Vampires & Gangsters: Four Favorite 2020 TV Premieres

I don’t watch much TV but when I do the stuff I enjoy can typically be found on PBS or FX.

Fargo Season 4 – FX

The finale felt rushed and didn’t exactly live up to the promise of the previous episodes but that doesn’t matter because what came before it was some of the best TV I’ve seen. Fargo Season 4 was better directed, better written and better acted than at least 75% of the films I watched last year. So much amazing talent on display and the production value was top notch.

What We Do in the Shadows Season 2 – FX

I keep thinking they can’t possibly keep this running gag going but they do! And it never gets tired. Funniest show on TV bar none and it satisfies my insatiable Matt Berry crush.

Elizabeth is Missing – PBS

Deeply moving mystery (I cried for a good 30 minutes or so after watching this so bring tissue!) and incredibly acted by the always amazing Glenda Jackson who is still firing on all cylinders at age 84. Would make a good mystery double feature with Mr. Holmes, which was one of my favorite films from 2015.

8:46 – Netflix

If you want to know how terrible the state of popular film & television criticism is right now look no further than the inane criticism hurled at Dave Chappelle’s comedy specials since making his big return to TV 4 years ago. I’ll make this brief and blunt. Chappelle is a national treasure and should be treated as such. No American comic working today is as funny and informed as this man. Does he make missteps sometimes? Sure. Is he a rude & crude motherfucker sometimes? Absolutely. But I wouldn’t want him any other way. He also happens to be brilliant and so is this comedy special.

Honorable mentions: Endeavour Season 7 & Grantchester Season 6