10-List: First Seasons (Since July 2022)

I watch two episodes of television each day. The first I watch before going to work each morning, and the second I watch during my lunch. This is on workdays, of course. I usually stick to the two-per-day rule on the weekends as well. You’re ahead of me on the math, I’m sure, and you know this means I watch fourteen episodes of television (for the sake of this blog, “television” also refers to streaming series) each week.

That’s a lot of content. As of this writing, I’m watching eleven different series. I’m about to finish watching the latest seasons of two of them, which will take me down to nine. Temporarily. I’ve always got new seasons or series on my TBW list.

A healthy percentage of these new series are first seasons. Mostly series I’ve never watched, but occasionally a well-deserved rewatch. Sometimes one season is as far as I’ll get on a series, either because the show was cancelled or, for whatever reason, it just didn’t gel with me.

But you can’t win if you don’t play. This is me playing.

God’s Favorite Idiot (Netflix)

Wikipedia calls this one an “apocalyptic workplace comedy.” I couldn’t paraphrase that into anything more accurate or succinct. This Netflix series, only eight episodes in length, was created by and stars Ben Falcone, an actor, comedian and filmmaker who just happens to be married to Melissa McCarthy, who also stars in this project.

Star Wars: Rebels (Disney XD)

After watching The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch, and The Book of Boba Fett, I felt obligated to watch this 3D animated series. I believe it was the first Star Wars series to premiere after Disney purchased LucasFilm. It seems to skew towards a younger demographic than The Clone Wars did, but is still recognizably Star Wars.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Disney +)

Since Disney has purchased everything in the world that I love in entertainment, that’s where I have to watch Marvel series as well. This is a slightly goofy take on Bruce Banner’s cousin, lawyer Jen Walters, who becomes a female counterpart to Bruce’s Hulk. As with all Disney + MCU series so far, there’s plenty of stuff to love in this one as well. Will it break into my MCU top-ten list? Time will tell.

Resident Evil (Netflix)

This one was cancelled by Netflix before I had watched the second episode of the season. This is my surprised face. Umbrella Corporation, monsters—you know the story.

Sandman (Netflix)

While I’ve been a casual reader of Neil Gaiman’s fiction —and I unequivocally love his novel American Gods— I never read any of his Sandman comics. This may be an advantage for me in this series, since I don’t find myself comparing it to the source material rather than enjoying the stories. At first, I thought the actor playing Morpheus was that vampire kid from the Twilight movies.

Light & Magic (Disney +)

I’ve seen portions of the story of ILM before, in different formats and sometimes from different perspectives. But this is the most detailed documentary on Industrial Light & Magic and the birth of modern movie special effects, from the practical Old School to present-day CGI, that I’ve ever seen.

Cowboy Bebop (Netflix)

I watched the anime original first, which is probably how it should be. Unfortunately, this is another Netflix one-and-done. I thought the series was well done, but thought it cleaved too tightly to the source material. I wanted more adventures with Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed and Ein. Instead, we get a live-action interpretation of the anime.

Andor (Disney +)

As Luke Skywalker and his famous father have already proven, death holds no sway in the Star Wars universe. This one is kind of the origin story of Cassian Andor, who as we all know died a hero’s death in Rogue One: a Star Wars story.

Key & Peele (Comedy Central) (rewatch)

I noticed that this one was available on Prime Video, so I watched it. I had forgotten just how funny this show was. Dave Chapelle was right: Key & Peele stole his format. But they did it brilliantly.

Mindhunter (Netflix)

I read the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, sometime in the late ’90s. That was nonfiction. This show is fiction based on nonfiction, with protagonist FBI Special Agent Holden Ford based loosely upon John E. Douglas. Most of the crimes and case studies are real, though. I’ve been meaning to watch this one for a while.


4 thoughts on “10-List: First Seasons (Since July 2022)

  1. She Hulk has been highly recommended to my by a friend whose tastes run close to mine, so I will give this one a chance one of these days. Andor is (so far) a very intriguing story, showing the… dark side of the rebel alliance, and I’m quite enjoying it. As for Mindhunter, I liked that show very, very, very much and I’m sorry there are no more episodes, although I’ve read online that a third season might (stress on the “might”) be done in the future.

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  2. I’m a huge Marvel fan, but have been skeptical about their Phase 4 rollout so far. I entered She-Hulk with zero expectations, and once I got off my high horse and just enjoyed it for the comedy it is, I liked it. It only “connects” to the larger MCU in small ways (which is part of my issue with Marvel these days), but it was fun. I loved The Sandman, especially the “bonus” episode released after the series debuted. Fingers and toes crossed we get more Sandman.

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    1. I understand your concerns with MCU Phase 4. So far, our stories have seemed to be all over the place. I think they will eventually intertwine in weird and unexpected ways. I consider Phase 4 to be a palate cleanser for Phase 5, when the FF and X-Men join the MCU.

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      1. I have no doubt you are correct. I’m just super impatient. I thought after the success of Infinity War and Endgame it would make more business sense to do some Avenger meet-ups and team-ups a little sooner, also getting us just a bit pointed toward the direction of the next Endgame,

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