The Story of 2020 in 52 Magazine Covers

We spent a year documenting our design process. Looking back, we realized we were telling a bigger story, too.

#design, #magazines, #new-york-times, #two-thousand-twenty

Share Your College Essays

Class of 2025: It’s been a year like never before. How did you write about it?

#colleges-and-universities, #education, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty, #youth

Listen to Rudolph: A New Year Is Both a Comfort and a Fiction

A 1976 TV movie that imagined years as people is a helpful reminder that a new page on the calendar is an arbitrary creation.

#movies, #new-year, #rankin-bass-productions, #rudolphs-shiny-new-year-movie, #television, #two-thousand-twenty

When Business as Usual Was Turned Upside Down

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #photography, #shopping-and-retail, #two-thousand-twenty, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

2020’s Memorable Moments in Sports

Sports were not a simple salve for the events of 2020, but they still provided some moments of joy, levity and shared humanity.

#baseball, #basketball, #canadian-olympic-committee, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #djokovic-novak, #dog-sledding, #hockey-ice, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael, #kenin-sofia-1998, #kershaw-clayton, #los-angeles-dodgers, #los-angeles-lakers, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #nba-championship, #olympic-games-2020, #osaka-naomi-1997, #philadelphia-flyers, #rodman-dennis, #smith-tommie, #soccer, #swimming, #tennis, #thiem-dominic, #triathlon, #two-thousand-twenty, #united-states-open-tennis, #waerner-thomas-1973, #wickenheiser-hayley, #world-series

All Alone With a Microphone

In 2020, pop learned how much simple physical proximity affects music, and how to cope with isolation.

#apple-fiona, #badu-erykah, #bilal-singer, #bridgers-phoebe-1994, #evermore-album, #folklore-album, #folklore-the-long-pond-studio-sessions-movie, #jones-norah, #kaukonen-jorma, #lipa-dua, #muldrow-georgia-anne, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #stevens-sufjan, #sumney-moses, #swift-taylor, #two-thousand-twenty

How Pop Music Fandom Became Sports, Politics, Religion and All-Out War

On social media this year, the stan was ascendant, fueling commercial competition, trolling and other arcane battles. How did we get here?

#bts-music-group, #grande-ariana, #lady-gaga, #minaj-nicki, #nancy-baym, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #swift-taylor, #twitter, #two-thousand-twenty

Our Favorite Arts Pictures of 2020

Celebrities, artists, musicians and actors at home, outdoors and in lockdown: The stories behind the pictures that defined our year.

#culture-arts, #photography, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty

The Home Office That Turned Into a Salon and Spa: 2020’s Beauty Products

The year home became not just an office, but a salon and spa.

#cosmetics-and-toiletries, #hair, #nails-body-part, #perfumes-and-fragrances, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skin, #two-thousand-twenty

The Sidney Awards

A hard year produces great writing.

#eels, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #liberalism-us-politics, #race-and-ethnicity, #two-thousand-twenty, #writing-and-writers

At Home’s Best of 2020

What we watched, read, listened to and cooked this year.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty

How Pop and Jazz Wrapped Up the Past in 16 Boxed Sets

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.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #bartos-adrian-stretch-armstrong, #bowie-david, #cash-money-record-label, #cherry-neneh, #cream-music-group, #dust-to-digital, #fleck-bela, #folk-music, #garcia-bobbito, #harvey-p-j, #jazz, #john-elton, #lil-peep-rapper, #mingus-charles, #parker-charlie, #pop-and-rock-music, #pop-iggy, #pylon-music-group, #rap-and-hip-hop, #reed-lou-1942-2013, #replacements-the-music-group, #two-thousand-twenty, #ward-jonathan-record-collector, #welch-gillian

The Breakout Stars of 2020

Here are the 12 stars and trends that managed to thrive and shine in an impossible year.

#actors-and-actresses, #art, #bakalova-maria, #blank-radha, #coel-michaela, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #cooper-sarah-1984, #dancing, #kali-uchis-singer, #kim-christine-sun, #majors-jonathan-1989, #movies, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #stanley-elizabeth, #television, #toor-salman-1983, #two-thousand-twenty, #verzuz, #warren-adrienne-1987

The Ups and Downs of Fashion in 2020

What happened in 2020, when everyone’s life (and wardrobe) was turned upside down.

