Ranking your Favorite Female Performances on Television for 2020

We had so many incredible female performances on television in 2020, as these strong, courageous, and slightly quirky women lit up the screen. Whether it was a moment of empowerment, the unexpected transformation of a character, or a breakout role, these women captured our undivided attention throughout the year.

Again, it was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite female performances for 2020 because there were honestly so many and I didn’t think it was possible for me to choose my absolute favorite one, which is where you came in!    

I ran a three round poll (randomized tournament style) on Twitter and asked for fans to cast their votes so that we can all decide who our favorite female performances are for the year.  Thank you so much for your participation and support, as the tournament was so much fun and actually really competitive!

Round One featured the following Female Performances on TV from 2020:

  • Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper from Riverdale
  • Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden from The Flight Attendant
  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon from The Queen’s Gambit 
  • Cynthia Erivo as Holly Gibney from The Outsider
  • Nicole Kidman as Grace Fraser from The Undoing
  • Kerry Washington as Mia Warren from Little Fires Everywhere
  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison from Homeland
  • Jodie Comer as Villanelle from Killing Eve
  • Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake from The 100
  • Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler from Better Call Saul
  • Danai Gurira as Michonne from The Walking Dead

After your votes, the following female actresses moved on to Round Two:

  • Danai Gurira
  • Jodie Comer
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Claire Danes
  • Anya Taylor-Joy
  • Kaley Cuoco

After your votes in Round Two, the following female actresses moved on to the FINALS:

  • Jodie Comer
  • Danai Gurira
  • Claire Danes
  • Kaley Cuoco

Honorable Mention: Anya Taylor-Joy came up short, but I think she should honestly get an Emmy for her performance!!!!! Perfection!

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After your votes in Round Three, the FINAL results are:

4th place: Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison from Homeland

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Claire has always been so intense and emotional in her portrayal of Carrie, but I thought that she also channeled a lot of maturity and strength in the final season. Well deserved!

3rd place: Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden from The Flight Attendant

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Kaley Cuoco really showed off a completely different side of her by delighting us in one of my favorite shows of the year. Her quirky portrayal of Cassie was spot on and it really made the show that much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

2nd place: Danai Gurira as Michonne from The Walking Dead

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It wasn’t easy knowing it would be Michonne’s final season, but wow did Danai deliver some incredible performances along the way. She brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion and really reminded us that she has been the heart and soul of this show for so long! Thank you Danai!

Drum roll please…

I am so beyond excited to announce your WINNER for Favorite Female Performance of 2020: Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve!

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Jodie has been such a joy to watch. Villanelle is a complex character and Jodie has really brought her to life. In the third season, we finally got to peel back some layers and witness what truly makes Villanelle tick. Her humanity has really been showing more and more, which makes her an even more remarkable character in my mind. Jodie will always be one of my favorite actresses and I am so pleased with the results! Congrats Jodie!

Thanks to all the fans who voted!  I wish you all the best for the New Year!

View Final Poll Results Here!

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite female performances on TV from 2020. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing for 2021!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

Ranking my Top 10 Television Shows of 2020: Which Shows Made The Cut?

Greetings TV Fans! As we get closer and closer to approaching 2021, I thought it would be the perfect time to count down my Top 10 TV Shows of 2020. 

While some returning shows continued strong, others fell off slightly. Meanwhile, some other new shows completely captivated my attention, paving their way into my top 10.

**Please note some spoilers are ahead.**

Without any further delay, let’s get to my list!

My Top 10 Television Shows of 2020 are:

10

The Undoing

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Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant brought some mesmerizing thrills and intensity to the small screen. This mystery hooked me from the very first episode and I couldn’t wait to find out how it all ended.

Edge of your seat moments and then some!

9

Homeland (Season 8, Final Season)

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It’s been a long journey for Carrie and Saul, but I thought that the final season did a fantastic job of wrapping things up. For me, the ending was satisfying and it’s not always easy to pull this off for a long-running show.

8

Killing Eve (Season 3)

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While season 1 still remains my favorite so far, I thought that season 3 did a good job of filling in a lot of blanks I had about Villanelle’s character and backstory. Plus, we got some Villaneve moments that were simply to die for…pun intended!

