2020 has not been the year of our dreams. With Covid-19 hitting the world hard, we had no option but to contain ourselves in our homes. There is no doubt that 2020 will be counted amongst the worst years of all for the whole world. But in these trying times, one thing that came to our rescue was our television. And we can’t forget the contribution of web series in this. As we all “worked from home”, we sure had a ton of time to kill. And what could have been better than to binge-watch these shows from the comfort of our homes?
As a result of this, the entertainment industry has seen a great hike in the viewership of entertainment shows across all platforms. No matter if it is television or an OTT platform, Covid-19 did make them a lot more popular and successful. Be it the classic sitcoms of all time or the new web series, people binge-watched all of them.
Thankfully, we are leaving behind 2020 and entering the new year in less than two weeks, so we thought why don’t we take a look at the top 10 binge-watched shows of 2020. And if you want to binge-watch any of those you can surely decide where to start from as we give you a glimpse of what these shows are all about in our list of top 10 most binge-watched shows of 2020.
10. How I met your Mother
‘How I met your mother’ has been a fan-favorite since its release in the year 2005. Since then its popularity has only increased. And we are not surprised that it made it to the top 10 list of most binge-watched shows of 2020. As we know, the story of ‘How I met your mother’ revolves around Ted Mosby who recounts to his children how he met their mother. Ted’s journey is even more adventurous and eventful as he is accompanied by his four best friends, Robin, Marshall, Lily, and Barney.
Though the plotline of HIMYM is quite unique from other sitcoms of its time, this show gives us a nostalgic feeling as it revolves around friendship and love. For this reason, the show is often compared to the most popular sitcom of all time ‘Friends’. The show was originally aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014, but it is available to binge-watch on Amazon Prime video and Disney+ Hotstar. With an IMDb rating of 8.3, this show could be a great start for those who haven’t watched it and want to watch a binge-worthy sitcom.
9. Sex Education
The next one in the line is a web series, ‘Sex Education’. As you may have guessed by the name of the title, the show comes under the young-adult genre. But it is surely more than what the title suggests. The show revolves around a bunch of teenagers, Otis, Eric, and Maeve, and their journey exploring their sexuality which ranges from embarrassing, hilarious, and sometimes traumatic moments as well. Rather than preaching to their audiences about the stigma that is related to people’s sexuality, ‘Sex education’ focuses more on the social and psychological effects of sex on teenagers.
What makes this show so popular is that though it is based on a rather serious topic, it somehow manages to be funny, light and does not make its audiences uncomfortable. That does not mean it’s content is not responsible and genuine. It still manages to give us mature and worthy content. The show is one of the most popular shows on Netflix with an IMDb rating of 8.3. Thus, Sex Education is also a great choice for anyone to binge-watch.
8. One Piece
Time for some anime guys! If you love anime then it is impossible that you have not heard about this series. Aired for the first time in 1999, this show has not loosened its grip as a fan-favorite with an IMDb rating of 8.7. As a result, it is one of the top 10 binge-watched shows of 2020 as well.
The show is noted for its unique storyline as well as the character development. Though we meet a bunch of characters over the twenty long seasons, the story revolves around the adventures of the protagonist Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw hat pirates. You can easily get an idea of the show’s popularity that it survived twenty seasons and still remains the best anime out there. So, if you are tired of watching sitcoms, you can start this one in 2021 and make a good start. ‘One piece’ was originally aired on Fuji TV, but it is available to binge-watch on Netflix.
7. The Office
Do I need to state any reason why it is on the list of top 10 binge-watched shows of 2020? I hope not. But there are a few obvious reasons why this show remains one of the most-watched shows of all time. The show follows the life of office workers who go through hilarious misadventures in an office.
The most important reason behind the show’s success and its popularity is its concept of a mockumentary. Let’s be honest, we haven’t watched many shows in this genre. Thus, the shows give us a unique feel and that’s why stand out amongst other sitcoms. The office originally aired on NBC, but it is available to binge-watch on Amazon prime video. The show has an IMDb rating of 8.9.
