AFI Awards 2020: The Mandalorian named one of top TV series

Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian, Temuera Morrison is Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen is Fennec in The Mandalorian season 2. Photo: Disney+.
Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian, Temuera Morrison is Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen is Fennec in The Mandalorian season 2. Photo: Disney+. /

The Mandalorian is continuing to get nothing but high honors, especially now that we’ve wrapped up season 2 of the now legendary series. At first, this was solidified when The Mandalorian not only made history by being nominated for Emmy awards, but they eventually ended up winning about half of the awards they were nominated for. And now, The Mandalorian will be the recipient of another prestigious award, and it comes straight from the American Film Institute.

This week, for the 2020 AFI Awards, the AFI revealed its picks for the top 10 TV series of 2020. As Deadline reports, this honor takes the top television shows (and movies) that they feel represent the culture and artistic representations of each year. There’s no order to this list, so The Mandalorian isn’t necessarily no. 1 (though it is in our hearts). But considering the volume of other television shows that came out within the last year, this certainly is a great honor for the live-action Star Wars television show to make it on this list.

According to AFI, beginning soon, they will also share behind-the-scenes interviews and features with the creators who are receiving this award. So at some point, we might see a special interview with Jon Favreau or perhaps others in the cast like Pedro Pascal or Giancarlo Esposito.

Here’s a full list of the AFI television winners for 2020 down below.

AFI Awards 2020 Television Program of the Year award

  • Better Call Saul
  • Bridgerton
  • The Crown
  • The Good Lord Bird
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Mandalorian
  • Mrs. America
  • The Queen’s Gambit
  • Ted Lasso
  • Unorthodox

As stated earlier, it really is remarkable that The Mandalorian has made its way up the ranks among some of the best series in all of 2020. And truly, it shows the power that Star Wars has as we enter this new decade. Not too long ago, Star Wars had an incredible fanbase, but it still felt like something that was not always 100 percent accessible to all crowds.

Now, The Mandalorian has done the impossible by creating not only good Star Wars content but television content as well. It goes to show, no matter what the series or movie is, a good story is a good story.

What remains to be seen is if the rest of the upcoming live-action Star Wars shows will be just as good as The Mandalorian. We know that anything with Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni attached will probably do well. So here’s to hoping all future Star Wars TV series follow in The Mandalorian’s footsteps.

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