Top 10 of 2016: Television
There are still movies I need to see before finalizing that list, but don't see this one changing in the next few weeks .
- •Crazy Ex-GirlfriendThe show I most look forward to every week. This show is such a brilliant unique series...it is bonkers and zany yet painfully real. Had a genius run in its second half of season one at the beginning of the year, and seems to be entirely avoiding a sophomore slump.
- •CatastropheI blew through Catastrophe so fast I sometimes forget how much I utterly adore it. A hilarious, smart and authentic rom-com for adults.
- •RectifyNo show has the ability to gut me in tiny moments like this one. This final season hasn't been my favorite of the shows four season run - I miss Daniel's interactions with his family - but the performances and writing are as achingly powerful as always.
- •FleabagAnother show that gutted me, in slow, sneaking fashion. I love shows that manage to be both hilarious and darkly fucked up.
- •American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ SimpsonThis was such a fascinating, riveting way of telling this story, and I miss the experience of getting to watch it every week. Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown were revelatory.
- •Stranger ThingsI sat down to watch this because I've been in love with Winona since I watched Reality Bites in middle school (and then all her other 90's fare), was not expecting to get so caught up. Perfect way to play to audience nostalgia but still give us original story and characters (unlike this endless reboot trend).
- •Better ThingsGod I love mother/daughter dynamics, and these are some of the best I've seen: lived in, messy, real.
- •Brooklyn Nine NineProbably the most consistent comedy on television right now. This has been my weekly happy place since Parks ended, and I'm so grateful to it.
- •Orange is the New BlackThis is the show I have the most emotional investment in and attachment to: it's super important to me on a personal level, but it's still low on this list because I think something changed after season two. They've taken on too much, become too caught up in their own importance, maybe, and I think the natural, character driven writing suffered. Still, I hated season three with a passion, and season four felt like a big relief in comparison.
- •The Good PlaceI hope Mike Schur never stops making comedies. I was always enameled with the originality of this premise (originality is rare in a sitcom world), though it took me a few episodes to get properly invested. Once the narrative and mysteries started picking up the pace, though, I was hooked.
- •Still want to watch: Queen Sugar, One Mississippi, Insecure, Sweet/Vicious