4YE’s Year In Review: Five TV Shows That Helped Make 2018 Better

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In 2018, we have been blessed with many great new TV shows, as well as with the return of those shows we fell in love in the years prior. However, there have also been TV shows and new seasons that have been a major let down, though, to be honest, it is also something inevitable, as not every show can be great.

I want to look back at those TV shows that have made my year a little bit sweeter and much better, whether it was a new show, the return of one I’ve already loved before or that I got to love this year due to the new season, or a show I’ve just discovered this year.

So lean back and let’s take a look back at the TV shows of 2018:

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I think I’ve only discovered this amazing show at the beginning of the year and once I’ve binged it, I couldn’t wait for the second season to air. The wait was finally over at the beginning of December and it was so worth it! The second season was funny, emotional and generally just everything I was hoping it would be. The characters are so relatable in their own sense that it is just a joy to watch this show. Even though I disliked the end of season 2, as I became quite a Team Benjamin shipper, I cannot wait to see what season three has in store for us.

The fact that is has been nominated for eight Golden Globes isn’t very surprising to me and I can’t wait to see how many they will take home.

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Lost in Space
I might have been a little biased when I started to watch Lost in Space, as I was looking forward to it ever since it was announced that Raza Jaffrey, who plays Victor Dhar, would be in it.

I was really excited when it finally premiered on Netflix on April 13 and I wasn’t disappointed. I normally don’t like science fiction shows that much but Lost in Space has changed my mind, which was probably due to the fact that it was mostly not set in space per se but on another planet. The show had a good mix of emotions, comedy and the sci-fi element, which I liked most about it, as it has something for everyone. Though I have to admit that some of the characters could have been explored more, but that’s what season two is for, right?

I’m really looking forward to where the Robinsons will get lost next and especially how the people on the Resolute plan to rescue them.

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Making It
This show did nothing but bring me joy each week I’ve tuned in. Before it even premiered, I knew I had to watch it, just because of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, who I already loved in Parks and Rec (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?). After watching the first episode, I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed with the show at all and each week I couldn’t wait to watch another episode. To be honest, I was a little disappointed that the season was only six episodes short, but I also think it was the perfect length. Each week, when one of the contestants had to leave again, I cried a bit, as I got to love them all so much in such a short amount of time.

I can’t wait to watch season two next year and to see how creative and crafty the next round of contestants are going to be!

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The Handmaid’s Tale
After season one, I was not sure what to expect from season two. I have to admit, though that I wasn’t let down by it. It was a good continuation of the story and we could see the characters grow more – especially June, who’s such a strong woman and who extremely surprised me by her decision to stay in the end. The second season also made me like some characters more, who I absolutely hated in season one. Serena Joy was one of those and I could really feel with her to some extent, even though I do not agree with her actions at all and was shocked by them! I liked how the second season explored the characters of season one more and brought characters back that I was sure we wouldn’t see again after seasons one.

I’m curious to see what is going to happen in the third season and whether or not Gilead will finally be brought down or not.

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The Americans
Another show I’ve just discovered this year and I have absolutely no idea how I’ve managed to miss it for the past six years! Thankfully, my co-worker recommended it to me and once I’ve watched it, I couldn’t stop! The storyline and the characters were so different from the TV shows I’ve known. I particularly loved how they would always invent those new personas, in order to fulfill their mission. Some personas lasted over multiple seasons and it was interesting to get to know them as well. I especially loved it when we got to know a bit more about their past and what led them to join the KGB and along with it what drove them. I was sad to learn that season six was the last season of this amazing show. Though it brought the show to a worthy end and Philip and Elizabeth received a good ending as well, at least I think so.

I’d definitely recommend the show to anyone who hasn’t seen it!

Anna Hattingen