Bojack Horseman Season 4 shares a lot in common with Nier: Automata for me. It’s (major spoilers for both) Bleak as hell, with a similar sense of irony in its discussion of the human condition. Yet, both had bittersweet optimism in their endings and a hope for the future. I love this show.
American Vandal already has it’s votes so I’m going to say A Series of Unfortunate Events. Just a really well put-together show based on one of my favourite series as a kid with fantastic acting and fantastic world creation. I can’t wait for the next series!
On another note, I would have liked to have voted for sense8, but I feel so bummed that it’s been cancelled I can’t bring myself to finish the series. I know a special finale episode is being done for it, but I really really loved what this represents and means. It’s the first show in a long time that I’ve wanted to transport to, to be one of a whole. I love what it represents, how relentlessly positive it is in it’s own, queer way. The birthday party in the Christmas special is one of my favourite tv scenes of all time and I wish that this series was still going.
I’m really going to miss it, but I can’t bring myself to vote for it because I couldn’t finish it.
My show kinda came out of nowhere and it’s Big Little Lies.
It’s great to look at, shots, scenery, some of the best house porn of the year. It has a sound, everything just fits sonically, some of the best use of licensed music I’ve heard, the soundtrack is worth a listen if nothing else.
It also has one of the most nuanced portrayals of domestic abuse I’ve ever seen while championing the power of female friendship. And though the twist is pretty obvious, imo, how we get there is a ride. (It’s like a middle-aged Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.)
Did I mention the cast is loaded: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shaliene Woodley, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz, it’s crazy.
It won a lot of awards but still feels really slept on, so get on that y’all.
Halt and Catch Fire aired it’s final season this year and it’s probably one of my favorite seasons of TV ever. The growth of the characters and their relationships has been such a pleasure to watch even at its most heartbreaking. I wish I had more to say but I can’t even think about this show without wanting to cry at this point.
The Good Place is one of my favourite things on television for a long long while.
I also think Star Trek: Discovery has been great so far.
I will also cast my nomination for Bojack Horseman, it had a really strong and dramatic season this year.
It dove even deeper into secondary characters and gave us a unique insight into where the root of Bojack’s depression lies, with some key episodes weaving past and present together masterfully in a way I don’t think I’ve ever seen on television before.
If you’re already struggling with depression it might be a lot, but it’s truly a solid show that should not be slept on, despite some stumbling in the first half of season 1.
In a year filled with Legion, Fargo Season 3, Mindhunter, Bojack Horseman, Master of None it would be hard to pick my favorite except there was one that was above and beyond.
Its Twin Peaks: Return, its an uncompromising 18 hour movie that is stunning, funny and wonderfully executed convergence of a more then 4 handfuls of stories.
Since it looks like Desus and Mero has already been nominated i will nominate Insecure. I love how real the story and the way everything comes together. The music for the show is amazing and the last episode for this season was really good.
Hey, Waypointeers! There’s only seven more days left on nominations! The mod team are gearing up for Phase 2 of The GILM Awards, so we can let y’all decide what the Waypoint Community felt were their favourite works of 2017. We know a few people are wrestling about their nominations, so this is just a reminder to get yours in before the deadline hits — we’re not taking late submissions!
On that note, there’s a few items that have only been nominated once so far. If you feel strongly about any of these making it to our final poll, they need a second nomination before Phase 1 closes.
- Big Little Lies
- Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.
- The Sound of Your Heart
- American Gods
- At Home with Amy Sedaris
- The Leftovers
- The Young Pope
I forgot i hadn’t even nominated yet for this category! But my vote goes to Halt and Catch Fire for sure
I’ll second Star Trek: Discovery!!
My first star trek, a fun space romp, big love 2 anthony rapp and thank u god and also jesus that they included a rent joke
I’ll give a nomination to A Series of Unfortunate Events!!
Absolutely brilliant show with great performances from the cast!
I’ll second Legion.
Just a lovably weird and stylish show.
Yikes, this is tough. I absolutely loved American Gods. I just go all heart eyes over Bryan Fuller’s aesthetic direction, so I can watch him fling slabs of meat across my screen to classical music all day and night, but my nomination has to go to:
SKAM (Season 4)
It’s a Norwegian teen drama in the same vein as Skins. So, the actors casted are obscure, the correct age or very close, and are shown in a more naturalistic light than say, the CW dramas. Like Skins, it chooses a single character from its large cast to follow, but unlike Skins, it does so for an entire season whilst still moving individual arcs in the background and it actually made me care about every character that it developed. Even the characters that I felt were annoying or deplorable were revealed to be dumb teens that were in the process of learning, growing, and moving beyond their various flaws. For many such characters, it wasn’t a big change that came all at once, but something that occurred over the full course of the show and culminated in the final season.
