Photo: Regina Erofeeva (Shutterstock) In a year when the outside world became a literal threat, television provided more of an escape—or, perhaps, an essential outlet for emotional release—than ever before. Even as everything from church services to first dates moved online, we still couldn’t escape our screens, because binging one more episode of Schitt’s Creek was all that was keeping us from doomscrolling through social media, and exploring the dark future of Raised by Wolves meant we could ignore the one unfolding on the other side of our thresholds. These are the singular episodes of television that helped us ignore the off-kilter reality of life amid a pandemic for a few more precious moments.