Saturday, December 24, 2016
In years past, I collaborated on a year-end Best Of list with various other luminaries from Chud.com. Now that I'm on my own, the list will be more unfiltered and nonsensical, and also separated into individual entries. Oh, and it's scripted TV only (it's simpler that way). The ordering of said list is largely arbitrary, but if strict quantification of artistic merit makes you feel safe and aroused, consider this #2.
2. BOJACK HORSEMAN (NETFLIX)
4. ATLANTA (FX)
3. GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
5. THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (NETFLIX)
Friday, December 23, 2016
6. THE AMERICANS (FX)
While Keri Russell and Mathew Rhys continue to give hands down the best dramatic performances on television, and ringers like Frank Langella, Dylan Baker, and Character Actress Margo Martindale (whose cold-blooded Soviet spook is somehow her second most frightening appearance on this year’s list), it was Holly Taylor that really stepped up to deliver the most memorable moments. In a season with potent chemical weapons on the loose and shocking deaths rearing their heads, Paige took the cake with her first, deeply conflicted forays into grooming assets. When she has her first kiss, we can tell that even she is not sure if it’s because she likes the boy or to set up a honeypot scenario. And I still can't even decide which would be worse. It's not shattering in the same way the death of a beloved character is, but the weight of the blow lands all the same.