Barack Obama Names Favorite Films & TV Shows Of 2020 – Deadline

What, no Crown? There’s no spot for the royals on former President Barack Obama’s list of favorite TV shows and movies of 2020 but many of the year’s other buzzy programs are present and accounted for.

Among his chosen top TV shows: The Queen’s Gambit, Mrs. America, Better Call Saul, The Good Lord Bird, Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance, and  Michaela Coel’s drama I May Destroy You. (See Obama’s complete lists below.)

Last year, Obama chose only three favorite TV shows, but bumped the number to 10 this year in recognition of the “blurring” of lines between film and TV.

“Like everyone else, we were stuck inside a lot this year,” Obama wrote in his tweet, “and with streaming further blurring the lines between theatrical movies and television features, I’ve expanded the list to include visual storytelling that I’ve enjoyed this year, regardless of format.”

On the film side, Obama’s choices include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank, Boys State, Lovers Rock and, in the spirit of no false modesty, Crip Camp, the documentary produced by the Obamas’ company Higher Ground.

Here are the complete lists:


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Lovers Rock
Martin Eden
Let Him Go
Boys State
Selah And The Spades
Crip Camp


Better Call Saul
The Queen’s Gambit
I May Destroy You
The Boys
The Good Lord Bird
The Last Dance
Mrs. America
The Good Place
City So Real