Well. We did it. We made it to the end of the year, and while there are probably a long list of people you might want to thank for getting you to this point, the real hero this year has been television. After a year primarily spent in quarantine, television had the impossible job of giving us prestige drama, high camp, lowly reality TV snackables, and also Al Pacino fighting Nazis. As the kids online say, "We ate good this year."
Looking back at a year's worth of television is always a curious exercise because, to some extent, it reveals something about where we're at as a culture. Remember the beginning of the year when everyone was obsessed with those people who lived in isolation, communicating primarily through a social media app called "The Circle?" And remember how we all thought that would be the worst? Then we were treated to a glimpse into the world of tiger maintenance and murder conspiracies, sprinkled with a bit of feminist history. And mind you—that takes us only to March.
2020's slate of television series led us down a dark rabbit hole of competitive chess, properly acquainted us with the genius of Michaela Coel, reminded us just how incredible ol' Michael Jordan is, and sent us along on an emotional journey through a galaxy far, far away. Parsing all those hours of content down into a short list is a feat, but we settled on 35 of the year's best pockets of television.
So, yeah. Thank you TV. Thanks for being the friend we didn't know we'd rely on so much this year. We're thankful for everything you gave us—except you, Carole Baskin. You stay where you're at.