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The Best Television Shows of 2018

In the Peak TV era, everyone has a different favorite show—so this year, Alison Herman and Chris Ryan paired up to build a top 10 list that reflects a range of tastes and viewing experiences. (And one that almost certainly omits a show you loved.) For more about the Year in Television, read Alison Herman’s essay about the the making of this list, Andrew Gruttadaro and Miles Surrey’s ranking of 2018’s Best TV Episodes, and Miles Surrey’s list of the Best TV Monsters.


10. Queer Eye

In a landscape littered with reboots that tweak the gender, race, or sexuality of their heroes to fit our current representational ideal, Queer Eye tries the opposite tack: bringing an ahead-of-its-time concept to the present day in order to show how those ideals, if not the people being represented, have changed. An identical setup—five gay men with individual specialties collectively form a sort of mega-guru—plays very differently in 2018 than it first did in 2003. Our notions of gender are more mutable, so … For the Straight Guy gets dropped; our view of masculinity is more critical than lovingly exasperated, and undisputed breakout Jonathan Van Ness doles out tips for emotional intimacy as well as moisturizer. Netflix remains as tight-lipped about metrics as ever, but the Fab Five’s real-world ubiquity suggests their gospel has struck a cultural nerve. Antoni may well be incapable of cooking anything that does not contain avocado, and now he has a whole restaurant! Queer Eye is a reality television program, and is as prone to blatant emotional manipulation and nakedly capitalist bootstrap logic as any other. But it’s a contemporary kind of emotional manipulation, and one that channeled the zeitgeist better than most scripted series this year. —Alison Herman

Article source: https://www.theringer.com/tv/2018/12/3/18122854/best-television-shows-of-2018

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The Best Television Shows of 2018

In the Peak TV era, everyone has a different favorite show—so this year, Alison Herman and Chris Ryan paired up to build a top 10 list that reflects a range of tastes and viewing experiences. (And one that almost certainly omits a show you loved.) For more about the Year in Television, read Alison Herman’s essay about the the making of this list, Andrew Gruttadaro and Miles Surrey’s ranking of 2018’s Best TV Episodes, and Miles Surrey’s list of the Best TV Monsters.


10. Queer Eye

In a landscape littered with reboots that tweak the gender, race, or sexuality of their heroes to fit our current representational ideal, Queer Eye tries the opposite tack: bringing an ahead-of-its-time concept to the present day in order to show how those ideals, if not the people being represented, have changed. An identical setup—five gay men with individual specialties collectively form a sort of mega-guru—plays very differently in 2018 than it first did in 2003. Our notions of gender are more mutable, so … For the Straight Guy gets dropped; our view of masculinity is more critical than lovingly exasperated, and undisputed breakout Jonathan Van Ness doles out tips for emotional intimacy as well as moisturizer. Netflix remains as tight-lipped about metrics as ever, but the Fab Five’s real-world ubiquity suggests their gospel has struck a cultural nerve. Antoni may well be incapable of cooking anything that does not contain avocado, and now he has a whole restaurant! Queer Eye is a reality television program, and is as prone to blatant emotional manipulation and nakedly capitalist bootstrap logic as any other. But it’s a contemporary kind of emotional manipulation, and one that channeled the zeitgeist better than most scripted series this year. —Alison Herman

Article source: https://www.theringer.com/tv/2018/12/3/18122854/best-television-shows-of-2018

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