A new year is upon us, and I don’t want to jinx anything, but I have pretty high hopes for 2020.
You might fear that the year is going to suck, like so many years before, and I get that. We’ve been burned, so it’s a valid concern, but consider all the exciting events 2020 has in store. I can’t promise you that 2020 won’t suck, but I can promise you that there are at least 20 whole things to look forward to this year.
From the Olympic games and new gaming consoles, to awards shows and a kickass Super Bowl halftime show, here are 20 things to look forward to in 2020.
1. A presidential election
There’s a monumental presidential election coming up in November, which means 2020 will bring debates, voting opportunities, and potentially a few new faces to serve in the White House.
2. The Olympics
The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, and watching the games is always a delightful way to break up the year. We’ll hopefully get to see fan-favorite athletes like Simone Biles make history again, and if we’re really lucky, Boomer Phelps (and his brothers) will be in the stands wearing protective earmuffs.
3. The year of Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff ended 2019 by marrying singer and record producer Matthew Koma, and she’s not slowing down in 2020. In the new year Duff will not only have the Lizzie McGuire reboot heading to Disney+, but she’ll be back with her Younger family for a new season, and she has a Third Eye Blind cover (sung with Koma) on the way.
4. New movies
New year, new movies. 2020 has some huge titles in store for cinephiles such as No Time to Die, Mulan, Legally Blonde 3, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more. There will also be sequels to A Quiet Place and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
5. New and returning TV Shows
New television shows like Falcon and Winter Soldier, Little Fires Everywhere, and Space Force are dropping in 2020, and beloved shows like The Bachelor, This Is Us, Grace and Frankie, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Better Call Saul are returning with new episodes. Some series, like Schitt’s Creek, will even be coming back for the final season.
6. More streaming services
You might not think you want any more streaming services, but that’s how I felt about Disney+ before I got it, and now I adore the thing. In 2020 we’re expected to see the launch of HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and Quibi.
7. Playstation 5
2020 will also be a big year for gaming. If you’re looking for a new console to eagerly await, Playstation 5 is set to be released before the holiday season.
8. A new Motorola Razr
The beloved Motorola Razr is making a triumphant and highly upgraded return. The blast from the past will be released early in 2020, but until then flip phone lovers can learn all about it here.
9. Good YouTube series
YouTube can be an exhausting and overwhelming platform, but we live for the good, reliable series that will follow us into 2020, like Hot Ones and new videos Bon Appétit videos featuring chef Claire Saffitz.
10. The Super Bowl halftime show
The 2020 Super Bowl will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2, and Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are reportedly performing together at halftime. Can you believe?
11. Awards season
You also have Moira Rose’s favorite season to look forward to: awards season. Nominations are already being announced, and the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Grammy Awards, Oscars, and more await.
12. Exciting new books
We have a slew of new television shows, movies, and streaming services to anticipate in 2020, but it’s crucial to give your eyes a break from screens every so often. Luckily, there are a bunch of new books set to be published in the new year.
13. It’s a leap year
Every four years a leap year occurs, which means we get an extra calendar day in the form of Feb. 29. 2020 happens to be a leap year, which is exciting, especially for people with birthdays or half birthdays on the twenty ninth day of February. Perhaps you can celebrate by watching the 2010 Amy Adams rom-com, Leap Year.
14. Pop culture anniversaries
2020 marks significant anniversaries of phenomenal shows, movies, albums, and more. For instance, did you know March 24, 2020 will be the 15-year anniversary of The Office pilot? Time flies when you’re rewatching.
15. A bunch of Gatsby parties
In the words of Mashable Senior Entertainment Reporter Alexis Nedd, 2020 likely be the start of “people critically misunderstanding the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald and throwing Gatsby-themed parties for every holiday.” Get it? The roaring ’20s. Ha ha.
16. New memes
17. Another Billie Eilish interview
You know how Billie Eilish has been doing that same exact Vanity Fair interview every Oct. 18. since 2017? Yeah, well, they’d better check in with her again in 2020 because we love it.
18. More smart TikTok teens
2020 is the year of hindsight, perfect vision, and whatever other bad eyesight puns we can come up with. There’s so much obnoxious fun to be had.
20. Date symmetry
There’s a lot to look forward to in the new year, and to top it all off 2020 is a nice symmetrical number to keep writing over and over again. A small win, but a win nonetheless.