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2020 Fall TV & Streaming Scorecard

October 20, 2020

We’ve tracked the best (and worst) TV and streaming offerings since mid-September, gathering a list of all the premieres this season — series, miniseries, and TV movies across cable, broadcast, and streaming — and ranked them by Tomatometer.

To be included, each TV show on the list must have received at least 10 critic reviews, while TV movies had to have at least 20 reviews. So if you’re wondering why your favorite show or TV movie isn’t on here, it likely just doesn’t yet have enough reviews to qualify under our criteria. And remember: a Certified Fresh badge generally means that a show or film has earned the respect of the majority of reviewers weighing in (at least 20 for a TV season and 40 for movies on TV and streaming), including some of the industry’s top critics.

The series included have premiered since September 22, so if you want to see a title like the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys, have a look at how it did on our Spring-Summer TV Scorecard, which tracked TV series and movies that premiered between March 20 and September 21.

Adjusted Score: 28.2%
Critics Consensus: Helstrom's strong visual effects can't save it from the fact that it's characters simply aren't interesting enough to overcome their familiar setting.
Synopsis: As the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, Helstrom follows Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom... [More]

Adjusted Score: 41.861%
Critics Consensus: World Beyond's strong performances and new perspective within The Walking Dead universe aren't enough to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded franchise.
Synopsis: A series about the first generation to come of age after the apocalypse.... [More]

#48

The Lie (2020)
43%

#48
Adjusted Score: 45.581%
Critics Consensus: Queasily compelling without ever truly coming together, The Lie won't fool many viewers seeking worthwhile horror fare.
Synopsis: A divorced mother and father find themselves trapped in a living nightmare when their daughter confesses to murder in The... [More]
Directed By: Veena Sud

#47

Hubie Halloween (2020)
51%

#47
Adjusted Score: 53.95%
Critics Consensus: Viewers immune to its star's charms won't find it much of a treat, but Hubie Halloween is sweet enough to satisfy fans of Adam Sandler's antics.
Synopsis: Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play... [More]
Directed By:

Utopia: Season 1 (2020)
51%

#46
Adjusted Score: 53.807%
Critics Consensus: Utopia's cast and mystery at times transcend its overtly cynical and overly violent tendencies, but even those willing to look past the torture may find the whole thing too timely - in a bad way.
Synopsis: Utopia centers on a group of comic fans who meet online and bond over their obsession of a seemingly fictional... [More]

#45

Evil Eye (2020)
50%

#45
Adjusted Score: 51.528%
Critics Consensus: With Evil Eye, directors Elan and Rajeev Dassani spy a premise that has no shortage of potential, but despite the efforts of a game cast, it remains tantalizingly unfulfilled.
Synopsis: At home in Delhi, India, proud parent Usha Khatri (Sarita Choudhury) is overjoyed when her daughter Pallavi (Sunita Mani) calls... [More]

#44
Adjusted Score: 54.538%
Critics Consensus: The Right Stuff contains some grace notes in its depiction of America's first slate of astronauts, but this tired retread of Tom Wolfe's famed book mostly makes the wrong moves in revitalizing space race history for the modern era.
Synopsis: At the height of the Cold War in 1959, America fears it is a nation in decline as the Soviet... [More]
Directed By: Chris Long

#43
Adjusted Score: 59.527%
Critics Consensus: Secret Society of Second-Born Royals holds up just well enough to suffice as a streaming diversion -- which may be all its target demographic is looking for.
Synopsis: "Secret Society of Second Born Royals" follows Sam, a teenage royal rebel second in line to the throne of the... [More]
Directed By: Anna Mastro

#42

Rebecca (2020)
40%

#42
Adjusted Score: 49.69%
Critics Consensus: Ben Wheatley's Rebecca remake is ravishing to behold, but it never quite gets to the heart of the classic source material -- or truly justifies its own existence.
Synopsis: After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman... [More]
Directed By: Ben Wheatley

