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Our favorite TV shows from 2017

Charmaine Blake

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Apart from a few of the usual slumps, TV was great in 2017 in a year when almost everything else was not. We found solace in comedy, joy in romance, and catharsis in dark dramas. With over 400 original shows out there in the universe, we had to make two best of TV lists – one for shows that debuted in 2017 and another for the ones that kept us coming back. Below, in no particular order, are 10 returning shows we thought were exceptional in 2017.

1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Rebecca’s mania escalated in the later part of Season 2, culminating in a chilling finale that made anything and everything possible for Season 3. The show came back grimmer and tougher than ever; in a matter of episodes, Rebecca’s entire past was exposed, her friends betrayed, and her volatile emotional state unimaginably triggered. We move into 2018 with a new diagnosis, renewed friendships, and the knowledge that Josh Chan is irrelevant. Rebecca Bunch, on the other hand, is more important than ever.

2. Better Call Saul

In its third season, Better Call Saul brought us closer than ever to Saul Goodman, even having Jimmy use the name professionally for the very first time. And it felt so much worse than we ever could have imagined. Better Call Saul may have started out looking like another gritty antihero drama in the vein of Breaking Bad, but it’s developed into its predecessor’s fascinating inverse – it lures you with the promise of illicit thrills, and then shows you how these bad deeds weigh painfully on the soul, and drag down everything else in its orbit. – Angie Han

3. The Good Place

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NBC took what could have been your average comedy about death and supercharged it with ethics, diversity, and a demonic Ted Danson. Who could have known one of our favorite TV arcs of the year would be about a humanoid robot on the astral plane creating a fake boyfriend? These characters may be facing an eternity of confusion, but this is one place we love going back to week after week.

4. Master of None

Master of None may never get a third season, but few shows in history can go out on as impressive a note as Season 2. Every episode was a concept, an experiment – from Thanksgiving with Denise’s family to a black-and-white romp in Italy to the drudgery of modern dating with all its sporadic promise. Ansari has another acting nomination at the 2018 Golden Globes, but this was never an acting show; it’s the whole package, from story to cinematography, and it’s a privilege to behold.

5. This Is Us

Ever since that pilot reveal in 2016, we’ve been in love with the Pearsons and in the multigenerational story of their family just…existing. We can’t get enough of Rebecca and Jack, of the Big Three as kids, or of the terrible tragedy that changed their family forever, even as we piece it together over time. Plus, it’s cathartic to have a guaranteed weekly cry.

6. Jane the Virgin

The effervescent CW soap about artificially inseminated Jane Villanueva broke our hearts by killing her one true love Michael, but moved forward with immense compassion for the characters and the grieving process. In real life, losing a loved one isn’t a plot point; it’s a shock to the system and something that never fully goes away. Even as the show jumped forward in time, we never forget or lose Michael (“He was my best friend,” Rogelio reminds us when he gives his daughter the middle name Michaelina), but we find hope for Jane.

7. Man Seeking Woman

The show’s final season started with Josh Greenberg finding what he always sought and then navigating a serious relationship with Lucy (Katie Findlay). From meeting the parents to impressing the friends to wondering if this will last or making sure there are vegan options at the wedding (attended by God, natch), the show embarked seamlessly on Josh and Lucy’s journey together while never abandoning its commitment to the absurd.

8. Insecure

So long as Millennials are out here figuring it out, we will delight in shows about us figuring it out. Insecure is unapologetically empowering, female, black, and L.A. – it’s a hyperspecific experience that speaks broadly to femininity and a redefined adulthood, and it won the freaking lottery with Issa Rae as its anchor. Rae’s vulnerability and spirit are the show’s backbone and why we can’t wait for the next chapter.

9. The Leftovers

The twisted swan song of HBO’s grandiose work of ambition culminated in an open-ended finale the caught up with characters years after they’ve already sustained significant loss. We watched Nora and Kevin’s relationship crumble, watched Matt chase his faith around the world, and not for the first time The Leftovers felt like a different show episode-to-episode than it was when it started. But one thing it always was and will remain is a masterpiece.

10. Review

A great many shows try to lay claim to the title “the darkest show on television.” For my money, few of them deserved it more than Comedy Central’s Review, and its laugh-out-loud hilarity only made it feel all the bleaker. After the first two seasons gradually stripped Forrest MacNeil of everything he held dear – his family, his freedom, his imaginary friend (don’t ask) – the last one cruelly robbed him of the reason he did it all in the first place. Oh, Forrest. There was never any other way this was going to end for you, was there? – Angie Han

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The Greatest, like you’ve never seen him before. From LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Spring Hill Entertainment and director Antoine Fuqua, HBO Sports presents: What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali. Coming in 2019.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 grabs Emmy for most outstanding drama

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Game of Thrones won the Emmy for most outstanding drama series Monday at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones won the series its third Emmy in the category. It was the show’s second Emmy of the evening, after Peter Dinklage’s win for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Game of Thrones beat out The Americans, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This is Us, and Westworld.

Each season of Game of Thrones has been nominated for best drama at the Emmys since its first season debuted at the awards show in 2011. Seasons 5 and 6 both took home the Emmy in 2015 and 2016 respectively. A handful of other actors including Lena Headey, Kit Harington, and Emilia Clarke have also earned Emmy nominations over the years.

While the seventh season of Game of Throne is not widely regarded as the best of the series, it was certainly a big one and the hype around the show has not died down ahead of its next season.

Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season in 2019.

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-emmy-2018/

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