Winning’s a sure-fire way to have fun during the holidays
Towards the end of 2018, many worked and holidayed into overdrive. So you may have missed some of our recommendations for some of the best TV viewing experiences of the year. Here’s our round-up:
Killing Eve wins a huge number of prizes for the best TV of 2018.
This year we all got to meet Sandra Oh’s Eve, the head of MI5’s Counter-Intelligence Division. As she worked to come up with a game plan to combat Eve’s arch-enemy Villanelle, the audience also watched the formidable writer/director Jodie Comer turn into a totally compelling screen actress, cementing her status as one of the most talented young talents on the small screen.
The result was an utterly gripping and thrillingly stylish series, and therefore the winner of the category.
Mom-gone-wild: Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Lil Rel Howery in ‘Saturday Night Live’s SOTU skit
Saturday Night Live’s political Weekends at Racine, the third instalment of SNL’s expanded season, proved you’re never too old for an endless carousel of hilarious, unpredictable moments. The cast offered the Clintons or Trump the full backing of their casts, Anderson Cooper (SNL rookie Alex Moffat) got the cold shoulder, etc.
The standout segment? This performance by SNL vets Kate McKinnon, Adam Driver and Issa Rae, who played mother and daughter, assuming Amy Schumer’s character won’t be invited back to appear.
Netflix treats you to some perfectly pleasant films all on one day.
Netflix has brought its brand of happy-go-lucky indie comedy to the world this year. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was a stylish and fun-packed finale to one of the series’ more relaxing, lovely offerings.
The tour comedy Ingrid Goes West was well-written, set in sun-kissed California and starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen and Johnny Simmons. It was full of references to and various breaks from the usual format of branded lukewarm-zone cable television entertainment – and so one-dimensionally charming that it could possibly be added to the rotation of other ‘Happy Hours’ (one of those formats that both is and isn’t. The ‘Luxo-Tour’; some snacking at Vudu; eat lots of Dom; go on a diet. Family eat-together activities, etc. But that’s Netflix for you.)
Last Chance U follows a bad boys of US high school football.
Who wants to be a high school quarterback when there’s such a litany of underperforming duds out there that have to get their hands dirty instead? TV Land’s Last Chance U follows three one-time football stars who pursue a comeback opportunity and work their way through a Cincinnati high school program run by the Ohio Principals Association (OPA). Last Chance U is the most unqualified, unhinged, disturbingly groovy Christmas party you’ll ever get to attend.
The best TV of 2018 was really better in small doses.
A lot of people don’t watch TV; that’s easy to understand. One year, director/writer/producer David O Russell whittled four seasons of the Showtime series The Affair down to one.
All four seasons of the Netflix’s red-hot Orange is the New Black were packed into one wonderfully detailed 16-hour movie.
Star Trek: Discovery’s 25-minute opening was in effect a stop-motion-animated bible that welcomed you into the Star Trek universe.
The little, vital, nugget that guaranteed a brilliant showing on the big screen during the Christmas season was Super Bowl LIII, when the New England Patriots/Los Angeles Rams showdown kicked off from Atlanta on 6 February.