2020 Streaming Shows & Films

These are TV shows, mini-series, or multi-part documentaries that I streamed in 2020. If it specifies a season then I have watched the previous seasons prior to Jan 1, 2020

  • 1BR (Amazon Prime) – B-
    • Midsommar + The Invitation.
  • 13th (Netflix or Youtube) – A
    • – Ava DuVernay’s documentary about racial inequality in the United States. A must watch
  • 21 Bridges (Showtime) – C
    • Was this script found in the back of Bruce Willis’ closet because it would’ve been lame even thirty years ago.
  • 1917 (Amazon) – A
    • One of the most riveting war movies ever made.
  • A Very English Scandal (Amazon) – A
    • The true tale of a closeted government official and his scheme to keep his affairs private.
  • Alias Grace (Netflix) – A-
    • Beautiful and fascinating true crime mini-series set in 1843. Based on Margaret Atwood’s book things aren’t always what they seem.
  • Altered Carbon season 1 (Netflix) – C+
    • Rich people in the future will do anything to stay young, including MURDER! A bit dull.
  • American Murder: The Family Next Door (Netflix) – B
    • The Chris Watts murder case unfolds in this clever documentary using only real footage.
  • An American Pickle (HBO) – C+
    • This movie can’t decide if it’s a comedy, a fantasy, heart-warming, or a dark drama therefore it fails at everything.
  • Brightburn (Starz) – C+
    • What if a superhero child was also serial killer? Interesting premise, mediocre execution, gross diner scene.
  • Broadchurch season 1 (Netflix) – B
    • A child is killed; everyone is a suspect.
  • C.B. Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cinemax) – A-
    • The case of the dead model.
  • C.B. Strike: The Silkworm (Cinemax) – B-
    • The case of the missing author.
  • C.B. Strike: Career of Evil (Cinemax) – B+
    • The case of the serial killer.
  • Challenger: The Final Flight (Netflix) – B+
    • This documentary details the avoidable disaster, the men responsible, and the cover-up that ensued.
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3 (Netflix) – quit after 5 eps
    • I quit once Sabrina was queen of Hell and still in high school and they had the same musical number TWICE in one episode.
  • Class Action Park (HBO) – B
    • The most dangerous public park in the U.S. People loved it.
  • Coastal Elites (HBO) – C
    • Just watch the first one (Bette’s). The rest are ho-hum.
  • Cobra Kai (Netflix) – B
    • I appreciate that they lean into the cheese of it all. Thoroughly entertaining if not a bit ridiculous.
  • Collateral (British mini-series on Netflix) – B-
    • Carey Mulligan investigates a murder and unravels a bigger conspiracy.
  • Come to Daddy (Amazon Prime) – B
    • Elijah Wood locates his estranged father and oh-boy do things go haywire.
  • Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey (Disney+) A-
    • Space fascinates me!
  • Cropsey (IMDBtv) – B
    • Documentary about a slew of child abductions on Staten Island in the 80s. Creepy or maybe it’s par for the course for S.I.
  • Da 5 Bloods (Netflix) – B+
    • Spike Lee’s film about four veterans that return to Vietnam to locate the remains of their fallen friend.
  • Dead to Me season 2  (Netflix) – A-
    • You thought season 1 was crazy? I love this show.
  • Defending Jacob (AppleTV) – B
    • Chris Evans’ kid may be responsible for a murder or maybe not.
  • Dirty John S1 – B+
    • True account of a grifter. An engaging and engrossing watch even if the daughters voices are super annoying.
  • Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) – A-
    • True retelling of two inmates escape from prison. Give Patricia Arquette all the Emmys.
  • Extra Ordinary (Netflix) – A-
    • A reluctant medium investigates a possession in this clever comedy.
  • Fargo season 3 (Hulu) – A-
    • Idiot twin brothers get involved in murders and mobsters.
  • Fleabag Live (Amazon Prime) – B
    • The origin of the series in this live stage performance.
  • Gerald’s Game (Amazon Prime) – B-
    • If you ever wanted to see a degloving accident, watch this.
