By Dave B.
It’s that time of year when bloggers, reviewers, and fans make their “Best” and “Worst” lists. My lists are going to be a bit different for a few reasons. Firstly, because they aren’t individually exclusive to television, movies, nor entertainment that came out in 2018. Also, instead of necessarily being the movies/programs that I rated the highest, these are the ones that best hit the nexus between quality and enjoyment for me (as there can be some difference between respecting a work of art and actually liking it). Lastly, this list is inclusive of what I watched for the first time this year, irrespective of format or medium. Click the titles to see where you can stream them. So, without further ado, here’s my 2018 Top 10 Shows That You Should Watch, But Probably Won't list:
There’s a compelling energy to The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. It’s eclectic blend of domesticity, comedy, and horror make it worth a watch for a broad range of people and I recommend giving this show a chance.
9. The Hollow
Although primarily focused on a younger audience, viewers of all ages will find many things to enjoy about The Hollow. The only reasons that I don’t give it a higher rating are that one of the characters annoyed the crap out of me and the ending, while unique, felt slightly underwhelming. That said, I definitely recommend The Hollow, especially to fans of mystery adventures.
8. Future Man
Hulu would have a much better subscription value if it had more shows as entertaining as Future Man and I’m highly anticipating the release of Season 2. If you are looking for something unique and irreverent, give this show a chance. I think you’ll like it.
The mix of dark humor and tragedy, combined with phenomenal acting eventually overcomes early pacing and focus issues. Patriot is definitely worth your time.
I really liked this show, so if you’ve ever read any of my television reviews, you probably can guess what I’ll say next: Jean-Claude Van Johnson was cancelled after only one season so there won’t be any new episodes. Despite that, the show is definitely worth checking out, particularly for fans of Van Damme and 1980s and 90s action movies.
5. Z Nation
I’m not going to say that Z Nation is for everyone. I think that those who are willing and able to see the joy in grief and the poignancy in absurdity will feel right at home with this show. In other words, getting into it requires a degree of mental flexibility that some people may be uncomfortable with. That said, I highly recommend Z Nation to anyone willing to expand their horizons and grapple with their mortality and morality, while having a good laugh and a good cry, and occasionally having the crap scared out of themselves.
Some people aren’t fans of absurdist humor. Others may not want to give it the episode or two that it takes to get into gear. And if you don’t like “stupid” humor, this show is definitely not for you. If, however, you’re looking to relax, want to laugh your ass off for half an hour without having to overthink things, and can leave your reality at the door, give The Tick a chance. You won’t be disappointed.
3. Dead Set
It’s a nice change of pace from the unrelenting melodrama and action hero tendencies of The Walking Dead. It also doesn’t waste any time (also unlike The Walking Dead) because it couldn’t. If you’re a fan of horror, zombies, apocalypses, and/or British TV, I highly recommend that you check out this show.
Since I really enjoyed Crazyhead, it should come as no surprise that it will not be getting a second season (I think that I may need to learn how to like more popular TV shows so that I can watch a few more things that last longer than a single season). Despite that, I highly recommend it. This show is definitely worth six hours of your time.
I’ve been wracking my brain for something negative to say about this show and I honestly can’t think of anything. The one (almost) criticism that I can think of is that this is a show that needs to be binge-watched. Waiting a week for the next episode would torture. I give the second season of Dirk Gently my highest possible recommendation for anyone who likes television even the tiniest bit.
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