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Death To 2020 On Netflix Casts Big Names For Big Laughs

Death to 2020 - A comedy TV special now streaming on Netflix

A comedy special dutifully dropped on the Netflix streaming platform to welcome 2021 with open arms. Death to 2020, a TV comedy show created by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. Both are well known for their parts in the Black Mirror TV series. The 70-minute mockumentary is basically a jab at everything over and under the radar of the year just gone. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, the film is collecting a wealth of scathing reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Reception is warming up from couch audiences. Certainly, it’s only early days for the fresh poke at all things 2020.


The cast of Death to 2020 pops with big names like Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, and Tracey Ullman to name but a few. Each familiar face assisting in reliving the highs and lows of everything you could possibly think of. In a combination of real-life footage and portrayals, people like The Queen, government spokespersons, scientists, YouTubers, and tech millionaires all get painted with a brush dipped in comedic sarcasm.

As a matter of fact, everything is told in a no-holds-barred revival of cynicism and I for one am here for it. With as much venom as Sacha Baron Cohen donning a Borat suit but without dead monkeys, Brooker, Jones, and the 17 other credited writers dish up salty banter about things we as humans are probably still salty about. In addition, Samuel L. Jackson delivers spot information with a deadpan accuracy that certainly lifts this litany of news items.

Samuel L. Jackson stars in Death To 2020
Samuel L. Jackson stars in Death To 2020

Karens, Youtubers & Flossing

The TV show starts in January to set the pace of what’s to come. It boasts impeachment trials, Australian wildfires, Greta Thornberg, and a string of everyday people commenting on things they know nothing about. A typecasted soccer mom, Kathy Flowers represents a string of racist ‘Karens.’ Situational gags are dropped in succession. She is shown making headlines for asking people of color for receipts for their own belongings and accusing others of ‘wielding’ everyday items as if ready to attack. Nothing is off-limits.

Particular noteworthy performances are to be found in Lisa Kudrow’s Jeanetta Grace Susan character. Hugh Grant is brilliant and shown throughout the whole mockumentary as historian Tennyson Foss. He suggests 2020 should be noted in crayon and written by a dog. It’s funny because it’s true. Bark Multiverse shows up to tell his story about supporting the pursuits of our young people by buying a mountain in New Zealand. And of course, there is so much Trump fodder to be found via various footage that just playing clips at the right time is enough to win the laughs.

Bark Multiverse: “As soon as she finished speaking, I hit the phone, got my people to buy a mountain in New Zealand, had it hollowed out, and here we are. In my survival bunker.”

Director: “Don’t people call you selfish?”

Bark Multiverse: I don’t know. It’s soundproof

How the richest helped to save the planet – quote from Death to 2020
Lisa Kudrow stars as Jeanetta Grace Susan in Netflix's Death to 2020
Lisa Kudrow stars as Jeanetta Grace Susan in Netflix’s Death to 2020

Death to 2020, A Comedy TV Special on Netflix

Death to 2020 is a mockumentary for those who love to laugh at serious content ridiculed by its very nature of absurdity. The comedy mockumentary dishes out the giggles towards things that should be made fun of while showing restraint towards more serious items like the Black Lives Matter movement. Instead, there are moments where the facts are simply laid out before crossing to Gemma, some random woman at home. As a clip of the slave trader statue is pulled down, Gemma muses about whether the statue might drown. When informed that statues can’t breathe, she retorts that it’s likely the statue is dead.

Forget the naysayers if you’ve caught some of them already. Watch it, if you’re a fan of laughing in the face of uncomfortable situations and putting the past 12 months behind us.

I give Death to 2020

4 Lab tests failed becuase the lab bat kept flying away out of 5

4 stars out of 5
4 stars out of 5

Hugh Grant stars in Death to 2020 on Netflix as a historian
Hugh Grant stars in Death to 2020 on Netflix as a historian

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