Top 17 TV Shows of 2017

I did this last year and had a lot of fun showcasing my favorite shows. Seen as we are rapidly approaching the end of 2017 now, I thought it was only fitting to do my ranking. Just as a little reminder, the shows are in no particular order and are not necessarily 2017 releases. Heck, I didn’t even watch everything that came out this year, so don’t fault me if I missed out on something really good. Also, I tried to not just repeat myself from last year (although all these shows are still awesome), but rather mix it up a little with old and new. Have fun!

Wynonna Earp

I know, I know … I am starting off with something that was already on the list last year, but Wynonna Earp stepped up their game for Season 2 even more than I thought possible. Let’s face it a comedy horror western wasn’t exactly something that would have caught my eye, but this show and the way it treats its cast on and off screen is simply amazing. Earpers are a family and if you have not yet checked out this show, I seriously don’t know what you are waiting for!

Read more about it here!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

As to this day, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the most inclusive, most consistent and hilarious shows. I was really hesitant because both sitcoms and cop-stories aren’t really my thing, but they are doing such a great job. I know that I have nothing to do with their production or writing, but I am weirdly proud of them.

The Bold Type

I’ve sort of given up on Freeform actually providing me with quality content I want to watch, but they surprised me with the Bold Type. A sort of “Sex and the City” meets “The Devil Wears Prada” (with a supportive boss for a change) for millennials probably comes closest to describing the show. I shrieked with happiness when I found out that it wasn’t renewed for just one but two more seasons.

The Good Place

Okay, Season one ended on such a big bang that I wasn’t sure if they could keep up in the next season. Heck, I didn’t even know how the fork the story could/would continue at all, but they did it! I didn’t realise how much more there was still to discover about these characters and I really hope it goes on for a very long time.

Master of None

I’ve always liked Aziz Ansari’s comedy specials, but it still took me quite a while until I finally watched this one. I absolutely loved how the show constantly reinvented itself in what it was about and how it told the story. It’s funny but also makes you think, without ever being too demanding.

The Good Doctor

Freddie Highmore is doing some of his best work yet. I don’t know how he does it, but he is absolutely rocking his role as the autistic surgeon-in-training Shaun Murphy. Just like cop dramas, I was kind of over the whole medical drama, but this show is really different. I don’t know if the situation is realistic or not, it is TV after all, but I do know that it is emotionally engaging and that is what really counts for me.

Please Like Me

This show is anything but predictable. I thought it would be about the main character, Josh, discovering his sexuality but then it was about so much more, especially mental health. It is completely silly in its humour while it also tackles incredibly heavy topics. Not all characters are likable either, but that is kind of the whole point of the show. I was incredibly sad to see it end after 4 seasons, but Josh Thomas said he told the story he wanted to tell, so I am happy for him in that regard.

Anne with an E

Not gonna lie, I miss Canada like crazy. Anne with an E is based on Anne of the Green Gables and therefore inherently Canadian. I fell absolutely in love with it from the beginning. It is gorgeous to look at and I think I am not even exaggerating when I say I cried at least once per episode. Also, it has one of the most beautiful intros I have ever seen. Can’t wait for what’s to come!

Marvel’s Runaways

Usually, Netflix has a tight grip on most Marvel shows, but I definitely wouldn’t discount Hulu’s attempt at the Runaways. I watched the double opening episodes and was immediately hooked. Despite the show not being exactly like the comics, it hasn’t disappointed me yet. Gert and Old Lace are my faves and now I just need them to finally run away? There’s been a severe lack of that thus far.

One Day at a Time

Again, I am usually not that big on sitcoms because they don’t hold my attention very well. However, One Day at a Time had a beautiful coming out arc and I got quickly invested in the daily lives of the characters.

BoJack Horseman

This one was another surprise for me. I did not think that this was the kind of show that I liked at all, but once I started, I couldn’t stop. The emotional build up was crazy and especially in the last two seasons it even brought me to tears on occasion. Like … what is even going on? Another plus, there is ace representation in this show and the person is not made fun of and I love it.

The Wrong Girl

Imagine if Morning Glory (the movie) were a TV show … set in Australia … with a ton more love triangles, you would have The Wrong Girl! It’s based off a book, but from what I gathered, it’s not very alike to what they did on screen. That’s okay for me, I just need them to not cancel it. I want more seasons … like tons and tons of more seasons.

