Filmed over the course of 12 months, this often heartrending film examines some of them, exploring the human cost of murder in the process, including the impact such a sudden and tragic event can have on those left behind. Each case follows friends and family of the victims as they face the immediate aftermath of the crime, through the court process, and beyond, as they attempt to rebuild their lives. The crew decamps to the exclusive and very expensive Ballyfin Demesne, where Glenn Brophy prepares for his role as a five-star butler.
Share Tweet Submit Pin Each year, it becomes more difficult to sum up the last 12 months in this fast-changing medium. It might be the ongoing—and often frustrating—fight, from the grassroots up, to secure more opportunities in TV for women, LGBTQ people, and people of color, who together created or co-created half of the series below.
Sorry For Your Loss Network: Facebook Watch Grief is not usually a central theme in scripted television series, a medium better known as a form of escapism. Certainly memorable. That this process does not allow for martyrdom is not inconsequential. I also hope Facebook Watch makes it easier to find this and its other original programs… or that a less scandalous platform picks up Sorry For Your Loss, and does a better job of promoting it.
There are almost no corollaries to what Nance and his team have achieved in a short run of six episodes. The sheer volume of themes that they touch on, from police brutality to trans rights to the trope of the angry white vigilante, is impressive enough, but that they make every point stick and every image sear into the consciousness of the viewer is what has rendered Random Acts of Flyness an instant classic.
Its finest moment in that endeavor? This season featured an entire variety show-style episode about Planned Parenthood and all the services it provides outside of abortion. It was informative. It was lewd. It was hilarious. Work harder.
The charm and humanity in every single episode of High Maintenance, the Seinfeld -esque bumblings of a weed delivery guy in New York City, create delicious edibles dosed for a good time but not a long time.
The Expanse Network: Syfy Syfy never managed to get The Expanse to break as big as Battlestar Galactica , but that failure was never for lack of quality. This hard space epic, based on the series of novels by James S.
The show was such a surprise sleeper hit in its first season. How would it do now that it had buzz?
The answer is: Even better. The comedy has the unique ability to make filming with four cameras in front of a live audience seem simultaneously a throwback to the TV of yesteryear and a fresh new way of bringing stories to life.
Covering everything from LGBTQ rights and immigration to dating and depression, the series is anchored by the two extraordinary women at its center: Rita Moreno and Justina Machado, whose chemistry as mother and daughter find fullest in expression in two wrenching late-season entries.
These women are so vibrant and authentic that while watching them you have to remind yourself that they are just characters on TV. Far from uncomplicatedly nostalgic, Lodge 49 is, rather, a humane, tenderhearted examination of the communities that emerge where others have withered, and perhaps the finest treatment of the Great Recession and its aftermath yet to appear on TV.
Its titular hero and his ever-widening group of friends and family—some human, some sentient crystal alien refugees called the Crystal Gems—are stuck in an intergalactic war, after all.
Fans of Steven Universe tend to celebrate its remarkable diversity and affirmation of love in all its forms, across boundaries and binaries, most loudly—and rightly so. In the final moments of the second season finale, in a surprise and rather nonsensical twist, June Elisabeth Moss gives her baby to a mentally unstable Emily Alexis Bledel so that they can escape to Canada.
Emily Alexis Bledel worked in the brutal conditions of the Colonies. June was violently raped while pregnant. The horror of life in Gilead was unrelenting. What will she do in Season Three?
Whose side will she be on? Those days are over.
We know where all these roads lead, but the journey of Better Call Saul has been full of twists and detours that we could never have imagined. The wildly influential show ended its run with a four-episode arc set 1, years in the future, retelling the final days of Finn and Jake in the Land of Ooo and their fight against an evil chaos god named GOLB.
Just bring tissues for when the songs kick in. The Haunting of Hill House is a dramatic gut-punch, a riveting tale of familial trauma and betrayal, and a scary-as-hell ghost story.
The narrative is nonsense—animation has been great since the early s, and has stayed great—but BoJack Horseman merits the hype. Somehow, an animated tragicomedy about a selfish, egotistical actor battling addiction and mental illness who also happens to be an anthropomorphic horse has become a uniquely compelling meditation on fame, pain, relationships, and our cultural moment.
Oh, and the animal gags are to die for. I am grateful for this show, every day.
But not Barry. Thanks to its nuanced lead performance by Bill Hader , impeccable direction by Hader and Atlanta mainstay Hiro Murai, and constant entertainment provided by Henry Winkler, the hitman-turned-actor comedy actually worked, and then some.
It showed a man that was perfectly competent and perfectly depressed, whose escape from that depression was a rocky one filled with loss, violence, and pain—all in the pursuit of one goddamn good thing in this world.
And it was hilarious from top to bottom. The second season of The Good Fight made me downright giddy. Understanding that so many of us feel held hostage by the current administration, each episode title corresponded to the number of days in the Trump presidency to that point.
There were episodes devoted to immigration, MeToo and, yes, the pee tape.
I adored the subversive hilarity of the crazy-but-not-so-crazy-given-the-world-we-live-in news reports Diane Christine Baranski was always tuned into. Lucca Cush Jumbo had a baby. Marissa Sarah Steele became a full-fledged investigator.
Diane tried micro-dosing. There was even a terrific spoof of Schoolhouse Rock!
Premise[ edit ] A year after the series finale of The Good Wife , an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell and wipes out the savings of her mentor, Diane Lockhart.
The freedom of being on a streaming platform and only having 13 episodes per season gave the show a vibrant undercurrent of taking no prisoners. No show is funnier.