We’ve done music and books, but not TV. At least not that I’m aware of. Some of the shows we would choose are no doubt the same, since there are clear, obvious candidates.
The golden age of television continues and nowadays it’s mostly about streaming. The likes of Netflix and HBO rule. You can watch at your convenience and it can be hard to resist the momentum that pushes you to start the next episode, in 30 seconds, 29 seconds… People still like to watch the minute new episodes are released though. They want to join the discussion, be part of the event, the phenomenon, that is the show everyone is talking about,
Any selection should come from TV programmes first shown this year. My choices then, in no particular order:
The Handmaid’s Tale on HBO – although I think the premise is a little hard to swallow, this was nevertheless brilliantly done and the events described have clear parallels with the society we have today, where mens’ treatment of women has been revealed more clearly than ever this year.
Big Lies, Little Lies – also on HBO, this drama similarly focuses on the mistreatment of women. Here we see it in everyday life, with the main female characters coming up against unacceptable behaviour by men. There’s more to it than that of course. Great cast with Reese Weatherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern , among others.
Game of Thrones on HBO – still fantastic with great characters and exciting suspenseful episodes. Yes it’s not so unpredictable and original as before and there is a need to preserve certain characters, at times testing credibility, in order to move to a final resolution. But often stunning nevertheless.
Stranger Things 2 on Netflix – There’s been no more enjoyable series than this. Fun yet unsettling. Still really good.
The Vietnam War – fascinating, in-depth look at this period. Shown on BBC.
The Good Place – Comedy on Netflix. Hard to stomach at first – seems too wacky by half but worth sticking with. Full of playful ideas and a nice vibe. Ted Danson is great in it.
Line of Duty – some dismiss this for a preposterous plot that is not credible. A fair criticism but it kind of exists in it’s own world and if you accept that and go with it then it rewards persisting with. It’s chock full of dramatic twists and shocking events that make it highly compelling. Thandie Newton was superb in it I thought.
No doubt there’s much I missed.