I feel that in 2020 I spent more time watching TV series and films than reading books thanks to the pandemic. That doesn’t mean that I have a higher number of other favourite stories (those that I watched on a screen) to share with you than in previous years, though. The majority of the films that I watched were not particularly remarkable and many ended up just being background noise while I absentmindedly scrolled through social media feeds. There are four TV series, however, that I’ve highly enjoyed and wholeheartedly recommend.
Dark – Season 3
For sure one of the best TV shows I’ve ever watched on Netflix, Dark is a German science fiction thriller about time travel and various families dealing with loss, grief and love. It can be quite complex, so viewers have to pay careful attention, which it’s not much to ask, seeing that the series is engaging and compelling. In season 3, all strands are convincingly linked together in a way that I didn’t see coming. I’ll definitely re-watch the entire series sometime in the future.
A new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula was the first TV series I watched in 2020 on Netflix (it was originally created for the BBC, though). Claes Bang is flawless as Count Dracula. The first and second episodes are exquisite, terrifying and compelling. The third episode feels very different from the others, primarily because it’s set in modern-day England, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I liked how the creators of the show tried to present a reason for Dracula being afraid of certain objects.
The Queen’s Gambit
This Netflix miniseries, which is an adaptation of a novel by Walter Tevis, focuses on the life of Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy who struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. Although I have no interest in chess whatsoever, I found it very compelling. The great performances were surely behind my enjoyment, as were, I have to confess, the amazing costumes.
My Brilliant Friend – Season 2
The second season of the Italian TV series My Brilliant Friend is as gripping as the novel it is based on. The actors did a fantastic job portraying the complex bond between Elena and Lila! I enjoyed it far more than the first season. In spite of still not being a huge fan of the voice-over narration, it didn’t bother me as much as in the previous season.
Which great TV series or films have you watched in 2020? Tell me in the comments!