10-List: Beginnings (First Seasons 2020)


The only thing that brings me the level of satisfaction that I feel when I finish watching all the episodes of a television series is beginning to watch a new one. The following 10-List is all of the television series (or 10 of them, at least) whose first seasons I have either watched or am in the process of watching, here in the year 2020.


Shameless — excellent series about the dysfunctional Gallagher family and their friends. I’m already up to the fourth season.


Dracula — Count Dracula as reimagined by the creators of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. A Netflix original, only one season so far.


Harley Quinn — a DC Universe cartoon that focuses on the Joker’s main squeeze. Terrific voice acting. I’m watching Season 2 now.


Peaky Blinders — historical crime fiction set in early 20th century Birmingham. Good violent stuff. I’m finishing up Season 3 now, probably today.


Star Trek: Picard — Jean-Luc Picard, without the Enterprise and 20 years since we last saw him. A mediocre first season, but Season 2 is on the way.


Stumptown — I’m not sure if we’re going to get a second season about this badass female private investigator in Portland, Oregon.


Dispatches from Elsewhere — a mind-bending game/mystery created by Jason Segal. Great cast, intriguing story line. Probably not eligible for another season.


Community — I have been aware of this series for years, but just got around to watching it. It genuinely cracks me up at least once each episode.


Twin Peaks — beginning a series thirty years after its debut may be my personal record. I’m in the middle of Season 1 now and finally understand what all the fuss was about.


GLOW — this Netflix series about female wrestlers, starring Marc Maron, was recently renewed for its fourth and final season. That was my cue to begin watching it.

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While there will always be older shows that I want to begin watching someday, the introduction of new series is unlikely to stop.

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