Top 30 Shows of 2016

So, in spite of the fact that I only very occasionally post on this site anymore, the tradition continues. It began for me as a list of my favorite episodes of the past year and recently I shifted my focus on just narrowing it down to my 30 favorite shows because there are far too many great episodes to consider. When making this list, I very much take the new Emily Gilmore approach in that if a show doesn’t bring me joy–even if it’s well made and well-acted–I throw it away. I only make room for the shows I’m excited about. So there are a few notable exceptions on this list but there are also a whole lot of worthy shows, some of them underrated and under the radar, many others appropriately heralded on countless other lists.

Now, keep in mind, this is a list compiled by me and me alone and while I did watch a ton of TV this year (and every year), I can’t watch everything. So some shows that received a good bit of praise this year (Horace and Pete, BoJack Horseman) aren’t on here simply because I haven’t seen them. And I’m making the new rule that if your entire series drops mid-December or later, you’re only eligible for the following year’s list. So, if season two of The Man in The High Castle or season one of The OA end up being the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, I’ll acknowledge them next year. And if your favorite show isn’t on the list, it’s probably because I didn’t like it so feel free to react in appropriate outrage.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen a particularly show, skip reading about it because there will be SPOILERS.

AGAIN, THIS IS MY WARNING THAT THIS ENTIRE POST IS FILLED WITH SPOILERS FOR MOST OF THE SHOWS LISTED SO READ WITH CAUTION.

Now that I’ve covered my bases and with those limitations in mind, please enjoy my list of the Top 30 Shows of 2016.

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A Review of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

It’s been  a while since I’ve written a proper review but this site remains for my own vanity so I have a place to spew my thoughts on TV whenever I see fit. It’d be hard to find something more fitting than the return of Gilmore Girls, certainly one of the most formative shows of my youth and a series I’ve revisited several times as I truly love this quirky world that blurs the lines between outright whimsy and brutal honesty. There has never been a show that captures quite the same tone and sparkling wit that Gilmore Girls possessed during its 7 years on the air (even in its lesser seventh season) and the most important thing about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is that it recaptures all of that for the most part. There certainly isn’t any real way to completely recreate something nine years later and have it still feel exactly like it did during a particular moment in time, but A Year in the Life comes awfully close and anyone that was pining for more Gilmore Girls certainly got it. Not a B-version or a sad imitation but the genuine article and it was a thoroughly satisfying experiencing to reenter Stars Hollow again for eight hours last weekend. SPOILERS AHEAD….

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