As we get closer to the end of 2019, it seems like everyone is looking back on the state of entertainment over the past weekend. Everyone is putting out their decade-end lists of the best television shows and movies. I don’t necessarily have anything to add to the “best of” conversation that hasn’t already been send. My best show of the decade is absolutely “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” My best movie changes on a daily basis. I don’t even know what I would say it is today. Instead, I decided to do something different. Since I was 14, I’ve been keeping a “TV diary.” Every week, I write down the exact episodes of shows I’m planning on watching that week. Part of it is to keep me organized so I don’t miss a new show. Part of it is because I like looking back on the shows I’ve watched at different points in history. I started this back in 2004, so this is the first full decade I have listed. I decided to pick a random day from each year and write about an episode of TV I watched that originally aired on that day. I made it as random as I could. There were a couple days I got that either had no shows airing that day or it was only something like “Top Chef.” So, starting next week, I’m going to rewatch 10 episodes from assorted shows from this decade. Here is what I have landed on for this.
2010 – September 26 – Mad Men 4.10 “Hands and Knees”
Betty is a bit unsettled when a surprise visitor arrives at the Francis home.
2011 – October 4 – Glee 3.03 “Asian F”
Rusty and Rose Pillsbury pay Emma a visit and we get a sneak peek into her deep rooted issues. Meanwhile, Mike Chang struggles with his grades and his parents step in to make sure he stays on track.
2012 – February 7 – Parenthood 3.15 “Politics”
Mark invites Sarah to a friend’s engagement party which stirs up a serious conversation about a baby in their future. Meanwhile, Amber receives a job promotion but questions her own qualifications, Adam and Crosby clash over business strategy for The Luncheonette and Zoe’s behavior causes Julia and Joel to question their adoption agreement.
2013 – June 18 – Pretty Little Liars 4.02 “Turn of the Shoe”
“A” almost kills Mona. Meanwhile, Aria takes self-defense lessons; Alison’s mom gives Hanna a parrot; Toby reveals a poignant secret to Spencer; and Hanna uncovers something surprising about her mother.
2014 – August 10 – Masters of Sex 2.05 “Giants”
The study costs Masters his obstetrics and gynaecology practice. Johnson struggles with DePaul.
2015 – February 16 – Jane the Virgin 1.14 “Chapter Fourteen”
Michael is convinced that Rafael is helping to hide his father and puts the thought into Jane’s head as well, making her grow suspicious of Rafael’s recent actions. Elsewhere, Jane forces Xo and Rogelio to reveal how they really feel about each other, but neither is prepared for what the other has to say. Petra finds a new way to torture Rafael that even he could not have imagined. Meanwhile, Jane’s friends want to throw her a baby shower, but it brings up some serious questions about her and Rafael’s future.
2016 – November 7 – Pitch 1.08 “Unstoppable Forces & Immovable Objects”
A rain delay at Petco Park causes the team to hold Kangaroo Court in the clubhouse in order to pass the time. Meanwhile, per Oscar’s suggestion, Mike mulls over the option of trading to a new team, and an unexpected visit from Ginny’s brother, Will (guest star BJ Britt), causes friction with Amelia.
2017 – December 4 – Supergirl 3.09 “Reign”
Supergirl learns that a mysterious Kryptonian symbol suddenly appearing around the city heralds the appearance of the World Killer, Reign. She’s a Kryptonian whose powers exceed Supergirl’s… and who is determined to bring judgment to a sinful world. The tension between Lena and Morgan Edge continues to build.
2018 – April 12 – Scandal 7.17 “Standing in the Sun”
Cyrus and Jake’s mission to take the White House reaches a new level of deceit when Liv is called to testify against Mellie.
2019 – February 28 – Brooklyn Nine Nine 6.08 “He Said, She Said”
Jake and Amy investigate a difficult “he said, she said” case. Holt becomes suspicious after learning his lifelong arch nemesis died in a prison transport accident.