I watch a lot of television, from drama to comedy, I have an eclectic taste when it comes to what I watch and what I like. Making a top five list for television is always hard for me because of how much things I watch, and with the Peak TV period we are experiencing right now, doing this list was even more difficult.
And here is my top five list of the year. This list is in alphabetical order because even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have been able to rank them because I did enjoy all of them almost equally.
There will be an honorable mention at the end of this list with some of my other favorite programs that didn’t make a list.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
Developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Phil Klemmer
Look, I know the first season of Legends of Tomorrow wasn’t that good. But in its second season, Legends stop trying to not lean on its silly premise and went full swing with it. With new cast member and a group of villain that made the show so much fun, the second season of Legends played like a real comic book, and it was amazing. While the other Arrowverse shows decided to go more on the somber root, Legends did the exact opposite and came on top as the best DC TV show right now.
With a wide cast and different pairings, the show was able to go deeper into their characters and what makes them such a ragtag team of losers. But the best thing about the second season of Legends was the pairing of its villains. With Damian Dark, Malcolm Merlyn and Eaobard Thawn, the show was able to have created something special and showcase why sometimes the villains are the best part of a show. While you were rooting for the Legends to beat them, you couldn’t help but want to watch more of the Legion of Doom.
Sense 8 (Netflix)
Created by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
When season one of Sense8 aired, it presented us with characters that were nuanced and placed all of them in a world that was buying built slowly but surely. While season one was slow, season two hit the ground running fast. And that was one of the best things it could have done. What Sense8 was able to create was a show about connections and love, it was about being yourself and how the human connection is important. This show was something special that connected people from all over the world, something that was seen when Netflix canceled it and then had to go back and make one last two-hour movie because of the backlash they got.
Sense8 is a special show, the premise alone is not easy to understand, and many didn’t get past the first episode of the first season but let me make a case for this show. What makes this show so special is that it’s about love. How love and human connection is at the center of everything and the most important message in this show is reinstated in the first episode of the second season with one of the most heartfelt speeches in the whole series. If you have never given Sense8 a chance, do it is an amazing sci-fi series about human connection and deserves a lot more love then it ever got.
Created by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Let me tell you one thing, this list changed a lot over the weeks it took me to decide what shows would be on it. The only one that was always on this list was Sweet/Vicious. This little gem that we lost too soon could have been so much bigger had it been on any other channel. This show was so good, it’s perfect first season should have been just the beginning and yet we only got one season. It was one of the only show that never tried to make the sexual assault as just a plot device and instead showed it for what it was. Telling the story of Jules and Ophelia who team up and become vigilantes on their campus to combat sexual assault was something that was empowering and so amazing. It was just a perfect show that ended too soon.
Sweet/Vicious was the perfect show and maybe if it had aired closer to all the allegations that have been coming out in Hollywood, it would not have been canceled and it’s a shame that it was. This show was everything a show should be, it was everything it needed to be and yet we lost it so fast. It was a perfect show that I will continue to enjoy even now that it has been canceled.
The Good Place (NBC)
Created by Michael Shur
This show on its own shouldn’t this good and yet The Good Place took its place in my heart as one of the best comedy in a long time. Created by the man behind Park and Rec as well as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place has a silly premise. A woman (Kristen Bell) dies and finds herself in The Good Place guided by the architect of the neighborhood where she is put (Ted Danson) only there’s one problem, she isn’t supposed to be in The Good Place. This show created one of the best seasons with silly things and ideas that seemed far reached and yet nothing prepared us for the ending of the first season where it turned everything on its head and created one of the best twists ever on television.
The second season, now airing on NBC, is even better with now the twist in full swing and while I do not want to reveal too much, this show doesn’t hold back. The characters are over the top and yet all lovable. Each episode makes you laugh even more then before and has carved a place in my heart as one of the best television series.
The Magicians (Syfy)
Created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara
What if a group of obnoxious and egocentric young adults also happened to be Magicians? That is exactly what this show is. It’s wild, it’s bold and it’s over the top and yet it works so well. In its second season, The Magicians went even further in its mythology. With a cast of colorful character, it was able to make it that what you thought was the whole plot of the season only be for a few episodes. It went further into the book’s mythology but it was also able to create something outside of the original source material.
What makes The Magicians so good is that it’s over the top and it knows it. The way the show travels so fast through its storyline and it works so well that you can’t help but want more. With the third season around the corner, The Magicians found a way to reinvent itself by the end of its second season and it will be prove to be an even bigger challenge for them when the show starts again.
Honorable Mention List
Master of None (Netflix), She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix), The Crown (Netflix), Marvel’s Runaway (Hulu), Stranger Things (Netflix), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Mr. Robot (USA Network), 12 Monkeys (Syfy), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX), Black Mirror (Netflix), Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access), Doctor Who (BBC), Dear White People (Netflix), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC), The Good Fight (CBS All Access), Lucifer (FOX), One Day At A Time (Netflix), The Bold Type (Freeform).