#converse-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crocs-inc, #dresses, #fashion-and-apparel, #models-professional, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #savile-row-london-england, #shopping-and-retail, #suits-apparel, #two-thousand-twenty

One Big Pop Star + One Big Pop Star = an Easier Path to No. 1

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.

#6ix9ine-rapper, #black-people, #cardi-b-1992, #dlamini-amala-zandile-doja-cat, #grande-ariana, #knowles-beyonce, #lady-gaga, #megan-thee-stallion-rapper, #minaj-nicki, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #two-thousand-twenty

The Artists We Lost in 2020, in Their Words

#beard-peter, #boseman-chadwick, #caldwell-zoe, #chisholm-anthony, #christo, #clark-mary-higgins, #connery-sean, #cordero-nick, #cristina-1956-2020, #culture-arts, #dallas-othella, #de-havilland-olivia, #douglas-kirk, #eda-pierre-christiane-1932-2020, #erdman-jean, #fleisher-leon, #freni-mirella, #glaser-milton, #hibbert-toots-1942-2020, #hurtado-luchita-1920-2020, #johnson-louis, #khan-irrfan, #kramer-larry-1935, #lafrance-helen-1919-2020, #le-carre-john, #lee-ming-cho, #little-richard, #mcnally-terrence, #morricone-ennio, #passloff-aileen, #penderecki-krzysztof, #philbin-regis, #pride-charley, #prine-john, #reddy-helen, #reinking-ann, #rigg-diana, #rogers-kenny-musician, #schlesinger-adam-1967, #shelton-lynn, #stiller-jerry, #trebek-alex, #two-thousand-twenty, #van-halen-eddie, #withers-bill-1938, #wright-betty-1953-2020, #wurtzel-elizabeth

Late Night in 2020: The Show Must Go Home

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).

#batiste-jon-1986, #colbert-stephen, #fallon-jimmy, #meyers-seth, #obrien-conan, #ruffin-amber, #singh-lilly, #television, #two-thousand-twenty

The Best New Podcasts of 2020

Some of this tumultuous year’s most absorbing programming — whether escapist or heartbreaking — could be found in these shows.

#appearances-radio-program, #brown-adrienne-maree, #butler-octavia-e, #dryden-john-scott, #floodlines-radio-program, #goodbye-to-all-this-radio-program, #ii-newkirk-vann-r, #into-the-zone-radio-program, #keefe-patrick-radden, #kunzru-hari, #mashihi-sharon, #mensa-society, #my-year-in-mensa-radio-program, #octavias-parables-radio-program, #passenger-list-radio-program, #podcasts, #reagon-toshi, #scorpions-music-group, #shippen-lauren, #townsend-sophie, #tran-kelly-marie, #two-thousand-twenty, #wind-of-change-radio-program

‘Dream Traveling’: Some Good Things About 2020

More responses to our request for readers to find silver linings amid an awful year.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty

The Year in Improvised Music: ‘Everything’s Changing. So the Music Should.’

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?

#bell-gelsey, #black-lives-matter-movement, #brooklyn-nyc, #cairns-play, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jazz, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty

In 2020, These Things Came Out on Top

A tough year turned out to be good for rescue animals, rotten bananas and more.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty

The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2020

Listen to our critics’ favorites from a year in which much of the energy in music came from recordings.

#ades-thomas, #bach-johann-sebastian, #bang-on-a-can-all-stars, #beethoven-ludwig-van, #boulanger-nadia-1887-1979, #chan-elim, #chopin-frederic, #classical-music, #crossing-the-music-group, #dhegrae-lucy, #didonato-joyce, #dunford-thomas-1988, #ellington-duke, #esenvalds-eriks, #experiential-orchestra, #forqueray-antoine, #fure-ashley-1982, #gergiev-valery, #gerstein-kirill, #greilsammer-david, #grosvenor-benjamin, #handel-george-frederick, #hertzberg-david, #il-pomo-doro-music-group, #international-contemporary-ensemble, #jazz-at-lincoln-center-orchestra, #joachim-nathalie, #lewis-george-e-1952, #marsalis-wynton, #monk-meredith, #numinous-music-group, #olafsson-vikingur, #perich-tristan, #phillips-joseph-c-jr, #prokofiev-sergei, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rameau-jean-philippe, #rebel-jean-fery, #rondeau-jean-1991, #saunders-rebecca-1967, #schubert-franz, #smyth-ethel-1858-1944, #thorvaldsdottir-anna, #trifonov-daniil, #two-thousand-twenty, #wolfl-joseph-1773-1812

A Few Silver Linings in 2020

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty

The Video Games That Got Us Through 2020

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.

