Best TV of 2020: ‘I May Destroy You,’ ‘Normal People,’ the Democratic convention and more
After doctors, nurses, virologists, vaccine researchers, Anthony S. Fauci, food-bank volunteers, grocery store employees, delivery drivers and Dolly Parton, let’s not forget to honor another one of 2020’s true heroes: television. Here's my appreciation, in list form, of the year’s best watching.
The Democratic National Convention (Democratic National Committee) They took all those “Hollywood liberal” digs and put them to great use in a flawlessly produced four-night virtual event that upgraded the concept of nominating conventions — and got their message out loud and clear. Celebrity hosts (EvaLongoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Julia Louis-Dreyfus), pop stars (Billie Eilish, John Legend) and big-name politicos (the Obamas, the Clintons and senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) gave a boost to theBiden/Harris ticket, but the real draw was a broad display of civic pride, from the state roll-call (“the calamari comeback state of Rhode Island”) to a speech from 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who connected with then-candidate Joe Biden over their shared struggle with stuttering. Why ever go back to the crowded arenas, balloon dropsand disruptive applause-a-thons?
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