This Is Us
This Is Us could have gone by the way of a night time soap opera, but by focusing on the characters and their motivations, really allowing actors to shine with the work they're given, it has lifted itself beyond a traditional family-driven soap to something much deeper. Each character represents something with which we're familiar, and even if we can't personally identify, we can understand. Then the family comes and flips the mundane to show they have their own mysteries even they can't see coming, proving the writers have a good grasp on the fine lines holding it all together.
Rectify is incredibly well-written, well-acted, and thought provoking in a way that it continues to sit with you long after you've watched on episode. There's no other show like it on television.
Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul for me. Funny, subversive, and surprisingly deep, the tale of how Jimmy McGill becomes Saul Goodman mines the same territory as Breaking Bad, but in a fresh, new way.
Suits. Thank you for making me continue to ask "What the hell are they going to do now?!" every half-season. And every season you always deliver.
The Crown. I loved this show. The performance from each cast member is fantastic, humanizing the Royal Family in a way that I hadn't appreciated before, with John Lithgow's Churchill and Claire Foy's Queen Elizabeth standing a head above the rest. The storytelling is quiet and subtle, yet completely enthralling. The set and the costumes were absolutely gorgeous, and that coronation scene was exquisite. This show was worth every last penny that Netflix invested into it.
People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
One man's trash is another woman's treasure, apparently, because I found nothing about The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story to be trashy. Despite the outcome being written in stone, it was one of the most riveting dramas I've watched in years. That was due to the way in which it was written and produced, so that every character was important and you understood their purpose and mission. They felt alive and their pain was your pain, their wins and losses yours, as well. If the other chapters of American Crime Story follow in the same vein, we're in for more treats.