2016: My Favorite TV

cat-watching-tv-alamy-CC6YJ2-335sm0920122016 was the year I crossed over to a large format, high definition, smart tv. Wow! Watching Warriors basketball is possibly better than being there, but I can’t be sure about that. Getting that heavy Sony tv out to the street was hard…especially for the guy I hired. A free sign and a free ad on craigslist and it was gone in 24 hours. Then I had to upgrade my Directv to accommodate the HD…fortunately at no extra cost…love Directv! And now I have On Demand…so I can watch everything I missed.

Here are my favorite shows on tv from 2016:

Orphan Black. Tatiana Maslany is amazing as several identical clones. Show raises moral and ethcial issues about human cloning, as well as personal identity. Glad she finally won her Emmy.

The Night Of.  John Turturro is great as a down on his luck attorney in a murder case with political overtones.

American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson. Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark stole the show. Now on Netflix.

Not to be confused with…

American Crime. Felicity Huffman, Regina King, and Timothy Hutton are in the repertory show.  Issues of racism and sexual assault.

The final season of The Good Wife. Saying goodbye to Alicia was hard.

The Blacklist. James Spader makes this quirky show. Is he a sociopath? Is he Liz’s father?

Saturday Night Live. Thank you Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon, Larry David and cast for making the election laughable.

The Rachel Maddow Show. My favorite lesbian. So smart.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He’s so serious and funny at the same time. He and Rachel are the only ‘news’ I can watch.

Eyewitness. A one-story season cop murder mystery, with a female sheriff in small town upstate New York being a foster parent to a gay teenager.

Good Behavior. Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey goes 180 degrees away from her role as Lady Mary. She is a American Southerner, drug addict, thief, and all around con artist trying to get her kid back from her mother’s custody…and that’s just one angle.

This Is Us. A multi-generation family story, going back and forth between then and now, focussed on the three adult children, all fascinating people.

Queen Sugar.  Oprah presents the story of estranged siblings trying to get their farm back in Louisiana. Great female leads dealing dead on with racism. An amazing drama.

Shameless.  This is the 7th season of William Macy playing sociopath drunken father Frank and his mostly adult children trying to overcome their disastrous child rearing. It is one of the best shows ever.

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