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Silicon Valley: Season 2

Yet, another successful entry, S02 managed to balance even better this time its story with humor. But the story is a bit the same as S01, however the last episode holds promise for a different future for the Pied Piper team.

I understand some people won't enjoy much the vulgar humor but it's so well made and told with such confidence by the cast, it's hard not to fall in love with it.

Orange Is the New Black: Season 3

Back to its lighter roots, less dark but much more aimless, OITNB is... okish this season. The humor is still spot-on, some characters are delightful to witness but just nothing much happens during this whole season. Seriously, what happened if not just time going by and some underwhelming storylines? Still, it's so well written and entertaining you'll almost forget about all this but I like my shows to have a sense of direction and goal. And that seemed the case with the first two seasons, but now? I dunno, feels like they're milking it a bit but I'll definitely come back next season for me. Here's to hoping they improve the quality a bit next time.

Game of Thrones: Season 5

So, the most difficult season of Game of Thrones so far has ended. Difficult for many reasons.

Firstly, it's adapting two dreadful convoluted books that keep on getting more and more complicated for no reason. The showrunners have done a decent job with sharpening it up to the essentials, leaving for later other stories (don't worry very angry internet fanbase, you'll get your Greyjoys...) but it also backfired more than once. Some storylines either felt too rushed or too slow. Granted, most of them have continuity with what's coming next, because this is the most carefully constructed show you have on TV right now and I don't mind certain cliffhangers or "that's it?" moments. They usually come back, even if it takes a couple of seasons. I'm sure when the show is done, you won't feel a season ending and another starting, it's that well built. Obviously, Dorne took the shit cake. I dunno what happened there but it seemed the story was handled to the writer's nephews or interns or something. It was just sloppy but it picked up on the last couple of episodes. I still hope they make something interesting out of this, they generally do but the drop in quality was way too evident when everything else is so great.

Secondly, this is a very emotionally exhausting season. Pretty much every character is humiliated or humiliates itself in every episode. There are very few heroisms (but there are some) and everyone makes terrible terrible decisions. Some with consent and well aware of what they're getting into, others completely clueless of the downfall they're bringing to themselves. There were also a lot of parallels to parenting, on people surviving without guidance from motherly or fatherly figures, growing up on very difficult situations which gives this show an unusual depth to such a popular show. This, of course, brings rage everywhere. People confusing dreadful acts that happen on a daily basis to misogyny, child murdering, fanaticism amongst many other things, don't seem to realize that this show mirrors our society like few others do. This is not fantasy, this is something that happens everyday, are we supposed to shy aways from these topics and pretend they never happen? This was hardly ever an "entertaining" show right when it started, it didn't change its stripes now. Sure, I think some decisions were probably overly cruel and most violence was aimed at women this season but what about the previous ones? I saw a lot of shit happening to men on the last one, both physically and emotionally. I recall the dialogue between Oberyn and Tyrion before the trial being beyond heart wrenching. Theon being tortured was awful. But I digress, it's useless to have a decent civilized discussion online.

All in all, this was the weakest Game of Thrones season so far but that doesn't mean much when you're still probably the best show around. There aren't many shows this ambitious and that manage to create such visceral emotions on the viewers. To me, that's a sign you're doing something right. You still care even if you're so enraged. That's the point.

The 100: Season 2
The 100: Season 2 (2014-2015)

Starts off relatively well and with some extra twists that keep you engaged while it lasts, with our characters evolving to new and unexpected directions when put under extreme circumstances but it just repeats itself a bit often. Also, some storylines just felt flat and unnecessary like Jaha's pilgrimage or whatever it was to reveal the next villain for next season that came out of nowhere. The grounders and mountain people worked well because they were carefully introduced over the first and second seasons, this one just came out of nowhere.

Still, it continues to be very entertaining and unexpected as usual, so I'll be back for season 3.

The 100: Season 1

Despite extra doses of cheese and poor writing here and there, The 100 is a pretty entertaining series that makes the best use possible of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic clichés, thanks to a fast paced approached and plenty of unexpected moments. Don't let the poor marketing campaign fool you, this is not another teen take on sci-fi, it's actually pretty gritty and unforgiving as far as shows go, so give it a chance.

12 Monkeys: Season 1

Undoubtedly the best thing Syfy has produced lately, this adaptation is surprisingly solid on everything it does. The dialogues are sharp, not too complicated and without too much exposition, the settings are simple but effective, the characters adequate and the storyline confusing on a good level.

But that's it, it's very safe and solid but never goes to the next level. The budget doesn't seem to help either and the are too many episodes that break the pace of the main story arc, to tell flashbacks and origin stories of our characters that needlessly end abruptly. Good storytelling includes these bits of information onto the main arc, it never needs to break the pace, but since the show is so well handled you won't feel a lot of problems from these aspects.

Here's to hoping that season 2 continues to be bonkers and fun.

The Sopranos: Season 6, Part II

The end is near, right from the start (and startling) first episode with the characters we've grown to love and hate to thread on their darkest paths until the inveitable clash. This is the darkest season yet and whilst most storylines are concluded, I felt some characters deserved something more. Some stories definitely didn't end properly (come on, do you really want to see the last of Silvio in a hospital bed without saying anything?) and some episodes didn't add much we didn't knew before.

Also, it takes some major balls to end the show that way. Really well done, even if I felt that the ending wasn't ambiguous as it was supposed to. Some hints on previous episodes left it pretty clear as to what happened on the infamous cut to black and silence.

All in all, it's because of all these risks and commitment to do things differently on television that The Sopranos is regarded as one of the best of all time and rightfully so.

Major disappointment: the ducks didn't return!!!

The Sopranos: Season 6, Part I

The end is near, right from the start (and startling) first episode with the characters we've grown to love and hate to thread on their darkest paths until the inveitable clash. This is the darkest season yet and whilst most storylines are concluded, I felt some characters deserved something more. Some stories definitely didn't end properly (come on, do you really want to see the last of Silvio in a hospital bed without saying anything?) and some episodes didn't add much we didn't knew before.

Also, it takes some major balls to end the show that way. Really well done, even if I felt that the ending wasn't ambiguous as it was supposed to. Some hints on previous episodes left it pretty clear as to what happened on the infamous cut to black and silence.

All in all, it's because of all these risks and commitment to do things differently on television that The Sopranos is regarded as one of the best of all time and rightfully so.

