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Previously, on EWB's Top 50 TV Shows of 2020:

 

 

 

let's get going. If you missed it in the last post, the tallying format has been changed to points based on ballot placement multiplied by number of ballots the show appeared on. This year, the cutoff for that was fourteen points between two ballots, a total that was managed by two shows...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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49 (tie). F is For Family (28 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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49 (tie). Sex Education (28 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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47 (tie). The Flight Attendant (30 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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47 (tie). Killing Eve (30 points) (Last Year: #34)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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45 (tie). Prodigal Son (32 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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45 (tie). Dead to Me (32 points) (Last Year: NR)

Next Time, on EWB's Top 50 TV Shows of 2020: I am a GIF, Bella! I’m a GIF!

(and also for the four or so people with a rooting interest, the Best New Character result)

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Can we reserve #1 for WandaVision next year? >_>

Finish it.                                 3. Better Call Saul (1290 points) (Last Year: NR)    

What We Do in the Shadows just goes from strength to strength. And the Jackie Daytona episode was just a whole other level.

Flight Attendant really was fantastic, even if I had one minor quibble with the finale. I’m interested in a season 2.

Haven't yet seen Killing Eve season 3, as the end of season 2 didn’t really inspire me to. May or may not get to it.

The rest don’t really rate for me.

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The Flight Attendant is really fun, and I probably would have committed to it being my "Next Time on" quote except I haven't finished it and don't want any spoilers for the last couple episodes. Was very tempted to just put a YouTube video of "Two of Hearts" by Stacey Q, though. It, fittingly, feels like a neat TV take on the kind of novel you'd pick up at a Hudson in an airport because you've got a long flight ahead of you and you forgot to pack something to read.

Not watched the others. Killing Eve was a possibility, especially because my sister has tried so hard to get me to watch it, but given how much people don't seem to like season 3 it doesn't feel like a priority. I do love Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate so Dead to Me doesn't feel out of the realm of possibility but I think it's in that zone of Netflix shows that I'm just wary of actually committing to because I don't think I'll get a satisfying resolution.

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I love Bill Burr and Sam Rockwell but found F is for Family to only be ok that I never really got back to it after the first season. I'll probably watch it at some point but am kinda tired of most adult animated series. 

The Flight Attendant is great, glad it at least made the list. It's no surprise that Kaley Cuoco was nominated for a Golden Globe today because of it. She's so good.

The rest are things I've heard good things about but will probably never end up seeing. 

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Did I vote for F Is For Family? I can't remember. It was one of the few shows I actually remember watching last year. I thought it was a pretty good season. 

I haven't seen the others. Prodigal Son looks like it's "Hannibal, but with Michael Sheen, and Michael Sheen's character's son is Clarice". Pass. I'd rather watch Hannibal again (and I probably will, at some point). I love Linda Cardellini but haven't ever seen Dead To Me. 

How To With John Wilson gives me strong Andy Daly/Nathan Fielder vibes (and no surprise, Fielder co-produced). I probably should watch that.

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I've never seen any of these shows. Killing Eve, The Flight Attendant and Prodigal Son are on my "I'll watch them soon" list but seeing as I'm just doing a runthrough of Bones after it ended years ago, I'm not sure how quickly I'll get to these ones. These lists definitely give me an insight as to whether things stay on my "Get to them soon" list or not.

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As much as Michael Sheen is good I think Mads Mikkelsen is better. :P

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I don't think The Flight Attendant has properly aired in the UK yet, no. It was an HBO Max exclusive over here.

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I didn't watch The Flight Attendant until last week, otherwise it would have 100% made my list. Dead to me is easily one of my fave shows so, it's unfortunate it's so low on the list. I haven't watched any of the others, though Killing Eve is on my to watch list. 

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And we're back, with a smaller update because of the three ties that necessitated a larger one last time! But to offset that, we have the result of Best New Character, where as it often is it was decided by just one vote. The winner is...

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Catherine (you know, The Great)!

Huzzah. Honorable mentions to Doctor Senator, Esq. (Fargo), Kipo (... Kipo), GaTa (Dave), and Sayaka Kanomori (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken), who all got a vote each. And now, some TV shows. One of these was the first show to be on more than two ballots, try to guess which one! (hint: it's the one that can only be a multiple of three)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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44. Criminal: UK (33 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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43. The Stranger (34 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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41 (tie). Hollywood (36 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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41 (tie). I May Destroy You (36 points) (Last Year: NR)

Next Time, on EWB's Top 50 TV Shows of 2020: Can anything be shot from a gun? And, if it lives, have we invented a new form of travel?

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Can we reserve #1 for WandaVision next year? >_>

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I honestly thought I'd voted The Stranger, must have not made the cut when I tweaked the list. Deserved place on the list though. Criminal: UK was brilliant again, hope they do a third series. Didn't see the other two from this batch.

And Wandavision is definitely gonna get top 3 next year, but Disney have a fair few series coming, I think giving it top spot is premature. Could honestly see Disney sweep the top 3 though.

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I’ve heard incredibly good things about I May Destroy You. 

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No idea on the rest, but after the Golden Globe nominations came out nearly all of my friends were pissed that I May Destroy You didn’t get nominated. A lot of talk about it being the year’s best. I may have to give it a go.

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Yeah, I May Destroy You is in my "oh, I should watch that" list.

Check a look at this, the next batch of shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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40. The Alienist (38 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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39. The Great (40 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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37 (tie). Supergirl (42 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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37 (tie). Staged (42 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36. Gangs of London (44 points) (Last Year: NR)

Next Time, on EWB's Top 50 TV Shows of 2020: I fit my high school best friend in a suitcase way smaller than this when crossing the border between Laos and Vietnam, so I’m pretty sure I can figure this out.

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The Great would've been pretty high on my list if I'd have finished it sooner. Everyone in it is having a great time. Huzzah

For anyone that hasn't watched I May Destroy You, I can't recommend it enough. It's a ground-breaking piece of work and one of the most beautiful, brutal and challenging things I've seen on TV. It's really special. It might get outrageously overlooked during award season, but it'll leave a longer lasting legacy than nearly anything else nominated. 

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No comment on most of those, but The Great does seem like a show I’d like if I bothered. I loved The Favourite, so I should like this.

And Staged was just a wonderful little nugget of joy in this weird-ass year. Such a fun way to make use of the time they suddenly had and what little resources they had available. And it’s kinda hard to fuck up when your show is led by that duo at this point. I was surprised to hear they’re doing a second series, but I’ll be happy to watch.

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The Great is so good and should have been on more folks' ballots. I've said my piece on that show in the TV thread so I won't fully rehash it, but that cast is killer and the writing is really good. Can't wait for season two.

I was going to make a joke about finally doing an update two days in a row but technically it's Monday now, so whoops! Here's the next batch anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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34 (tie). Big Mouth (46 points) (Last Year: #12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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34 (tie). The Last Kingdom (46 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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33. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (48 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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32. RuPaul's Drag Race (50 points) (Last Year: #37)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31. Schitt's Creek (58 points) (Last Year: NR)

Next Time, on EWB's Top 50 TV Shows of 2020: Don't ever talk trash to Black Jesus.

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This was the first time I'd been underwhelmed by a season of Big Mouth. I'm not even sure why, I just didn't get as much out of it, I kind of think the dramatic side of it wasn't as up-to-scratch as normal. 

Also @GoGo Yubari, I'm excited for Season 2, but I definitely think it could've worked perfectly as a mini-series. It ended in such a satisfying way, I don't need more, but I'll happily take more because it's a riot. 

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