Television

Ranked: The Best TV Shows of 2016 (that I actually watched)

My love for “television” started on September 22, 2004.

That’s the day that Lost premiered on ABC, and it completely changed how I watched TV. In all of those years since I started taking TV seriously, 2016 is, without question, the best year of TV watching I have experienced.

Everything was just so damn good this year, and while I was only able to give my full attention to a handful of shows out of the 400+ scripted series currently airing, I’m very happy with what I saw. Continue reading

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Every movie, TV episode, and live event I saw in 2016

I did something different in 2016 – I decided to keep track of everything I watched.

Why? Who knows.

Since January 1st, 2016, I wrote down every movie, episode of television, and live event I watched in the Notes app on my iPhone.

If my count is correct, I watched 80 movies and 317 episodes of TV in 2016.

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My favorite pop culture things (so far) in 2016

2016 hasn’t been that great.

I could go on and on about Donald Trump, or Orlando, or Brexit to explain why, but I think most people get it.

Pop culture has become more than something I like. It’s becoming, more and more, something I find comfort in.

And luckily, pop culture hasn’t disappointed this year. In fact, so far, things have been pretty good, especially on the TV front. Continue reading

2015 in Review: The Best of Television

As of today, I’ve watched 14 television shows this year.

Not enormously impressive, I know, but I was impressed in what I saw this year.

Some shows, like Better Call Saul, surprised me in how good they were.

Others, like True Detective, are examples of high hopes shattered into billions of pieces.

I think the best way to to commemorate my thoughts on the year in television is to rank what I have seen, and then talk about what some of my favorite TV things were in 2015.

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2014 in Review: The Best Stuff of 2014

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Personally, 2014 has been a crazy year. The quick version of the story is that I graduated college, moved and started my first real world job. 2014 has also been a crazy year for pop culture. 2014 produced a lot of good things, and below you’ll find a list of my favorite of those good things. Continue reading

Ranking All 9 Seasons of “The Office” from Worst to Best

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“I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder-Mifflin was a great subject for a documentary. There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” -Pam

Say what you will about how the U.S. version of The Office ended, but I have to agree with Pam’s above quote from the series finale. Based on the U.K. series of the same name, The Office ran on NBC for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. Its mockumentary style gave the audience the sense that they were following these ordinary people’s ordinary lives, yet the setting of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company’s Scranton branch created an atmosphere that everything these characters did really did matter in the grand scheme of things.

Still, not everything was extraordinary about the ordinary, and some seasons and story lines were much better than others. With just over a year since the series finale of The Office aired, time has allowed the entire series (201 episodes in all…can you believe it?) to sink in. It’s now time to rank all nine seasons of the show from worst to best.

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