  • Great British Bake Off S11/S12 (Netflix) – A-
    • So relaxing
  • His House (Netflix) – B
    • Sudan refugees move into a London house that may be haunted. Sort of.
  • Hollywood (Netflix) – B+
    • Fantasy reimagining of 1950s Hollywood and its hidden scandals.
  • How to Build a Girl – (AppleTV) – B-
    • Beanie Feldstein goes from underdog to influencer in this true story that should’ve been better.
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things – (Netflix) – B+
    • Charlie Kaufman’s beautiful if not slightly confounding tale of one woman’s strange night.
  • I See You – (Amazon Prime) – A-
    • This smart, taught thriller will keep you guessing until the last minute.
  • Jack Ryan seasons 1 and 2 (Amazon Prime) – B+ for S1/B- for S2
    • S1 finds Ryan thwarting Middle East terrorists. S2 is a Venezuelan political scandal.
  • Jasper Mall (Amazon Prime) – B
    • Documentary examining the economic hardships facing a once thriving mall.
  • Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Netflix) – B-
    • Documentary about Trump’s best friend.
  • Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne (Amazon Prime) – B
    • Frothy adaptation of love and class is 1850’s aristocracy.
  • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (Netflix) – B
    • A parallel story to Jurassic World this animated kids show supplies the adventure and the danger in a cool way.
  • Just Mercy (appleTV) – B
    • A lawyer defends an innocent man on death row.
  • Killing Eve season 2 (Hulu) – A
    • Jodie Comer is unbelievably fantastic as the complicated assassin.
  • La Boheme (Met Opera) – A
    • ‘Rent’ but in Italian.
  • Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu) – B
    • Adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel about two families dealing with secrets.
  • Lost in Space season 2 (Netflix) – B+
    • The Robinsons are stranded on an ocean planet this time.
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO) – B
    • Every ep is weirder and weirder.
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D final season (ABC) – B+
    • Lots of time travel in this solid season.
  • McMillion$ (HBO) – C+
    • Six-part documentary on the McDonald’s Monopoly scandal. Should’ve been 3 eps.
  • Mucho, Mucho Amor (Netflix) – B-
    • Documentary on the famous and eccentric Walter Mercado.
  • Murder in the Bayou (Cinemax)- B-
    • Investigation into the murder of eight women in the same town.
  • Mrs. America (Hulu) – B+
    • Don’t let this fool you, Phyllis Schlafly was not a good person.
  • Never Have I Ever… (Netflix) – C+
    • …finished watching this series.
  • On The Rocks (AppleTV+) – B
    • Sofia Coppola’s latest follows Rashida Jones and Bill Murray as they try to navigate her slightly unbalanced marriage.
  • Ozark (Netflix) – A
    • Hands down the best show on TV. Julia Garner is a marvel.
  • Parks & Rec all seasons (Hulu) – B
  • Pen15 (Hulu) – A
    • Awkwardly hilarious. I love this show so much.
  • Perry Mason 2020 (HBO) – B+
    • The origins of Perry in this period piece murder mystery.
  • Ratched (Netflix) – B-
    • It’s gorgeous and ridiculous and campy. What’s not to like?
  • Remember (Showtime) – B
    • Christopher Plummer on the hunt to kill the last remaining Auschwitz guard who killed his family. Solid and Hitchcockian.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race S12 (Amazon/VH1) – B-
    • Some shantay most sashay away.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars S5 (VH1) – B-
    • See above but with re-Queens
  • RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race S1 (Amazon/VH1) – C
    • You will hate Nico Tortorella after this.
  • Safe (British mini-series on Netflix) – C+
    • Michael C. Hall’s daughter goes missing in this Harlan Coben series.
  • Shrill season 2 (Hulu) – B+
    • Aidy Bryant is a likeable loser finally gaining her courage in this tight comedy.
  • Search Party S3 (HBO Max) – A
    • These kids are way in over their heads. What a brilliantly dark series.
