I've wanted to write this post for a long time now, but never got around to it. Well, better late than never!
- Mr Robot - Among all the television shows in the world, Mr Robot will always be my favorite. It's about a socially awkward cybersecurity engineer suffering from clinical depression who gets contacted by an anarchist to bring down the very company he protects by day. The cybersecurity engineer in question, Elliot Alderson, is also a vigilante hacker by night, and the very first scene of the series shows him bringing down the owner of a website that serves child pornography. Needless to say, this is an emotionally heavy show, but with a startling amount of humanity. Season 2 is a bit slow-paced, and the only reason, I think, that Mr Robot isn't more popular. People stopped watching it after the first season. But the third season brings the show back to form (and then some), and the fourth season is the best season of television I have ever watched. This show will always have a special place in my heart. I followed it from its very first episode to its very last one, and it's helped me through some tough times.
- Luther - Luther is a British crime drama television series. It's dark (quite literally, especially the fifth season), gritty, psychological, and superbly acted, i.e., my kind of show. I would have watched it years ago, but I had a rule against watching anything in which dogs die (I still do, but if the show is good enough to justify it, I'll keep watching). Once I got past that, I discovered just how good this show is. The cinematography, the chilling atmosphere, the originality of the crimes... I think I'll rewatch it now, thank you.
- The John Wick Movie Series - I know I'm cheating here, putting three movies in one entry, but it's my list, so piss off. Again, I came across John Wick years ago, but didn't pursue it because the very premise spelled out that a retired assassin must jump back into action when a group of Russian criminals steal his car and kill his dog, a gift from his dying wife. Also, I was under the misconception that this would be a mindless action movie, but boy oh boy was I mistaken. This is action at its finest, with no shaky cam nonsense and no quick cuts. Keanu Reeves is at his finest here as a laconic killing machine with enough emotional depth to humanize him and keep his motivations relatable. I finally watched the first movie around a month ago, and just had to gobble up the next two in as many days.
- The Gift - This is a 2015 psychological thriller movie, which was once my favorite of all time. It's about a couple who moves into a new neighbourhood, and immediately the husband stumbles into an old schoolmate, who's a little weird. Keeps leaving them gifts, turns up uninvited, that sort of thing. It soon escalates into something more dangerous, and the wife launches an investigation of her own so as to ascertain who this man is and why he's obsessed with her husband. This is a slow-burn movie, which keeps expertly building tension until the final gratifying release. Psychological drama at its most compelling.
- Seinfeld - Possibly the most out-of-place entry in this whole list, but I couldn't leave out this gem. Most sitcoms (such as the overrated - yeah I said it, overrated - Friends, and the comparatively better How I Met Your Mother) have change as a plot device. What I mean by that is that things happen in those shows. Ted and Robin get together, Phoebe has kids, Barney and Robin get together, Rachel has kids, Don and Robin get together, Monica has kids. Things with consequences and far-reaching impact. But the very premise of Seinfeld is that nothing happens on that show. It's a show about nothing. They did one episode about the gang waiting for a table at a Chinese restaurant, and another about not being able to find their car in a parking lot. This is a hilarious show, what you'd call a "time-waste" show, and is possibly the funniest sitcom of all time.