Home lifestyle & culture 8 SHOWS THAT TOOK THE WORLD BY A STORM IN 2020!


Over the last 12 months, we have found it hard to focus on just one thing, what with a pandemic in tow. Should we make dalgona coffee? Should we read? Should we take up skincare seriously even though we’re well into that age where this shouldn’t even be a question? We took the show route where we binge watched eight shows that were SO good, we want to recommend that you watch them too, if you already haven’t!


The Last Dance
A series which revolves around the career of superstar athlete, Michael Jordan and why is known as the goat – a term fashioned much later to highlight an elite level athlete. The series features exclusive footage from a film crew that had an all-access pass to the Bulls, as well as interviews of many NBA personalities including Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman & their coach, Phil Jackson. It is nostalgia deliciously wrapped into a docuseries that we didn’t know we needed. From shooting Space Jam, to his life, then and now, to the music, this is a walk down memory lane that you want to take.

The Queen’s Gambit
A fictional miniseries that you wish was based on true events, this coming-of-age period drama was based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name following a young Chess prodigy who struggles with pills, alcoholism and a world where its men first, ladies later – until, she is an odd yet elegant sensation even they can’t believe is in front of them. As per the New Yorker, “Chess masters Garry Kasparov and Bruce Pandolfini, who consulted on the show, taught Taylor-Joy how professionals move the pieces along the board, but, as she told the magazine Chess Life, she developed her own way of gliding her hands across the board.”

Based on Julia Quinns regency romance of the Duke & I, the show arriving on Netflix on Christmas day was a gift in itself. Quinn’s Bridgerton series is a nine book saga focusing on the love lives of various members of the Bridgerton clan and an ideal choice in the age of franchising. However, even though Quinn has spoken explicitly about consent throughout the series, the first book adapted into the series has a scene which is less than savoury and a big eye opener! This is a must watch (& must read if you like reading books shows are based on!)

Tiger King
The madness of a documentary in so many ways, starting with the fact that there is big cat breeding involved! This isn’t just based on a true story – it IS a true story which includes every detailed chronicle from individuals who were a part of Joe exotic and Carole Baskin’s lives. Its madness, but a must watch!

Emily In Paris
A show that got so much critique – more than it was watched. Emily in Paris follows a young, American in the world of marketing all the way to Paris where she is to adapt into a company she was not ready for, in the company which wasn’t ready for her! We thought it was light, cute and fun and not to be taken as seriously as it was criticized.

Drilis Ertugrul
Even though this show has been around for a few years, 2020 was the year it caught so much hype in Pakistan, the leading male and female actress have been sought out more than twice each to visit or represent local brands. The show follows a brave Turkish warrior in the 13th century, the father of Osman the First who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire. We won’t lie, we were hooked!

The Crown
A show that has irked the Royal family even though it is just inspired by their lives and not an accurate portrayal (this isn’t said enough!), this season shows the entrance of the much awaited character, Princess (later Lady) Diana, the Queen of Hearts and the Villainess we have now come to love and understand, Camila Parker Bowles.

Normal People
Based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Sally Rooney, the series follows a raw relationship between Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron as they navigate from their final days in secondary school to their undergraduate years in college in a way you haven’t seen before. If there is laughter, tears and chills all wrapped into one series, this is it.

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