I’ve watched 632 films thanks to Netflix, and here are the 50 best I’ve seen in 2019. Some of them are reviewed on here.
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Our favourite family and their staff are back after 4 years! This feature film was just as delightful as the series! I really hope they come back in a few years to show us what happened to Downton and the characters during WWII and then, even later, because I really want to see Mary as the grumpy old aunt. And yes, I got an A1 poster with all characters from my local cinema! I can’t wait to buy it on DVD and show it to my family! Someone asked me the other day what it is about Downton that is so good and no matter how many nice things I had to say it just doesn’t explain it well enough. A friend or two of mine watched Downton for a season or two and then abandoned it. I started watching Downton back in season 4, right after I read online about Anna’s rape storyline. I started from the pilot and after two or three episodes I was hooked on the lives of the Crawleys and Downton’s staff. Cora played by Elizabeth McGovern and Anna played by Joanne Froggatt are my favourite characters on the show, but honestly, everyone is highly likeable, even Mary. I still haven’t been to the Highclere castle, but it’s definitely on my to do list. The king and queen’s visit seemed a little far fetched to me though, and that’s honestly the only problem one may have with this film.
‘Will you have enough clichés to get you through the visit?’
‘If not, I’ll come to you.’
‘Oh Violet. After all these years you still astonish me.’
‘Oh good, I’m glad I’m a revelation and not a disappointment.’
‘You are the future of Downton’
A riveting documentary made out of 11 000 hours of unused footage and never-heard-before audio recordings of Neil Armstrong’s trip to the moon. I especially liked shots of the public waiting for the launch. Just think about it, these people, some of them long gone, will never learn about this film, and those still with us, won’t probably know about this documentary. I’m glad I got to see it on the big screen, this is why I love Odeon’s Silver Screen.
‘One small step for man… one giant leap for mankind.’
The Shape of Things
This was a great way to kick off my birthday celebration! I went in, thinking it was a rom-com, instead I was handed a refreshing twist! Rachel Weisz plays this artsy character who’s really into sex, art projects and stirring shit and Paul Rudd plays her clueless boyfriend. Rachel’s character decides to change the main character, she changes the way he dresses and even convinces him to have a nose job. The ruthlessness of Rachel Weisz’s character and Paul Rudd’s naivity balance themselves out perfectly.
A big fan of Full House over here. Yes, this means I am quickly running out of the cute romcoms and murder mysteries starring Candace Cameron Bure. According to letterboxd, I’ve seen 27 of her films (out of 40), and there were maybe 3 that were genuenly good? I’m looking at you Punchline (also starring Sally Field and Tom Hanks), Freshman Fall, it’s this campus rape made for tv film were Candace plays a survivor and No One Would Tell, another 90s tv movie where Candace plays a teen who’s abused and eventually killed by her boyfirend, played by Wonder Years’ Fred Savage. Some true genius thought to put Full House agains Wonder Years. Finding Normal is an awesomely cute romcom, which seems a lot like a fresh take on Doc Hollywood. I really hope I’ll get to show it to my mum one day, as I know for a fact she would love it.
Returning shows I’ll be following:
Law And Order Special Victims Unit
American Horror Story
How to Get Away with Murder
When Calls The Heart
This is Us
The Good Fight
The Good Place
So far there’s only one new TV show I know I’ll be following, The Second Act starring The Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond’s Patricia Heaton. I’m still not over The Middle spin off not happening, but I am looking forward to Patricia’s new show.
I’ve only lost For The People this year, so I can already tell it’s going to be a good year.
The show that shocked us and broke our hearts and made us appreciate life more all in one. I think the secret weapon that distinguishes This is Us from so many other shows is Kate. No show has ever introduced an obese person and actually showed stuggles of the obese. There were shows that had overweight supporting characters, but their struggles were not shown on camera and they are usually introduced as the ‘always witty and jolly best friend’. There was a show called Starved that portayed lives of people struggling with eating disorders who are members of Overeaters Annonymous, unfortunately the group is not very supportive as they’re being told to hate themselves for depending on food or lack there of, so much. In This is Us, Kate is a member of Overeaters Annonymous and there she also finds her future fiance who faces similar issues and has had suicidal thoughts after his wife cheated on him. For the first month or so I said the show filled my Parenthood void, but it has now gone pass that. It has a seperate place in my heart.