6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn nine-nine is yet another most binge-watched shows of 2020. The shows follow the day-to-day lives of a diverse and quirky team of detectives who solve crimes in Brooklyn, New York. The show first aired in 2013 on NBC, then was renewed by Fox Broadcasting company. The show’s diverse characters and the diversified emotions linked to the plot-line make the show a full entertainment package. It’s funny, hilarious, heartbreaking, and serious at the same time. What else do we need?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s fresh comedic content has earned it an IMDb rating of 8.4. Brooklyn nine-nine airs on NBC and the good news is it has been renewed for season 8, which will be releasing in 2021. But you can catch up on the last seven seasons by binge-watching it on Netflix.
5. Modern Family
Next on the list is the eight Primetime Emmy award winner Modern Family. The show is unique, hilarious, beautiful in every possible way. The show depicts the life of three modern-day families who try to deal with each other in their own ways. These ways are often hilarious and can evoke belly-laughter.
In the genre of mockumentary, this show grabbed the attention of the audience after ‘The Office’. The show is 11 seasons long and still airs on Star world on television. With an IMDb rating of 8.4, the show is one of the most loved sitcoms of America and is still binge-watched all over the world. The show’s original broadcasting network is ABC and you can binge-watch it on Disney+ Hotstar.
4. Money Heist
Another show that has taken over the world of web series is Money Heist. The show was launched on Netflix in 2017 and since then it has been one of the most-watched shows on Netflix. It is interesting, thrilling, and full of suspense. If you want to watch something different, unique and classic, this is the show which offers you everything you need.
Owing to the show’s success, it also bagged a Primetime Emmy Award for best drama series among other numerous awards. As the name suggests, the show revolves around a money heist by a criminal mastermind “The Professor” and his eight team members. Do they succeed in their plans or not,? Find out by binge-watching this amazing suspense thrilling drama.
3. Grey’s Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama that follows the lives of surgical interns and how they embark on their medical journey. Basically, it takes us through the lives of doctors in the making and the life-changing and challenging episodes they have to witness in this process.
The show has been appreciated ever since its release and has managed to give us seventeen seasons. The show has an IMDb rating of 7.6, which is hard to get for any show, especially when it highlights such a specific genre. This show is recommended for anyone who wants to watch something serious and meaningful.
Yet another mystery thriller on the list is Netflix’s Lucifer. Mysterious as the title sounds, the series portrays an unbelievable plotline. The show is about Lucifer, a demon, who has returned from hell and lives in Los Angeles as a normal person. But he soon gets involved in helping local cops in solving mysterious criminal cases.
The show’s popularity lies in its very unique concept as well as the plotline. The mixture of mythology with contemporary times is what the audiences appreciate the most about the show. The show has till now produced five-season which consist of seventy-five episodes in all. The news is that the show has been renewed for a sixth season as well. You can definitely give it a shot if you want to watch a show that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
And now let’s see which show had topped the list for the number one spot of the most binge-watched show of 2020!!
Do we need a reason to watch this show? of course, NO. No matter what mood we are in, we watch Friends. This is one of those shows which we re-watch again and again and never get bored of it. From its first episode to its last, the show has always been a fan-favorite and continues to rules the hearts of people all over the world. The show was originally aired on NBC, but it is available to binge-watch on Netflix.
The show first aired in 1994 and ended in 2004, but no matter it has ended a long time back, people still watch it. So, what makes this show so popular? In my opinion, I don’t think there is any other show which portrays the feeling of friendship as precisely as Friends. And this is the reason behind the immense popularity of the show. ‘Friends’ tells the story of six friends and their adventures and misadventures with life and all other aspects of it. Phoebe, Joey, Monica, Chandler, Ross, and Rachel explore life like any other person in their late-twenties. The show’s common life and the simple concept is what makes it such a huge show. We all see ourselves in these characters and re-live those moments. And that is what contributes to its success and it remains the most binge-watched show of all.