(note: so WordPress is shrinking the gifs in this post—not sure why, but please bear with it while I try to figure this thing out!)
So after I finished Designated Survivor, I woke up to all ten seasons of Friends available on Netflix. I’ve never seen it from the beginning, but a ten-season show, 25 episodes a season? I like a challenge. It got me thinking—I love watching shows for hours on end, old and new, so here’s a much deliberated list of the best things I couldn’t stop watching last year.
6 from 2017
6. Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad blew my mind when I first saw it, but I’ve not watched it again ever since it ended—watching individual episodes out of context felt awkward. So I took a week in November and rewatched it all. It’s still glorious. Was it always kind of. . .racist though?
I had a lot of free time over the winter break and at one point, clicking ‘next episode’ every 22 minutes became too much of a struggle. I also love rewatching British series after moving here—it was so cool seeing them do their thing at places I’d been at before! (I know it sounds nerdy but it’s cool, I’m Estonian.)
4. Stranger Things
I don’t know how anyone watches this without binging. I had a nice weekend day planned, made a nice breakfast and decided to enjoy it with an episode of Stranger Things. And eight hours later. . .no regrets. The first season was the journey of a lifetime.
3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
I’ve loved Andy Samberg since my crush from when I was 14-ish introduced me to the Lonely Island—but there’s so much more to love about this series! Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother as my whenever, wherever show. Only twenty (-two) minutes for lunch? Time to hate-watch Gina. Can’t sleep? Put it on, you’ve memorised every episode and it’s like a lullaby.
2. Dear White People
I watched this over a weekend in the summer. I’d never thought about anything in that show. It’s so well-written, hilarious, and the episode-per-character format keeps it fresh (bingeable) throughout. And Logan Browning, the lead actress, is absolutely wonderful (even if I could’ve sworn she was Kat Graham from the Vampire Diaries over the first ep.)
1. Master of None
I’M SO HAPPY AZIZ WON THE GOLDEN GLOBE!!! Master of None is one of the best series I’ve ever seen, and definitely the best one I saw last year. Parents, the second episode of the series, may be my favourite episode of any show. I feel like I had a whole spiritual awakening watching it—Aziz exudes enthusiasm, curiosity, honesty, hope—and in a world where Brexit has been evoked and Trump still has Twitter, I think we can all use Dev Shah. I only watched it because I finished rewatching Parks and Rec and I didn’t know what to do with myself but I’d never watched Master of None before because I just couldn’t see him leading a show. It’s an enormous pleasure to admit I was so wrong.
Honourable mentions: Parks and Rec, Rick & Morty, House of Cards, Modern Family, Bojack Horseman
6 for 2018 (I cheat a lot with this)
6. Mad Men
5. Black Mirror
3. The Handmaid’s Tale
2. The West Wing & Veep
1. The Sopranos & The Wire
Honourable mentions: Fargo, The Killing (Danish), The Honorable Woman
What do you think? Any other recommendations for me? (There’s an insane amount of procrastination hours to fill for the reading I have ahead this term.)