We may have only relatively recently rung in 2018, but with May zooming past us, us TV aficionados know that it means the end of the year for some of our favourite television shows until the new year rings in during autumn.
In honour of that, here’s a ranking (from least to most) of all the television shows I watched during the 2017-2018 television season, and the future of all of them:
13. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Real talk: this season of RHOB was a total snooze fest.
This season was enjoyable to watch but to call it entertaining would be a stretch too far. A lot of the ‘drama’ that went on was incredibly frustrating. The biggest storylines were Dorit putting her foot in her mouth, complaining about the appropriate glasses to serve champagne in, and believing she could delude the audience into thinking Teddy was high strung after she was nearly an hour late to meet her. There was also a lot of petty jealousy between LVP, Dorit, and Kyle, with Kyle consistently needing reassurance from LVP whilst attempting to open to her eyes to the BS Dorit was spewing. Newcomer Teddy became the unintentional but good-hearted shit stirrer of the season, Erika seemed to be doing her own thing for the most part, and Rinna was surprisingly calm and rational which didn’t bode well with LVP (who was so clearly aware of how much lack of anything was going on this season so she tried and failed to get a rise out of Rinna by calling her boring in the most LVP PC way).
Season 9 will be produced as confirmed by Bravo, and I’m sure I’ll watch it.
12. Life Sentence
We are sadly permanently saying farewell to this quirky dramedy in June, as news of its cancellation has been made by the CW just as it hit its mid season mark.
It was pretty much decided that Life Sentence was going to be cancelled after the first episode air due to poor ratings, which is a real shame because I don’t feel like the show was given a real chance. Unfortunately, Lucy Hale’s star power wasn’t enough to keep audiences around.
Will I miss Life Sentence? Yes and no. I am by no means devastated by its cancellation, but I guarantee that I would stick around for another season.
So why did this CW drama fail to captivate audiences? Well, at its core, it’s a very nice show, and that’s as far as it goes.
The dramedy told the store of Stella Abbot, a 23 year old who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at 15 but was cured 8 years later (ergo the title life sentence). We discover this right off the bat, so the show is essentially about Stella having to face taking on responsibilities for the first time and getting to know her husband, who she married almost immediately after a solo trip to Paris. The show has dramas, but it seems to resolve them very quickly. The only drama that sticks is the love triangle between Stella, her husband, and the hospital doctor she’s falling for, and that’s as ‘exciting’ as it gets.
I enjoy it, it’s funny and feel good. I think the crux is, however, that audiences failed to connect to the characters and did not become emotionally invested in the family members. Halfway into the season, and the show has hardly touched the surface with the Abbot family and co., and I have a disappointing suspicion that it will find its stride as it completes the other and final of its speedy season run.
11. Famous in Love
I’m surprised this even made my list as I wasn’t sure I’d be watching the second season, which premiered in April. I actually binged the first season of Famous in Love during one afternoon when I was bored a couple months ago, but I became quickly bored that I skipped the last few episodes and watched the finale.
Famous in Love tells the story of Paige, your ‘normal’ university student who suddenly gets a lead role in a major Hollywood teen blockbuster without really even having to audition. The formula for the show is brilliant in terms of providing entertainment; there’s plenty of drama, deceit, betrayal, manipulation, and love triangles. However, the first season never really seemed to develop any of the storylines sufficiently and I can’t say that I was rooting for any of the characters. The season one finale ended with the cliffhanger of who Paige would choose (her co-star or her best friend) as a love interest, and I have to say I despise when shows end a season with a love triangle cliffhanger because it’s so boring (especially when neither of the contenders are particularly interesting or likeable).
All that being said, Famous in Love has managed to find its stride in season 2. The characters are well thought out, the storylines appear to be significantly more developed, and I’m actually starting to like/root for some of these characters. While the acting/dialogue can be a bit cringeworthy at times, it’s definitely entertaining and I would be pleased if a season 3 were to be announced.