Major disappointment: the ducks didn't return!!!

The Sopranos: Season 5

Season 5 is probably the best of the bunch. It's just overwhelmingly great at every turn. Our characters are constantly under pressure and finally move out of their comfort zone with unexpected results. Featuring some of the best episodes and scenes of the show, The Sopranos could've easily ended here and it would still be great. Buscemi is a worthy addition to the show, that kinda feels like a resume of everything that came before, culminating into directions that the characters will never truly recover from. Top-notch dialogue at every turn, though a bit darker than previous outings without some of the great dark humor, this is as solid as it gets.

The Sopranos: Season 4

The plot thickens and our characters grown in unexpected directions. The tension rises up considerably amongst the NY family and the Sopranos making for some great explosive moments between the characters and hilarious dark comedy. It never gets out of hand though, this is a series still very grounded in reality and it's refreshing to see that these guys prefer to solve thing amicably and not by shooting everything in sight.

Also, applause for the brilliant last episode. Edie Falco was stunning in it and the chemistry between her and Gandolfini was glorious to behold.

The Sopranos: Season 3

I found this season to be the least compelling of all. I was just not overly engaged by some new turn of events and certain story elements get out of hand with their repetition. Still, when it's great, it's amazing. Not many shows manage to hold so well after so long, all thanks to some tight writing and acting from the larger than life cast.

The Sopranos: Season 2

Though not as solid as the first season, thanks to some aimless plot lines and some repetition, season 2 is still incredible on its writing and for leaving us constantly confused on who we're supposed to root for. We're never sure if we should applaud any of these guys for what they do, but their humanity keeps us engaged right until the end.

The Sopranos: Season 1

Not only was here that the golden age of television started, but I'm glad to say that the first season holds on surprisingly well after all these years.

All the characters have some aura about them that leaves you wanting for more and despite not all of them having a good arc on the first iteration, they would subsequently have great storylines in the future. This is obviously much more centered on Tony and his relationship with his shrink and the character despite being a buffoon, there's plenty of depth buried deep in him and Gandolfini sells it like a pro. Add an interesting family betrayal storyline going on, to keep things tense and this first season is nearly flawless.

Vikings: Season 3

This is essentially the same show as the previous two seasons but what was bad before, is even worse on S03. The dialogues are even more ridiculous and with plenty of unnecessary exposition. There are death scenes that add nothing, trying to be shocking like in Game of Thrones, but forgetting that whenever someone dies on that show, it's important and will be a huge deal to everyone around. Vikings, it's time for me to say farewell, you were once entertaining and I learned a thing or two from you, but you're turning into unbearable cheese lately. And of the bad kind.

The Americans: Season 3

Yet another very solid entry onto the show but it's becoming quite evident that it will never be able to surpass its solid quality. Maybe it's time to start thinking about wrapping up this soon, since the pace is too slow to go beyond 5 seasons and with such limited production values, it's better to end on a high note, than a low one. We're starting to thread on repetition here and that's never a good thing for a show that has very little audience.

Better Call Saul: Season 1

Better Call Saul did the right thing as a spin-of, by establishing early on that this was its own show. The tone is different, the character are different, the motivations are different, whilst at the same time, there's a sense of familiarity thanks to the setting, cinematography and way the show is made.

Frankly, 10 episodes felt like little to help the show escalate into something grand. Much like Breaking Bad, which also started very slowly, maybe we'll start to have those incredibly tense shenanigans with the cartels soon, thanks to Jimmy's big decision on the last episode. It has room to grow and interesting enough characters to back his transformation but things really need to start picking up the pace, despite being a show that makes legal talk and action more interesting than the subject has any right to.

Justified: Season 6

*standing ovation*

Justified not only delivered a near perfect final season but it also turned it into something legendary on its last goodbye to these brilliantly written characters. I'm inclined to say that this even surpassed the amazing season 2.

Everything you could've wanted from Justified is here: the writing is the best you have on television, the characters evolve and are put on extreme situation, no more boring Ava on prison (she turns into the most interesting character early on), the new villains are the perfect blend of hilarious and dangerous, Wynn Duffy is still alive, characters die in over the top situation, the puns and jokes are glorious, Loretta is back, etc etc.

Couldn't have wished for a finer finale and the last dialogue was tear-jerking and the finest bittersweet goodbye to this brilliant show.

Black Mirror: Season 1

Each segment on this first season is the perfect blend of satire, grimness and mirror to our society. All very different but all very close to how we live and interact recently.

Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1

After hearing many great things about Agent Carter I decided to give it a go. Seemed it had everything I wanted from a Marvel thingy: it was short, the setting seemed interesting and Agent Carter was my favorite thing in the first Cap movie, but severely underused.

Unfortunately, Agent Carter is just passable entertainment. There's nothing wrong with it but nothing great either. The story is the usual Marvel stuff: shiny objects, bad guys want it, good guys too. Conspiracies so obvious ensue and nothing much will stick when it all ends. Despite having an awesome lead character, Agent Carter is ultimately boring, occasionally cheeky but never really connects to the Marvel universe or offers anything you haven't seen thousands of times before.

Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1

I like dark and gritty. And dark and gritty on Daredevil is definitely the way to go if you want to make a more grounded superhero series. It's a complex enough character with very cool side-kicks, plenty of gangsters and masked dudes to kick his ass very often. This isn't your typical hero. He kicks some major ass but he gets his ass served more times than you can count too. That makes us root for this guy, who's really trying to make the city he lives in a better place but where he's also one step too close to become what he's trying to fight.

Then we have a character with the same motivations but doing things on a very different scale and level. I'm obviously talking about the Kingpin, which is played rather well by Vincent D'Onofrio. Instead of being a loudmouth like he's usually portrayed, in here he's just a very shy and socially awkward guy, with an immense rage inside that obviously explodes very often. A bit of a cliché but works for the most part.

The main draw on the show is that the writing is not that great. There's plenty of cringy dialogue and clichéd phrases running amok to truly immerse us on this show, but it's still better than your usual stuff. Some episodes are needlessly too long and sometimes take too much time to develop. Storylines and characters show up for very few episodes (Rosario Dawson, are you even a main character as advertised?), leaving us a bit dry in the end, which is a bit worrying since we're having other super-hero shows coming up next on Netflix, that will converge alongside Daredevil into the Defenders and we still don't have a confirmation for S02 for Daredevil itself, turning all of it into a mess.

