(CNN)The gravity of 2020 can make feting celebrities and their work feel pretty superficial, until you stop to think about what that work means to us in these times.
A global pandemic, racial strife, an upcoming presidential election that has the country divided and a climate crisis with swaths of the Western United States on fire do not a happy year make — and that’s just some of what has been going on in 2020.
So, it’s not all that surprising if many of us feel like awards shows don’t rank near the top of what we should be focusing on at the moment.
But that list of tribulations is exactly why pop culture — and television specifically — is incredibly vital right now.
TV doesn’t just inform us and reflect who we are, it connects us and offers a refuge of stories we can escape to when it all becomes too much.
I don’t know about you, but this year feels like it’s the very definition of “too much.” Here are just a few ways TV has helped carry the day.