Best New TV Shows
Ecuador of the year is an excellent time to look back and review the health of the 2019 series Harvest. As we always remember in these compilations, the lists are subjective and inevitably unfair. This is based on what the author has been able to see (which is a lot but not everything), only includes series that have been premiered in Spain and is prepared according to personal criteria. That’s why a lot of shows that might deserve to be here have been left out. In any case, it is worth this compilation to remember some of the jewels that we have found in these first months and as recommendations for the summer that has just started. Some will repeat in the list of the best of the Year; others will stay on the road surpassed by next premieres. For the moment, these are the best series so far of 2019.
Just without warning, the HBO series has become quite a phenomenon on its own merits. Not only because of the enormous interest generated by the severe accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. The virtues of the series go further, from a script that hooks up as if it were a horror or suspense film, to that soundtrack composed from sounds recorded in an abandoned nuclear power station, through the interpretations of its protagonists or the embodiment of how what was happening and its echoes were hidden today. Chernobyl cools into the bones by pulling drama and crudeness with the personal stories of those who lived it firsthand. But also of things as simple as an image of a bridge full of adults and children watching a nuclear power plant burn a few meters from them as they receive in the wind that invisible, deadly poison. Sometimes you don’t have to resort to imaginary monsters to cause chills. (HBO Spain).
At the feet of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and protagonist of this series Who in her second season flies even higher than she already did with her bittersweet first installment. The unbridled protagonist is seen in the center of a peculiar romantic comedy of which viewers are direct witnesses and accomplices. Waller-Bridge has perfected the game of breaking the fourth wall until we get on the other side of the screen to blush or even feel uncomfortable being there and sometimes move us to respond with a gesture of complicity to the winks of that woman who has to deal with her particular family and with feelings that turn her life upside down. It doesn’t have a wrong chapter or even a regular one. And, besides, Andrew Scott. And Olivia Colman. And Kristin Scott Thomas. (Amazon Prime Video).
This list is filled with wonderfully imperfect beings, and Sharon and Rob are more so than anyone else. Another great series that was fired, leaving his followers with the heartbroken after four seasons full of laughter and touching moments. Sharon and Rob learned to live together and deal with real love, with their problems, their imperfections, their Mania, their flaws also real. The naturalness and freshness are the hallmarks of the dialogues of this series in which, alongside the protagonists, a small group of secondary students who also had the opportunity to say goodbye in conditions in these last chapters shone. (In Movistar +).
- Game of Thrones
The excellent television phenomenon of recent times has been laid off to a great extent. Despite the pain some of his followers ended, the series had a consistent ending with the characters. They preferred to go over insurance. Along the way, Game of Thrones made millions of spectators from all over the world aware of what was happening in the Seven Kingdoms, of the deaths, of the heroes and heroines of their destinies. The final six chapters left battles that are a waste of production power and a great episode before the confrontation with the dead that deepened the personality and relationships of the characters. The series that dared to dream big, the big blockbuster television, has also said goodbye big. In addition, the collective experience he has given us has demonstrated the power of video and the right stories to unite us. (HBO full; Movistar + only three chapters).
- Look what you’ve done
Berto Romero’s series is the tragicomedies of being a father, and in his second season, he managed to raise the level of the first. The game of mixing reality and fiction continues to work in this comedy that has set aside the focus on parenthood to look more at a couple in crisis and thus become a little more dramatic, although without losing sight of those beast-like points of humor that characterize them. The series grows more mature and gains weight in this second season. (In Movistar +).
- Russian doll
Death doesn’t suit Nadia at all. On the day of her 36th birthday, this woman is seen in the middle of a surrealist loop that always returns her to the same starting point and always ends with her death in different circumstances. This revisiting of trapped in time with an existentialist point is an exciting exercise that combines black humor and drama that, instead of getting caught in a loop, advances driven by the performance of Natasha Lyonne, also co-creator of the series. (On Netflix).
- One day at a time
When the third season of this comedy premiered, its viewers still did not know it would be the last. A few days later, Netflix decided that it would produce no more episodes of this traditional-style sitcom centered on a family of Cuban origin living in Los Angeles. Its classic format does not prevent it from addressing issues such as immigration, homophobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, or alcoholism with plots that also tear off a smile that brings you to the brink of tears.