My Favorite Television - 2018

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Even though it’s officially 2019, I’m going to continue talking about 2018 this week. I’m going to talk about my favorite television shows from 2018 today and Friday will be my favorite movies. Much like my list of favorite songs, these shows may not be from 2018 but they are the shows I watched a lot last year.

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When I first saw a commercial for The Good Place back in 2016, I wrote it off as a fluff show. The premise didn’t sound interesting at all. Then I ran out of shows to binge on Netflix. So in a moment of “why not,” I turned it on. It is SO GOOD.

The original commercials made me think this was about Kristen Bell in heaven. It’s not. Well, it is but it isn’t. Kristen Bell’s character, Eleanor, is a trash person. She insults everyone, she literally defrauds old people for a living, and she is only out for herself. When she dies, she is sent to heaven. But she knows she doesn’t belong there. So she tries to get her soulmate, Chidi (William Jackson Harper), to help her earn her way into heaven. Since he was an ethics professor when he was alive, it makes sense that he might be able to teach her how to be a good person.

I would really love to tell you more about the show but I would hate to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t seen it. There are currently three seasons of The Good Place. They are all available either on Netflix or Hulu. You should definitely check it out. You won’t regret it.

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If you couldn’t tell from my Instagram, a lot of my life revolves around dance. Both my daughter and I dance. We spend a lot of time in the dance studio or at dance events. Normally, we don’t watch a lot of dance reality shows. I’ve only seen one season of Dancing With The Stars and I’ve never seen So You Think You Can Dance. But World of Dance had a few dancers that we recognized from social media. Since it’s on this list, you can figure out that we enjoyed it.

We aren’t big fans of the judges. Sometimes they make decisions that make no sense to us. But that’s OK. We’re really there to watch the dancers. Thanks to this show, we have been introduced to a lot of amazing dancers and dance groups that we never would have seen otherwise. If you love dance and you can tune out all of the actual reality show stuff, WoD is a pretty good show.

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Even though we’ve never really watched Dancing With The Stars (beyond watching a few favorite celebrity routines on YouTube), my daughter was looking forward to the junior version of the show. Once again, the lineup featured a couple of dancers we followed on social media. (I think that might be the key.) Juniors was a little more light-hearted than other dance reality shows, which added to the fun a bit. I’m not sure if we would watch a second season, though. It depends on who the competitors are.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I’m not sure I actually have words for this Netflix series. It has almost everything I want out of a supernatural television show. I only say ‘almost’ because I think I would prefer a little more theatrics in my television witchcraft but the show isn’t any lesser without it. The show has a perfect balance between Sabrina’s witch life and her mortal life. And Kiernan Shipka is amazing as the title character.

Sabrina recently released a holiday special that is a perfect witchy companion to all of the Christmas specials out there. If you are into supernatural witchiness, this is definitely the show for you. (Much better than CW’s Supernatural and it can easily be binge-watched in a day or two.)

While this isn’t a comprehensive list of everything I watched in 2018, these were my favorites. A few shows that didn’t quite make the list are Netflix’s Nailed It!, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Good Doctor, and Netflix’s BoJack Horseman. However, these weren’t shows that made me run to my TV every week to watch. I enjoyed them when I remembered to watch them but I didn’t carve out time in my week to fit them in. Let’s just say I’m thankful that DVRs exist.

Were there any shows that you absolutely loved this year? Or are there any older shows you think I should check out? Let me know in the comments.




My Favorite Songs - 2018

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With the new year beginning soon, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite things from 2018. I’m going to start with five of my favorite songs. Now, not all of these songs were actually released in 2018. However, 2018 is when I fell in love with them or when I really began to enjoy them. Yes, sometimes I am late to the game and that is perfectly fine.

Boombayah by BLACKPINK

K-Pop phenomenon, BLACKPINK, released this song in 2016 but I think most Americans found out about them this year. I don’t think there are any BLACKPINK songs that I don’t like. This one is just my go-to track.

Favorite lyric: Middle finger up, F U pay me


Dancing’s Not A Crime by Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco released a new album this year, Pray For The Wicked. Yeah, I’m a pretty big fan. Most people are familiar with the hits that came off it: Say Amen (Saturday Night), High Hopes, and Hey Look Ma, I Made It. However, this track speaks to my soul. My daughter is frequently telling me to stop dancing because it’s embarrassing. Too bad, I love dancing

Favorite lyric: Dancing, dancing, dancing's not a crime/Unless you do it without me


The Other Side - The Greatest Showman soundtrack

The Greatest Showman was released in December 2017 so it’s not super old. Again, most people prefer other songs on the album but the duet between Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron takes the cake for me. The choreography is absolutely amazing. (Little known fact: Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos plays the bartender in that scene. Not only did he help choreograph The Other Side, he also directed the Panic! At The Disco music video trilogy: Say Amen (Saturday Night), This Is Gospel, and Emperor’s New Clothes.)

Favorite lyric: But you would finally live a little, finally laugh a little/Just let me give you the freedom to dream /And it'll wake you up and cure your aching/Take your walls and start 'em breaking/Now that's a deal that seems worth taking/But I guess I'll leave that up to you


Crush by Tessa Violet

Tessa released two new singles this year - Crush and Bad Ideas. Bad Ideas is a good song but I have been obsessed with Crush ever since the video came out back in June. It is just so dang good.

Favorite lyric: I got a fascination with your presentation making me/feel like you're on my island you're my permanent vacation


Curious by Hayley Kiyoko

As I said earlier, I’m a pretty big fan of Panic! At The Disco. Well, Hayley Kiyoko opened for them on the first leg of their US tour. She released Curious in January, shortly before the tour kicked off, and it makes me want to jump out of my chair to dance.

Favorite lyric: Did you take him to the pier in Santa Monica? Forget to bring your jacket wrap up in him cuz you wanted to?


So, there you go. Five of the songs that rocked my 2018. What were your hits of the year? Let me know down in the comments. I love me some new music!