So, here I am.
I’m sitting here and I’m trying to make out my annual list of the good things that I saw on television last year and I just realized something.
I didn’t watch much TV last year. Oh, don’t get me wrong. The television was often on, in order to provide background noise. I’m not a huge fan of silence. But it was usually just tuned to something random. It was rare that I ever said, “Oh my God, I have to watch this.”
Oh well. Let’s see what I can come up with:
- Twin Peaks: The Return. I already devoted an entire post to how much I loved Twin Peaks: The Return. But literally, this was probably the only show that I really looked forward to watching on a weekly basis. This was the only show that I thought about between episodes. And this is the only show that continues to haunt me now that it’s over.
- The original Twin Peaks. The first two seasons of Twin Peaks are available on Netflix. Jeff, Leonard, and I spent a month watching and reviewing them. Twin Peaks was definitely responsible for some of the best things that appeared on this site last year.
- The Finale of Bates Motel. This one of the best finales that I’ve ever seen. This show, which I think everyone expected to fail, instead became one of the best shows on television and it ended perfectly.
- Degrassi. I’ve had some issue with the last few seasons of Degrassi but it’s still my favorite Canadian television show.
- The Deuce. David Simon’s look at Times Square in the 70s may not have reached the level of The Wire but it was definitely better than Treme.
- Episodes. Showtime’s Episodes was never a good show but it certainly was fun to hatewatch.
- Veep. Even though this was definitely the show’s weakest season, Veep still provided some of the best political satire around.
- That episode of South Park where Donald Trump dared the North Koreans to nuke Tweek’s home.
- All of the shows on ID and Crime and Investigation Network. All of the true crime programming may be disturbing but it’s also undeniably addictive.
- Chiller. Chiller shut down on December 31st. I’ll miss it.
And finally, the worst thing that I saw on television in 2017:
The Murder of Laci Peterson. This multi-party A&E documentary was an obvious attempt to 1) duplicate the success of O.J.: Made in America and 2) exonerate Scott Perterson for the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci. Laci’s name may have appeared in the title but she was mostly an afterthought as the majority of the show’s running time was devoted to Scott’s creepy sister and her attempts to spring him from prison. Heavy-handed, manipulative, and way too smug for its own good, the show did inspire a lot of people twitter to declare their belief in Scott’s innocence. (The show’s argument, by the way, was that Laci was murdered by a Satanic cult because, as one Modesto detective put it, Meth addicts are very superstitious.)
Tomorrow, our look back at 2017 continues with my picks for the best novels of 2017!
Previous entries in the TSL’s Look Back at 2017:
- 2017 in Review: Top Ten Single Issues by Ryan C
- 2017 in Review: Top Ten Series by Ryan C
- 2017 In Review: Top Ten Collected Edition (Contemporary) by Ryan C
- 2017 In Review: Top Ten Collected Editions (Vintage) by Ryan C
- 2017 in Review: Top Ten Graphic Novels By Ryan C
- 25 Best, Worst, and Gems I saw in 2017 by Valerie Troutman
- My Top 15 Albums of 2017 by Necromoonyeti
- 2017 In Review: Lisa Marie’s Picks For the 16 Worst Films of 2017
- 2017 In Review: Lisa Marie’s Final Post About Twin Peaks: The Return (for now)
- 2017 in Review: Lisa Marie’s 14 Favorite Songs of 2017
- 2017 in Review: The Best of SyFy by Lisa Marie Bowman