The 20 Best Netflix TV Shows of 2020


Streaming of Tv series and movies performed enormous service last year in providing some much-needed escapism in a world crippled by the Covid-19 pandemic. That so many viewers latched on to Netflix docuseries Tiger King for that escapism earlier this year is one of the most startling developments in this extraordinary time.

Here are our favourite Netflix originals for the year 2020 which include comedies, dramas, and documentaries.

20. Ratched

Cast:  Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon
First episode date: 18 September 2020
Producers:  Lou Eyrich
Directors: Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murphy

SYNOPSIS: The series is about a certain young nurse at a mental institution who became jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients.

19. Cobra Kai

Cast:  Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña
First episode date:  2 May 2018
Producers: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Jennifer Celotta

SYNOPSIS: Cobra Kai series to The Karate Kid film series. The series is an American martial arts comedy-drama streaming television series produced by Robert Mark Kamen

18. Love On The Spectrum

Cast: Brooke Satchwell
First episode date: 19 November 2019
Producers:  Cian O’Clery
Directors:  Cian O’Clery

SYNOPSIS: The series is a four-part documentary series following the life of young adults on the autism spectrum as they explore the unpredictable world of love, dating and relationships


17. Selling Sunset

Cast: Mary Fitzgerald, Brett Oppenheim, Jason Oppenheim 
First episode date:  22 March 2019
Producers: Adam DiVello

SYNOPSIS: The series is about the elite agents at The Oppenheim Group who sells the luxe life to affluent buyers in LA.

16. The Umbrella Academy

Cast:  Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
First episode date: 15 February 2019
Producers: Steve Blackman, Jeremy Slater

SYNOPSIS: It’s a series about a family of former child heroes, who happens to have grown apart and must reunite to continue to protect the world.


15. Ugly Delicious

Cast:  David Chang, Peter Meehan, Aziz Ansari
First episode date: 23 February 2018
ProducersDavid Chang, Peter Meehan, Eddie Schmidt, Christopher C. Chen, Lisa Nishimura, Morgan Neville
DirectorsEddie Schmidt, Jason Zeldes, Laura Gabbert, Morgan Neville

SYNOPSIS: The series is about a certain Chef David Chang who travels around the world tasting different food from different cultures.

14. Middleditch & Schwartz

Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz
First episode date: April 21, 2020
Producers: John Irwin, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz, Casey Spira
Directors: Ryan Polito

SYNOPSIS: The series is about Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz who turned small ideas into funny stories.

13. Outer Banks

Cast: Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey
First episode date: 15 April 2020
Producers: Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, Shannon Burke
Directors: Josh Pate

SYNOPSIS: The series is about a group of young people from the undesirable part of town who discover a fortune map that uncovers a since quite a while ago covered mystery.

12. Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Cast: Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo
First episode date: 20 March 2020
Producers: Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, Shannon Burke
Directors: Gillian Wearing

SYNOPSIS: The series is about an African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker who was a washerwoman before she rose from poverty to build a beauty empire and became the first female self-made millionaire.

11. The Midnight Gospel

Cast:  Phil Hendrie, Duncan Trussell, Joey Diaz
First episode date: Apr 20, 2020
Producers: Pendleton Ward, Duncan Trussell
Directors: Duncan Trussell

SYNOPSIS: The series is about Crossing trippy universes inside his universe test system, a space caster that investigates existential inquiries concerning life, demise, and everything in the middle.

10. The Big Flower Fight

9. BoJack Horseman

Cast:  Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie
Producers: Raphael Bob-Waksberg

SYNOPSIS: The series was the star of the hit television show “Horsin’ Around” in the ’80s and ’90s, now he’s washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colourful sweaters.

8. The Baby-Sitters Club

Cast:  Sophie Grace, Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph
Producers:  Rachel Shukert
First episode date: 3 July 2020

SYNOPSIS: The series is based on a book series of the same name focusing on a group of young girls who start their own babysitting service.

7. The Haunting of Bly Manor

Cast:  Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Producers:  Mike Flanagan
First episode date: 9 October 2020

SYNOPSIS: The series is about a young governess who arrives at Bly Manor and begins to see apparitions haunting the estate.

6. The Crown

Cast:  Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton
Producers: Peter Morgan
First episode date: 4 November 2016

SYNOPSIS: The series is about the political battles and love story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the incidents that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

5. Blood of Zeus

Cast:  Derek Phillips, Jason O’Mara, Jessica Henwick
Producers: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
First episode date: 27 October 2020

SYNOPSIS: The series is about the chronicles of the illegitimate son of Zeus, a young man tasked with saving heaven and earth despite the interference of a vengeful goddess and her monstrous forces.

4. Bridgerton

Cast:  Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Nicola Coughlan 
Producers: Chris Van Dusen
First episode date: 25 December 2020

SYNOPSIS: The series is about the eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels.

3. Never Have I Ever

Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani
Producers: Mindy Kaling, Lang Fisher
First episode  27 April 2020

SYNOPSIS: The series is about the complicated life of a first-generation Indian-American teenager.

2. Unorthodox

Cast:  Shira Haas, Amit Rahav, Jeff Wilbusch 
Producers: Anna Winger, Alexa Karolinski
First episode:  26 March 2020

SYNOPSIS: The series is about a Story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life abroad.

1. The Queen’s Gambit

Cast:  Shira Haas, Amit Rahav, Jeff Wilbusch 
Producers: Scott Frank, Allan Scott
First episode: 23 October 2020

SYNOPSIS: The series is about an Orphaned at the age of nine, immense introvert Beth Harmon learns and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA.



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