Star

Star is a spin-off of the show Empire, which I used to watch but got bored with at some point. Star, on the other hand, has managed to keep my attention for a bit longer, but then again they are still only in their second season. Anyway, it has made its way onto this list because it has amazing music and character development and still so far to go.

Marvel’s The Punisher

I heard all kinds of different things about the Punisher show. I for one really liked it, even though I am aware that it was very heavy and something you can probably only watch if you are in a certain mood. My favorite parts, to no one’s surprise at all, were all the scenes with Karen, Frank and/or Karen and Frank. To think they didn’t even plan for Karen when they first outlined the show … doesn’t even register as an option in my brain.

Imposters

I love movies about con men and women and this show gives me that same thrill on the long run. The chemistry between the cast members is off the chart and I just love how it’s not just about romance but also bromance so much.

Read more about it here!

Our Girl

When they replaced the actress who played Molly (due to scheduling issues), I was like “no way is this going to be the same show!”. Then Georgie came along and with her Elvis and thankfully also some more Captain James. With every episode I got more invested and then, this season, when they did the Nepal tour, I was just blown away. My heart is still broken because of some of the events that transpired.

Stranger Things

Whether you think the show is overrated or not, I personally very much enjoyed the second season of Stranger Things. I am not saying it was better than the first one, but it was still great. And it gave us the best character development for Steve. I will never be able to thank them enough for that.

Honorable Mentions

And, just like last year as well, I have a bunch of shows that I really, really enjoyed but that just about didn’t make it into the actual ranking. I watch too much stuff …

  • The Gifted
  • 3%
  • Dear White People
  • Atypical
  • The Shannara Chronicles
  • Sense8
  • Younger
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Riverdale
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Game of Thrones
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Dynasty
  • Friends from College
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • This Is Us
  • Still Star-Crossed
  • The Mindy Project
  • The Orville
  • Trakehnerblut
  • Outsiders

So, this is it! While there are numerous shows that I haven’t actually mentioned despite watching them, I think this is about the gist of it.Β Which shows have you watched? Are there any that have peaked your interest? Also, if you could make me watch one show, which one would it be?

54 thoughts on “Top 17 TV Shows of 2017

  1. Oh gosh I can’t believe I missed a lot of shows this 2017. πŸ’” The only show I was able to fully appreciate was the season 2 of Stranger Things (and yes, Steve has the best character development and I love him too much). Thank you for this lovely list, Kat. Just bookmarked it as a reference of what I want to binge next year. πŸ’•

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    • Don’t worry, I am sure you are not alone in having missed a lot πŸ™‚ Sometimes it just happens and as my parents like to remind me, there are more important things than TV shows. Not gonna lie, I think they are my calling though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. AHHHH there are so many TV shows here, I don’t know, I want to watch them all now haha I do NOT thank you πŸ˜›
    I’m so happy to see The Bold Type on this list, I love this show so much and am so, so, excited that it is getting renewed for two more seasons. I can’t wait for more ❀
    I need and I will watch The Good Place, at least the first episodes, before the end of the year, I PROMISE ahah and I can't wait, it sounds so good πŸ™‚ The Wrong Girl sounds so good and everyone is raving about Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but cops shows aren't my thing…. but I am curious hahaha πŸ™‚

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  3. I just got caught up on the Orville last night! I can’t wait for next season. We also caught up on the Punisher a couple days ago. You are right, its really good, but you have to be in the right mood.

    Another one we love, that is not on your list, is Lethal Weapon. Its pretty awesome!

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  4. Wow there are a lot of shows I missed out on this year! The only one on your main list that I’ve watched is The Good Doctor, which I agree is addicting even when a bit unrealistic, but I’ve watched a few on your honourable mentions like Sense8 (I’m so excited for the one hour finale) and 13RW (which I really enjoyed).
    Hmm if I could make you watch a show….have you seen The Crown? I’m obsessed with it and have been cruising through season 2 recently. That’s my recommendation!
    I’m making a mental note of all the shows that sounded good from this list so I remember to binge watch them next year πŸ™‚

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    • I LOVE Sense8 with all my heart and I am so anxious about what will happen in the finale special, which is hopefully longer than just an hour. When I met the cast this summer, I kinda feel like I went to heaven hahaha
      The Crown I actually tried watching but couldn’t make it past 2 or 3 episodes. Sorry :/ I prefer more fictional and over the top drama stuff like The Royals hahaha

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      • Oh same, it’s a brilliant show! So many amazing characters and so much diversity. I’m so jealous you got to meet the cast! All the videos of them together make them all seem so nice and like a family. What a great opportunity for you.
        Oh that’s fine (it really isn’t)….;D I might have to give the Royals a go.

