TV Bests and Worst for 2016

Moving in the world of television, here are the best of the small screen.  The limits of the television world has expanded over the last few years with cable television, Netflix, multiple streaming services, pay networks and the such.  Last year, I split the best tv shows into short seasons and full season.  This year, I have split them into shows from network tv, cable tv and streaming services (which will include the paid tv like HBO and Showtime etc).

On we go…

Best Return:  The X-Files.  These episodes were not the greatest of the series, but it was such a kick to see Mulder and Scully back together, that I was happy to give a bit of leeway to it.  Runner-ups:  Keifer Sutherland, OJ Simpson, Gotham

Most anticipated return for 2017:  Twin Peaks.  No contest.  I cannot wait for the Showtime series where we finally get to see what happened to Agent Cooper.

Show that Fell Flat:  Conviction.  So we lost Agent Carter for this?  ABC’s Conviction, starring the wonderful Hayley Atwell, lasted just a handful of episodes.

Best Game Show:  The Match Game.  This was such a surprise.  I thought this was going to be nothing more than a poor imitation, and yet, with Alec Baldwin and many celebrities who went out on the line, Match Game was hilarious.  Leslie Jones’s episodes were must see. Runner-Ups:  $100,000 Pyramid, Jeopardy, Family Feud

Best Late Night:  Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.  Samantha Bee was amazing for years on the Daily Show and when she lost out on the hosting job on Daily Show, she wound up on TBS and was fantastic.  Runner-ups:  The Daily Show, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Last Week Tonight, Real Time with Bill Maher. 

Podcast of the Year:  Fatman on Batman.

Most Improved:  Gotham.  This is easy as well.  Gotham is so good right now.  Season one Gotham was pretty bad, way too convoluted and packed too full of stories.  Season two was better but really fell into too much camp.  Season three has been brilliant.  I think the best part has been the Mad Hatter.

Biggest Surprise from Out of Nowhere!:  Stranger Things.  Who knew anything about Stranger Things?  And it became a cultural phenomenon.  Fantastic.

Worst MusicalThe Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Couldn’t get through this.  Just atrocious.


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