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KING Of All Schmoes
Honorable Mentions - The A-Word, American Dad, TMNT, Mike and Molly, Lucha Underground, WWE Raw, WWE Smackdown Live, NXT, Suits, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, iZombie, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, New Girl, Lethal Weapon, Limitless, Modern Family, Fear the Walking Dead, Insecure, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-man, Gotham, Grey's Anatomy, and Preacher.
Last year, on a very boring day I asked myself, "Whatever happened to Anna Faris?" After a quick google search I came upon this gem of a sitcom and binged the hell out of its three seasons leading up to its fourth that started last year...and I regret absolutely nothing. Faris and the uproarious Allison Janney portray an estranged daughter and Mother who try to repair their heavily damaged relationship while attempting to stay clean and sober after a near-lifetime of drugs, sex, alcohol, and debauchery. This crass yet extremely witty look at addiction and family is too funny for its own good at times and yet stays true to its subject matter throughout. I'm glad I took a shot on this one because it's one of the best comedies on television right now. And I still love me some Anna Faris. Though I doubt that was ever a query.
While I'm not the most knowledgeable Star Wars fan, I still can NOT get over how far Star Wars Rebels has come in just two seasons. It has seriously kept me coming back as its story and writing has grown from harmless kiddie show to a legitimate and engaging saga in the mythology that not only pays homage to whats come before but establishes the in-between and future sagas amazingly. Add onto that the animation is beyond flawless and is just wondrous to behold. I've said it before and I'll say it again - Between this series, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One, Star Wars has become magical again. Can't wait to see what comes next in this season and beyond.
B-99 continues to be the best comedy on television today, Bar None. Every episode is riotously hilarious and this series has succeeded in not only keeping its rhythm with these characters as the seasons pass but also furthering their respective stories without losing what made their chemistry impeccable in the first place. Add onto that an increasing number of surprising and fantastic guest stars (the standouts being Craig Robinson and Jason Mantzoukas) and you've got a series that's here to stay. I want more more more and I can't wait to get it. 99 Rules!
Even though I'll always consider it the Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division from the 90s Spider-man series, this series has quickly set a place in my heart that won't leave anytime soon. This latest season has gone ballistic with the introduction of one of Marvel's greatest characters - Ghost Rider. And while many were worried how his inclusion would affect the show as a whole, those very fears were put to bed as the supernatural element fit the narrative surprisingly well and the presentation of the Spirit of Vengeance was solid. Along with that, this show is still a well put together companion piece to the major Marvel hits of the last decade and does a stellar job in crafting its own story-lines while adding that connection to the events of Phase Two and Three as well as the expanding mythos. I may be putting a bit much on it but there's no doubt in my mind that the skies the limit for the little comic show that could. Though, its not so little any longer.
This meticulous drama continues to be an enigma, wrapped in a mystery and coated in a jigsaw puzzle. And while the finale of season 2 offered up plenty of answers and revelations while also adding a ton of ambiguously stunning queries, its still very tough to say just what is truly going on in the grand scheme of this wildly intriguing series. As it stands though its execution is insurmountably thought-provoking, tension filled, and well-crafted in all areas. If you haven't watched it you should because you'll be witness to something you haven't experienced before; Methodical, Calculating, and 100% Brilliant.
Donald Glover continues to present his triple-threat creativity as he produces, writes, and stars in this ambitious and transfixing show. If there was a series that caught me off-guard the most last year it was this one especially with those groovy and haunting promos that surfaced back in 2015. A mature yet inquisitive look into the lives of African-Americans living in its titular city, but with relevance to our times and reverence as it speaks to this generations highs, lows, and struggles. Additionally its execution, performances, music and questions it places on poverty, stereotypes, crime, race, ignorance, and the overall community at large are staggering to say the least. AND if that wasn't great enough, this show is also pretty damn funny and provides its laughs in and out of its message with wit and poise. While its going to be a long time from now, I can't wait to see what happens in season 2.
