This year marks the end of the second decade of the 2000s. In honor of this, we thought we’d take a look back at our decade with an end-of-year series.
The internet loves lists, especially year-end ones, and we’ll feed that love a little bit this December. We’ll be hosting seven lists of expert Decade-Best picks. We’ve done movies, games, and writing so far, and you can look forward to music, traditional visual arts, and one surprise list at the end. Our experts include philosophers and other academics whose work concerns these topics, and people working in the relevant media. Up today: TV shows!
This decade, as everybody is well aware, has seen an immense boom in quality television. Niche programming and subscription streaming services, and the corresponding influx of money into TV production that has meant, have brought us into a new Golden Age of television. But it can be hard to know what to prioritize, and sinking fifty or more hours into a show is a commitment more serious than some relationships. To help you organize your own to-watch lists, we’ve got eight TV experts lined up to send their recs your way.
(And for the curious: Contributors were allowed to recommend shows that started last decade as long as the stuff that was released this decade is a key part of what makes the show great.)
Our contributors are:
- Dieter Declercq, lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Kent
- Mark Liskevych, producer
- Christy Mag Uidhir, associate professor in Philosophy at University of Houston
- Erich Hatala Matthes, associate professor in Philosophy at Wellesley College
- Brandy Monk-Payton, assistant professor in Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University
- Shelby Moser, adjunct professor in Philosophy and Art History at Azusa Pacific University and Rio Hondo College
- Swetha Regunathan, writer and filmmaker
- Nick Stang, associate professor in Philosophy at University of Toronto