Best Media of 2020

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Despite a global and evolving pandemic, a wrought political landscape, and changing almost everything about the way we work, we found some things to love about 2020.

Movies + TV SHOWS

We love to sit down to a good movie, and occasionally even some bad movies. These are our favorite tv shows and movies of 2020.

PALM SPRINGS (JULY 2020, HULU)

Hulu Original Movie Palm Springs made its way into our best media of 2020 list.

Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests (Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti) develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again. 

Why do we love it?

Palm Springs is a charming rom-com with a sci-fi twist starring an amazing cast (we’re big fans of them all, especially J.K. Simmons). This Hulu Original Movie is light, funny, a bit existential, and well-paced. It is kind of a coming of age movie that is sure to intrigue. 

WE CAN BE HEROES (DECEMBER 2020, NETFLIX)

Netflix's We Can Be Heroes is on our list of best media in 2020 for its ability to entertain our kids and keep them out of trouble!

When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s superheroes, their children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world.

Why do we love it?

You might be asking yourself, how did a kid’s movie make it onto this list? Well, Bossman Jon has three kids at home with ages ranging from five to 12. Keeping them all occupied 24/7 has been a challenge. This movie is the favorite of his loudest and youngest. It never fails to keep him entertained and out of trouble! The Gen X adults don’t mind it in the background with cast members like Pedro Pascal and Priyanka Chopra; while us Millenials and Gen Z-ers can enjoy reminiscing about the 2005 The Adventure of SharkBoy & LavaGirl. (Sadly this is not a direct sequel to The Adventures of SharkBoy and LavaGirl.)

THE BOYS (JULY 2019, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO)

The Boys series on Amazon Prime Video has shown us the other side of superheroes... the more realistic side. Season two premiered in September of 2020 so it qualifies as some of the best media of 2020.

Although this anti-superhero tv show premiered in 2019, it is still giving us life in 2020. Season two premiered in September of 2020.

Superheroes are often as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and sometimes even as revered as gods. But that’s when they’re using their powers for good. What happens when the heroes go rogue and start abusing their powers? When it’s the powerless against the super powerful, the Boys head out on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the Seven and Vought, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. Based on the comic book series of the same name.

Why do we love it?

What’s not to love about exposing evil, self-serving capitalists? We root for The Boys, rage against Vought, and love every minute of it. It’s the opposite of a typical superhero movie.

LOST IN SPACE (2018, NETFLIX)

Lost in Space, a Netflix original series, follows the Swiss Family Robinson on their journey to a new colony in space.

“Danger, Will Robinson!” 

During our downtime this year, we’ve been catching up on Netflix’s original reimagining of the 1965 series Lost in Space (which is also a reimagining of the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson). Season 2 premiered at the end of 2019, so we’re comfortable bending the rules for Lost in Space.

Why do we love it?

We love a classic, and although a reimagining of a reimagining of a book isn’t exactly a classic it maintains the thrill of adventure we needed this year.

SEASON 3 OF OZARK (MARCH 2020, NETFLIX)

Season 3 of Ozark was just what we needed in 2020.

Jason Bateman stars as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes’ fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.

Why do we love it?

This cast of characters are each great in their own right but when they come together behind the direction of Bill Dubuque (“The Accountant,” “The Judge”), actors like Julia Garner and Tom Pelphrey shine. Throughout season 3, this crime thriller hits all of the right notes and keeps tensions high to keep you engaged. And the finale for this season is truly shocking! 

I MAY DESTROY YOU (June 2020, HBO)

Michaela Cole's I May Destroy You

Written by and starring Michaela Cole, this one season drama will have you feeling every emotion. This series is striking, intelligent and witty as it captures traumatic events and their aftermath in the survivors lives. 
After being sexually assaulted in nightclub, Arabella’s life changes irreversibly and she is forced to reassess everything, including her career, friends, and family. 

Why do we love it?
Though quite heavy at times, we recommend this show to anyone who is ready to tackle it. This season feels so much longer than the 12 episodes it actually is. Skillfully written, raw, and thought provoking, we can’t wait to see what Michaela Cole does next! 

Podcasts

Podcast hosts, creators, and editors took their crafts to new heights in 2020. We could write for pages about all of the awesome content that came through the podcast space but we’ll keep it short with just a *few* of our favorites. (Check out the Bello Collective‘s list of 100 Outstanding Podcasts from 2020 for even more great listens!)

SEEN AND NOT HEARD (2020)

 

Seen and Not Heard gives listeners a look into the life of Bet Kline, a young woman who goes deaf a year ago as the result of an accident. Audiences listen as Bet struggles with her new normal and and the ‘tidal wave of abelism’ that she experiences, most notably, from her own family. Written by deaf podcaster Caroline Mincks and designed by Tal Minear (two of the most fantastic creators in the podcasting world today), this story raises the standards of audio drama. Be on the look out for these two! 

Click here to listen to Seen and Not Heard wherever you listen.

Nightlight  

‘So scary it’ll make you want to leave your nightlight on’
Nightlight podcast features scary stories written by Black writers performed by Black actors. Created by Tonia Ransom, this podcast features stories from a group of writers that are often overlooked in horror. Every episode is bone chilling, beautifully executed, and gripping – you can’t go wrong!

Click here to find Nightlight wherever you listen.