Top TV shows and characters of 2016

I watch and follow a lot of TV series, so you can imagine how hard it was for me to make a list of the series that did it for me this year, in terms of story-lines, characters, actors, production, and a host of other minute attributes that sort of adds up inside my head.
I should state here that a lot of the TV shows in this list are newcomers; they are here not because they’re green, but because their stories are refreshingly packaged, and provide something new from the norms already shown on The USA TV.

Here are Rinzy’s top TV shows and characters of 2016.

WARNING! WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

1 . Game of Thrones
Season: Six
Network: HBO
Favorite character(s): Lyanna Mormont, Cersei Lannister
Starring: Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 9.5/10

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It is no secret, how much love I have for this world created by George R.R. Martins. Game of Thrones is a series that will be remembered for many years to come because of the beautiful imagery, story-lines, and cast it keeps bringing to our screens year after year.

This year, in its sixth season, Game of Thrones has still showed no sign of slowing down. Following the many cliffhanger that closed the fifth season, most of the speculations during the nine months break between seasons was if Jon Snow [our favorite self-righteous hero] was truly dead, and if yes, whether he’ll come back to life anytime soon. Luckily, our prayers were answered and here we are.
Over the course of its sixth season, Game of Thrones as usual, introduced us to a few new characters, and of the lot, the only to steal my heart, is young but fierce, Lyanna Mormont.

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Ever the tough one, Lyanna Mormont had little screen time that resonated with a large percentage of the Game of Thrones loving community [That is a lot of people!] That particular scene were she headed the chant, ‘The King in The North!’  to declare Jon Snow stole the heart of millions, including my stone heart. Here’s to hoping we see more of Lyanna in season seven.

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Another character that that I’ve always loved, and appreciated her art further this season is old but not senile, Cersei Lannister.

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Cersei went through a lot last season; from her lengthy torture at the hands of the High Septa, to her infamous walk of shame, last year wasn’t the best for her. But this year, she finally had the opportunity to take care of most of her enemies at once, in a scene second only to the infamous battle at black-water (in terms of similarities). If you haven’t watched the explosive scene for any reason, you really need a rethink. Wild-fire is bae [Ha Ha Ha!!!]

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Two other notable mentions of the season are: The battle of the bastards (Jon Snow vs Ramsay Bolton, for who controls The North). This was one, if not the best fight sequence I’ve witnessed on Game of Thrones [The Battle of Black-water comes to mind here]. Jon Snow of course won, and his victory brings us steps closer to reuniting The Starks, who have suffered the most on this show.
The other notable mention, is Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen – The Mother of Dragon. This season we felt for the first time the full effect of that name. Daenerys flew with her fully grown dragons, and brought the Slave-masters of Meereen to their knees. As of where the series left us, she’s on her way to Westeros [FINALLY!]

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Photos credit: HBO

 

2. Stranger Things
Season: One
Network: Netflix
Favourite character(s): Eleven, Duncan, pretty much all the children.
Starring: Wyona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 9/10

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With only eight episodes, this is one series that took everyone  by storm this year. Very unexpected that a show ran by children takes adult captive. Maybe its cos of the tribute to movies of the 80’s as older folks say.
I love Eleven so much because of the mysterious feel she has around her. She’s killed a lot of people, and the series found a way to not make the fact matter to the viewer, at all. Especially with the way the season ended, I’m certain we’ll be seeing more of Eleven, and whatever that Supernatural creature was that she gave her life up to seemingly-destroy.

 

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To the other children (Dustin, Will, Mike, and Lucas), I say a big thank you for making me want to relive my childhood again [Probably Will shouldn’t be in the list because he was missing for almost the entire season]. The way the boys run up and down piecing clues to find their best-friend is reminiscent of how most of us spent our childhood.

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Hopefully, season two will continue on the climax the awesomeness that was season one has built.

Photos credit: Netflix

3. American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson
Season: One
Network: FX
Favorite character(s): Marcia Clark
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jnr., John Travolta, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 9/10

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Sarah Paulson! Sarah Paulson! Sarah Paulson! [How many times have I called you?] This is one of the most talented actresses in history. I’ve been a fan of hers from the American Horror Story series, but I am now a great fan: she pulled off the character of Marcia Clarke with so much realism, that it made me start researching the actual trial that the docudrama was based on.

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Marcia’s character is the one that did it for me in this series. The only other character that made me invested a little is John Travolta’s Robert Shapiro.

Photos credit: FX

 

4. Westworld
Season: One
Network: HBO
Favorite character(s): Maeve, Dr. Ford.
Starring:
Rinzy’s rating: 9/10

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HBO over the years has established itself as one of the Networks willing to spend huge millions of dollars to produce quality TV shows. Westworld is HBO’s latest show riding on the horse of that pledge. With a cliche story-line of Robot vs Man, executed in the most uncommon of ways, Westworld earned itself the title of The Most Talked About Series of 2016 – Almost everyone (Film-freaks) were constantly discussing, week after week, the many possible theories of what exactly was happening at the Park.

