2013 TV Round-up
It’s the end of another year and while some may be wondering where all the time went, I am currently musing on how much of it I spent on my favourite TV shows. So I present a round up of some 2013’s best and worst shows…
Breaking Bad, Season 5 – In my opinion, the best show of the year! The finale was jaw-dropping, Walter White’s bloodthirsty rise from humble high school chem teacher to cartel ring leader and mobster is so gripping. Get this on DVD, you will not be able to wait a week between episodes to find out what happens! I loved Season 5, the show ties up well and all the characters are amazing! However, at the start of season 1 I felt sorry for Walt, being dragged into dodgy deals and never quite making the money he set out to; but by Season 5 I’d lost most of my sympathy, he really is bad! The series has had worldwide success, and not just for it’s great plot line . Check out Breaking Bad and Philosophy, a collection of thought-provoking essays on the philosophy, ethics and choices presented in the show.
Offspring, Season 4 – The fourth season brought back Australia’s favourite dysfunctional family to face new drama, comedy and a surprise ending. I personally don’t have much to say about Offspring as it was not one of my main TV shows, but Asher Keddie is pretty awesome in it!
Ja’mie: Private School Girl, season 1 – Oh wow, the pain and glory! I am on the fence with Chris Lilley’s latest creation. Sure, there are some funny lines and there’s a biting social commentary in there. You can bet that you will be checking your speech to edit ‘OMG’, ‘I’m so random’ and ‘quiche’ out of your vocab for good. On the other side it is appalling, crass and Ja’mie gets on my nerves like nothing else.
The Carrie Diaries, season 2 – Before she was writing Sex and The City for the New York Star, Carrie Bradshaw was writing her high school exam papers and working out what love is for the first time. Set in the mid eighties and based on a series of prequels, The Carrie Diaries and Summer and The City by Candace Bushnell, this is the Sex and the City girls before they grew up. It’s pretty cute and quirky, but definitely for the teen market.
Game of Thrones Season 3 – An absolute phenomenon! GoT has amazing acting, plot, costuming and kick-ass characters. To complement your DVD collection, the Co-op has a great range of GoT merch both in-store and online, from books to coffee cups to boardgames. Check it out here.
Miss Fisher Season 2 – Overall MFMM’s is fantastic – the costumes alone make it worth watching, not to mention 1920s Melbourne and a good looking cast! Season 2 has branched out from the books and into the world of original mysteries. 90% of the season is awesome, Essie Davis proves she litteraly can do anything (shoot a gun, fly a plane, sing and dance burlesque) and the romance between Jack and Phryne will keep you cliff hanging wondering if they will ever get their act together. Keep an eye out for the Christmas Special that should be out in a few weeks, and in the meantime, peruse the witty and well written Kerry Greenwood novels that form the base of the series.
Girls, Season 2 – Lena Dunham is a genius. Her characters can be highly unlikeable and intensely relatable at the same time. This season Hannah still hasn’t got her act together, but we are holding out hope with the much anticipated season 3! Lena Dunham is truly talented and I love how her characters are hitting every snag and foible of this modern world in a way that is painful and funny.
Kardashian ANYTHING – On my refuse to watch list. I just can’t believe that terribly alliterative Klan are still on the air…
Sherlock, season 2 – Arthur Conan Doyle gets a glossy, 21st Century remake. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are awesome as Holmes and Watson, solving modern reinterpretations of classic mysteries. Season 2 left us with the most heartbreaking cliffhanger and a whole year and a half to miss the show, but it will return in January 2014, hooray! To celebrate, the books and short story collections were re-released in film tie-in editions including the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four and The Hounds of the Baskervilles.
Once Upon a Time, Season 2-Season 3 – Oh Once, you were so good in the first season but what happened?? Somewhere along the way this show just lost the secret ingredient that made it magic. If you haven’t heard of Once, it sees every Disney fairytale character you know and love trapped by a curse that imprisons them in Storybrooke, Maine to await the return of Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) to break the curse. Season 1 rocked, but somehow the only good thing left in season 3 is Lana Parrilla’s razor sharp one liners. Too many soap flakes in this soap opera, I’m afraid. However if you’re a fan of Grimm fairytales and like Once more than I do, check out the TV tie in edition of these classic Grimm Fairytales!
Orphan Black, Season 1 – A debut show on BBC America that was just jaw dropping! Tattiana Maslany is, in my humble opinion, the greatest actress on Earth. I’ll say: one woman, seven characters, and leave you to work out the answer to that riddle when you watch Orphan Black. The basic premise is, Sarah Manning, a con woman, drug dealer and orhpan, steals the identity of a woman who looks identical to her. She thinks she can get away with the money, but instead finds herself dragged into a government conspiracy that threatens her and the people she loves. With action, Sci-Fi, the best soundtrack and jaw-dropping plot twists, this one is one of 2013’s best!
30 Rock, Season 6 – Tina Fey, one of the funniest and most awesome women in entertainment has kept us crying with laughter for 6 seasons of the hilarious NBC comedy about a disfunctional team of script writers, drama queen actresses and overly-involved TV executives. I was quite sad to see this show go, it was such a good laugh. Tina Fey’s autobiography, Bossypants, has many hilarious anecdotes about the creation of 30 Rock.