBC]

Crossing Swords — Season 1 [Hulu]

Duncanville  Season 1 [Fox]

The Haunting of Bly Manor [Netflix]

Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults [HBO Max]

Industry — Season 1 [HBO]

Killing Eve — Season 3 [BBC America]

Lance [ESPN]

neXt — Season 1 [Fox]

Outer Banks — Season 1 [Netflix]

Outlander – Season 5 [Starz]

The Outsider — Season 1 [HBO]

Run — Season 1 [HBO]

Saved By the Bell — Season 1 [Peacock]

Stateless [Netflix]

The Third Day [HBO]

The Trial of Christine Keeler [HBO Max]

The Twilight Zone — Season 2 [CBS All Access]

Vida — Season 3 [Starz]

World on Fire [PBS]

HOLLYWOOD Jeremy Pope Netflix

Jeremy Pope in “Hollywood”

Saeed Adyani / Netflix


Awkwafina is Nora from Queens — Season 1 [Comedy Central]

Black Monday — Season 2 [Showtime]

Black Narcissus [FX]

Blood & Water [Netflix]

The Comey Rule [Showtime]

Cursed Films [Shudder]

Dave – Season 1 [FXX]

Defending Jacob [Apple TV+]

Deputy — Season 1 [Fox]

Dispatches From Elsewhere – Season 1 [AMC]

Hollywood [Netflix]

Home Before Dark — Season 1 [Apple TV+]

Letterkenny — Season 9 [Hulu]

Little Fires Everywhere [Hulu]

Making the Cut [Amazon Prime Video]

The Mandalorian — Season 2 [Disney+]

Noughts + Crosses — Season 1 [Peacock]

Queen Sono – Season 1 [Netflix]

Sex Next Door [Quibi]

Snowpiercer — Season 1 [TNT]

Soulmates — Season 1 [AMC]

A Suitable Boy [Acorn]

Upright — Season 1 [Sundance Now]

Westworld – Season 3 [HBO]

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist — Season 1 [NBC]

Utopia Amazon Prime


Elizabeth Morris/Amazon Studios


Amazing Stories – Season 1 [Apple TV+]

Away — Season 1 [Netflix]

The Comedy Store [Showtime]

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels [Showtime]

Raised by Wolves — Season 1 [HBO Max]

A Teacher [FX on Hulu]

The Umbrella Academy — Season 2 [Netflix]

Unsolved Mysteries [Netflix]

Upload — Season 1 [Amazon Prime Video]

Utopia — Season 1 [Amazon Prime Video]

Your Honor [Showtime]

The Alienist Season 2 Angel of Darkness Luke Evans Dakota Fanning

Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning in “The Alienist: Angel of Darkness”

Kata Vermes / TNT


The Alienist — Season 2 [TNT]

Big Sky — Season 1 [ABC]

Dead to Me — Season 2 [Netflix]

Devils — Season 1 [The CW]

Grand Army [Netflix]

Hightown — Season 1 [Starz]

Homecoming — Season 2 [Amazon Prime Video]

Indebted — Season 1 [NBC]

Intelligence — Season 1 [Peacock]

The Walking Dead: World Beyond [AMC]

We Hunt Together [Showtime]

Woke — Season 1 [Hulu]


Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon in “Ratched”

Saeed Adyani / Netflix


Love Life — Season 1 [HBO Max]

The Politician — Season 2 [Netflix]

Ratched — Season 1 [Netflix]

Social Distance [Netflix]

The Stand [CBS All Access]

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman in "The Undoing" HBO

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman in “The Undoing”

Niko Tavernise / HBO


Hoops — Season 1 [Netflix]

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich [Netflix]

Marvel’s Helstrom — Season 1 [Hulu]

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker [Netflix]

The Undoing [HBO]

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