#age-of-empires-video-game, #animal-crossing-new-horizons-video-game, #assassins-creed-valhalla-video-game, #celeste-video-game, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #fallout-4-video-game, #genshin-impact-video-game, #hades-video-game, #hollow-knight-video-game, #jump-rope-challenge-video-game, #persona-5-royal-video-game, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rocket-league-video-game, #rust-video-game, #stardew-valley-video-game, #the-elder-scrolls-blades-video-game, #the-last-of-us-part-ii-video-game, #the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-video-game, #the-sims-4-video-game, #the-walking-dead-the-telltale-definitive-series-video-game, #two-thousand-twenty, #warplanes-ww2-dogfight-video-game

The Best TV Episodes of 2020

Jackie Daytona. Dave Chappelle’s monologue. John Wilson’s risotto lesson. These are the episodes that cut through the clutter this year.

#bluey-tv-program, #bojack-horseman-tv-program, #how-to-with-john-wilson-tv-program, #never-have-i-ever-tv-program, #ramy-tv-program, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #shermans-showcase-tv-program, #television, #the-conners-tv-program, #the-history-of-the-seattle-mariners-a-dorktown-special-tv-program, #two-thousand-twenty

A Call to Help, Still Sounding a Century On

In 1918, as soldiers returned from war and New York navigated a pandemic, readers opened their wallets. In 2020, the generosity continues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #new-york-times, #new-york-times-neediest-cases-fund, #philanthropy, #two-thousand-twenty

Best Comedy of 2020

Comedians like Leslie Jones, Chelsea Handler and Hannibal Buress adjusted to the new abnormal, turning to Zoom, YouTube, rooftops and parks.

#amazon-prime-video, #buress-hannibal, #comedy-and-humor, #douglas-tv-program, #end-times-fun-tv-program, #escola-cole, #for-the-masses-tv-program, #gadsby-hannah, #girl-daddy-tv-program, #handler-chelsea, #hbo-max, #help-im-stuck-with-cole-escola-web-original-program, #how-to-with-john-wilson-tv-program, #instagram-inc, #jamie-demetriou, #jones-leslie-1967, #kristen-schaal, #kurt-braunohler, #lynn-shelton, #maron-marc, #miami-nights-tv-program, #natasia-demetriou, #netflix-inc, #quarter-life-crisis-tv-program, #sam-morril, #stath-lets-flats-tv-program, #stelling-beth, #time-machine-tv-program, #two-thousand-twenty, #up-on-the-roof-tv-program, #wilson-john-1986, #youtube-com, #ziwe-fumudoh

Our 50 Most Popular Recipes of 2020

Cook the recipes readers obsessed over.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #two-thousand-twenty

The Best Poetry of 2020

Our poetry columnist picks some of her favorite collections of the year.

#african-american-poetry-250-years-of-struggle-and-song-book, #arena-book, #books-and-literature, #cardinal-book, #coleman-wanda-1946-2013, #corfman-s-brook, #daye-tyree, #emporium-book, #inheritance-2020-book, #johnson-taylor-poet, #machado-aditi, #mort-valzhyna, #music-for-the-dead-and-resurrected-poems-book, #my-daily-actions-or-the-meteorites-book, #poetry-and-poets, #shapiro-lauren-poet, #two-thousand-twenty, #wicked-enchantment-selected-poems-book, #young-kevin-1970

The Best Albums of 2020? Let’s Discuss

An absence of live music refocused attention on records, and work by Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift and Run the Jewels spoke loudly.

#apple-fiona, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #run-the-jewels-music-group, #swift-taylor, #two-thousand-twenty

Name One Good Thing About 2020

We invite readers to think of something positive about a dismal year.

#two-thousand-twenty

When Opera Entered the Chat

The pandemic urged a classical music critic to pull out his phone — and find unexpected community.

