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Screens in Focus: A Year-End Watchlist - with 16 TV Shows & Movies

Hey Screenies! As the year winds down, it's time for a deep dive into the standout TV shows and movies that made 2023 an unforgettable ride. From riveting dramas to whimsical adventures, here's my curated list that's bound to add some spark to your screens.

TV Shows:

  1. Daisy Jones and The Six (Prime) Why it's a Must-Watch: Dive into the '70s with this musical journey of love, nostalgia, and the rise and fall of a fictional band. Riley Keough's portrayal of Daisy Jones adds that extra layer of magic.

  2. Mayans M.C. Final Season (FX) Why it's a Must-Watch: Bid farewell to this addictive motorcycle club series. Despite their flaws, the characters draw you in with their loyalty and the actors' compelling performances.

  3. TWD: Daryl Dixon (AMC) Why it's a Must-Watch: The Walking Dead takes a thrilling turn as Daryl's story unfolds in France, introducing super walkers and unveiling the depths of his character.

  4. Beef (Netflix) Why it's a Must-Watch: A road rage incident transforms lives in this gripping series. Steven Yeun and Ali Wong's stellar performances elevate the storytelling.

  5. Dark Winds (AMC) Why it's a Must-Watch: Explore the '70s Navajo police force and Native American culture with well-developed characters and engaging stories.

  6. The Last Of Us (Max) Why it's a Must-Watch: Join Joel and Ellie in a post-apocalyptic world filled with rabid creatures. The journey is not just about survival but a profound exploration of characters.

  7. The Bear (FX on Hulu) Why it's a Must-Watch: A chef's return home turns into a heartwarming yet complex story of family, food, and life's unexpected twists. Authentic, funny, and full of top-notch actors.

  8. Succession (Max) Why it's a Must-Watch: It may take a moment to warm up to these unlikable characters, but once you're on the ride, the Emmy-winning power of Succession is undeniable.


  1. Barbie Why it's a Must-Watch: Empowering and enchanting, this film amplifies women's voices with stellar performances by America Ferrara, Ryan Gosling, and Margot Robbie.

  2. Wonka Why it's a Must-Watch: Timothee Chalamet brings magic to this whimsical movie, making you feel like a kid again. Hugh Grant's humor adds an extra layer of joy.

  3. Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes Why it's a Must-Watch: A bold prequel exploring the origins of future villain Coriolanus Snow, offering strong performances and insight into The Hunger Games lore.

  4. John Wick: Chapter 4 Why it's a Must-Watch: Keanu Reeves shines in this action-packed sequel, with stunning sequences, fascinating lore, and impressive performances.

  5. Oppenheimer Why it's a Must-Watch: Embark on a historical journey into the mind of J. Robert Oppenheimer, featuring a stellar cast and powerful performances.

  6. Killers of the Flower Moon Why it's a Must-Watch: Martin Scorsese's film delves into the forgotten Osage murders, offering a captivating experience with masterful performances and a fusion of genres.

  7. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Why it's a Must-Watch: A nostalgic journey capturing the awkwardness and excitement of adolescence. Judy Blume's classic novel comes to life with enduring themes and relatable relationships.

  8. Saltburn Why it's Worth a Mention: A talked-about movie with strange scenes that leave you thinking. Despite the discomfort, admire the storytelling and performances. Decide for yourself how you feel about it.

There you have it, friends—a year-end watchlist that spans the spectrum of emotions and genres. Grab your popcorn, hit play, and let these screens take you on a rollercoaster of entertainment! 🎬🍿

If you are looking for more recommendations, check out my other blog posts! There are a lot of other TV shows and movies I highly recommend.

Thank you for supporting Screens in Focus, but more importantly ME! TV and Movies feed my soul and I am grateful to share the experiences with you.

I want to wish you a safe and happy New Year's and remind you to keep watching, keep exploring, and keep those Screens in Focus!

Cheers to new adventures in 2024! 🎉🍿

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