New historical research is brought to bear on the story, and the depiction of the unconscionable treatment of the slaves isn’t ignored or stylized. Peep Show Creators: Andrew O’Connor, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Matt King, Paterson Joseph, Neil Fitzmaurice Network: Channel 4 (U.The huge cast, including well-known names like Derek Luke, T. and Anna Paquin and rising stars like Malachi Kirby and Anika Noni Rose, shared the burden of this righteous task with honor, nuance, and the most raw emotion broadcast or streamed on screens in 2016. K.) Although Peep Show has a similar sense of humor to other British sitcoms that came in the wake of The Office, it uses the same sort of awkward comedy for a very different purpose.And earlier this year, Huluadded its first landmark drama, Bruce Miller’s Emmy-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. This is Us Creator: Dan Fogelman Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. ” The freshman drama surprised me by playing with time much the same way Lost did. There’s no doubt this is Ventimiglia’s career-defining role.Brown, Mandy Moore Network: NBC When I first watched the pilot for This is Us and got to the big reveal—Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) are the parents! While unfolding the stories of siblings Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. And I’ll confess right now that I completely underestimated Moore’s talents.Then again, most female romantic leads aren’t Mindy Lahiri.Creator and star Mindy Kaling’s impressively dressed, self-centered OB/GYN is a walking master class in relationship failure.
Peep Show can be difficult to binge-watch, especially early on, but its short seasons make for filler-free writing, and Mitchell and Webb are so good that they lend their characters a strange likability that’s closer to the U. Indeed, even if even if these eight small, sincere, perfectly imperfect episodes are the sum total of Downward Dog, I’ll remember it as one of the defining network comedies of this unsettled age, a beacon of the prosaic and the humane in a world that’s been thrown to the wolves. Spaced Creators: Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson, Edgar Wright Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson, Nick Frost, Mark Heap, Julia Deakin Network: Channel 4 (U.While he’s extremely articulate and proper in his way of speaking and dressing, he seems to have been overly coddled by his mother with whom he still lives.You might not necessarily want these guys to take a crack at fixing your computer, but you should definitely reserve them a place on your screen. Speechless Creator: Scott Silveri Stars: Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kenedy, Cedric Yarbrough Network: ABC Like the show’s fiercely overprotective mother Maya Di Meo (Minnie Driver), Speechless thrives because it refuses to treat JJ (Micah Fowler) as anything less than a full realized person.This fall, Huluadded two aces in the hole: beloved NBC sitcoms 30 Rock (moving from Netflix) and Will & Grace, streaming in full for the first time.Hulu’s original programming also continues to blossom, particularly among half-hour comedies (The Mindy Project, saved from FOX’s chopping block; the oft-underrated Casual; and Difficult People, which missed this list by a whisker). Metz makes you feel her struggle and swoon over her blossoming romance.