Arrow — Seasons 1–2 Secret State
Hannibal — Season 1 Top of the Lake
The Americans — Season 1 The Newsroom — Season 2 The Fall — Season 1 Run
In another box–heavy year, honourable mentions to Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Endeavour, Karen Sisco, Last Resort, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and The Fosters. Not perfect, some no longer with us, some not really my cuppa, but good, well–made telly.
Fortress Mamea had been pretty good at hoarding recordings of the final eps of Breaking Bad, until loose lips in the real world threatened to spoil the surprise. A little bit of binge-watching has remedied this somewhat.
INT. SCREENING ROOM, FORTRESS MAMEA – NIGHT
Our WRITER and his GODDESS remember to breathe again as the end credits roll on ep 14 of “Breaking Bad”.
I realised with a bit of a shock that 2013 is the year in which two must-see TV shows end their runs: Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
Salon has a nice piece by Joe Winkler on the impending departure of 30 Rock and The Office. It’s about sitcoms but the sentiments are similar:
In the most recent episode of “30 Rock” — there are only two more remaining in the series — Kenneth Parcell and Tracy Jordan discuss the reason behind Kenneth’s childlike love of television. Tracy guesses: “Despite cellphones, iPads and computers, they are still the most effective portals for poltergeists?” No, Kenneth tells him, It’s “because nothing ever really changes, the people you care about never leave.”
Even though it hurts like hell, good things do come to an end – how else can we remember them with fondness?
I’ve seen more titles this year than in any other since official records began in 2003. I’d like to think the year’s expanded viewing-slash-research goes some way toward explaining why posts on this blog have tended towards commentary rather than craft.
Tropa De Elite (Elite Squad) and Tropa De Elite – O Inimigo Agora E Outro (Elite Squad – The Enemy Within) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Never Let Me Go
The Angel’s Share
Dredd This Must Be the Place
End of Watch
Yes, that’s more than ten for the year but those 2011-and-earlier titles were just so damned good that I had to name-drop them.
Panama-hat-tips to The Good Wife, Mad Men, Justified, Nurse Jackie and Breaking Bad for continuing to be must-see telly three or more seasons into their respective runs. It’s sad that Mad Men and Breaking Bad will finish in the coming year but all good things do come to an end.
Hung – Season 2
Justified – Season 3
The Good Wife – Seasons 3-4
Inside Men – Season 1
Dirk Gently – Season 1
Game of Thrones – Seasons 1-3
Mad Men – Season 5
Nurse Jackie – Season 4 Hounds The Newsroom – Season 1
Hit & Miss
Longmire – Season 1
The Golden Hour Breaking Bad – Season 5
The Bletchley Circle
Monroe – Season 2
Boardwalk Empire – Season 1
Vegas – Season 1
The Sopranos – Season 1
Late adopter excuse/s for ‘discovering’ Smith, Boardwalk Empire and Sopranos.
A great year for UK telly with The Bletchley Circle and Hit & Miss.
And sun-hat-tips to the excellent The Golden Hour that almost, almost, made me want to watch the Olympics, and the lamented Hounds.
There were some shows that were real… curate’s eggs that I wanted to try and be objective about but then I remembered that Sunday School chestnut about pointing fingers and the other three pointing right back at you. (Yeah, I chickened out.)
Better Off Ted – Season 2 Breaking Bad – Seasons 1-3 Defying Gravity – Season 1 (a pox on whoever described it as “Greys Anatomy in space”) The Good Wife – Seasons 1-2 Glee – Season 1 Justified – Season 1 Little Dorrit (fedora-tip to The Big A for putting us onto this) Modern Family – Seasons 1-2 Nurse Jackie – Season 2 The Unusuals – Season 1 (fedora-tip to MC Ash for the ah, tip) The Walking Dead – Season 1
A toast to Better Off Ted, Defying Gravity and The Unusuals, all cancelled, and all sorely missed.
Breakout television for 2010? Zombies, natch.
I Love You Phillip Morris
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Kenny Let the Right One In
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Once Upon a Time in the West
Sherlock Holmes (2009) A Single Man
Star Trek (2009)
Film of the year? Boy. God damn your eyes, Waititi.