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      • I got to meet most of the guys during the Pride parade in Vancouver (that’s why I told you to check out my monthly recaps if you were interested in seeing me with actors πŸ˜‚). They were all extremely nice,which just made me love them more.
        And I hope you’ll forgive me one day for not loving the Crown. I might go binge it if I am ever in the right mood. One never knows.

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  5. The Good Place is definitely one of my favourite shows of the year! It’s so creative and hilarious. I also really like The Wrong Girl — but then again, I like anything Jessica Marais is in. I think I’m going to have to watch Wynonna Earp once I catch up on the shows I’m currently watching. Great list!

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    • Hahaha glad you like a couple of my choices! I actually used to watch Agents of SHIELD but I think somewhere in Season 3 I just couldn’t do it anymore, which is strange because I watch like ALL the other Marvel shows. Bob’s Burger for some strange reason, I haven’t tried yet. Thanks for the recs!

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  6. Darn I still need to check out Wynonna Earp- definitely on my list thanks to your post! The Good Place sounds interesting and I’ve been meaning to check out the Good Doctor. I *must* watch Anne with an E. and I’ve only heard good things about the Punisher so far, so I’m glad you liked it. So enjoyed Imposters- I’m the same, I love anything with con artists. And (this is becoming a pattern) I need to watch Stranger things too. And catch up on Shannara Chronicles and the Gifted for that matter- I was enjoying both of those! (basically, I’m behind on so much tv πŸ˜‰ ) Awesome list!!

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  7. You watched so many good series! I love love love Brooklyn Nine Nine and Master of None, and I’m really interested in The Good Place and Anne with an E. Time to binge-watch TV shows on the winter holidays!!! πŸ˜€

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  8. I loved The Bold Type so much, I’m so glad to find someone who loves it as much as I do!!! ❀ I also adore Stranger Things, I’m not sure if it’s overrated or not, I just enjoy it very much (though this season had some lows like Eleven and Max). Great list, I’ll check out some more off your list because your taste seems similar to me and I want to watch more tv shows! ❀

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    • I am glad you agree with some of my choices πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear that you considered Eleven and Max a low of the season. I was sad to see that there was a little rivalry going on, but I generally really enjoyed Max as a new addition to the cast.
      Let me know which other shows caught your eye! πŸ˜€

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      • Oh, no! I love them as individual characters, I just didn’t like what the writers did to them as a duo. The whole rivalry felt pointless and just annoying. Especially the scene where Eleven doesn’t take Max’s hand, by that point it was obvious that Eleven had no reason to be jealous. I just want healthy female friendships in that show, ones where one of the girls don’t end up dead by the end of the season…

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  9. LOVE the Good Doctor! It was honestly way better than my expectations and continues to get better with every episode! Also I watched some episodes of the impostors and was surprised with how addicting it was since it was a show I hadn’t heard much about. Love this post! (probably because I am a TV addict myself πŸ˜‰

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  10. The Ranaways is great! Although I was also expecting some running away…
    Momma Steve is life! He is my favorite character from stranger things, and I love the dynamic that him and Dustin have.
    Anne with an e made me and my mom cry every. Single. Episode. As well.
    Both my parents and I binged GOT (seperatly, because…you know), and we don’t know what to do until 2019.
    Riverdale!!!! Rip Bughead πŸ’”
    I also enjoyed Atypical, Dear White People, 3%, Big Little Lies, Vampire Diaries and Originals, Insecure, Magicians, Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, etc.

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    • I think they might run away in the actual season finale. I think this first one was just to establish what was going on and who the players are. I am very glad they got renewed.
      Hahaha watching Game of Thrones with parents is the worst! Glad you got that done separately.
      I’ve watched basically everything you’ve mentioned except Insecure and Big Little Lies … I guess I am not that big on HBO anymore?

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