The Good Place
The Good Place saved the best for last, as this amazing afterlife series aired its final episodes back at the beginning of the year. Tasked with reworking and remaking the entirety of celestial judgment, and the fate of all humans after they die, the Soul Squad – Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason – touchingly tackled some of the biggest theoretical philosophical challenges in history. All while trying to appease the relentlessly stubborn and sucky demons from The Bad Place. We know, it was one of the loftiest goals for a sitcom ever, but it all culminated with a beautiful, cathartic end. Take it sleazy.
For more, check out our The Good Place series finale review!
Insecure’s voice and style is wholly unique in its ability to weave relatable stories in with the fantastic and often abstract machinations of co-creator/star Issa Rae’s mind. Based on Rae’s web series (and memoir) Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Insecure is a deeply personal, funny and often tragic look at relationships, career aspirations and community. 2020’s fourth season wasn’t afraid to stray from convention, between Lawrence’s independent role throughout the season, as well as Issa and Molly’s friendship finally hitting its breaking point. The resulting batch of episodes was among the strongest of the series’ entire run to date.
Schitt’s Creek wrapped up its funny, feel-good run with not only a history-making Emmy sweep in all major comedy categories, but also with a hilarious and heartfelt final season. Stars Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O’ Hara, Annie Murphy, and Emily Hampshire went out on top as the Rose family, once doomed to ruin and dysfunction, finally found love, acceptance, family, and community among the awesome oddballs of their quirky Canadian town.
For more, check out our Schitt’s Creek series finale review!
Led by a winning performance from Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso was delightful brightspot in a year where laughs were hard to come by. Even though The Good Place and Schitt’s Creek gave us some outstanding, full-hearted “positive” comedy this year, 2020 proved to be a beast that demanded more uplifting, jubilant laughs. Enter Apple TV’s Ted Lasso, an effortlessly clever and joyous series from Scrubs’ Bill Lawrence starring Jason Sudeikis as an American football coach hired to, basically, inadvertently “Major League” sabotage an English football (soccer) team. But Lasso’s warm and wholesome heart proves to be so indomitable, and addicting, that nothing can keep his power of positivity from elevating all around him.
For more, check out our Ted Lasso Season 1 review!
What We Do in the Shadows
Coming off the success of a stellar first season (which came off the success of a hilarious movie), What We Do in the Shadows continues to deliver on its brand of gothic fish-out-of-water comedy. From the Superb Owl party to the chain e-mail, the show’s cast of oblivious vampires consistently land joke after joke. Celebrity cameos from the likes of Mark Hamill and Haley Joel Osment also help build out a surprisingly deep lore for this world of modern magical creatures. Jackie Daytona forever.
For more, check out our What We Do in the Shadows: Season 2 premiere review!
Those are our picks for the best comedy TV series of 2020 – let us know in the comments what’s on your list that didn’t make ours, and be sure to cast your vote for our TV Series of the Year 2020 People’s Choice Award here!
There are plenty of other awards! Check out all our movies, TV, and comics nominees below!
Best Movies of 2020
Best TV of 2020
Best Comics of 2020
Be sure to check out all of our other movies, TV and comics of the Year award nominees as well as our picks for the best games of 2020!