#41

Nocturne (2020)
60%

#41
Adjusted Score: 61.791%
Critics Consensus: Nocturne's thought-provoking themes find themselves at odds with its genre ingredients, resulting in a mild blend that isn't quite pulpy enough.
Synopsis: When a virtuoso music student commits suicide days before an important concert, her death unleashes a supernatural force in Nocturne,... [More]
Directed By:

#40
Adjusted Score: 67.854%
Critics Consensus: Though its depiction of France is tré cliché, Emily in Paris is rom-com fantasy at its finest, spectacularly dressed and filled with charming performances.
Synopsis: Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a... [More]

Adjusted Score: 64.184%
Critics Consensus: A Wilderness of Errors' investigation of a well-trodden case struggles to justify its runtime - still, those comfortable with ambiguity may find its inconclusiveness strangely appealing.
Synopsis: When Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald is sent to prison for killing his family, a storm of swirling narratives challenges our... [More]
Starring:

Cobra: Season 1 (2020)
64%

#38
Adjusted Score: 59.558%
Critics Consensus: Despite being predictable and a bit uneven, Cobra's great cast and intriguing premise deliver an electrifying and bingeable first season.

neXt: Season 1 (2020)
64%

#37
Adjusted Score: 64.184%
Critics Consensus: John Slattery is convincing as a charismatic genius, but neXt's procedural formula could have used more of the intelligence possessed by the series' rogue A.I.
Synopsis: A rogue AI technology threatens to turn people against one another and cause a global catastrophe, the CEO who helped... [More]

Adjusted Score: 59.558%
Critics Consensus: The Trouble With Maggie Cole is that it's logical leaps and tonal incongruities make for a dizzying viewing experience - albeit one with fun performances that's maybe a little confusing, but never dull.
Synopsis: Comedy series about a woman in small town who makes it her business to know a bit about everyone's lives.... [More]

#35

The Glorias (2020)
69%

#35
Adjusted Score: 74.214%
Critics Consensus: Uneven yet engaging, The Glorias honors the work of a pivotal American activist without quite capturing her trailblazing spirit.
Synopsis: Journalist, fighter, and feminist Gloria Steinem is an indelible icon known for her world-shaping activism, guidance of the revolutionary women's... [More]
Directed By: Julie Taymor

Soulmates: Season 1 (2020)
67%

#34
Adjusted Score: 67.015%
Critics Consensus: Well-performed, but frustratingly fleeting, Soulmates asks some interesting questions, but its anthology approach cuts any novel revelations short.
Synopsis: Soulmates is set fifteen years into the future, when science has made a discovery that changes the lives of everyone... [More]

Adjusted Score: 70.384%
Critics Consensus: Despite some impressive performances, The Comey Rule's chaotic approach to current events clarifies very little, further obscuring the facts of already confusing circumstances without adding much insight.
Synopsis: THE COMEY RULE, starring Emmy(R) winners Jeff Daniels as former FBI Director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Donald... [More]

#32
Adjusted Score: 82.284%
Critics Consensus: Though it struggles to find a strong through line, Monsterland's cross-country scares are a perfect showcase for its talented cast and crew
Synopsis: Encounters with Gothic beasts, including fallen angels and werewolves, broken people are driven to desperate acts in an attempt to... [More]

#31

Black Box (2020)
74%

#31
Adjusted Score: 76.002%
Critics Consensus: An intriguing debut for writer-director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Black Box compensates for a lack of surprises with strong performances and an emotionally rewarding story.
Synopsis: Having lost his wife and his memory in a tragic car accident, news photographer Nolan Wright (Mamoudou Athie) is desperate... [More]

#30

Over the Moon (2020)
79%

#30
Adjusted Score: 82.582%
Critics Consensus: Although many of Over the Moon's narrative ingredients will seem familiar, the film's absorbing animation offers colorful compensation.
Synopsis: Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to... [More]
Directed By: Glen Keane

Fargo: Season 4 (2020)
81%

#29
Adjusted Score: 84.061%
Critics Consensus: Though Fargo's ambitious fourth season struggles to maintain momentum, fine performances and a change of scenery make for an engaging -- if uneven -- departure from the series' norm.
Synopsis: In 1950 Kansas City, two criminal syndicates jockey to control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs while fighting... [More]

