The 10 Best International Web Series Of 2020

The 10 Best International Web Series Of 2020

By Manasi Rawalgaonkar10 December, 2020 5 min read
The 10 Best International Web Series Of 2020

This year has undoubtedly belonged to OTT platforms. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the entire populace of the world indoors, everyone turned to streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ Hotstar and others for their entertainment needs. And boy did they deliver! The shows we particularly loved watching and reviewing in 2020 included the most intense season of Netflix’s Regency-era drama, The Crown, the Cate Blanchett starrer drama Mrs America, Disney’s The Mandalorian set in the Star Wars universe and featuring baby Yoda, Mindy Kaling’s crackling teen comedy Never Have I Ever, the brilliant chess-based drama The Queen’s Gambit among others. This year also saw other fantastic and acclaimed shows such as Little Fires Everywhere, season two of the dark comedy Dead to Me, season six of the hilarious Schitt’s Creek which set a new record at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, Irish drama Normal People and more.

As the year draws to an end, here’s a look at the top-rated international web series of 2020 on Buzz. These are shows that we’ve reviewed. We know we’ve missed out on a few great shows; our apologies.

‘Money Heist’ Season 4

The Spanish Netflix original series also known as La Casa De Papel is about eight thieves, led by the mastermind known as El Professor (Alvaro Morte), on their quest to rob the Bank of Spain. Season four of the series provided the best kind of drama in the form of tension between the dream team that threatened to unravel them. Add to that unexpected twists, the Professor besieged by self-doubt and a glorious cliff-hanger and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. Read our review here.
Directors: Jesús Colmenar, Alex Rodrigo, Alejandro Bazzano, Javier Quintas, Miguel Ángel Vivas, Koldo Serra
Cast: Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte, Itziar Ituño, Pedro Alonso, Alba Flores, Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente, Esther Acebo, Enrique Arce, Darko Peric, Fernando Soto, Mario de la Rosa, Rodrigo De la Serna, Hovik Keuchkerian, Najwa Nimri, Luka Peros, María Pedraza, Antonio Romero, José Manuel Poga
Streaming on: Netflix   

‘The Mandalorian’

Pedro Pascal does a brilliant turn as the titular bounty hunter ferrying baby Yoda. These ingredients are reason enough to watch Disney+’s flagship series. The storytelling, background score, supporting cast comprising Gina Carano and Carl Weathers only elevate this show to another level. Read our review here.
Creator: Jon Favreau
Cast: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Rio Hackford, Gina Carano
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘Dark’ Season 3

The German time-travel show aired its final and highly awaited season this year. Not only did it satisfyingly solve many puzzles from the past seasons that confounded viewers but also introduced new concepts such as parallel universes. The multiple narratives across different time zones could’ve been complex and hard to follow but in director Baran bo Odar’s adept hands they all resulted in a fabulous final season. Read our review here.
Director: Baran bo Odar
Cast: Karoline Eichhorn, Louis Hofmann, Jördis Triebel, Maja Schöne, Stephan Kampwirth, Tamar Pelzig, Oliver Masucci
Streaming on: Netflix

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2

The Umbrella Academy is the story of seven special children born on the same day in 1989 to different mothers. They were then adopted by the quirky monocled billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), who forged them into a sibling superhero team known as ‘The Umbrella Academy’. The second season recaptures the charm of the first and adds in dollops of confident storytelling, witty repartees, thrilling action sequences and also ably adds storylines highlighting LGBT and black issue representation. Read our review here.
Creators: Steve Blackman, Jeremy Slater
Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Colm Feore, Kate Walsh
Streaming on: Netflix

‘The Crown’ Season 4

Season four of The Crown (pictured above) deals with one of the most documented periods of British royal history. In the process it brings to the fore two of the most popular female figures, besides the Queen (Olivia Colman), the country has seen – Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin). Pitch perfect performances coupled with intense storylines made this season of the show one of its very best yet. Read our review here.
Directors: Benjamin Carron, Jessica Hobbs, Julian Jarrold, Paul Whittington
Writers: Peter Morgan, Jonathan Wilson
Cast: Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Emma Corrin, Josh O’Connor, Helena Bonham Carter
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Mrs America’

Cate Blanchett portrayed counter-revolutionary Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who took on Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan and co in the fight for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment in the United States of America. If Cate Blanchett isn’t reason enough, there’s also Rose Byrne, Tracey Ullman and Uzo Aduba in sublime performances, sharp writing and a groovy soundtrack that make Mrs America a must-watch. Read our review here.
Creator: Dahvi Waller
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Sarah Paulson, Tracey Ullman, Margo Martindale, Elizabeth Banks
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘The Queen’s Gambit’

The Queen’s Gambit achieved the almost impossible task of making chess look compelling, and that alone warrants its presence on this list. Based on the eponymous novel by Walter Tevis, the seven-part drama follows the rise and rise of chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy). Superbly written, beautifully acted and wonderfully shot, this was a show we couldn’t get enough of. Read our review here.
Creators: Scott Frank, Scott Allan, Allan Scott
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Bill Camp
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Never Have I Ever’

Not only was this a teen comedy, but a teen comedy focusing on an Indian American written by Mindy Kaling. The pressure was on Never Have I Ever to deliver, and it did. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan’s Devi Vishwakarma was everything we wanted a teen heroine to be – sassy, awkward, smart and utterly hilarious. The show’s crackling writing was taken several notches high by the cast, especially Poorna Jagannathan as Devi’s mother. Read our review here.
Creators: Mindy Kaling, Lang Fisher
Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Darren Barnet, Lee Rodriguez, Ramona Young, John McEnroe
Streaming on: Netflix


An adaptation of the 1986 DC Comics series of the same name, Watchmen truly impressed when it came to the writing, visual effects, action sequences and performances. So much so that it won 11 Emmys at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Best Limited Series. Apart from that, we have two words – Regina. King. The actor is in top form as police detective Angela Abar. Read our review here.
Creators: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (graphic novel), Damon Lindelof (TV series)
Cast: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

‘Sex Education’ Season 2

The first season of Sex Education set the bar pretty high. And the second one vaulted right over it. The show, which follows high school teenagers exploring their sexuality at the fictional Moordale Secondary School managed to inject twice the drama and awkwardness than season one while also addressing contemporary issues like sexual violence, parenting styles and teen relationships. What sealed the deal for us however is the iconic school bus scene. Read our review here.
Directors: Sophie Goodhart, Alice Seabright
Writers: Laurie Nunn, Sophie Goodhart, Mawaan Rizwan
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa
Streaming on: Netflix


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Tags: #Dark #Disney+ Hotstar #Money Heist #Mrs America #Netflix #Never Have I Ever #Sex Education #The Crown Season 4 #The Mandalorian #The Queen's Gambit #The Umbrella Academy #Watchmen
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