Itâ€™s the time of year for a million pop culture lists. Â Everyone is ranking their favorite TV shows, episodes, movies and performances. Â Â No two lists are the same. Â They are like little judgmental pop culture snowflakes. How you judge your entertainment says something about you. Â Itâ€™s impossible to make judgments without inserting your own opinions. Some critics want to highlight newcomers. Â Some want to skew their list to lean more â€œimportantâ€ and â€œthought-provoking.â€ *insert eye-roll here* The good list makers want to distill what were the favorites of the year.
Whatever the assessment, what you see in a show says something about you. Â Is the glass half empty or half full? Is The Americans about how Russians have come to steal intelligence from the US or is about a couple who are fish out of water? Â
For me, The Americans is more about the plot than the characters. Â Which might tell you that deep down, I have a subconscious concern about Russian spies in America. Your preference might tell you a little something about yourself.
Itâ€™s not an exact science, but there are definitely worse conclusions I could jump to. Below are some of the frequent flyers on the 2017 Best Of TV lists. Â Beware! Some of your preferences might say a little something about you!
The Good Place
If you lean toward The Good Place as the best show of the year, there is a possibility that you feel out of place. Â Eleanor is a â€œbad personâ€ trying to earn her position in the good place. Â Maybe your preference for this show comes from your own feelings of â€œnot fitting in.â€
American Vandal truthers are most likely people who have not totally matured. Â The high school setting breeds a high school attitude and crassness. The show appeals to an immature and underdeveloped sense of humor.
That being said, I really enjoyed American Vandal.
Youâ€™re an obsessive completer. Â To finish a series that contained chain-smoking cults, wedding goats, mysterious crickets and identical twin presidents and assassins takes some commitment. Â Even if the show is brilliant, sticking it out when nobody else was interested is impressive.
Big Little Lies
You might be addicted to drama. Â Big Little Lies highlighted the glamour as well as the secrets of powerful women in a California town. Â The show is for people who crave conflict and suspense.
At first glance picking Mindhunter might just be for people with a Â penchant for psychopaths. But after more analysis Mindhunter is more for people who enjoy mumbling, grey color palettes and shows about murder that arenâ€™t very bloody.
Twin Peaks: The Return
No pseudo-scientific analysis here. Â A vote for Twin Peaks might just be a vote for the best TV show of 2017.