Hello! Thought for my final post of the year I would post about my top 10 tv shows of the year!
10.Tiger King – This was released near the start of the first UK lockdown this year and seemed to be what everyone was watching at one point! The series quickly made house hold names of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. Even though there was a lot of hype around this show, I do have to say it is probably one of the most entertaining documentary series I have ever watched just for sheer amount of craziness. This show definitely proves that sometimes reality really is stranger than fiction.
9. Ratched – I’ve long been a fan of Ryan Murphy’s work and this year we saw many of his new projects drop on Netflix including Ratched. Sarah Paulson stars in this prequel series based around the character of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as American Horror Story it was still and enjoyable binge watch and Sarah Paulson is pretty much good in everything.
8. The Boys – I found the second series of The Boys even better than the first and Stormfront makes a great villain for the second season alongside other big bad Homelander. Also who doesn’t love some Billy Joel?
7. The Haunting of Bly Manor -The people that brought us The Haunting Of Hill House in 2018 returned with another offering from The Haunting anthology. I was sceptical at first as I loved Hill House so much but when I accepted Bly Manor was a different beast and not Hill House 2, I really enjoyed it. I especially liked the love story between Dani and Jamie and that ending still hurts!
6. This Country – Final season of BBC Three’s cotswold comedy This Country was another highlight of the year for me, in a year where a great comedy show is needed most! I am sad that this is the last outing for Kerry and Kurtan but hopefully there will be more some time in the future. Living in and around the cotswolds most of my life I have found that this show really captures the area very well.
5. Umbrella Academy – The second season of the Umbrella Academy saw the main characters scattered through time to different years of the 60s. It’s been a while since I saw the first season but I do think this season was better, I got through the episodes very fast which is a good sign. I’m interested to see where they go next after that finale!
4. I May Destroy You – This comedy/drama from Michaela Coel follows author Arabella who is trying to finish up writing her second book while also dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault. The show definitely goes into some very dark territory, but also has some great comedic moments too. I enjoyed how the show played around with the format of story telling eg flashing back to different moments from Arabella’s past in some episodes and the twisty but clever finale. A sign of a great show is being left with a feeling of wanting more and this show definitely left me wanting more, even though I think it really works as a limited series.
3. Dark – The final season of this mind bending, time travel, scifi thriller came to a very satisfying conclusion this year. I have to be honest, I don’t always understand what is going on in Dark as their are so many things happening! You’ve got the stories going on different time lines and this season introduced an alternate dimension so it is hard to keep up. But that being said there is so much attention to detail, the story is pretty air tight. I recommend non-german speakers watch with subtitles rather than the dubbed version which Netflix loves to default to for some reason!
2. Schitt’s Creek – Another final season of one of my favourites. I will have to do a Schitt’s Creek post at some point as I love this show so much and very deserving of all the awards it won this year. This show had just got better and better throughout its run and was given a fitting farewell. If you haven’t binged this series yet, do yourself a favour! (All seasons are on Netflix UK) – Moira spinoff anyone?
1. The Queen’s Gambit – Who knew a show about chess could be so emotional, exciting and also addictive? The Queen’s Gambit feels like a long movie (in the best way) we follow chess prodigy Beth Harmon’s life from child to young adult. This series is a perfect example of what a limited series should be, satisfying but also doesn’t over stay its welcome. Like I said a story about set around Chess doesn’t seem like it should work but it really does! Anya Taylor-Joy does a great job of portraying Beth Harmon as do Isla Johnston and Annabeth Kelly who play younger versions of the character. Overall a extremely solid series which I can see being on the top of many best of lists this year!