Code 404: Season 1 (2020)
80%

#28
Adjusted Score: 67.679%
Synopsis: DI John Major (Daniel Mays) had it all: wife Kelly (Anna Maxwell Martin), best friend and police partner Carver (Stephen... [More]

#27

Clouds (2020)
76%

#27
Adjusted Score: 76.317%
Critics Consensus: Although its emotional swings occasionally miss, Clouds soars higher than most young adult films -- and proves director Justin Baldoni's mastery behind the camera.
Synopsis: Inspired by an incredible true story, "Clouds" is a poignant and beautiful look at the heartbreaking duality of life and... [More]
Directed By: Justin Baldoni

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 85.582%
Critics Consensus: The Boys in the Band brings the classic stage play back to the screen with a well-acted adaptation containing surprising -- and poignant -- modern relevance.
Synopsis: More than fifty years after Mart Crowley's play became an unexpected smash hit for putting gay men's lives center stage... [More]
Directed By: Joe Mantello

#25

Scare Me (2020)
82%

#25
Adjusted Score: 83.686%
Critics Consensus: Smart, well-acted, and suitably chilling, Scare Me uses its familiar horror setting as the backdrop for a fresh deconstruction of standard genre ingredients.
Synopsis: During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more... [More]
Directed By: Josh Ruben

#24

Charm City Kings (2020)
81%

#24
Adjusted Score: 82.791%
Critics Consensus: Charm City Kings falls shy of more effective similarly themed coming-of-age films, but strong direction and engaging performances make its flaws easy to forgive.
Synopsis: Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (JAHI DI'ALLO WINSTON, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce... [More]
Directed By: Angel Manuel Soto

Adjusted Score: 81.354%
Critics Consensus: Agents of Chaos' lack of larger conclusions may frustrate, but Alex Gibney's extensive reporting helps make some sense of the small moments that added up to the controversial 2016 election.
Synopsis: A report on Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election includes a look at troll farms that used... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Alex Gibney

Adjusted Score: 82.438%
Critics Consensus: Tense and thrilling, White House Farm teeters on too long, but maintains its hold with gripping performances and glossy production values.
Synopsis: Factual drama based on the notorious Whitehouse Farm murders, and the ensuing police investigation and court case.... [More]

#21
Adjusted Score: 85.053%
Critics Consensus: American Murder: The Family Next Door chillingly unravels a brutal true crime story using the near-constant connectedness of the digital era.
Synopsis: In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As heartbreaking details emerged, their... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jenny Popplewell

Adjusted Score: 86.184%
Critics Consensus: The Salisbury Poisonings timely themes and tightly wound tension doesn't make for easy viewing, but there's no denying the power behind its message.
Synopsis: In March 2018 Salisbury became the site of an unprecedented national emergency. This three-part dramatization focuses on the extraordinary heroism... [More]

Adjusted Score: 93.868%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as scary as its predecessor, but with plenty of spooky tricks inside its haunted halls and a strong sense of heart, The Haunting of Bly Manor is another solid entry into Mike Flanagan's growing horrorography.
Synopsis: From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the... [More]

#18

On The Rocks (2020)
86%

#18
Adjusted Score: 97.586%
Critics Consensus: On the Rocks isn't as potent as its top-shelf ingredients might suggest, but the end result still goes down easy -- and offers high proof of Bill Murray's finely aged charm.
Synopsis: A young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#17
Adjusted Score: 91.946%
Critics Consensus: A modern crime family masterpiece, Gangs of London builds its own empire atop tried and true mafia turf -- complete with engaging drama, exhilarating action, and fine performances all around
Synopsis: When the head of a criminal organization is assassinated, the resulting power vacuum leads to a struggle that threatens the... [More]

Des: Series 1 (2020)
89%

#16
Adjusted Score: 89.523%
Critics Consensus: Des is a smartly scripted, sufficiently eerie true crime drama anchored by a chilling performance from David Tennant.
Synopsis: Dramatisation of the life of convicted serial killer, Dennis Nilsen.... [More]

