Home » Archief » The Best TV-series of 2019 (and the past decade)


[29.12.2019]

The Best TV-series of 2019 (and the past decade)

Peter Breedveld

The best TV-series of the last 10 years is easily The Leftovers, about loss and grief. So rich and fulfilling. Two other TV-series that were kind of eye-openers for me were the British series Misfits, an ink-black, hysterically funny comedy about a group of youthful deliquents with super-powers, and the ultraviolent conspiracy paranoia thriller Utopia, also British, and extremely funny.

Better Call Saul is far better than the series it’s a spinoff of, Breaking Bad, not too shabby either. Atlanta, of which every episode is basically a so-called bottle-episode, is so incredibly good, funny, engaging, intriguing.

Fargo was brilliant, rising above the movie it’s based on. I loved Transparent, too bad about the mess with Jeffrey Tambor, haven’t watched the finale, which I read is a musical?

Versailles, about the French king Louis XIV, was a delight. The political satire Braindead, in which extraterrestial ants take over the brains of politicians in Washington, is pure genius, it has the gorgeous Elizabeth Winstead (who was in the third season of Fargo as well; what is she doing now?) and it’s such a shame it got only one season. Twin Peaks was mind-blowing. Mr. Robot is one of the most inventive series of the decade.

Special mention goes to Black Sails, a pirate adventure series I enjoyed so much and which was so well done.

2019

Here’s my list of 2019. I also thoroughly enjoyed Undone, and animation series directed by the Dutch Hisko Hulsing, Easy, a Netflix-series about normal people, really, acted so naturalistically it’s like the characters really exist. The third and final season of Legion was a psychedelic and challenging adventure. It shows that the Marvel Television Universe is far more creative and daring than the Cinematic Universe.

Speaking of Superheroes, The Boys is a deconstruction of the genre the Garth Ennis way, which means coarse and blunt and rude and tasteless and totally brilliant. Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone is an overlooked gem. I feel Catch 22 is underrated, The Deuce had a worthy finale, South Side is hilarious, Good Omens a delight and I only recently discovered Barry, in which especially Henry Winkler is fantastic, so I hope they don’t kill him off anytime soon. Don’t spoil.

Oh, and Russian Doll, of course.

 

10:Nic Pizzolatto and Daniel Sackheim: ‘True Detective

I found this third season of True Detective very compelling, mainly because of the main character, played by Mahershala Ali who I swear I thought would be perfect as Blade the Vampire Hunter before it was made public he would play Blade the Vampire Hunter. Stephen Dorff is pretty good too as his partner. As for the rest, this season is kind of a sequel to the first season (with the second season, which I found pretty good, as a stand-alone intermezzo) which I didn’t like except for the touch of folksy supernaturality. That supernatural quality gets an Einsteinian/Alan Mooresque workover in this season, with the space/time-crossover and everything, and gives the intrigue an extra layer of eerie paranoia. So there.

 


 

9: Jeremy Carver: ‘Doom Patrol

An adaption of the (Vertigo) DC-comic by Grant Morrison, who not so much deconstructs the superhero-genre as plays with the tropes. I can hardly believe this is an American tv-series, irreverent as it is about everything Americans hold dear. It does have a strong resemblance to The Umbrella Academy. The members of the Doom Patrol don’t have gifts but curses that are not only a danger to their enemies but also to themselves. Brendan Fraser as a tin man with a human brain who doesn’t have any senses and can’t control his emotions is very tragic, but made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Totally weird and surrealistic but with a very real, very serious undercurrent.

 


 

8: Steve Blackman en Jeremy Slater: ‘The Umbrella Academy

I don’t mind the dominance of superheroes on the big and the small(er) screen. I watch what I like and ignore the rest. This mix of retro science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, adventure and superhero-nonsense I like. A lot. It always hurt when an episode was over and we had to wait a week for the next.

 


 

7: Damon Lindelof: ‘Watchmen

I could write an essay about how this tv-series relates to the graphic novel it is based on, how it tackles racism more explicitly than the graphic novel, made it the main theme even, what it says about the Trump era and toxic masculinity, the deconstruction of the superhero-genre, how thought-provoking and deeply philosophical it is, but first and foremost Watchmen is a thoroughly gripping, engaging and entertaining surrealist drama about real people, like Lindelof’s former series The Leftovers was. Intricately written, executed flawlessly, beautiful cinematography, wonderful acting by fantastic actors.

 


 

6: Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson: ‘Happy

Unfortunately Happy!, a creation by comic-writer Grant Morrison, has not been renewed for a third series. Too bad, I would have loved to see another holiday-themed orgy of scandalous outrageousness. I hated Christopher Meloni when he played in a crime-series all the women I have been with always watched, I forget the title. Ice-Cube or Ice-Pick or something was in it too. He was the ultimate hetero macho red meat eating humorless straight man, always on the prowl for freaks and outcasts and other people not properly fitting in.

In Happy! he is exactly such a freak, an alcoholic beast, thoroughly corrupted and depraved, who knows no limits, precisely the kind of man needed to fight the unspeakable monsters he’s fighting with his side-kick, a purple, fuzzy unicorn, the imaginary friend of his daughter.