Last month I finished watching Party of Five, only a few days before it was removed from Netflix. My favorite character is Bailey, couple, Bailey and Sarah, I’m sad Jennifer got that spin off and just took off. Notable guest stars I liked: Patricia Heaton, Marla Sokoloff, Lauren Ambrose and Jodie Sweetin. There are so many good storylines, but sadly also many romantic encounters that I just couldn’t stand, first Charlie’s, then Julia’s and finally Bailey’s. Despite that, it was a wonderful family show and some of my favorite episodes and moments include:
Yet another year is coming to an end. It was a year rich in TV Shows. The below is a list of shows I followed and cared about this year. I haven’t done weekly episode reviews all year, so below is a little sum up of what I thought of each show. There were honestly so many of them, I just couldn’t find time for weekly posts. These are the 41 shows I followed in 2018.
I miss Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew. No bigger mistake has ever been made on Greys than writers getting rid of Arizona. I am happy Geena Davis’s character came back for her and offered her a job. They brought one of my favorite characters, Teddy, back just to ruin her life. New season welcomed Chris McCormick, Nashville alum and the first half of the season entirely revolved around Meredith’s love life.
I honestly hope SVU never ends, because these cases will never lose its importance and I will gladly follow Mariska chasing rapists in her 60s and 70s.
This season wasn’t shameless at all. Carl’s wife was annoying, but I cannot believe they killed her off and no one is bothered. I’m glad they brought Courteney Cox for an episode, and Peggy Bundy for a few. I really hope Katey Segal is coming back in January. Speaking of the Bundys, I feel like watching some Married with Children reruns.
Netflix made us wait a full year for season 4 and then they didn’t promote the show at all. I didn’t even get an email notification about new episodes being up. I love everything the Fuller-Tanner-Gibbler family does. I love all their games and special events. I will never be a parent, but it’s my dream to be DJ Tanner and organise all these fun events and days out with people I love. I love how DJ is always on her 100 percent, a perfectionist, always nicely dressed and ready for an adventure. It’s exactly how my mom is, I could never wear makeup and nice clothes every day, especially on my days off. Maybe it has something to do with being a parent or actually being around people.
One of my favorite family shows ended, but it looks like Eden Sher has been given a spin-off. I hope they get Patricia Heaton to visit her a lot.
I liked this season, but then again I will always be happy with this show as long as Sarah Paulson is still doing it.
Speaking of spin offs, The Goldbergs is getting one, Schooled will premiere next year and it will revolve around Lanie. I was not happy that they recast Adam’s girlfriend, instead of getting him a new one. I hope Barry and Lanie do get married.
I hated season 4, because it revolved around Laurel and her messed up family, that did not bring anything to the storyline, but season 5 focuses on Bonnie and I’ve been enjoying it a lot.
Incredible series about self-harm based on an amazing book. It’s rarely ever that self-harm addiction is shown that realistically. Sharp Objects is one of the most relatable things I’ve come across and I wish this series was around when I was fifteen. It also has a jaw dropping twist in the very last 5 seconds.
My dad cannot stop saying that Cristina Yang lied to us when she said she’s moving to Switzerland, and moved to London to join MI5 instead. This series starring Thirteen’s Jodie Colmer is a ‘killer’.
A money laundering show starring Laura Linney, yes please! My dad loves this show.
Another show my dad loved. And It’s about money laundering as well. I never cared much for Mad Men, I liked it, but it was too ‘manly’ for me, but Christina Hendricks is amazing in this and Mae Whitman also stars.