7

Lucifer (Season 5, Part 1)

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The will-they-won’t-they tension is finally resolved and we got some pretty epic showdowns that may have made this season one of my absolute favorites so far. I’m still sitting here anxiously waiting for a release date for part 2, but this season exceeded my expectations so far.

6

Cursed

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This re-imagining of King Arthur was full of beautiful cinematography, but I was obsessed with Katherine Langford’s portrayal of Nimue (The Lady of the Lake). She was the bad-ass female character I was looking for and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

5

The Stranger

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Harlan Coben is the master of creating mysteries that will keep you guessing, but this show was the definition of the perfect binge-watch for me. It hooked me right from the opening scene and I had to know more as each piece of the puzzle was introduced.

4

Dispatches From Elsewhere

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This show came out of nowhere for me. But I can say that it was like nothing I have ever watched before. There was something transcendent and magical within this show and while the mystery was compelling enough, the development and connection between characters was truly meaningful. Jason Segel is a genius!

3

The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

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A unique and addicting thriller with a brilliant performance by Kaley Cuoco. This show was fun, intense, and really out there and I am completely obsessed with it!

2

The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

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Honestly, it’s really a toss up between my number one and two picks this year. I loved both shows so much, but I guess it comes down to preference for me. However, I can’t say enough good things about The Queen’s Gambit. This show was like nothing I have ever seen before and Anya Taylor-Joy deserves an Emmy for her performance.

Who would have thought that a story about a chess player would be so incredibly moving and entertaining? If you haven’t seen this yet, please move it to the top of your watch-list. It’s that good.

Drum roll please…

1

The Haunting of Bly Manor

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A beautifully chilling ghost story that channeled its Gothic roots while bringing us a fresh take on a classic story. As soon as I started watching this, I was completely drawn in by the narration and I thought that each reveal was brilliantly done.

There was something beyond haunting about this show. It truly pierced my heart and soul and forever changed me in a lot of ways. “Perfectly splendid.”

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments about your favorite television shows of 2020. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

Spoiler-Free Review of “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix: Your Move

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“Chess isn’t the only thing in life…”

The Queen’s Gambit is a limited series that premiered on Netflix on October 23rd 2020 with seven episodes. The series stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling, Moses Ingram, and Marielle Heller. Each episode is approximately 50-60 minutes in length.

Based on the 1983 novel of the same name, The Queen’s Gambit follows the journey of chess prodigy orphan, Beth Harmon, who embarks on a quest to be the world’s greatest chess player. Over the years, Beth deals with addiction and grief while struggling to prove her worth in the male dominated game to earn her rightful place. The series takes place during the 1960’s.

Here is the trailer:

The Queen’s Gambit has so many defining layers that draw you into this world immediately. While female empowerment automatically comes to mind, the story that is told extends well beyond that, reminding us that even those of us with extraordinary talents can damage everything with the choices we make.

The Queen’s Gambit is filled with aesthetic appeal, a talented cast, and an inspiring story, but is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Anya Taylor-Joy is perfection.

I was already a fan of hers, but she blew me away in her portrayal of Beth Harmon. She was magnetic on screen and so convincing down to the tiniest detail. Her wardrobe was fantastic and her emotions were so raw and convincing. I think she absolutely deserves some awards in the future for this role.

A story that pulls you in from the very start.

I didn’t immediately add this show to my watch-list and it’s not normally something that I would select on my own. However, I am beyond thrilled that I took this recommendation and I quickly found myself lost in the story.

There’s something about this story that transcends its premise. It has a lot of heart and inspiration embedded in its core, but it also doesn’t hold back when it comes to the mistakes and hardships either, which made me connect to it even more.

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Important lessons that really strike a chord.

While I loved the female empowerment elements in this series, I thought that the struggle with addiction was even more vital. Spiraling out of control into addiction isn’t usually defined in one moment. It’s slow and develops over time. Perhaps it stems from a past event or something beyond our control, but when it starts to cripple and destroy the extraordinary talent that so many of us would love to covet, it’s absolutely heartbreaking to witness.

The series could have really hit us over the head with a lot of this and I thought that its approach was simple, but effective. I think that there were a lot of really important messages throughout this series that should not be ignored and when we talk about overcoming something in life, we are the only ones with the power to change it.

