Advent Day 1: Hap and Leonard

 

 

Fuck Sundance.

And fuck Netflix for not picking up this amazing series.

Hap and Leonard managed to touch on issues related to race in an entertaining and comedic way, delivering a tremendous cast, awesome storylines, and one of the best shows ever created.

So fuck Sundance for canceling it for no fucking good reason at all. And fuck Netflix for not picking it up. Sundance, who once produced the brilliance of Rectify … Sundance is dead to me now.

 

 

 

 

Advent Day 2: Bosch

Advent Day 3: I’m Sorry

Advent Days 6, 5 & 4: The Bleak Worlds: The Man in the High Castle, The Leftovers & The Handmaid’s Tale

Advent Day 7: Trail of Lightning

Advent Days 10, 9 & 8: Horror (It Comes at Night, Heredity, It & bonus, Castle Rock)

Advent Day 11: Barry

Advent Day 12: Salt

Advent Day 13: Blackkklansman

Advent Day 14: Dark

Advent Day 15: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Advent Day 16: Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horror

Advent Day 17: Freeze-Frame Revolution

Advent Day 18: Haunting of Hill House

Advent Day 19: Wind River

Advent Day 20: Letterkenny

Advent Day 21: Black Mirror

Advent Day 22: The Oddling Prince

Advent Day 23: The Americans

Advent Day 24: Fight Fascism

Advent Day 25: Bodyguard

Advent Day 26: Baskets

Advent Day 27: Literature

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Advent Day 3: I’m Sorry

As much as I have an appreciation for the future vision of the dark fiction masters who write dystopian tales, I’ve come to appreciate comedy more and more in recent years. I’m Sorry is a show that is so wrong, but funny, and like the best comedy it touches on very provocative issues in a way that resonates. There’s nothing quite like having your young child appear in blackface at a party with other adults or discovering that so-and-so’s mom from preschool used to be a porn star. And Andrea has absolutely no control over her mouth. The secret ingredient in this show, though? Jason Mantzoukis. Oh lord, he’s one of these guys who makes every scene he’s in better. Thanks to Jeff VanderMeer for the recommendation.

 

 

Advent Days 6, 5 & 4: The Bleak Worlds: The Man in the High Castle, The Leftovers & The Handmaid’s Tale

Advent Day 7: Trail of Lightning

Advent Days 10, 9 & 8: Horror (It Comes at Night, Heredity, It & bonus, Castle Rock)

Advent Day 11: Barry

Advent Day 12: Salt

Advent Day 13: Blackkklansman

Advent Day 14: Dark

Advent Day 15: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Advent Day 16: Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horror

Advent Day 17: Freeze-Frame Revolution

Advent Day 18: Haunting of Hill House

Advent Day 19: Wind River

Advent Day 20: Letterkenny

Advent Day 21: Black Mirror

Advent Day 22: The Oddling Prince

Advent Day 23: The Americans

Advent Day 24: Fight Fascism

Advent Day 25: Bodyguard

Advent Day 26: Baskets

Advent Day 27: Literature

Advent Day 11: Barry

What a great year for comedy. How could there be any year-end list that omits the great HBO show, Barry, about a hitman who wants to get out of the life and become an actor? It’s such an entertaining concept, and has such a great cast. The trailer isn’t even half as funny as the show actually is. It has some darkness to it, and it has some great comedic moments. It makes you root for a bad guy. And at the same time, it leaves you conflicted about how you want things to end.

Did I mention the stellar cast?

Stellar cast.

Oh, and the sensational D’Arcy Carden from The Good Place? She’s in this show too. As though Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast weren’t enough of a reason to watch it.

 

Advent Day 12: Salt

Advent Day 13: Blackkklansman

Advent Day 14: Dark

Advent Day 15: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Advent Day 16: Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horror

Advent Day 17: Freeze-Frame Revolution

Advent Day 18: Haunting of Hill House

Advent Day 19: Wind River

Advent Day 20: Letterkenny

Advent Day 21: Black Mirror

Advent Day 22: The Oddling Prince

Advent Day 23: The Americans

Advent Day 24: Fight Fascism

Advent Day 25: Bodyguard

Advent Day 26: Baskets

Advent Day 27: Literature

Advent Day 20: Letterkenny

There are 5000 people in Letterkenny.

These are their problems.

Letterkenny is simply the best comedy perhaps ever. It doesn’t even matter that it has the extra bonus of being Canadian, although that definitely adds to some of the humor because they love taking the piss out of Americans.

The dialogue is superb. It’s so quick and precise and brutal. We’ve watched all the episodes on Hulu twice and still find ourselves catching things we missed first time around.

Funny thing is that I’m not the big comedy fan in the house. In fact, I’ve long had an aversion to comedies. It’s the rare comedy that hooks me as a die-hard fan.

Yet since 2016, I’ve needed comedies in my life.

And thank God there’s some top shelf stuff out there to enjoy. Hulu better get seasons 3-6 soon. Figure it out.

 

Advent Day 21: Black Mirror

Advent Day 22: The Oddling Prince

Advent Day 23: The Americans

Advent Day 24: Fight Fascism

Advent Day 25: Bodyguard

Advent Day 26: Baskets

Advent Day 27: Literature