Here are shows 1 thru 5 of my Top TV of 2016!
5. Transparent – On a surface level you can say that Transparent deals with the issue that arise when a late middle age man with adult children decides to start living her life as a woman. But I see much more in this show. We see that the transformation from Mort to Maura is not something that happened in one day. And we see that this is the case with the entire family. In this third season we get more insight into Mort’s childhood and we see that his ex-wife Shelly has her own story that illuminates and somewhat justifies her selfish behaver.
4. Mr. Robot – I think that your enjoyment of this show is directly proportional to your faith that Sam Esmail has a road map and all of the mysteries have logical answers and all this will not just be a figment of Elliot’s imagination. Or you could just not care and simply love Sam Esmail’s vision and how he is able to capture it on camera in a way that is mind blowing and entertaining. I’m the latter. It is a shame that so many of us are so caught up in what we expect to happen that we can’t enjoy what is actually right in front of our eyes.
3. Game of Thrones – What can I say here? Considering that the source material has just about been all used, the writers and directors did a magnificent job creating a Song of Ice and Fire worthy season. The last two episodes of the season, Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter are my new favorites of the series. Director Miguel Sapochnik deserved special recognition for creating two of the most visually stunning episodes of TV ever.
2. The People vs. O.J. Simpson American Crime Story- A lot of the Initial reaction to the fact that this show was being made was negative. Is this going to be more exploitation of the most exploited crime of the 20th Century? We now live in the times that everything is being recorded, so it is difficult to over play or under play to facts in this type of historical fiction to create entertainment. The writing and acting here is so on-point that memories of that time can be transposed with scenes from the show.
1. Atlanta – This is another example of what can happen when a great creative mind is given the chance and freedom to make a show from their singular vision. Donald Glover, with this show, has put himself on a par with Louis C.K., who for me is at the top of the Comedy-With-Meaning Mountain. So many points are made about life and life as an Africa-American in the most subtle ways. The characters are all real people who are just trying to get to a better tomorrow.