2019: tv reviews

Another year. Another post of TVs that rank and review all the shows that I spent time watching. This year, I enjoyed Korean dramas more than Western dramas and liked that they were available on Netflix in real time.

American Shows

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Killing Eve S1 – 4 / 5
A refreshing thriller / crime drama that deserved all the praise and more. The cat and mouse chase between the assassin and British detective was so addictive that I binged the entire season in one sitting. Can’t wait to see the second season.

After Life S1 – 4 / 5
Unexpectedly delightful show! Staying true to its European roots, the pace was slower and the dialogue was caustic. Wish that it was longer and can’t wait for the second season.

Unbelievable – 4 / 5
Tough series about a serial rapist and the female detectives who made the connection and went after him. It was painful to watch how young female victims were marginalized by male cops, yet glad that this story ended with a more acceptable ending.

Blacklist S6 – 3.75 / 5
It’s getting hard to keep up with the twists and turns of this drama, but the premise of Liz potentially turning her back to Reddington has been keeping me at the edge of my seat so far.

Killing Eve S2 – 3.5 / 5
It took me more than two sittings to get into this season and the only reason why I watched it was that I was home sick and was bored. The character development seems to be regressing and the plot isn’t as interesting as the first season.

Grace & Frankie S1 – S5 – 3.75 / 5
Not sure what got me back into this show, but totally breezed through first two seasons over the last two weeks. It’s a great show to watch when unwinding after work. The I-don’t-give-a-fuck-I’m-old attitude makes me look forward to old age.

Suits S8 -3.75 / 5
Pleasantly surprised at how the show continued to go on, even if the main acts are no longer part of the show. And it’s about time that Diana and Harry got together again! Can’t wait to see how the show will end next season!

Suits S9 -3.5 / 5
It’s still overly dramatic. But I do give credit for the writers for coming up with another way to introduce turmoil and letting the characters figure out a loosely legal way to wiggle their way out of it. Harvey and Donna finally realized that they belong together.

New Amsterdam S1 – 3.5 / 5
Enjoying the first season so far. The story is unconventional and as always, love a good medical drama with lots of character development and behind the scene type of plots. An interesting one for me to continue to watch.

Working Moms S1 – 3.5 / 5
A show that I avoided at first, because I wanted to conceive, but on one of my sick days, just got into the show. The fine balance of work and family among ambitious leads is what you’d expect, but the rawness of it is refreshing and scary at the time time. Trying hard to appreciate and savor the second season by going at it slowly.

Working Moms S2 – 3.5 / 5
It’s hard to recall what happened in this season, because as with any decent series, I flew through it. But it was good enough for me to enjoy the third season.

FBI S1 – 3.25 / 5
One points for the diversified cast and more weight towards the females.

Bulls S3 – 3/5
There isn’t much character development and I wonder how the series will continue to use lawsuits with outlandish characters as a crutch. Wish that we see Bulls or anybody else in the team develop into a multi-faceted human being.

Fleabag S1-S2 – 3/5
This show was raved by so many on the internet that I had to start it. The raw, twisted and disturbing story of Fleabag provides a fresh view of female inner monologue that draws me back in, even when I want to stop watching.

Friends from College S1-S2 – 3/5
Guilty pleasure TV show that leaves you with nothing when done. Another empty calorie type of deal, but in the moment, I had to know what was happening next to this group of dysfunctional college friends. No wonder it wasn’t renewed for S3.

K-Dramas

Dr. Prisoner – 4.5 / 5
This vengeful drama is filled with twists and turns and is hard to predict! It was super intense, but loved the character development, writing and of course the acting.

Hotel Del Luna – 4.5 / 5
The series about a hotel designed for after-life souls was brilliant! The cast, the set, the script, the music, and the performance was perfect. I loved how the drama focused on various stories while developing the main arc love-line.

Vagabond – 4.25 / 5
Blockbuster about government corruption when dealing with military technology firms and civilian casualties who are not letting this injustice continue on in the shadows.

Romance is a Bonus Book – 3.5 / 5
Loved the plot around mysterious disappearance of a famous author and the publishing industry. The love plot line at first seemed a bit forced but loved the interaction between Lee Na-young and Lee Jong-suk throughout the drama.

Fantastic – 3 / 5
Another predictable yet cute Korean drama that has all the typical villains and protagonist, but I couldn’t help but to relate to So-hye who worked so hard to get where she is, only to find out that her time is limited due to cancer. A feel-good K-drama with sufficient eye-candy and plot.

When the Camellia Blooms – 2.75 / 5
Mediocre drama about a single mom, an unsolved murder mystery, and a cop in a small town in Korea. The drama doesn’t make sense in most cases, however, it’s a nice background noise as I catch up on work.

 

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