#classical-music, #metropolitan-opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #text-messaging, #two-thousand-twenty

This Was the Year When Everything Became TV

As a global pandemic left us homebound, cousin Emily in Pittsburgh existed on the same plane as “Emily in Paris.”

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #two-thousand-twenty, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

When Podcasts Bridged the Social Distance

The voices that piped into our ears carried more than stories — they brought in the outside world.

#podcasts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty

When Reading Had No End

Books were a refuge in 2020, although some stories were more of a consolation than others.

#books-and-literature, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #two-thousand-twenty

When Culture Really Began to Reckon With White Privilege

Black artists didn’t wait around for institutional change. They are making it happen.

#big-mouth-tv-program, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #culture-arts, #letters, #slate-jenny, #the-40-year-old-version-movie, #two-thousand-twenty

When a Theater Critic Learned to Grade on a Curve

Nine months covering a devastated art form have changed one critic’s habits, and tastes.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater, #two-thousand-twenty

Best Songs of 2020

Tracks responding to real-time events and a spectrum of moods captured the hodgepodge feelings of life in lockdown.

#070-shake-1997, #1975-the-music-group, #allison-sophie-soccer-mommy, #avenue-beat-music-group, #bad-bunny-singer, #block-priscilla, #bonzie-1995, #breland-daniel, #bridgers-phoebe-1994, #bts-music-group, #busta-rhymes, #cardi-b-1992, #charli-xcx, #chicks-the-music-group, #childers-tyler-1991, #cj-rapper, #cook-a-g-1990, #derulo-jason, #dj-khaled, #drake-rapper, #dumpstaphunk-music-group, #elverum-phil, #frangipane-ashley-nicolette-halsey, #grande-ariana, #gunna-rapper, #harlow-jack-rapper, #humberstone-holly, #hunt-sam-1984, #ife-music-group, #internet-money-music-producer-collective, #jarosz-sarah, #jawsh-685-2003, #keiyaa-singer, #keys-alicia, #knowles-beyonce, #lady-gaga, #lamar-kendrick, #lil-baby-rapper, #lil-mosey-rapper, #lil-uzi-vert-rapper, #lipa-dua, #mcbryde-ashley, #partynextdoor-1993, #pimienta-lido, #pop-and-rock-music, #popcaan-singer, #ppcocaine-rapper, #rap-and-hip-hop, #remy-meg-us-girls, #reyez-jessie, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rmr-1996, #rosinkranz-claire, #savage-tiwa, #saweetie-1994, #stevens-sufjan, #strokes-the-music-group, #sullivan-jazmine, #swift-taylor, #tame-impala-music-group, #tesfaye-abel-weeknd, #two-thousand-twenty, #vedo-singer, #verdes-tai, #wallen-morgan, #wonder-stevie, #woods-jamila-1989

Best Jazz Albums of 2020

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.

#8-kindred-spirits-live-at-the-lobero-album, #alcorn-susan, #allen-marshall, #both-are-true-album, #budapest-concert-album, #dialectic-soul-album, #dimensional-stardust-album, #exploding-star-orchestra-music-group, #gamedze-asher, #jarrett-keith, #jazz, #lloyd-charles, #makhathini-nduduzo, #mama-you-can-bet-album, #mazurek-rob, #modes-of-communication-letters-from-the-underworlds-album, #morris-angela-saxophonist, #muldrow-georgia-anne, #omega-album, #pedernal-album, #sun-ra-arkestra, #swirling-album, #two-thousand-twenty, #webber-anna, #webber-morris-big-band-music-group, #wilkins-immanuel

Defining Art Moments in 2020

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.

#art, #berger-jonathan-artist, #berkeley-art-museum-and-pacific-film-archive, #clark-sterling-and-francine-art-institute, #craig-carl, #davis-noah-1983-2015, #hessel-museum-of-art, #judd-donald, #karma-gallery-manhattan-ny, #making-the-met-1870-2020-exhibit, #museum-of-modern-art, #richter-gerhard, #two-thousand-twenty

Best Performances of 2020

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.

