The Most Successful TV Shows of 2020 (…and why they mattered)

We watched 63% more television in 2020, for some very obvious reasons. It’s been a long subject of debate, but the pop culture that we consume has a very real impact on our behaviors, ways of thinking, and our view of the world. Both Netflix and Google have released figures about the most popular TV shows of last year, and it seems that the proof of the importance of pop culture has never been more stark.

Here are the biggest and most popular shows that we binged watched and rewatched in 2020 and the effect that they have had on our lives.

The Queen’s Gambit

Going into 2020, nobody could have foreseen that one of the biggest hits of the year would be about chess. The Netflix mini-series, The Queen’s Gambit, was one of the biggest hits that Netflix has ever seen, and the story of Beth Harmon has resonated with audiences in some surprising ways, despite being something of a period drama. Watched by 62 million households in just 28 days, the show led to an 88% increase in google searches for chess, and sales of chess sets soared. Some toy companies reported sales increases of up to 1000%!

The Crown

Love them or hate them, the royal family saw an incredible surge of interest in 2020 thanks to the fourth season of The Crown. While previous seasons have been popular, the leap to a more modern setting saw online searches for the clothes worn by the characters surge (turtlenecks had a 7,000% increase in Google searches). But it’s not just fashion. Even views on the royal family changed, with the website Betway reporting that 35% of people who watched the latest season saying that they view the royals a little better or much better. The opinion of Prince Charles changed too, with 34% of British audiences saying they now viewed him with more empathy after watching the show.

Emily in Paris

Despite the controversy over the personality traits of the main character, there’s no disputing that Emily in Paris was one of the most popular shows of the year. It became the most binged show in release week ever, and a second season has already been greenlit. With a show so focused on fashion, it’s no surprise that Google saw a massive leap in searches for some of the key clothes and accessories highlighted in the series. Bucket hats alone saw a leap of searches by 342%, and sales of those hats, berets, and jelly snapshot camera bags have helped the fashion industry make some serious sales figures.

While the link between the pop culture that we enjoy and the products that we buy has been well known for decades (product placement is used for a reason), it’s never been easier to see those connections. Back when the popularity of the film series Twilight saw an increase in the number of people reading the book Wuthering Heights, or when online searches for Charles Manson went up by 3,2000% during the apex of Mindhunter, pop culture is clearly formative. Just as nobody expected the biggest hits of the year to be about the royals, Paris, or chess, who knows what changes the biggest shows of 2021 will bring.

Top Latest TV Series You Need To Watch Out For

There are some amazing new TV shows, some in their first season others in the second season. If you are looking for something to keep you busy we have the perfect series guide on what you should look out for, if you haven’t already. Here are the top 8 shows in 2015.

1. The Whispers
An unseen force is manipulating children to act in favor of its cause. As the kids unwittingly help this unknown enemy, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save humanity.

2. Flash
Barry Allen, the star of the show wakes up  9 months after he was struck by lightning to discover he has super powers. He becomes the flash and spends his normal days fighting crime and looking for a way to gain more speed.

3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy Schmidt was rescued after 15 years in a cult. She is fresh in New York and ready to experience everything that life has to offer with wide-eyed enthusiasm. The American sitcom has been rated a must watch.

4. Empire
If you haven’t heard all the hullabaloo surrounding Empire then you must be really in the dark when it comes to the tv show. The American drama that debuted in January centers around a hip hop music entertainment company, Empire. The founder battles with his family on who will take over control of the company.

5. Bloodline
The dramatic thriller is a series from the creators of ‘damages’. Bloodline explores demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family. If you love demons and witches this is definitely the series for you.

6. Agent Carter
The first season of the series aired in January 2015 and has been renewed for season 2. The series inspiration are films such as Captain America, The First Avenger, Winter Soldier and Marvel One Shot.

7. Better Call Saul
The show premiered in February 2015 and is an American TV drama and is a creation by breaking bad producer Vince Gilligan. The first season is only 10 episodes and set the record in cable history for a premier with 6.9million viewership.

. Jane The Virgin
Disclaimer! This is a chic flick. Discover what happens when a young, devout woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.