Villains are the deliciously hysterical fop trying to take over Easter (the first season it was Christmas), Sonny Shine, played by Christopher Fitzgerald, who makes it a gloriously bombastic affair, the child-molesting, sadistic but irresistable psychopath Smoothie (Patrick Fischler) and an Italian-American mobster, Francisco Scaramucci, embodied with acidic gusto by Ritchie Coster.

One of the high points is a bloodbath in a retirement home full of elderly Nazi’s. Utterly outrageous, breathtakingly funny, unbelievably violent and a-moral.

 


 

5: Sam Esmail: ‘Mr. Robot

The final season of this fine series is the best. It’s an extended Christmas movie in which Elliot Alderson discovers who he really is and who his father really was. He prepares for the final confrontation with his arch-enemy E-Corp, selling pieces of his soul in the process. Totally brilliant, moving, thrilling and engaging. My favorite character is Dominique DiPierro, played by Grace Gummer, who is Meryl Streep’s daughter. Thought you might find that interesting.

 


 

4: Jez Butterworth: ‘Britannia

I am surprised this totally off-beat series that noone talks about was given a second season, but I’m not complaining. You have all been missing out on the craziest thing on television, a psychedelic crossing between Asterix and Caligula about the Roman invasion of Britain that didn’t go as smooth as planned, because of the druids. Magic, horror, infanticide, human sacrifice, treachery, bravery, cowardice and gorgeous British landscapes. Engrossing, abhorrent and quite funny.

 


 

3: Pamela Adlon: ‘Better Things

This series has actually improved after Adlon’s co-creator C.K. Louis left the building. Adlon is the best thing about it. A tough-as-nails, foulmouthing, blundering, buffoonish but also wise and phenomenally patient mother of three spoilt, arrogant but still very likable brats. Brutally honest and open about the basest emotions and the most embarrassing physicality. Adlon seems to be utterly devoid of vanity. But first and foremost Better Things is really funny.

 


 

2: Phoebe Waller Bridge: ‘Fleabag

Phoebe Waller Bridge is one of the funniest people on tv and Fleabag is a hilarious examination of how modern people interact with each other. Not mean and cynical, but with a sincere love for the clumsy, egotistical jackasses we all are, basically. A tragicomedy about malice and misunderstanding and our inherent inability to really reach the other.

 


 

1: Tanya Saracho: ‘Vida’

This series, about two sisters returning to the neigborhood of their youth after their mother died and try to resuscitate the bar she was running, had me on the edge of my seat for every episode. It deals with all kinds of social issues, from discrimination and racism to gentrification, LGBTQ+, toxic masculinity and so on and every character is kind of an asshole that you can’t help but deeply care for after a couple of episodes. You become part of the family, so to speak, as a good soap does. Totally engaging. Beautifully shot as well.

 


 

Lists, Peter Breedveld, Television, 29.12.2019 @ 12:10

[Home]
 

1 Reactie

op 29 12 2019 at 12:11 schreef Peter:

Got a comment? Leesfrontaalnaakt@gmail.com.

 


Home

Archief

 

Become a Patron!
 

Let op: Toelating van reacties en publicatie van opiniestukken van anderen dan de hoofdredacteur zelf betekent geenszins dat hij het met de inhoud ervan eens is.

 

pbgif (88k image)
 

Vermaakt u zich een beetje met deze site? Laat uw waardering blijken met een kleine donatie (grote mag ook!): NL59 RABO 0393 4449 61 (SWIFT BIC RABONL2U) o.v.v. ‘Frontaal Naakt’.

 

pbgif (88k image)
 

(Advertentie)
 

 

pbgif (88k image)
 

Meest gelezen in juni

O Kappen met je hypocriete gejank, landgenoten, je racisme schijnt door

O Zwarte Piet op zijn smoel stampen

O Johan Derksen en de racistische kopschopper

O De gorgelende doodsreutel van een systeem dat niet meer vanzelfsprekend is

O Pieter Omtzigt en de sharia

O Rutte is nog precies even racistisch als-ie altijd al was

O Onze George Floyds liggen op de bodem van de Middellandse Zee

O Met het omtrekken van beelden maak je de geschiedenis weer vrij

O Delightful nude performance of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes

O YouPorn

 

Meest gelezen in het afgelopen decennium

O YouPorn

O Verplicht naakt douchen op school, jongens en meisjes bij elkaar

O Hoi, Jesse Klaver, ik heb geen zin om te boeten voor jouw papatijd

O De koning van het uittrekken van de damesslip

O Het totale en angstwekkende gebrek aan integriteit van de #Metoo-meute

O Ik word vervolgd wegens belediging van een seriebelediger

O Ga je nu Wierd Duk ontslaan, Telegraaf?

O Ik ga naar Japan verhuizen

O Smachten en soppen met Thierry Baudet

O Opbokken met je racistische kinderfeestje

 

pbgif (88k image)
 

CONTACT
Stuur uw loftuitingen en steunbetuigingen naar Frontaal Naakt.

