We celebrate the gifts that are our families and friends far too infrequently. There’s a specific day set in calendars for couples, and Leslie Knope coined the perfection that is Galentine’s Day (February 13), but even still, while it’s progressive and amazing, it’s just not enough. If a TV show or film doesn’t have a solid, incredible friendship or some sort of platonic relationship, I can’t get into it. As someone who’s so inspired by the people in her life, it’s the one thing I look for in the media I consume. It’s the one thing that keeps me engaged and invested. It’s the one thing that results in excellent character development. And this year especially, I’m happy to report there were too many gorgeous relationships to choose from. I’d rather have too much than not enough to even fill this category, which is always a bummer. We are not created to be alone as human beings, it’s the relationships we form throughout our lives that effortlessly shape us into the people we become and when we’re surrounded by people who believe in us, there’s nothing we can’t do.
1. The Rose Family
When I first started Schitt’s Creek, I could have never imagined how much I’d adore this family and how far they’d come. The Roses are exceptional because they’re absolute weirdos in the most normal way in this ridiculous town, but they stand out because of the love that’s come into their hearts throughout their stay in Schitt’s Creek. This doesn’t just include the immediate Rose family, but Stevie, Ted, and Patrick, too. The family that once only wanted towels and a car out of this town have extended their hearts to the people around them, welcoming them with open arms and a promise to never abandon them. It’s Moira’s belief in Stevie as an unofficial second daughter. It’s the family’s undying love for Patrick and Ted. And it’s Alexis realizing just how much she’s grown to love spending time with them. The series wouldn’t be as brilliant if it weren’t for the family growing to appreciate one another without ever changing their outlandish dynamic and calling one another out on their craps.
Game of Thrones Pre Final Season Thoughts ft. Elaina Clark
On this week’s episode of Marvelous Geeks, I sit down with one of my nerdiest friends/coworker to talk all things Game of Thrones before the final season aires. We get into our favorite characters, moments, quotes, and predictions. Listen to find out who we think will sit on the Iron Throne, who we want, who we absolutely don’t, and the characters we need to survive most.
A great story is easily driven by its complex, compelling, remarkably exquisite characters. Whether they’re heroes or villains or somewhere in between the spectrum, it’s their stories that make the series riveting — their journey, their life, their interactions. They are the reason a series is special. They are the heart. And while there are a number of wonderfully written characters on TV, these are my personal favorites.
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.
Plus, don’t forget to head on over to TVExamined and Nerdy Girl Notes to see what Heather and Katie had to say about their favorites this year.
25 Inimitable Men 7/25
Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)
He knows things. He actually knows a lot. Jon Snow — the one Game of Thrones character I’m almost positive the entire world can agree on. He’s one of the good ones, the pure ones. The character you don’t expect to love so fervently when the series begins, but once his storylines begin to progress, Jon serves as the symbol of hope who’s consistently rooted for. Behind the kind, ruminating eyes is a man who’s seen too much not to care — in a world where the Iron Throne is all that matters, for Jon Snow, it’s the people, it’s honor, it’s dignity, it’s love. There aren’t many people in George R. R. Martin’s world that’d be steadfast to their word the way Jon Snow is. The innate kindness, sincerity, and astounding bravery not only make him worthy of a King’s title, but he stands as inspiration of the fact that a light in darkness and goodness amongst cruelty can be the most unexpected form of strength.
“Beyond the Wall” | Game of Thrones
When 90% of the shows you watch are on hiatus in the summer, it’s series like Game of Thrones and Hallmark’s darling Chesapeake Shores that keep us sane. And though Chesapeake Shores has been superb lately, it’s Game of Thrones’ “Beyond the Wall” that we need to talk about.
There are always scenes I’ll find myself replaying — scenes that either broke me or have somehow fixed me. Scenes that may not be thematic masterpieces but rather little moments that set everything in motion. In this final installment of our 2016 Year-End reviews, you’ll find the scenes that have left the biggest impact on me this year. The scenes that I’ve found myself wanting to talk about over and over and over again. The scenes that I considered the loveliest little gems.
And before we part ways until the new year, be sure to check out the incredible choices Nerdy Girl Notes and TV Examined have been writing about.
There’s no feeling quite as indescribable as finding a fictional character to care deeply for. A character who we perhaps see ourselves in or a character who’s just so well written, it’s difficult to turn the other cheek. There are a number of fantastic TV characters — whether heroes or villains or somewhere in between, they’re so well written, they become a part of us. They become someone we cherish, someone we want the best for. They become someone we’re constantly in awe of. And 2016 has truly been one of the best years in the world of television. It’s been a strong, undeniably powerful year for complex, incredible characters.
And whatever you do, in order to get the best of Year-End reviews, you need to check out the beautiful work Nerdy Girl Notes and TV Examined are doing as well.
25 Nearest and Dearest 14/25
House Stark (Game of Thrones)
First of all, the greatest tragedy is the fact that we could not find a single photograph of all the Stark children together. Let’s change this, Game of Thrones. From the very beginning it’s been all about House Stark here at MGcircles. And though one of us was shamefully late to the Game of Thrones train, it didn’t change the fact that upon entering, the first people she fell in love with was the members of House Stark. Sansa, Arya, Bran, Robb, Rickon, and Jon have each landed a perpetual place in our hearts and knowing a series like Game of Thrones, it has a tendency to break our hearts quite often. However, it doesn’t change the fact that the family’s loyalty to one another and quest to reunite their kingdom is remarkably awe-inspiring and always riveting.