Smack in the middle of March, Spring Break came along and I was able to catch up on all the television I missed over the semester. With my Hulu subscription, I watched some old episodes of Cartoon Network’s amusing, yet at times dry, Regular Show and the surprisingly good We Bare Bears. I tried my best to catch up in Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and continued my attempt to finish Tina Fey’s 30 Rock – I’m only on S02E09 after almost a year of beginning the series. My efforts to watch more episodes of these shows failed mainly because I was engulfed in the worlds of two brilliant pieces of television. They happened to be FX’s Legion and Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack.
2016 is over, finally, and although the year was universally crummy it did produce some outstanding television. Film and TV, as frequent viewers here may know, is a form of escapism for me. A way to leave whatever troubles me in the real world and get lost in some fictitious ones. This year there were a couple of shows, both new and returning, that I would return to week after week, or day after day if they were on Netflix, to get my dose of immersion. Going in fresh into 2017 I wanted to reflect on these shows and write about what I loved so much about them. So here are my favorite shows of 2016 (unranked)!
From the very first moments of Mr. Robot’s sophomore season I knew that the show was heading into a realm that has yet to be explored on television. What I am currently praising the most from this truly brilliant piece of television is the stellar and visionary directing of Sam Esmail.
16 years into the 21st century, 10 of those I can probably remember, it’s safe to say that this not the peak era for music or film (it just isn’t). However we undoubtedly live in the Golden Age of television where directors can better define themselves as auteurs, where some shows’ writing has surpassed that of the average film, and where special effects are almost as strong as the big screen (honestly it’s really close now). The greatest thing to come out of modern television is possibly its ability to consistently represent minorities, in America that is, in a positive light. Instead of the typical white male protagonist, we have shows consisting of all Asian casts (Fresh Off the Boat), all black casts (Blackish) and ensemble shows where the cast is extremely diverse (Orange is the New Black). With this new wave of diversity we also see a growing evidence of strong-female characters. Thus I felt inclined, at least for this post, to share how the role of women is changing in modern television through a (unranked) list of my favorite actresses/ characters on the small screen.