Say what you want, this season was almost as good as the first one, and it wasn’t too explicit. I’m not sure where I stand on how they ended this season, but I do agree that the shooting would have been too traumatizing for teenagers. I didn’t like that Hannah had a boyfriend prior to what happened in the bath tub in season one. They portrayed her as this innocent, never-had-a-boyfriend type in season one and then they ruined it in season two. Clay was supposed to be the only person that loved her, and there was someone else. I liked her boyfriend though, and I got used to the relationship, and thought it was cute by the end, so I guess it evens itself out.
In a way I lost interest the minute we learned how Jack died. It was quite brutal and I honestly don’t think there’s anything else there left to tell. I loved how they showed Tess and what she ends up doing with her life in the future.
Can Connie just relax and stick to one show? I loved her on Nashville and Friday Night Lights, and AHS Murder House as well, so I was happy when she joined 911, starring opposite Parenthood and Six Feet Under’s Peter Krause. I am not enjoying this season as much, but the first one was amazing.
Revenge, Brothers and Sisters and Everwood’s Emily VanCamp stars next to Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife’s Matt Chuchry in this medical drama. I am disappointed that many of the cases look like they were copied straight off Grey’s Anatomy. In season one Emily’s character Nick, was trying to bring an abusive doctor down, season 2 lacks this leading plot. Jenna Dewan joined the cast and every time I see her on the screen, my mind authomatically goes to Step Up.
I just love this show. I have followed the Irwins since late 90s, back when Crocodile Hunter was on TV. Steve Irwin’s death broke my heart. The Irwins live in Steve’s dad’s Australia Zoo and continue his legacy as wildlife conservationists.
What a year it was for the Hearties. Daniel Lissing has been absent through most of season 5 and then quit altogether, so they had to kill him off. The winter episode didn’t lack the usual sweetness of the show, but It wasn’t as good as previous episodes.
Everything after season 3 has been mediocre, but I’m still sticking with it.
I have been following Britt Robertson’s career for 8 years now, while Girlboss wasn’t her big break, neither will this be. I still love this Shondaland show and can’t wait for season 2.
I just hated what happened to David, it ruined the series for me.
Season one was amazing, season two was average, but ended well, and I really hope season 3 will have an actual killer, and it will not go all supernatural on us. I like the darker, illuminati vibe, but now that we’ve seen Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, we don’t need it anymore.
I honestly hope The Simpsons has 60 seasons, I love the school and family episodes, and hate all the sci-fi. I wish they only stuck to those.
Season 2 was all over the place, are we even getting a third season?
Everyone seems to be loving this show and I find it average and haven’t even been following this season.
Same as with The Resident, we’ve seen all this on Greys and some cases are coincidentaly similiar. I haven’t caught up with season two yet.
It’s fun, but I don’t think it’ll be getting a third season. You never know though, as they’ve added it on Netflix earlier this month.
Not as good as previous seasons, but it’s still a nice way to spend 6 hours.
I do like the darker bits and Miranda Otto’s character.
I miss it already, sadly it was never the same after Connie left. Lennon Stella now has a music career, and I still wish the Stella sisters continued as a duo.
31. Station 19
I love this one, it’s not brilliant, but I have the exact stable opinion on it every single week.
I loved Sex and the city and it’s been 20 years that I’ve wanted to live in New York, so it’s always a blast to see a little more of city life, even though it’s clearly gone to poop. I still like the same characters and hate the ones I hated in season 1. I am so happy about Liza and Charles, they should be together.
33. The Handmaid’s Tale
I liked the first season more.
34. One Day At a Time
I love this show, Elena’s story is amazing and I love all characters.
35. The Insatiable
This Netflix comedy staring Jessie’s Debby Ryan was a bit psycho, but I liked it anyway.
The Sarah Jessica Parker comedy. It’s funny and I’m waiting for season 3.
Stana Katic centred show about a cop that gets kidnapped, is stuck in a fish bowl and is waterboarded. All leads to a childhood mystery and It will be back for season 2.
38. Orange is the New Black
I just love this show and have followed it since day 1. I’m not that said about Daya’s punishment, but It’s awful what they’ve done to Red and Tasha.
