This article is part of our 2020 Rewind. Follow along as we explore the best and most interesting movies, shows, performances, and more from this very strange year.In this entry, we highlight the best TV episodes of 2020.
It’s the end of 2020. How about that? I’m not going to recount what a bad, strange year it’s been, because you’ve read that already. You read that every time you go online. I know I do. Instead, let’s talk about the thing that helped us get through, in spite of it all. The thing we never had to leave our homes for, to begin with.
Let’s talk about TV.
This was a remarkably good year for tv, even as it marked the end of a few giants. The departure of a brilliant show usually means brilliant last words, and those that left us left on their own terms, with finales (or near-finales) that were moving, cathartic, and tearful. By my count I cried watching five of the episodes on this list. One out of four ain’t bad.
Some of the best episodes, of course, were escapes — departures from the usual into the surreal, the strange, and, in one case, Pennsylvania.
And the best of the best episodes were those that helped us cope, either directly or purely by coincidence, with a world that’s changed. Those episodes that have helped us feel less alone, while at the same time reassuring us that alone is an okay thing to feel. If there’s one thing the best episodes of the year have offered us, it’s acceptance. Peace with ourselves, even when things don’t seem peaceful. And hope that, no matter what, life goes on.
Here are my favorite episodes of 2020.
20. “Elizabeth, Margaret And Larry” – Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)