I watch a lot of TV. I love it. It makes me happy on the inside. So much so that I get a little tingly when I discover a new show that I know I’m going to binge. I actually get offended when people in my industry say they don’t watch TV. Or worse, they don’t even own a TV. That’s like saying you’re a barista who doesn’t drink coffee. Or an author who doesn’t read books. Get outta here with that nonsense. Seriously. Don’t say that shit to me. If you’re in the entertainment industry you have to be on Fayboo and Twitter and you have to own a TV. Now that I’ve scolded my imaginary foes, here’s the top 5 dramas I loved this year and will probably continue to love in 2016. Don’t worry. My comedy list is on the way.
This show totally caught me by surprise. It’s a dark, twisted look at the world of hacking through the eyes of a drug addict named Elliot. I know you’re thinking, “but Heather you’re always so upbeat and perky. How can you like this show?” The answer is: I don’t know. It just sucks you in. I think maybe it’s because it’s a story we haven’t heard before. And visually it’s shot in a really unique way. The lead actor Rami Malek underplays his part so much that he’s practically whispering his lines in some cases but still very believable as this messed up hacker. Also, Christian Slater is in it. Nuff said.
If you like alternate universe/timeline stories then this show is for you. It tells the story of what could have happened to the US if Germany and Japan had won World War 2. Based on a novel, it takes place in 1962 and the details of this story are frighteningly realistic. I’ve been binge watching it since Christmas and it’s fair to say I’m hooked.
Marvel’s tale of Jessica Jones wasn’t really my style at first. I wasn’t hooked on the pilot and didn’t believe Krysten Ritter as this invincible superhero with a dark edge. But as anyone in TV will tell you the pilot doesn’t always give the best idea of what the show will be like. So I kept at it (thanks to my wise husband) and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this tale of a broken woman who finds strength to go after her ex-lover and try to stop his reign of terror.
I don’t know what I can say about Game of Thrones that hasn’t been said already. This show is violent, dark, graphic, and sadistic. And yet I love it so much it makes me wish I lived in this world and slept next to Jon Snow to keep warm at night. I refuse to believe he’s dead because I swear to God if they kill off one more character that I love I’m going to seriously think about not watching anymore. Jon Snow lives!
I could watch Stephen Amell knit and it would still be the best hour of my life. So even though I question some of the plot points, and acting (Laurel I’m looking at you), the way this show is stylized makes me believe these people actually exist. And want to be rescued by the Arrow. But only if he has to perform mouth-to-mouth in order to save my life. That’s totally not a creepy fantasy right?