A decade of titanium television dominated — across network, cable, and streaming services. The last 10 years has led to a fascinating silver screen renaissance — an explosive last decade of TV/streaming services has encouraged a welcome transformation to the medium, with bold, brave, brilliant (and bullsh*t) available to global audiences.
We’re taking game-changers to the forefront — narrowing down hundreds of options to a top-10 that rank within a collective of favourites on the editorial team. Get out your VPNs and catch up.
“Atlanta,” FX (2016-present)
Driven by Donald Glover’s wild creative risks, extreme oddities somehow add up to create a world where anything seems possible against a backdrop within which the struggle remains so real. Unmissable viewing gold — Atlanta returns in 2021 with not one but two new seasons.
“Fleabag,” BBC iPlayer/Amazon Prime Video (2016-2019)
Fundamentally about love in all its various iterations and metamorphoses of messiness, Fleabag began as a great show and ended as a monumental one.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo/VH1/Netflix (2009-present)
The world may still not be at rights with LGBTQ issues but by bringing the subculture of drag out into the brightest light and translating it to the mainstream, the impact of Ru Paul’s “Drag Race” is one of undeniable beauty. Shantay, please stay.
“The Good Wife,” CBS (2009-2016)
Fuelled by a consistently magnetic performance by Julianna Margulies as the titular character Alicia Florrick (6 Golden Globe and 4 Emmy noms), as legal procedural dramas go, there’s hardly a better time capsule of the particulars of its era.
“Broad City,” Comedy Central (2014-2019)
Abbi Jacobson’s and Ilana Glazer’s love letter to friendship focused on a day in the life of two best friends recklessly motoring through New York City with adoring abandon and stumbling upon the kind of magic unique to that twenty-something period when anything seems possible.
And Special Mention Goes To…
“Game of Thrones,” HBO (2011-2019) — As if you’ve lived under a rock…
“Schitts Creek,” Netflix (2015-2020) — It’s, literally, the Schitt, Daaaaavid.
“Veep,” HBO (2012-2019) — Trump 2.0.2020.1
“The Leftovers,” HBO (2014-2017) — Apocalypse already
“Line of Duty,” BBC iPlayer/Netflix (2012-) — Arnott. Arnott. Arnott.