The Handmaid’s Tale fan art by Ioic-Maziere
2017 has been a great year for TV. Not only have new series been released of some of our favorite shows, but we’ve had an abundance of brand new shows to keep us entertained.
It’s hard to narrow down the the best new TV series of 2017, but here are 9 that I believe are worthy of a place on that list.
Big Little Lies
In my opinion, Big Little Lies was the best new show of the year. It had everything: the cast, the story, the cinematography, the music.
The series is set in California and is ultimately a murder mystery mini series (well, that was the intention as due to it’s popularity a second series has been announced). In one narrative, we’re following the lives of a group of moms who are all going through their own struggles, Nicole Kidman’s character for example is being abused by her husband. But, in the other narrative we’re learning about the murder that’s occurred. The main narrative ultimately builds up to the murder as the final episode reveals what happened and who was involved.
This 7 episode, Emmy award winning series did not disappoint.
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale takes us into a dystopian world that is scarily plausible. As fertility rates drop, power-hungry leaders take the power away from women and divy them up into various social classes. Those still fertile are reduced to being “handmaids” of those in higher classes and are forced to bear children for them.
The Handmaid’s Tale is brutal and doesn’t hold back, but it sends an important message and has you championing for the handmaids and against what they’re being subjected to.
The Good Doctor
Everybody loves a good medical drama, and The Good Doctor is one that I urge everybody to watch. The premier received an incredible 19.2 million viewers in total so if you’re yet to see it, you’re really missing out.
The medical drama is good, but what makes this show stand out is that the protagonist is a surgeon, Dr Sean Murphy, who has autism. Freddy Highmore portrays this character exceptionally and his character provides great representation for those in the autism community. But, his autism doesn’t define him as a character nor is it the sole focus of the show.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and follows the 3 Baudelaire children after their parents are killed in a fire. This leaves them in the hands of their mysterious relative Count Olaf whose only concern is the fortune that was left to the children.
This is an easy to love, flamboyant series that almost anyone can indulge in in just one sitting.
Star Trek Discovery
Star Trek fans: assemble. This new CBS series is set around a decade before the events of the original series and is the perfect addition to the much loved franchise.
Whilst still keeping on theme, Star Trek Discovery also has some much needed changes which can primarily be seen with the diverse cast. Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) takes centre stage and does it exceptionally, playing Michael Burnham, the USS Shenzhou’s first officer.
This new Netflix series took us into the world of female pro-wrestling in the 80’s, and to all of us who didn’t think we’d enjoy it, how wrong were we?
GLOW introduced us to an ensemble of unique women who you can’t help but rally behind. Each episode is only 30 minutes long, and there’s only 10 of them, so if you’re looking for something quick to binge on, give GLOW a go.
Dear White People
Dear White People is a much needed series that I urge everybody to watch. The series follows a group of black students at an Ivy League College and each episode comes from a different character’s perspective. Some serious issues are addressed throughout, including white privilege, police brutality, black face, sexuality, gender and class.
Dear White People educates and entertains and is deserving of a space on the best TV series of 2017 .
One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time was one of those shows that I simply didn’t expect to enjoy. I knew little about the original series which it is based upon and typically don’t warm to many sitcoms, but One Day at a Time was quick to change my mind.
The series centres around a Cuban-American family and their everyday lives. Included in this is the everyday struggles that they all have to go through, which ranges from coming out, to dealing with PTSD, gender inequality and immigration. Whilst tackling some hard hitting issues, One Day at a Time always remains joyful and is easy viewing that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Starring Ricky Whittle (The 100), Ian McShane, Gillian Anderson and more, American Gods is breathtaking TV viewing. Every scene is shot to perfection and provides visuals that you won’t want to take your eyes off. But that’s just the beginning of what makes American Gods such a great series, as it’s a brilliant modern fantasy that dives into the war between the old gods and the new.
What do you think was the best TV series of 2017? Leave a comment below!
Honourable mentions: The Bold Type, Mindhunter, Ozark, The Defenders, The Gifted, Gypsy, 13 Reasons Why, Atypical.