Friday Favs: Television of 2018
In the interest of transparency, we originally planned for this second “2018 countdown” post to be about books. But when we sat down to write, we realized we hadn’t actually read many books that were released in 2018. Yikes! That’s not to say we didn’t read great books, or that 2018 releases aren’t on our bookshelves waiting for a quiet moment, but we definitely cannot comment (yet) on the best books of the year. (Note to self: add “find time for reading” to the list of New Year’s resolutions)
So instead, we’re talking about television this week… because we did make time this year for our favorite shows, TBH.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This is fresh on my mind since the second season just hit Amazon, and it is delightful. That’s the best word I can think of to describe this show – it’s just genuinely enjoyable to watch. I have not watched all the new episodes yet because I’m trying to savor and stretch each one, but so far it is just as good as I expected. The tone is a little more somber than the first season, but it is still broken with levity and humor, and like last time, the character development takes center stage.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Timed perfectly to release just before Halloween, The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina was a combination of everything I could ever want in a show: girl power, witches and magic, over-the-top teenage drama, and plenty of dark humor. Sabrina toes the line between your average cheesy teen drama and something much smarter — the satirical presentation of the devil-worshiping witches is a perfect foil for some of the more fanatical aspects of christianity. I can’t wait for season two, but luckily Netflix is giving me a tide-over: a special holiday episode, A Midwinter’s Tale, comes out today!
The Clinton Affair. I’m not sure if this counts as a TV series, but this six-part documentary aired on A&E a few months ago, and it is rivity. It’s crazy to see the Clintons of the 90s when I’m really only familiar with the Clintons of today. And it’s also so weird to see how we as a society treated Monica and Paula in the 90s, and to consider how differently that situation would go down today.
The Good Place. Season three of this hilarious show started on NBC in September, but I caught up on the first two seasons during the past year and I’m so glad that I finally did! Without going into too much detail and spoiling anything, at its most basic premise, The Good Place uses comedy to explore some of the more challenging topics we face as humans, including ethics, philosophy, and religion. The show has done a fantastic job over three seasons of subverting expectations and challenging cultural preconceptions, while developing a creative alternate universe and rich cast of characters that you can’t help but root for.