Welcome to the end of the year my friends. For the past 3 years I have kept a running list of everything I watch. Fun fact: I don’t include news or late night shows, but I do watch Maddow most Mondays and catch up on Seth Meyers while eating lunch most days. 2023 had some great entertainment to keep us distracted from the news. Here’s my Top 10 for the year…
10. Ted Lasso – Maybe it should be higher up the list, but this final season wasn’t their best. I am so happy with how the show wrapped up but each episode could have been tighter. Everyone had a great ending, the Roy & Jamie bromance may be my favorite though.
9. The Power – I loved this book and was worried the show wouldn’t live up to the expectations, but it was fantastic. I will always love a not to distant future where unexplainable things happen. Especially when it makes women more powerful. I thought the multiple story lines did a great job of weaving together and it sets up for a great season two.
8. Acapulco – If you miss Jane the Virgin I have your next favorite show. Acapulco is so sweet and funny and PINK and 80’s. It’s a hit of nostalgia and a very fun story. I am so excited it’s returning for season three. If you miss Ted Lasso and/or loved Jane the Virgin I highly recommend this show (and I think a good fit for the holidays with other adult family members).
7. The Bear – This show is amazing and stressful and brilliant. I will have PTSD from the Fishes episode for years to come. The commitment and passion to food each character has is inspiring. I loved the character growth and adventures this season took. (Honorable mention goes to The Menu which takes the restaurant world in a different, but not as different as I’d like to admit, direction.)
6. Primo – I don’t know why you haven’t watched this hilarious show yet but you need to fix that ASAP. A teenager being raised by his single mom and five uncles who are each their own very specific vibe. I laughed way too hard at each episode and will maybe do a rewatch over the holidays, it’s that good.
5. Succession – I stand by my theory that Succession, Yellowstone, and The Righteous Gemstones are all the same show. Wealthy single father, daughter who can do no wrong, incompetent son(s) who make a lot of assumptions about their lot in life. Succession wrapped up the series well by answering the title of the show. No one was happy about it, but it’s what they all deserved.
4. Shrinking – Part of the reason for the struggle in the final season of Ted Lasso was the the show creator for Shrinking (Bill Lawrence) left Ted for this fantastic new show. I didn’t realize we needed a Harrison Ford comedy, BUT WE DO. I’ve always liked Jason Segel and the sweetness and ridiculousness of this series is a great reminder of his talent.
3. Barbie – I don’t go to the movies, and I don’t go see the same movie in a theater three days later but Barbie did that to a lot of us over the summer. What a smart and funny and sweet and empowering movie. I loved it, I own it, and I bought Barbie Uno for many a friend and family member this past year to keep the party going.
2. Reservation Dogs – I will think about this group of kids and their adventures in Oklahoma and across the country for a long time. I always appreciate stories that take me to communities that I haven’t had much experience with. This show is a hilarious and sweet and thoughtful gift. From the elders to the clinic staff to the kids just getting by, this was a wonderful world to live in for three seasons.
1. Somebody Somewhere – This show is so sweet and wonderful and wildly raunchy and hilarious and I once again need to apologize to the people on the train when I couldn’t control my laughter. I avoided the show for a while because I didn’t think I was a fan of Bridget Everett but holy crap she gives one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time. Trust me, watch this wonderful show so we can have more seasons of it. Please.
What were your favorite shows/movies this past year? What are you excited for in 2024? (Please bring us a new season of Loot!)