I felt a little reluctant writing this up because I have not seen all of the great shows on TV today. So if your favorite isn’t on here, it’s not because I’m a “complete idiot.” It may just be because I haven’t seen it yet.
I’m watching somewhere between 20 and 30 shows that are currently still running. I thought about doing this as a top 5, but the top 10 are all fantastic and deserve recognition.
So here are the Top 10 Television Shows on Right Now:
I got into “House of Cards” a little late and I never felt like I fully fell in love with it. Still, it is consistently tense and well-written. It is currently on its third season, which was its weakest, however the show continues to educate us about the complex mannerisms of Washington as well as its anti-protagonist Frank Underwood.
“The Leftovers” is a gritty mystery that I look forward to every week. It has many detractors due to its aggressively melancholic nature. It’s a show that progressively presents questions with little to no answers, but makes up for its minor inconsistencies with captivating human drama (and strong performances).
In an age where we debate the comedy/drama status of many shows; “Last Man on Earth” is a downright slap-happy comedy. It doesn’t ever try to be emotional even though the situation the characters are in is very emotional. It is consistently funny with Will Forte and Kristen Schaal earning just about every laugh.
“Archer” has been on for some time now. There have been a couple episodes that have felt repetitive, but for the most part it remains fresh, and always hysterical. From season 1 it has grown into an ensemble show, and the character dynamics continue to be entertaining.
In just one season, “Narcos” has established itself as a sleeper hit in the Netflix canon. Along with Walter White, Tony Soprano, and Frank Underwood, the show paints real-life kingpin Pablo Esobar as an anti-hero. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that works the majority of the time.
Mike Judge’s “King of the Hill” is one of my most favorite shows of all time. His work, good and bad, has a strong tendency to exaggerate the stereotypes of its characters. “Silicon Valley” nails this. Each character brings a different brand of comedy to the table, and through two seasons we have seen this dynamic grow into something fantastic.
“Daredevil” is the best thing Marvel has done since “Spider-Man 2.” It earns this title in its first season simply by giving us an interesting villain (do you even remember Jeff Bridges’ character in “Iron Man”?) Bringing the Punisher into season 2 was a great call and should help bring out the “line of morality” conflict in ways other superhero items haven’t been able to.
It’s hard to tell, two episodes in, if season 2 of “Fargo” will excel the way season 1 did. Many people continue to be reluctant to touch this series, but creating an homage of the work of Joel and Ethan Coen turned out to be a brilliant idea.
There are a lot of “popular” TV series’ that aren’t that good. “Game of Thrones” is a popular series that is fantastic. The rare hiccups are easily forgiven by great character drama and cinematics that are unheard of for a television show.
A television show has never blended comedy and drama as well as “Rick and Morty” has in just two seasons. It’s unapologetically raunchy, but with a hint of morbid reality. The combination of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon was pure genius and they have created, in my opinion, the best show on television right now.