With this very strange year finally drawing to a close, we wanted to look back and highlight the television shows that helped make a difficult time slightly more bearable. It’s not surprising that a year where many people were quarantined in their homes and faced with challenges and uncertainty was television’s time to shine — a medium that provides an escape from reality when one was so desperately needed. There are 42 shows on this list from nine different countries, chosen by TheTVDB’s administrators and moderators. They are sorted by their premiere dates in ascending order. Some of them ended their runs this year (“The Good Place”), some returned after a long hiatus (“Fargo,” “Search Party,” “Westworld”), some are limited series (“Unorthodox” and “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”), and one show (“The Queen’s Gambit”) shattered Netflix viewership records. Here’s to a great 2021 and to many more hours of moving television!
A series of computer-animated films centering on a group of mammals surviving the Paleolithic ice age. The series features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Chris Wedge.
To infinity... and beyond!
Named one of Empire magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time, Eddie Murphy stars as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who travels to Beverly Hills, California to investigate a crime, even though it is out of his jurisdiction.
Retired, Extremely, Dangerous.
Tapping into the late-aughts’ vampire craze sparked by the “Twilight” franchise, youth-oriented The CW hit a gold mine with “The Vampire Diaries,” which bowed in the fall of 2009, attracting the network’s largest audience to date for a series premiere. Based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith, the supernatural teen drama, developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, went on to run eight seasons and spawned two spin-offs (“The Originals” and “Legacies”) which became successful in their own right.
A chronicle of the lives of first responders — police officers, paramedics, firefighters and dispatchers — in both New York, NY and, after the transfer and relocation of New York firefighter Owen Strand and his son, Austin, TX.
Eight-year-old Kevin must defend his home from two burglars after his family accidentally leaves him behind on their vacation.
Serial killer Michael Myers stalks and kills the people of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween.
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