Black Mirror: Season 2

You should start this season from the last episode to the first when it comes to quality. I found The Waldo Moment to be extremely underwhelming on a near flawless run of the 5 episodes that preceded it. The substance is there, but it never goes to the next level. And Waldo's not that funny.

White Bear has an amazing concept and execution for the most part, that drags and repeats itself a bit too much towards the end, but the main draw is Lenora Crichlow which turns on a very annoyingly hysterical role. Talk about overacting...

Then we have the fantastic Be Right Back, the most human and tear-jerking episode so far. Fantastically paced, with a very affecting performance by Hayley Atwell and a simple but great sci-fi setting, very unnerving on how close we are to it.

Black Mirror: Season 3

This special episode, White Christmas, played differently from the structure of seasons past with mixed results. Though the stories are still superb, sarcastic and with plenty of food for thought, by making them all part of a single "story" made them feel a bit loose and disjointed at times, with some characters getting the short end of the stick, namely Oona Chaplin's character that I was quite enjoying but never had time to shine.

Still, it's great television for the most part. A shame that it doesn't happen more often.

Archer: Season 6

A small improvement over last season's departure in structure, Archer is still one of the funniest shows around but it's repeating itself a bit, Things take a bit to get interesting, the first 4 or 5 episodes are pretty bland but things quickly pick up with inspired references and jokes aplenty. Not sure how long Archer can keep going, but probably two more strong seasons to say goodbye to this once awesome show, so it can go in glory and not become an unwelcome guest in comedy, when it once was a king.

Banshee: Season 2

This season was more of the same and not of the good kind. The whole Mr. Rabbit ordeal should've been solved on S01 and we're treading on the same ground here as far as our protagonists go. Still, the villains get some more screen time with mixed results. The annoying flash back montage is here too, the silly romance too; only the nuttiness of the fight scenes and action set pieces is still top notch.

Banshee: Season 1

Banshee had almost everything for me to fell in love with it from the start. It's pulpy over the top vibe was my cup of tea if stayed that way. Unfortunately, this shows also tries to be drama and... well, it's a marriage that doesn't make much sense. You have a couple of characters talking about deep things in their lives, just so they can quickly swift into an outrageous fight scene that lasts 5 minutes, with gallons of blood and broken bones. Damn, show! Let either the drama or the punching soak in a bit at first, cause these mood swings are nuts. All in all, it's fairly decent entertainment for the nutty aspect of things. The rest is just over the top unnecessarily so. And I'm talking about the drama! Not the violence.

Banshee: Season 3

Finally Banshee decided to say "you know what? we have 10 episodes let's make 5 of these feel like season finales". Damn, show! Now that's more like it. The show gets crazy pretty quickly, the villains are absolute cartoons for the best reasons, the story finally mixes well with the over the topness and so does the drama (surprisingly I felt annoyed when certain main characters bit the dust). This is the show Banshee should be from the start. Despite still not being very focused on what the main narrative is or where it is going, Banshee is presenting us with some very fine entertainment.

The Walking Dead: Season 5

This season 5 of The Walking Dead featured some of its best episodes but definitely some of their worse too, making it a very uneven and unbalanced season as usual with this show. When it's able to create amazing moments of tension and terror, like the fantastic season opener, and at the same time being able to flesh out some characters in the process, that's when it works the best. When you have dedicated episodes of these guys taking shelter from a storm, an entire episode with an awful hipstery filter fest, even more cringy dialogue and ridiculous death scenes that mean nothing other than just being shocking and violent; well that's when the show suffers. And it suffers far too often to be considered great television. This is probably my last season of TWD, there just isn't much holding me onto it, asides from unintentionally bad dialogues that always make me smile.

House of Cards: Season 3

I always figured that the right way to do S03 of House of Cards was to witness Underwood's empire crumble before him and be a little more cynical and comical because o fit. In certain aspects, that's what we get but this season was a big step back on the quality of the first two seasons and it barely has any of the dark humor that preceded, excluding the escapist fun this show previously had. The direction, writing and acting from Spacey and Wright are still spot on, but the way secondary characters are handled leaves much to be desired. There's no sense of momentum to any storyline going on and I barely cared for any of them. Even Doug's story which takes on forever to unfold, held promise but quickly started to be a nuisance. Only to have that awful conclusion. So many contradictions... Are you trying to get the viewer confused? That's a good thing if handled well but this was just poorly executed. We also seemed to had a very interesting escalating conflict between the USA and Russia with two very charismatic presidents, to, once again, be left out to dry, not offering a satisfying enough conclusion.

There were many other characters who were ditched way too soon and for what? To get a bunch of new ones which are practically the same, but on a new skin? Blhergh.

Get a grip, House of Cards. You have much to prove next time.

Sleepy Hollow: Season 2

Thank you so much, Fox! Just thank you so much for interfering with a once bonkers show by turning it into boring formulaic stuff. Absolutely poor decision on your end and this season which held great promise, turned into a snooze fest on most of its episodes. Because when it was great, it was spectacular and hilarious. When it wasn't... jesus, it was just below average. Not even sure we're getting a third season to correct this, because that last episode sure felt like a goodbye and a damn fine goodbye at that. Oh well, still hoping for a second chance...

Arrested Development: Season 3

The true downfall of Arrested started here. There are just too many new characters and storylines that don't fully work and never have a satisfying conclusion. Worse is that most of them aren't that funny to begin with. However, this season features some of the most memorable gags on the show. I will always burst to tears when the Bluths are trying to impress the Japanese.

It isn't as bad as I'm painting it though and it surely wasn't reason for Fox to cancel it.

Arrested Development: Season 4

Season 4 wasn't a huge mistake but just a huge missfire overal. By having episodes focused on a single character is ballsy and sure, the intricate storyline once it starts to connect makes sense, but this noirish take on the structure of Arrested Development doesn't work for one simple reason: Arrested Development worked wonders before because the gang was always together and their dynamics were endlessly entertaining and hilarious because they were unpredictable and the running jokes worked better that way.

Not sure if there were many schedule conflicts here, but it just didn't work as it should've.

