In 2016 I watched A LOT of TV! Even though I’ve had many binge watching sessions throughout the year, I’m still playing catch up with a lot of newer releases as well as older shows. A lot of shows were re-watches for me (ex. The Twilight Zone) and plus I have a horrible habit of starting and not finishing shows. There are quite a bit of shows that I have discussed on this blog, but here are my top favorites for 2016!
The Good Doctor is a Korean Drama young man named Park Shi-On (played by actor Joo Won) who has savant syndrome and a developmental disability. His mental age is that of a 10-year-old, but he becomes a patricide surgeon. This show was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I liked how the writers really focused on educating their audience about savant syndrome while mixing it with the elements of a medical drama. It has action, romance, and best of all the chemistry between the cast really shows on-screen.
Jane The Virgin: Season 1
Gina Rodriguez stars as Jane Villanueva, a working, religious young Latina virgin, who becomes pregnant after being artificially inseminated by mistake. This show is an excellent blend of drama and comedy! I finished the first season at the beginning of the year and the cliff-hanger alone left me wanting more. I need to watch Season Two asap!
Master of None
The series was created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, and stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life in New York City. When I heard Ansari, one of my new favorite comedians, was starring in/producing a Netflix series, I was throughoutly intrigued. Though the first season is short, I love the variety of topics it covers and how itputs a humorous spin on daily life. Hopefully the next season will come soon.
Scarlet Heart: Ryeo
Hands down the award for my K-drama pick of the year is Scarlet Heart:Ryeo! It’s a time-traveling/historical drama about a woman, Go Ha-jin (played by Lee Ji-eun), is transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty. She wakes up in the year 941, in the body of Hae Soo and there, she encounters the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family. This drama was entertaining and very well written. While a lot of K-dramas stretch the plot to reach the episode quota, I felt that it was very well paced. Besides the fact that it made me cry my eyes out numerous times, I would definitely re-watch it again.
Stranger Things gave me and many other viewers all the nolstalgic, geeky feels. This sci-fi drama follows the disappearance of a young boy, and the appearance of a telekinetic girl, who helps his friends in their search, while the boy’s older brother, his mother, and the town police chief start their own investigations.This show is a perfect mashup of the 80s and sci-fi! It’s got creepy creatures and many supernatural occurrences. The characters are fun and I like the way the overall plot flowed. The ending of season one leaves so many open questions so I’m curious to see what will happen in season two.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2
*sings catchy theme song* Kimmy is back in Season two of the series that follows a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City. Though it was still laugh out loud hilarious, I enjoyed that season two really took the time to explore the main characters backgrounds on a deeper level. We see Kimmy continuing to be her goofy self, but also uncovering her memories of living in the bunker and what she missed out on during those years.
And that concludes the list My Favorite TV Shows of 2016! What are some of your favorite TV shows (new & old) that you loved in 2016? Comment below!
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