The Good Place – More than anything else this year, The Good Place brings pure joy into my life on a week-to-week basis. The entire cast, writers and creator Michael Schur make me laugh so hard I cry while also opening my mind to philosophical and ethical questions that I had never ventured into. Ted Danson is pitch perfect, but honestly so is the rest of the cast. Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil and a special shoutout to breakout star D’Arcy Carden who makes me snort at least once per episode. I wish I could tell you more about the show, but the nature of it makes that impossible, so just watch it!
Legion – Forget the Justice League, forget Wonder Woman, forget Thor Ragnorak. The best comic book inspired event of the year was Legion. Dan Stevens stars as a heavily-manipulated, schizophrenic mutant David Haller. Aubrey Plaza is the best villain of the year. As Haller grows stronger, so does Plaza, both in strength and honesty about the true direction of the story. Noah Hawley fully owns this show and is becoming an FX powerhouse, alongside his work on Fargo. The show, more creatively than any other, focuses on mental illness and how the people around Haller react to what he is going through. I can’t wait to see what Legion holds for us in season two.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – If other forms of pop culture worked to keep me sane, John Oliver sought the destroy me with truth. Never before have we more needed more laugh/cry emoji’s. This year Oliver educated us on the full story around topics like Confederate statues, corporate consolidation, forensic evidence, and of course, a full run down on the absurdity of 2017. Oliver was also sued by coal baron Robert Murray for his piece on Murray Energy, which promises to provide much more material in 2018 once he is allowed by the HBO legal team to speak about it. If 2017 proved anything, it’s that we need to laugh, party and love more than ever. As John Oliver also showed us, we also need to fight for the world and people we believe in.