2016 In Review: My 10 Favorite TV Episodes of the Year

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s easy to be negative. Heck, it’s probably even reasonable to be negative. But for eternal optimists like me, who enjoy finding the bright side of life, looking back at the year that was represents a chance to find some good in that dumpster truck pileup of crap that was 2016. I want to find a metaphorical diamond in the roughly 30 gallons of despair, if you will.

Where do I look for good in a year of seemingly relentless bad? Where I always go when reality gets the better of me: TV, of course! Even as the world struggled around it, 2016 was actually a pretty fantastic year for TV. So now, in an attempt to look at the bright side of 2016, I present my annual list of favorite TV episodes from the year.

GROUND RULES: The episode must have originally aired in the United States during 2016, 1 episode is allowed per show, two-parters (EX: Finale Part 1/Finale Part 2) are counted as one.

DISCLAIMER: I am human, there’s no way for me to watch every episode of TV that came out this year. This isn’t a list of the definitive best episodes of TV released this year, or even the best shows, this is just one man’s opinion on what he liked most from the year in TV. So if your favorite show isn’t on here, that’s why. Unless that show is named The Big Bang Theory, in which case, you’re the worst and stop reading this now.

Now that we got that all cleared up, without further ado, I present my 10 favorite episodes of television from 2016.

Episodes are listed in no particular order.

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Celebrating The Year In TV: My 10 Favorite Episodes From 2015

The end of the year is a time for traditions. Annual rituals like putting your presents under the tree, watching your favorite Christmas movies with your family, pretending you know the name of that one relative who comes over every couple of years (You know, the classics). For the past two years, I’ve started what I like to think of as my own little tradition here on the blog, with my annual end-of-year TV celebration post where I list the ten episodes I enjoyed the most from the year that was. Now, as 2015 winds down, it is time for this year’s edition, but before we get started, let’s go over some ground rules.

GROUND RULES: The episode must have originally aired in the United States during 2015, 1 episode is allowed per show, two-parters (EX: Finale Part 1/Finale Part 2) are counted as one.

DISCLAIMER: I am human, there’s no way for me to watch every episode of TV that came out this year. This isn’t a list of the definitive best episodes of TV released this year, or even the best shows, this is just one man’s opinion on what he liked most from the year in TV. So if your favorite show isn’t on here, that’s why.

Now that we got that all cleared up, without further ado, I present my 10 favorite episodes of television from 2015.

Episodes are listed in no particular order.

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Pilot Talk: The 5 Best New Shows From Fall 2015

Now that almost all of the new Fall TV shows have premiered, it is time to look back and see the series stood out from the pack and completely ignore the shows that failed to make an impact (*cough* Heroes Reborn *cough* Minority Report *cough*). Though the majority of the new network shows this fall have underwhelmed to varying degrees, there are a few early bright spots that I wanted to point out. So now, without further ado, I present my five favorite Fall 2015 premieres (In a very, very particular order).

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6 Directors Who Can Bring The Magic Of Ready Player One To The Big Screen

posterThose of you who know me well probably know that I don’t read too often. But, a few months back I read a book called Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. To say the novel was amazing is a massive understatement. The book is a triumphantly nerdy, pop-culture infused adventure that takes the reader on a ride unlike anything else in I’ve ever been exposed to. It’s an absolutely amazing read. Seriously guys, words can’t express how much I loved this book.

Immediately, being the movie nerd I am, I looked into possible film adaptations and learned that Warner Brothers and screenwriter Zak Penn had already begun work on a script. But, no director and stars are on board yet. So, in case Warner Brothers and Zak Penn need some advice, I present to them, and my lucky readers, a list of six directors (plus a wildcard option) that could help bring my new favorite book to the big screen.

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7 Bold Predictions For Television In 2015

With 2014 in our metaphorical rear view mirror, it’s time to look forward to what’s to come in 2015! Some things we know for sure, but almost everything about 2015 is a mystery right now. I tried to make some predictions about whats to come in 2015, most of which will probably not come true, but it’s fun to guess anyways! Keep reading, if you want a glimpse into the future (Cue amazing, mystical, sound effect).

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Celebrating The Year In TV: My 10 Favorite Episodes From 2014

It’s that time of year again people, a time meant for gathering with family and loved ones, wearing terrifyingly ugly sweaters, and a time to look back on the year that was. Most people tend to look at personal achievements or milestones, the big moments of their lives that will stick with them forever. I, however, am not most people. I like to reflect on the time I wasted watching TV, rather than the time I spent actually doing things. Then, I waste even more time by coming up with a list of the ten best episodes I watched. Then, I put that list up on the internet and hope I don’t get screamed at by commenters. So, let’s get started!

GROUND RULES: The episode must have originally aired in the US during 2014, 1 episode is allowed per show, two-part episodes (EX: Finale pt. 1/Finale pt. 2) are counted as one episode.

DISCLAIMER: I am human, there’s no way for me to watch every episode produced this year. This isn’t a list of the definitive best episodes of TV released this year, or even the best shows, this is just one man’s opinion on what he liked most from the year in TV. As this is a top 10 list, there obviously had to be some cuts, so some of episodes that I loved this year that missed out are listed at the end of this post.

Now that we got that all cleared up, without further ado, I present my 10 favorite episodes of TV from 2014.

Episodes are listed in no particular order.

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6 Outside The Box Ideas For Replacing The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert made headlines recently when he was named as the next host of CBS’s The Late Show, currently hosted by David Letterman. Personally, I love The Colbert Report, and I am sad to see him leave his hilarious stage persona behind. If you want to read more about that, check out this AV Club article. But today I’m focusing on filling the time slot vacated by The Colbert Report. The most likely scenario is a Daily Show Correspondent taking over (I’d bet on either Jason Jones or Aasif Mandvi). After all, thats how Colbert started. But, just in case Comedy Central decides to go in another direction, I have six great, but unlikely ideas about who should take over 11:30. Hit the jump to find out.

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