Every once in a while a show comes along that feels so fresh you're instantly engaged.
These shows fit that bill and are our nominees for the Speedster Award of 2016.
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This Is Us
This Is Us had me from the first few minutes of the pilot. The way the writing introduced the characters and tied them together felt very natural and in touch. It's been a long time since a show has drawn me into the world where I felt like I, too, could exist. It's beautiful, heart-warming and yet has the dribbles of ugliness we all experience, as well. Nothing is held back. Not only is this us, it's life.
The Good Place
The Good Place was either going to be horrible or absolutely fantastic. It's the latter, and it draws you in immediately with the first episode. It's a bizarre, endearing comedy that holds nothing back, and draws you in right away.
Pitch had one of the best pilots I'd seen in a long time, and it drew me in immediately. Most shows take a few episodes to find their footing, but this one delivered home runs right from the beginning. Fox better bring it back. They can't leave us hanging!
I wanted not to like The Exorcist because I don't like horror. But Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera have been amazing, the writing is genuinely complex and engaging, and the way they tied it to the film was neat.
The Crown on Netflix. I'm not really one for period dramas (and I fully admit I started watching because of Matt Smith), but this drew me in from the first moment. I found myself drawn to the story and to the characters. The performances are subtle but compelling, and you feel the weight of every conflict and decision. What's more, the production, costuming and set design are impeccable. I watched the whole series in two days, and I can't wait for season 2.
Stranger Things on Netflix. I've been waiting for the perfect 80's movie throwback and Stranger Things fits the bill to perfection. With influences from ET to The Goonies to Alien to Stand By Me, there was something nostalgic for everyone to enjoy, even if you weren't alive during that decade (me raising my hand). The story was compelling, the chemistry between all the child actors was phenomenal, the opening credit sequence and score instantly drew you in, and nothing made me happier than seeing Winona Ryder who's the queen of the 80's misfits.