Sunday, August 6, 2017

TV shows watched in 2016

SHOWS I CURRENTLY WATCH (2016 edition)

American Crime
American Crime Story
American Horror Story 
The Americans (will end with season 6)
Angie Tribeca
Another Period
Archer
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Atlanta
Baskets
Bates Motel (will end with season 5)
Better Call Saul
Better Things
Black Mirror
Bob's Burgers
BoJack Horseman
Broad City
Broadchurch
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Carmichael Show
Casual
Catastrophe
Chewing Gum
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Daredevil
Designated Survivor
Deutschland 83
Difficult People
Doctor Who
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
The Fall
Fargo
Fleabag
Fortitude
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Game of Thrones
Good Behavior
The Good Place
Grantchester
Halt & Catch Fire (will end with season 4)
Happy Valley
How to Get Away With Murder
Humans
Idiotsitter
Inside Amy Schumer
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
iZombie
Jessica Jones
The Knick (season 3 uncertain)
Lady Dynamite
The Last Man on Earth
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Leftovers (will end with 3rd season)
Lip Sync Battle
Loosely Exactly Nicole
Luke Cage
Luther
Making a Murderer
Master of None
Mr. Robot
Nathan for You
Orange is the New Black
Orphan Black (will end with season 5)
Outcast
People of Earth
Playing House
Please Like Me
Poldark
Power
Preacher
Review (will end with season 3)
Rick and Morty
RuPaul's Drag Race
Search Party
Sense8
Sherlock
Silicon Valley
South Park
Steven Universe
Stranger Things
Survivor's Remorse
Sweet/Vicious
Take My Wife
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
UnReal
Veep
Vice Principals
The Walking Dead
Westworld
You're the Worst

ON NOTICE: Broadchurch, Sherlock, Arrow.
Ended its run: Downton Abbey; Gravity Falls, And Then There Were None (miniseries), Childrens Hospital, Bitten, Banshee, Doctor Thorne (miniseries), The Night Manager (miniseries), Penny Dreadful (BOOOOOOOO); London Spy (miniseries); The Night Of (miniseries); The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail; Rectify.
Cancelled: Agent Carter; The Grinder; Galavant; The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore; BrainDead; Not Safe with Nikki Glaser.
Gave up on: The Good Wife; Shameless; Colony; The X-Files (season 10); Vikings, Adventure Time; House of Cards; Empire; Grandfathered; The 100; Legends of Tomorrow; Wayward Pines; Outlander; Kingdom, Fear the Walking Dead, The Flash, Agents of SHIELD, Blackish, Arrow, Son of Zorn, The Affair, Speechless, Scream Queens, Queen Sugar.
Attempted watching: The Shannara Chronicles (3 episodes); The Magicians (2 episodes); Hap and Leonard (1 ep); Underground (1 ep); Wynonna Earp (2 episodes); The Detour (2 episodes); Gay for Play (3 episodes); United Shades of America (2 episodes); The Girlfriend Experience (2 1/2 episodes).

Movies 2016

I watched 50 movies this year.  16 were re-watches, and yes, I watched Deadpool 3 times this year.  NO REGRETS.

5 stars
Deadpool

4.5 stars
Trainwreck

4 stars
A Single Man
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
Ex Machina
Rogue One
The Nice Guys

3.5 stars
Captain America: Civil War
Central Intelligence
Doctor Strange
Furious 7
Ghostbusters (2016)
Hush
Keanu
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

3 stars
Crimson Tide
Dreamcatcher
Fast and Furious 6
Hairspray Live
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Magic Mike XXL
The Lazarus Effect
The Martian
Zootopia

2.5 stars
Man of Steel
The Purge: Election Year
The Witch

2 stars
Ricochet
San Andreas
The Purge
The Purge: Anarchy

Poop Emoji
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Re-watches
Deadpool (re-watched 2 times)
Fallen
Final Destination
Final Destination 2
Final Destination 3
The Final Destination
Final Destination 5
Frozen
Idiocracy
John Wick
Muriel's Wedding
Return of the Jedi
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Some Like it Hot
Star Wars: A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back

Books 2016

I read 95 books in 2016.

