1. The Queen’s Gambit
This drama miniseries about a young chess prodigy upending social norms while battling her own addiction problems became an instant phenomenon. It coincided with the revival of an interest in chess due to the lockdown and also happens to be an amazing show featuring standout performances.
2. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
Straight from the minds of comedic geniuses Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), this workplace sitcom about a video game company strikes the perfect balance between niche humour and relatable experience.
3. Never Have I Ever
Produced by Mindy Kaling, this coming-of-age series tells the story of a first-gen Indian American teenager struggling to balance two different cultures while trying to cope with the grief of her father’s sudden death.
4. Scam 1992
The story of Harshad Mehta, who scammed the Indian stock market for a bizarre amount of money, is told in finely rendered detail in this show. The titular character is played by Pratik Gandhi, who’s now recognised as a talent par excellence.
5. Paatal Lok
A flawed but inherently well-meaning cop is tasked with a high-profile case that takes him to the depths of human corruption and evil. The show was praised for its performances, as well as a plot that didn’t shy away from the disturbing.
One of the most endearing, heartwarming, and downright hilarious shows of this year, Panchayat holds a special place in many hearts for being a breath of fresh air in entertainment space.
This crime drama by Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi featured great acting and a solid plot. Sushmita Sen truly shone through as a strong, independent female lead, criminal tendencies are damned.