Through the first six months of this year I have watched 26! TV shows and I am not even sure how to explain that. Of the 26, 12 shows were holdovers from previous years and 14 were completely new to me. Before my top 16 of the year I’ll give some thoughts on shows that didn’t make the cut. Iron Fist, the sole superhero disappointment of the year. Needed more badass Colleen and Claire. Grace and Frankie was rolling but just sort of fell off in the last 4 episodes? Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sort of got shafted by only having six episodes in this year so far and they were not the strongest and I feel kinda guilty for leaving it off. RIP Girlboss. Onto the list!
16. Reign 4.1-4.16: I have been from this shows since the very beginning which is something that used to be unusual for me. I loved Mary and to see her story end was sad, because they could have done it better than that. I liked the tightness of this season and Adelaide Kane’s acting. The Frary ending will stay with me forever. I loved Reign with all its wackiness and people getting fucked out of buildings.
15. Girls 6.1-6.10: this show is another that ended this year and it feels odd to see it go. Some didn’t like the ending, but overall I enjoyed seeing how the characters grew. I am sad there wasn’t more Shoshanna, but what can you do. I liked that their group splintered because you could feel it coming since at least season 3.
14. Santa Clarita Diet1.1-1.10: oooh this show was so weird and dark and funny and I adored it! Drew Barrymore as a modern zombie that is still a person is amazing and Timothy Olyphant is such a scene stealer! GAH if you can handle a bit of gore check this show out! It is hella underrated!
13. One Day at a Time 1.1-1.13: the second of three freshman Netflix shows on this list, ODAAT is such a refreshingly comfortable family sitcom that got me interested with Elena’s coming out storyline but kept me with the strong themes of family. I love Schneider’s character. Can’t wait for season 2 next year!
12. Wynonna Earp 1.1-2.3: another show that drew me in with the Gay but kept me hooked in other ways. The titular Wynonna had a Western Jessica Jones type of vibe and I was like “I like this“ I love the world of this show as it offers up so many possibilities. Waverly and Nicole and Doc are such fun, well developed side characters and honestly a certain show higher on the list could take notes from Wynonna Earp.
11. Orange Is The New Black 5.1-5.13: this season was not as strong as season 4, but it was still strong! I love Linda so much and idk why. Ii admired the show’s willingness to play out the takeover in a realistic way and the finale is one of the show’s strongest episodes. Danielle Brooks deserves an Emmy for her performance this season and the Flaritza split hit me hard, as I thought of my best friend in that situation. Some negatives were Piscatella and WAY too much Angie and Leanne.
10. This Is Us 1.1-1.18: this show was an emotional roller coaster. “Memphis” is one of the best episodes of any show I have watched this year and it still makes me upset when I think about it. Randall’s story was my favorite, but I also really liked Kevin. One problem I had was with Toby who I wish was not on the show as I find him very annoying and not funny. I’m ready for season 2 to fuck me up. Also, I need me some more Jess, uh I mean Jack!
9. Riverdale 1.1-1.13: Ii think that Riverdale is a genuinely solid show that gets a bad wrap. Yes, I think it does have a problem with sidelining POC or painting them in a bad light and that’s why I have this show lower on this list. On a positive note I love all these characters, especially the main 5 teens and a lot of the parents. As opposed to the show in the eight spot, Riverdale kept its mystery tight and believable and had some great moments, like Archie punching the river to save Cheryl, it had me #shook. I can feel myself going into Veronica Lodge withdrawal just thinking about this show. For awesome reviews of the show you should check out Andre on YouTube!
8. Pretty Little Liars 1.1-7.20: the wounds from this show are still fresh. This is my Gilmore Girls of this year. I binged 6.5 seasons of this show in like 16 days. It was hardcore. Like Gilmore Girls I came in right at the end, but this ending I felt was weaker. I actually first watched season 4B aka the time the show painted Ezra as a maybe A. I loved crafting theories as I went along and Spencer Hastings is me. Also, Mona needed to be appreciated more. I think that towards the end the show got over extended and way too tech heavy in its villains, like it was kinda absurd. All in all I was immersed in this show and it will leave a mark on me going forward.