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl / Mona Awad
A Child's First Book of Trump / Michael Ian Black
Alias (Jessica Jones), vol. 1 / Brian Michael Bendis
Alias (Jessica Jones), vol. 2 / Brian Michael Bendis
Alias (Jessica Jones), vol. 3 / Brian Michael Bendis
Alias (Jessica Jones), vol. 4 / Brian Michael Bendis
Alight / Scott Sigler
And Then Emily Was Gone / John Lees
Batman: Hush / Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 / Ta-Nehisi Coates
Bombshells, vol 1 / Marguerite Bennett
Call Me By Your Name / André Aciman
Captain America: Winter Soldier, ultimate collection / Ed Brubaker
Career of Evil / Robert Galbraith
Chew, vol. 9 / John Layman, Rob Guillory (re-read)
Chew, vol. 10 / John Layman, Rob Guillory
Chew, vol. 11 / John Layman, Rob Guillory
Chicken Cheeks / Michael Ian Black, Kevin Hawkes
DC Trip / Sara Benincasa
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe / Cullen Bunn
Deadpool, the complete collection, vol. 1 / Daniel Way
Dietland / Sarai Walker
Drag Teen / Jeffery Self
End of Watch / Stephen King
Faithful Place / Tana French
Finders Keepers / Stephen King
Half-Resurrection Blues / Daniel Jose Older
Harmony House / Nic Sheff
Harrow County, vol. 1 / Cullen Bunn
Hawkeye, Vol. 5: All-New Hawkeye / Jeff Lemire
His Majesty's Dragon / Naomi Novik
I'm bored / Michael Ian Black, Debbie Ridpath Ohi
John Dies at the End / David Wong
Lady killer, vol. 1 / Joelle Jones
Library of Souls / Ransom Riggs
Manners & Mutiny / Gail Carriger
Midnight Taxi Tango / Daniel Jose Older
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children / Ransom Riggs (re-read)
Monstress, vol. 1 / Marjorie M. Liu
Ms. Marvel, vol. 4 / G Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Ms. Marvel, vol. 5 / G Willow Wilson
Mystery / Peter Straub (re-read)
Naked! / Michael Ian Black, Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom’s, Which I Know Sounds Weird) / Michael Ian Black
Outcast, vol. 1 / Robert Kirkman
Outcast, vol. 2 / Robert Kirkman
Outcast, vol. 3 / Robert Kirkman
Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs / Dave Holmes
Plutona / Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox
Prudence / Gail Carriger
Ready Player One / Ernest Cline
Revival, vol. 1 / Tim Seeley, Mike Norton
Room / Emma Donoghue
Saga, Vol. 6 / Brian K. Vaughan
Sanitized for Your Protection / Stephan Pastis
Shadow and Bone / Leigh Bardugo
Shrill : Notes from a Loud Woman / Lindy West
Siege and Storm / Leigh Bardugo
Southern Bastards, vol. 1 / Jason Aaron, Jason Latour
Southern Bastards, vol. 2 / Jason Aaron, Jason Latour
Southern Bastards, vol. 3 / Jason Aaron, Jason Latour
Step Aside, Pops / Kate Beaton
Swamp Thing, vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing / Alan Moore
The Book of Blood and Shadow / Robin Wasserman
The Broken Kingdoms / N.K. Jemisin
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture / Glen Weldon
The Child Eater / Rachel Pollack
The Darkest Secret / Alex Marwood
The Devil and Winnie Flynn / Micol Ostow, David Ostow
The Fifth Season / N.K. Jemisin
The Girls / Emma Cline
The Golem and the Jinni / Helene Wecker
The Hangman's Daughter / Oliver Potzsch
The Hollow City / Ransom Riggs
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms / N.K. Jemisin
The Kingdom of Gods / N.K. Jemisin
The Left Hand of Darkness / Ursula K. Le Guin
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck / Sarah Knight
The Lorax / Dr Seuss
The Mothers / Brit Bennett
The Name of the Wind / Patrick Rothfuss
The Private Eye / Brian K. Vaughan
The Sandman: Endless Nights / Neil Gaiman
The Sandman: Overture / Neil Gaiman
The Sellout / Paul Beatty
The Silence / Sarah Rayne
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie / Alan Bradley
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, vol. 2 / Ryan North, Erica Henderson
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, vol. 3 / Ryan North, Erica Henderson
The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead
The Walking Dead, vol. 26 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, volume 25 / Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
The Wicked + the Divine, vol. 3 / Kieron Gillen
The Wise Man's Fear / Patrick Rothfuss
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It / David Wong

Monday, February 22, 2016

TV 2015: Odds and Ends

SHOWS THAT ENDED
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Justified
Key and Peele
Kroll Show
Moone Boy
Mad Men
My Mad Fat Diary
Parks and Recreation
Peep Show
Strike Back

LIMITED SERIES
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Wayward Pines
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

SHOWS THAT WERE CANCELLED
Benched
Community
Hannibal
Garfunkel and Oates
In the Flesh
Looking
The Soup

