The primary strength of Brooklyn Nine-Nine has grown to be the characters and the relationships they have with each other, making this a very easy series to jump into mid-stream. The characters on Brooklyn Nine-Nine are a very diverse group, both demographically and personality-wise, with a group of talented performers and writers at the helm ensuring that there’s at least one character that each viewer will find hilarious and identify with.
A show with every episode directed by Steven Soderburgh, starring Clive Owen, with a score by Cliff Martinez? That’s a trifecta of talent that’s hard to beat. Beyond those elements, The Knick grew into one of TV’s most sturdy offerings last year.
Arrow quickly became one of the most exciting action shows on television, with strong fight choreography anchoring a careful attention to story and world-building. Led by a strong central performance from Stephen Amell, the show has displayed a penchant for solid casting, from Caity Lotz as Sara Lance to Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger, building a universe that’s fun to visit week in and week out.
While series about complicated and difficult white men are far from novel at this point, Kingdom stands out from the crowd thanks to the nuance of its characters and its firm grounding in reality. Not only is the series unflinching in its depiction of MMA and the sacrifices fighters make to pursue it as a career, it’s honest about the financial realities of the sport for those struggling to break through.
Jeffrey Tambor stars as Maura Pfefferman, a retired college professor transgender woman who comes out to her family about her gender identity late in life. Meanwhile, her three adult children all struggle with their own personal problems, as well as the challenges posed by Maura’s transition.
Over the past two seasons, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has embraced its pulp elements, moving away from the procedural, supernatural case-of-the-week format that bogged down season one. The series has grown increasingly confident, leveling up its characters to make the S.H.I.E.L.D. team feel far more relevant in a world filled with superheroes, even if they rarely stop by for a visit.
The show is clever, heart-warming, and genuinely funny. Every episode has at least one moment that will make you laugh out loud, and what’s great about it is if you sat and watched it with five other people, there’s a good chance you would each a different moment that made you laugh out loud. It has something for every type of person. In short, Modern Family is perfect for a modern family.
While the premise may sound like the show would focus on the mystery behind the Departure, The Leftovers is much more of a character-driven drama, using the Departure as a gateway to explore a series of perspectives on how people deal with grief and loss.