These Are the Best TV Shows of 2017

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If you feel like you're perpetually behind on TV, we're right there with you: it's literally impossible to keep up with the massive amount of television being produced right now. In 2016 alone there were a grand total of 455 scripted original series, and 2017 is on track to have even more amazing material ready for consumption—which means you'll have to be discerning.

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With that in mind, we've sourced this year's best newcomers—lest you get overwhelmed and just start re-watching Buffy for the 15th time. (Which, you know, is totally understandable.)


Riverdale is what happens when you take the Archie archetypes (AKA redhead all-American Archie, bubbly blonde Betty, wealthy brunette Veronica, and sidekick Jughead), put them through a Hudson Instagram filter, and set them down in the Pacific Northwest. The Gossip Girl-meets-Twin Peaks vibe means typical high school tropes are immediately turned upside-down, and there's a particularly feminist third episode in which Betty, Veronica, and their pal Ethel (Shannon Purser, AKA Barb from Stranger Things—she lives!) take down a slut-shaming ring of football players. Sexy Murder Archie—sorry, Riverdale— is the smart, feminist take on '50s moralism you never knew you needed.

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Watch on: Netflix.

'Big Little Lies'

This critically acclaimed miniseries, produced by and starring Reese Witherspoon, follows the inner workings and complicated politics of a wealthy beach community after tragedy strikes their small town. The female-fronted ensemble includes Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz as friends, frenemies, and enemies whose kindergartners are in the same class. If you're a fan of the tense, exciting, secret-packed punch of Liane Moriarty's novel, then you'll want to binge it.

Watch on: HBO.

'Feud: Bette and Joan'

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Everything about the premiere of FX's newest anthology series from Ryan Murphy is sublime. The casting, the costumes, the set design, the feminist-as-hell message: all of it. Just sublime. Feud: Bette and Joan tells the story of longtime rivals Joan Crawford and Bette Davis (played by Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon), who—when Hollywood insisted they were past their prime—teamed up to make the thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Catching up before awards season is a must.

Watch on: FX.

'The Handmaid's Tale'

Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel is about a young woman forced into sex slavery by the new ultra-religious military dictatorship that has overthrown the U.S. government and eradicated women's rights. It's brilliant, well-acted, the very definition of "prestige TV," and came at just the right time—as millions of women around the world are banding together to preserve their own futures.

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Watch on: Hulu.

'13 Reasons Why'

Produced by none other than Selena Gomez, 13 Reasons Why went viral for a reason. The show—which works through the thirteen reasons why protagonist Hannah Baker ends her life—is a powerful-if-controversial look at teenage depression, and will keep you hooked even if you aren't a teen yourself.

Watch on: Netflix.

'Twin Peaks'

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Depending on who you ask, Showtime's Twin Peaks revival is either a modern-day masterpiece, or the weirdest and most self-indulgent thing on television. Either way, nothing like it has *ever* been made, and it's worth watching—even if you aren't familiar with the original series. In fact, the new incarnation is so removed from its roots that you barely even need to know the plot of the 1990 show to follow along. And we use the words "follow along" loosely (let's be real, none of us have any idea what's happening).

Watch on: Showtime.


This winter, Masterpiece Theater brought us Victoria—the insanely romantic drama about Queen Victoria's life that we never knew we needed. The miniseries follows Victoria's blossoming romance with her husband Albert, and if the romance doesn't intrigue you, the costumes alone are worth giving it a watch.

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Watch on: PBS.

'Dear White People'

This. Show. Is. So. Good. The Netflix adaptation of the genius movie movie is—in a nut shell—about racism on a university campus, and it does not disappoint. Dear White People is equal parts searing cultural commentary, as well as a touching and funny show about college life. Watch it.

Watch on: Netflix.

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