SHOWS I GAVE UP ON
Togetherness
Defiance
True Detective
Teen Wolf
Masters of Sex
Why? With Hannibal Buress
Faking It
The Originals
Supernatural
Sleepy Hollow
Grimm
The Mindy Project
Girls
Peaky Blinders

SHOWS I ATTEMPTED WATCHING
The Missing (one episode)
Schitt's Creek (2 episodes)
Hindsight (2 episodes)
Man Seeking Woman (2 episodes)
Moonbeam City (episode 1, half of episode 2)
Ballers (4 episodes)
Quantico (1 episode)
The Player (2 episodes)
Blindspot (2 episodes)
Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter (2 1/2 episodes)
Supergirl (3 episodes)

TV shows caught up on in 2015

Black-ish (season 1)
Witnesses (season 1)
Fresh off the Boat (season 1, episodes 1-9)
Kingdom (season 1)
The Hotwives of Orlando (season 1, 2 eps)
Survivor's Remorse (season 1)
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (season 1, ep. 1-6)
Power (season 1)
You're the Worst re-watch (season 1)
Frisky Dingo (season 2)
Frisky Dingo re-watch (season 1)
Gravity Falls (season 1)
Rick and Morty re-watch (season 1)
Eagleheart (season 3)
Steven Universe (season 1)
Halt & Catch Fire (season 1)
Faking It (season 1)
The Mighty Boosh (series 1)
Adventure Time (season 5)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job (season 5)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia re-watch (season 1)
Peaky Blinders (season 1)
Happy Valley (season 1)
Broad City re-watch (season 1)
Treme (season 4)

Started watching, carrying over into 2016:
Re-Watching: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 2)
Re-Watching: Mr. Show (season 1)
Re-Watching: The X-Files (season 1)
Watching: Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 5)
Watching: Killjoys (season 1)
Watching: Raised by Wolves (season 1)
Watching: Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce (season 1)
Watching: Mom (season 1)
Watching: Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth ed.)

TV 2015: Favorite Shows

Agent Carter
The Americans
Better Call Saul
BoJack Horseman
Broad City
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Fargo
Fortitude
Jessica Jones
Master of None
Penny Dreadful
Rectify
Review
You're the Worst

TV shows watched in 2015

The 100
Adventure Time
The Affair
Agent Carter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Americans
Another Period
Archer
Arrow
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Banshee (will end with season 4)
Bates Motel
Better Call Saul
Bitten
Black-ish
Bob's Burgers
BoJack Horseman
Broad City
Broadchurch
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Carmichael Show
Catastrophe
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Daredevil
Deutschland 83
Documentary Now!
Downton Abbey (ends with season 6)
Doctor Who
Drunk History
Empire
The Fall
Fargo
Fear the Walking Dead
The Flash
Fortitude
Galavant

Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Grantchester
Gravity Falls (will end with season 2)
The Grinder
Halt & Catch Fire
House of Cards
How to Get Away With Murder
Humans
iZombie
Inside Amy Schumer
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Jessica Jones
Kingdom
The Knick (season 3 uncertain)
The Last Man on Earth
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Leftovers (will end with 3rd season)
Lip Sync Battle
Louie
Luther
Master of None
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail 
Mr. Robot
Nathan for You
Orange is the New Black
Orphan Black
Outlander
Penny Dreadful
Playing House
Please Like Me
Power
Rectify
The Returned
Review
Rick and Morty
RuPaul's Drag Race
Sense8
Scream Queens
Shameless
Sherlock
Silicon Valley
South Park
Steven Universe
Survivor's Remorse
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
UnReal
Veep
Vicious
Vikings 
The Walking Dead
You're the Worst

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Movies 2015

I watched 54 movies. 16 were re-watches, mostly movies I watched on Halloween. A few were movies like the Evil Dead series, which I re-watched to prepare for the TV series.

5 stars:
Spy
Mad Max: Fury Road

4 1/2 stars:
It Follows
Going Clear

4 stars:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Inside Out
The Convent
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
All Cheerleaders Die
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Man on Fire
What We Do in the Shadows
Under the Skin
Edge of Tomorrow
The Avengers: Age of Ultron

3 1/2 stars:
Starry Eyes
Neighbors
Messiah of Evil
The Heat
Flight
Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone
The Equalizer

3 stars:
The Canal
Would You Rather?
Unfriended
Fast & Furious
2 Fast 2 Furious
Out of Time
Ant-Man
7 Days in Hell
Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden 

2 1/2 stars:
Hocus Pocus
American Mary
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Boy Next Door
Jupiter Ascending

2 stars:
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2 stars)

1 star:
Pacific Rim (So many people love this movie and I am baffled by it. Same with Jupiter Ascending. I really disliked this movie.)