10. The Real Housewives of New York
RHONY hit its decade premiere this year, and only a few episodes in, it’s already had more drama, snarky remarks, zingers, emotional breakdowns, and Ramona coaster moments that RHOB failed to deliver in the whole of season 8.
Despite the name, what makes RHONY so distinctive is that none of the women are actually housewives- they’re all single ladies in the city who have (for the most part) made their own fortune.
9. Vanderpump Rules
Reality shows, regardless of how entertaining they are, tend to automatically go towards the bottom of my list merely for being a reality show. Look, I’ve striked reality shows as a
guilty pleasure, because ultimately I enjoy them and there’s no shame in that. Equally, I openly admit that these shows in their raw form are completely unrealistic and at times very problematic for glamorising and normalising toxic relationships between friends and lovers.
That being said, VPR is unique in probably being the most realistic reality show out there. The bartenders, servers, and co. from LVP’s SUR restaurant are actually friends and knew each other before the show, which means that what you see is generally what you get.
This season of the reality show, number 6, is its best. A lot of the stars have openly discussed the importance and struggles of self-love and acceptance.
The season of course was full of the typical drama viewers turn into, and plenty of hook-ups, break-ups and rumours to keep viewers tuning in every week. Unsurprisingly, it’s already been renewed for season 7.
8. How to Get Away with Murder
I wish HTGAWM would be higher on my list, and it’s not to say it wasn’t a brilliant season (because it was), but comparatively to others shows I have been watching, it falls on the lower end.
I knocked the murder mystery drama down a few pegs mainly because the finale. The most exciting part of HGAWM has always been the finales, which manage to deliver mind blowing plot twists that no one saw coming, and leaving us all with our jaws on the floor. While there were plenty of those moments prior to the finale airing during season 4, the finale almost felt like it could be a series finale if it had not been picked up for a season 5 (which thankfully it did).
That being said, the finale also opened up new storylines, which includes the insinuation that Laurel may have murdered her mother and Bonnie’s assumed deceased baby is actual alive and grown up. Whilst it may not have been very dramatic, it was actually refreshing to see Annalise happy for once after being in a constant state of fight or flight mode.
7. This is Us
Only two seasons in, This is US has never failed to be a rollercoaster, for better or for worse.
Viewers quickly became emotionally invested in the Pearson family and their multiple family generation storytelling plot. The flashbacks, present, and now future plotlines lines keep viewers at the edge of their seats, and now with the big question of how Jack died answered, fans can rest assured that the writers aren’t going to keep us anxiously waiting for answers for too long.
This is Us’s only downfall, however, is that some episodes can become a bit stagnant and viewers can lose interest. I feel that it could benefit from balancing those highs and lows a tad more!
6. Jane the Virgin
I know what you’re thinking, what is JTV doing on this list after that article where I said it had stayed past its expiry date. In my defence, I did say I would give the show another chance.
I lost interest in Jane the Virgin in season 3, after she and Micheal got married and were settling into married life. The show seemed to be going nowhere at that point, Rafael seemed to be completely out of the picture, and Jane was progressing as a writer. Everything was going too smoothly for a television show.
died, and whilst I was always much more of a Rafael fan, I must admit the whole three year time jump a week later felt too soon to mourn a character. Nearly a year later, I decided to give the show another go, and I’m very glad I did.
Season 4 of Jane the Virgin has been funny, tragic, heartbreaking, and the reminder of why we fell in love with the show to begin with.
Rafael and Jane fell in love again, and the renewal of their relationship was done tactfully and beautifully, in a way that no way disrespected Jane’s marriage to the
deceased Michael. This season also saw Xo find out she has breast cancer, which was heartbreaking, but the show tackled it head-on ensuring to discuss all of her options and never glazed over the topic. Alba got her American citizenship, something which was victorious and also highlighted the injustices undocumented immigrants face in the US. Rogelio remained the comedic light of the show, whilst also showing his most vulnerable and loving side as he stuck by Xo through he diagnosis. Petra became one of the more likeable characters, and in an unexpected turn of events, she developed a loving same-sex relationship with her lawyer JR.