The Wire: Season 5

Unfortunately Season 5 is too short to be amazing. Fortunately, we have McNulty doing what he does best and just when we start to relate and understand the newspaper crew, that's when the show ends. It feels a bit short. However, the rest of the storylines conclude as they should, wrapping up everything (or not) as it was supposed to. If you watched this from the start, you know there aren't gonna be many happy endings but the way each character bids their last farewell, stays true to their characters and dynamics with the show.

The Wire: Season 4

Season 4 is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You know these kids are gonna get absorbed by this relentless world, sooner or later and the way they happen are either very slowly built or happen with a devastating bang. Add the most repulsive and dangerous gang that ever lived on TV, backed by the usual amazing performances and The Wire continues to be the grimmest show around.

American Horror Story: Coven

Again, AHS has plenty of amazing weirdness early on that never fully comes to fruition. Second half will turn into cheesy territory later on that I just can't stand. Those opening credits looks awesome though! If the show was actually more like it, oh boy...

The Wire: Season 3

Things got back on track on season 3. This is the one where the Barksdale storyline got finally conclude and it all ends on a high note. The pacing is relentless, it is incredibly violent emotionally, the characters grow and expand and there's plenty of surprises to be had. Features probably 5 of the best episodes this show has ever done, concluding what is probably the best season of The Wire and that is saying something.

The Wire: Season 2

Things take a shakespearean turn on Season 2. This is a more traditional story-telling of the fall of a family that made some very bad decisions over the years and we get to witness the downfall, right when it starts. There are not many surprises to be had here and I found the shift to be a bit too hard. Things would be much well balanced on later seasons, where the switch from different ambients would work flawlessly, but here, the impact is too big and the story not too engaging.

However, the rest remains intact: the attention to detail, the grim ambient, the top-notch acting; whilst giving us a better understanding of how this trade works and how it brutally affects everything around it.

The Wire: Season 1

Truly one of the best shows ever made, The Wire is an expertly crafted masterpiece. On my second run-through of the show, I notice all the little details I might have missed. The characters are so well-fleshed and realistic, their little nuances and ambitions are evident from the get go and never disappear until the show is over. They are humans, they exist. There are no introduction, they make awful mistakes, they make excellent things and it's all very grim and overly realistic. That's probably my only complaint on the show: there's hardly any entertainment to it. However, this is an uncompromising look at the drug trade that was never seen before. It affects everything and it will never disappear.

Homeland: Season 4

Homeland slightly improved with one if its best seasons, thanks to a fresh start, a new imposing villain that even when he's not present, he feels like a threat; by putting some characters under extreme situations they never were before and a couple of superb action packed episodes that were missing from the previous seasons.

Still, some silly storylines still occur that feel like belong on a whole different show. Add some inconsequent plot turns, Carrie going nuts again (and using this fact to put her place in jeopardy AGAIN), more Quinn but that's not necessarily great, he's a one trick pony in the end and more unnecessary family dramas around that have very little connective tissue to the overal narrative.

Peaky Blinders: Season 2

More of the same and not even Tom Hardy saves the show from a pace that drags on forever and doesn't take our characters anywhere new, maybe asides from Polly, who might be having something interesting coming up next. Still, very little Grace and Ada made me grow more tired of Arthur still behaving like a lil' spoiled kid with suicidal and raging tendencies. It's get old and so is the show.

Peaky Blinders: Season 1

Despite the striking initial impact, once you start digging into Peaky Blinders you find that this is a show without much depth or sense of pace and character development. It feels overly long even with only 6 episode for it's season. The villains lack any discernible motivation, the brothers are a nuisance and the female characters are underused because that's where relies most of the interesting bits.

Still, visually it looks impressive and Cillian Murphy proves again he can do pretty much anything and glue you to the screen thanks to his charisma and well-balanced role. The musical choices are another huge draw for me... It just doesn't work adding Arctic Monkeys and White Stripes to a 1920s series, it gets pretty silly at times.

Homeland: Season 3

This was a very aimless season at first, that did an awful mistake of trying to cheat the audience with a twist. The twist is good but the execution is insulting. The moment a movie or series makes fake scenes in a storyline, that don't make sense on the said series world but only exist to fool us is a big no no. It all felt forced, unnecessary and predictable all the same. Plus, there's a parallel series running here too: The Brody's. Which is exasperatingly poor and pointless in the end. I get you're trying to show us the aftermath of what father Brody did but this is was just weak storytelling at best. The sendoff is not that satisfying and we have very little father Brody at first to make us truly care.

Things pick up towards the end with an impossible mission at hand that felt tense, scary and downright entertaining until that shocking ending. Well played, even if I thought the said 'shock' could've been handled a bit better.

South Park: Season 18

The most meta season of all South Park, this was one of the funniest in a good while, consistently funny, bonkers and having a somewhat "structure" from start to finish. Imagine that, a full story for a whole season in South Park! Still, there were a couple of missteps and on such a short season, those problems become noticeable. I wouldn't mind it if this was a longer season, but only 10 episode? Are you kidding? We're being ripped off of weekly gold.

Sons of Anarchy: Season 7

Sons concluded with yet another incredibly weak season. This is a shallow, boring, soulless goodbye, which even worse, gets pretentious beyond belief, turning it on itself by becoming unintentionally hilarious.

The SoA clichés are all here: "Thanks, bro" - followed by collective bro hugs that last 3 minutes; 8 minute song montages; time spent lighting cigarettes pretending to be deep and meaningful but adding nothing in the process, just ridiculously long running times that bore me to tears; Jax tilting his head to the left, frowning his brow, trying to convey emotions, etc, etc, etc.

The plot is a mess from the get go, nothing particularly relevant happens for almost 8 episodes, where the "plans" to turn every gang on each other seem like a good idea for the club but will ultimately backfire. And it doesn't even backfire in any decent way, so fuck it.

The writing got even worse and the song choices even more spoon-fed and silly.

And that ending... JESUS! Couldn't be more obvious even if you tried, Sutter. Add terrible CGI, a very bad Vic Mackey finishing sentence and I was happy this was finally over. This was a show I actually enjoyed a lot from S02 to S04. But these last 3 seasons only make me wonder if the ones I did love were not me being in an extremely good mood to appreciate them and that's never good on any show.

All we need now is Sutter cry-babying for more awards and nominations so we can laugh a bit longer. Seriously dude, writing a bunch of episodes for one of the best shows ever doesn't mean you can take the reins of something by yourself so easily.

