We live in the age of the Internet, of constant social media connectivity, and a time where every single TV show is recapped, tracked, and dissected within an inch of its life, often to the point of being anticlimactic. But there are a handful of shows that the Internet has embraced in a very special way: An un-spoil-able way. It's a testament to the vision and creativity of the people making these shows that they can constantly tease — and give explicit details even — and still not ruin the actual viewing experience for fans. These are the four most un-spoil-able shows currently on TV:
1. Hannibal (NBC)
Hannibal boss Bryan Fuller has an insanely big mouth, in the most delightful way, but Fannibals are never shouting "Spoiler alert!" Why? Because he has mastered the art of the big tease. Fuller proved this once again right after that insane Season 2 finale — which he'd already heavily previewed in the season's in media res opening scene — when he immediately launched into their game-changing plans for Season 3. He has since given away casting, locations, and so much more, and we can still guarantee that we'll be at the edge of our seats each week when the show returns, screaming "What?!" And considering that the show's twisty-turny storylines are mostly from the existing Hannibal Lecter books and movie properties, they deserve extra bonus points for keeping us all on our toes.
2. The Mindy Project (Fox)
Mindy Kaling is a one-woman PR machine. She tweets and Instagrams details and photos from her show's set constantly, including fun guest stars, outfit details, even potentially spoiler-y episode titles. But when the time comes for the episodes to actually air, everything still feels fresh somehow. The Mindy Project isn't like most comedies on TV, where relationships are perfect and workplace hijinks are predictable… when Mindy found a hot pink rhinestone thong in her boyfriend's drawer, there wasn't a person on the planet that knew the twist coming next, and that's something truly special.
3. Fargo (FX)
My love for Fargo Season 1 ran deep. So deep. Maybe too deep. Every week, I thought I knew what was happening next, and every week I was blown away by how it actually happened. The deaths, the twists, the timejumps… I was starting to worry that no matter what Noah Hawley and Co. cooked up for Season 2, it could never compete with what I'd built up in my mind. (Seriously, if you still haven't watched, you should.) But then Hawley revealed the Season 2 premise and I got giddy all over again — the fact that they chose to go with a story that they'd already told us in a Season 1 scene is just such a bold move, and I know my vote of confidence is completely warranted. I cannot wait to not be spoiled all over again.
4. The Goldbergs (ABC)
We've lived through the '80s (OK, most of us have… and if you haven't, I don't want to hear about it) but somehow Adam Goldberg's take on that tacky decade is even better than our own personal memories. When The Goldbergs pokes fun at pre-Internet urban legends, like Pop Rocks and soda being a deadly, stomach-exploding combination, you feel that sense of dangerous curiosity and panic all over again; when they do a Goonies homage, you remember exactly how that movie made you feel the first time you watched it, without it being a total ripoff; and when their family fights or shares a special moment, you're reminded why all these throwback storylines feel authentic all over again. These are real(-ish) memories being brought to life each week, and that very personal take is the spin that keeps it from feeling stale.
So, TV fans, do you agree?