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EW's Best (and Worst) of 2020

Though 2020 was a rough year, thankfully we had plenty of options when it came to entertaining ourselves in quarantine.

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    The best and worst TV shows of 2020

    The best and worst TV shows of 2020

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    Critics Kristen Baldwin and Darren Franich pick their favorite television from their least favorite year. Plus: Bad television, and two essential Blursts. This wretched year is almost in the rear-view mirror. Now we can take a moment to appreciate the television that got us through 2020 — and bid …

    The 10 best movies of 2020… so far

    The 10 best movies of 2020… so far

    EW critic Leah Greenblatt breaks down the 10 best movies of 2020's first half. The films are listed in alphabetical order and needed to be released by June 16, 2020, to be considered. Bad Education He’s played a circus showman, a stage magician, and an emotionally tortured Wolverine, but Hugh Jackman …

    The 15 best albums of 2020

    The 15 best albums of 2020

    "Best of" lists are subjective. Calling this year horrifying is not. Thankfully, there were plenty of really good albums to keep us occupied while we were all stuck inside sewing masks and searching Amazon for bottles of off-brand Germ-X. Even though our 15 choices below don't reflect the full …

    The 10 best books of 2020

    The 10 best books of 2020

    EW's critics highlight their favorite reads of the year. Much has been said about the fact that 2020 was the year of the book. While the pandemic has left no corner of pop culture untouched, the publishing industry was comparatively less scathed. Trauma of trying to release, distribute, and promote …

    The 5 best podcasts of 2020

    The 5 best podcasts of 2020

    The year's best listens let us open our homes (and ears) to an enticing mystery, insightful conversations, and the hilarious return of George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon. Here are our five favorite podcasts of 2020. 5. The Left Right Game This 10-episode immersive mystery, which began its life on …

    The best videogames of 2020

    The best videogames of 2020

    We celebrate the games that kept us sane these past nine months of lockdowns. While other entertainment industries were suffering the costs that came with an uncontrolled pandemic, videogames were booming. It's not a surprise, considering most of America was looking for something (anything!) to do …

    The 30 best TV episodes of 2020

    The 30 best TV episodes of 2020

    At a time when many television show are actually "10 hour movies," EW remains infinitely grateful for the programs that remember the episode is the fundamental unit of television. To show our appreciation, the staff banded together to celebrate the episodes that made us hope, think, cry, and — when …

    The most memorable shipper moments of 2020

    The most memorable shipper moments of 2020

    Believe it or not, 2020 had its fair share of romance. There were first kisses, happy endings, and everything in between. Here are the TV shipper moments we cherished most. Olicity's reunion, Arrow There was no guarantee that Emily Bett Rickards would return as Felicity Smoak in Arrow's final season …

    The 15 best film performances of 2020

    The 15 best film performances of 2020

    These actors blew us away this year. There are more than a few Oscar winners on this list, and a few actors likely being introduced to American audiences for the first time, too. There are breakout performances alongside legends reaching new heights; turns that chew the scenery until there's nothing …

    The 30 most shocking TV moments of 2020

    The 30 most shocking TV moments of 2020

    From Baby Yoda's name to McDreamy's return, we've rounded up 30 television moments from 2020 that we won't soon forget. Eminem performs at the Oscars When Eminem won an Oscar in 2003, he was nowhere to be found. So it was particularly shocking when he showed up to perform "Lose Yourself" in 2020, 17 …

    Late Greats: Tributes to stars we lost in 2020

    Late Greats: Tributes to stars we lost in 2020

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    In a year devastated by a global pandemic, every death felt a little heavier. And while we may not have personally known the many stars we lost, we did know them — for the words they wrote, the songs they sang, the characters they inhabited. Entertaining us, challenging us, and moving us with their …

    Best of 2020

    Best of 2020

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    From superheroes to basketball, here are EW's picks for the best comics and graphic novels of the past year. Director Sam Hargrave breaks down the lengths he went to for the film's epic 12-minute action sequence.

    The 10 best romance novels of 2020

    The 10 best romance novels of 2020

    To say we needed happy endings more than ever in 2020 would be a massive understatement. In a year that saw the COVID-19 pandemic massively disrupt lives around the world and bring a staggering amount of collective lost and mourning, we've needed to escape more than ever. Let's be honest, for most …

    2020 was the year of the party episode

    2020 was the year of the party episode

    Social events were canceled everywhere except television. The best TV shows throw the best parties. Holiday dinners, nights out on various towns, long-awaited proms, weddings for sitcom love interests, another Sterling Cooper office bash where everyone passes out under somebody else’s desk, that …

    The top 10 Entertainment Weekly illustrations of 2020

    The top 10 Entertainment Weekly illustrations of 2020

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    EW's design team picks their favorite illustrations that graced our pages over the past year. 10. The Plot Against America An increasingly fascist government (sound familiar?) threatens to tear the country — and the Levin family — apart in The Plot Against America. Illustration by Jennifer Dionisio Art …

    2020 was a Hell of a year

    2020 was a Hell of a year

    Great art was newly essential in a socially distanced world. This is normally the time for a fond look back at the best and worst of the pop culture year. Anyone out there feeling normal? Anyone out there feeling “best”? Distract yourself from global calamities by merely worrying about the disasters …

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