Happy Valley: Season 1

A nice surprise coming from the UK, Happy Valley is a bit of a cross between Fargo and Breaking Bad, with dark ambitions and a very compelling lead role from Sarah Lancashire. the story is nothing new but it pulls on the heartstrings more than a couple of times, giving us touchy situations these characters live in that don't really have easy answers in the real world, and the writers treat this aspect with intelligence and elegance.

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5

Boardwalk Empire ended on a high note with its last season. This was a heavier, more devastating season than all the ones before. It has a funeral-like feeling from beginning to end and that is appropriate. The reaper (and the tax man) have come to collect their due to these reprehensible bunch of characters, but everything is so well-handled you end up feeling sorry for most of them.

Thematically, this season was very rich, with each episode having something to do with the little micro-story at hand, culminating in the fantastic finale that had so much to say, so many details, coming full-circle in all aspects. A lot of throwbacks to the beginning, always staying true to their characters, motivations and past mistakes. Nucky never really changed despite trying so hard on the last couple of seasons. Money was still the only way he had to deal with problems. And money brought the downfall to his empire.

There were also a lot of references to the future that was about to come to most characters. Ironically, most of them won't get to experience it. How great is that? It's a series that is very relevant on this aspect for we know we're coming to the end of an era and the start of a new one. And much like young Nucky, we don't know where it's going but our choices will be detrimental.

To The Lost.

The Bridge (FX): Season 2

A more focused season, The Bridge S02 corrected past mistakes and sought to wrap up some story lines that were a bit vague on S01. Stronger characterization of some characters, inspired scenes, great new character additions, specially from Franka Potente and consistent until the end. Still some story lines left me a bit dry, specially Linder?s. This guy was one of the most interesting things going on S01 but here he?s a bit wasted, which is a shame. Unfortunently, I don?t think the series got the attention it deserved and might end here. That?s fine though, everything was pretty much wrapped up, save for some obvious mysteries that were left purposely vague.

Manhattan: Season 1

One of the biggest surprises of the year, Manhattan might also be one of the best new series of the year. A series that smartly doesn?t have protagonists (everyone is important), this drama with thriller ambitions starts with a couple of bangs and slows a bit on the middle. Which is great, because we got to know these characters intimately and all of them are fascinating, growing and evolving with each passing episode. The consequences of living in such a tight-knight project will also affect them immensely with heartbreaking results. The last 4 or 5 episodes are absolutely relentless on the thriller aspect, pulling great surprises at every turn, making you constantly guess who might be the ?spy? even if there is one and their reasons. But also these last episodes are great on concluding certain story lines for these characters. Always aided by great dialogues, soundtracking and adequate cinematography, Manhattan holds great promise for the future.

Luther: Season 3

A very unbalanced last season, Luther disses some of its best characters in favor of more of the same. Very similar to S01 and that's not necessarily a good thing.

Luther: Season 2

Things slightly improve on S02 by having some more well fleshed killers and some added depth to out titular character, but the rest is still bland as hell. Still makes for some mildly entertaining procedural episodes.

The Strain: Season 1

As a reader of this trilogy of books I was surprised to see how this would be adapted. And surprisingly, I wasn't surprised. Season 1 follows very closely the first book and that's not necessarily a good thing. The first iteration is repetitive to a fault, dangles on the same threads for way too long and the dialogues are not sharp or intriguing enough. Same goes on with the show that either has great episodes when maddening vampire rampages are going on and just plain dull and cheesy when it tries character development. Books 2 and 3 are far more action packed, brutal and unforgiving so I'm still gonna give a shot to S02 because if done right, there's gonna be a lot of interesting entertainment value to be had. As long as it doesn't go to stretch-it-forever narrative formats like The Walking Dead... just please don't.

Luther: Season 1

Despite having a strong performance by Elba and by putting us on the shoes of the killers constantly, Luther is just a regular procedural show with nothing special worth mentioning. The main story only picks up on the last episodes but the secondary characters don't get much development and it's hard to stay engaged during the whole thing.

Masters of Sex: Season 2

This season continued the good tradition of the first one, expanding the 50s attention to detail and great chemistry between the leads, even if they're still douches and tough to swallow characters. But that's the point. They're human and deeply flawed and these aspects connect very well with their study and motivations to keep it going.

Still, there's just way too many characters that are thrown out of the picture too soon. Helene Yorke was doing an amazing work last season and she's on a cameo here, for just one episode. And many more things like this that made me really sad. Plus, it uses the same technic for every character to reveal their past or deep flaw, with on long scene of exposition, where they broke down and cry. it's a bit cheap and doesn't work that well, aided by the fact that some of these stories don't connect very well with the main arc.

Sleepy Hollow: Season 1

A fun but kinda dumb take on the Sleepy Hollow saga, this series lives through the awesome chemistry between the two leads and by thankfully not taking itself seriously at all. Still, there's a lot of convoluted stories and waaay too many flashbacks/miraculous clues being discovered out of the blue in every episode, it gets ridiculous at times and ridiculous is good when you're throwing bonkers monster stuff at us. Fortunently, Sleepy Hollow has plenty of the later to compensate its shortcomings.

The Returned: Season 1

An incredibly atmospheric tv series, Les Revenants treats memories and human interaction with subtelty but also engaging us with a very well pulled mistery, never forgetting it's core idea of the dead coming to life and how they will adapt, how they will be received and why they've returned.

Feels like when Lost was great and that is an excellent thing. Here's to hoping that Season 2 will continue it's intimacy and deepens on the mistery.

Boardwalk Empire: Season 4

An improvement over the last season, this new storyline gets intricate at first, seemingly without having a very focused goal in sight, but everything wraps up perfectly on the last episodes. Still, this is a very aimless season that doesn't take our characters anywhere they weren't before, asides from a couple of them. There was a lot of potential to push this season forward to some of the highlights of the Prohibition era, but not much happened in the end. It's a shame and that's probably what got this show one last (warning) season, shortened to 8 episodes. It's now or never Terrence Winter, you have the golden keys to end this in glory or to monumentally screw it up.

24: Live Another Day

Live Another Day was a very good surprise to the 24 cannon. Not only has it corrected the dreadful last season, but it's one of it's best when it comes to develop it's characters into new, but somewhat predictable directions. Not just that, the reduced episodes works wonders, since every single minute is exciting, action packed and stressful while it lasts. I can't say I was ever bored in one of the episodes, it's that good. Still, the dialogue can get embarssingly cheesy and that soundtrack is still awful as hell.

