December 31, 2016

2016 TV Shows

Date: December 31, 2016 Permalink: toptentv2016 Tags: 2016, Top Ten, TV

✖︎ Top Ten TV Shows - 2016

10. People of Earth - Season 1

  • I tend to only watch shows that I love (or ones that are on the front page of Netflix when I fall into a binging mode on a Saturday night), so it was kind of difficult to fill a list of ten shows that I felt deserved to live in infamy. Luckily, People of Earth came around on Halloween and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with every single second. It’s not a groundbreaking show but the characters are fun to hang out with and there are bits of cleverness sprinkled throughout.

9. Silicon Valley - Season 3

  • This is hands down the funniest cast in television today. You could probably throw this cast in any story, plot, or show, and it would make my top ten list. They just bring so much charisma to the screen and add so much to an already funny script that it is hard not to laugh every second.

8. Game of Thrones - Season 6

  • I will be the first to admit that this deserves to be higher. It continues to be one of the best shows on television and season six is the best season yet. Now that they are able to loosen up on the published material, since they have surpassed Martin’s glacial writing speed, things are just on another level. If it weren’t for so many good, new shows that excite me for the future, this would probably be number 1.

7. Black Mirror - Season 3

  • Season three of Black Mirror is actually the first that I’ve seen (I am planning on going back to the others though). It about met my expectations. With all the hype that has been around it for the last year or two I expected every episode to be a hit but obviously no show is perfect. Of course, episode four, San Junipero, was amazing but Ialso loved episode two, Playtest. The first episode, Nosedive, was really interesting but something felt missing. I loved the final 30 seconds but didn’t really feel like they did anything to make us relate to the character.

6. Catastrophe - Season 2

  • The worst thing about Catastrophe is the length of the seasons. Six episode seasons are just not enough. At least give me eight. Please. This was probably the funniest show that I watched this year. It just has this feeling of realness that doesn’t seem to come across in other shows.

5. Atlanta - Season 1

  • The fact that this is as low as five just shows how much good TV there was this year. I’ve been a fan of Donald Glover’s since Community (he is also featured in another top ten list that I am working on). Atlanta is very similar to Aziz Ansari’s Master of None or Louie but there is so much else going on, like the invisible car, that you really have to pay attention to get. Even if you don’t notice those little subtleties, it’s still on par with those other shows.

4. High Maintenance - Season 1

  • I had started to write an entire review for this back when the season ended because of how much I adored this show but just never got around to finishing it up. The entire premise of this show is hard to explain but it is well worth giving both this and the original web series a shot. The main character is the Guy, a.k.a. the weed dealer, but he is rarely the focus of what is actually going on. It’s more of an anthology show than anything else, where we get introduced to new people, or go back and revisit someone from six episodes ago. In one episode, and probably my favorite episode, the main character is a dog, just to show you how different this really is. The show really has nothing to do with drugs or weed other than the fact that all of these diverse and interesting people buy their weed from the same guy.

3. Dirk Gentley’s Holistic Detective Agency - Season 1

  • This was entirely unexpected for me. I didn’t know anything about it until the show creator, Max Landis, tweeted, mentioning something about it’s first episode. I’ve been a pretty big fan of everything that I’ve seen or read of his so I was looking forward to this and it exceeded my expectations by a long shot. There is so much fun craziness happening all over the place and little Easter eggs placed throughout that tie things back together. Dirk Gently has some of the most exciting, interesting, and intriguing characters that I’ve seen throughoughly fleshed out in a single season all together in a exquisite and detail-oriented way.

2. Stranger Things - Season 1

  • I really don’t see the flaws that other people saw when it came to Stranger Things. l’ve seen many complaints about how they spoke in a way that kids in the 80′s just wouldn’t. I was never around in the 80′s so I wouldn’t know. It’s an homage, and a great one at that, to the John Carpenter, Stephen Spielberg, and Stephen King worlds that I loved as a kid and continue to love. These are all extremely evident throughout the entire season, but I thought it was done in a way that showed love rather than just trying to make something quick and easy. I’m skeptical about a second season but I have faith that the Duffer Brothers will keep the same spark that made the first season so great. Oh, and the soundtrack was amazing.

1. Westworld - Season 1

  • I understand the issues people have with Westworld, but I just had so much fun with it. It was everything that I could have asked for when I first heard about who was going to be behind the show and it became an event every Sunday for me, even more so than Game of Thrones. There may be some recency bias, especially considering my top five for the year are all first season shows but the combination of sci-fi and western just does everything for me and I thought the way the show runners built in mysteries and played with the audience in a typical Nolan fashion was just brilliant.

Honorable Mentions

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    • I love this show, it’s just plain old fun and I belt out the theme song every time it comes on.
  • Insecure
    • I haven’t finished this yet but Issa Rei is absolutely great and I am on my way to finishing this as we speak.

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