My Favorite Shows of 2020 (part 1)

Just a few of the shows that have gobbled entire gigabytes of data this year

2020 has been a year of prolonged solitude for many of us. While I have found great opportunities for personal growth and improvement throughout this year, I’ve also missed out on some of my favorite pursuits such as going to the movie theater on a dad-and-daughter (or son) date, taking my wife out to see live music at our favorite dive bar, and participating in races and fun runs around our region. One pursuit that hasn’t changed for me in 2020, however, is my love for copious consumption of tv and movies on Netflix.

This isn’t a post in which I will make any claims or arguments about which 2020 shows were the best or anything like that. I might do that later, but for now, this is simply a quick ramble about the some of the shows I enjoyed most in 2020. They may not even have been released in 2020. They may not necessarily even be the shows I spent the most time with. However a quick google search did take me to this fascinating blog post about visualizing Netflix viewing histories: https://medium.com/analytics-vidhya/data-analysis-visualisation-of-netflix-viewing-history-565cefe288fc

After reading that, I now want to learn more about https://github.com/ and how to code my way into turning my voluminous Netflix viewing history .csv into usable data. But I digress.

Dexter is an old Showtime series that’s been available on Netflix for quite some time. Sadly, its time has nearly run out as it leaves Netflix on December 30. This show is a guilty pleasure because of how trashy it often is. Whenever a show that has very little reason to include gratuitous T&A shoehorns a bunch of T&A into an episode it feels desperate and pathetic. Dexter is guilty of that at times, but not as often as GoT. This show with a horrifying premise was one of my favorite comfort food shows of 2020. I rewatched the entire run twice over the span of the year, largely due to Michael C. Hall’s masterful lead performance.

In case you’ve missed all of the buzz about Schitts Creek you really owe it to yourself to give this show a solid watch. And I do mean give it a solid watch. I was turned off and thus turned it off at my first attempt as every character in the introductory episode is SO. DAMN. UNLIKABLE. Trust me on this: keep watching. If you have any sort of humanity in your heart, you will fall deeply in love with this hot mess of a family. 2020 was the year that Schitts Creek joined my pantheon of The Office, Parks & Rec, and Supernatural: comfort food shows I will always rewatch over and over and over and over and… you get the idea.

2020 was also the year of the podcast for me. And as a result, I found a delightful podcast hosted by Joel McHale and Ken Jeong, which inspired me to revisit this old favorite. We watched Community religiously when it originally aired and I’ve got to tell you: this show holds up really well. And my goodness, what a powerhouse of talent they had as a cast. Yes, it’s often a mean-spirited sort of humor and yes, some of the jokes might instigate a SJW Cancel Crusade in 2020, but just like an entire tray of Totchos (you know, nachos made with tater tots instead of chips) has nothing I need and everything I want, Community makes me feel warm inside even though a binge usually leaves me feeling like I should have taken a break a couple of episodes sooner.

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s post. I’m completely off my typical Thursday/Friday posting schedule right now. I blame the holidays, and intend to get back to normal with a new update this Friday.

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