Strangers Things was probably the only thing that the world could agree on in 2016: it was awesome. The science-fiction/horror fusion made us question our realities. Set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1983, a time when sci-fi was at the core of pop culture, Will Byers mysteriously disappeared. His friends and his mother (played by Winona Ryder) go on an epic quest to find him, and in the process, finding a new friend in the almost-alien Eleven. Delving into the Upside-Down and battling a creature made of nightmares, Stranger Things set a new bar for contemporary science-fiction.
7 Wonders: Best TV Shows of 2016
Our eyes were glued to our screens this year thanks to these seven TV programmes.
The People Vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
Exploring the birth of the idea of reality TV, “The People Vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” was one of the most addictive series of 2016. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr as OJ Simpson, Sarah Paulson Marcia Clarke, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey (as well as David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian), the all star cast brought the most intense televised trial of all time to life, showing us the ins and outs of the case that kicked off the concept of reality TV.
Black Mirror is always a show that makes us take a real, objective look at our contemporary world. From exploring a world where your social media status defines every part of your life to something resembling a heart warming love story, where the dystopian twist is only revealed right at the very end, Black Mirror’s all-at-once release on Netflix kept us glued to our laptops until we’d worked our way through the alternate reality.
Westworld was the American science-fiction/western TV series that had everyone talking. Based on the 1973 film, the series takes place in the fictional Westworld, a technologically advance, Western-themed amusement park. Filled with completely synthetic androids called “hosts”, Westworld explores the concept of our world being run by human-like robots that are just as intelligent and self-directed as we are. Freaky.
Drag Race All Stars
Competing to be conducted into the “Drag Race Hall Of Fame”, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars served us up all the glamour, shimmers, glitter and drama to get us through 2016. Finishing in the ultimate “Lip-Sync For Their Legacy” battles (something we quite like to whip out at a party), Drag Race All Stars gave us the best from some of our favourite Queens: Katya, Alaska, Adore Delano, Alyssa Edwards and Roxxxy Andrews.
The OA was one that really made us contemplate our entire realities and the idea of the afterlife. Starring Brit Marling as OA/Prairie, the series works through her return home after 7 years spent being held captive by a mad scientist, who experimented on her (and others) to explore their previous near death experiences. Tumultuous and enthralling, The OA is a series that you can’t turn away from. By bringing five misfits into her world, OA unites them all to help travel to another dimension.
Planet Earth II
Does Sir David Attenborough have the best voice ever or what? We explored the entire globe this year, from the jungles to the deserts, and how the animals there are adapting to our ever-changing world. Giving us an amazing insight to the life that exists in the grasslands of Western Africa to the harsh reality of living in the desert, Planet Earth II let us rejoice, mourn and create a visceral connection with nature that we’ve been missing.