Phil’s 5 Best & The Worst TV Shows of 2018

Phil’s 5 Best & The Worst TV Shows of 2018

Quick Review Year In Review

2018 was another epic year for TV.  Even if we did miss Game of Thrones!   Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime delivered again and even the BBC and YouTube jumped in with a good show or two.  Here’s my lost and the 5 best and The Worst TV shows of 2018…

 

The Must Watch…


TV Show of The Year: Cobra Kai
Nostalgia helped but Cobra Kai managed to step outside that to become a truly excellent Tv series.  Compelling, funny and FAR better than it had any right to be Cobra Kai  delivered across it’s first season and ended leaving you wanting more.

 

2. Nailed It
In Brief:  No i’m not going mad.  Nailed it is bloody brilliant and grabs you with it’s ample charm and silliness. It’s a show you can watch with your family (I do) and one that defines compulsive binge viewing.

 

3. Better Call Saul
In Brief: Better Call Saul finally gave us Saul Goodman this year and ended on a the dark downward spiral that would bring the character to what we know him in Breaking Bad.  It was captivating stuff, brilliantly directed and expertly acted.

 

 

4. Billions
In Brief:  Billions is just insane.  Lewis and Giamatti relish in their roles as they raise the fuckery weekly.  It’s sharp, silly yet brilliant all at the same time.

 

 

5. American Vandal 
In Brief: Season 2 of American Vandal took the ball and ran with it.  A poo based mystery once again played with all the tropes of the Serial style true Crime genre and delivered laughs, shocks and a mystery that kept you glued to the screen.

 

 

Bubbling under:
Star Trek Discovery (ending the season strong), The Waling Dead (Season 9 has reinvigorated the series) , Silicon Valley (Still delivering even without TJ Miller), Sharp Objects (trippy as hell), GLOW (a strong second season) , Bodyguard (Slick BBC thriller)

 

The Must Nots…

Miss of the year: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

In Brief: I loved the first series of American Crime Story.  It was amazing.  But for me the second series just didn’t connect.  Much like the Serial podcast the bar was SO high the first time out that Season 2 was always going to struggle.  And Struggle it did.  Overlong, confusing and at times dull there was little to grab me.

 

Other shows I check-out ion this year: American Horror Story: Apocalypse, Westworld, Altered Carbon, The Terror, Luke Cage, Iron Fist , High Maintenance

 

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 3

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 3

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about films they have watched recently. Yup it’s our third review round up show! This time with added 80’s movies! And Never To Young To Die!

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Never To Young To Die, The festival, The Equalizer 2,  My Generation, Never Too Young To Die, Dragnet, Major League, Judgement Night, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Taxi,. Calibre, Revenge, The Incredibles 2, Office Uprising, Annihilation , Spectral, GLOW, The Heat, The Wolf Of Wall Street, What Still Remains,  Extinction, Mute

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Major League (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

Major League (1989) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Major League is damn good fun and considering it feels very 80’s at times, it still holds up pretty well and is never less than entertaining.  Featuring a cracking cast for it’s day (not least a young Wesley Snipes and an even younger Charlie Sheen) this is the archetypical sports team does good movie that has been copied numerous times since.  A fun film and well worth a revisit.

Best Bit: Wild Thing…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Major League 2, The Karate Kid, GLOW

 

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Phil’s 5 Best & The Worst TV Shows of 2017

Phil’s 5 Best & The Worst TV Shows of 2017

Quick Review Year In Review

2017 continued TV’s dominance over film.  With new shows launching almost weekly on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime it was hit after hit with shows like Glow breaking new ground (well kinda) and the old guard like The Leftovers and Game Of Thrones hitting to put the park. Here’s my lost and the 5 best and The Worst TV shows of 2017…

(Yet to watch Narcos Season 3 or Punisher)

 

TV Show of The Year: Billions
In Brief: Season 1 of Billions was good but didn’t hit “great” for me.  Yet Season 2, playing like a suped up cross between Wolf Of Wall Street and Boiler Room just knocked it out the park and then some. Pacier, sharper and rounded, Billions just threw out great episode after great episode and did something really special – made an unlikeable lead character into someone you DIDN’T want to lose.

 

 

2. Game Of Thrones
In Brief:  It’s second to last season Game Of Thrones upped the pace, threw in some major events and introduced the theory of “jet packing”.  In truth it didn’t matter.  Whilst the storytelling has diminished the action, pace and fun has increased making for a breathtaking run.  Oh and THAT ending.  Just wow.

 

 


3. Stranger Things
In Brief: Season 2 fell SLIGHTLY short of Season 1. But that still makes it one of the best shows on TV.  With more characters, more back story and more episodes Stranger Things suffered a little from not being as tight as it was last year but by upping the horror it was for sure scarier than ever.

 

 

 

4. The Leftovers
In Brief:  For a show I quit in Series 1, it’s pretty amazing to have the show end as one of my favourites of the year.  But on the back of a knockout season 2, Season 3 pulled it all together in a surreal, confusing and often oblique way.  No clear answers were given but there was enough threads to draw conclusions. Beautiful, clever and frustrating.

 

 

 

 


5. Silicon Valley
In Brief: Into its fourth year, Mike Judge’s tech comedy continued it’s impressive recent run with another constant and entertaining season.  Whether it can maintain next year with the loss of TJ Miller is another question but for now it’s still one of the best shows on TV.

 

 

Bubbling under:
Veep
(funny as ever), Better Call Saul (captivating stuff) Fear The Walking Dead (now MUCH stronger than The Walking Dead), Mindhunter (Top Notch stuff from David Fincher), House Of Cards (Bloody good, even with all the issues), Line Of Duty (Proving the UK can still smash it out the park), GLOW (brilliant fun), American Gods (Insane), Star Trek Discovery (the makings of something special), American Horror Story Cult (One of the strongest season yet)

 

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Miss of the year: The Walking Dead

In Brief: Second year running! Falling from one of the best shows on TV at its height, The Walking Dead has been on a massive decline the past two seasons which culminated with a recent run of episodes that took on and then royally botched the All out War Arc from the graphic novels.  Add to that the recent ‘death’ of a major character (which would have meant MUCH more if it had been earnt), some terrible editing and increasingly poor production values (save for the VFX) and you have a show so far from it’s good days that it mostly now exists to be ‘hate’ watched.

Shame because in the right hands this show could have been unstoppable.

GLOW The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling  – A Quick Capsule Review

GLOW The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Few people will remember the crazy antics of GLOW – the Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling. Even as a wrestling fan of the late 80’s I only have a passing memory.  But this 2012 documentary, released on Netflix on the eve of it’s own dramatised GLOW series, gives you an affectionate look back at the rapping, highly stylised characters behind what was a landmark in wrestling television.  One for fans and non fans alike.

Best Bit: The reunion

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (On Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Beyond The Mat, Hitman Hart Wrestling With Shadows, The Rise And Dall Of Fall

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Author: Phil Hobden