It’s always difficult venture to write about television. The prime reason being the incessant abundance of it. There are so many platforms available for viewing works of cinematic art divided into episodes; from major networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW to basic cable networks like TBS, AMC, Comedy Central et al. to premium cable in the form of HBO and Showtime among others and of course the fastest growing medium of consuming television is not on the TV at all (just a rhetoric, obviously. Things like Apple TV do exist) : it’s on the Internet, thanks to the trend of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, etc., expanding into the realm of broadcasting original content. As the trend of streaming services continues to grow, it not only takes a bite into the profits generated by traditional television, but also in the theater collections of movies. Amy Poehler might have joked at the 2014 Golden Globes, “Enjoy it while it lasts Netflix, but you won’t be feeling so smug in a couple of years when Snapchat is up here accepting Best Drama.”, but I wouldn’t discount it as a potential reality, and not just because one can never trust the Globes.
As a consequence, the halcyon days of 24 million viewers per episode of ‘ER’ are pretty much over and no one network, let alone a TV show, enjoys that kind of audience for scripted television. There’s something for everyone and impossible for everyone to be all caught up with everything. So if you forgive me for cloaking a disclaimer in the introduction, I’d like to unambiguously declare that there was a lot of television in 2016 that I didn’t watch, including some shows I had been a regular viewer of and have now gradually dropped off my TV radar. So let’s jump right into the list of the top TV shows of 2016:
Does horror interest you? Then this is the show you should check out. Slow and bit confusing at first. But ultimately it does scare you. That’s an achievement, isn’t it?
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