It has been a poor slate of new shows this year. I only kept a handful of new shows out of the dozens of new shows this year. And in a stunning upset, the New TV Show of the Year is…
The Great Indoors. This is Us has a much bigger following and more critical acclaim. Designated Survivor is much closer to my normal viewing, but in a startling twist, I enjoy watching The Great Indoors much more than either of those programs. I have been told I have a bias against sitcoms, so for a sitcom to win is a bit of a shock, even to me. And, The Great Indoors isn’t the greatest show ever — a couple episodes have been duds, but it is probably the only show I find myself looking forward to each week, because who doesn’t love to laugh at millennials (to be fair they have taken their fair share of shots at Gen Xers).
Runner-up: Lethal Weapon – Conversions from a movie rarely do well, however, Lethal Weapon manages to capture the spirit of the original movie, but still maintains some creativity.
Honorable Mention: Stranger Things, as I said this was an incredibly poor slate of new shows, even more so when I give an award to a show I haven’t even seen. However, this show is on nearly every other “top ten in 2016” list, and I have heard first hand that it is probably the best show of the year.
Dishonorable Mention: Conviction. There were a lot of bad shows to choose from this year, but I have to go with the show with the most ridiculous premise. It is so bad that I think I have mocked Conviction in at least two other reviews so far. It has already been cancelled, so we don’t need to worry about this show anymore.