2017 is swiftly coming to an end, and that means it’s time for The Ace of Geeks staff to gather around the giant wooden table in our non-existent office and debate, discuss, and settle on our top picks for media this year. As always, these winners are decided by the entire Ace of Geeks staff, through a point voting system. Everyone submits their top five, and their top choice gets five points, their second choice gets four, and so on down the line. There are five catecories this year: Podcast of the Year, TV Show of the Year, Movie of the Year, Comic of the Year, and Video Game of the Year. Each day this week, we’ll unveil a new set of winners! Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments.
TV Show of the Year
TV is rapidly changing, with the streaming landscape opening up a wide range of new possibilities for types of shows and how we can consume them. For the purposes of this list, we considered any long form episodic program, live action or animated, as a “TV Show,” no matter how you viewed them. Here’s our top picks:
Notable Runners up:
My Hero Academia, GLOW
IN THIRD PLACE: The Orville
There were two Star Trek shows to hit television screens this year – it’s just that one of them was a glorified fan film created by a guy mostly known for making dirty jokes with Teddy Bears and gross out animated hits. Seth McFarlane couldn’t get the rights to make his own Star Trek show, so he got Fox to give him the budget to make the kind of send ups he’d already made as a teenager. The Orville is a love letter to the Star Trek of the 1990s and early 2000s, featuring a crew of optimistic explorers facing the unknown. The different between this and TNG or DS9 is that these characters aren’t moral paragons or the best of the best. They’re mostly a crew of screwups. They face the same strange new worlds, but with a modern twist and a wink to the audience. Sometimes it’s weirdly anachronistic, but when it works, it sings.
IN SECOND PLACE: The Good Place
If there’s one conversation that’s happened over and over on my Facebook wall this year, it’s “Why aren’t you watching The Good Place?” This show slipped under the radar in its first season, which is too bad, as it was one of the funniest and most heartfelt seasons of TV in years. The Good Place follows Eleanor, a generally Very Bad Person, who dies and finds herself in heaven by mistake. Heaven is a tiny small town built by a neurotic architect, Michael, and Eleanor’s very presence makes it constantly in danger of falling apart. She enlists some of the other residents to help her try and become a better person, while trying desperately to keep her secret. And then Season Two came and flipped the formula in such a brilliant way that I have no desire to spoil for you here. Needless to say, if you’re looking for one of the best comedies of the last few years, you’ll find it in The Good Place.
TV SHOW OF THE YEAR: Stranger Things
Stranger Things had huge shoes to fill after its first season knocked it out of the park and blew everyone’s mind. And lo and behold, they did. This year’s story built upon the ground laid by last year’s monster hit, added a bunch of memorable new characters (and some not-so-memorable ones, depending on who you ask), and got us glued to our Netflix accounts for a solid weekend of excellent binging. Even the episode that most people consider a misstep, Episode Seven, was still a really fun homage to the kind of “kid in the big city” stories we grew up with, with a side of The X-men. If you haven’t had the chance to dive into this series, now is the time. Don’t miss it.
Stay tuned for more awards tomorrow!