Re-Watches:
Halloween H20
Halloween
Trick 'r Treat
Halloween 3
The Craft
House on Haunted Hill (1991)
Army of Darkness
Evil Dead II
The Evil Dead
Fast Five
Super Troopers
The Fast and the Furious
Training Day
Inside Man
Wet Hot American Summer
The Fly (Cronenberg)

Books 2015

I read a total of 107 books this year. 5 were re-reads. 

Favorites:
Americanah / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Between the World and Me / Ta-Nehisi Coates
Carry On / Rainbow Rowell
Furiously Happy / Jenny Lawson
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits / David Wong
Rat Queens, vol. 1 / Kurtis J. Wiebe
Rat Queens, vol. 2 / Kurtis J. Wiebe
Rubbernecker / Belinda Bauer
Shadow of Night / Deborah Harkness
Shadowshaper / Daniel Jose Older
The Book of Life / Deborah Harkness
The Cuckoo's Calling / Robert Galbraith
The Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins
The Magician King / Lev Grossman
The Magician's Land / Lev Grossman
The Magicians / Lev Grossman (re-read)
The Silkworm / Robert Galbraith
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power / Ryan North, Erica Henderson
The Woman Upstairs / Claire Messud

Disappointments:
In a Dark, Dark Wood / Ruth Ware
iZombie, vol. 3 / Chris Roberson, Michael Allred
iZombie, vol. 4 / Chris Roberson, Michael Allred (I enjoyed the first 2 volumes but the second two just fell VERY flat)
Not That Kind of Girl / Lena Dunham (there were a few really funny essays in the beginning, but then the rest, not so much)

The Rest:
A Dance with Dragons / George R.R. Martin
A Dirty Job / Christopher Moore (re-read)
A Discovery of Witches / Deborah Harkness (re-read)
A Feast for Crows / George R.R. Martin
Alive / Scott Sigler
Bones and All / Camille DeAngelis
Bred to Kill / Franck Thilliez
Chew, vol. 9 / John Layman, Rob Guillory
Daredevil: Hell to Pay (v. 1) / Ed Brubaker
Daredevil: Hell to Pay (v. 2) / Ed Brubaker
Dexter is Dead / Jeff Lindsay
Drama / Raina Telgemeier
Forever Evil: Arkham War / Peter J. Tomasi, Scot Eaton
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness / Jon Kabat-Zinn
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic / Alison Bechdel
Genius, vol. 1 / Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman
Ghost House / Clare McNally (re-read)
Ghost House Revenge / Clare McNally (re-read)
Going Clear / Lawrence Wright
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers / Nick Offerman
Hark! A Vagrant / Kate Beaton
Hawkeye, vol. 1 / Matt Fraction
Hawkeye, vol. 2 / Matt Fraction
Hawkeye, vol. 3 / Matt Fraction
Hawkeye, vol. 4 / Mat Fraction, Francesco Francavilla
iZombie, vol. 1 / Chris Roberson, Michael Allred
iZombie, vol. 2 / Chris Roberson, Michael Allred
Lumberjanes, vol. 1 / Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes, vol. 2 / Noelle Stevenson
Ms. Marvel, vol. 1 / G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Ms. Marvel, vol. 2 / G Willow Wilson
Ms. Marvel, vol. 3 / G Willow Wilson
Murder / Sarah Pinborough
Persona / Genevieve Valentine
Positive / David Wellington
Runaways, Vol. 1 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Runaways, Vol. 2 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Runaways, Vol. 3 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Runaways, Vol. 4 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Runaways, Vol. 5 / Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
Saga, vol. 4 / Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga, vol. 5 / Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Secondhand Souls / Christopher Moore
Sex Criminals, vol. 1 / Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Sex Criminals, vol. 2 / Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel
Texts from Jane Eyre / Mallory Ortberg
The anxiety toolkit: strategies for fine-tuning your mind and moving past your stuck points / Alice Boyes
The Girl in the Spider's Web / David Lagercrantz, Stieg Larsson
The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares / Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, v. 1 / Alan Moore
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, v. 2 / Alan Moore
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up / Marie Kondo
The Motherless Oven / Rob Davis
The Princess and the Pony / Kate Beaton
The queen of distraction: how women with ADHD can conquer chaos, find focus, and get more done / Terry Matlen
The Raven Boys / Maggie Stiefvater
The Reckoning / Sarah Pinborough
The Shadow Cabinet / Maureen Johnson
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances / Matthew Inman
The Walking Dead, Book 2 / Robert Kirkman (Interestingly enough, Book 1 was on my list of Disappointments last year, but for some reason I decided to give Book 2 a go and then I TORE through the rest.)
The Walking Dead, Book 3 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 4 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 5 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 6 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 7 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 8 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Book 9 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 19 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 20 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 21 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 22 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 23 / Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Vol. 24 / Robert Kirkman
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act / Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2 / Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
The Wicked Girls / Alex Marwood
The Worrier's Guide to Life / Gemma Correll
Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder / Jason Aaron
Thor, Vol. 2: Who holds the hammer? / Jason Aaron
Waistcoats and Weaponry / Gail Carriger
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life / Jon Kabat-Zinn
Why Not Me? / Mindy Kaling
X / Sue Grafton

