This years TV has included a couple of nice surprises, a couple of things that have in the end disappointed, and a couple of series coming back and carrying on strong. As with Films I’ve got through chosen a top 10, Honourable mentions and a bottom 4 which are all below:
The Top 10
I unashamedly loved this show – it was generally big, silly, and a bit wobbly round the edges but it went along on a fun rollicking ride and I found myself looking forward to it each week. It was great to see a fun show that you could watch with all the family coming back on TV – here’s hoping for a second series!
Game Of Thrones
The big new fantasy drama featuring a huge all star cast, and fantastically realised locations this has understandably gained a huge following. The world shown is gritty and realistic, with complex stories woven around and affecting each other, it’s also a world where no character is safe leaving you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.
I’m fairly certain that this made this list last year – and here it is again. It’s light fluffy and always brings a smile to my face. The show is continuing to build to it’s strengths, and providing fun light-hearted entertainment each week, which is pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
The Twilight Zone
This was one that was recommended to me by someone at work – the original 1959 series of the Twilight Zone. I started it suspiciously at first (heavily influenced by Futurama’s the Scary Door) but instead found a collection of complex and interesting short stories that can be funny, sad, challenging and a whole host of extras. Removing the modern requirements of special effects and star names the story is key presenting a wonderful show of imagination and unexpected twists.
The show keeps building and getting better – each series seems to bring with it a new set of twists and sets up the stage even more – though the real strength in Fringe has been some of the stand alone episodes – presenting some really thoughtful, emotional comments on humanity – and it’s these episodes that make Fringe a real gem to watch.
This was a comedy I was lent on DVD – I found that I watched the entire season in a weekend and wasn’t quite sure where the time had gone. A silly, funny and daft look behind the scenes of an American TV show it’s great fun and moves at a break-neck pace.
At the end of the first series of Nikita they complete re-write the game field, and so far the series has kept this up – giving the show a whole new dynamic and completely regenerated the ideas of the show. Hopefully the series can keep this going as its remaining a fresh and dynamic action/adventure thriller.
Up All Night
Another baby raising show – but possibly slightly more grounded than Raising Hope. Dealing with some of the struggles of being a working parent, and (more uniquely) a house husband this stays consistently funny with the manicness of 30 Rock and the sweetness of Raising Hope.
I’m always a fan of Zooey Deschanel and her kooky nature – and this show plays it to the max. The interplay between her character and her flatmates can get annoying (they can descend into shouting at each other a bit too quickly) but overall the show keeps a heart and remains solidly likeable – normally bringing a big smile as I watch.
This show seemed to have finally hit it’s stride, and got itself figured out when it was announced it wasn’t going to be renewed. It was always a series that wasn’t afraid to play with some of the more complicated ideas and some of the episodes concepts were wonderful – especially when they meet their own descendants following an accident with Time travel. It’s a shame that this hasn’t been renewed as it finally looked like it was going places.
Black Mirror, Dr Who, Episodes, Grimm, Merlin, Once Upon a Time, Person of Interest, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, Zen
The Bottom 4
There’s only 4 but there are 4 shows that disappointed me this year.
A thriller about a potential home grown terrorist on American soil. I tried watching the pilot but couldn’t get through that, I just found it so slow moving and dull.
Unlike Homeland I made it through the pilot, but still found that it didn’t really hold any interest for me. It had the concept to be a great interesting show, but the acting seemed to be bland and the story ideas boring.
This show was one that I just found depressing – there wasn’t any real sign of hope as a group treks around a destroyed world. I’ve got the later half of the season to try and watch but just haven’t been able to bring myself to face it so far.
A show that started with much promise – and then seemed to lose it all, the plot got convoluted and didn’t seem to make a huge amount of sense. Then it started to sort itself out, but never really got itself fully. If the story had been tighter it could’ve been a more interesting show, but as it stands it was a disappointment.
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