 

NIEUWSBRIEF
Ontvang gratis de Frontaal Naakt nieuwsbrief.

 

pbgif (88k image)
 

BLURBS
“How does it feel to be famous, Peter?” (David Bowie)

“Frontaal Naakt dient een publiek belang” (mr. P.L.C.M. Ficq, politierechter)

네덜란드 매체 프론탈 나크트(Frontaal Naakt)에 따르면, 네덜란드 라 (MT News)

“Ik vind dat je beter schrijft dan Hitler” (Ionica Smeets)

“Wie verlost me van die vieze vuile tiefuslul?” (Lodewijk Asscher cs)

“Pijnlijk treffend” (Sylvana Simons)

“Echt intelligente mensen zoals Peter Breedveld.” (Candy Dulfer)

“De Kanye West van de Nederlandse journalistiek.” (Aicha Qandisha)

“Vieze gore domme shit” (Tofik Dibi)

“Ik denk dat de geschiedenis zal uitmaken dat Peter Breedveld de Multatuli van deze tijd is.” (Esther Gasseling)

“Nu weet ik het zeker. Jij bent de antichrist.” (Sylvia Witteman)

“Ik ben dol op Peter. Peter moet blijven.” (Sheila Sitalsing)

“Ik vind hem vaak te heftig” (Hans Laroes)

“Schrijver bij wie iedereen verbleekt, weergaloos, dodelijk eerlijk. Om in je broek te piesen, zo grappig. Perfecte billen.” (Hassnae Bouazza)

“Ik moet enorm lachen om alles wat Peter Breedveld roept.” (Naeeda Aurangzeb)

“We kunnen niet zonder jouw geluid in dit land” (Petra Stienen)

“Jij levert toch wel het bewijs dat prachtige columns ook op weblogs (en niet alleen in de oude media) verschijnen.” (Femke Halsema)

“De scherpste online columnist van Nederland” (Francisco van Jole)

“Elk woord van jou is gemeen, dat hoort bij de provocateur en de polemist, nietsontziendheid is een vak” (Nausicaa Marbe)

“Als Peter Breedveld zich kwaad maakt, dan wordt het internet weer een stukje mooier. Wat kan die gast schrijven.” (Hollandse Hufters)

“De kritische en vlijmscherpe blogger Peter Breedveld” (Joop.nl)

“Frontaal Naakt, waar het verzet tegen moslimhaat bijna altijd in libertijnse vorm wordt gegoten.” (Hans Beerekamp – NRC Handelsblad)

“De grootste lul van Nederland” (GeenStijl)

“Verder vermaak ik mij prima bij Peter Breedveld. Een groot schrijver.” (Bert Brussen)

“Landverrader” (Ehsan Jami)

“Voorganger van de Linkse Kerk in Hersteld Verband.” (Carel Brendel)

“You are an icon!” (Dunya Henya)

“De mooie stukken van Peter Breedveld, die op Frontaal Naakt tegen de maatschappelijke stroom in zwemt.” (Sargasso)

‘De website Frontaal Naakt is een toonbeeld van smaak en intellect.’ (Elsevier weekblad)

“Frontaal Gestoord ben je!” (Frits ‘bonnetje’ Huffnagel)

“Jouw blogs maken hongerig Peter. Leeshonger, eethonger, sekshonger, geweldhonger, ik heb het allemaal gekregen na het lezen van Frontaal Naakt.” (Joyce Brekelmans)

‘Fucking goed geschreven en met de vinger op de zere plek van het multicultidebat.’ (jury Dutch Bloggies 2009)

Frontaal Naakt is een buitengewoon intelligent en kunstig geschreven, even confronterend als origineel weblog waar ook de reacties en discussies er vaak toe doen.’ (jury Dutch Bloggies 2008)

‘Intellectuele stukken die mooi zijn geschreven; confronterend, fel en scherp.’ (Revu)

‘Extreem-rechtse website’ (NRC Handelsblad)

‘Peter schrijft hartstochtelijk, natuurlijk beargumenteerd, maar zijn stijl volgt het ritme van zijn hart.’ (Hafid Bouazza) ‘Complimenten voor Frontaal Naakt.

‘Scherpe confrontatie, zelfs als die soms over grenzen van smaak heen gaat, is een essentieel onderdeel van een gezonde democratie.’ (Lousewies van der Laan)

‘De meeste Nederlanders zijn van buitengewoon beschaafde huize, uitzonderingen als Peter Breedveld daargelaten.’ (Anil Ramdas)

‘Peter Breedveld verrast!’ (Nederlandse Moslim Omroep)

‘Breedveld is voor de duvel nog niet bang’ (Jeroen Mirck)

‘Nog een geluk dat er iemand bestaat als Peter Breedveld.’ (Max J. Molovich)

‘Godskolere, ik heb me toch over je gedróómd! Schandalig gewoon.’ (Laurence Blik)

 

pbgif (88k image)
 

 

pbgif (88k image)
 

LINKS

 

 

RSS RSS