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

Things have collapsed a bit on Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire. Much of the focus on period entrapings is lost, to give room for a more traditional gangster war kind of narrative. There's nothing wrong with that, but by loosing a bit of the depth that made Boardwalk so special to begin with is a big no no, since many characters undergo trnasformations that are not that engaging and interesting to follow this time around. Bobby Cannavale makes for a great villain but it's nothing we're not used to already. Save for some interesting storylines, courtesy of Richard Harrow, Owen and Margaret, some stuff going in Chicago, this season feels a bit like filler when it ends.

Boardwalk Empire: Season 2

Season 2 is more focused on Atlantic City than what preceded it to great results. The story turns more into a conflicted betrayl gangstery story, giving Nucky a worthy oponent. Each time the pieces move, you can feel the tension rising, culminating into an unforgetable ending. Better yet, some of the secondary characters that were introduced before, have newfound depth and are included superbly well onto the story, showcasing the brilliant acting abilities of all the actors involved.

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

If you can get over the fact that Boardwalk Empire is more of a period set drama, rather than a gangster story, you'll be able to enjoy this much more. Each characters is grey and very hard to like but the way the world is presented, showcasing various perspectives of this society through very different eyes, backed by fantastic dialogues and attention to detail, makes Boardwalk Empire one of the best things to appear on TV for quite some time.

It's large sprawling story is always fascinanting and engaging, where we slowly grow to understand these characters and what motivates them, through the eyes of a very closed and degrading society.

Penny Dreadful: Season 1

A slog to endure. Given the source material it's adapting, it doesn't sound possible doesn't it? But it is. It's so inflated on itself, believing so hard that good dialogues and good actors make a good show. It doesn't because you're wandering forever on the same things over and over and over and over again, dedicating countless hours on flashbacks that add nothing to the story at hand, provide zero answers and test the limits of the audience's patience. Not cool John Logan. You either pick up the pace next season, or I'm sure you'll drop the audience ratings a lot.

Plus, the handling of some characters from Dracula, absolute classic characters like Van Helsing and Mina is a disgrace. You're trying to be so faithful to the source material but you don't respect them? What are you trying to achieve, really?

Orphan Black: Season 2

Continues the same trend of S01 but doesn't really add anything relevant or interesting to the mix. It just adds some really boring and ultimately pointless villains that are a mix of mormons and god knows what else. Some extra clones would be interesting but they're few and don't cause much impact on the end. The final couple of scenes hold some promise to the future, but Orphan Black doesn't really get to the big league on S02, it's just fairly entertaining tv.

Game of Thrones: Season 4

It's becoming a bit hard for me to evaluate an episode of GoT, much less a season since this is such a carefully constructed show that will make much more sense or pay off once it ends. Actually, by becoming too serialized, it's when it gets a bit bumpy, for instance leaving all the good bits (so to speak) on the last 3 episodes. All the twists, turns and WTF moments happened a bit throughout the book, not just by the end but I respect what the screenwriters are doing, which is top-notch at every turn. Those nitpick moments arise, sure but they stand out because everything is so excellent that when something crumbles a bit, it's noticeable. But who knows, maybe that thing you didn't like will show up later on the show with a huge payoff, it's been done here already so have some patience.

Still, despite prefering to evaluate all of this once it ends, this is still the best television or tv series or just series (thanks Netflix), whatever you wanna call it, around. It's intriguing, features plenty of satisfying deaths, amazingly acted, gorgeous views and most importantly, timeless human themes, such as love, parenthood, vengeance, acceptance by the family and plenty of other juice. Condensing all this with fantasy elements and excitment on just 10 episodes is remarkable to say the least.

Silicon Valley: Season 1

An hilarious take on the geek coding generation, Silicon Valley is funny from start to finnish, with a couple of bumpy episodes (2 and 3 specially) that is kinda troublesome on such a short season, consisting of solely 8 episodes, 28mins each. As you can guess, some development of the characters is not as insteresting as it could've been, specially on a comedy that's so focused on it's story rather than gratuitous jokes. Still, with superbly inspired dialogues, situations and mockery of the culture without being ever offensive, Silicon Valley holds great promise for what's to come.

Vikings: Season 2

It's slightly more polished than Season 1 but most of it's problems remain, like the poor dialogues, the overexposition and characters that lack any decent evolution or motivations. Take Siggy for example, exacly what makes her so hungry for power? Is there anything behind that desire? We're left clueless as she shifts alliances here and there and that doesn't help any TV show.

Lagertha still manages to be the most interesting thing going on the series thanks to the good work of Katheryn Winnick and to those who lust for some nice epic battles, you got plenty here.

Vikings: Season 1

Despite some decent production values and beautiful vistas, Vikings is held back by a very basic script with not very smart dialogue that are as obvious as it can get. There's no double meaning, no deep recollections to what is happening or bound to happen, it's just poor and too direct. Worse, is that many of the characters are not well polished and don't have any decent arc to write home about. Hell, even Ragnar barely evolves from episode 1 until the end of Season 2 and that is a problem.

Still, it's fairly entertaining and you can learn a thing or two from it, so it might be worth a look by those with interest in the subject.

Hannibal: Season 2

This was just brilliant television from start to finnish. Long gone are the filler episodes from S01, that despite being interesting and always having a running theme with the episode, were stalling the good bits. S02 solves that problem and puts everything into high gear, with amazing plot twists, stellar and dreamy dialogues, top-notch cinematography, bizarre soundtrack and perfectly acted by the actors who don't have an easy task at hand. It's as if this show and characters are living in a complete alternate universe where the outside world just doesn't matter and won't show up.

Fans of the books and movies will also get plenty of nods but the changes made work and more importantly, build towards something grand. Many pieces are set for the future but that ending... wow, that ending will leave you miserable, unbeknownst to where this pure Horror show will drive us next.

The Americans: Season 2

The Americans concluded yet another very solid season that's becoming less about spy games and more about family drama and marriage. Don't let that fool you though, there's still plenty of exciting spy games happening not only for Elizabeth and Phil but also with Nina and Stan, that make due to very interesting moral choices and consequences. Keri Russel and Annet Mahendru are doing absolutely brilliant work and should get some award nods when the time comes. Still, some more excitment wouldn't hurt the series and some more clarity towards the spy games could help, even if it might be intentional that we're being kept in the dark sometimes.

