This is always the hardest category to write about but simultaneously my absolute favorite. The best part of it is remembering the very first time I watch the episode and think, “Yup, I need to talk about this for year-end reviews.” But it’s interesting because I was a little stumped this year. I didn’t want to repeat episodes from shows and I wanted a wide variety. We can thank Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place for making my choices so hard with a ton of amazing episodes. Oh how I adore the comedies on TV right now.
For more end of the year reviews, check out our Top 10 Performers, 10 Characters, and 10 Relationships.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I don’t know how Katie (Nerdy Girl Notes) would cover this show weekly because I could never find the right words. And I especially can’t find the words for “Start.” The final episode of The Americans needs to be seen by every single TV enthusiast in the world. I can understand that the genre may not be everyone’s cup of tea, in all honesty, at times, it was even too heavy for me, but I’m grateful to know that I’ve seen the best thing on TV. (This sentence was not meant to rhyme, but we’re sticking to it.) “Start” was the perfect conclusion. It wrapped the series up in the most finely crafted bow I’ve ever seen, tying loose ends so wondrously not many before it have mastered. It gave its audience some of the most haunting images to hold onto and I’m sure, without even trying, rendering many of us utterly speechless. Maybe eight years from now when I’m less distraught over “They’ll remember us. They’re not kids anymore.” I’ll be able to talk about just how encompassing “Start” was, but today’s not that day. Or maybe when I’ve finally gotten Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell’s meticulously somber expressions and the stoic, yet crumbling physicality out of my mind, I’ll be able to talk about it more. But for now, let this just serve as my plea to get you all to watch The Americans because it’s truly unmatched. There are no words that could rightfully encapsulate the magnitude of this finale’s greatness.
“The Box” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
It’s been another stellar week into Spring TV with a sweet episode of When Calls the Heart, a gorgeous display of marriage on Madam Secretary, a meme-filled hysterical half hour of Black-ish, a haunting episode of The Americans, and an incredibly relatable episode of Superstore. (Especially for those of us who are multi-lingual!) But from the moment this week’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine concluded, I knew it’d be the most exquisite thing I’d watch all week.
They are the scenes we watch over and over again — the scenes we can never seem to get enough of, and the scenes we remember for years to come. The Little Gems category was started last year for the moments that effortlessly became my favorites — the moments, which I found myself being moved by the most. While it was a little tough to choose them this year, we managed. And without further ado, our final installment of article for the year of 2017, our 17 favorite little gems.
Also, be sure to check out our Series of the Year | Stranger Things article, as the number one performances, characters, relationships, and moments are all featured there first. They deserved their own special tribute.
Best for last, don’t forget to check out what Heather (TV Examined) and Katie (Nerdy Girl Notes) had to say about their favorites this year. The best part of our year-end reviews is sharing them with such incredible, perfectly gifted writers — always managing to convince me to watch whatever it is they’re writing about.
The story of Adam and Eve is probably one of my least favorites in the Bible; however, the factual idea behind it is something I could never let go of. It’s this idea that human beings aren’t designed to be alone. We aren’t meant to live alone — we are meant to interact, we are meant to grow, learn, laugh, cry, and love with other human beings who may either be just like us, or our complete opposites. And that’s why writing about relationships will always be my favorite topic as a writer — there’s something so marvelous and raw about the connections we have with other people — whether they’re platonic or romantic, they matter, and they shape us in ways we can never truly describe.
Also, be sure to check out our Series of the Year | Stranger Things article, as the number one performances, characters, relationships, and moments are all featured there first. They deserved their own special tribute. (There are a lot of things I appreciate about Stranger Things, but it’s the relationships, the pure, indescribable bonds that have profoundly resonated with me to core and have made me cry the happiest tears too many times. They’re now number one for me, of all time. Yes, of all time.)
As always, my beautiful, remarkably wise friends Katie (Nerdy Girl Notes) and Heather (TV Examined) have a number of phenomenal choices for their Best of 2017 reviews. Be sure to head on over there stat.
“HalloVeen” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Another incredible week of television passed us by with an emotional episode of Madam Secretary, a powerful hour of This is Us, a hilarious episode of Black-ish, The Mayor continuing to build itself up wonderfully, Riverdale raising the stakes higher, and Superstore took on bullying in a genius manner. However, it was Brooklyn Nine-Nine that made me burst into the happiest tears multiple times at the airport. If anyone was wondering whether I was okay, the answer is more than. Continue reading
“The Big House Part II” | Brooklyn Nine Nine
It’s been a week of stellar premieres and enthralling episodes starting with Sunday’s remarkably sweet Chesapeake Shores, Tuesday’s premiere of Black-ish, the debut of The Mayor, another emotional episode of This is Us, and Thursday’s incredible episode of Superstore. But it was Brooklyn Nine Nine’s second episode into the season that I can’t stop thinking about.
| April 23-May 13 |
Where comedies are concerned Superstore and Black-ish are likely to never fail. And that’s a good thing because in the midst of the dramatic TV, we could always use shows like this to remind us of how fantastic it can all be.
April 30-May 6
“Moo Moo” | Brooklyn Nine-Nine
We went into another fantastic week of television with an emotional episode of Once Upon A Time. An intriguing hour of Madam Secretary. The Americans allowing us to see into the life of a character we’ve missed. Prison Break’s escape. Chicago P.D.‘s riveting hour of exceptional story telling. Black-ish presenting us with the fantastic spin-off Pilot that’d follow Zoey into college. And Superstore’s finale gave us an emotional, thrilling storm. But it was Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “Moo Moo” that I can’t stop thinking about it.
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The 99th Precinct (Brooklyn Nine Nine)
First and foremost, if you happen upon this without having watched a single episode of FOX’s Brooklyn Nine Nine, do yourself a massive favor by closing your browser and watch the pilot. And while I’m not sure how it works for others, usually when it comes to comedies, I personally need at least six episodes to determine whether or not it’s my cup of tea.This is without a single doubt, the very first comedy that had me hooked since the very first episode. Brooklyn Nine Nine is a gift for countless reasons, but mainly it’s a series with some of the most incredible and engaging friendships. And Brooklyn Nine Nine does an especially remarkable job focusing on the interpersonal dynamics while fortifying the entire unit as a team. Most importantly, as all great friendships, their loyalty to one another is a constant light which stands out beautifully.
| March 20 – April 23 |
Heartland, Brooklyn Nine Nine, When Calls the Heart, and in a sense, Fuller House have ended for the remainder of the season leaving us with plenty of great material to discuss. And for some of these shows, we’ve been waiting a while to talk about them. Pretty much an entire month.