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The year is already half over, and it has been a cosmically wild ride. It feels like just yesterday we were all warming up a cup of eggnog for our Hawkeye rewatch and gearing up for the new year. New films and television shows have been released at a breakneck pace in 2023, and it’s been hard to keep up with all the good stuff. (We’ve tried! Our Letterboxd accounts are proof.) But fear not, dear reader, for we here at The Cosmic Circus have done the hard work for you. We’ve scoured the airwaves and streaming services to bring you a list of the must-watch television shows of 2023. 

On this episode of the Cosmic Circle, I’m joined by writers Anthony Flagg and John Dotson to discuss their top five television shows of 2023 (so far). They’ll also be sharing some honorable mentions. What do you think will make it to number one? Will your favorite be on the list? Tune in to hear what the Cosmic Crew says about the year’s best television. 

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[Warning: Spoilers from some 2023 television shows are within the podcast! Avert your eyes and do not pass go if you don’t want to know what’s behind the curtain.]


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Ep. 34 Timestamps: 2023 Television Series discussion (Spoilers)

    • 00:18 – Intros
    • 01:00 – SPOILER ALERT for 2023 Television series
    • 01:30 – Top 5 2023 series so far. Anthony’s #5 pick: The Righteous Gemstones
    • 03:10 – John’s #5: The Bear (FX/Hulu)
    • 08:00 – Ayla’s #5: Abbott Elementary (ABC)
    • 10:15 – Ayla’s #4 pick: Jury Duty (Freevee)
    • 12:35 – John’s #4: Pokerface (Peacock)
    • 18:28 – Anthony’s #4: Shrinking (Apple TV)
    • 23:22 – John’s #3 pick: Barry (Max)
    • 27:27 – Anthony’s #3: Abbott Elementary (ABC)
    • 29:00 – Ayla’s #3: Queen Charlotte (Netflix)
    • 30:10 – Ayla’s #2 pick: Silo (Apple TV)
    • 32:50 – Anthony’s #2: Ted Lasso (Apple TV)
    • 37:15 – John’s #2: The Last of Us (Max)
    • 41:55 – Ayla’s #1 pick: ? Listen to find out!
    • 46:50 – Anthony’s #1:?
    • 52:40 – John’s #1: ?
    • 56:40: Honorable mentions for best 2023 TV series
    • 01:00:00 – Outros

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Review: HBO’s The Last of Us Premiere

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Review: The Last of Us Episode 3 – “Long Long Time”

Review: The Last of Us Episode 4 – “Please Hold My Hand”

Review: The Last of Us Episode 5 – “Endure and Survive”

Review: The Last of Us Episode 6 – “Kin”

Review: The Last of Us Episode 7 – “Left Behind”

Review: The Last of Us Episode 8 – “When We Are in Need”

Review: The Last of Us Season Finale – “Look For the Light”

Cosmic Circle Ep. 24: The Last of Us Season 1 Discussion

HBO’s The Last Of Us – Potentially the Best Live-Action Game Adaptation

EXCLUSIVE: Succession Actor Arian Moayed Cast in Spider-Man 3

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Review: Bold and Ambitious Storytelling

Review: My Adventures with Superman Is Warm, Wacky, and Wonderful

Review: The Crowded Room 3-episode Premiere

Review: Disney+’s American Born Chinese – An Entertaining 1st Season

Review: Shadow and Bone Season 2 – Beautiful and Fantastical

Review: The Legend of Vox Machina Season 2 Premiere

Podcast credits and show notes

  • Ayla Ruby
  • Anthony Flagg
  • John Dotson
Executive Producer/Editor
  • Lizzie Hill

Recorded on 07/09/23

Superhero theme by HumanoideVFX on Pixabay.

Cosmic Circle Ep. 33: 2023 Movie Discussion

Cosmic Circle Ep. 33: 2023 Movies

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Ayla Ruby

I am a writer and interviewer based somewhere in the Alpha Quadrant. I love all things nerdy - but Star Trek and Spiderman have special places in my heart. Find me at @TulinWrites on Twitter. And visit my other website for more reviews and interviews:

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