There are 2 stipulations. The first: only one season per series. The second: The full season must have came out between 2013 and 2018.
5. The Good Place (Season 1)
Most will say that Season 2 is better than Season 1, but for my money, give me Season 1 all day. The premise of the show had me “buying” before I finished the first episode. The chemistry between actors is brilliant and Ted Danson has found a perfect role for himself. Seeing after the fact that there is an impressive team behind this show, with showrunner Michael Schur having created The Office for the US, Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, how could this show be anything less than amazing? When director Drew Goddard’s name popped up as a producer and then director, it all made sense why I loved this show, and in particular, this season, so much.
4. Fargo (Season 2)
Noah Hawley has proven himself a creative force to be reckoned with. I didn’t think it would be possible to make a show about Fargo and have it be as good as the film. I was wrong. Even with the success of Season 1, I did not think it was possible to make a better season of television based on the film than what we were given with Season 1. I was wrong again. The writing and acting are both top notch. As far as dark comedies go, it does not get better than this, in any medium.
3. Bloodline (Season 1)
Not every day you can watch a show with such wonderful performances, and still have them completely out-shined by a costar. Ben Mendelsohn gives one of the best television performances of our time, bar none. This is a family affair that is rooted in secrecy. We are slowly given more and more information as the season unfolds, and Netflix’s binge model completely succeeds here, in letting us immediately jump to the next chapter in the story. You may know where this one is going to go, but the journey and pay off are without a doubt some of the best in recent years.
2b. Westworld (Season 1)
Yes, I am cheating. Since the final episode, I have yet to determine which of these two seasons I like better. They are both on such an elite level, it feels like a disservice to choose. Westworld is one of the best Sci-Fi works of all-time. I have no yet delved into the second season, but after the spectacle of the first, it seems impossible to top.
2a. True Detective (Season 1)
Some television shows separate themselves from the pack…even a pack of amazing shows. Breaking Bad, The Wire… this season of True Detective should be viewed in the same light. From the acting all the way down to the way the camera is moved, everything in Season 1 of True Detective is spectacular. There is no lull, there is no downtime. We are given 8 episodes of tight, concise story. We are made to think, to feel… the only show that I can think of as more influential in these regards is at the top of this list…
1. The Leftovers (Season 3)
I will preface this with the fact that The Leftovers, as a whole, is my favorite television show of all time. Many people who share this sentiment would not agree that the 3rd season is the best, and that just goes to show how great this show is. Each season has a drastically different feel from the others. Season 3, from the start, is a giant conclusion of a story. The first episode gives us a glimpse into the future, while simultaneously making every viewer’s head spin. I have never been made to think so much about a television show. I have never gotten as many goosebumps from a television show as I have with The Leftovers. There is no pretty little bow. There is no happily ever after. What there is, is a perfect ending to a perfect show.
Atlanta (Season 1 & Season 2)
Ozark (Season 1)
Rick and Morty (Season 2)
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