Amazon-owned movie and TV data base IMDb.com Dec. 8 unveiled the Top 10 TV Shows of 2020 and, for the first time ever, the Top 10 Docuseries and Top 10 Reality and Competition TV Series. Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings or reviews from professional critics, IMDb determines its list of most popular shows from its proprietary rankings of shows based on the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb.
“Though reality TV was in its infancy when IMDb was founded 30 years ago, it’s grown enormously in terms of the diversity, scale and, in many cases, prestige of its offerings,” Brian Carver, head of content and licensing for IMDb, said in a statement.
Carver said 2020 proved to be a standout year for TV and streaming series, with an assortment of true breakout shows, turning many of these programs — including Amazon’s “The Boys,” Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Tiger King,” and ESPN’s “The Last Dance” and Netflix’s “Too Hot to Handle” — into cultural moments.
Keith Simanton, managing editor for IMDbPro, said it’s notable that many of the top reality programs have had exceptionally long runs, including an incredible 40 seasons of “Survivor” and 12 seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
“We celebrate these shows for their ongoing creativity and longevity, keeping fans coming back for more, year after year,” Simanton said.
IMDb Top 10 TV Shows of 2020
- The Boys
- Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)
- The Mandalorian
- The Queen’s Gambit
- The Umbrella Academy
- The Witcher
- The Crown
IMDb Top 10 Docuseries of 2020
- Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
- The Last Dance
- Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
- The Vow
- Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
- Down to Earth with Zac Efron
- Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
- The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
IMDb Top 10 Reality and Competition Series of 2020