Gone are the days when TV was a communal experience and even New Yorkers embraced strangers as the screen faded on the Friends finale. These days you’ve got to work to find those nuggets of TV gold, like these seven grave oversights you’ve made this year.
This animated series about two 30-year-old bird women was tragically canceled after one season, but we’ll always have jokes like Bertie’s data analysis job at Conde Nest and a coworker who is a literal cock.
This sprawling examination of Staten Island rap titans Wu Tang Clan flew under the radar of people who, not unreasonably, imagine that music biopics are the preserve of superfans only. But co-creators RZA and Alex Tse of Watchmen fame tell a damn good story first and foremost, and it’s made all the meatier by the fact that there are approximately 500 members of the band.
On paper, British drama Years and Years has surely bitten off more than any single series can chew: politics, family drama, sci-fi dystopia, with a dash of the afterlife. But it pulls it off (plus Emma Thompson playing a monster), so dedicate the next available Sunday to bingeing all six episodes and freaking out about where western civilization is heading.
It’s said that comedy is tragedy plus time, so seventh grade is ripe material now that everyone has turned out mostly fine. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle take us back there, playing fictionalized versions of their younger selves, complete with Spice Girls obsession, adolescent angst, and questionable orthodontics.
Season two of German-language time-travel drama Dark upped the what-the-hell with a nuclear apocalypse and a bananas season finale. Get in position for the third and final season next year, which is sure to be verwunderlich.
The American dream gets the dark comedy treatment as Kirsten Dunst rises up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise (FAM), the pyramid scheme that has wrecked her family. Also look out for a “Florida man…” moment with a gator, because sunshine state.
The moral of this satirical take on the superhero narrative is that power corrupts — especially when corporations get in the mix and the superhumans go rogue and abuse their (literal) powers. Comic Con may never have the same appeal again.