One of the most overused phrases in entertainment is that we’re living in a golden age of television, but it’s not a false statement. Television has much more depth than it's ever had, takes greater risks and has the time to develop characters that consume our pop-culture conversations like never before. Now you have various demographics looking into genre that they've never touched before. For example, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have brought in casual TV viewers of all ages and infiltrated Facebook feeds. When viewers of different walks of life peek into each other’s brand of entertainment, then we all win, because the content expands. More shows that start with a real-world base and fold in genre elements, creating unique shows that break the old molds.
At Blastr, we typically focus on shows that are deeply rooted in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, especially when there’s a supernatural element in play. That last caveat is the one that trips up many shows that are grounded in the real world. Blastr staffers Ernie Estrella and Matthew Jackson take a short break from their normally scheduled coverage to look at the best shows over the past year that struggled being classified as genre, or that are flat-out shows that don't fall under our umbrella and give you reasons why they would appeal to the genre fan.
We’re also letting you know how many seasons are out there and how much time you have to catch up before new seasons begin, many of which are soon. In the comments section, let us know if we were able to convince you to check out one or more of these shows or whether you’ve gone outside genre with another show recently and enjoyed it for similar reasons you find in a typical genre affair.