Best TV Shows of 2016 | Ashley White

Could Donald Glover be any more genius?

2016 has been a good year for TV, especially for people of color on silver screen, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. It’s given us amazing stories with different, yet connecting threads of commonality for the Black experience.

1. Insecure

How could I not have this gem take the top spot? My friends and I have been raving about this since its premiere in October. It’s good AF, and POTUS loves it, too. #TeamLawrence #TeamKelly #TeamIssaRae for being brilliant AF and letting her #BlackGirlMagic rain down upon us. Go ahead and catch up before season 2 starts in the fall.

2. Atlanta

Could Donald Glover be any more genius? This FX series turned out to be everything I needed it to be on Wednesday nights. (I was a little leery at first.) I won’t say it is the Black experience, but it is a good glimpse into it. With Earn, Paper Boi, Darius, and Van, it’s always a funny as it is relatable.

3. Black-ish

Who rushes home after Mission Friends to make sure I don’t miss a second of Black-ish? Me. [Points to self] It is definitely my favorite Wednesday night show. From the twins Diane and Jack’s witty humor and adorableness, to Zoey’s fierce outfits (Will someone please send me all the outfits she wore in the “Nothing But Nepotism” episode, please? Size 4. Thanks!) and the wisecracks between Pops, Ruby, Johan, Bo, and Dre, Season Three has been lit AF. Plus, they’ve tackled some pretty intense issues in the Black community this season with the perfect amount of articulation and realness.

4. Modern Family

I’m going to go out on a limb to stay I watch this on Wednesdays most likely because it comes on before Black-ish, but also because it keeps me laughing. Between Cameron and Mitchell’s sass, Jay’s sarcasm, and Claire’s incessant desire not to be in her father’s shadow, it’s a great watch.

5. How to Get Away with Murder

Season Two has had me confused and on edge. Shonda Rhimes definitely knows how to produce a great show. Now that Wes is gone, I’m wondering what other twists and turns may be in store.

6. The Get Down

My first Netflix series for which I can’t wait to see the new season. It deals with so many issues growing up as a person of color in poverty (not necessarily both; you can be one and not the other), the politics involved, hip-hop, and how shining brightly can be both a gift and curse.

7. The Crown

I’ve been anticipating this series since I heard about it last fall and it did not disappoint. From the costumes to the legacy of the monarch, the glory, and the gore, it’s a series that’ll keep you wanting more. Come on Season Two, already. (If there’s a team here to be, I’m Team Philip because, y’all…he’s a better man than I could ever be.)

8. Chewing Gum

I have never laughed out loud so much in my life. Tracey and her pursuit to de-virginize her gay boyfriend, her push to been seen as more mature, and her sister keep the laughs abundant with such good content.

9. The Real Housewives of Potomac

It was all the right amounts of bourgeois, funny, and adorable wrapped into one, especially with Gizelle’s daughters Angel, Adore, and Grace, and Robyn’s sons Corey and Carter.

10. Married to Medicine Atlanta and Houston

You know my list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include my guilty pleasure of reality TV. Thus far, this season has dealt with some heavy issues and showed how sisterly the women can be when they’re not acting petty. I didn’t know how I would take to the Houston addition, but I’m glad I did. I love to see the women on this show genuinely enjoy each other and make some boss moves in the surgery room and in love. Plus, I enjoy listening to Dr. Erika and Dr. Monica talk plastic surgery and cardiology, respectively, and I just love seeing Dr. Ashandra balance work and family.

 

Honorable Mention because Shade

The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Because how could I not list the franchise that really changed the Real Housewives Bravo franchise game? Plus, I need to make sure my shade stays on point. (Looking at you, Mama Joyce, Phaedra, and Sheree.) | Ashley White

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