The Best TV Episodes of 2020

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When making Best Episode lists, some TV critics limit themselves to one entry per show, but I never operate by that self-imposition, as certain shows are just masterful when crafting a single hour or half-hour (or whatever runtime they feel like using), and that ought to be reflected in the ledger. So you’ll find that several shows have wound up more than once in this list, and those tended to be the ones that also fared the best on my Best Shows of 2020 list. You’ll also find at least one program that didn’t make my Best Shows list, as it’s possible to have one excellent outing within an otherwise disappointing season. So forthwith, if someone who missed all TV in 2020 asked me for a refresher, here is where I would direct them:

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Some Improvised Thoughts on ‘Middleditch & Schwartz’

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I watched the new Middleditch & Schwartz improv specials on Netflix recently, and I decided to collect my thoughts on them in the form of the question-and-answer information-gathering segment that typically kicks off a long-form improv session.

Is there anyone here who did anything interesting the past few weeks?
I watched some improv specials on Netflix!

Okay, I think I heard someone say they watched improv?
Yeah. On Netflix.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/17/20

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

TV
One World: Together at Home (April 18 on Various Networks) – Concert special for covid-19 fundraising.
The Last Dance Series Premiere (April 19 on ESPN) – 10-part documentary series about the final championship year of the 90s Chicago Bulls.

Music
-Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Comedy
Middleditch & Schwartz (April 21 on Netflix)