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Year in Review

Performer of the Year: The 20 Finalists

Best TV Performances 2020

In a year when we wanted to spend as little time in the real world as possible, there was certainly no shortage of stellar TV performances that helped us escape.

For the past 12 months, our Performer of the Week column has honored the small screen’s most breathtaking work, recognizing actors from broadcast, cable and streaming series as they moved us to tears or brought on belly laughs. But now, we face a big question: Who’s the Performer of the Year?

In the list below, we’ve narrowed down this excellent year of acting to 20 finalists, which will double as a “ballot” of sorts. (Note: The contenders comprised of multiple co-stars, such as Lovecraft Country‘s Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett, compete as and will be considered one finalist.)

On Friday, Dec. 18, we will crown one of the nominees (and only one!) our 2020 Performer of the Year, succeeding the 2019 victors, Unbelievable‘s Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever and Toni Collette. And while our esteemed panel of judges won’t necessarily be swayed by the Comments section, we’re itching to see if our 20 finalists line up with your favorite performances of the year.

Scroll through the list below to see who’s in the running, then drop a comment with your thoughts on who might be named Performer of the Year 2020.

Still ahead in TVLine’s Year in Review: Quotes of the Year, Most Heartbreaking Character Deaths, TV’s Biggest Scene Stealers and much more!