With so many TV shows to choose from, on broadcast networks, cable channels and various streaming services, there is no shortage of dramas and comedies. It would be impossible to watch them everything, even if you wanted to, but since I do watch a fair amount, all over the map, I like to highlight the stand-outs for me, every year.
Compelling storytelling, superb performances and exciting new worlds to watch and explore are all things that make an audience want to stick with characters and watch them through their ups and downs. And while some shows prove that they get better with age, there are some great new ones to take the place of those that are bidding farewell. Here are my selections for the biggest stand-outs of 2017 (and be aware that there may be some spoilers).
For more of the Best of 2017, check out Allison Keene’s top 25 TV shows of the year, Chris Cabin’s top 25, Dave Trumbore’s list of the best new animated series, Emma Fraser’s look at the best songs on TV, and Evan Valentine’s ranking of the year’s superhero TV.