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  1. best of 2020
    The Best TV of the Year (So Far)Never Have I Ever, I May Destroy You, and Mrs. America are some of the brightest bright spots among 2020’s televisual offerings.
  2. tv review
    Search Party Is Back, and Its Knives Are OutDespite a two-year delay, season three’s focus on privileged, white millennials winding their way through the justice system feels of the moment.
  3. tv review
    Meet the New Perry Mason, Not Much Like the Old Perry MasonHBO’s loose interpretation of the classic CBS procedural is a gorgeous, gritty, and sometimes gory period piece filled with fine performances.
  4. tv review
    13 Reasons Why Was Always Teen Torture PornIn its final season, the coming-of-age drama is as dark, traumatic, and utterly ridiculous as ever.
  5. tv review
    Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story Offers a Careful Study of a Woman ScornedAmanda Peet sinks every one of her teeth into the role of the famous housewife turned murderer.
  6. tv review
    You Should Watch Quiz and That’s Our Final AnswerThe AMC series about the British Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? scandal is smart, entertaining, and just three hours long.
  7. tv review
    Space Force Is a Massive MisfireDespite its strong cast, Netflix’s new political workplace comedy from Greg Daniels and Steve Carell just can’t get off the ground.
  8. finales
    Mrs. America Ends With a Loaded EllipsisThe takeaway may seem to be that Phyllis Schlafly won in the end, but “Reagan” argues just as strongly that this story isn’t over yet.
  9. anniversaries
    What’s the Legacy of the Lost Finale?Revisiting “The End” a decade later, along with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
  10. chat room
    John McEnroe Learned About Thirst Traps on Never Have I Ever“I get razzed by my kids. ‘You don’t even know thirst trap?’ No, I don’t know it.”
  11. tv review
    Homecoming’s Second Chapter Trades Conspiracy for Psychological ThrillsIt’s not as provocative as season one, but the Janelle Monáe–led continuation of the Amazon thriller is a binge-worthy search for identity.
  12. dead to me
    Dead to Me Creator Liz Feldman Talks Tropes, Twists, and That Finale ShockerAnd what she’s cooking up for Jen and Judy in season three.
  13. overnights
    Mrs. America Recap: Because I Got HighSarah Paulson’s Alice goes to wonderland, in a far-fetched trip to the National Women’s Conference.
  14. summer 2020
    The 20 Best and Biggest TV Shows to Watch This SummerDirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, The Good Lord Bird, I May Destroy You, and more worth seeing during the Great Indoor Summer.
  15. in memoriam
    Lynn Shelton Left Behind a Bounty of Beautiful TelevisionThe acclaimed filmmaker’s empathy and humanity was on display in an impressive array of TV shows, from Mad Men to GLOW.
  16. tv review
    Snowpiercer Is Slow to Leave the StationThe long-gestating TV adaptation of Bong Joon Ho’s movie is both larger in scope and messier in execution, especially in its shaky early episodes.
  17. overnights
    Mrs. America Recap: Pie in the EyeThe road to a showdown at the National Women’s Convention is paved with pie assault and deep-fake mixtapes.
  18. tv review
    Kimmy Schmidt vs. the Reverend Is What Interactive TV Was Made ForNetflix’s choose-your-own-adventure special delivers the jokes, then more jokes, then still more jokes.
  19. tributes
    Jerry Stiller Made Frank Costanza a Sitcom LegendNo one could yell quite like George’s dad did on Seinfeld.
  20. tv review
    Dead to Me Is Even Wilder in Season TwoI mean that in a good way.
  21. tv review
    The Eddy Has Its Own RhythmsIf you can surrender to its freewheeling tempo, you may find pleasure, even moments of joy, in Netflix’s new Parisian jazz drama.
  22. overnights
    Mrs. America Recap: Right Up Your SkirtThe one where the conservatives and misogynists are winning.
  23. tv review
    The Parks and Recreation Reunion Special Is Such a GiftI wasn’t crying, I swear.
  24. overnights
    Mrs. America Recap: Free to Be You and MeAnother episode, another debate, this one with an added dose of marital tension.
  25. tv review
    Normal People Is an Honest, Absorbing Love StoryIt also features a ton of sex.
  26. spoilers
    Let’s Talk About That Little Fires Everywhere EndingThe finale of the Hulu miniseries aims for surprise by diverting from its source material, sometimes in ways that defy believability.
