There was a LOT of high quality TV out in 2017, I have to say I found myself sucked into several shows I never thought I would like. Netflix and Hulu are really making waves with their exclusives.
My favorite shows of 2017:
The Good Place (season 2) – picking up right where Season 1 left off, this should could have crashed and burned after revealing it’s big spoiler from last season but instead continued to bring the laughs mixed with deep thoughts. Plus, I adore everyone in the cast (any time Kristen Bell is on my TV, I am happy)
Legion – Thank goodness my friend at work told me to give this a try, it had not made it to my radar because it was on FX. But it quickly became the best Marvel tv show I have ever seen. Smart, funny, and mind-bending, I can’t wait for season 2! (plus it introduced me to the gorgeous Dan Stevens)
The Expanse (season 1-2) – another one we picked up after several friends told us about it, I’ve already raved about how this show filled the Battlestar Galactica/Firely shaped hole in my heart.
Master of None (season 2) – Aziz Ansari’s bittersweet dramedy made us laugh out loud and then tugged on our heart strings. It came out so early in the year, I don’t think it gets enough credit for being another powerful Netflix exclusive.
Blackish (seasons 1-4) – I am ashamed to say we just started watching this show this year, but we have managed to marathon our way through Hulu’s back catalog and we are all caught up and I’m already ranking it with my top ten sitcoms of all time. Poignant yet full of heart and humor, they cover some very heavy topics while making me laugh, or at least smile. Just give this show all the awards for being willing to discuss topics that no other show does and surviving 4 years! I hope the new spin-off is just as smart.
Mindhunter – This show filled the ‘Hannibal’ shaped hole in my life, which makes sense because it is based on the book that Thomas Harris used to help craft Hannibal’s character. Loosely based on the true story behind the people who figured out how to profile serial killers, they take enough literary license (the main characters are mashups of real people from the unit’s history) that you don’t quite know what is going to happen. The parallels between the agents lives and the lives of the killers makes for creepy times and deep thought about behavior and psychology. The final moment was not what I expected but I am ready for Season 2 now!
Food Wars – This was our new anime series for 2017, a hilarious, over-the-top show about a cooking school where student chefs battle it out. It makes me so HUNGRY but then I crack up because characters experience “food orgasms” when they try the cooking and their clothes fly off and it is just ridiculous. But the show is totally aware of how ridiculous it all is, so I don’t mind it. Someday I will try one of the recipes!
Broadchurch (season 3) – The final case, the final visit to this small town. Deciding to tackle a rape case was dangerous ground for the writers but I think they handled it well.
Sweetness and Lightning – This anime was adorable and I’m so sad it didn’t get a second season. It’s about a father and preschool daughter who bond over cooking meals together. The mother passed away before the show starts, so all you know it is about him trying to find a way to connect with his little girl. No romance, no crazy antics, just the two of them finding a food to try and learning the recipe together and then the little girl tasting it and being so happy her daddy made her dinner.
Dark – see previous post where I rant and freak out about this show because AAAAAAH!
The rest of the best:
Bob’s Burgers (season 8) – I still adore this show, it is always hilarious.
Son of Zorn – cancelled just when I was starting to enjoy it.
Star Wars Rebels – (season 3) need to catch up on season 4!
Konosuba – ridiculous anime set in RPG world with a total jerk/loser as the “hero”
Voltron (season 3) – keep ’em coming Netflix!
Speechless (season 2) – ❤ ❤ ❤
Lain (DVD) – creepy anime about AI that might be 20 years old but was eerily relevant!
Powerless – cancelled! Why? It was hilarious!
The Americans – coming up on the final season, this set up so many crazy issues to resolve!
American Gods – decent start to the series, not perfect but I have faith in Fuller and co.
Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu is going to give Netflix a run for their money if they keep making shows like this!
The Goldbergs (season 1-2) – Sylvia has us watching this show at dinner, it makes me so nostalgic.
Stranger Things (2) – Not as solid as the first season, but I think they have a plan
Drifters – crunchyroll anime sci-fi fantasy action
Attack on Titan – why do these seasons take so long to come out?????
Riverdale (season 2) – Season 1 was solid, season 2 is having a bit of a sophomore slump but hoping things pick up soon.
Gravity Falls (Season 1-3) – Sad I missed this show when it first aired because it was adorable and hilarious.
Steven Universe – Dammit Hulu put up ALL the episodes!
13 Reasons Why – ugh, had to watch it because it was such a big conversation starter but ugh, so heavy. Probably won’t watch the “spin offs”
And then there were these (shows I probably won’t go back to):
Series of Unfortunate Events – I wanted to love this show but every episode felt like work and ran a bit too long. Oh well.
Man in the High Castle (season 2) – yep, this show should have been a limited series, they are out of ideas and I hate every character.
Runaways – stopped after 3 episodes, #NotMyRunaways – I don’t hear BKV’s voice at all.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I tried to like this and I watched the first season but just didn’t feel compelled to keep going.
Buffy (season 1-4)
Angel (season 1)
Riverdale (season 1)