A spin off of The Goldbergs. Lanie abandoned her rock star dreams and become a high school teacher.
40. Grace and Frankie
I just love this show, and was scared it ended when Grace and Frankie were sent away to a retirement home at the end of last.
41. Light as a Feather
Girls play Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board and fall victims of a curse, as something wicked attaches itself to the spine of one.
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I haven’t been reviewing and adding my notes on TV shows I watch, because I am disappointed with every single one of them. Yes, even Shameless, SVU and Greys. The three shows still on air I swear by. Absolutely nothing is going on an it upsets me and makes it pointless for me to rate the show and give each episode a lousy 2/10. The show I am most disappointed with this season is Modern Family. There was one good episode, but for the love of God, the other 10 were disastrous. I am no longer interested in what any of these characters are doing. The Middle is in its final season and instead of going out with a bang, it’s going out with a… yawn. Shameless, so Ian is the gay Jesus now, and Debby lost 3 toes. That is it. Even Frank did not do anything interesting. Carl has a wife now and he’s been goody-goody all season. Grey’s, sweet old Grey’s. I am happy that Meredith got the Harper Avery award, but nothing else happened all half season. SVU, they cast Brooke Shields and instead of keeping her as Olivia’s friend, they have her kidnap Noah.
After four of her patients die, April loses her faith in God. She also runs into her ‘one that got away’, the paramedic she left at the altar back in season 9.
Bailey has a heart attack and fights for herself.
The big competition is here and the entire episode is a snoozeville.
A-freaking-mazing! They introduced the lead from the new Shondaland show Station 19 and I like her already! Ben was written off Greys and we saw him driving off in an ambulance. Ellen looked liked her season 2 baby self with that pink lipstick in the ambulance scene! The Asian intern took her hijab off to stop the kid’s leg from bleeding!
You look twelve. Can you find a grown up to tell her that.
Do not move your hand!
See, grown ups!
Can’t believe this project has not been founded!
When Calls the Heart 5.01
Some crook seller tried to kill little Opal with arsenic! Can we stop pretending that Abigail and Henry are not meant for each other? Are they actually trying to write our favorite villain off? I say this every episode, but Rosemary is just an extraordinary character. I usually cannot stand happy characters, but watching any scenes with her affects my mood. Elizabeth’s perky sister is back and she wants to be Elizabeth’s apprentice. Lee is left in charge of the town. There is something clearly wrong with Elizabeth’s wig and it’s almost as annoying. I still don’t trust or like Jesse. He’s a tool and Clara better leave him for good. There’s also a virus spreading, it all turns out to be the fault of some magical tonic, that even clears acne. Lori Loughlin runs into another Garage Sale Mystery co-star, who plays Henry Gowen’s defence attorney.
I need to leave someone in charge as acting sheriff.
So you’re testifying for the defence and you’re testifying for
Rosemary did chilli last week, and I was sick for four days.
Where is your badge?
For all the bad things that I’ve done, I must have done something right.
Why is that?
Because for some odd reason that I don’t understand, you still seem to believe in me.
Someone stole my wagon.
I don’t want you chasing horse thieves all through the night.
I took his wagon and I hid it in the woods.
Julie is trying to steal Jesse away from Clara.
And I don’t gossip, cause I don’t gossip.
Besides I heard that Clara and Jesse broke up.
Well, who’s gossiping now.
Elizabeth, telegram for you.
Lee, what’s going on.
I had to arrest him.
Michael, I need you too.
No, same cell.
You are now deputized.
Am I really a deputy.
As much as I’m a sheriff.
When Calls the Heart 5.02
Turns out railroad will not happen and everyone loses faith in Abigail’s abilities. Julie, Elizabeth’s artsy sister does not punish Robert for ripping Anna’s drawing. Rosemary is happy as her clothes sell well in the big city. Rosemary pushes one of the local girls to buy a dress she cannot afford and she comes back with her husband the next day to return it. Lee tried to save the town by blackmail. Cody saves the day by randomly telling everyone his life story.
Men aren’t emotionally sophisticated creatures.
