But unlike most areas of entertainment that often reflects our own culture back at us, television works at a much quicker rate—meaning that TV is more likely to depict, through comedy and drama, our current cultural climate with an exacting speed and accuracy.
This year's TV offerings might indicate that we're at "Peak TV," but they have certainly brought us some groundbreaking and provocative episodes of narrative storytelling proving that the art form is at the highest point in its long history.
Perhaps the foremost lesson of this annual exercise, including both the TV shows we’ve included and those (Catastrophe, The Girlfriend Experience, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Night Of) that barely missed the cut, is its ongoing evidence of a medium as rich and exciting as it’s ever been. Insecure Network: HBO While there’s still a long way to go before TV truly reflects our multi-cultural present, the arrival of series like Better Things, Atlanta, and this marvelous half-hour comedy are hopefully harbingers of the medium’s more diverse future.
To paraphrase Walt Whitman, TV is large; it contains multitudes. Built from the skeleton of co-creator Issa Rae’s You Tube series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, HBO’s freshman sitcom tackles an array of issues, from old chestnuts like boredom and woe in a long-term relationship to much broader concerns, like reckoning with institutional racism and individual biases in the modern workplace.
Although there are many new shows coming to television this year, there are several, based on the trailers, that promise to offer entertainment and make television’s offerings far more rich by getting away from the usual comedies and dramas.
He’s a talented young star who has just a bit of experience in the dating world which makes him the perfect host for this series.” In each episode of “Driven to Love,” one hopeful single will hop inside our tricked out SUV alongside Ray J, who will serve as their personal driver and wingman and provide insightful dating advice as they cruise around town meeting potential mates.Unlike Oliver, Wilmore included sketch comedythat hearkened back to his time as a writer on In Living Color.Settling into a Chelsea Handler-style discussion format, involving comedians, musicians and activists, The Nightly Show presented timely political news via the people the Twittersphere listens to.In addition, if there's a new or returning show you don't see on here, feel free to leave a comment and we'll see if we can dig up the date for you!We've also listed shows that haven't been given official return dates and stuff that is expected to premiere later in the fall, so if your favorite show doesn't have a date, yet, take a look at the end of the list first! If you are looking for the summer TV premiere schedule, head here.
But the first season of his newest anthology season was a near-perfect masterpiece, a brilliant combination of high and lowbrow subjects paired perfectly with some stellar performances from the likes of Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Brown (plus campy, over-the-top appearances by Nathan Lane, John Travolta, and Connie Britton).