What made its final season the most exceptional for me was that it focused upon Sana, a revolutionary character within western media. She’s a devout Muslim and my personal Bey, she’s so fierce, awesome, witty, and brilliant. Her season focuses upon her relationship with her religion and nationality as she struggles with being accepted by her non-Muslim peers and with her first love (for a boy outside of her faith). While the past seasons could be criticized for making Sana a little too untouchable, her season illustrates every insecurity that has driven her since her first appearance.
Y’all, I’m sorry. I love this show so dang much, but it’s also a weird one. If you’re interested and you can’t understand Norwegian then you’ll have to find the fan-translated episodes. The community that sprung up around this show was generous enough to donate their time and add English subtitles for every released episode.
Well to keep things topical The Leftovers.
But I’d also second Twin Peaks: The Return all day. My two favourites this year.
Oh crap, I wasn’t even aware this was a category.
Okay, it aired internationally in 2016 but aired in the US in 2017 so hopefully that clears me to nominate The Young Pope.
There are two kinds of modern stories about the Roman Catholic Church: those from the outside perspective and those by Catholics, for Catholics. The Young Pope is the latter. The title sequence climaxes with Jude Law’s sultry Pope Pius XIII casting a sidelong glance to the audience with a smug wink as if acknowledging the inside joke between the show and knowing amongst the audience as it indulges in the lavish majesty of Catholicism both good and ill…
Okay, it’s mostly ill but that’s the joke of how even though we see the wrongness, the clergical garbs are so beautiful, the frescoes so resplendent, and just to gracefully throw subtlety out the window in the way only Italians and Marjane Satrapi can, we have the Pope himself wielding his sexuality with the skill of Bayonetta to take you in with his allure till you remember that this celibate man with handsome lips is the leader of the Catholic church. The Young Pope finds a way to have you laugh along with it at the very Catholic guilt of being enticed at something even while aware of it’s wrongness and in the end leaves on the sensible message that “yes, you are flawed, and the Church even moreso, but that’s not reason to fall into cynicism and hopelessness. Have hope and the knowledge of God’s love and look to improve.”
Excuse me, that got less secular than I wanted it to near the end.
Also an aside: As someone who grew up on the Monterey Peninsula, specifically Carmel, the city Big Little Lies wants to pretend Monterey is while also pretending that Pacific Grove is Monterey; fuck Big Little Lies and its many inaccuracies.
Another aside: Oh my God! I wrote “the Pope himself wielding his sexuality with the skill of Bayonetta”. Sorry to toot my own horn but that’s the best thing I’ve written all year!
I’d like to nominate Better Call Saul
The relationship between Chuck and Jimmy is one of the most interesting family/relationship dynamics I’ve ever seen on a TV show, and both actors are just phenomenal. Jimmy’s downward slide is captivating and tragic, despite the prequel status of the show. I love its slow pace and beautiful cinematography. Probably my favorite show of the year, although it’s been a totally killer year between this, The Leftovers, Mr Robot, Halt and Catch Fire, Fargo, and lots of other good shows.
seconding Better Call Saul
yo its first three seasons are better than breaking bad’s first three seasons
Seconding Insecure. Great show and a great soundtrack.
It’s probably not gonna get seconded at all, but I’m gonna nominate it anyway: The Expanse: Season 2.
The Expanse is the best sci-fi drama series going on right now and is basically what Firefly would have been if it wasn’t made by Whedon and was actually good. The setting is really fantastic and I love how Season 2 progressed everything forward and tied up Miller’s story in a really satisfying way. I was sad as fuck that he died, mainly cause Thomas Jane’s hair throughout the whole show was really good, but they couldn’t have killed him off any better than they did.
Also I really dug all the new characters that showed up this season, especially Bobbie and her sick power armour. The way the show juggles political intrigue and sci-fi action really works for me, and I honestly can’t wait to see where they go in Season 3 now that Fred Johnson has the protomocuele and Venus is starting to become covered in the stuff.
Oh, and the opening theme is amazing and so is Dominique Tipper as Naomi, who desperately needs to be in better stuff than the latest Need for Speed game.