Archer: Vice
Archer: Vice (2014)

This season just didn't work for me. It wasn't the change of approach, I quite like it when TV shows are bold enough to change the story a bit but the humor on S05 just didn't work as well as before. As much as it is a delight to have more Pam around, there's just way too many fart/burp jokes around and the stupid "phrasing" joke is getting annoying, not funny. Plus, do you really need to pull so much the Pam addicted to coke approach? Every single minute she's chewing something coke related. Again, repetition is never good in comedy and S05 has too many of these moments floating around. I appreciate a more story scentric season but the way it was handled wasn't the best.

Breaking Bad: Season 5

The transformation Walt has gone through until now is unbelievable. He's become a monster unlike anything anyone could've imagined. The last speech between Gretched and Eliot on Granite State sum up this season very well. It's a much more Walt centric ride until the end and rightfully so, because everyone around him will suffer severe consequences, himself included. A devastating and very dark season that concludes a simple but brilliant TV show with a golden key. It has the most devastating scenes, the coolest action sequences, inventive dialogues and shots and a very suiting but bitter ending. I wouldn't have it any other war. Well played to everyone involved.

Breaking Bad: Season 4

Probably the best season of the bunch, the conflict between Walt and Gus is one for the ages. This could've easily been a cat and mouse season but it gives a whole new depth to the characters that develop into new and great directions. Everyone will change once this ends, leaving some closure but plenty of questions to where and what our antiheroes will transform into next.

Orphan Black: Season 1

A bit of mindless fun with a stellar performance(s) by Tatiana Maslany, an intriguing premise, an obnoxious soundtrack that never stops for a minute, a cool entertaining story with plenty of holes but that rolls along nicely and excellent pacing from episode 1 and until the last episode, which was a bit lackluster on it's ending.

Breaking Bad: Season 3

Family is still the centerpiece of Season 03 but with a different approach to it, this time more towards acceptance and with freaky family relations (check Tuco's cousins who came solely for revenge). Continues the sharp writing, with more polish and things start coming together to what was introduced throughout S01 a S02. An incredibly perfect season, that despite it's slow pace, knows exacly what to do with it's characters, giving a dimension that is rare to see on TV lately and I take that at any given day. Things would get even better on the next two seasons, blending not just brilliant character development but unbearable moments of constant tension.

Breaking Bad: Season 2

All the pieces were set on S02 for the nailbiting upcoming showdowns. This season moves slowly, but with intricate detail. All that happens has a consequence and our characters will know that the hard way. S02 is a bit more focused on family ties, with Walter slowly growing more worried with Jesse as if he was his own child, but still manipulating him for his own ends.

Breaking Bad: Season 1

A somewhat modest start for one of TVs greatest, Breaking Bad S01 was also cut short because of the Writer's Strike in 2008. Looking back now, we relate to Walter White's dilemas and can understand the situation he's going through. However, we start to see glimpses of him actually breaking, which would have severe consequences in the future.

The success really relies on the cast, which is pitch-perfect and would never grow too much on upcoming seasons. If we'd get more and more characters, the impact of this little storyline wouldn't have half the impact and all of this slow start was absolutely necessary for what came ahead.

Justified: Season 4

Instead of having more bad guys showing up at Harlan, S04 has a mistery of the past storyline going. Which is rather interesting, since we get to explore a bit more in depth Raylan and his family ties. But fear not, because Boyd is still wrecking havock around and other interesting things will go down, always connected to the past of these very interesting characters. By my description you might think that this headed into darker territory, but nope, the dialogue is still as sharp as shark teeth and the jokes and one-liners just keep getting better and better.

Justified: Season 3

Not exacly an improvement over S02 but a continuation of what was made so well before, the storyline and approach are quite different, giving room for amazing rampages and hilarious situations. Unfortunently, once we start to exit Harlan, things start to get a bit messy but fortunently things end up rather well, connecting most of the dots.

Justified: Season 2

Justified turned on season 2 as one of the best and most interesting tv shows around, thanks to incredible acting, amazing dialogue, hilarious one liners, interesting villains, Harlan county is one incredible place as everyone in it seems to have a gun, making some very unpredictable situations and so on. Not to be missed, but you really should try to endure S01 to get here. It's not the best but necessary to get to know the main characters and villains a lil' bit. Makes the ride much better.

Justified: Season 1

The first half of this season takes just way too much time with random cases that won't mean much in the end, making Justified another generic cop show. Better written than most, yes, but that first half just drags on forever and we don't get to know very well these characters. Fortunently, things pick up the pace on the second half, with a cohesive and interesting showdown that would only get better on the next seasons.

True Detective : Season 1

So, this was quite an awesome ride wasn't it? Not much because of the whodunnit case, but more thanks to the deeply flawed but interesting characters we're given. We see this case consume them, how they can be complete assholes and not fix their flaws, on how they refuse many chances they're given to correct past wrong doings and this is all so very human, isn't it? That's what makes True Detective rather special. They're no heroes, they can be complete assholes but we understand them and their drive. The mistery is appropriate and it's riddled with details to turn you into a true detective as well, which I guess was the intention all along, with an appropriate doomsday feel mistery cult surrounding the case, that doesn't have huge twists but is much more grounded in reality. True, many things are left unfinnished by the end but if the conclusion was too neat and tidy, it would've contradicted the tone of the show.

Hannibal: Season 1

Everyone thought this was gonna be a dud, didn't we? However, Hannibal quickly left a mark after a couple of episodes, for dealing with themes that is rare to see on crime drama recently on TV. Death is present at every corner and it deals heavily with the impact it causes on everyone investigating it. It's a depressing journey that's also quite beautiful, thanks to some grade A cinematography and creepy imagery from the serial killers, that always have something to say about the common theme of the episode we're watching. Very smart work. Which leaves us to the dynamic of the characters, which is just great with the leads. Mikkelsen is the perfect Hannibal The Cannibal: a complete manipulative lizard, pro on micro expressions. Seriously, watch this on a big screen to notice all the little nuances on his face. And Dancy is an appropriate damaged investigator that has a great transformation throughout the season.

