In this era of so-called Peak TV, there’s simply way too much television content on the air, on cable, satellite, and on streaming to keep up with everything of interest. As a corollary to last week’s Roundtable theme, which TV shows from 2018 do you need to make time to binge?
My wife keeps telling me I need to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which I would probably really enjoy because of my Jewish/New York connections and its 1950s setting. She also really likes The Kominsky Method. I’ll have to check that out, too. I always listen to my wife.
M. Enois Duarte
Now that the show is over, I think I should finally give The Americans a chance. I’m not much of a TV watcher, but when I keep hearing plenty of accolades for a particular series that somehow maintained its appeal or miraculously got better with each season, I’m willing to give it a go. From what I’ve read and understand, the family spy drama about covert Russian agents is not only a good show, but the series finishes on a high note. One of these days, I’ll get around to bingeing it.
Now that The Americans has concluded, it’s time to play catch-up. I fell off mid Season 2 despite really liking the show. Then it felt daunting to try to get caught up. Of course, a lot of spoilers to have slipped out since then, but at least I know the amount of show that remains and that it ended on its own terms with some acclaim rather than having petered out.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
Despite avidly seeking out every single superhero movie to come down the pike, I’m lousy about keeping up with comic book-based TV series. Literally the only one from the class of 2018 that I watched is Black Lightning.
I have the fourth season of iZombie on my DVR and haven’t cracked it open yet. I’m at least one full season behind on Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash. I haven’t watched any of The Gifted (although I would if there were a Blu-ray release) or Legion. I’m multiple years behind on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I haven’t watched any of Marvel’s Netflix series from the past couple of years. Nor have I tuned into Runaways or Cloak and Dagger. The list keeps going on and on from there, and with so many new series premiering this year, there’s no real chance of me ever catching up.
If I had to choose only one of last year’s shows to binge, my answer would unsurprisingly be season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow. It’s unapologetically fun and ridiculous, and that’s something I’ve found myself gravitating towards in my actual comic books. It’s unpredictable and wildly different week to week, like Doctor Who at its best. This series actually knows how to juggle an ensemble, which Who itself struggled with mightily this past year. I know essentially nothing about what happened on Legends of Tomorrow last year, but I cheerfully binged season 2 a few months back, and I’ve watched this video, and that’s really all I need to lock down my choice.
According to my DVR, I’m pretty much caught up with all the broadcast and cable TV shows I follow. Streaming is another matter, however. I’ve simply not had the time to watch every Netflix or Amazon Prime series I might like. They get released way too fast, and with whole seasons arriving all at once, they’re just too much of a time commitment. When shows run in the traditional manner week-to-week, I can generally find time to watch one episode of each sometimes during the week before the next one airs. But when an entire 10- or more-episode season drops while I’m already in the middle of keeping up with a bunch of other shows, the prospect of jumping in is usually too daunting.
I’m hopelessly behind with all of Netflix’s Marvel superhero shows, and now that it looks like many of them are ending, I’m not sure I’ll find time for them. Like David, my wife has been urging me to watch Mrs. Maisel so that I can discuss it with her. She’s also really into The Crown.
I watched the first episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and, although it wasn’t a knockout, I was interested enough to watch more, but never did. I also had interest in the Lost in Space reboot and GLOW, but never got to them.
What TV shows from 2018 are on your “I need to binge that” list?