And it was a family sitcom that managed to turn the genre on its head; every time its lead character would put his family first, instead of reaching a happy ending, things would devolve into disaster. All we can say is keep an eye out, you may just see more of the small screen represented here on Way Too Indie in the near future. No need to prattle on about the many virtues of the following ten shows by way of introduction. Many years later she was outed and forced to do a year of prison. They are difficult to pull off with finesse, to be sure, but Gilmore Girls nearly always nailed the formula. From the background gags of chalkboard writings to ridiculous gags of animals acting in their nature despite being anthropomorphized, BoJack Horseman is as goofy as it is despairing. If American Beauty was a savvy study of life and death in middle class America, Six Feet Under proved that Ball was just beginning his examination.
As for its fourth season, no matter what you think of it, it has to be applauded for the risks it took in choosing to tell its story as if it were constructing a puzzle, with the whole picture cohering little by little, and ending with a twist that subverted all three seasons that came before it. This acclaimed dramedy is a difficult series to pin down, encompassing both astute social commentary and untethered absurdism. This acclaimed late '90s anime series is one of the best the genre has ever produced. By fitting nowhere, it could fit anywhere. Death is, after all, the one thing that every human being has in common. And yet the thoughtful conversations and complicated votes depicted in these episodes are still helpful in understanding the issues and even more helpful in understanding why the issues are so divisive, complex, politically charged, and resonant today.
But after a while, the format from which those shows sprung were finally played out. The rest of us zigged where Walt zagged though when he decided to go completely off the rails in his little time left. The Crawley family, led by patriarch Lord Grantham Hugh Bonneville , adhere to the rules of their class standing, dressing for dinner and maintaining propriety. The main premise is political. But then another thousand points can be made simply by listing catchphrases, visual gags, storylines, the songs from The Nightman Cometh, or guest characters.
Whether he's taking out his own brother, dodging cops, or learning lessons from other killers, Dexter is impossible to nail down. Packed with jokes with a density that has to be seen to be believed, it rewarded its audience with running jokes that paid off across seasons and a story that ultimately proved just as emotionally engrossing as any drama. That has not stopped it from being the most-watched drama series in basic cable history, with a viewership of 17. Over 63 episodes it became a sprawling, pastoral tale of love and death and life and loss as viewed through the eyes of a singular American family — who happen to operate a funeral home. Animated series or not, this is arguably one of the best takes on the Dark Knight ever put to screen. She, the most poised and well-spoken woman to ever understand exactly how to use her femininity to befuddle, bemuse, and work her way to the top.
From space-set horror, to mind-bending one-offs, and historical stories that weave into real-life figures, Doctor Who has it all. Michael Straczynski mapping out the concept. The series is a darkly demented version of The Office that gets off on existing in an even less aesthetically pleasing world. The show incorporates technology into the show inventively, especially considering the dated source material. What sets this show lightyears ahead of the rest though is the self-awareness in highlighting disparities and stereotypes between genders and sexes with inventive ways to defy the norms, all while remaining entertaining. His Silicon Valley characters are socially inept, they have embarrassing failures, and act unnecessarily rude or self-interested with one another. Created by crime novelist Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective shifted the paradigms of television before Steven Soderbergh got a chance to do the same.
The Scooby Gang was the embodiment of the idea that we can all find a place, a people, a group — from the cheerleader and prom queen to the book nerd, bad guy, and redeemable demon. Donaghy is the consummate suit — purring, confident, ambitious, impossibly suave. The strength of The Americans is the examination of who we are and the roles we play as husband, wife and parent. Throughout the course of five seasons, the show explored the brokenness and corruption of a system that repeatedly failed its citizens, with each run focused on a different institution in the crime-riddled city of Baltimore. We could interpret Portlandia all day, but that seems to be what someone on Portlandia would do.
His crew — stalwart Zoe, cut-up pilot Wash, brash Jane, and sweet Kaylee — draw the ire of the corrupt Alliance when they harbor fugitives in the form of Simon Tam and his sister River, a traumatized girl with untapped power. Underwood receives a great deal of pleasure from tearing apart your brain by making you root for him to succeed in vile acts. But none of them feel anything like this humble, ambling poem of a series. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5 is a seminal work of science-fiction, molding a story set hundreds of years in the future that blended religion, political rivalry, and space exploration into one beautiful canvas. K has made a living out of black comedy, but to see him treat issues from mental illness to misogyny without a shade of comedy is to see him develop as an artist.
In any given episode she fluctuates between Sarah, the main character and punk-ish single mom, to Ukranian psychopath Helena, soccer mom Alison, studious scientist Cosima, and more recently Tony, a transgendered version of the clones, and a few others. But you could just shut the show off before the final minute and pretend it never happened and it would be on this list. Apparently they realized the ratings power of a diabolical baby and talking dog. The Magicians is available to stream on Netflix, Google Play, Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube, and Vudu. This sitcom takes the lived reality of being a broke twentysomething in the city to surrealist extremes.
This reached breaking point during the period set Christmas special, which may be the most divisive thing Moffat has ever produced in a career of dividing television audiences. I only bring that point up because some people will pin the first 4 seasons against the last 4, but the fact of the matter is either they got bored with the show or frustrated with it and stopped watching it, which is the argument they should be making rather than lying or being lazy by lumping too halves together. What followed were eight of the most gripping episodes of television to date. The show is exciting and witty, eager to upend convention and subvert genre tropes to satisfying effect. The series began the decade's anti-hero boom while exploring the role of violence in America. And Michael, in his fullest form, jib jabs his way through an important client meeting, only to reveal his genuinely nice guy essence by showing he cares about understanding his clients — and, on a larger scale, everyone around him — before hooking up with Jan, a decision that snowballs into another perfect story arc. In the end, the business ideas all end up connecting back to host Nathan Fielder, who has constructed for himself a character that is without a doubt one of the greatest ever seen in the history of television.