Which Tv Shows I Have Enjoyed in 2020 on Netflix –– Year End Wrap-Up
We are entering into a series of wrap-ups boys and girls. And this time, we will be talking about the tv shows that I have enjoyed in 2020 on Netflix.
It’s slowly becoming a yearly routine of mine to review and reflect on the things that I have done throughout the year. It started off from book recaps, now to tv shows as well as I started to watch more and more shows, and then it also seeps into me reflecting about my personal life and personal growth.
To be quite honest, I have found it to be a very great thing to do every end of the year. That way I can see how much growth I have had throughout one year and just what have I been doing and have accomplished in said year. Personally, 2020 has been a year of trying new things and really pushing myself to step out of my comfort zone. There were so many things that I was reluctant or was afraid to start or try before 2020, but after the virus hits and it really dawned onto me that nothing is really for granted, I have started to be even more proactive with life.
And watching more tv shows is one of them. Before 2020, I was always apprehensive about tv shows, thinking that spending so much time watching a show or a documentary is a waste of time while I could be better off spending it reading instead. But what do you know, after I tried it, I have found that while books are still a great way to learn and get new information, there is a lot to be learned from tv shows and docuseries as well. Not only that, with Youtube going down the shitter lately, it is really nice to be able to listen to normal people talking on normal tones as background sound instead of videos of people going ham on editing to appeal to the masses.
Okay, I am getting off rails. Let’s get right into the tv shows on Netflix that I have been loving in 2020.
Genre : Historical Drama
Seasons : 1 Season ( 7 episodes)
Runtime : 50 minutes/episode
Status : Completed
Nine year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she’s competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting.
If I were to be really honest, I picked up The Queen’s Gambit just because the lady in the poster was breathtaking. She was the only reason why I was even interested to watch the show in the first place (yes, that is very superficial of me). I didn’t even know the show was about chess until after I started watching it. But while Beth Harmon was the first thing that drew me into the show in the first place, it was the plot and cinematography that made me stay.
This show was so much more than just chess. It also talks about the struggle of Beth growing up––basically––alone and having to take care of herself from a very young age. Anytime someone asks me for a recommendation, these days 8 out of 10 times I would definitely mention The Queen’s Gambit’s name. This show is definitely one of its kind. I promise you, it will be worth your time. The start could be a little slow at times, but it picked up speed in no time at all and you will definitely be hooked at how Beth’s brain works. I know I sure was.
Smarts and looks, Beth Harmon has it both. And what a deadly combination to my binge-watching ability it turned out to be.
Genre : Animation, Short, Comedy
Seasons : 1 Season (18 episodes)
Runtime : 15 minutes/episode
Status : On-going
Love, Death + Robots is a 5-time Emmy winning animation anthology series produced by Blur Studio. Launched in March of 2019 on Netflix, Love, Death + Robots delivers a variety of style and story unlike anything else, spanning the genres of science fiction, fantasy, comedy, horror, and more. Created by Tim Miller with David Fincher as executive producer, the series brings together a global team of directors and animation studios to push and expand the medium. Eighteen shorts in all, Love, Death + Robots has something for everyone.
Its chaotic trailer pulled me in, no seriously. I have never seen a trailer where it was just full chaos for 1 whole minute and obviously, being the curious cat that I am, I decided to start watching and what do you know, I binged the whole series in a day.
I am never usually a big fan of animation, but each episode in Love Death + Robots is so different––both its storyline and animation––that it seriously has a little something for everyone. Despite it being an animation and me yapping non-stop about how much I love this short series, this series is definitely not for everyone. It is NSFW, first off, I didn’t know that when I went into this show and it was full-on nudity while I was watching it on the train but oh well. Love Death + Robot also contains some quite violent scenes, so if this is something that bothers you, then it might be a great idea to just skip this show altogether.
Genre : Documentary, Music
Runtime : 1 hour 37 minutes
Status : Released
Ariana Grande takes the stage in London for her Sweetener World Tour and shares a behind-the-scenes look at her life in rehearsal and on the road.
Obviously, if you are a big Ariana Grande fan, this documentary is something that might interest you. The documentary was mainly about her Sweetener World Tour concert in London. It goes without saying that Ariana sounds absolutely amazing in Excuse me, I Love You. That is the only reason why I watch it in the first place so that I could be able to listen to her sing.
