Best TV shows by decade!
I LOVE LUCY
THE LONE RANGER
HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL
THE FUGITIVE (the template for decades of shows to follow, from THE HULK to WEREWOLF)
SANFORD AND SON
MORK AND MINDY
THE COSBY SHOW
SPENSER FOR HIRE
HILL STREET BLUES
STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION
WEREWOLF (Starred the great Chuck Connors, this short lived series was great!)
ROBIN OF SHERWOOD (Best interpretation of Robin Hood ever!)
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR
MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
DOCTOR WHO (The Dave Tennant Years)
THE VENTURE BROTHERS
2010s (There was a while in the 2000s where after the writer’s strike everyone was signaling the death nell of scripted television, as channels ramped up their reality tv programming. Thankfully the 2010s sees scripted television not only alive and well, but thriving on an unprecedented level. The rise of streaming TV has created an unprecedented production of shows to fill the VOD demand.
With Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu becoming world class producers of content, the 2010s sees not only the quantity of Television options at the highest it has ever been in the history of the world (with exoosure to the best TV shows of other nations), but the quality of the programming exponentially better. 2010s is a golden age of TV.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
HOUSE OF CARDS
THE GOOD WIFE
BEING HUMAN BBC 1ST 3 SEASONS ONLY
TOPGEAR BBC ONLY
THE CLONE WARS
HELL ON WHEELS
AGENTS OF SHIELD
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS
BEING MARY JANE
PERSON OF INTEREST
THE CLEVELAND SHOW
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES -Nickelodeon
2016 was a FANTASTIC year for TV.
Netflix and streaming options such as Amazon Prime and Hulu has effectively changed how the world consumes and watches tv.
Tonight I discovered History Channel’s BARBARIANS RISING, which tells the tale of one of the greatest warriors in the history of the world, Hannibal Barca, and his insane dream, obsession, vision, to conquer the unconquerable Rome.
I have my issues with the HISTORY CHANNEL, I think their VIKINGS TV show, that paints a friendly, proto-feminist, misunderstood anti-hero view of the Vikings, is irresponsible and misguided film-making at its worst.
I don’t expect a documentary, and even in a documentary, much of what we know, must be colored, romanticized, dramatized. The truth of over 2000 years ago like the truth of yesterday, will never be exactly seen by any two people, exactly the same.
But that said while the telling is fluid, blatantly changing the morality of what is known is not. That is simple mendacity.
It’s white-washing of history, that is beyond romanticism to bald-face lying. Like making the ancient Egyptians white. :).
Here’s the thing the Vikings, in their approach to nonvikings, were proto-Nazis, Nazis in their purest form. They were what Nazis dreamed of being. They believed in rape, and pillage, and death, and wholesale slaughter of their enemies. They were in battle, drug addled butchers and thieves and rapists, who put to the sword any land they could reach. War and Pillaging, was not an end, it was a practice, it was a purpose, it was a past time, it was the reason to wake up and the reason to go to bed. As it was for many of the ancient people. Blood, unfortunately, is under most of our ancestors nails.
They did monstrous things, but they also did admirable things. But art, to be honest, must not dismiss the one, to elevate the other. And that’s what the show VIKINGS does, it glorifies that which has no glory in it, and ignores that, which should not be ignored. And to do this is analagous to havaing a show called Nazis, and to portray them as heroic, with no look into the programs of genocide, and the Nazi Work and Death camps.
I’m not saying don’t have a show about Vikings, but tell the truth, don’t make saints out of sinners, and if you find your characters are too reprehensible when you do that, then maybe that’s telling you something.
So I have my issues with HISTORY CHANNEL.
But those issues do not extend to BARBARIANS RISING. Which quite frankly is my last great television discovery of 2016!
The first episode, RESISTANCE, simply must see television.
“I swear by the Deathless Gods that I shall not rest till the heart of Rome bleeds dry on the sword of Carthage.” –Hannibal Barca, Son of Carthage, One of the Greatest Generals in the History of the World
This is one I have to own the Blu-Ray of! It’s not a show you want to have disappear off of streaming.
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