#actors-and-actresses, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #coleman-zendaya, #heller-marielle, #jimmy-kimmel-live-tv-program, #loh-kelvin-moon, #lovecraft-country-tv-program, #mank-movie, #movies, #netflix-inc, #ozark-tv-program, #seyfried-amanda, #television, #the-queens-gambit-tv-program, #two-thousand-twenty

Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020

The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.

#a-promised-land-book, #a-woman-like-her-the-story-behind-the-honor-killing-of-a-social-media-star-book, #african-american-poetry-250-years-of-struggle-and-song-book, #akhtar-ayad, #belton-catherine-journalist, #books-and-literature, #buford-bill, #carter-zachary-d-journalist, #caste-the-origins-of-our-discontents-book, #chatelain-marcia, #cleanness-book, #death-in-mud-lick-a-true-story-of-corporate-pill-pushers-in-small-town-america-book, #demick-barbara, #dirt-adventures-in-lyon-as-a-chef-in-training-father-and-sleuth-looking-for-the-secret-of-french-cooking-book, #disturbance-surviving-charlie-hebdo-book, #eat-the-buddha-life-and-death-in-a-tibetan-town-book, #eilenberger-wolfram, #eyre-eric-w, #fiebre-tropical-book, #franchise-the-golden-arches-in-black-america-book, #greenwell-garth-1978, #guibert-herve, #halberstadt-alex, #holladay-hilary, #homeland-elegies-book, #hong-cathy-park, #irby-samantha, #lancon-philippe-1963, #lopera-juli-delgado, #machado-de-assis-joaquim-maria, #maher-sanam, #memorial-drive-a-daughters-memoir-book, #minor-feelings-an-asian-american-reckoning-book, #murugan-perumal-1966, #obama-barack, #paul-celia-1959, #putins-people-how-the-kgb-took-back-russia-and-then-took-on-the-west-book, #rijneveld-marieke-lucas, #saunt-claudio, #self-portrait-book, #serious-noticing-selected-essays-1999-2019-book, #the-discomfort-of-evening-book, #the-lying-life-of-adults-book, #the-posthumous-memoirs-of-bras-cubas-book, #the-power-of-adrienne-rich-a-biography-book, #the-price-of-peace-money-democracy-and-the-life-of-john-maynard-keynes-book, #the-story-of-a-goat-book, #time-of-the-magicians-wittgenstein-benjamin-cassirer-heidegger-and-the-decade-that-reinvented-philosophy-book, #to-the-friend-who-did-not-save-my-life-book, #trethewey-natasha, #two-thousand-twenty, #uncanny-valley-a-memoir-book, #unworthy-republic-the-dispossession-of-native-americans-and-the-road-to-indian-territory-book, #what-are-you-going-through-book, #wiener-anna, #wilkerson-isabel, #wood-james-1965, #wow-no-thank-you-essays-book, #young-heroes-of-the-soviet-union-a-memoir-and-a-reckoning-book

Best Classical Music of 2020

A host of livestreamed concerts, the sounds of silence, time-hopping quartets and at-home divas were among the highlights.

#berlin-philharmonic, #blythe-stephanie, #bond-justin-vivian, #bridges-jnai, #brooklyn-rider, #bullock-julia, #chamber-music-society-of-lincoln-center, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #danish-string-quartet, #fleming-renee, #kaufmann-jonas, #koh-jennifer, #levit-igor, #metropolitan-opera, #morley-erin, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sharon-yuval-1979, #trifonov-daniil, #two-thousand-twenty, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Best Movies of 2020

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.

#bacurau-movie, #beanpole-movie, #borat-subsequent-moviefilm-movie, #city-hall-movie, #collective-movie, #david-byrnes-american-utopia-movie, #dick-johnson-is-dead-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #first-cow-movie, #gunda-movie, #lovers-rock-movie, #martin-eden-movie, #movies, #never-rarely-sometimes-always-movie, #palm-springs-movie, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #soul-movie, #the-forty-year-old-version-movie, #two-thousand-twenty

Best Albums of 2020

Isolation was unavoidable this year: Some albums embraced it, some raged against it, some tried to imagine a world without it.

