The year is ending and, let’s be honest: with this new age of Golden Television, we are also given too much. There are so many TV shows being made that we can’t watch them all, and not all of them can be good. I personally don’t start too many new shows while I’m still watching others, so this lits of my favourite shows is mostly composed of new seasons of well-established series. Anyway, here they are:
Outlander (season 3)
I don’t care if it sometimes becomes over-dramatic, I love Outlander, and this season changed the pace like no other. We spent the first half with Claire and Jamie apart, we got to see what they did with their lives during twenty years in different centuries, their farewells with their respective children were tearful, and the reunion was everything we hoped for. The only downside is that it doesn’t seem like we’ll set our eyes on Scotland for a long time…
Doctor Who (season 10)
Finally, the writing that did Peter Capaldi justice. If the first two seasons of the Twelfth Doctor were a bit flaky because of the scripts, Capaldi always did his best anyway, but with a new companion and better writing, his swan song was the best we could have ever expected.
Game of Thrones (season 6)
I don’t know why some people complained about how quick the travelling was in the sixth season of GoT. It was understandable, wasn’t it? Fewer episodes, less time to show what’s going on. While I proclaim myself an anti-Jonaerys shipper (and always will), what was not to love about this season? Jamie almost dying! Twice! That fight against the wights! Davos’s very short introduction of Jon Snow! Stark reunions! Littlefinger getting brutally executed! That poor zombie who got dragged all the way to King’s Landing! I rest my case.
This Is Us (Seasons 1/2)
Blessed be the day I discovered this show. Why hadn’t I started watching it before? Although I’m thankful for that, because it meant I got to see the first season in less than a week. I can confirm that I have cried my eyes out with every single episode, and the show keeps surprising me and gifting the world with the superb performances of one of the best casts on television right now. I honestly don’t care at this point how Jack dies, and I hope we won’t find out until the very end of the series: it’s about the journey getting there, and the effect it has on everyone else. Also, Sterling K. Brown’s dad jokes.
Better Call Saul (Season 3)
For some reason I don’t understand, some Breaking Bad fans don’t like BCS. And I’m going to be controversial and say this: then you weren’t really BB fans. Because it’s all about character building, about getting there eventually, but not before you discover everyone’s aspirations and motivations. You feel it’s going slow? Trust me, it pays off. Always. And if you don’t believe me, watch the fifth episode, ‘Chicanery‘. The wait is worth it.
Needless to say, there are more shows, but I am not going to bore you with all of them -but here are some, nonetheless: Stranger Things 2, the increasingly superb The Crown (which I haven’t included because I haven’t finished it yet, I want to savour every episode slowly), The Good Place, the ever-great Peaky Blinders, Taboo (it left me obsessed and wanting more of it), Narcos… What was on TV this year that you loved? The holidays are long and I could do with some binge-watching.