You’re the best mayor this town has ever had.
You changed your mind.
Actually your whole town changed it for me.
Our childhood never leaves us.
You’re a great major, Mrs Stanton.
When Calls a Heart 5.03
Some random architect friend of Rosemary shows up in town and it looks like she’s staying. I thought the doctor was supposed to end up with the nurse, so why are they adding a love interest for him? Jack is back and after spending a couple of months apart, he is eager to marry Elizabeth, you know why. Why does the young journalist’s hair look dyed, isn’t she 12? The show gets very average when Jack is around.
The Middle 9.14
The Middle 9.15
Sue turns 21.
There is no way a baby would fit in that pipe, but I still loved every minute of the episode. The youngest of Lind sisters plays a little girl home alone and I really enjoyed when the young firefighter used the fire extinguisher to throw the bulglar off the motorbike.
Unrealistic with the firefighter remaining conscious through the whole thing, but I loved the rollercoaster incident.
The cop’s daughter tries to kill herself, because of some girl at school bullying her.
The plane crash episode was everything.
I am really into the age gap between Abby and the firefighter.
I am so much better when it’s somebody else’s emergency.
That I murdered my own family.
I see it now, Ryan and Brad are big fans of Parenthood and Friday Night Lights and Coach Taylor’s wife is supposed to end up with Adam Braverman.
Another Parenthood alum, Drew’s girlfriend did a guest spot in this episode. I don’t see why they changed her age to 32 when Lyndon Smith is 28, but that’s the only thing that bothered me. I absolutely loved the moment where we find out the intruder was in fact inside the house, standing right behind the woman, and it was his refection that she saw.
How to Get Away with Murder 5.12
How to survive a scandal.
How to Get Away with Murder 5.13
At least Connor is going back to uni.
Quinn and Olivia’s father randomly starting to sing Britney Spears while Charlie looks confused. I just really cannot stand Olivia at this point, she became such a shitty character, but I’ve always loved most of the characters here except for Olivia.
That man spilled his DNA all over this White House.
Quinn is back and Mellie talking about her mammogram was one of the two good scenes.
Shut up, eat your melon.
Shut up Olivia, I love Megabus, it’s cheap and takes me to London without paying the city centre entry fee every time I need to buy somthing nice for myself and look at pretty architecture.
You had to haul your broke ass on the megabus to beg for my help.
Modern Family 9.14
It was good enough, especially Joe being in love with Claire. When did Mitch and Cam get boring?
The Good Fight 2.01
How did I not know Audra McDonald joined the cast! And how did Howard become a judge! He does not like wearing his trousers and forgets things.
I just have a few questions.
Oh dear God.
So, let’s talk about your job, miss.
He thought we were getting too close.
You said you worked at an amusement park?
And Alicia Florrick. I went to school with her.
The Simpsons 29.10
I’m just intellectually drunk.
Hey kid, I want to show you something.
Are you a pervert?
A beautiful hotel bar, just like in The Shining.
The Good Doctor 1.10
Oh, look it’s the Grey’s Anatomy wanna be.
The Good Doctor 1.11
Emily’s son and his new mom are kidnapped and at first we assume it was most likely done by Charles, Emily’s friend/nemesis from the children’s home she grew up in. Emily poses as a patient at the mental institution Charles lives in and we learn that all the children hated her for something. Charles does not reveal who Patient B is, but we he is in fact Patient A. I really thought he would say she is patient B, but he didn’t which does not exclude her.
You want me to hurt you or her?
This show finally got good enough seconds before it wrapped.
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If you’re not disapointed that Arizona’s girlfriend is bi and not gay, you’re lying to yourself.
What’s your specialty?
You were nominated for a Harper Avery!
Congrats to Greys on 300 episodes! What a nostalgic treat this week’s episode was! I noticed Kate Burton’s name in the opening credits, yet I lost it when I saw her up in the gallery cheering Meredith on!
RIP George, Lexie, Mark, Derek & Ellis!
The Middle 9.06
I saw Cindy hatless!
