As 2017 draws to a close, I’ve decided to reflect on some of my favourite things from the last 12 months. This will be a series of posts over the next week, covering Television Shows, Video Games, Movies, and Podcasts.
First up are three of my favourite television shows from the year.
Stranger Things 2
I know I’ve spoken about Stranger Things in the past, but Netflix offered us a fresh new season for our viewing pleasure this Halloween. Season 2 follows on from where Season 1 left off with the same characters in the same town, 1984 Hawkins, Indiana. I won’t give too much away about the story, as it really needs to be watched to truly appreciate it. If you haven’t seen Stranger Things yet, get on it and its sequel over the holidays, you won’t regret it!
Rick and Morty: Season 3
Season 3 took the show on a more serious arc, but didn’t hold back on the comedy. Because it’s an animated series on Adult Swim, they can do story lines that wouldn’t be possible in any other format. Each episode is concise, packed with cultural references, and funny to its core! There isn’t an episode in this season that I didn’t enjoy, with most of them leaving me astounded at the quality of the writing.
Master of None: Season 02.
This series, written and produced by, and starring Aziz Ansari starts with main character, Dev, living in Italy. He returns home to New York and sets about trying to get ahead in his acting career. A friend from his time in Italy comes to town with her boyfriend and the two of them spend more time together, all while he is juggling a new tv hosting gig. This series is very personal, and delves deep into the lives of non-white Americans. Episode #6 (New York, I Love You) is especially brilliant, as it shows an intersecting snippet of the lives of different New Yorker’s. The writing and cinematography in this episode alone is simply beautiful, and I would rate it as one of the best episodes of television ever. There is also a very heartfelt Thanksgiving episode, where one of Devs friends, Denise, struggles with her mothers expectations of her, and her mothers disapproval of her being a gay woman. This series has won countless awards, including two Emmys for outstanding writing, the latter of which being awarded to Lena Waithe (who plays Denise), making her the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing.
So there we have it, 3 of my favourite shows from this year. There were countless more that I could have mentioned. What were some of your favourite shows from 2017? Let me know in the comments below and let’s have a talk about it.
Here’s to 2018, hopefully there’ll be some more fantastic television to watch in the coming year.
Happy New Year