Move over, blockbuster movies, the silver screen is well and truly taking over. As time goes on, we’re becoming more and more inclined to stay in with a healthy dose of 25 1-hour-long episodes instead of tuning in to a single 2-hour-long film. Logic doesn’t necessarily have a place in the world of today. So, naturally, with our love for TV shows, they’ve been a huge topic of conversation all year round. But what were the biggest shows this year? Coming right up!
Stranger Things returned to our screens this July with a cast that was a little older, a little wiser and a whole lot more fun. Season 3 received rave reviews right up until that last fateful moment where we may or may not have lost fan-favourite Jim Hopper. Although we’re not too sure he’s completely out of the picture just yet. Luckily for us, Netflix confirmed that there is a season 4 in the works, but we aren’t quite sure yet when it will be released.
Game of Thrones
Eight whole years of Game of Thrones fandom came to a halt this year, with many viewers feeling robbed by THAT final scene. The series concluded in an equally extensive series of mixed emotions about Daenerys’ demise, but, hey, we’ll always have Arya. In October, HBO announced that it has ordered House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones prequel series about House Targaryen, straight to series. George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal are credited as co-creators, and Condal will serve as showrunner with Miguel Sapochnik.
November brought back another Netflix wonder in the form of The Crown. Alongside an entirely new (and slightly more mature) cast, the show introduced an intimate look at some of the British royal family’s more intimate moments. And, if you find yourself frantically Googling these moments to see what does and does not stray from the truth, we’ve deciphered that one for you.
A familiar face returned to our screens this year. Penn Badgley (aka Gossip Girl’s Dan Humphrey) took on the role of Joe Goldberg, a seemingly handsome, intelligent bookstore owner who turns out to be a psychopathic stalker with his eyes on the most terrible woman that ever existed. That’s not to say she deserved her fate, but, Beck really was the absolute worst. Thankfully, it looks like she wont be featured in season 2 as Joe have a new love interest in Los Angeles – aspiring chef, Love Quinn.
The show that sends pretty much every viewer spiralling and contemplating their existence, Black Mirror, returned for season 5. However, this season felt a little different, Black Mirror doesn’t feel as foreboding as it once did. Two of the three episodes end on a surprisingly hopeful note. The shock value has lessened, perhaps because we’ve grown numb to its ideas as the real world has started to catch up.
Chernobyl has been dubbed by many as the best show of the year, in fact, it was given the highest rating ever by iMDB. The harrowing show dramatizes the events surrounding the devastating explosion that occurred at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union on April 26, 1986.
If you have yet to see the Netflix original series, it follows Nadia (Natasha Lyonne,) a woman who keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. Eventually, after dying so many times, Nadia decides that if she’s stuck in a vicious cycle of Sunday night birthday celebrations she might as well enjoy the party. The premise makes for a repetitively hilarious show.