Spending so much time on the couch means I’ve had a lot more time to indulge in my absolute favorite escapist activity.
These are the shows that made this year a little tiny bit more bearable.
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
If there’s one thing Reese Witherspoon can do, it’s give us an overbearing suburban White woman. Truly a gift. Little Fires reminds us that even the happiest of homes usually aren’t all that happy.
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
A slow burn spooky lesbian love story with about 20 less jump scares than The Haunting of Hill House. 10/10 would watch again.
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
This show is dumb and unrealistic. But I finished it in a single Saturday afternoon and was planning my imaginary move to Paris by the evening. Perfect “escape” show.
Season 4 may have been my favorite season of Insecure. We still see very little growth from Molly, but it was a DELIGHT to see Issa finally get a win (barring the Condola drama in the final episode, of course).
Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
This year Schitt’s Creek became my go-to show when I want a light-hearted chuckle after logging off for the day. Catherine O’hara as Moira might be my favorite sitcom performance of the decade.
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
I looked forward to catching Lovecraft every Sunday night. I had no idea what this show was about when I began the first episode, but the second I saw a racist get chewed up by a monster, I knew this was the show for me.
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Sure chess is cool, but the FASHION.
The Undoing (HBO)
Law & Order SVU meets Big Little Lies meets Nicole Kidman dressed as a Sanderson sister. Sex, murder, and scandal. My eyes were glued to the screen.
Normal People (Hulu)
I’ve rewatched this show from start to finish at least three times. Beautifully shot, beautiful story. I’m a sucker for romance.
Avatar the Last Airbender (Netflix – Nickelodeon)
I didn’t watch Avatar when it originally aired on Nickelodeon, but I’d always heard it was good, so I was excited to watch it when it came to Netflix this year. It did NOT disappoint. Honestly, what a show. Avatar became my favorite show of 2020, and I find myself putting on episodes when I need a pick-me-up. I will not be watching M. Night Shyamalan’s tragic interpretation because I’ve seen enough after watching the trailer.