I've always been a fan of Film/TV but it was always the movies that had me hooked. Movies just always outdone TV shows and still even today I am a massive movie fan. But over the course of this year I've realised how much better TV has got. Im finding myself hooked to TV series, catching up on ones that I have missed over the years and new ones that are just starting. I still enjoy movies and look forward to new releases but I find myself at home watching more TV series than I ever have before.
COMICS ON TV
Of course comic book TV series are going to come into this. With the movies being the most popular brand in the industry at the moment it would be difficult to miss this one. Smallville lasted ten season which is extremely impressive, but during its time when first released I don't recall any other comic book shows going. Now WB/DC has Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Constantine, which is a lot to keep up to date on considering all the other TV series that there are. And all these series are doing well, even Constantine that seemed to be in danger due to the lack of views. With the fans backing the show, it may only have a thirteen episode season but is looking good for a second season renewal. You'd think that would be enough for DC content on the small screen but by next season were most likely going to be seeing Supergirl and Teen Titans join the pack. Its also looking like DC/Vertigo's Preacher will be getting an adaption on AMC however that may not be premiered until 2016. WB/DC may not have their Cinematic Universe yet but they certainly have enough TV series to last them. Im literally just as excited now waiting for Arrow as I am waiting for a big time movie to come out.
On the other hand we have the Marvel TV series which haven't made the best impression like WB/DC's but is certainly getting better. I don't watch Agents of Shield at the moment because Im just not that excited about the show. Im also not that hyped about the new Agent Carter series. Im sorry to any of you fans that do like Shield and are excited for Agent Carter but for me they don't have enough going for them. But then saying that I am really excited for the Marvel/Netflix series. One, its Netflix. So far Netflix hasn't let me down with their original series. Two, because the characters they have are more of an interest to me, especially Daredevil. Things didn't go so well last time for Daredevil in the movie, but now the characters got the chance to really redeem himself in live-action with the upcoming TV series. Which by the way, recently wrapped production. Im not as familiar with the other characters like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist's but they definitely seem more exciting than Agents of Shield and Agent Carter Im afraid.
Before I finish up on comic TV series lets not forget The Walking Dead. If Im right in saying this show has risen to be the most popular comic book TV series. Comparing the ratings to all the other comic TV series, The Walking Dead towers above them all. The show had a good start and a lot of fans still say that the first season was the best. The second season dragged for most of us as nothing much really happened. Third season for me was much better but then the fourth season fell a little flat again. However the fifth season I reckon has been much better. Im looking forward to the second half of the season when it continues in February and hopefully it'll raise the bar even more.
Netflix has really changed the way we see TV. You pay for your subscription and get access to unlimited TV series and movies. Now obviously Netflix has stepped up their game and started their own original series. They've even renewed TV series that have been cancelled on other channels to keep the fans happy. When I go through their own list of series they are all well received by the viewers. It just goes to show the research they do into their audience as they aren't failing with many of their shows. House of Cards was the series that really made Netflix's stand because not only has it become a very popular show but its also an Emmy Award winning series. Im not really into American politics but even I found this series engaging. I've also become very attached to Orange is the New Black which like House of Cards has received Emmy awards. One of the things thats so great about Netflix is that you get an entire season uploaded straight away. So your in control of how you watch your programs. Some choose to take their time while others will watch an entire series over a weekend. I just recently finished watching Marco Polo which I had going for the course of five days. Only problem is I want a second season now, and if it gets renewed Im still gonna have to wait a year until its released.
TOO MANY AWESOME TV SERIES
There are plenty of comedy shows out there going but I think the more serious shows are more powerful. I mean shows like The Big Bang Theory are your typical programs that you'll sit down and have a laugh at, but then a show like Hannibal is something that you crave for more. I have been a little late starting Hannibal and Im only just getting through the second season. There are many more shows out there that I have started late, hell I only started watching Breaking Bad at the beginning of the year not long after the last season had finished. And WOW I realised how much I'd missed out on. There are still many more TV series that I need to watch like American Horror Story, True Detective Boardwalk Empire and Dexter. Yes TV series like Dexter that have been long finished I still need to watch. But with all the other series Im currently watching at the moment it just gets added to the pile like the rest. Its all getting too much but then thats a good thing as we as an audience get decent entertainment.
MY FAVOURITE TV SERIES
Im gonna wrap this up with my favourite TV shows, please do share your favourite TV series in the comments below and recommend me some more series that I may not have seen yet. I'll state my top five favourites but first I'll give some honourable mentions.
Doctor Who (Although the past two seasons have been underwhelming)
Orange is the New Black
Dallas (Needs to get renewed or at least get a mini movie to tie the loose ends up)
Now onto the top five:
If any comic TV series is gonna make my top five it is gonna be Arrow. Season one was good but season two stepped up in a whole new way. Sometimes with these 20+ episode seasons you get the odd few episodes that are not so good. With the second season of Arrow I did not get this. In fact I think the second season had a better start than season three. But then season three just continues to get even more awesome anyway and that cliffhanger at the end of 'The Climb' was just too much. When I finished watching season two I was like, "Its gonna be difficult for season three to top this". But now I have faith that it will, if thats even possible.
British TV series may not get the same amount of episodes an American will but they can certainly tell just as good a story. I was surprised at how much I loved this show. Idris Elba owns the role as DCI John Luther and its a real shame we won't be getting anymore seasons. Well there's that two-part special thats in the works but honestly I want more. The writing is beautifully done in all three seasons and the acting couldn't be better. The villainous roles in this series are performed perfectly and Ruth Wilson's portrayal of Alice Morgan is flawless. So yeah, the writing and the acting make this dark British cop show better than most detective series. The first series is still the best in my opinion but the second and the third are well put together.
This modern adaption of the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fiction character Sherlock Holmes is probably the best show the UK has on offer at the moment. Benedict Cumberbatch may not be the best portrayal of the character but in this modern day he definitely gives a fantastic performance. Martin Freeman who plays John Watson is also a terrific actor and the two of them really make this show stand out. As well as their performance again, the writing on this show is to a great standard. I don't know if any future episode will top 'The Reichenbach Fall' as that was what made this series one of my favourites. Some people may complain about the lack of episodes with this series but if you think about it each season has three movie length episodes. Its a shame we don't get a season every year but Cumberbatch and Freeman are big stars now so their schedules are gonna be busy.
GAME OF THRONES
I didn't start watching Game of Thrones until just before season four was released. Now I am up to date with it I can't get enough of it. Im surprised I didn't start watching the show when it was first released but at that time I wasn't so attached to TV series. Now Im sat here waiting for season five. There's a lot of characters in Game of Thrones and I do struggle to remember all of them but I know who my favourites are. Though its best not to try and get to attached to characters as Im sure everyone knows how easy main characters can get killed off. I haven't read the books as Im not quite committed to long books at the moment. But maybe one day I will.
Could any series really top this one. Breaking Bad has become not just a fantastic show that people love to binge on, its become the god of TV shows. The greatest TV series of them all. I watched season one and enjoy, but it was a bit of a slow start. Season two got even better and by the end I couldn't believe how awesome it was becoming. Then season three had me on edge to the point of passing out because it was that breath taking. Then by the end of season four this truly became my favourite show. When season five ended I wish I had took more time with the show. It ended where it needed to end but its still upsetting that the show is no more. Luckily for us we have Better Call Saul coming in the new year. Im looking forward to it but it'll never top Breaking Bad.
So do you think TV has overcome the movie industry, or are movie still at the top of the chain. I certainly think TV is better at the moment, not to say that movies are falling behind but with TV you get so much more.