2017 Year-End Reviews: 17 Little Gems

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.

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Spring ’17 Finale Roundup | Week IV

| May 11-30 |

We’ve finally reached the end of an overwhelmingly powerful spring season with fantastic finales of The Americans, Prison Break, and Riverdale.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

April 2-8
“Lotus 1-2-3” | The Americans

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Where TV’s been concerned, a lot of small, brief moments left lasting impressions this week. Once Upon A Time’s “A Wondrous Place” layered princess Jasmine beautifully. When Calls the Heart showcased that Gowen’s heart may not be as dark as we’ve imagined. (Plus, it displayed Lee and Rosemary’s relationship in a uniquely entertaining way.) Prison Break’s season five debut was solid and enticing. Black-ish reminded us of how much Zoey will be missed when she’s off to college. Chicago P.D. gave us a sweet heart to heart with Voight and Burgess. And Superstore subtly told us that Amy’s feelings for Jonah are more than what she displays. But it was The Americans which left me in a state of complete awe.

(P.S. I didn’t watch the New Girl finale, but because everyone’s been buzzing about it, it’s inspired me to catch up again, and I’m bummed I ever abandoned this show.)

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2016 Year-End Reviews: 16 Little Gems

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.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 34

25 Nearest and Dearest 17/25
The Jennings Family (The Americans)


FX’s The Americans is without a single doubt one of the greatest series currently on air. While on the surface it appears to be your typical spy drama, at its core it’s a series about marriage and family. The Americans captures families as they are — imperfect and messy, but never loveless. And not to mention the fact that The Americans is one of the very, very few shows that represents teens as they are. Despite its greatness, The Americans isn’t always the easiest series to watch — it’s dark, and at times, very real and though I personally long for the happy-go-lucky series, the relationships on The Americans have managed to instantly capture my attention. At the end of the day, no matter how dark The Americans gets, I trust this show, and most importantly, I trust that Philip and Elizabeth will do anything and everything to protect their children. Secrets and lies are common in the lives of spies, but at the end of the day, love is the driving force between the Jennings.

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