7. The Handmaid’s Tale 1.1-1.10: this show was so hard to watch at times, not because it was bad, but because it was so clinically depressing. There is some truly haunting imagery and actions in this show. I think it was best at showing how things fall apart in increments. The flashbacks in this show add all the more emotional pain. Ultimately it is really good, but also so, so painful.
6. Dear White People 1.1-1.10: this show is so good and, as of today, officially renewed for season 2! Sam, Lionel, Reggie, Joelle, Troy, Coco are all standout characters and this campus is so engaging. Obviously there is a lot of racial commentary and it is almost always on point and sharp, but the characters are the backbone of this show. It is told in a unique way that is not always wholly linear and just please go watch it!
5. Big Little Lies 1.1-1.7: heading into this show I was expecting a grown type of Pretty Little Liars. This is not really that. This cast is just amazing Reese Witherspoon’s character was my fave and Adam Scott as her husband was also really good. Looking back on it, I should have realized certain plot reveals, but what can you do? Laura Dern has a side role in this that I loved as she is a character that becomes increasingly sympathetic. Overall I loved this as a miniseries and I hope that they actually don’t do a season 2.
4. Supergirl 2.9-2.22: do you remember when this blog wasn’t dominated by Supergirl and Katie McGrath? Me either. The reason that this show rates so highly is because of how consumed by it I became. Like it was at Game of Thrones level obsession. Obviously I am all here for Supercorp and I will against all likelihood ship it until the cold, bitter, heterosexual end. Lena Luthor is one of the characters Ii have most empathized with, like ever and it when she hurts my heart hurts. I am “Ride or die” with Sanvers and Alex continues to also strike a resonance with me. TBH I am going to need A LOT more James and J’onn in season 3. I have actually directly or indirectly contributed to quite a few people watching this show and to them I say, ‘You’re welcome’.
3. VEEP 6.1-6.10: the comedy is as sharp as ever and I am still shocked Selina is not in prison. Like the show has to end with her in prison, right? Richard, my sweet cinnamon roll what are you doing in this vicious show? Catherine I still adore you and I’m sorry your mother is so horrid. I felt as if Dan and Amy sort of got shafted this year in terms of storylines. Finally, Jonah Ryan. I am not sure what to say, except you are a putrid person, but from that bog rises some hilarious one liners and you will probably be President by the end of season 7.
2. The Walking Dead 7.9-7.16: somehow I feel like TWD just sort of stumbled into this ranking by virtue of being so much less fucking depressing than 7A. The only really bad thing about these 8 episodes was the CGI. I loved getting a Rrichonne episode they are so great together and seeing the set up for All Out War. I loved the episode “New Best Friends” and Rick’s brawl with that walker. Oooooh Morgan in the episode “Bury Me Here” was another knockout. Finally, the finale. That was so fun. Seeing Shiva in action made me forgive that horrid dear from 7.12. Sasha had such a badass ending and it really made me endeared to her character after having quite a bit of ambivalence. The Glenn speech by Maggie at the end of the season closing on the pocket watch will fuck me up every time. God, I love Glenn Rhee.
1. American Crime Story 1.1-1.10: this show was technically brilliant and it starts and ends with the amazing cast and their out of this world performances. Like, Game of Thrones may finally have some competition for my favorite show of the year. We all knew how it would end, but it was the smaller details that I didn’t know about that had me like “damn” and to see this case slowly slip away from the prosecutors was gut-wrenching to watch. Sarah Paulson is simply superb and I was surprised at how good David Schwimmer was as Robert Kardashian. I think this is a season I will have to revisit soon, just to bask in its glow and I am ashamed I didn’t watch it when it first aired.
This dress was a purchase made 6 or more years ago at Costco. I altered it around the neck line and added some elastic for texture and boom! A little black dress is born.
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