We spent a year documenting our design process. Looking back, we realized we were telling a bigger story, too.
Class of 2025: It’s been a year like never before. How did you write about it?
A 1976 TV movie that imagined years as people is a helpful reminder that a new page on the calendar is an arbitrary creation.
A photo retrospective of how the pandemic changed the business world and ruptured the economy in 2020 — creating some winners and, tragically, too many losers.
Sports were not a simple salve for the events of 2020, but they still provided some moments of joy, levity and shared humanity.
In 2020, pop learned how much simple physical proximity affects music, and how to cope with isolation.
On social media this year, the stan was ascendant, fueling commercial competition, trolling and other arcane battles. How did we get here?
Celebrities, artists, musicians and actors at home, outdoors and in lockdown: The stories behind the pictures that defined our year.
The year home became not just an office, but a salon and spa.
A hard year produces great writing.
What we watched, read, listened to and cooked this year.
Reissues and deluxe editions of albums by PJ Harvey, Lil Peep, Charles Mingus and others provide fresh looks at familiar works, and the creative processes that birthed them.
Here are the 12 stars and trends that managed to thrive and shine in an impossible year.
What happened in 2020, when everyone’s life (and wardrobe) was turned upside down.
Major artists looking to top the Hot 100 this year turned to a familiar formula made all the more powerful by the proliferation of fandoms online.
This year late-night hosts took their shows remote during the pandemic, got serious about America’s biggest problems and prepared to say goodbye to President Trump (eventually).
Some of this tumultuous year’s most absorbing programming — whether escapist or heartbreaking — could be found in these shows.
More responses to our request for readers to find silver linings amid an awful year.
The pandemic compressed live music onto screens, and Black Lives Matter protests brought it back to the streets. What will it all look like, and sound like, in 2021?
A tough year turned out to be good for rescue animals, rotten bananas and more.
Listen to our critics’ favorites from a year in which much of the energy in music came from recordings.
We asked readers to name one good thing that happened in an otherwise dismal year. Here is a selection from the more than 1,500 responses.
These are not necessarily the best games or the newest games. But these are the games that people across The New York Times played for hundreds of hours this year.
Jackie Daytona. Dave Chappelle’s monologue. John Wilson’s risotto lesson. These are the episodes that cut through the clutter this year.
In 1918, as soldiers returned from war and New York navigated a pandemic, readers opened their wallets. In 2020, the generosity continues.
Comedians like Leslie Jones, Chelsea Handler and Hannibal Buress adjusted to the new abnormal, turning to Zoom, YouTube, rooftops and parks.
Cook the recipes readers obsessed over.
Our poetry columnist picks some of her favorite collections of the year.
An absence of live music refocused attention on records, and work by Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift and Run the Jewels spoke loudly.
We invite readers to think of something positive about a dismal year.
The pandemic urged a classical music critic to pull out his phone — and find unexpected community.
As a global pandemic left us homebound, cousin Emily in Pittsburgh existed on the same plane as “Emily in Paris.”
The voices that piped into our ears carried more than stories — they brought in the outside world.
Books were a refuge in 2020, although some stories were more of a consolation than others.
Black artists didn’t wait around for institutional change. They are making it happen.
Nine months covering a devastated art form have changed one critic’s habits, and tastes.
Tracks responding to real-time events and a spectrum of moods captured the hodgepodge feelings of life in lockdown.
The Covid-19 pandemic halted live performance, the lifeblood of the genre, but a run of powerful albums — and standout debuts — provided respite, and hope.
This was a year of protests and pivots. Monuments fell, museums looked inward. On the bright side, galleries persisted despite the pandemic’s grip and curators rolled out magisterial retrospectives.
One day, we’ll look back on this year and bawl. But we should also remember that there were professionals out there who dared to bring joy to our screens.
The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.
A host of livestreamed concerts, the sounds of silence, time-hopping quartets and at-home divas were among the highlights.
The screening rooms were closed. The festivals were virtual. The blockbusters were in storage. Even so, our critics found abundant and inspiring signs of cinematic life in the pandemic.
Isolation was unavoidable this year: Some albums embraced it, some raged against it, some tried to imagine a world without it.
The most notable picture, middle grade and young adult books of the year, selected by The Times’s children’s books editor.
The Times’s staff critics talk with one another about the reading they did in 2020, on and off the job.
Television wasn’t spared by the pandemic, but there were still more great shows than any one person could watch. Here’s a look at the top series of the year, as well as some that signed off for good.
Theaters shut down, but dance didn’t. There was dancing in the streets and dancing on screens. Old treasures spilled out of the vaults.
It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.