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23 hours ago, Azazel said:

Schitt's Creek is a good show that has some really amazing moments and I think Alexis is an amazing character.  I completely understand why it cleaned up at the Emmy's after that final season.

Yeah, that last season is pretty much television perfection. They somehow managed to wrap up everything and not in the way I had envisioned when I started the show. Or really even when the fifth season ended.  

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Can we reserve #1 for WandaVision next year? >_>

Finish it.                                 3. Better Call Saul (1290 points) (Last Year: NR)    

What We Do in the Shadows just goes from strength to strength. And the Jackie Daytona episode was just a whole other level.

On 10/02/2021 at 10:06, Josh Mulaney said:

I have seen none of these.

oooh, she-ra seems like it would be up your "i just finished steven universe and want something new" alley!

On 10/02/2021 at 10:06, Josh Mulaney said:

I have seen none of these.

oooh, she-ra seems like it would be up your "i just finished steven universe and want something new" alley!

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Only one of the last batch I watched was My Hero Academia, which was I think the final show to get cut from my top 15. I just didn't like the school festival stuff that much, even though Gentle Criminal was a great change-of-pace villain. "His Start" is an all-time great episode, though, and I can't wait for the next season to come around later this year.

As a bit of housekeeping/taking notes, She-Ra was probably the show that benefitted the least from the format change. It would have been either #20 or #21 under the old format because it was on two ballots at #1 and that was it. Top 30 off of two ballots is still good, though! On to the next batch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25. Stargirl (78 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24. Fargo (81 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23. Ted Lasso (84 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22. The Flash (90 points) (Last Year: #43)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21. Upload (108 points) (Last Year: NR)

Next Time, on EWB's Top 50 TV Shows of 2020: You know, eternal suffering sounds good on paper, but as a viewing experience, it's just kind of... eh. So, we're done. I'm canceling your show.

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Haven't been able to watch the new series of Fargo yet because I haven't had the chance to here in the UK, but I love the show and am not surprised to see it score so highly.

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Fargo was a big improvement from the last season. Some really incredible performances and a great story.

I would desperately love to see Ted Lasso, but I see no other reason to get Apple TV. 😕

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I would love to watch Stargirl but there's no way I'm getting another streaming service. I'm just waiting for HBO Max and Disney+ to get here so I can eventually probably cancel Amazon. I might keep Netflix, but I'm a bit "meh" on that.

Ditto for Fargo, we don't get FX here and as far as I'm aware it's not on any streaming service either? I'd love to watch it beginning again from the 1st season, to be honest. 

Ted Lasso looks funs, but like Josh said I'm not just getting AppleTV for one show. 

The Flash getting an even higher placement than last year baffles me, but eh, whatever, if people enjoy it more power to them. Seriously just watching it last season for completion's sake, might drop it this season.

Upload was fine. I didn't think it was very good, but it had its positive moments as well. It felt a bit like a little on an incomplete idea that was rushed for more content.

Basically only 4 from my list has made it so far, with a bunch I didn't feel would have made it has (But I'm glad the Last Dance did because that was fucking amazing). Not looking too good for shows I like :( I'm assuming Bojack, BCS and the Good Place make the top 5, though, with the Plot Against America, LoT and the Crown sneaking somehow into the top 10. Holding out hope that Kipo places super high, though, it's lovely. Might just be Insecure and Wizards that don't make it since I don't know anyone else that still watches them :( 

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I have Apple TV because of a deal when I got my new phone, and Apple keeps extending it. At first it was "free Apple TV for a year with your phone!", then it was "free until FEBRUARY of 2021!!" and now I believe it's "FREE until APRIL 2021!"

I still have watched 0 things on it.

Also, 

On 11/02/2021 at 14:47, Josh Mulaney said:

I have seen none of these.

 

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7 minutes ago, How The Cloud Stole Christ said:

I have Apple TV because of a deal when I got my new phone, and Apple keeps extending it. At first it was "free Apple TV for a year with your phone!", then it was "free until FEBRUARY of 2021!!" and now I believe it's "FREE until APRIL 2021!"

I still have watched 0 things on it.

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Watch Ted Lasso! 

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Stargirl was a bit of a hidden gem last year. The first episode or two actually made me think it was going to be horrible but once it really got into the meat of what that first season was going to be and introduced the rest of this show's version of the Justice Society, it ended up pretty fun and a show I was shocked to find myself eagerly awaiting the next episode of each week. Fargo, meanwhile, was nowhere near my favorite season they've ever done but there's stuff that that show does that no other show on TV will ever do, and I like watching Noah Hawley fill out the world he created. Here's hoping he comes up with an idea he likes enough to do a fifth season.

now let's get to the top 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20. Star Trek Discovery (117 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19. Last Week Tonight (120 points) (Last Year: #19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18. Tiger King (124 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17. Lovecraft Country (135 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16. THEY STOPPED SUPERNATURAL (180 points) (Last Year: #47)

 

Mother of god, they did it. They actually did it. One of them's moving on to The Boys and the other's Walker Texas Ranger for some reason. In all seriousness this is the end of an era, I've been doing this for over a decade and every year, without fail, I have to pick a new image from Supernatural because not only did it run forever, it made EWB's Top 50 every damn time. That's a feat that I don't think will ever be duplicated, I couldn't even tell you what show is poised to take over as having the most consecutive appearances (Last Week Tonight, maybe? Brooklyn Nine Nine, though that one's going to be ending soon too?). I'm glad in a weird way that it went out nearly in the top 15, even though I've never watched a full episode of that show and almost certainly never will. Godspeed, Winchester brothers and other characters I only know through cultural osmosis.

anyway.

