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TheTVDB’s Best Shows of 2020

15 42 Equinox

With this very strange year finally drawing to a close, we wanted to look back and highlight the television shows that helped make a difficult time slightly more bearable. It’s not surprising that a year where many people were quarantined in their homes and faced with challenges and uncertainty was television’s time to shine — a medium that provides an escape from reality when one was so desperately needed. There are 42 shows on this list from nine different countries, chosen by TheTVDB’s administrators and moderators. They are sorted by their premiere dates in ascending order. Some of them ended their runs this year (“The Good Place”), some returned after a long hiatus (“Fargo,” “Search Party,” “Westworld”), some are limited series (“Unorthodox” and “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”), and one show (“The Queen’s Gambit”) shattered Netflix viewership records. Here’s to a great 2021 and to many more hours of moving television!

Rocky Franchise

14 8 Imzadi

Piratas das Caraíbas Coleção

14 6 BlackSpirits

O anti-herói Jack Sparrow embarca em várias aventuras em alto mar nesta franquia da Disney baseada na atração da Disneylândia.

Ice Age Franchise

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A series of computer-animated films centering on a group of mammals surviving the Paleolithic ice age. The series features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Chris Wedge.

Toy Story Franchise

12 7 Evan_

To infinity... and beyond!

The Vampire Diaries

12 3 Evan_

Tapping into the late-aughts’ vampire craze sparked by the “Twilight” franchise, youth-oriented The CW hit a gold mine with “The Vampire Diaries,” which bowed in the fall of 2009, attracting the network’s largest audience to date for a series premiere. Based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith, the supernatural teen drama, developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, went on to run eight seasons and spawned two spin-offs (“The Originals” and “Legacies”) which became successful in their own right.

Home Alone Franchise

12 6 szsori

Eight-year-old Kevin must defend his home from two burglars after his family accidentally leaves him behind on their vacation.

Mummy Franchise

12 4 szsori

Saw Franchise

12 8 szsori

John Kramer, the "Jigsaw Killer," traps victims in situations that test their will to live through physical or psychological torture. According to Jigsaw, if they survive, they will be "rehabilitated."

Wolverine Franchise

12 3 szsori

Lara Croft Franchise

12 2 szsori

Lara Croft is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the video game franchise Tomb Raider. Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights for Tomb Raider in 1998, releasing two films in 2001 and 2003 with Angelina Jolie starring in the lead role.

Resident Evil Franchise

12 6 szsori

Alice, a former security specialist and covert operative, battles the Umbrella Corporation, an international pharmaceutical company whose bioweapons have triggered a zombie apocalypse.

RED Franchise

12 2 szsori

Retired, Extremely, Dangerous.

9-1-1 Franchise

11 2 Imzadi

A chronicle of the lives of first responders — police officers, paramedics, firefighters and dispatchers — in both New York, NY and, after the transfer and relocation of New York firefighter Owen Strand and his son, Austin, TX.

Hangover Franchise

11 3 szsori

Herbie Franchise

11 5 szsori

Beverly Hills Cop Franchise

10 3 szsori

Named one of Empire magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, Eddie Murphy stars as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who travels to Beverly Hills, California to investigate a crime, even though it is out of his jurisdiction.

Meet the Parents Franchise

10 3 szsori

It’s an LOL-fest when two comedy greats Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro face off as an eager-to-impress male nurse and his father-in-law-to-be, a retired CIA agent and ’Nam vet who is very difficult to win over.

Halloween Franchise

10 11 szsori

Serial killer Michael Myers stalks and kills the people of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween.

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