Gillian Flynn is the author of dark and winding tales, starting with the blockbuster 2012 novel “Gone Girl,” which pioneered a new era in psychological thrillers (and unreliable narrators). All three of her novels — “Gone Girl,” “Sharp Objects,” and “Dark Places” — were adapted for the screen.
On Oct. 3, Flynn stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share some of the books that she’s reading now. Among them are some 2022 new releases, including the latest work of historical fiction by Kate Atkinson (“Life After Life”) and the debut novel “Jackal” by Erin E. Adams.
Flynn said one pick exemplifies the best of what the mystery genre is capable of; another, she said, is written by “simply one of the best writers working today, anywhere in the world.”
A ranking of the most game-changing, side-splitting, tear-jerking, mind-blowing, world-building, genre-busting programs in television history, from the medium’s inception in the early 20th century through the ever-metastasizing era of Peak TV
How do you identify the very best series in a medium that’s been commercially available since the end of World War II?
Especially when that medium has experienced more radical change in the nine years between the finales of Breaking Bad and its prequel, Better Call Saul, than it did in the 60-odd years separating Walter White from Milton Berle?
The current Peak TV era is delivering us 500-plus scripted shows per year, many of them breaking boundaries in terms of how stories are told and who’s doing the telling. So, we decided to update our list of television’s all-time best offerings, originally compiled in 2016. Once again, we reached out to TV stars, creators, and critics — from multihyphenates like Natasha Lyonne, Ben Stiller, and Pamela Adlon to actors like Jon Hamm and Lizzy Caplan as well as the minds behind shows like The X-Files, Party Down, and Jane the Virgin — to sort through television’s vast and complicated history.
(See the full list of voters here.) Giving no restrictions on era or genre, we ended up with an eclectic list where the wholesome children’s television institution Sesame Street finished one spot ahead of foulmouthed Western Deadwood, while Eisenhower-era juggernaut I Love Lucy wound up sandwiched in between two shows, Lost and Arrested Development, that debuted during George W. Bush’s first term. Many favorites returned, and the top show retained its crown.
But voters couldn’t resist many standouts of the past few years, including a tragicomedy with a guinea-pig-themed café, an unpredictable comedy set in the world of hip-hop, and a racially charged adaptation of an unadaptable comic book. It’s a hell of a list.
Frasier is a time capsule of its era—and yet, has aged remarkably well.
By Kevin Townsend, Megan Garber, Sophie Gilbert, and Spencer Kornhaber, January 21, 2022
Over the past two years of the pandemic, old, reliable shows with new lives on streaming platforms have been a mainstay for audiences. (Who wants new plotlines when headlines about COVID-19 variants offer enough of that already?)
And the deepest well for comfort watches may be the ’90s sitcom. Friends, Seinfeld, and the rest of “Must See TV” add up to hundreds of hours of cheery sets filled with familiar faces.
Of these shows, Frasier may be the strangest—as well as the most rewatchable.
The sitcom topped ratings charts and won 37 Emmys in its 11-year run, but the fact that, over the course of a decade, one of the most popular shows in America followed two opera-loving snobs playfully sniping at each other still seems like something of a marvel.