Here are the shows you might have missed in 2020 (Picture: Netflix/Channel 4/BBC)
Television in 2020 was like no other. The year began with a group of singles falling in love despite not actually knowing what each other looked like on Netflix’s bonkers reality show Love Is Blind.
Then the world became hooked on Joe Exotic’s bizarre feud with Carole Baskin in Tiger King, while simultaneously gasping at Connell and Marianne’s sexcapades in the BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People – yes, 2020 really did deliver some of the best TV.
But while all that was going on, a number of shows arrived without necessarily getting the attention they truly deserved.
Here are some brilliantly binge-worthy series that might have gone under your radar this year.
I Am Not Okay With This
If you enjoyed Stranger Things or End Of The F***ing World, then you’ll absolutely love I Am Not Okay With This.
The coming-of-age comedy-drama arrived in February and has the mystery sci-fi element from Stranger Things and the awkward and deadpan humour from End Of The F***ing World.
The show focuses on Sydney (Sophia Lillis), a ‘boring 17-year-old white girl’, in her own words, who is forced to confront an explosive power she’s developed on top of navigating the pangs of high-school, figuring out her sexuality and dealing with the sudden death of her dad.
While her superpower discovery is the main event, viewers become just as invested in Sydney’s personal struggles.
Sadly though, the series was one of the many shows Netflix axed this year, leaving many frustrated fans without answers.
Where to watch: Netflix
Feel Good launched in March and is a chaotic queer love story that delves deep into the fluidity of sexuality and gender and shame.
The show follows recovering addict and comedian Mae (Mae Martin) and her all-consuming relationship with George (Charlotte Richie), and its six 20-minute episodes make it easy to binge in one sitting.
It’s a must-watch and its light-heartedness mixed with an honest portrayal of a queer romance is a welcome breath of fresh air – oh, and it was renewed for a second series earlier this month.
Where to watch: Channel 4 and Netflix
Comedy series Twenties from Lena Waithe follows a queer black woman in her twenties, Hattie (Jonica T Gibbs), and her best friends Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham) as they navigate love and their lives in Los Angeles – and my God, it’s relatable as hell.
The show first arrived in the US in March and was later acquired by the BBC in October.
Twenties was renewed for a second season earlier this year, meaning fans will soon get answers to *that* jaw-dropping cliffhanger.
Where to watch: BBC iPlayer
The Midnight Gospel
The Midnight Gospel is a surrealist science fantasy from the creator of Adventure Time and comedian Duncan Trussell, and it’s as trippy as it looks.
The eight-part series landed on Netflix in April and sets actual podcast interviews to animation, with spacecaster Clancy Gilroy travelling bizarre worlds on the brink of disaster.
Each episode sees Clancy interview guests inhabiting these worlds for his spacecast, which is real audio derived from Trussell’s own podcast. Trust us when we say it’s pretty darn wild.
Where to watch: Netflix
Make Me Famous
Make Me Famous is an hour-long TV film from Reggie Yates that explores the impact and consequences of fast fame on reality TV contestants and their close friends and family.
The drama follows Billy (Tom Brittney), as he successfully impresses producers of a reality show and how he struggles to balance the afterglow of fame, social media, and tabloid kiss and tells in its aftermath.
It arrived on BBC iPlayer in June and Metro.co.uk reviewed it as compulsory viewing for teenagers, parents, anyone wanting to break into the world of entertainment and for anyone who uses social media.
Where to watch: BBC iPlayer
Small Axe is the powerful anthology series from award-winning filmmaker Sir Steve McQueen which tell distinct stories of immigration from the West Indian community in London during the 60s, 70s and 80s.
The five episodes – Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Red, White and Blue, Alex Wheatle, and Education – premiered on BBC One in November, with a new chapter released each week.
The collection of films are a celebration of Black joy, love, friendship, family, music, and much more in the face of rampant racism and discrimination – vital viewing in the wake of the Black Lives Matter marches.
Where to watch: BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video
The Wilds follows a group of teenage girls from different backgrounds stranded on a deserted island after a plane crashes. Think Lost, but better.
The group were on their way to Hawaii for a young women’s empowerment program when they’re left fighting for survival as castaways.
Little do they know that the crash was completely orchestrated and they are in fact, the subjects of a social experiment…
The Wilds will absolutely have you hooked and good news, it’s already been renewed for a second chapter.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
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