Monsoon-A-Day: 2017 Year In Review (Day 3)


There were 82 television shows released in 2017.

There’s a million reasons why 2017 was a colossal shit show for everyone on planet earth but there was at least 82 reasons why it didn’t. No matter how bad things get, television shows will always be there to offer an escape. Whether it’s the good, the bad or the ugly (see what I did there? I referenced a film while talking about film. Ed Note: since the original author was too fucking lazy to write a new header, this joke no longer makes sense), television shows are an important distraction.

These are the top 5 television shows that helped distract me from the garbage fire that was 2017.

Ed Note: those numbers are completely arbitrary. He was too lazy to Google the real numbers, so he made his best guess.


0. Glow

I’m not going to lie to y’all but I didn’t watch that much television this year. I look at every television show as an equation where x + y = z. X= the shows length (how much movie or game time will I be sacrificing to watch it) Y= good reviews, personal recommendations or my lady wants to watch it and Z= me watching it. I’m pretty sure that’s how math works.

On paper, I probably shouldn’t have liked GLOW. I enjoyed the documentary about the Glorious Ladies Of Wrestling and I love anything involving the politics that go on behind the scenes of wrestling but I wasn’t a fan of the creators previous show (Orange is the new black is ok at best), so I was cautiously optimistic. Actually, I only put it on because my lady wanted to watch it.

It surprised me. The cast is incredible, the writing is on point and it’s faithful to the spirit of the original show. It was definitely worth skipping five movies for.


5. Game Of Thrones

It’s only taken six seasons but winter is finally here. This show is still amazing but every complaint about it is valid. Yes the quality has dipped considerably since they ran out of books to cover and yes time still doesn’t make any fucking sense on the show (which create so many goddamn plot holes it hurts the brain) but when this show is great, it’s the best thing television has ever produced.

This season was a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, it hand a subplot that, if it had ended in any other fucking way, I would’ve dropped the show and on the other, we got some of the best action sequences of the year and it finally brought the entire cast together. So, never bad enough to leave the top five but not solid enough to be number one.


4. Samurai Jack

For years, this was always the pinnacle of animation to me. From 01-04, we were blessed with four seasons of perfection. It was the best thing on television and then it just ended. No finale or conclusion, just an ending. Apparently there was supposed to be a film that would’ve been the definitive ending to the show and a beginning of a film series but that never happened.

Jack was stuck in the past, Aku wasn’t defeated and Jack lost his sword. It was a crazy ending that, while not as shocking as the ending to Alf (the fucking FBI arrests him before he can leave earth, which concluded with a To Be Continued but it never did. That cat eating fuck rotted away in federal prison), it definitely wasn’t the ending anyone expected.

But 12 years later, much to everyone’s surprise, Jack was back. If, like me, you thought the show was perfect before, these final ten episodes are better than 95% of every animated show in existence. This show should be the example on how to bring back anything after a decade.


3. Bojack Horseman

After the rock bottom hitting finale of season 3, I was extremely curious on where the hell this show was going to go. It felt like it had written itself into a corner *cough* The Good Place *cough* but the writers clearly had an escape plan in place.

While there’s definitely no similarities between the two (outside of the Will Arnett connection), I think of this as the animated version of Arrested Development. Tonally, they couldn’t be further apart but the way each show layers jokes and the way they deal with broken human beings, my mind just connects the two together for some reason.

Which is high praise considering I think Arrested Development is the smartest written comedy of all time.

Eventually, I think Bojack might dethrone it. It’s that good.


2. Rick And Morty

It’s funny how different Bojack Horseman and Rick and Morty are to each other, yet are still in the same genre. Both animated, both comedies, both deal with an alcoholic, asshole lead character and are two of the funniest shows on tv. But in completely different ways.

Rick and Morty hardly ever use sight gags or celebrity cameos and Bojack almost never uses theme episodes. With the exception of season 3’s Fish out of Water (which was done almost completely dialogue free), Bojack is a more straight forward show and Rick and Morty are clearly more improve heavy with a strong emphasis on pop culture pastiche.

Two completely different shows with completely different writing styles that are both amazing but Rick and Morty is still clearly better in my mind. Every superlative you can throw at it applies and continues to get better with each subsequent episode.


1. Legion

Where the fuck did this show come from? How the hell did Noah Hawley get the budget to make this possible? Will we ever get a superhero tv show as good as this ever again?

So many questions this show raises. I seriously can’t believe this show exists. There’s no fucking way this thing should’ve worked but just like Bryan Fuller, never question the brilliance of a Noah Hawley.

He made me love Aubrey Plaza (which I always believed would be impossible), he made me love Jemaine Clement even more than I already did  (which I always believed would be impossible), and provided me with my new all time favorite Bowie cover (oh you pretty things)

This is a hard second place for the best anything that even remotely resembles the X-Men film franchise. It’s a truly unique experience that couldn’t be better if it tried.

Oh and the third question was joke. This is far and away the only legitimately good live action superhero tv show. Everything else is a soap opera with capes but this easily could’ve been a film.


  • Can’t wait to watch The Good Doctor when it hits DVD. Seen an odd episode of DuckTales here and there as well that seems well written. Nothing beats the original tho.

  • Will do.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Track down and watch ‘Old Wounds’ and ‘Mad Love’. Those two are so fantastic and essential that the animation hardly matters.

  • I didn’t buy TNBA bc I don’t like the animation.

