It’s no coincidence that most of my choices for the best shows of the year features great roles for women. I many be biased, but there seemed to be far more nuance and complexity in many of the women on our tv screens this year than in the male roles. Finally! The women on my top 5 shows are a real mixture but each brilliant in their own way.
2017 was a pretty good year for TV with some great shows coming to an end and other exciting new shows. This is the first of two posts about the shows that I can’t say were the best, but I enjoyed, plus some good ones that didn’t make my top 20. Also, a few of my let-downs from 2017’s TV year
With so much TV around, when a show like Gypsy gets a critical kicking, you tend to think it’s not going to be much good. Ha! What do critics know! This show is my new obsession right now. Dropping on Netflix on 30th June 2017, this 10 part drama starring Naomi Watts had a strange pedigree. Yes, Watts is the main draw, plus Sam Taylor-Johnson is an exec producer and directed the first two episodes. However the show is created and mostly written by a total newcomer, Lisa Rubin.
The Autumn shows have started rolling out now, but a quick look back at some of the highs and lows of the summer tv shows including the pleasant surprises of American Gothic and Braindead, a scrappy second season of UnREAL and Mr Robot continuing to baffle.
This last month has seen the usual round of cancellations and there were some quite painful ones this year but also some inexplicable renewals!
Cancelled and it Hurts!
Agent Carter. Noooooo! Peggy, come back! Marvel’s ABC TV show never got great ratings, but was well liked by critics and its fans were very devoted. I am not sure why it didn’t do so great. The train of thought that women viewers watch shows with men and women characters but male viewers don’t like shows with female leads is a depressing thought if true. However, comic books do tend to appeal to boys more. They are written largely by men and feature mostly male characters. You only have to look at all the superheroes and the recent films. Agent Carter was the first Marvel show (or film) to have a female lead, and a female with no actual superpowers at that! It led the way Jessica Jones on Netflix and next year there will finally be a Wonder Woman film. Continue reading Gone…but not forgotten!
This week I’ve been re-watching an old CBS lawyer show called The Guardian, notable for being Simon Baker’s first TV series before he hit it huge with The Mentalist. Baker is super charming, with a twinkling smile and highly charismatic as con man psychic turned crime fighter on The Mentalist, but for me the show ran out of steam very badly once they solved the Red John mystery (the man who killed Patrick Jane’s family) and followed the dull predictable route of pairing up Jane with Robin Tunney’s character.
Skipping through the TV channels several years back, I came across The Guardian and immediately spotted a younger, shorter haired Baker and started watching. Running on CBS from 2001 to 2003 for 3 seasons, The Guardian featured Baker as Nick Fallin, a hot shot lawyer who is busted for drugs and as part of his probation, is given 1500 hours of community service Continue reading Forget The Mentalist…Revisting The Guardian
Music, Comedy, Insanity! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend defied low ratings and an off putting title to be one of the best new shows this year. Rachel Bloom had been producing clever YouTube videos for a while before creating this show with Aline Brosh McKenna (screen writer of The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses and more). The show follows slightly insane Rebecca who quits her NYC job as a lawyer to move to West Covina, California largely because she is hung up on Josh Chan, a sort of boyfriend from her past.
The above song is one of my favourites of a stellar season and like most of the songs, is clever and funny but also damn good musically. Love it!
As a non-American with no idea who OJ Simpson was apart from that guy in the Airplane! movies, the 1995 trial of OJ Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman didn’t have the impact on me here in the UK that it did in the USA. I was aware of it and the fact that he was probably guilty but got off thanks to clever lawyers was about all I remembered. However, as a Ryan Murphy fan I was interested (although all these shows with ‘America’ and ‘Crime’ in their title definitely confuses my Plex Media server!)
The movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice opened a few days before Supergirl featured a visit from The Flash and I know which one I liked better!
The movie was DC’s attempts to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) by cramming in Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and glimpses of Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg all packaged as a grim and dark supposedly serious and portentous brooding movie. The tone of the TV DC universe could not be more different. Greg Berlanti who began with a pretty dark Oliver Queen in Arrow has shown a much lighter touch with The Flash and now Supergirl and the key word that comes to mind is ‘fun’. Both Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin are young and ..well, CHEERFUL! Pretty much polar opposite to their movie counterparts Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill who I don’t think cracked a smile throughout that overlong film! Continue reading Supergirl shows Batman vs Superman how to do a Crossover!
The 100 returned with another episode that dealt with the aftermath of Lexa’s death, and killed off yet another main characters – oh and about 8 others too!
After the all-Arkadia episode 8, it was back to Polis for Stealing Fire, episode 9 that saw the return of Ontari, the Ice Nation nightblood who has her eye on taking the flame and becoming the new Commander. Continue reading The 100 Kills it Again!