Nine years! Nine years, I’ve asked friends of mine from all different times in my life to write me a short article about an episode of TV they loved this year. On a personal level, it’s fun because I get to see people I care about write excellent pieces. On another level, it’s a wonderful glimpse in the year in television. None of us are professional TV critics; we’re just people who are excited about the episodic medium. These are the episodes that made us cry, made us laugh, helped us figure out our own anxieties and truly wowed us.
Every year I love the opportunity to formally ask my friends
what they’re watching. Streaming sites have completely changed the landscape
with Netflix sometimes adding 3-7 new seasons a week and bingeing shows places
everyone on a different timetable of when they’re watching an episode. The
water-cooler shows have faded away (especially with no Game of Thrones this year) but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a
great number of shows that shocked and inspired us. Read on as my friends from
different backgrounds and perspectives look back at what we watched this year.
Man, 2018 was a good week for television. There really are just too many shows and you can’t always get to everything. I’m still a season behind in Lovesick (Scrotal Recall) and haven’t gotten around to trying L.A. to Vegas or Rotten.I’m very embarrassed that I haven’t watched the new Crazy Ex-Girlfriend or Inside No. 9 yet, but after being late for the 2017 article, I wanted to get this one out early. I hope you all find some new recommendations! I think 2019 may even be a better year of TV! And without further ado…
It’s here! It may be a week late but it’s here! My favorite article of the year which seems egotistical but it’s not because the reason I like it so much is because of all the words everyone but me put. (Perfect sentence.) Enjoy this year’s breakdown of the best TV episodes of 2017 from a variety of my friends, all with a unique perspective.
American Gods — “The Secret of Spoons”
(Season One, Episode 2)
By Robbie Mehling
“We’re not taking the highway. Not now. Not ever,” says Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as they drive from Indiana to Chicago and beyond. This summer I did my own personal road trip from Minneapolis to Southern Indiana using back country roads. First you turn left, then right, then left again as you meander past cornfields and farmhouses. It certainly takes longer but the possibility exists for some truly stunning views, more so anyway than the interstate rest stop. It’s this mentality that runs through Neil Gaiman’s original novel and is certainly present in Bryan Fuller’s adaptation. This show moves at a slow pace as the whole first season only covers the first few chapters of the book. But I think it works incredibly well as it meanders through folklore, mythology, and back road America.
Once again I watched too many shows this year. You don’t need a lengthy paragraph explaining my madness. Basically it comes down to sleep less, watch more. Oh and don’t see Hamilton until the end of the year because basically since then I’ve just been watching Hamilton clips and watching my DVR overflow. But there are plenty of shows that I haven’t caught up with or I’m too behind on that aren’t on my list. They are…Banshee, Bosch, The Fall, The Get Down, Queen Sugar, One Mississippi, Quarry, Scrotal Recall/Lovesick, Steven Universe and Underground. And now let’s begin with something easy.