2016 Roundup: The Best in this Year's Television
With 2017 quickly approaching, Cashmere Agency has been doing some reflecting on 2016. The year saw many ups and downs, but no one can deny that 2016 boasts some of the greatest moments in entertainment. It was a big year for television, with Netflix, Hulu, HBO and various TV networks churning out some of the best storylines we've seen in years. Many of the shows also highlighted important social issues, and utilized entertainment to initiate important conversations.Below we highlight some of the series that kept us binge watching all year long.WestworldThe merging of robotic and western worlds in this television series has created one of 2016's most notable success stories when it comes to television. The show has kept us on our toes since it aired, inspiring a great deal of speculation and many in-office debates about fan theories.Game of Thrones2016 brought us the sixth season of Game of Thrones, which means there were no shortage of drama, plots twists, and brutal bloodbaths. The last episode left us in anticipation of what's to come next.AtlantaDonald Glover’s new sitcom tackled some of society's most important issues from prejudice to poverty - and did through utilizing two of our favorite things (hip-hop and comedy). We were constantly impressed by each episode and are excited for what Atlanta will continue to bring to television.TransparentShining a light on what it is like to transition, this series was oftentimes heartbreaking, but always significant. Transparent's actors gave some of the best performances of the year and the series provided a platform for an incredibly important topic of conversation.Insecure Newcomer Issa Rae established herself as 2017's actress to watch with this refreshing and hilarious account of black female friendship. There was also the series' incredible soundtrack, which was overseen by the legendary Solange.Orange Is the New BlackNetflix did not disappoint with its newest season of OITNB. Lichfield and its prisoners delivered some of the year's most comedic - yet also devastating moments - while underscoring the need for our government leaders to take a closer look at our country’s prison system.VeepWith 2016 seeing one of the most controversial elections of all time, the political satire Veep was not only entertaining, but extremely relevant to current events. Julia Louis-Dreyfus provided us with a lot of laughs to help ease election-induced anxiety.Cashmere is excited to see what 2017 will mean for television, and we hope that TV will continue to have an impact on when it comes to starting meaningful conversations related to important social issues.Cheers to a great year in televised entertainment!