Russian Critics Name Best TV series of 2020

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Traditionally, at the end of the year, the Kino-Teatr.Ru website sends out surveys to the leading Russian film and television critics from the top twenty Russian entertainment outlets to choose the best series for the previous year.

The survey involved 20 experts (10 women and 10 men) who collaborate with Time out, KinoPoisk, KinoReporter, Kino-Teatr.Ru, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Gazeta.Ru, Around TV, Snob, Meduza, Teleskop, Vedomosti, Argumenty i fakty, Komsomolskaya Pravda, ProfiCinema, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Bulletin of the Kinoprokatchika and other media.


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Each of them named their top three favorites, selected from 152 TV series that were released on TV and streaming services in 2020. The general list included 22 projects, which is 14.5% of all shown for the year (last year it was only 1% more), and only 12 TV series were mentioned more than once, and only 4 works were named more than three times.

According to the voting results, two 8-series projects - "Chiki" and "Dyatlov Pass" - scored the same number of points - 24 each. In case of an equal weighted average score according to the competition regulations, the victory is awarded according to the Olympic system.

Although "Chick" has two more mentions (11 out of 20 critics mentioned this series in the top three, and "Pass" was noted by 9 people), "Pass" has a two-fold superiority of the first places (it has 6 "gold medals" and 3 silver , "Chick" has 3 first places, 7 second, 1 third).


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Kino-Teatr.Ru announces that the best TV series of 2020, according to critics, was the project TNT and Premier "Dyatlov Pass", directed by Valery Fedorovich, Evgeny Nikishov, Pavel Kostomarov, Stepan Gordeev. Second place - "Chiki" by Eduard Hovhannisyan ( more.tv ).

On the third line - the television series by Fyodor Bondarchuk and the Internet service more.tv "Psych". He has 6 mentions and 15 points (3 first and 3 second places). Ilya Aksenov's television series "Peace! Friendship! Chewing gum! ", Released on the Premier platform, it has 4 mentions and 7 weighted points (1 first, 1 second and 2 third places). Closes the five best project "257 reasons to live" video service START.

Full rating of projects based on the vote of critics:

1 "Dyatlov Pass" (TNT, Premier),

2 Chiki ( more.tv )

3 " more.tv " ( more.tv )

4 "Peace! Friendship! Gum!" (Premier)

5 "257 Reasons to Live" (START)

6-8 "Survival Game" (TNT), "Dead Souls" (ivi), "Call Center" (TNT, Premier)

9-11 # SidYadoma (Premier), "Plague!" (ivi), "Project" Anna Nikolaevna "(Kinopoisk HD)

12 "Olga", 4th season (TNT)

13-16 "Rodkom" (STS), "The Last Minister" (Kinopoisk HD), "Unprincipled" (Kinopoisk HD), "Closed Season" ( more.tv , Wink)

17-22 "Trigger" (Channel One), "Casanova" (Channel One), "Zuleikha opens her eyes" (Russia-1), "Ivanko" (TNT), "Cursed Days" (Premier), "Tenderness" (ivi )


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The leader of broadcasting in 2020 was the tandem TNT + Premier, which took 40% of the prizes - 8 of their series received a total of 24 references from critics, in second place were 3 projects shown on more.tv - 30% of all prizes and 18 references, 10% of the prizes places for three ivi projects. Kinopoisk HD accounts for 8.3%, as many as three of their projects reached the top.

The START video service has one project included in the top by three film critics (5%). The remaining 6.7% of seats are shared by 4 projects of TV channels First, Russia-1 and STS.


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"This year it was difficult for many critics to select only the top three series, as the number of high-quality projects deserving praise was great, despite the fact that the year was difficult. We also see that projects for streaming not only fully entered our rating but took a dominant position in it.

We will be watching this process with interest next year, including in the international arena, and we hope that over time, online cinemas and television channels will stop considering each other as rivals and will find a mutually beneficial format of cooperation that will only benefit the viewer, " - summed up the chief editor of Kino-Teatr.Ru Zhan Prosyanov .

More information about the rating and opinions of critics can be found in the "Series" section - https://www.kino-teatr.ru/art/serial/5829/

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