Personally I was more expecting somewhat of a different style documentary, such as her story growing up and how she manages to retain her current fame and all that. However, Netflix went with another route of just filming her whole concert in London with a sprinkle of her behind the scenes. While I do not hate it––because hey, a concert in the comfort of my own home without all the people––I was expecting more from this documentary since Ariana was pretty closed off in regards to her personal life, I was hoping that they would dive deeper into that. But alas, you take what you can get, eh?
Genre : Biography, Documentary
Runtime : 1 hour 23 minutes
Status : Released
One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement. In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen. Honest, revealing and urgent, DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET is a powerful first-hand account of humanity’s impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations.
Let me be blunt, as much as I enjoyed this documentary, it made me depressed as hell after I am done with it. While the narrator’s voice (David Attenborough) was soothing to listen to, the contents of what he was talking about, on how we humans are destroying our forests and wildlife in an endless chase for more wealth is painful to watch.
Instead of making me feel hopeful that we could reverse the global warming and climate change that is currently going on, Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough kind of implied the fact that it might have been a little too late for us to rectify our mistakes. Sure, it did end on a happier note compared to the somber vibe of the whole show, but for some reason, the happier conclusion felt kind of forced in so that the viewers don’t get too depressed and powerless about what is currently going on around the earth.
Definitely do give this a watch if you’d like to educate yourself more on how our actions throughout the decades are impacting the Earth, but definitely keep in mind that this show will not be a happy and cheerful one.
Genre : Comedy
Seasons : 6 Seasons (78 episodes)
Runtime : 30 minutes/episode
Status : On-going
Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last twenty years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.
Grace and Frankie was actually the first show that propelled me into the world of Netflix and tv shows. Needless to say, this show was absolutely banging. I binge the whole series in under a week while crocheting my blanket (yes, the ultimate granny life I know).
If you are looking for a feel-good series, look no further because Grace and Frankie are it. It is rare to see a show on how elder people navigate life, let alone elderlies whose husbands admitted that they are gay and have had the hots for each other since a decade ago while they were still married to Grace and Frankie. Other than the comedy, one of the things that I think is very well done in this show is character growth. I think seeing how Grace, Frankie and all the other characters grow throughout the seasons makes me realize that you never really stop growing no matter how old you are.
A lot of people think that once you reach a certain age, you just instantly went into the “old people” category and stay there until death comes knockin’. However, that is not the case for our ladies. Their bravery and willingness to try every and anything even at their age is something that I personally aspire to be when I’m at that age.
Genre : Documentary
Runtime : 1 hour 30 minutes
Status : Released
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
Disturbed would be the word to describe how I feel after watching this documentary. American Factory is what sparked my interest in Chinese history and China in the first place. It was just so scary and astounding to see how big China has become in such a short time and how it is trying to get its hands on everything and anything.
In American Factory, the storyline follows the workers who used to work in an American factory that eventually got bought out by a Chinese CEO and turned it into a Chinese factory. Here the clash of culture starts, from the Chinese managers complaining that the Americans are too slow and too whiny when it comes to safety precautions, the American workers claimed that they are overworked with too little pay and their bosses don’t care too much about workers’ safety.
I am amazed by how Netflix and its producers were able to be able to not only release this show but also fly over to a Chinese factory and film there knowing how much China cares about its reputation.
Anyways, American Factory is definitely worth the watch. If you are looking for something a little bit different, yet still hard-hitting, definitely give this show a try.
Genre : Action, History, Drama
Seasons : 1 Seasons (24 episodes)
Runtime : 1 hour 20 minutes/episode
Status : Completed
Mr. Sunshine centers on a young boy who is born into slavery but after a traumatic event escapes to the United States during the 1871 Shinmiyangyo (U.S. expedition to Korea). He returns to Joseon later as a United States Marine Corps officer. He meets and falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter. At the same time, he discovers a plot by foreign forces to colonize Korea.
Absolutely loved this show. This is the third time I am watching Mr. Sunshine and at long last, I was finally able to finish it after dropping it a few times.
Mr. Sunshine––despite its brilliance––can be quite heavy and slow at times. Especially in the beginning when they are trying to establish character connections. However, once we’re past that hurdle, the show was pretty solid. Not to mention the cinematography itself was top notch. So many of the shots in the drama look like they came out of a painting, the wardrobe itself too was amazing.
Mr. Sunshine is definitely a recommend from me if you are someone who enjoys a more slow-burn type show. While it is set in WWII, actions are pretty far and few in between. I would say it’s a 60/40 in comparison of action to romance in this show. If this sounds like something you might enjoy, then by all means give it a try, you definitely won’t regret it.
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