2016’s been an interesting year, but it’s also delivered some great television. What are some of the best shows of the year which have got me hooked?
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Anyone who knows me will know that I’m a big television geek. I love a good show that has the ability to hook me in and grab my attention. There’s been some excellent shows this year, both new and returning, so I thought it’d be cool to recap some of the shows of the year so far that have kept me hooked. Here’s my top 10 list.
10. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
After serving as a correspondent on the Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show for 12 years, it was about time that Samantha Bee fronted her own show. I’d never seen her before, but I came across a segment of her show on YouTube and got immediately drawn in by her humour. It’s politically scathing, intellectual, funny and is also the only late-night talk show to air on US TV to be fronted by a woman. Take a quick look at this video below for just one example of what Samantha Bee’s show is capable of:
09. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Co-created by everyone’s favourite Tina Fey, the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was just as fun as the first and the adventures with Kimmy’s friends Tituss, Lillian and Jacqueline continued to bring the laughs. The show has plenty of character, wit and pop culture references, it’s the perfect binge watch and one that really shines through repeated viewing.
08. Orange Is The New Black
Season four of OITNB does start off pretty slow but get to the halfway point and you’re rewarded with some shocking storylines from the prisoners in Litchfield. Proving to possess one of the best cast ensembles, it’s great to see some of the lesser-known characters get their chance to shine and prove themselves to be just as worthy as the top billed.
07. Broad City
The third season of Broad City followed Ilana and Abbi as their lives in New York took new twists and turns. Focusing more on character development rather than ‘one-off’ jokes, the season became more human than ever. Season three included some amazing guest appearances from Vanessa Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and the actual Hillary Clinton. “In the clerb, we all fam!”
06. Lady Dynamite
“It’s my life and I’ll do whatever it takes to get that sassifrass style!” Maria Bamford’s Netflix show, which is supposedly loosely based on her life, is surreal and bizarre yet human at the same time. Tackling issues such as mental illness, it’s hilariously painful and very addictive.
05. RuPaul’s Drag Race
The eighth season of Rupaul’s Drag Race was a return to form after season seven didn’t quite deliver (Katya and Ginger, aside). With new queens comes new quotes to live your life by and RuPaul is just as glamorous as ever. One challenge in particular stands out as a favourite: Based around the TV show Empire, two teams create sensationally dramatic scenes from Ru’s latest show, RuCo’s Empire. Fierce #CuCu.
04. Stranger Things
I absolutely adored Stranger Things. The 80’s references, the chills and the thrills all added up to one dramatic and binge-worthy show. Winona Ryder’s son goes missing but not all is as it seems. It’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s brilliant.
03. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
In a similar style to Samantha Bee, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is politically charged and hilarious. The show sets out to highlight things that somehow go unnoticed, and isn’t afraid to tackle the important issues or call people out in both hilarious and serious ways. It’s safe to say that Donald Trump isn’t a fan.
02. Game of Thrones
It’s the ultimate watercooler show of 2016. You’d think we’d be prepared for anything now that we’re in season six but nope, the show still managed to shock and amaze. Nobody is safe in Game of Thrones and season six proved that you should never expect anything. The stakes were raised and the battle for power grew stronger. How long do we have to wait for season seven, already?
Hands down, Veep is one of my favourite shows. The American version of the Thick of It stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the Vice President of the United States. It’s a hilarious insight into American politics and even though some of it seems impossible to be real, it’s hard not to imagine any of it actually happening in the Oval Office. My favourite moment of the fifth season has got to be this:
Amazing. What are your favourite shows? Be sure to let me know – I’m always on the lookout for new programmes to binge.
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