Ask Approved: The 20 Best TV Shows of 2020

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When you hang out with your pals over Zoom, it's only natural to ask what they’ve been up to. But, with social distancing guidelines still in full force, a common refrain has become "Netflix," modern-day shorthand for "I’m watching a lot of TV," whether those shows are actually on Netflix or not. After all, great TV shows offer some modicum of escape, humor or just good, old-fashioned, engrossing entertainment — something we desperately need during this increasingly apocalyptic year. All of this to say, 2020 has been a shockingly solid year for TV (and literally nothing else), but despite the wealth of hits, there are a few programs that tower above the rest. Here are our picks for the year’s best scripted shows.