As 2019 comes to a close, we’re looking back on all of the incredible TV moments that made this one of the best years ever when it comes to small-screen content. It was very hard to narrow this list down, but we picked just four significant events that occurred in some of our favorite series. Read on to see what they are.
‘The Good Place’ reveals a philosophical truth
One of the most talked-about series on a network, The Good Place has provided plenty of twists and turns throughout its three-season run. The reveal at the end of Season 1 Episode 13 “Michael’s Gambit” is perhaps the greatest a sitcom has ever delivered. But this year, we got an even more thought-provoking reveal.
As Season 3 wound down, it became clear to Michael, Janet, and the rest of the Soul Squad that despite their best efforts, the quest to be “good enough” for the Good Place is fruitless. They reveal to Maya Rudolph‘s the Judge what it’s really like on Earth, and convince her to conduct a new experiment to show how people can become better in the afterlife. Realizations like this are what makes The Good Place so unique.
‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ destigmatizes anti-depressants
Speaking of series that really subvert expectations, the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend came to an end in 2019 after four seasons. Though the title turned many off, it was quickly revealed to viewers that it was meant to be a more nuanced look at mental health, and this only progressed as the show did.
In Season 4, Rebecca, who has often fought against getting the help she needs, finally agrees to go on prescription medication for her borderline personality disorder. The musical number that comes next reveals how so many people are taking medications for their mental health these days, helping to destigmatize an issue that’s prevalent in society.
Everything about the ‘Fleabag’ Hot Priest
Plenty of incredible new seasons of TV aired this year. But few had the cultural impact of Fleabag Season 2. The series is unusual in numerous ways: The first season aired in 2016, and mostly went unspoken about. However, then came Season 2 and it’s notable addition: The Priest.
Actor Andrew Scott was fairly well known before this, but his role as the Catholic priest who the main character falls for despite his occupation brought him — and the show — to new levels. Dominating at the 2019 Emmys was just the icing on the cake, because the true prize is watching their relationship’s staggering turns over and over is the real reward.
Hopper’s (possible) death in ‘Stranger Things’
The Netflix sci-fi fantasy series Stranger Things has been one of the most popular of the streaming service’s recent offerings. And while the 1980s setting, pop culture references, and mystery elements are all big parts of what draws viewers to the show, what keeps many of us hooked are the heartfelt moments.
In the finale of Season 3, David Harbour‘s Jim Hopper, the police-chief-turned-supernatural-investigator, sacrifices himself in order to save Hawkins and those he loves, including Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder). However, it’s been heavily suggested that he’ll return in Season 4. Though we don’t know anything yet, that moment was a big turning point for the series and reminds us of why we keep watching.