The Bridge (FX): Season 1

The Bridge was quickly growing on me, despite me thinking that the last thing we needed was another serial killer drama with an awkward cop buddie dynamic. The crimes quickly became relevant and were causing a big impact on me on what they were trying to say. The severed body in half and what it represented on the Pilot episode was spot on but then... it descended onto something so banal, so average. Why? Didn't make any bloody sense. Still, has some really good dramatic punches on the last episodes, good character growth and just plain weird imagery to keep things interesting till the end.

Top of the Lake: Season 1

Top of The Lake has almost everything to be a near perfect experience but that will depend on how you'll appreciate some elements in it.

Personally, this is one of the most gorgeous mini-series you'll lay your eyes on. Not just that but it's backed up by and incredible but subtle performance from the great Elisabeth Moss, whilst making a really relevant comment on the rape culture and mistreat of women on this type of background. It's an incredibly emotional ride that will probably leave you in tears somewhere around episode 5.

However, I didn't quite like the final twists, cause they were obvious but played like a "booh! surprise!" kinda deal. Completly out of place on this subtle series. Also, I didn't quite like the way the refugee camp was handled. The approach just didn't work for me. Still, mini-series don't get much better than this, even if the ending should've been handled with a bit more time and finesse. But that's always the problem with series isn't it? They will never end as we want them to.

Game of Thrones: Season 3

The most well realized and polished Season so far (which is saying a lot, since what came before was already excellent), this is an unbelievable game changer at every turn. Most people will remember this Season because of the infamous Episode 09 but everything before and after is brilliant, showcasing the talent at everyone involved in this show.

As a book reader of A Song Of Ice And Fire, I can tell you with confidence that the next Season is gonna top this one, easily. Is that even possible? You bet.

Game of Thrones: Season 2

Continues the excellent writting, acting and action set pieces that the first Season introduced, with even more intricate betrayls and characters that might change the game at every turn. It's ruthless, violent, exciting and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Game of Thrones: Season 1

Going into Game of Thrones is a bit complicated. You must realise at first that the story arc is huge and you shouldn't think about Seasons to conclude the stories. Everything is part of the bigger picture and you'll have shocking twists at every turn.

It's also confusing to absorb all the families and thousands of characters that populate this world, but once you absorb everything, it's television at it's very best.

Also, props not only to the author and creators for having such a vicious world for women but that somehow, they manage to dominate with cunning and very strong character. Maybe the nudity should've been a bit more biased, I know the female audience of the series wants to see some extra male buttocks and wieners here and there. Feels like men always get the best treats and it's unfair, since you have great and sexy characters at every turn.

The Americans: Season 1

Yet another strong tv series for FX, courtesy of the people behind the equally excellent Justified, The Americans is an intimate look at family drama, aided by compelling and very well executed spy games. The ending was a big cop out for me and some episodes that preceded it were much stronger than this one but it was adequate and set the stage for what's to come very well. It's a series that doesn't really get to the next level, it's a bit safe but everything it does, it does so remarkably.

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6

More and more of the same with underwhelming results. This is the most uneven season of all. There are simply way too many random storylines that never go anywhere. It has some interesting things going on but it's all the same clichés we're already way too familiar with in Sons. Jax screws another girl? Check. Tig does something really stupid? Check. What the hell is Kim Dickens and Peter Weller doing here? Hell if I know. Is Clay still alive? Jesus Christ, he still is. And the list goes on and on. Barely leaves anything interesting going on as it ends, because, yep you got it, they kill another main character to keep things "interesting". Tell me you didn't see that coming for miles...

House of Cards: Season 1

Asks a lot from the audience, since pretty much every character is detestable and slimey as you can possibly imagine but House of Cards is a darkly evolving, superbly written and complex political drama, with bits of dark comedy gold and a scary look at what goes "behind our back". Every actor is at the top of their game here but some episodes tend to get a bit repetitive on their formula.

House of Cards: Season 2

Follows closely the formula of Season 1, with it's intricate plot and carefully placed dialogue, with an even meaner, crueler and darker story to tell that follows closely the events that preceded it. If you can stomach it, it will reward you immensely.

Sons of Anarchy: Season 5

Sons is becoming very predictable on it's approach and Season 5 was underwelming as hell compared to the great Season 4. It's more of the same, with the exact same twists and turns. Get read for Tig to do something really stupid and cause chaos, a new bad guy already mentioned before shows up, Jax will try to do some good but will end up making bad choices, Clay is still an asshole, main character will die violently, blah blah blah. More of the same and not in a good way. Still mixes good chaos, action set pieces and some interesting character development here and there.

Sons of Anarchy: Season 4

This is a much quieter season than the ones before, but much more drama heavy and I loved it for it. Finally things are crumbling all around the MC, greed takes over the Presiden't chair and the consequences are huge. Despite having a lot of explosive action sequences and a very present threat, it's the most subtle and well-thought season so far. However, the ending was a huuuuuuge cop-out. I can't help but feel the next couple of seasons are gonna drag on forever.

Sons of Anarchy: Season 3

Follows closely the steps of season 2, this time digging deeper onto the past of SAMCRO, with mixed results. It's a shame we won't see much of the Irish crew in future episodes but the game is rigged from the start and the ride until the inevitable clash is set with finesse and nice character development.

Sons of Anarchy: Season 2

Not only does the first episode start with a huge bang, but things get really really complicated and chaotic right until the end. Things get morally interesting as these assholes, despite thinking they're doing some good to the community, keep screwing things over and over, not only to the ones around them but their close-knitted group as well.

Sons of Anarchy: Season 1

Half the season is a drag to get through, mostly because there's no real sense of danger to these pricks. They're lovely pricks to spend some time with and things get morally interesting towards the end. But the most interesting stories and interactions came after with seasons 2, 3 and 4.

The Thick of It: Season 2

Hugh Abbot still finds amazing ways to get his neck deep down into trouble and his fabulous squad does all it can to save his and the PM's ass while at it, with the best swearing you'll ever hear on TV.

The Thick of It: Season 1

Political comedy doesn't get much better than this, nor do I think it deserves such a tremendous attention to detail, with the snappiest dialogue you can find, aided by stellar performances, specially from the instable firecracker that is Peter Capaldi as Malcom Tucker and Chris Langham as Hugh Abbot.

Why didn't I rate this any higher? ONLY 3 EPISODES?!?! ARE YOU JOCKING BBC?