2016 kinda sucked in the real world.
But on tv?
2016 was totally rocking.
So, in an effort to help you find something you might thoroughly enjoy in 2017, here are some of my top picks.
Westworld: I’ll be honest…Real Man and I tried to watch this show together, but because of it’s time slot, I kept falling asleep within the first few minutes.
So, I decided to make it a treadmill show (until the treadmill died…another casualty of 2016) and found myself quickly spending ALL of my time on the treadmill making my way through Westworld.
I understand that the original Westworld was a 1973 film, and while I am usually totally into checking out the originals of things, this time, I want to stick with the current version.
This is one of the most creative shows I have seen in a very long time and it keeps you guessing throughout the entire first season.
I was so disappointed when I realized that we were at the end of the season and that, because it was an HBO show, I probably wouldn’t get to see it again for another year, but then Real Man reminded me that we can just go back and watch it again, because we certainly missed a lot the first time around. Hindsight, and all that.
This is my #1 cable pick for anyone looking for a show to watch.
Disclaimer: I have been typing this post for awhile and edited it right before posting because, OMG, DH and I just binge-watched this over the past two nights and I need other people to watch this so that I have someone to bounce ideas and theories off of!
The OA completely capitvated me and messed with my mind. I really loved this story and am partially hoping for a season 2 and at the same time thinking that any addition to the story will be like all of James Patterson’s novels that he writes with other people after his early success…just in it for the money.
I started The Crown after a recommendation from a friend and devoured the first episode with my phone in hand, open to Safari, so I could Google everything I was seeing to find out what was true and what was Hollywood.
I am a total Anglophile and love all things British and royal. I get it from my Mom who had us stop everything when we were at my grandparents one summer so we could all sit and watch the wedding of Charles and Diana along with the rest of the world.
The Crown begins with the story of Queen Elizabeth II when she was a young woman in the days before her father died and she became the Queen of England. The historian in me ate every piece of it up, and the person who loves to be entertained was thoroughly so.
The fact that I’m an enormous Dr. Who fan can be my precursor to recommending Timeless. I could also mention that one of my favorite movies of all time, despite the fact that it was poorly acted and poorly executed, was Time Cop. I’m a sucker for time travel.
Timeless has a group of people who were recruited to travel through time to stop this man who seems intent on changing the future. Throughout the season, so far, we are given clues as to what he is trying to do, but not the full picture. While, at times, I wish they would just tell us what the heck is going on, it is definitely the continued mystery that keeps me coming back in conjunction with the different eras of history that continue to be depicted.
DC Legends of Tomorrow
Sticking with the theme of time travel, but in a much less mature, but highly entertaining fashion, is the CW’s DC Legends of Tomorrow. Unlikely superheroes team up to go through history and try to change a desolate future. Pretty bad acting, not great story line, but I am hooked. I think I watched Season 1 in a matter of days, and they are in the middle of Season 2, right now, so you have plenty of time to catch up.
This is Us
I have yet to watch one episode of This is Us without crying. Not silent, gentle tears. Big, sobby ones. It has been a wonderful replacement for Parenthood, which I thought I would never say, because I loved everything about that show. But, This is Us has likeable characters, plausible storylines, and does a an amazing job at making you care about the characters.
I’m a sucker for a show or movie about demons, angels, devils, gods.
This is a good one.
It’s about Lucifer…yes, the actual Devil, who has escaped from Hell and has come to Earth.
And he is the protagonist of the show.
Which is a fantastic concept.
The show makes me laugh and it makes me think, as they show Lucifer struggle with his developing humanity and fall in love.
If you’ve seen anything in 2016 that you think I would enjoy, please, leave it in the comments! I’m always looking for something new to watch while I exercise!