Welcome to the inaugural column of Show Snob’s Weekly 10, where we’ll break down the best shows you should be watching each week and why. We’ll let you know if a show is getting better or worse.
Shows will roll off the Show Snob Weekly 10 after the season finale if we deemed it isn’t good enough anymore, or if all episodes have been released for three weeks. Let’s begin the list!
1. Succession (HBO)
After a slow start, Succession season 4 has had three fantastic episodes in a row. This show, which was always supposed to be about the children of a media mogul taking over the business, is finally happening.
This season will make the final decision if the Roy siblings are complete idiots or geniuses. This is one of those shows that is incredibly funny with no redeeming characters.
2. Yellowjackets (Paramount+/Showtime)
Yellowjackets season 2 bounces between two timelines: when a high school women’s soccer team crash landed in the wilderness and the present-day characters dealing with the fallout of that experience. This season continues to hint of some type of supernatural phenomenon that the girls dealt with that now haunts them 20 years later.
Starring Melanie Lynskey (The Last of Us), Christina Ricci (Wednesday), and Juliette Lewis (Welcome to Chippendales), this show is spooky and darkly funny.
3. The Diplomat (Netflix)
Starring Keri Russell (The Americans) and Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), The Diplomat is the story of the newly appointed UK Ambassador (Russell), trying to deal with an international crisis. By the way, she is also being considered for a soon-to-be vacated Vice President role.
Russell plays the rough around the edges, brilliant ambassador who says what she thinks without filter. Sewell plays her husband, an ex-ambassador himself, trying to help (or hinder) in her new role.
Part political thriller, part romantic comedy, The Diplomat is one of Netflix’ top shows of the year.
4. Lucky Hank (AMC)
Starring Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Lucky Hank is the story of a college English professor who is extremely unhappy with his life, yet really doesn’t not want to change it in the slightest. Mireille Enos (The Killing) plays his wife who desperately wants to be happy.
At times, this show is extremely witty with sharp insults and at other times extremely sad, as we explore the depths of Hank’s depression.
5. The Power (Amazon)
Starring Toni Collette (The Staircase) and John Leguizamo (The Menu), this show is based on the quasi-science fiction book of the same name. The show explores what happens to society when women become the physically dominant part of the human race because they can channel electricity through their bodies.
Thought provoking and exciting, which side will you pick?
6. Barry (HBO)
Starring Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), who also directs the episodes in the final season, will follow the final chapter of a hitman turned actor. This season finds Barry in prison after his acting coach (Henry Winkler), entraps him with the police.
How Barry navigates prison, his ex-girlfriend, Winkler, his old handler, and the Chechen mafia, creates a darkly funny show.
7. Beef (Netflix)
Starring Ali Wong (many standup comedy specials) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Beef is about a road rage incident that descends into all-out war between Yeun and Wong. With few likeable characters, the show explores two people who have had immense trouble their entire lives navigating relationships.
It starts out as a dark comedy, but the last few episodes are just plain dark.
8. Florida Man (Netflix)
Starring Edgar Ramirez (The Undoing), Florida Man is a tongue-in-cheek mob movie about an ex-cop working off his gambling debt for the Philadelphia mob. He is dispatched to Florida (where he grew up), to find the boss’ girlfriend.
How the girlfriend, his Florida family, a gold coin he found as a child, and his ex-wife detective all intersect provides end to end entertainment and laughs. If you like jokes about the state of Florida, you will like this show even more.
9. Mrs. Davis (Peacock)
If you liked Preacher, you will also like Mrs. Davis. Starring Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie), this show is a faith versus technology battle. Gilpin plays a nun, who has a relationship with Jesus, trying to take down a planetary AI (Mrs. Davis) that is currently running the show on Earth.
Though the show deals with things like free will, belief, and out-of-control technology, it is mostly humorous. You feel like the actors had to really work hard to not break out laughing during most scenes.
10. The Big Door Prize (Apple TV)
Starring Chris O’Dowd (Get Shorty), The Big Door Prize is the story of a small town that just installed a game machine at the local convenience story, that will tell you your life potential in exchange for your social security number and fingerprints. The results have people breaking up relationships, starting new careers and making drastic life changes.
O’Dowd plays his standard sarcastic, awkward self in a marriage he is trying to save. The machine tells him that he should be a teacher and a whistler, which is exactly what he currently is.
Funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes thought provoking, Apple TV continues its run of quality.
Which of the following shows from our list have you watched? Which one did you enjoy the most?
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