TV Shows that surprised you in 2016
What shows surprised you this year?
For me it was Netflix's The Get Down. This was a show that I was not looking forward to. Even though I love hip-hop, I'm not a fan of Baz Luhrmann. Plus, when it came out nobody was talking about it so I gave it a pass. But, a few friends of mine and critics I like started raving about it, so I finally gave it a shot.
I wasn't really digging the pilot, but then the characters arrive at the get down with Grand Master Flash at the helm and at that moment I was hooked. It's got a great cast, cool music, and a ton of heart. It doesn't always work, but when it does, it sings (pardon the pun). It's got such an infectious energy about it. It's also interesting in the way they try to blend grainy, gritty docu footage of The Bronx in 1977 with crisp colorful vibrant scenes, and kung fu style. It's quite unlike anything else I saw this year.
Also to those who are not fans of Baz Luhrmann, he only directed the pilot. Ed Bianchi of Deadwood, The Wire, and Boardwalk Empire fame directed a bunch of the other episodes.
It's only got 6 episodes so far, but the second half of the season are supposed to come out in 2017.
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Stranger things. Mainly because it lived up to the hype. Think I was about 3 weeks late and it was all anyone was talking about. It was actually kind of annoying and surprised I wasn't spoiled by anything. Yet it delivered and was one of my favorites of the year.
A surprise disappointment for me was Mr Robot season 2 and whatever half of the season the walking dead was in the spring. Won't beat on a dead horse any more though.
More surprise hits than duds. If there was anything good that came from 2016 it was television.
Another is "This is Us". I thought it was going to be just another cookie-cutter network drama, bound to be cancelled by the end of the season, but halfway through the pilot episode I knew I was watching something special. And judging by the ratings and viewer feedback, almost everyone else on the planet did, too. It's just so real, raw, emotional, and so relatable in many different ways. Highly, highly recommended.
Hoping, assuming, there will be a S2.
Probably too whimsical and Dr Who like for a Bald Move podcast.
For a show that surprised me.....I'd say Season One of Casual