#15
Adjusted Score: 90.692%
Critics Consensus: Flesh and Blood's non-linear storytelling doesn't always play, but there's no denying the engrossing glory of its colorful mystery.
Synopsis: Three siblings must navigate through a web of lies when their widowed mother falls for a new man.... [More]

#14

Enola Holmes (2020)
91%

#14
Adjusted Score: 99.637%
Critics Consensus: Enola Holmes brings a breath of fresh air to Baker Street -- and leaves plenty of room for Millie Bobby Brown to put her effervescent stamp on a franchise in waiting.
Synopsis: England, 1884 -- a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie... [More]
Directed By: Harry Bradbeer

Adjusted Score: 85.1%
Critics Consensus: Overcoming a pandemic is no easy feat, but with an exciting group of bakers and a warm new host, The Great British Baking Show's eleventh outing manages to do just that.
Synopsis: Homebakers compete in a baking competition in an effort to be crowned the winner.... [More]

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 89.843%
Critics Consensus: In the sharp, socially conscious battle of Vampires vs. the Bronx, comedy and horror blend brilliantly -- and the audience is the winner.
Synopsis: A group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from a band of vampires.... [More]
Directed By: Osmany Rodriguez

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 68.724%
Critics Consensus: Kingdom of Silence takes a panoramic view of Jamal Kasshogi's career and its impact on U.S.-Saudi relations, yielding a sobering account of one man's life and the two nations he straddled.
Synopsis: With the killing of Khashoggi as a launching point, KINGDOM OF SILENCE will explore the history between the U.S. and... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Rick Rowley

Tehran: Season 1 (2020)
93%

#10
Adjusted Score: 93.269%
Critics Consensus: Tehran's expertly plotted twists further elevate a geopolitical thriller deftly balanced between the global and the personal.
Synopsis: A new espionage thriller from "Fauda" writer Moshe Zonder that tells the thrilling story of a Mossad agent who goes... [More]

#9
Adjusted Score: 103.271%
Critics Consensus: An actors' showcase enlivened by its topical fact-based story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 plays squarely -- and compellingly -- to Aaron Sorkin's strengths.
Synopsis: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with... [More]
Directed By: Aaron Sorkin

Adjusted Score: 94.453%
Critics Consensus: With less canonical baggage and a welcome dose of character development, Discovery continues to forge its own path and is narratively all the better for it.
Synopsis: After following Commander Burnham into the wormhole in the second season finale, season three of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY finds the... [More]

#7
Adjusted Score: 95.001%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.... [More]

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 96.625%
Critics Consensus: The rare anthology that maintains a consistently high level of quality, The Mortuary Collection is a must-see undertaking for horror fans.
Synopsis: When a young woman applies for a job at a decrepit old mortuary, she is treated to several tales of... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ryan Spindell

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.477%
Critics Consensus: Helmed in elegant and exhilarating style by Spike Lee, David Byrne's American Utopia is a concert film that doubles as a joyously cathartic celebration.
Synopsis: The brilliant minds of Spike Lee and Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne collide in the film version of Byrne's wildly... [More]
Starring: David Byrne
Directed By: Spike Lee

#4
Adjusted Score: 102.477%
Critics Consensus: The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artist's life -- and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.
Synopsis: Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her... [More]
Directed By: Radha Blank

#3
Adjusted Score: 97.527%
Critics Consensus: Mixing personal reflection and studious research to deliver an impassioned meditation on the U.S. Constitution, Heidi Schreck's play loses none of its verve on screen.
Starring: Heidi Schreck
Directed By: Marielle Heller

Adjusted Score: 99.046%
Critics Consensus: Ethan Hawke dazzles in The Good Lord Bird, an epically irreverent adaptation that does right by its source material's good word.
Synopsis: THE GOOD LORD BIRD is told from the point of view of "Onion" (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy... [More]

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 102.739%
Critics Consensus: Dick Johnson Is Dead celebrates a life with bittersweet humor and grace, offering a deeply resonant perspective on mortality in the bargain.
Synopsis: A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced award-winning filmmaker Kirsten Johnson of the power of the real. But now she's... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Kirsten Johnson

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