Which means Adventure Time and Regular Show will be streaming on Netflix, as will Adult Swim shows starting March 30th.
Making a best of TV list is tricky since the TV calendar, like the US Government or the NBA starts in the fall so some shows fall in between the cracks (ie. Downton Abbey, which I haven’t caught up with so don’t hyperventilate).
- Breaking Bad, AMC: What’s amazing to me is that while all of the love, rightfully so, goes to the actors, people forget the writing. The fact that each episode (with 2 or 3 exceptions per season) feel like they could be season finales demonstrates how insane it is to raise the stakes to Spinal Tap post-10 levels. This may have been it’s weakest season to date (as it sets up for what feels like a scorched earth of a finale), but it’s still unlike anything on TV.
- Community, NBC: Who knows when we’ll ever see it again, but the show’s 3rd season took extraordinary chances, mostly making the show darker and the characters at times unlikable, which eventually paid off in one of the most rewarding and honestly emotional final few episodes (breathe-I meant of the season) for a comedy series in memory. That a show that is this meta, this zany can pull off such grounded character work is why it’s so beloved.
- Homeland, Showtime: The show is best when it’s a show about broken people working in a broken system instead of either showcasing one or the other-when it’s about the system its not much more than “24” (with a bit more liberal guilt) with all of its various ethical quandaries. When it’s only about broken people it’s the best acted and most bizarre Lifetime movie ever made, which is sort of what the second season turned into.
- Adventure Time, Cartoon Network: The bizarre, post-apocalyptic cartoon about a boy and his magic dog often deals with adult-ish themes (mental illness, aging, death, complicating gender roles, loneliness, etc.) with youthful excitement and imagination (and butt jokes). This past year it doubled down on its backstory and most notably turned The Ice King from an inept coot of a villain to one of the most tragic figures on TV. With this show you never know when you’ll see something like free-form jazz-like surrealism (“King Worm”), pitch perfect homage (“BMO Noire”), or catch you off guard with something profound (and without tissues; “I Remember You”).
- Game of Thrones, HBO: It’s still frustratingly uneven at times but the second season delivered on much of the promise of the first. When “Winter” finally comes this is setting itself up to be something incredible.
- Key & Peele, Comedy Central
- Bob’s Burgers, Fox
- Parks & Recreation, NBC
- Louie, FX.
- The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Honorable Mention: The Walking Dead, AMC, Awkward., MTV, Regular Show, Cartoon Network.
This is discussion is probably the best way to explain why this is such an amazing show.
Two Grown Men and a Seven-Year-Old Discuss Adventure Time
Thanks to Zack Smith for pointing us to this USA Today article with him, author Lev Grossman, and Lev’s seven-year-old daughter, Lily, talking about their unhealthy obsession with Adventure Time. Of particular note is Lily’s assessment of “the continuity and the episodes that reveal backstory—”
Bonus: Lev and Zack sing!
This was like the best realization I’ve ever realized to out of a children’s show
It took me FAR too long to get this joke.
Contains spoilers. The new season starts Nov 12 meaning AT has like the shortest off-season of any show ever.
Oppan gang-Adventure Time Style