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.
“Hurricane” | Nashville
As yet another exceptional TV week passes, we find ourselves conflicted with the choices we are to make. Timeless exhibited team work at its absolute finest. This is Us showcased that love doesn’t always die if you fight for it. Chicago P.D. gave us an incredibly solid episode painting the realistic horrors that take place in certain schools. Black-ish made a superb point when it comes to choosing a baby name. And Emerald City gave us domestic bliss before tearing our hearts into a million pieces. But it was this week’s episode of Nashville that stood out the most.
“Back in Baby’s Arms” | Nashville
Happy New Year, lovely friends! Cheers to another year filled with wonderful TV moments!
With Brooklyn Nine-Nine kicking off the new year with an excellent two-part winter finale, the rest of the week was set in motion. Chicago Fire and P.D. returned with incredibly entertaining crossovers. Emerald City premiered with a promising Pilot and Nashville’s second episode aired in its new home. And what a wondrous episode it was reminding me personally of why I fell in love with this show in the first place.
“Forever and for Always” | Nashville
It’s been an exceptional week for finales and because we’ve worn ourselves out talking about Once Upon A Time’s masterful 5A finale here and here, we’ve chosen to talk about our other favorites that’ve floored us this week — The Flash, Nashville, and Arrow.
25 Love Stories 22/25
Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes (Nashville)
Nashville is drama-ville, but I’ve always loved the way they show that love comes back around if it’s true. It doesn’t matter how many roadblocks are in their path, they’ll pull through it. It doesn’t matter how many years pass or how many mistakes are made, true love forgives. Sometimes first love isn’t true love, but for Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes, that idea doesn’t apply. They are each other’s first love and last love. And for three seasons we watched them continuously go back and forth denying the feelings within. This is the story of a solid partnership weaved in beautifully with music — a love of mine I’ve yet to find the proper words for. In other words, I was sold from the day one.