Conan O’Brien has spent parts of four decades in television. I have been a fan since the mid-2000s, using Late Night as an excuse to procrastinate while writing college papers. Despite the vast comedy brilliance that has brought more laughter to me than any other late-night host, Conan's new podcast Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend is the perfect medium for the comedian.
In January, HBO answered its biggest question mark of the year with the return of a series in need of a rebound. Thankfully, the new True Detective is good again. Led by Mahershala Ali, the show is recapturing its magic with a similar story arc that made season one successful. True Detective is not the only show in the premium channel’s powerhouse year. HBO’s 2019 lineup will offer an incredible list of must-see TV.
After years of fighting the urge to subscribe to another streaming service, I finally signed up for Amazon Prime in December. Two early binges of Amazon content revealed that Prime's exclusives trump Hulu and rival Netflix. With a trove of films and series like A League Of Their Own and The Lord Of The Rings in development, it will be hard to unsubscribe.
Television had its share of iconic scenes in 2018. The Americans concluded with an epic finale, The Bodyguard began and ended with explosive drama, and Super Bowl LII was one for the history books. Here are the ten most memorable television moments of 2018
Hulu is no longer just a way to catch up on TV shows. The streaming giant has made inroads with their own programming and Hulu Plus. Hulu has experienced highs (The Handmaids Tale) and lows (Hard Sun). The service has also produced a handful of must-watch documentaries. Ranging from Batman to mascots, these original Hulu documentaries cover vastly different topics worth exploring.
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There is so much content on Netflix that is difficult to find comedy worth watching. Yes, shows like The Good Place and New Girl are available, but sometimes the best Netflix series fly under the radar. This edition of Smart TV recommends three underrated Netflix comedy shows. Two are Netflix originals and one is a short season Canadian series available through Netflix.
Many of the best spin-offs in television history are comedies. Frasier, The Colbert Report, The Simpsons, etc. When looking at Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, the continuity of excellence in both shows is unmatched by other television dramas.
It is no secret that HBO is synonymous with compelling characters. Two of the premium channel’s mid-year shows just aired their finales in consecutive weeks. Both series, Insecure and Ballers, induced major character shifts this year. Only Insecure succeeded in stretching its plot well, but both changes are examples of HBO’s unique storytelling.