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Best of 2020: TV Series and Movies on Contour

November 24, 2020

Want to know what others are watching? Here are the top TV shows and movies of 2020.

 

This year has proved challenging on many levels, but thankfully there's no shortage of incredibly engaging content available. What's everyone watching? We compiled the most-watched TV shows and films of 2020 on Cox Contour and put together a curated list for your viewing pleasure. Whether you're looking to reconnect to reality or enjoy some much-needed escapism, we've got you covered. 

 

Edge-of-Your-Seat Entertainment

 

Homeland (TV series): In this heart-pounding spy thriller, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is a top CIA agent working to fight terrorism in the United States. But as she attempts to protect America's national security, she must battle her own personal demons. 

 

Ray Donovan (TV series): Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is the go-to fixer for Hollywood's wealthy elite, but when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison, he must work to protect everything he holds dear. 

 

Ford v Ferrari (2019 film): This Oscar-nominated sports drama tells the story of an automotive designer (Matt Damon) and a race car driver (Christian Bale) working together to build a revolutionary car to race against the legendary Enzo Ferrari. 

 

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019 film): Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham team up for another adrenaline-pumping ride in this high-octane action flick. 

 

Peppermint (2018 film): After surviving an attack that killed her husband and daughter, Riley North (Jennifer Garner) trains herself to become an unstoppable vigilante who's out for revenge. 

 

Gripping Character Dramas

 

Yellowstone (TV series): Kevin Costner stars in this modern-day Western about a family of wealthy ranchers operating within a corrupt system. With constantly shifting allegiances and unsolved murders to boot, this visually-stunning series is definitely worth a watch. 

 

The Sopranos (TV series): In this iconic crime series, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) fights to maintain his reputation as a brutal mob boss while simultaneously balancing his personal and family life. 

 

Power (TV series): James “Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) attempts to balance his double life as a legitimate New York City club owner and a kingpin of the drug world. 

 

Joker (2019 film): This dark psychological drama tells the origin story of the infamous Batman villain. Rejected by society, comedian Arthur Fleck (Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix) descends into madness and becomes the psychopathic killer we know as The Joker. 

 

Just Mercy (2019 film): Based on a true story, an idealistic Harvard law graduate (Michael B. Jordan) fights tirelessly to defend a man on death row (Jamie Foxx). 

 

Reality Break

 

Game of Thrones (TV series): Based on the best-selling book series “A Song of Fire and Ice," Game of Thrones has become a global phenomenon. In this medieval fantasy epic, two powerful families vie for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. 

 

Westworld (TV series): In the not-so-distant future, the world's wealthy elite vacation at an amusement park full of robotic human hosts, where they can live out their darkest fantasies without consequence. But it's not long before the hosts rise up and seek revenge. 

 

Outlander (TV series): An historical series with a twist, "Outlander" is about a World War II army nurse who gets transported to 1743 Scotland. For protection, she must marry a dashing Highland warrior. The only problem — she already has a husband in 1945. 

 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017 film): If you're looking for something funny, exciting and upbeat, this action comedy will surely fit the bill. Four teenagers in detention get sucked into a video game and must navigate the adventure of a lifetime. Also available on Cox: Jumanji: The Next Level (2019 film).

 

Kids Central

 

The Loud House (TV series): Eleven-year-old Lincoln Loud is the only boy in a family of 13, which means — that's right — he has 10 sisters! This fun and chaotic animated series gives an inside look at what it's like to grow up with a huge family.

 

Sesame Street (TV series): Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster — what's not to love? This updated classic features a colorful crew of marionettes as they learn about numbers, letters, culture and kindness.

 

Blaze and the Monster Machines (TV show): This interactive series for preschoolers centers around 8-year-old A.J. and his monster-truck Blaze. Together they must solve problems of science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) and come face to face with Blaze's rival, the tractor-trailer Crusher. 

 

Shrek 2 (2004 film): This fun and whimsical sequel finds Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) returning from their honeymoon. When they arrive in Far Far Away, the couple must confront Fairy Godmother and her obnoxious son Charming as they attempt to break up their marriage. Also available for your viewing pleasure: Shrek, the original film from 2001.

 

Rio (2011 film): Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, this animated feature tells the story of Blu and Jewel — two macaws who get captured by animal smugglers and must embark on an adventure to find freedom. 

 

Personal Faves

 

Shameless (TV series): Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) is a well-intentioned single father with a drinking problem. As a result, his eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is charged with taking care of the family in their mother's absence. A funny and outlandish dramedy, Shameless has something for everyone. 

 

The Last Dance (Limited series): This outstanding 10-episode series gives us a peek into the glory days of the Chicago Bulls through the eyes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and other sports legends. Indulgently nostalgic, exciting and emotional, this captivating series isn't just for basketball fans. 

 

The Upside (2019 film): This heartfelt drama tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic (Bryan Cranston) and his ex-convict caregiver (Kevin Hart). As one struggles to reconnect with his family, the other rediscovers the will to live. 

 

Good Boys (2019 film): A coming-of-age comedy, Good Boys follows sixth-graders Max, Lucas and Thor as they embark on various escapades in an attempt to get girls and stay out of trouble. With edgy jokes, drugs and copious sexual references, this is definitely more of a kids movie for adults. 

 

Happy viewing!

 

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