Barack Obama's favourite movies and TV shows of 2020


Among the titles Barack Obama listed are 'The Queen's Gambit', 'Mrs. America' and 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'. Photos: AFP and Handout

Former President Barack Obama, like the rest of us, appears to have spent a good portion of his year bingeing TV shows and watching movies to pass time during the coronavirus pandemic.

In keeping with his annual tradition, on Friday (Dec 18) he shared his favourite films and television series of 2020.

Obama's movie list includes Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, David Fincher's Mank, Pixar's animated adventure Soul and the acclaimed documentary Time. He also settled the argument that, yes, Steve McQueen's five-part anthology series Small Axe are indeed films – Obama's No.1 being Lovers Rock.

While in 2019, the former commander-in-chief only named three television shows (Fleabag Season 2, Watchmen and Unbelievable), this year he expanded his top picks of the small screen.

"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," he wrote on Twitter.

Among the TV series that captivated Obama include the Michael Jordan docu-series The Last Dance, Netflix's water-cooler hit The Queen's Gambit and Michaela Coel's transcendent drama I May Destroy You.

Other picks were Amazon's superhero adaptation The Boys, the historical miniseries Mrs. America, Frances McDormand's sweeping drama Nomadland and Crip Camp, a Netflix doc produced by the Obamas.

Earlier in the week, Obama unveiled his favourite books of the year – The Vanishing Half, Caste and Twilight Of Democracy, among others. Admirably, he omitted his own, A Promised Land, though he joked his memoir is still "a pretty good book". – Reuters

Here's a full list of Obama's favourite movies:

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom





Lovers Rock



Martin Eden

Let Him Go


Boys State

Selah And The Spades

Crip Camp
(produced by the Obama's company Higher Ground)

Here's a full list of Obama's favourite TV series:

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

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