On January 29, I published 10-List: First Seasons (Started Since October 2020), listing ten first seasons I began watching after the October “Looking Forward” update. Since then, I finished all of those first seasons.
This list is a little different. Six of the ten are series first seasons that I’ve already started watching. The final four are first seasons I will begin watching in the near future. I needed ten series for the 10-List. My cup runneth over.
A Canadian television sitcom that premiered in January 2017 and has since had five seasons. It was created by, and stars, Catherine Reitman. If her name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because her father is Ivan and her brother is Jason. The main characters in this show are four women, all friends, dealing with the challenges of being working mothers. It’s a hilarious show that I’m enjoying.
Harry Bosch and I go way back. I am a fan of the mystery series written by Michael Connelly. I encourage everyone to read these fine American novels. I remember actor Titus Welliver as the Man in Black on Lost. Plus, I’ve seen him on Sons of Anarchy and, only recently, The Mandalorian. During the pilot I became convinced that he was the perfect choice to play Harry Bosch.
F is for Family
Not long ago, I watched three of Bill Burr’s comedy specials. The man is an insane genius and is only one of a handful of current standup comedians that I would consider true artists. This animated series sprung from his fertile mind and takes me back to the 1970s and my own childhood.
This series has 13-episode seasons and only five seasons, as far as I know. I just watched the first episode. I read only the first Harry Potter novel and have seen none of the movies, but this show reminds me a little of that. Throw in some of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, and a dash of Doctor Strange and any of those X-Men movies where they were like boarding school students, and you have my take on this series. So far. I’ve watched one episode out of sixty-five. About 1.54% of the total product. My assessment may be premature.
I never read the Invincible comic book series, written by Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead fame. I don’t know how closely this animated series resembles the source material, but I do know that I like it. It features the voicework of Stephen Yuen, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Gillian Jacobs, and a bunch of other names you’ll recognize. The story is an engaging one: half origin story; half season-long mystery arc. It’s an impressive project.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
I never knew about the Winter Soldier until he appeared in the movies. When I fell out of Marvel continuity, Bucky Barnes was still dead. The Falcon was around, though, so this character was familiar to me. This Disney + series is an international action/intrigue series, ala the Mission Impossible or James Bond franchises, only with superpowers and Marvel’s storied MCU history thrown in for seasoning. So far, Disney is batting 1.000 on their Marvel streaming series. WandaVision was a success, and it looks like this is going to be as well.
This will be the next Marvel series on Disney +. I thought Loki died in one of those last Avengers movies. Of course, this is a comic book property we’re talking about here. No character is ever truly dead.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch
I admit that I’ve never been a regular viewer of any of the animated Star Wars series to date. I watched part of the first season of Clone Wars, but stopped for some reason. I’m hoping that I won’t feel lost when this one releases on Disney +. I’m giving it a tryout because I’ve been happy with what the streaming platform has done with The Mandalorian.
Another superhero show based upon a comic book series, this one created by Mark Millar & Frank Quitely. I think it’s going to be on Netflix. I never read the comics and know next to nothing about the show. Except that I’m looking forward to it. I’m always optimistic when I try out new things.
This Apple TV+ series (which is slated to debut in late 2021) is based upon the Foundation series of space opera novels written by the late Isaac Asimov. It’s something I’ve wanted to see on the screen for decades. The show was created by David S. Goyer, and Jared Harris is playing Hari Seldon. Lee Pace is also in the cast. I’m looking forward to it.
There’s something delicious about watching the first season of a show. The story still has infinite potential in the beginning. There is no status quo until one gets created. The characters we meet are all new to us; we don’t know them yet. It’s definitely something that’s forward-looking. The show has no real past yet, its mythology still being created.
I try out new television series all the time. You don’t hear about it from me, usually, because I won’t write a review for something I stop watching after a couple of episodes. In truth, there have been many which didn’t make it past one. Most television series, like most small businesses, fail. You didn’t need me to tell you that. The shows are usually cancelled, some fairly soon. Some manage to be on five years before I know they exist, managing to fail over multiple seasons without losing a spot in the lineup. Some are good series, even though they failed, and never get more than a single season. There’s probably a post idea in that.
I’m not a fan of change. That’s no secret. But, in spite of that, I’ll always be up for trying out new series. Babe Ruth struck out a lot, too.
Here’s to First Seasons! Cheers!