Next Time, on EWB's Top 50 TV Shows of 2020: So, there's been a change of plans. You guys have been replaced by Riverdale.

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Wait. Tiger King was last year? Fuck off. No it wasn't. :(

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I still feel a bit gutted that Lovecraft Country didn't truly grip me. I thought the actors were great, I absolutely love the source material, but the changes they made definitely seemed to stunt the beginning of the show for me. It feels like something I'll probably try again when it's available - it was visually great and had a lot going for it. Also very much here for TV trying to do something different.

 

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9 hours ago, How The Cloud Stole Christ said:

Wait. Tiger King was last year? Fuck off. No it wasn't. :(

Tiger King was THE show everyone watched during the very first lockdown. I literally can't think about Tiger King without thinking about the pandemic.

As I say most years in this, I am still several seasons behind on Supernatural but I love those Winchester boys and am so pleased they ranked so highly in their final year. It will honestly be weird if/when I see either Jared or Jensen popping up in other shows I watch.

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I still haven't seen Tiger King and I don't think I ever will. That kind of show just isn't for me. Good memes though.

Speaking of good memes. Supernatural. A show I've never seen more than 20 minutes of but probably know more about it than some shows I've watched because of memes and it being a bastion of pop culture since I was *gulp* a high schooler.

Last Week Tonight is always a good show to just pick up though I kind of trailed off during most of the Trump-era because politics and news was exhausting. Came back during 2020 though when I obviously had a lot more free time. 

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On 12/02/2021 at 09:54, Josh Mulaney said:

Fargo was a big improvement from the last season. Some really incredible performances and a great story.

I would desperately love to see Ted Lasso, but I see no other reason to get Apple TV. 😕

Mythis Quest is good too but two shows probably isn't enough either.

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Last Week Tonight is the third show on this list that I have seen.

One more to my goal!

It is a good show.

I seem to go for much trashier fare than the EWB electorate, but I've been advised to steer clear of Tiger King.

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Yeah, I'm thinking about using the trial and then maybe a month for Ted Lasso and possibly giving Mythic Quest a shot. Once I finish The Flight Attendant, which should be this week, there's going to be an opening in my viewing schedule for sure.

Tiger King is definitely a show I'm always going to associate specifically with the first month of quarantine and that's it. It was in and of itself fun trash that served a purpose at that moment in time but on any deeper level it's kind of gross, especially with the way some people who watched it engaged with kind of a shady edit. I'm glad it made the list because I don't think you can really have a full picture of the year in TV without it, but it was a pretty quick cut from my shortlist once I got to 15 shows watched.

Lovecraft Country is... firstly, I'm glad that I learned just enough about the book to know that Lovecraft's stories only really factor in to the first two episodes and the main plot. That way I didn't have to worry about adaptation changes or get the wrong impression from the show title. In general I loved its wild ambition and its specific voice/approach to horror, and the core cast is all great (including one of Michael K. Williams' all-time great performances. My dad watched it a couple months ago and said that he reminded him of guys in my grandfather's orbit back in the day), and it's one of the best-looking shows of 2020 for sure. The core plot... was not why I was watching the show and I don't think they did a good job keeping it tied together or satisfying. Don't think I have a huge pressing desire to watch a second season, but if there is one I'll probably watch it.

Liked the start of Star Trek! At the Disco's third season but never actually stuck with it, and now I'm on a break from CBS All-Access so it might be a while.

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no better time than when I'm sitting here in front of my computer waiting for the cat to want to be let back inside to post another update, yeah?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15. The Crown (195 points) (Last Year: #22)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14. Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (196 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13. Agents of SHIELD (245 points) (Last Year: NR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12. The Umbrella Academy (246 points) (Last Year: #24)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11. Legends of Tomorrow (315 points) (Last Year: #29)

Next Time, on EWB's Top 50 TV Shows of 2020: The phrase "whodunit" is a grammatical abomination. So please use the proper term, a "who has done this?"

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I still need to watch Kipo.

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Agents of SHIELD wasn't rated last year?  That can't be right.  The MCU TV thread was literally just that show for a long time.   

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Yeah, GoGo remarked that it plummeted in last year's list and missed the cut. 

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4 hours ago, How The Cloud Stole Christ said:

I still need to watch Kipo.

The whole series debuted and finished in 2020. That is insane! It is also why it was my #1 for the year. Plus, it is great. 

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