Your Favourite TV Shows Cancelled

It’s house-cleaning time for the major networks as the cancellation ax falls in order to make for new additions in the fall. Some shows, such as NBC’s “State of Affairs” and “Constantine,” have been off the air so long that it feels they’d already been cancelled. But the formal notice falls just as hard even when if it is long expected.

Here is the full list of cancelled TV shows

1. “State of Affairs”
There was a lot of buzz surrounding “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Katherine Heigl’s return to TV, but that didn’t translate into ratings. A pretty impressive 8.6 million people tuned in to the show’s premiere to see if she still haD it, but the finale went out with just 4.6 million viewers.

2. Revenge
Even if we were to forget the show’s consistently declining ratings, there is no ignoring that it has been creatively lost since season two.

There were doubts it should’ve even gone on to a fourth season, but ABC had a sweet spot for “Revenge.” Its first season revitalized the network and started a swing of drama wins with “Once Upon a Time” and later “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” ABC owed “Revenge” one (or four seasons in this case) to find its way again. Too bad it never really did.

3. One Big Happy
The Ellen DeGeneres-produced comedy about a lesbian whose plan to have a baby with her straight best friend goes to pieces when he suddenly meets a new woman got mixed results from critics. But viewers were pretty clear that they weren’t going to tune in to find out what happens.

4. Marry Me
Viewers have apparently grown tired of waiting for the answer to will they or won’t they. Despite the show’s strong leads, Ken Marino and Casey Wilson, it has had a bumpy ratings journey with long periods of declining viewership and sudden rises. Well, the rollercoaster ride is over and it’s time to get off.

5. About a Boy
NBC’s highest-rated sitcom in its first season, “About a Boy” has plummeted in its second season. With a healthy amount of comedy pilots waiting in the wings, the network can afford to let “About a Boy” go, even if it means cutting ties with executive producer Jason Katims (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”) for a bit.

6. The Following
After a first season that captured viewers’ attention, the Kevin Bacon-led series struggled creatively and lost its audience and buzz. And with the success of “Empire,” dark, violent shows may not be in vogue at Fox right now

7. Backstrom
There was a lot of excitement around “Office” alum Rainn Wilson’s new detective dramedy. But it failed to find an audience.

8. The Messengers
It may be a little early since “The Messengers” has aired for only a few weeks, but The CW basically shoved this supernatural show into cancellation territory.

It premiered late in the season and on Friday nights. It seemed the network had already given up on it before it even premiered.

9. “Hart of Dixie
Everyone from the show’s creator and stars to its small, loyal group of fans had declared the show over after its low-rated four-season run; but The CW was the last to be able to utter the word “canceled.”

10. “Battle Creek
There was so much excitement surrounding “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan’s new series. But the buzz didn’t turn into ratings and CBS can’t have this drama pull its ratings average down.

11. The Taste
ABC’s foray into the culinary competition genre never really caught on, despite its celebrity-chef-filled judges’ table.

If it had a stronger reality slate, the network would’ve never renewed it for a third season. ABC served it up nonetheless, but viewers weren’t biting.

12. Resurrection
There is no more coming back for ABC’s “Resurrection.” Last year, the series premiered with huge ratings for ABC but fell consistently after that. That should have been a sign for the network to bury the show.

But it went on to a second season that just couldn’t recapture its audience.

13. Forever
This supernatural drama about a man who can’t die struggled for an audience since its premiere episode. It was a surprise when ABC decided to order a full season of the series.

No doubt, the network hoped it would find an audience. Plus, it hales from Warner Bros. Television, a partner on high-profile Marvel shows “Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter.” It never did find its audience and WBTV should be happy that ABC gave it a fighting chance.

14. Cristela
In many ways, “Cristela” was never really given much of a chance. ABC stuck it on Fridays between low-rated “Last Man Standing” and “Shark Tank” — neither of which made any sense with the comedy about a middle-class Mexican family.

That aside, ABC has been a trailblazer in show diversity and has several pilots in the wings that would make up for the loss of “Cristela.” So, it had to go.

15. The Mindy Project
Beloved by TV critics and starring popular “Office” alum Mindy Kaling, Fox had a couple reasons to keep “The Mindy Project” around. But its ratings are poor and most of the time business becomes the functional word in show business. But it may have a reprieve in a pick up by Hulu. Keep the faith.