  27. overnights
    Mrs. America Recap: The Catfight ComethIn this corner: Phyllis Schlafly. In the other: Betty Friedan.
  28. tv review
    The New Prince Tribute Concert Is a Must-Watch Now More Than EverLet’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, airing Tuesday night on CBS, is both a new special and a reminder of how live music used to feel.
  29. spoilers
    Better Call Saul Just Showed Us Who Kim Wexler Has Been All AlongThe ponytail is down, the gloves are off, and Kim’s finally unleashed her inner scrapper.
  30. tv review
    The Last Dance Is a Perfect Remedy for Sports WithdrawalA ten-part ESPN docuseries about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls would have been great under any circumstances. Right now, it feels like a gift.
  31. overnights
    Mrs. America Recap: Power Concedes NothingWhite feminism is a hell of a drug.
  32. overnights
    Mrs. America Recap: There Was Also JamThe rise and controlled rage of Gloria Steinem.
  33. overnights
    Mrs. America Premiere Recap: Are You Ladies Decent?Introducing Phyllis Schlafly, feminism’s worst nightmare, brought to you by the exceptional Cate Blanchett.
  34. tv review
    SNL Can Adapt to the Social Distancing Era — But Maybe Not Like ThisThis week’s “at home” experiment had its moments, but it also spoke to what the live-comedy institution can and cannot be in the midst of a pandemic.
  35. tv review
    Killing Eve Can Still Shock in Season 3, But It Can No Longer AstonishThe jarring season premiere reveals a series that once felt like nothing else on television now using shock value as a crutch.
  36. twin peaks at 30
    Why Agent Cooper’s Twin Peaks Entrance Is So BrilliantBest TV character introduction of all time?
  37. tv review
    Run Is a Next-Level Escapist FantasyA spontaneous cross-country journey with Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson? In this climate? Yes, please.
  38. vulture guides
    So, Which Quibis Are Worth Your Time?Just because an episode is under 10 minutes doesn’t mean it’s time well spent.
  39. docuseries
    Tiger King Is a Train Wreck — Nothing More, Nothing LessNetflix’s latest must-see series is an extreme, flawed example of a WTF docuseries that generates lots of conversation but little clarity.
  40. tv review
    Unorthodox Is a Beautiful Portrait of a Woman’s RebirthPut Netflix’s new four-episode series at the top of your “what to binge in isolation” list.
  41. social distancing
    Big Mouth Is Doing a Live, Teleconferenced Table Read for CharityAt least you’ve got Friday night plans now?
  42. coronavirus
    Andrew Cuomo’s Daily Press Briefing Is the Most Important Show on TVThe must-see TV of the coronavirus pandemic.
  43. close reads
    Everything I Watch Reminds Me of the Coronavirus. Why Can’t I Look Away?Screens are our tether to reality right now, even if you’re looking for a distraction.
  44. tv review
    Late Night TV Is Reinventing Itself For the Coronavirus EraBy shooting DIY webisodes at home, Jimmy Fallon and his late night rivals are more spontaneous and relatable than ever.
  45. vulture recommends
    What to Watch and Read to Fill the March Madness VoidTen basketball-related things to read or watch that (kinda sorta) make up for missing March Madness.
  46. tv review
    Little Fires Everywhere Almost Matches the Novel’s Incendiary Power. Almost.The Reese Witherspoon–Kerry Washington–starring adaptation is Hulu’s version of a page-turner, with a greater emphasis on melodrama than its source.
  47. tv review
    The Plot Against America Is a Devastating, Relevant Alt-History DramaDavid Simon and Ed Burns bring Philip Roth’s novel to HBO with an incisive depiction of just how personal politics can become.
  48. the weinstein trial
    23 Years Is Exactly What Harvey Weinstein DeservesThe contrast between what Weinstein was doing in 1997 and where he is now underscores how appropriate his sentence is.
  49. true crime
    Doug Mathews of McMillions Is America’s Showboat SweetheartFBI Special Agent Doug Mathews is a cocky white guy who laughs at his own jokes. Why do I love him so?
  50. tv review
    Hillary Looks Back at the 2016 Election With 20/20 HindsightWatching the new four-part Hulu docuseries about the life and career of Hillary Clinton can feel like poking at an old bruise. But it’s worth it.
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