“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
– Meister Eckhart, German Christian mystic
2016 was a challenging year for me personally, for many of my loved ones, for my students, for our country, for the world. I want it to be sealed with a kiss of hope and happiness, so My Favorites posts are expressions of gratitude for the people who created things that made me happy this year.
I hope they make you happy, too.
This second post is about the best TV I watched in 2016. I was able to escape from life courtesy of Downton Abbey, Justified, American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare, Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, Scandal, Modern Family, The Goldbergs, and more, but these two stand out and deserve some extra applause:
Sense 8 (Netflix, drama) – My husband and I are only six episodes in, but it’s so good already that I would be remiss to not write about it. This is one of the few TV shows I d0n’t want to binge on because it’s so, so good. I want to enjoy it in small doses, like running my finger through icing on cake, in little tastes. It’s the story of eight people around the world who are figuring out they are psychically and physically connected.
The Wachowskis combine gently unfolding storytelling with their fast-paced action in a way that is wonderfully balanced. The cast is richly multi-ethnic, which is used to great effect in scenes of their cities, their culture, their clothing, their music – it’s all very sensual, a play on the title. One of the leads is a transgender woman, another display of diversity on TV that offers more faces and stories to learn from. Oh, and all of the main characters are talented and absolutely gorgeous and their chemistry is unlike anything I’ve ever seen on TV.
Crazyhead (Netflix, horror/comedy) – These two female British demon hunters in their twenties are just trying to get through their quarter life crises without being killed a la Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets Broad City. I stumbled across this show one night and gave it a play without knowing anything about it. The opening sequence turns out to be not at all what you think it is and once you figure it out, the British dry, dark humor takes over and you’re off to the demonic races.
What TV made you happy in 2016? Please share in the comments!