- Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones had a wobbley penultimate season as it set up all the pieces for the big finale. It’s a testament to the show’s quality that it was still one of 2017’s best shows, as it juggled big reveals, ice dragons, and the fall of the Wall in a thrilling, if a little streamlined fashion.
Netflix’s first limited series was a love letter to the Western genre that managed to tweak the formula in fascinating and topical ways. A stellar cast that included standout performances from Merritt Weaver, Michelle Dockery, and a rare villainous turn from Jeff Daniels, along with the beautiful cinematography and brutal gunfights makes Godless a must-watch.
- American Gods
The long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s brilliant novel was a lot weirder than expected. Starring Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon: an ex con who is hired by Ian McShane’s Mr Wednesday, American Gods was a wild odyssey of old gods and new, six-foot-tall leprechauns, and Gillian Anderson perfectly cast as the God of Media.
- American Vandal
Netflix’s satirical attempt at a true crime comedy was better than it had any right to be. Chronicling the investigation of a high school student accused of drawing 27 dicks onto his teacher’s cars, american Vandal took its sleuth-work seriously with a genuinely compelling case, that turned into a shrewdly funny riff on the genre.
- The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic couldn’t have come at a better time. Elizabeth Moss stars as the titular Handmaiden as we experience an America that has taken away women’s reproductive freedom in a brutal new society from her indentured perspective. It’s not an easy watch but it’s a rewarding drama that is as engrossing as it is horrifying.
- Rick and Morty
Season three of Rick and Morty managed to improve on a show that was dabbling with perfection as it was. Rick has never been more repulsive, Gerry has never been more pathetic, and Morty has never been more sympathetic, but it was the increased screen-time given to Beth and Summer that gave Rick and Morty a new dimension.
- Stranger Things
Season two of Stranger Things was another nostalgic treat of horror, adventure, and heroism of Steve Harrington, I mean Eleven. The Duffer Brothers avoided the sophomore slump by going bigger in the monster department and deeper into the characters. The Lost Sister isn’t even as bad as you remember.
- The Americans
It’s not often that a show beats Game of Thrones at it’s own game (sorry), but spy drama The Americans had a much stronger penultimate season than Jon Snow and co. Surprisingly, The Americans pulled this off by focusing on the family side of things as Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys continue to excel in performances that the Emmy’s somehow keep missing.
- Twin Peaks
Season three of Twin Peaks, entitled The Return, was everything fans loved, hated, and were terrified by the show in its early 90s heyday. One of the only revival shows of the last few years to fulfil its promise, Twin Peaks, and David Lynch decided to tear up the television rulebook as he and Mark Frost effortlessly pieced together a bamboozling season of TV that demands a re-watch. Maybe a few re-watches.
- Bojack Horseman
Bojack Horseman is the epitome of the tragic comedy show. Season four showed how strong the shows foundations are as Bojack spends most of it away from his friends, who have great stories of their own, as he tries to connect with his mother, and possible daughter. Four seasons in, the show’s sensitive and bracing look at mental illness is one of the most honest and effective portrayals in all of media, and it’s still an absolute hoot.