Then, season 4 stuck a dagger in all of our hearts with revealing Michael was still alive (or maybe he’s not, TBC) during the final few seconds.
JTV holds one of the higher spots on my list because this season had me emotionally invested in each character’s journey, and you know it’s doing something right when it has you shouting OMG in slow motion during its season finale cliffhanger.
JTV has been picked up for a season 5, which the producers have confirmed will be its last season.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
I would firstly like to begin by saying how over the moon I am that Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been renewed thanks to NBC, less than 48 hours after FOX canceled it. The public outrage and outcry of fans, however, brought the show back to its feet before it could be kicked while it was down.
If we’re purely talking about content and originality, Brooklyn Nine-Nine would make the top two on my list. However, I have yet to catch up with the later part of season 5, which is why I didn’t find it particularly fair to give it a top spot.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is unique in being a network show with a highly diverse ensemble cast of ethnic minorities that are not defined by their stereotypes, and consistently tackles important issues such as the social injustices and police corruption in the US whilst never losing their comedic genre.
Riverdale had an awkwardly cringe start for the first half of its second season. It felt like the show had hired a bunch of 16 year old writers and crew to produce the show, which left a lot of the episodes feeling oddly edited with a confusing amount of ‘trying-to-hard’ dialogue. The moments that were meant to be serious ended up being unintentionally hilarious, and it felt like Riverdale had gotten caught up in all of the buzz of its success and lost sight of what made it work.
However, Riverdale took a turn for the best during Veronica’s confirmation episode. The show scrapped the amateur hour of the first half of its sophomore season, and came back with a dark, gritty, and enticing drama that keeps us on our toes every week.
Season 3 was never in question, but I’m glad to say it has definitely earned it.
I never watched the original, and quite frankly I didn’t need to.
Dynasty has been the only show to air since Gossip Girl that has successfully created a drama with interesting characters, ridiculous but entertaining plot lines, and plenty of twists and turns. Dynasty is the definition of the show I go for when I want escapism. It is so far from my reality, that while I’m watching it, I can completely focus on the show and disconnect from whatever else is going on.
I also am obsessed with the wardrobe of every character on the show (in particular Cristal), and I am absolutely living for all the 80s tunes.
For the good part of its premiere season, a second season renewal was questionable at best, but fortunately it will be back for a season 2 (and let’s all cheer to that after that massive season finale cliffhanger!)
2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the musical dramedy you never knew you wanted or needed, but you do.
This show manages to be feel-good whilst removing the stigma revolving mental health issues through song and dance. A lot Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has seen Rebecca partake in self-destructive actions that impact herself and those around her negatively, and while it has always been clear that Rebecca was struggling with her mental health, this season tackled the consequences of Rebecca’s actions head on. Rebecca had to come to terms with her Borderline Personality Disorder, but it was realistic in exemplifying that a diagnosis does not mean the issues disappear and recovery is lifetime journey with ups and downs.
This season still had plenty of comedic moments, and feel-good songs, but it was much darker and the viewer saw Rebecca hit her low point. She had to answer for her decisions, and she attempted suicide.
In the season finale, Rebecca plead guilty to attempting to murder to Trent (even though she was saving Nathaniel) as a way to own up to all of her actions (some of which are actually illegal).
The show has always struggled to secure a renewal, but it has indeed been renewed for season 4, which producers have always planned and confirmed to be the final season.
- The Good Place
The Good Place is brilliant.
A show about the afterlife that follows the group of 4 strangers who have ended up in the ‘good place’, but are actually being tortured as they are actually in the ‘bad place’, is clever, hilarious, heartwarming, and opens the dialogue over contemporary ethics and the ‘gray’ area of morality.
Season 3 is on its way this autumn 🙂