  • Sex Education S2 (Netflix) – B
    • Further adventures of the sexually active teens.
  • Space Force (Netflix) – B-
    • I rather enjoyed this ridiculous sitcom about a ragtag military operation. John Malkovich is very good.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Disney+) – B
    • Nicely fills in the gap between episodes II and III
  • Support the Girls – (Hulu) – B
    • Quiet comedy about a female manager at “Double Whammies” a local Hooters-like sports bar.
  • The A.B.C. Murders (Amazon Prime) – B
    • Hercule Poirot tracks a serial killer.
  • The Assistant – (Amazon Preview) – C+
    • Completely mismarketed dry drama about a film exec’s abused assistant. It’s not a thriller like the trailer would lead you to believe.
  • The Boys season 1 (Amazon Prime) – A-
    • Superheroes are bad people too!
  • The Comeback -S1/S2 (HBO) – B
    • Poor Valerie, she’s so pathetic.
  • The Good Fight S2-4 (CBS All Access) A-
    • This spin-off of the Good Wife is always great.
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix) – C
    • Boo!ooooring! This take on “The Turn of the Screw” gives us 4 episodes of nothing then all of a sudden 4 episodes of… “something”. Also Victoria Pedretti’s accent choice is bizarre.
  • The House with the Clock in its Walls (Showtime) – B
    • Kids movie directed by Eli Roth about magic.
  • The Imagineering Story (Disney+) – B
    • History of the Disney Imagineers.
  • The Final Girls (Amazon) – D
    • Interesting premise, awful movie.
  • The Five (Netflix) – D+
    • Why was this so boring? Another Harlan Coben mini-series about a missing kid.
  • The Lovebirds (Netflix) – B
    • Fun comedy about a couple accidentally involved in a murder.
  • The Mysterious Case of Agatha Christie (Showtime) – A
    • Quick reimagining of a real life case. Funny.
  • The Old Guard (Netflix) – B+
    • Charlize and her mercenary crew can’t die no matter how hard they try.
  • The Outsider (HBO) – B+
    • Cynthia Erivo investigates the disappearance of a child in this creepy Stephen King miniseries.
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon (Hulu) – B
    • Shia LeBeouf and a young guy with Down’s Syndrome go on the run. I liked it quite a bit.
  • The Pharmacist (Netflix) – A-
    • Documentary about the opioid crisis.
  • The Politician S2 (Netflix) – B
    • This is dipping into later-season Glee territory already.
  • The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) – B
    • The chess series that everyone is watching. Anna Taylor-Joy is great.
  • The Stranger (Netflix) – B+
    • Another Harlan Coben, this time a mysterious woman appears to people just before something bad happens.
  • The Vow (HBO) – D+
    • Clues you are in a cult: mandatory volleyball from midnight to 7am several nights week, a literal brand on your pubic region, sex with the predatory founder is a reward. This overly long dull documentary should have been 5 hours max, not 9+.
  • Tiger King (Netflix)- A-
    • It’s just weird.
  • Uncle Frank (Amazon Prime) – B
    • Based on Alan Ball’s father this film tells the tale of a closeted man who is forced to face his demons.
  • Unsolved Mysteries 2020 (Netflix) – B
    • More mysteries yet to be solved.
  • Upload (Amazon) – B
    • A less clever “The Good Place” with A.I. but woah, that ending!
  • Veep S1-4 (HBO) – C+
    • These people are not likable.
  • Wayward Pines S1 (Hulu) – A-
    • This mindf%$k mini-series is worth the time. Trust me.
  • What We Do in the Shadows (Fx on Hulu) – A-
    • My favorite sitcom. So clever. Team Nandor!
  • Work in Progress (Showtime) – B+
    • Abby confronts Julia Sweeney about her Pat character. That’s all I remember.
  • Why Women Kill (CBS All Access) – B+
    • Because of men, that’s why.
  • Wrinkles the Clown (Hulu) – C
    • Documentary about this weirdo, it takes a turn in the middle but it’s not worth watching.