The Cons:

The Queen's Gambit Cons

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I don’t have a single con to mention…check.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 1000 percent! Checkmate!

I honestly went into this show without knowing what to expect. I thought that it might be somewhat interesting, but I was worried that I would lose interest quickly. Well, I was completely wrong and I am so glad that I started watching this show.

It was one of the best shows I have watched all year and it truly resonated with me. I recommend that you move this to the top of your watch-list even if it doesn’t seem like your cup of tea…trust me, you’ll love it!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Queen’s Gambit in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My new supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen releases on November 12th 2020! Available for pre-order! I hope you enjoy!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 7: “The Queen’s Gambit”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 7, I realized that “everybody has their weaknesses,” but sometimes we can turn our weakness into our strength.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “The Queen’s Gambit,” Murphy agrees to a dangerous chess game with Sheidheda. Meanwhile, Emori attempts to maintain order in Sanctum, Echo has trouble dealing with her grief, and Madi just wants to play soccer.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 7 are:

5

“She’s the key to everything…”

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OK, we get it. Clarke is the key. But why is she the key? After Gabriel is captured and brought to Anders, he learns that they need his help. In order for the true power of the stones to be unlocked, we need the key, but we still don’t know why Clarke is that key.

Gabriel agrees to help, but I’m curious to know more. We get this big talk about transcendence, which makes me wonder if Clarke is basically the key to the entire universe?

4

“How much do you want to know?”

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Diyoza is more than thrilled to be reunited with her daughter, Hope, but she also doesn’t want her to follow in her footsteps. I think it’s safe to say that Hope did the right thing by training to fight, but I’m not sure she’s ready to truly face off against her bad-ass mother.

Hope learns a little bit more about her mother’s past and her father, but it’s clear that she is still trying to form some kind of identity. Let’s just hope this reunion isn’t short lived…

3

“It’s not your fault.”

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I’ll take a Bellamy flashback until we get some real confirmation on his actual fate. I still don’t want to believe that our beloved character is dead, but it’s safe to say that Echo is not handling this well and I can’t say that I really blame her.

During the flashback, Bellamy reminds Echo that they are a team and talks to her about loyalty. Echo says that loyalty can’t be a weakness, but perhaps there is a lesson in here somewhere for her. Oh and we get a steamy Becho kiss in there…

In present day, Octavia tries to get through to Echo, understanding what she is going through, but Echo uses pain and anger to fight through. She slices her own face and is ready to fight, but is she going down a dangerous path?

2

“I know what it’s like to be thrown out like garbage.”

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Meanwhile, Emori finally gets her moment in the spotlight. She has the chance to host a gathering that will bring the people of Sanctum together, but this is easier said than done. Emori is getting used to her new life, but she also remembers where she came from.

However, Emori’s plan goes south when Nikki crashes the party. There’s a new group taking over Sanctum and it looks like Emori is in some serious trouble now.

1

“Your move…”

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The most interesting part of the episode was the chess showdown between Sheidheda (Russell Prime) and our very own cockroach, John Murphy. Murphy is up for the challenge, but the stakes are high and he knows that people will die if he loses.

There is this manipulative long con going on between the two of these characters and we finally see just what Sheidheda is capable of. We get a shout-out to Lexa, as Murphy brings her up to get under Sheidheda’s skin and we know that she is the one and true Commander!

Sheidheda talks a lot about survival, but he also brings up Murphy’s feelings for Emori. Murphy has always been one of my favorite characters on the show and part of that is because he really plays the jaded anti-hero so well. He makes the wrong decisions sometimes, but his love for Emori has really helped him became a hero.

We soon discover that Sheidheda was merely using Murphy to stall so that violence could erupt during Emori’s gathering. Murphy may have lost the match, but Sheidheda shouldn’t underestimate him.

Once again, this was another fantastic episode. At the very end, Clarke and the others arrive and meet up with Octavia and the characters being held captive. Clarke is exactly where Anders wants her to be and he wakes up…Bill. Remember him? He was the leader of the Second Dawn cult and knew Becca.

It looks like we’ll catch up with all of that in next week’s flashback episode.

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

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A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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