by T. Mack
People greatly underestimate my capacity for TV watching. So far, I’ve done five of these lists (1 & 2, 3, 4, 5) and featured more than 40 shows. You’d think I’d be done. Nope! It’s been more than a year since my last list and I’ve got some excellent new television obsessions. Some are good, others are great, and a few are absolutely wonderful, but they are all entertaining as heck! Here’s hoping you find a new favorite right here.
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This show, based on the phenomenal novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, lives up to its predecessor. It is intriguing, beautiful, mysterious, and entertaining. The show centers around Shadow Moon, who is released from prison early due to a tragedy in his family. On the way home, he meets Mr. Wednesday, who gives him a job as his personal chauffeur and valet. Thus begins a journey that will forever change Shadow and his understanding of the world he inhabits. Whether you’ve read the book or not, this show is one that will keep you glued to the screen.
Starz has already aired the first complete season of this show. You’ll definitely want to get caught up before season two airs in 2018.
This series is for those who enjoy monsters and the macabre. The name gives away the dark vibe of this show, but doesn’t actually begin to speak to its true beauty. The show centers around an unlikely band of allies who are not friends exactly, though possibly they could be considered family. We get to watch as they collectively and individually battle the darkness within themselves as well as actual creatures of evil. The complexity of the characters and their stories create an amazing roller coaster ride of emotion for viewers.
This entire series is three seasons and can be binged entirely in a week by those who are dedicated… or obsessed… or both… like me.
This entry technically covers 5 shows, but only four of them are actually worth your time. Marvel and Netflix have teamed up to create a television universe of ground-level Marvel superheroes who are just as awesome as the guys from the big screen. However, these folks do their work in the seedy shadow of Stark Tower. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are my favorites. Daredevil is also pretty great. And the new Defenders show that brings them all together promises to be amazing as well. Skip Iron Fist, though. That guy (at least this iteration of him) is a whiny man-child who doesn’t deserve your full attention.
Dare Devil has two seasons in the bag with a third on the way in 2018. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist all have a single season under their belts. The Defenders will be available on Netflix later this month (August 18).
I haven’t paid much attention to what Syfy has had going on the last several years (since the days of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and a bit later, Lost Girl). I came across this show quite by accident on my latest streaming system. And in one long weekend, I’d managed to devour the entire 2.5 seasons that had aired. The series centers on the adventures of… wait for it… a bounty-hunting team… in space! Yup. For real! The show is a little gritty, a lot sexy, slightly cheesy, and oh-so science-fiction-y. It’s just the type of fun, fantastical fair with passable special effects you’d expect from Syfy. It’s science fiction that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And I love that about it.
The show is currently airing its third season. No word yet on whether there will be a fourth.
I’ve talked before about my love of Timothy Olyphant. And while I’m a child of the 90’s, I’m an 80’s baby, so Drew Barrymore has been my movie bff since we were both babes in the era of E.T. So when I saw that Netflix was bringing these two loves o’ mine together, I was in, no matter what the premise. Then the premise turned out to be about a wife who gets sick and becomes essentially a high-functioning zombie. You guys know how I feel about zombies (I. Don’t. Do. Zombies.). But this show is different. Besides being utterly gut-busting hysterical, it takes the zombie genre in a whole new direction… to the suburbs. This show is completely original and worth your time to see.
There is currently only one short season of this series. It returns in 2018 with season two. Catch up on Netflix now. It won’t even take you very long. This is a quick binge for a single, lazy day.
6. WYNONNA EARP
In case you guys didn’t know, allow me to tell you… I LOVE bad-ass chicks. And this show is all about one. The series revolves around the cursed descendants of American legend, Wyatt Earp, who must re-kill the resurrected, demon versions of all the people the original lawman killed during his life. His latest heir, Wynonna, is a bit of a screw-up, a tiny bit slutty, and full of sass and attitude. I want to be friends with her so desperately! The show is a horror-western dramedy and seems like it should be a hot mess. But instead, it’s kind of a good time. Based on the comic book of the same name, the show is more grounded than its predecessor but a good, wild ride none-the-less.
The second season of the series is currently airing on Syfy. The network has green-lit a third season to air in 2018.
7. CHEWING GUM
This show is so funny. It’s just so funny, you guys. It’s about Tracy, a young British woman who has reached her sexual awakening, but can’t manage to actually get herself sexually “awakened” due to her oppressive, Christian upbringing and her mother’s strict, conservative rule. As Tracy tries to find her way in the world of romance, we viewers are left highly amused and rather pitying of the young woman who is simply going about it all wrong. With an amazing cast including writer and star Michaela Coel, the show will keep you in stitches. It’s British comedy gold and should definitely not be missed.
Both seasons of the series are available to view on Netflix.
This series, based on the Douglas Adams novel of the same name, takes a basic detective premise and cranks the quirky level up to eleven. Throw in Elijah Wood and you’ve got a recipe for strange, fun wackiness that’s totally entertaining. The story revolves around Todd, a hotel bellhop who finds a rich guest dead in the penthouse. He is later attached to the murder, branded a suspect, and fired from his job. Weird and pushy private detective Dirk Gently shows up with the belief that he and Todd are destined to solve the murder together. Todd’s new attachment to Dirk then brings a string of strange characters and circumstances into his life. The show is funny and odd in the way of all Douglas Adams material. Fans of the late comic genius will likely not be disappointed.
The first season aired on BBC America in 2016 and a second season is scheduled for later this year.
9. TEEN WOLF
I spent several years ignoring this show because I am clearly out of the demographic range for anything airing on MTV. However, my brother-in-law advised me to give the show a chance. I’m really glad he did. Alongside the hunky werewolf eye candy, the series actually has some substance. The show is not really based on the 80’s movie with which it shares a title, but it does use a couple of the same character names. Outside of that, it is entirely its own entity. The series revolves around Scott, who is bitten by a werewolf during his freshman year of high school. Suddenly, Scott finds himself blessed with strength and agility, but also embroiled in a secret world of dominance competitions and monster politics. While trying to keep all the people in his life safe from his dangerous new world, he is aided by his best friend and comic relief catalyst, Stiles. The series is aimed at teens, but in this case there is enough to entertain the entire 18-49 demographic.
There are currently 5.5 seasons of this show. The second half of (the final) season 6 is currently airing. Now would be a great time to catch up.
10. GOOD WITCH
You know I love Hallmark Channel, right? Even though there are no black people in the Hallmark Channel universe, I still enjoy the cheesy, sappy, wholesome love stories that make are the backbone of that station. And we’ve talked about how much I love witches. In this series, Hallmark Channel tackles that particular obsession by giving us Cassie, a woman with certain gifts who uses them to help her friends and neighbors live better lives. Cassie doesn’t use potions, spells, or nose twitches. Instead, she uses a subtle tool that’s more akin to the power of suggestion. Cassie may or may not be psychic. But she is always working to make the lives of those around her a bit better. That’s why she’s the good witch. I recommend this show for those who like the slow, gentle romances and feel-good warmth for which Hallmark Channel is famous.
This show began as a collection of made-for-television movies that were expanded to a television series. There are 8 films and 3 seasons. I recommend checking out the first film, titled simply, “The Good Witch.” If you love it, keep going. If not, that’s okay, too. It’s not for everyone.
And that’s my latest list of delectable television shows for your viewing pleasure. Are any of these a favorite of yours or have I convinced you to try any of them? Let me know in the comments. And while you’re there, give me your recommendations of quality TV these days.