I don't mind bestowing this series as "The little show that could" because, like its plot, it remains a gigantic mystery as to where it may lead and when it might abruptly end. When season 1 premiered in 2015 there were only several episodes ordered as NBC didn't particularly know if it was going to completely bank on this sort of show. But as its intelligence, story, performances, and action continued to grow in its awesomeness, so did its fan-base. Now halfway through its 2nd season that question mark is still there, but with each riveting and engaging episode with its great cast, the momentum continues to build and skies the limit on just how far its main character; the indomitable and insanely tattooed Jane Doe, can take us all further down the rabbit hole.
There's no denying that the struggles of Rick Grimes and the desperate survivors of the zombie apocalypse makes for gripping television, and this latest season has upped the ante significantly with the introduction of the biggest threat this weary group has ever faced - the dominant Negan (a game-changing portrayal by Jeffrey Deadn Morgan) and his army, the Saviors. Harrowing, abysmal, gut-wrenching and unrelenting in the gruesome moments, this show continues to strive in creating bleek, powerful imagery and pushing the limits of modern storytelling, crafting one of the greatest thrillers and dramas of today. Or ever. With a new set of episodes coming soon promising a revolution and all-out war, needless to say, we haven't seen anything yet....which can only mean more uncompromising horror, more unmitigated captivation, and more pure brilliance. Time to Rise Up.
I've said it before and I'll say it ONE. MORE. TIME....The DC extended universe in the theaters has absolutely nothing on what has been steadily growing on the small screen for the last 5 years. Say what you will about the overall quality of each of the four shows (And web series) that occupy the CW network, but for me, this universe has never lost its charm, its fun, and its exuberance. This remains a love letter to fans and basically everything DC from the past, present, and future. What started with The Green Arrow has now reached a gigantic platform that's just too damn good to pass up. Add onto that now we have Supergirl joining the Frey and you have something truly special on our hands. If you have a chance to check out the massive crossover event go ahead and do so as it not only was extremely solid, but showcased each shows strength and standing within its universe in a momentous way. While I may need a minute to catch up on Supergirl, there's no doubt the adulation I have for Arrow, Flash, and Legends. It's the best thing DC has to offer and we can only hope the films will catch up to this. One can only hope.
I realize how much I'm cheating here but I can't help it. I just couldn't decide which one of these shows stood at the top of the mountain. And since 3 DC shows shared a spot this might as well. I mean, who DIDN'T talk about these shows last year? From LC's music to Jon Bernthal's otherworldly performance as The Punisher to that 2nd dope-ass Hallway fight to Mahershala Ali's portrayal of Cottonmouth to CLAIRE continuing to be the Nick Fury of Netflix to this to that to this. The list goes on and on. But its not simply because Harlem's Hero and The Man without Fear share a universe that these two are here. And believe it or not, it's not because they are two near perfect shows about superheroes....No sir true believers...these phenomenal shows are here because, at their truest forms, they are about good people trying their best to not only save their cities and those they care for.....but also themselves on the inside and out. These shows unapologetically tackle some of the most relevant and hardcore issues plaguing our world today as well as what's transpiring in the Marvel Universe. What's truly remarkable is if you took all the superpowers out of the equation, these would still showcase outstanding dramas with all the same traits and positive adjectives that I've mentioned. The superpowers elements here are honestly just bonuses which just catapults each series onto another level of intense, gripping storytelling and wondrous moments that would satisfied all types of fans alike. I really can't praise these shows enough. And for me...after Iron Fist smashes his way into the scene this year, the true culmination of this will be all these fantastic characters uniting for THE DEFENDERS. Yet, until then, this is the perfect example of comic adaptations done right....and executed with passion, respect, symmetry, and overall quality that sit next to...or above any significant medium. Sweet Christmas indeed.
Thanks for Reading and taking the time, schmoes!