Sunday, January 11, 2015

TV 2014: Disappointments

Follow-up from last year's post: the biggie from last year was Agents of SHIELD.  I was indeed very disappointed in it and might have stopped watching if not for the fact that after the episode that followed up the events in Captain America Winter Soldier, the show suddenly got pretty good.  It's still not as good as I had initially hoped, but it's not something I dread watching.

Also, my note about Downtown Abbey from last year made me giggle a bit because after seeing The Guest, I am All About Dan Stevens.

American Horror Story: Coven and Freak Show
I initially listed this as just Freak Show, but it's really Coven that was the big disappointment.  I gave up on Freak Show a few episodes ago and don't plan to go back, but I was kind of meh on it from the beginning of the season.  But Coven!  OMG.  Witches and magic and glorious wonders!  It started out pretty good and then just sort of fell apart somewhere.  Ah, well, we'll always have season 2, Asylum. 

Gotham
I so wanted to like Gotham.  I love the Batman universe and I love comic book shows.  Plus, Donal Logue?  YES, please.  And I think if the show had adhered to the original intent, which was to focus on the Gotham PD and a young James Gordon, it would have been better.  Instead, they insisted on adding in yet another origin story for Bruce Wayne, which was unnecessary.  We know that this show will NEVER be able to actually portray a grownup Bruce Wayne as Batman, so why even have him as a character?  And some of the writing and acting was just truly atrocious.  Boo.


New Girl 
I was a huge 'shipper of Jess and Nick.  When they got together, it added a new dimension to the characters and to the show.  And when they broke up, I understood why it happened.  I have no issues with the fact that the characters didn't stay a romantic couple.  However, the reasoning behind Jess breaking up with Nick is why I can't watch the show anymore.  In reconciling the differences between the characters, it became clear that Jess was always going to be the adult who would try to compromise and not try to change Nick to fit her standards.  But Nick was always going to be the man-child who would never compromise and would just always be a man-child who expected Jess to adjust to him but would never reciprocate.  And that made me not like Nick anymore.  Which devastates me because I LOVED him so much.  I don't object to him being a silly man-child.  I object to him never trying to actually be something more, ever.

The Strain
I was so into this show when it started.  I loved the books and felt it had a good shot at translating well to being dramatized.  But there were quite a few mis-steps in the casting and writing departments.  Mostly in the casting of Ephraim and Nora.  I quite like Corey Stoll, but somehow he just did not click as Eph.  Either he wasn't right for the part or the writing did him no favors, I'm not sure which.  And Nora.  UGH.  The actress was terrible and it just kept getting worse.  And her damn mother, ugh.  I had to stop watching and doubt I'll ever go back to it.

TV 2014: Odds and Ends

SHOWS THAT ENDED
Boardwalk Empire
The Colbert Report
Sons of Anarchy
Treme
Wilfred

SHOWS THAT WERE CANCELLED
Almost Human
Dallas
Enlisted
Utopia (UK)
The Wil Wheaton Project
Witches of East End

SHOWS I GAVE UP ON
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Being Mary Jane
Black-ish
Black Jesus
The Blacklist
The Bridge
Constantine
Dominion
Elementary
Extant
Gotham
Hemlock Grove
The League
The Lottery
Manhattan
Murder in the First
New Girl
Salem
Scandal
Selfie
Sons of Anarchy
The Strain
Suits
The Tomorrow People
Trophy Wife
The Vampire Diaries

TV 2014: Favorite Shows

Okay, this is not a top 10.  I could cull it down, but why bother?  These were my favorite shows last year (in alphabetical order).  If I had to choose a number one, it would most definitely be Hannibal.

The 100
The Americans
Boardwalk Empire
Broad City
Enlisted
Fargo
Getting On 
Hannibal
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Penny Dreadful
Please Like Me
Rectify
Review with Forrest MacNeill
Rick and Morty
Shameless
Transparent
You're the Worst