With Game of Thrones coming to an end, HBO is desperate for another mega-hit to take its place. I certainly believe Westworld can do it. With a release date for next season slated for 2018, the year Game of Thrones airs its 8th and final season [Talk about conspiracy theory].

I’ve been a fan of Thandie Newton since I watched her in 2014’s Docu-drama – Half of a yellow sun, and it was wonderful seeing her when Westworld premiered. A few episodes in, and I was hooked to Maeve’s story-line (Maeve is Thandie Newton’s character on the show).

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Maybe not as intriguing as Dolores, but more compelling to follow, and she wins my love for this show.

Dr. Ford, always the sly. It wasn’t hard to realize he was playing God, and hence was the villain of the story. I still suspect he found a way to transfer human consciousness into hosts, hence his willingness to let himself be killed to set into motion his new narrative. Only time will confirm or disprove this theory [Only time will tell.]

Photos credit: HBO

5. Marvel’s Luke Cage
Season: One
Network: Netflix
Favorite character(s): Misty Knight, Mariah Dillard, Shades
Starring: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 8/10

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Carl Lucas, Luke Cage. Which ever you choose to call him, he still remains who he is – Power Man.

I liked this series. It was a decent one. Most loved by me was Detective Mercedes Misty Knight. Asides being hot [Damn! She was hot] I was invested in her from the first episode, because of the way the series graphically described her detective-skills. I was waiting through the entire episodes for someone to confirm if that was just camera-awesomeness, or if Misty had super powers.

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It was an entertaining watch, save for the scenes Claire Temple were in. [Someone please tell her to stick to Hell’s Kitchen]

I also loved Mariah. She was crazy, and what’s worse was that she didn’t even know it till it was too late.

The only thing I loved about shades was the way he wore and took off his dark shades. A looked to me like a more mysterious character than the show’s producers tried to paint him. I want to believe there’s more to his backstory than the guy who contributed to turning Carl Lucas into Luke Cage.

Photos credit: Netflix
6. Narcos
Season: Two
Network: Netflix
Favorite character(s):
Starring: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Paschal, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 8/10

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Talk about one series I wasn’t sure if I should watch. I actually binge-watched Narcos from season one, but this review is limited to the second season only.

Strange thing is I don’t have a favorite. Maybe its because I can’t get fully attached with any characters [Blame it on the language]. But then, Narcos is the first none-English film of any kind that I’ve had no problem watching, and understanding. That’s a huge feat. Pablo Escobar is a very compelling character [More compelling in season one]. He makes some terrible life choices, that made me google-search at every spot if it did happen. Talk about a savage.

Pablo may be dead now, but the underworld of the narcotics isn’t done with us yet.

Photo credit: Netflix

 

7. Orphan Black
Season: Four
Network: BBC America
Favorite character(s): All the clones (especially Crystal)
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Ari Millien, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 7/10

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Shout out to one of my best Actresses of all time – Tatiana Maslany. I keep wondering the amount of work she puts into filming her multiple personalities (clones) per season: An average person would break down.

And she finally got the Emmy she deserved.

Now, this year on Orphan Black did a lot of things, most noticeably, it showed us Rachael Duncan can never change, as she’s still the same manipulative, conniving bastard she was from the first day we met her. She killed her mother (Susan Duncan), just when we finally confirmed Susan was one of the good guys. Damn! Things are bound to get messier [and more interesting] as Sarah, and her clone club head into their fifth and final season. I believe a lot of questions will be answered in the new season; whoever is truly running the show at Neolution will finally be exposed [and euthanized if need be].

Photo credit: BBC America

8. Darevil
Season: Two
Network: Netflix
Favorite character(s): Frank Castle (The Punisher), Elektra Natchios
Starring: Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Elodie Yung, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 7/10

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Every scene Jon Bernthal appeared here as The Punisher, he stole the show: almost forcing Daredevil to be a recurring character in his own show. I also loved Elektra. Simply because I’ve loved the character since her appearances in 2003’s Daredevil movie and her 2005 solo movie outing with Jenifer Garner, I anticipated her introduction, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Photo credit: Netflix

There you have it Rinzy Reviews the top TV shows and TV characters of 2016. As always, forward ever, backward never, 2017 promises to be a better year.

Coincidentally, most of the series here are from Netflix, which makes my subconscious want to tell my conscious that Netflix produces better series than any other Network. [Nah! HBO is still number one!]

WORTHY MENTIONS
Ghost-Rider (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD): He’s been very awesome since the season started. Who doesn’t love Ghost-Rider? Who?

TV shows such as The Crown, Preacher, Atlanta, The Night Of etc., are still in my waiting list, hence I couldn’t  pass my personal view on their wide acclamation. But I sincerely believe they’ll be good views as most critics have already said. I’ll talk about them as soon as I’m done.

THE REASON FOR THIS SERMON
TV shows have come a long way from what they used to be; I believe that soon, TV shows would be in more demand than Movies. Time will tell. This ranking appreciates the effort these Actors, Producers, Directors, etc., put into their crafts. We thank you all. We know 2017 will be a better year. Cheers! Happy 2017 in advance.

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