Before we get started, let me be clear that this is a list of tv shows that I started watching (for the first time) in 2018. Some of these will be old-hella old, but they are new to me. So, the greats like The Walking Dead, Westworld, Superstore etc. won’t make this list, maybe down the road I’ll make an all-time list or something like that. But this needed to get out, because I’ve got to stop watching so much damn tv. Here’s your answer to why I didn’t publish any books last year. Anyways, let’s get started. I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.
(this list may contain SPOILERS)
Honorable Mention. Godless (Netflix)
(2017) limited series
In the 1880s American West murderous outlaw gang leader Frank Griffin hunts for ex-protégé Roy Goode. Frank’s chase leads him to La Belle, New Mexico – a town inhabited, after a mining disaster, almost entirely by women. (IMDb)
Love me some westerns and this mini-series does not disappoint. In fact, it excels in the genre and almost without any male leads. Great action, phenomenal acting – from both sides. One-armed Jeff Daniels kills anyone (man, woman or child) for the fuck of it but sometimes shows he has a soul. He was dope. But Merritt Wever did it for me. She plays Mary Agnes, a tough-as-shit widow and sister to a blind sheriff. This likely would’ve made a claim for that #1 spot. But, it’s just a limited series sooooooo, yeah.
10. Castle Rock (Hulu) season 1
(2018 – )
Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock. (IMDb)
It builds and builds and builds and you
love like it enough to stick around. Enough to strap in a little and it continues to build, and you’re waiting for something crazy and epic, maybe even horrifying but then…nothing. A plate of meh, with a side of eye-rolling and a whole buncha extra questions. I wanted this to be GREAT, but it was just okay. Barely okay.
9. The Punisher (Netflix) season 1
(2017 – )
After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as “The Punisher,” with only one goal in mind: to avenge them. (IMDb)
Well, it was better than Iron Fist. Thank God for that. I do plan to watch the second season, which is available now, but no rush. Just, felt like they tried too hard with this one.
8. Into the Badlands (AMC) season 1-3
(2015 – )
A mighty warrior and a young boy search for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons. (IMDb)
A cool premise with AMAZING fight scenes. I’m not bored yet. 🙂
7. Lost in Space (Netflix) season 1
(2018 – )
After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fight against all odds to survive and escape, but they’re surrounded by hidden dangers. (IMDb)
It is very cute. And I mean that in a good way.
6. Bodyguard (BBC) season 1
(2018 – )
A contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. (IMDb)
How the hell did I find this gem? I mean, goodness gracious. Such a fun, intense thriller with my least favorite Game of Thrones character leading the way. Bodyguard moves at such an incredible pace, I think I watched all six episodes in one weekend. It’s part political drama, part psychological thriller. Richard Madden is a better bodyguard than King. 🙂
5. Ozark (Netflix) season 1-2
(2017 – )
A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss. (IMDb)
The performances by Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and that bad-mouthed, teenage nefarious sidekick (looks up name) Julie Garner are the stuff of greatness. It ain’t Breaking Bad, but we’re only two seasons in and it gets better with each episode. It’s violent but fun. And from the start, it’s sad, you feel bad but (especially for the kids) there’s always hope for the Byrdes.
4. Supernatural (CW) season 1-13
(2005 – )
Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters”, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. (IMDb)
I don’t even want to say, in public, how fast I watched thirteen seasons of this. For years, I wanted to dip a toe into the Supernatural world, see what all the fuss was about, and when that toe went in, I was pulled under and now I’m drowning. Brothers fight and there’s a lot of that, sometimes too much but just when you think they’ve hit their peak with the fantastical storytelling…they top it.
3. Black Mirror (Netflix) season 1-4
(2011 – )
An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide. (IMDb)
A scary look at our future.
2. The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix) season 1
(2018 – )
Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it. (IMDb)
In all of it’s horrifying images and terrifying scenes, The Haunting of Hill House is still able to show its heart. A broken heart with hella band-aids yeah, but a heart nonetheless. It’s stylish and moving and written very well. In the season’s “Eulogy” episode we see the family in the present and the past in one continuous thirty minute or so shot. I mean, who does that? Just magnificent filmmaking and masterful storytelling.
1. Star Trek Voyager (UPN) season 1-7
(1995 – 2001)
Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home. (IMDb)
I started 2018 with Voyager, continuing after DS9 and Next Gen. Don’t get me wrong, Voyager comes third to its predecessors, all day, but it is a lot better than I expected going in. And it all starts and ends with Captain Kathryn Janeway. I Love me some Capt. Janeway. Dare I say she’s a better cap than Jea–nevermind. Joking. Star Trek Voyager was the best show I watched in 2018.
Okay. There it is. Do your worst.
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