2018 in Review: Top 10 TV Episodes

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To kick off my 2018 in Review, I wanted to go over my ten favorite episodes of television to air last year, ranging from prestige dramas to experimental comedies to good old-fashioned sitcoms. But first, ten honorable mentions, arranged alphabetically:

Barry
“Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast, and Keep Going”

Black-ish
“Purple Rain”

BoJack Horseman
“Free Churro”

The Deuce
“We’re All Beasts”

Homecoming
“Stop”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
“We’re Going to the Catskills!”

Saturday Night Live
“John Mulaney / Jack White”

South Park
“Tegridy Farms”

Trust
“Lone Star”

Westworld
“Akane no Mai”

Without further ado, here are my ten favorite episodes of television from 2018, starting on the next page.

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Review: ‘The Thrill of It All’ by Sam Smith

The refrain of “Too Good at Goodbyes” pretty succinctly sums up Sam Smith’s recent career as a blue-eyed soul superstar: “I’m never gonna let you close to me / Even though you mean the most to me.” Smith is nothing if not a passionate soul singer, dynamic and talented enough to tackle a genre marked by some of the greatest singers in recorded music history. Too often, however, his music remains at arm’s length with its inspirations. His sophomore album, The Thrill of It All, never plays or experiments with soul or R&B formulae, and it’s all the more cold and distant because of it.

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Top 10 Singles of 2016

Repeat to yourself: My music will get me through the next four years. My music will get me through the next four years. My music will get me through the next four years. Here are ten great songs from last year. Maybe one of them will get you through the next four years.

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