It’s harder than ever to watch television. There’s too much out there, and to be frank, not all of it’s great. As more and more talent heads to the small screen, where original storytelling remains sacred and the closest thing to a franchise is something like Game of Thrones, we’re being bombarded with one Must Watch show after the next.
Small potatoes? Absolutely. Nobody should ever complain about having to sit down and watch something, but it does mean that some series are bound to get lost along the way. Are you surprised? With HBO, Showtime, FX, AMC, Netflix, Hulu, and every network channel providing endless amounts of content, it’s a wonder we ever leave our house.
This year has been hit or miss. It seems that for every intriguing debut (American Gods, Feud), we’ve been handed a number of misfires (Taboo, The Santa Clarita Diet), and most of them have cluttered our DVR. That’s why we’re kind of relieved that the streaming services are also cutting back, even if they might have chosen the wrong shows.
What’s somewhat troubling is how past diamonds are losing their luster (Fargo, Veep), perhaps suggesting we’re in need of another wave. Fortunately, the stronger stuff of 2017 has so far been outstanding — ahem, that little revival from the early ’90s currently taking over our Sunday nights — and while the following list can’t include everything…
Well, let’s just say we tried to be reasonable. Act accordingly.
Action Alan Yang Alexis Bledel Annual Report 2017 Aubrey Plaza Aziz Ansari Barry Jenkins Big Little Lies Bruce Miller Carrie Coon Chrissy Metz Comedy Damon Lindelof Dan Fogelman Dan Stevens Darby Camp David E. Kelley David Lynch Dear White People Drama Elisabeth Moss Eric Wareheim FX Giancarlo Esposito Glenn Howerton HBO Hiro Murai Horror Hulu It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Jimmy O. Yang Justin Simien Justin Theroux Kevin Yu Legion Lena Waithe Martin Starr Master of None Matt Ross Mike Judge Milo Ventimiglia NBC Netflix Noah Hawley Rachel Keller Reese Witherspoon Rob McElhenney Ron Cephas Jones Shailene Woodley Silicon Valley Sterling K. Brown T.J. Miller The Handmaid's Tale The Leftovers This Is Us Thomas Middleditch Thriller Twin Peaks Zach Woods