10. The End of Twilight
Free at last! Free at last! The actual movies weren’t that bad, but I’m so tired of Twi-mania. I am proud of all the teens and tweens who managed to put down their phones and actually read a book (or four), but it’s time to move on. May I suggest Harry Potter? Hermione Granger is a much better role model for young women than Bella Swan could ever hope to be.
9. The Colbert Report
Usually, I prefer Jon to Stephen, but Colbert’s satirical SuperPAC was seriously one of the greatest pieces of performance art ever. Particularly the rally in South Carolina: “If this is a joke, then [...] our whole campaign finance system is a joke.” Burn. Plus he gets major bonus points for giving all the money his SuperPAC raised to charity.
8. Les Misérables
Okay, so I haven’t seen it just yet, but you just know it has to be amazing. Anne Hathaway deserves an Oscar for the trailer alone. What do you mean they don’t give Oscars for trailers?! They should start. I dreamed a dream in time gone by....
While I very impatiently wait for the third season of Sherlock, I can at least comfort myself with Elementary. While it’s far from being as brilliant as its British cousin, Elementary is a cute, fun crime procedural à la Psych or Monk. It’s not one of my ‘I will die if I don’t watch this’ shows, but it is thoroughly enjoyable every week.
6. Bear the Dog
When sitcoms add dogs to their cast, you know the show is in its dying gasps. When dark and complex crime procedurals do it, oh, wait, they don’t do that. Congrats to Person of Interest for breaking barriers and pushing the envelope in the least edgy and most adorable way possible.
While it’s return may have been delayed for several months, the latter part of Season Three contained some of my favorite episodes of the series. From the show’s tribute to Law and Order to their Ken Burns-inspired pillow fight documentary, it was all gold. Plus, they made the perfect season finale that might have been a series finale. That’s a hard episode to do for any show.
4. Girl Meets World
If you’re not excited about the Boy Meets World reboot, you didn’t grow up in the nineties.
While watching the Emmys this year, I found myself wondering what this oft-nominated Sherlock was. I found it on Netflix, watched it, and fell in love with it. Season (series?) three cannot come fast enough. Seriously. Get to work, people! I need to know how Sherlock did it! It has literally kept me up at night.
2. Once Upon a Time
Who doesn’t love OUAT? It’s a candy coated Lost. And who doesn’t love Lost? And candy? I adore the show and will loudly scream at anyone who deigns to speak to me Sunday nights from 8:00-9:00. It’s far and away my favorite show on television right now and I only hope it will remain so. Dear Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis: you can stop adding storylines, characters, and worlds for now. We have enough to be going on with, thank you very much.
1. The Year of the Whedon
Forget the awesome-ness that was The Avengers. Let’s just concentrate on the fabulous feeling of superiority knowing our favorite writer/director/genius has finally, FINALLY gained commercial recognition. He’s come a long way since the unaired pilot of Buffy. Now all Joss needs is some critical recognition. The fact that he doesn’t have a professionally lit display room in his home full of Emmys, Oscars, Pulitzers, Nobel Prizes, and MacArthur Genius Grants is a travesty. Think I’m overstating the genius of Joss Whedon? I probably am. Still, it’s pretty neat the man we all love for Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse is now responsible for the number three grossing film of all time. And on his first big-budget movie. In your face, James Cameron!