10 Highly Acclaimed TV Shows We Are Not Allowed To Hate In 2017
If the internet has done anything positive for humanity, it’s been giving them a platform to be complete jerks from the comfort of their own home.
But the internet has also opened grounds for legitimate criticism and feedback which creators can use to improve their art. Unless of course, you dare to criticise any of these TV shows in which case the internet will tell you to go f**k yourself.
Disclaimer -The author has watched all these shows and loved all these shows, except one. So please excuse her as she stumbles through a subjective rant.
#1 Game Of Thrones
Do you like dragons and kind of shoddy writing? Then you’ll absolutely love Game Of Thrones Season 7. Bringing you exciting features like fast travel, exposition vomit and shoulder pads for all female costumes, GOT has never been more exciting to talk about.
Because why follow the story of Westeros’s politics when you can recreate GOT’s best fight scenes with your friends as soon as you say “But wasn’t that really out of Littlefinger’s character?”
#2 Rick And Morty
It’s a brilliant show with philosophical and socially relevant themes – so is South Park.
But South Park’s fans tend not to leave comments saying that even people who like the show are stupid because they don’t understand all the references involved. We’re sorry if the legacy behind the words “Bubba Lubba Dub Dub” was lost on the 13-year-old trying out the show for the first time.
*please don’t kill me, take my electronics instead*
#3 Stanger Things
The show is expertly crafted, well written but it’s just fine. Mostly because it has a storyline that has been done to death in pop-culture in general and anime/comic book movies in particular.
But even stale stories look fantastic when you refer to Stephen King and Spielberg like your life depends on it.
#4 The Handmaid’s Tale
Do women’s stories deserve to be told? Absolutely.
Should they be absolved of criticism or correction simply because they are about women? No.
The book the show is based on relies heavily on personal insight and observations, which like any adaptation is difficult to translate on screen, making the actual viewing feel a little stilted in comparison. Margaret Atwood herself expressed concerns regarding her work being called a feminist text, saying that attributing any work to a singular ideology is questionable.
#5 Mr Robot
The coolest thing about Mr Robot is the show’s framing and how each scene builds to the discomfort and anxiety of its lead character.
And even though Raimi Malek is brilliant in the show, after a point, the show can get a little monotonous but never not enjoyable. Good luck explaining that to a die-hard fan though.
#6 Jessica Jones
Back to the whole stories about women thing. Jessica Jones has been lauded for giving audiences an accurate portrayal of what it means to be a survivor of sexual assault and how it interacts with a person’s daily functioning.
But apart from that, the show feels a little pointless. Especially because the lead character is complex and richly realized, the stories surrounding her fall a little flat in comparison. Also, the whole purple highlights to announce an incoming Kilgrave gets really old really fast.
#7 13 Reasons Why
At the beginning of this article, there’s a neat little disclaimer informing readers that all these shows are much beloved by me except one. This is that one.
The idea that suicide is essentially a tool for revenge might not have been what the show is going for, but it’s really what the show ended up with. Considering that every psychologist and mental health expert insists on not depicting suicide outright on screen, 13RW failed its target audience severely.
But insinuating that suicide is someone else’s fault, that adults and counsellors “just don’t understand” and making it okay for a woman to be upset that a man left her after she specifically told him to, it’s just kind of the worst.
Living in a post “Benedict Cumberbatch is sexy” world is not easy. Because anyone who dares question his work will be drowned in memes and videos just to prove how adorable the man is.
And even though Sherlock was a fresh take on a character that’s been portrayed by 75 actors, the later episodes had plotlines that spiralled completely out of control and context, ruining the relevance of the show int he first place.
#9 Black Mirror
Black Mirror is a great idea for anybody who was feeling good about their life in the last 10 minutes. Because it will eliminate all those pesky feelings of hope and optimism instantly.
But even amongst all of Black Mirror’s excellent attempts, there are a few that are a little on the nose and very pleased with how clever they are. ‘White Christmas’, ‘Hated In The Nation’ and ‘Men Against Fire’ just to name a few.
Is Daredevil any good? Who knows. It’s binge-worthy as hell.
Is it mildly overrated and lucky that it was the first truly watchable Superhero TV show? Who can say? Legend has it that folks who kind of stopped watching have been personally taken out by the vigilante lawyer himself.
Honourable mentions go out to the terrifying fanbases of Arrow, Vikings and Breaking Bad as well. Seriously? Breaking Bad? It’s 2017 for God’s sake…
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