She’s not wearing her Safar hat?
That she’s decided to be normal?
Showering day off!
Did you get your period in class and you weren’t prepared. I’m a good listener.
I figured the next famiy meeting we’d be having would be whether to pull life support off of my mom or dad.
You can pull it right now.
Let the record show that Sue is lame.
Speaking od wrapping, you want to wrap this up.
I’m the face of this family.
I’ve worned the same outfit for the last 3 weeks.
You gave us this lie, not exactly something to brag about.
See you on pull the plug day.
Don’t you dance despite me.
Bonnie and Asher over Michaela and Asher.
I tried to take my life. After that picture.
Bonnie found me on the bathroom floor, Sam never knew.
I messed everything up.
One more time they mention Bushran and I will quit this show in its final season. Why is this season so bad?
You killed Luna Vargas?
The Good Doctor 1.06
Remember when Izzie drilled a hole in the guy’s head during the ferry crash on Grey’s? Well The Good Doctor writers knicked that idea and it made me upset.
It’s dead in here.
That’s why they call in the graveyard shift.
Trama color coding, who knows it?
Green, walking, Yellow – wounded, red needs immediate attention.
Black goes straight to morgue.
Let’s go, trauma three.
Nice work doctor Murphy.
We need to go back.
To the crash site.
He moved, it work.
You inserted the tube to far.
I drilled a perfect hole and I screwed up her intubation?
I loved Steve and my rabbit.
The Simpsons 29.05
I need to see your diaper.
Your pupils aren’t ready for earth light.
I was just wondering if you were planning on breaking into school any time soon?
Not till next month.
Please, I’ll do your homework.
Sounds like you can’t even do your homework.
She does that so she doesn’t smell like cigarrettes.
She should also get some booze gum.
You’re making that up.
Am I that creative.
30 pizzas. I can finally send my mother back to Italy.
Seems kinda thick.
They gave you a lot of reasons why you weren’t good enough.
What’s he doing here?
Didn’t we just see him yesterday?
Making our next president… Tony Hitler.
Where is my nicotine gum?
You rented my room to the town drunk?
I’m also the state drunk.
I can’t live in a college town. Can’t control myself sexually.
Modern Family 9.06
Picture me next to Gloria in a wedding dress.
He walked Gloria down the aisle.
I look stupid.
So big now.
They’re Gloria’s family. Unlike some people, they feel things.
That’s why I splipped her 3 drinks at reception.
Your own magic shop.
The Goldbergs 5.06
Mikey liked it.
I’d never thought I’d say this. bring me Adam.
Let’s get feminine.
Fuck this school.
This is unfucking believable.
He mistook the display toilet for the real deal.
So predictable since the moment she served her food.
I already have.
Doubters get no cookies.
Where’s your wife?
In the truck.
It felt fucking fantastic.
We made a mesaiah baby.
This season was a waste of time.
Camilla shot in the sky. The fight, Betty waltzing in telling everyone the town’s meeting is next and finally pulling the fire exit handle.
They think you’re teen American Psycho.
The killer says you’re doing it for me.
Betty’s ponytail is iconic.
When I was a little girl, I used to be obsessed with this book.
Blackhood is coming here.
Proud to see a sexual assault storyline!
We’re finally getting somewhere. Found bones.
The eye. It’s a tree.
As least as long as she was taken.
Her friend is the sex offender who kidnapped her.
You’re receiving body cam footage.
There’s two more.
It felt like I’ve been given a second chance. This is the first day of my sobriety.
Charlie, Emily’s friend from childhood who used to pick on her and she used to beat up is the previous victim of the chain and he is the one who kinapped Emily? Is the Barrett House, home for children the centre of it all?
The Good Place 2.02
Go fork yourself you mean giraffe.
You wish you could have a bit eof this pear.
This isn’t the good place, it’s the bad place.
Sorry the door was open, did you say I’min the bad place?
This is your sould mate Tahani.
New best friends?
The Good Place 2.03
I hate this season.
So my job is to get drunk and insult people? think I can hack that.