Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Mrs. Maisel is currently my favorite TV show on right now and is currently one of my favorite TV shows of all time. Amazon is taking its time in its battle in the streaming wars and staying on quality programming choices. With its stellar cast of characters including Susie and Abe, the 1950s period setting, Paris, The Catskills, and wise-cracking jokes that are not patronizing Mrs. Maisel stands out! It’s probably the best second season of any TV show I’ve ever watched. Best Moment: Joel Tries to Fix his father’s business.
The Good Fight- The second season of the Good Fight (The Good Wife Spinoff) captures what is happening inside the minds of elite Americans who have not been succumbed by the Trump MAGA cult (AKA liberals. AKA Everyone else). The lawyers in the show while being simultaneous targeted by someone with an agenda against them have to cope with a legal system turned upside down by the new President. Best Moment: Margo Martindale watches the Pee Tape
Better Call Saul- Rumors are flying that Walt and Jesse are just about to show up in the acclaimed series which shows no signs of slowing down even as Jimmy McGill comes closer and closer to becoming Saul Goodman. While dealing with Chuck’s death Kim and Howard rise to prominence this year in the show. As does Saul’s back-office in the nail salon. Best Moment: Chuck’s Letter to Jimmy
Doctor Who- After more than a year off air the classic scifi series got a revamp with a thirteenth doctor who’s a girl. The Doctor has also lost its creepy ways by taking three companions on adventures instead of a single hot girl. The feel good stories really make it stand apart from the other Doctor Who series’.
The Expanse- With Amazon the universe is theirs. Amazon saved The Expanse when Jeff Bezos got the call at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference and the prayers of the #savetheexpanse campaign were answered. When fanbases all over the world learned that they could be successful at saving their favorites. TV activism went into over drive as a number of fan campaigns were started with mixed results.
Suits- Princess Rachel Zane? Not technically but eight years ago, Mike Ross never thought he’d have his eyes on a future real-life Duchess. Meghan Markle has shed her pantsuits and corner office and took up residence in Kensington Palace with Prince Harry. Even without Mike and Rachel, Suits is still humming along into its ninth year.
House of Cards- Among many others including TV execs, the #metoo movement took down prolific actor Kevin Spacey and the show that put Netflix on the map. It seems throughout the year that both have lost their ways. Spacey going crazy in a recent YouTube video and Netflix spending billions on tons of low quality material that earned itself its own SNL skit. Oh and I couldn’t get past the first episode of House of Card’s final season.
Marvel-Netflix Television- Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage all went out with a whimper. Yes, the Netflix decision to cancel their Marvel Universe was met with surprise and shock from fans, but there was never really any real movement to get the shows back. The Punisher and Jessica Jones seem safe for their new seasons, but nobody expects a third season from either of these shows. Fans still cling to hope that Disney’s streaming service will pick up these stories in the future.
The Affair- Showtime killed off the star of its show, which leads the affair down another dark rabbit hole as Allison’s two ex’s try to figure out what happened and how she died. The Affair has lasted four seasons and will conclude with a fifth next year.
Notable mention: Homeland- The series keeps predicting the future.
Runners-up: 12 Monkeys, Billions, Westworld, Madam Secretary, Code Black, The Timeless Movie
New TV Shows:
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace- Darren Criss’s portrayal as the cunning mass murderer Andrew Cunanan stands out as my best new drama of 2018. Watch as he tries to lie and cheat his way to the top in the 90s as he crosses the country using and killing rich older sugar daddies and quiet closeted gay guys. Versace was not the sole focus of this show.
Star Trek Discovery- After two years of rumors and speculation the new iteration of Star Trek has been met with rumors and speculation as the characters went back and forth on time bending trips to the mirror universe and faced off against even more polarizing Klingons. Yet, Star Trek Discovery’s first season is probably the best first season of any Star Trek show. Older generations would have you believe that this version of star trek is too politically correct, while forgetting that star trek is one of the most liberal TV shows in history. Star Trek was cool before fan theories and connected universes were cool and it looks like it will live on way after they faze out of style too. A couple new star trek shows are coming next year.
Kidding- Jim Carey’s return to Television was met with polarizing critiques. Was this going to be an anti-trump show like his paintings? Turns out it was the show that had the most escape from reality, a self-contained dark comedy that had no call backs to real life (except maybe Carrey’s own life). It introduces you to weird world of Mr. Pickles and his puppets and never lets you forget just how weird it truly is.
Altered Carbon- While you’re struggling to say the name of the main character Takeshi Kovacs he’s probably killed about a dozen people. Altered Carbon is John Wick mixed with The Matrix as you follow Kovacs solve a murder in a future where people can do brain uploading. Yup, what could go wrong? Best Moment: The Opening Hotel AI Fight Scene
Succession- You’re about to get another helping of a show about suits and billionaires and this time it’s a mega powerful media family whose lives are turned upside down after the patriarch gets sick and is on the verge of death. While watching don’t try to count all the curse words but do stay for the evil raunchy schemes that they cook up to fuck each other over. Oh and they can just hop over NYC traffic in their three helicopters and casually think about running for President.
Our Cartoon President- If The Good Fight was the anti-trump drama, Our Cartoon President seems like the perfect anti-trump cartoon, except Stephen Colbert’s latest creation, is actually quite balanced in its jokes about the state of politics in our country. With it’s amazing animation chops, it would not be surprising to see the show continue past President Trump.
Notable Mention: Lost in Space and its Robot.
Runners-up: Escape at Dannemora, Maniac, God Friended Me, The Looming Tower