  • New J-Mart

    TV was so good this year from The Good Doctor which I knew from day 1 would be a huge hit and that Freddie Highmore would knock it out of the park as a doctor with autism and it’s amazing each episode gets better and better from the masterfully crafted pilot all the way to the midseason finale. I am so glad ABC gave this show a chance while other people wouldn’t. That’s the reason why it’s the #1 new show of the fall season. Can’t wait for the new episodes and Season 2. The Good Doctor isn’t just good it’s great.

    Adult Swim killed it this year with Samurai Jack and giving it a great ending and the final 10 episodes are fantastic and a great end to the series. Rick And Morty Season 3 was crazy and Pickle Rick is one of my favorite episodes of the series.

    Disney XD also did very well this year with Svtfoe getting better and better. Seriously Season 2 and 3 are great. Eclipsa is one of my favorite villains now. Making a fantastic Ducktales reboot that gives fans many mysteries and the animation and characters are amazing. Disney Channel successfully brought That’s So Raven back with Raven’s Home and Oh Snap is it good! Really excited for Season 2.

    Cartoon Network had a decent year, Steven Universe Season 4 and 5 has some of my favorite episodes in the series and introducing more mysteries like who shattered Pink Diamond with The Steven Universe Wanted event being so freaking good. The Trial is fantastic. Regular Show’s final season in space was fantastic and the finale was a perfect way to end the series and it’s so crazy but epic at the same time. Adventure Time got even better with the Islands arc which was weird but cool. Ok KO is more than ok and it’s a fun show with interesting characters also the episode where they review the pilot is gold.
    Can’t wait for TV 2018.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Yeah, they re-tooled the show into the Batman and Robin adventures because the studios wanted Robin in it more. Then later they retooled it again into the New Batman Advetures with a different animation style (but still some great episodes).

  • Just off memory most of those are in volumes 1&2 which I’ve watched. Got volume 3 left. I think you’re trying to say “stay away once Robin shows up way more”

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Here’s my list of the must-watch episodes:

    On Leather Wings
    Nothing to Fear
    Two-Face Parts 1 and 2
    It’s Never Too Late
    Heart of Ice
    See No Evil
    Beware the Grey Ghost
    Feat of Clay Parts 1 and 2
    Joker’s Favor
    The clock king
    Appointment on Crime Alley
    Dreams in Darkness
    Perchance to Dream
    Robin’s Reckoning parts 1 and 2
    The Laughing Fish
    Heart of Steel parts 1 and 2
    Almost Got ‘Im
    I am the Night
    The Man Who Killed Batman
    Harley and Ivey
    Demon’s Quest parts 1 and 2
    His Silicon Soul
    Read My Lips
    A Bullet for Bullock
    House and Garden
    Baby Doll
    Riddler’s Reform
    Second Chance
    Harley’s Holiday
    Deep Freeze

  • I just watch the volumes in order. There are definitely a fair share of duds but the gorgeous animation make sure up for it.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Hear! Hear!

    Better Call Saul is quite probably the best written piece of fiction of any medium I dealt with this year. Stunningly well done.

  • Cap_N_Jack

    Batman TAS is a classic for a reason, but you really have to skip the bad episodes because they drag the whole thing down (and there are a lot of them).

  • Cap_N_Jack

    From last year, I loved Better Call Saul with a passion, thought Legion was mostly really good, and had a fun time with Big Mouth. The hype around American Gods ended up making me disappointed in the show.

    But I also need to talk about Fargo which had a really challenging, interesting third season. I can’t say I embraced it like I did the first two, but I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about it and I can say that it’s hugely well put together.

    Also, Rick and Morty jumped the shark for me this year.

  • DropYourLinen

    Yup, the beginning and the end. That entire middle section is a slog.

  • I watched two episodes of R&M today. The next episode will be the prized “episode 8” where I’ll either love or never love the show. I’ll watch it in six months time.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    And you need to watch rick and Morty.
    Don’t listen to crazy duke
    It’s amazing

  • DryButSoupy

    fair enough

  • Sailor Monsoon

    There’s about 4 good episodes of punisher.
    That’s about it

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I took a guess goddamn it!

  • Sailor Monsoon

    Because I’ve never seen better call Saul.
    I don’t watch a ton of tv.

  • DropYourLinen

    Taboo is my number one from last year. I’d say The Punisher was the most disappointing, but I didn’t have high hopes for it to begin with, and despite a better than expected start, it quickly devolved into mediocrity.

  • GLOW is on my list to watch.

  • I’ve been doing all my lists and updating my accounts on what I watched and when. So here’s what I watched in 2017:
    – Castle s8
    – HIMYM s1-5
    – The Goldbergs s1-4
    – Stranger Things s2
    – Constantine eps 1-5
    – Some Batman: The Animated Series
    – Firefly

    As always I don’t understand the love for R&M. It’s not funny (in a ha-ha way) despite the occasional strong written episode. It’s sort of average.

  • That number is so off lol. Netflix along probably did in that ballpark considering how crazy they are. I would have said 201.

  • BCS is better than BB no contest.

  • DryButSoupy

    I’m not a huge “tv guy.” I’m not familiar with Glow or the animated shows on your list, but I definitely agree with your statements about GoT and Legion.

    Nothing about any of the current superhero shows appeal to me. At. All. Legion, however, is an entirely different animal. There are very few shows that I make a point to watch at broadcast time. Legion is one of them.

    I don’t understand how three cartoons made it into this list, though, and Better Call Saul is left out in the cold. As much as I dig Game of Thrones, I think this season’s issues with plot and pacing allows “Saul” to creep past it in my personal head-rankings. And I’m just going to come out and say it: Better Call Saul is better than Breaking Bad.

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I’m assuming 56 cop and/or doctor shows

  • King Alvarez

    How many of those 82 shows were already cancelled?