#apple-fiona, #autechre, #bad-bunny-singer, #beach-bunny-music-group, #bieber-justin, #bowie-sean-yves-tumor, #bridgers-phoebe-1994, #dylan-bob, #flo-milli-rapper, #georgia-anne-muldrow, #hadreas-mike, #haim-music-group, #hunt-sam-1984, #jay-electronica, #jazz, #la-havas-lianne, #lil-uzi-vert-rapper, #ogulu-damini-burna-boy, #pop-and-rock-music, #pop-smoke-rapper, #powfu-rapper, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rosenstock-jeff-1982, #run-the-jewels-music-group, #sawayama-rina, #stapleton-chris-1978, #stevens-sufjan, #sumney-moses, #swift-taylor, #two-thousand-twenty, #ware-jessie, #wave-rod-1999

The Best Children’s Books of 2020

The most notable picture, middle grade and young adult books of the year, selected by The Times’s children’s books editor.

#a-story-about-afiya-book, #becoming-muhammad-ali-book, #before-the-ever-after-book, #books-and-literature, #chance-escape-from-the-holocaust-book, #class-act-book, #dragon-hoops-book, #everything-sad-is-untrue-a-true-story-book, #i-talk-like-a-river-book, #if-you-come-to-earth-book, #loretta-little-looks-back-three-voices-go-tell-it-book, #mananaland-book, #our-little-kitchen-book, #outside-in-book, #the-little-mermaid-book, #the-magicians-tv-program, #the-silver-arrow-book, #the-strange-birds-of-flannery-oconnor-a-life-book, #the-talk-conversations-about-race-lovetruth-book, #the-wanderer-book, #they-went-left-book, #two-thousand-twenty, #ways-to-make-sunshine-book, #we-dream-of-space-book, #when-stars-are-scattered-book, #when-you-look-up-book, #you-matter-book

Times Critics Discuss 2020 in Books, From ‘Pandemic Blur’ to Favorite Discoveries

The Times’s staff critics talk with one another about the reading they did in 2020, on and off the job.

#books-and-literature, #new-york-times, #two-thousand-twenty

Best TV Shows of 2020

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.

#belgravia-book, #better-things-tv-program, #bojack-horseman-tv-program, #brockmire-tv-program, #i-may-destroy-you-tv-program, #kingdom-tv-program, #last-chance-u-tv-program, #my-brilliant-friend-tv-program, #mystery-road-tv-program, #p-valley-tv-program, #schitts-creek-tv-program, #teenage-bounty-hunters-tv-program, #television, #two-thousand-twenty, #vida-tv-program, #what-we-do-in-the-shadows-tv-program

Best Dance of 2020

Theaters shut down, but dance didn’t. There was dancing in the streets and dancing on screens. Old treasures spilled out of the vaults.

#and-still-you-must-swing-dance, #art, #ash-aesha, #brown-ronald-k, #creole-giselle-ballet, #dance-theater-of-harlem, #dancing, #deep-blue-sea-dance, #doherty-oona, #fenley-molissa, #gordon-david, #grace-dance, #graham-martha, #hope-hunt-and-the-ascension-into-lazarus-dance, #jones-bill-t, #joyce-theater, #king-alonzo, #mearns-sara, #morris-mark, #our-labyrinth-dance, #park-avenue-armory-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #roberts-annique, #school-of-american-ballet, #state-of-darkness-dance, #tanowitz-pam, #two-thousand-twenty

Best Theater of 2020

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.

#angels-in-america-play, #avery-sharpe, #bojack-horseman-tv-program, #cairns-play, #dana-h-play, #dylan-bob, #frohardt-robin, #girl-from-the-north-country-play, #hamlet-play, #hamnet-book, #hnath-lucas, #katy-keene-tv-program, #lessons-in-survival-web-original-program, #machine-dazzle-costume-designer, #mama-got-a-cough-play, #mary-neely, #matthew-warchus, #mcpherson-conor, #negga-ruth-1982, #oconnell-deirdre-actor, #odonnell-rosie, #out-of-hand-atlanta-ga-theater-co, #pen15-tv-program, #riverdale-tv-program, #russian-troll-farm-play, #scott-andrew-1976, #staged-tv-program, #take-me-to-the-world-a-sondheim-90th-birthday-celebration-web-original-program, #the-40-year-old-version-movie, #the-great-work-begins-play, #the-plastic-bag-store-play, #theater, #three-kings-play, #tiktok-bytedance, #two-thousand-twenty