12 Best of Christmas: Best Television Shows of 2017

I’m going to cover a bit more ground with my 12 Best of Christmas this year than just movies. Not because this year was any better than another, but I just feel that there is so much entertainment out there that I’d be crazy to only count movies as the best. Now, I wish that this year had been a little bit better year for television. I actually didn’t finish seasons of ‘Orange is the New Black’, ‘House of Cards’, ‘Gotham’, and much more, simply because they were not as compelling as they once were.  However, there were a number of new gems and a few returning shows that brought home the glory this year.

Here is my list of the 12 best shows of 2017!

 

12. Manhunt: Unabomber (Discovery)

Count me as one of the converted. Ted Kasinski may have been a murderer, but his manifesto was compelling and so is this show.

11. The Defenders (Netflix)

This may not have been the game changer we were hoping for, but seeing all these characters together on the small screen was good fun.

10. Glow (Netflix)

The biggest surprise of the year for me. Wrestling and pretty girls just sounded like a silly idea for softcore porn, but this show manages to be quite funny, oddly compelling, and a downright crowdpleaser.

9. Master of None (Netflix)

Aziz should win every award they throw his way. This season is hilarious, heartfelt, and one of the most surprisingly romantic shows in years.

8. Fargo (FX)

While certainly the worst of the 3 seasons, this one was still better than half of what’s on TV right now. McGregor and Carrie Coon are fantastic.

7. 13 Reasons Why (Netflix)

The most controversial show of the year is also one of the most important. This shows view of teen bullying and depression opened my eyes too my teenagers pain.

6. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

While not as amazing as everyone is heralding, this show is very well written and Moss is fantastic. It’s also an eye opening look at the unchecked world of religious dominance.

5. Stranger Things (Netflix)

The new season was just as good as the first, but this time the kids had Ghostbuster suits. 80’s nostalgia doesn’t get better.

4. The Crown (Netflix)

One of the most intriguing shows I’ve watched in years. This season shines a light on the crown that is very eye opening for this westerner.

3. Game of Thrones (HBO)

Dany and Jon steal the whole season. Not even the bad ass zombie and dragon action could outshine their chemistry. Well worth the wait.

2. Legion (FX)

The most twisted and thought provoking show of the year. Getting inside the mind of a telepath is as scary as you might think.

1. Mindhunter (Netflix)

David Fincher can apparently do anything. And if there is murder and intrigue then you will be hanging on for dear life. Which is exactly what happens when you watch unforgettable crime shows like this.

Nathan Ligon

Film / Theater / Music Critic at Red Carpet Crash
The son of Executive Producer Jon Ligon, Nathan has spent his life in the company of filmmakers and some of the best musicians in Dallas, TX. He has since become a highly viewed critic and short filmmaker for Red Carpet Crash and Shot & Cut Films.
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