Shows That Defined 2020

This year may not have been what most were expecting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the amazing things that came out of it. While we were stuck at home, we developed new hobbies, worked on self-love, got quality time with our families, and watched some remarkable television!

As we say goodbye to 2020 and look forward to what we hope will be a much better 2021, we have a list of just a few of the shows that helped get us through.

Tiger King

This was the first obsession that we got during quarantine. In those early days of being stuck at home, we sat amazed, watching just how far Joe Exotic and Carol Baskin feud would go and see the people that were close to them go missing and die! It was just the distraction we all needed during those first weeks of the pandemic.

Little Fires Everywhere

The Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon drama kept us all on the edge of our seats week to week as we watched the story unfold. At its roots, it was a story about a moving examination of motherhood, female ambition, and sexual politics. It explored themes that brought up real and serious discussions.


Netflix’s docuseries about the world of competitive cheerleading took us into a world most weren’t aware existed. We fell in love with the team members of the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team from Corsicana, Texas. We all felt like part of the family, cheering along and sharing in the hardships. Anyone who watched will definitely never be able to say that cheerleading isn’t a sport.

The Last Dance

While Netflix had its sports docuseries, so did HBO. They thrust us back in time following one of the best basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan. We re-watched some of our favorite moments and learned new things about the game and the man.

I May Destroy You

Destroy us it did! The BBC and HBO show had us watching in horror and amazement as Arabella tried to piece together the memories of her assault while also processing her status as a survivor of sexual assault. Not a week went by that we didn’t have to call or zoom our friends to discuss this incredible stories.

The Queens Gambit

No one expected a show about chess to take off the way this one did! We watched Beth Harmon grow from an orphaned child to an adult dealing with so many intense situations along the way. The story flowed in such a way, and the writing was so impeccable many were astounded that the events weren’t based on a real story.

The Undoing

This was the show that kept us going through Thanksgiving. Everyone took to social media, trying to work out the mystery. By the finale, most thought they had figured it out, only to find out a majority were completely wrong.


To wrap up the year, we were given this show. It was just the thing we needed to make it through the Holidays and start the new year off right (though being a Shondaland production, we aren’t surprised). This show is everything we love about classic novels, with a little bit of modern scandal thrown in.

These are just a few of the many shows that we got gifted this year, not to mention all the amazing seasons of returning shows! If this was the standard we got during a national pandemic, we can only imagine and wait in anticipation for the shows we get next!

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Briana Phipps

Briana Phipps is a host, actress, producer, and writer. She is your go to for all things Broadway and whether you want to discuss intense TV dramas, the latest reality scoops, or the best guilty pleasures to watch she’s got you covered!