Rejoice, for 2020 is almost over.
We don't know what 2021 will hold, but we know that we'll look back on 2020 as one of the strangest and hardest years ever, much of which was defined by the TV shows we binged while we were trying to distract ourselves at home. The world outside was frightful, but the television was so delightful.
For our year-end list of the TV we loved this year, we chose not to go with the "best" TV shows of the year. Our brains are mush and we didn't have the capacity to watch every TV show this year to determine the best ones. We're here to tell you about the shows we loved the most this year—the shows that kept us sane, or made us feel good, or made us laugh. The shows that might have been bad, technically, but we had a good time watching them anyway. The shows we bonded with friends over or disagreed with strangers on the internet about.
Some of them, we would argue, are in fact the best shows of the year, but some of them certainly are not. And that's fine!
We didn't include things like New Girl, which we binged all the way through twice, because we limited the list to shows that premiered or aired new episodes in 2020, but just know that New Girl was also a favorite show of 2020. Same with The Office, Friends, Scrubs and the first 16 seasons of Grey's Anatomy.
Comfort was the name of the game this year, so that's what we kept in mind as we put together our list of our favorite TV shows of 2020.