Legion – “Chapter 27” (A-) / series finale
About as satisfying a wrap-up as a show this messy and ambitious could have. Whereas last year’s musical showdown (set to the Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes”) was a letdown, this year’s (set to Pink Floyd’s “Mother”) felt a lot more resonant and fulfilling. The ending doesn’t let David off the hook, but it does make right a lot of his mistakes. While this show was inconsistent, it was one of the most daring things on American TV.
The Handmaid’s Tale – “Mayday” (A) / season finale
Last season’s rescue mission felt frustrating because June went back after all that effort to get her back. But this season justified it and then some, as she focused the energy she had to save her daughter (who’s now God knows where) on rescuing as many other stolen children as she could. The reunion of Kiki and her dad was one of the most emotionally overwhelming things I’ve seen on TV this year. And the show’s girl power moment felt earned, unlike the one in Avengers: Endgame.