Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Category: 2017 TV Shows

Willa Paskin: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

Willa Paskin: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by Slate)

  1. The Leftovers
  2. I Love Dick
  3. The Deuce
  4. Better Things
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale
  7. Insecure
  8. Big Little Lies
  9. Catastrophe
  10. GLOW

Sonia Saraiya: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

Sonia Saraiya: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by Variety)

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Crown
  3. Halt and Catch Fire
  4. Twin Peaks: The Return
  5. Big Little Lies
  6. Rick and Morty
  7. Alias Grace
  8. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  9. Better Things
  10. BoJack Horseman
  11. Planet Earth II
  12. American Vandal
  13. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  14. Star Trek: Discovery
  15. The Keepers
  16. Broad City
  17. Dear White People
  18. The Handmaid’s Tale
  19. The Deuce
  20. GLOW
  21. The Good Place
  22. Better Call Saul
  23. Insecure
  24. One Day at a Time
  25. Marvel’s The Punisher

A.V. Club: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

A.V. Club: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. The Good Place
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return
  3. The Leftovers
  4. Legion
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. Better Call Saul
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale
  8. Rick and Morty
  9. The Americans
  10. Big Little Lies
  11. Review
  12. BoJack Horseman
  13. One Day at a Time
  14. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  15. The Deuce
  16. GLOW
  17. Better Things
  18. American Vandal
  19. The Young Pope
  20. Alias Grace

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by Uproxx)

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Better Things
  3. Halt and Catch Fire
  4. The Good Place
  5. Better Call Saul
  6. Twin Peaks: The Return
  7. Brockmire
  8. Master of None
  9. The Deuce
  10. One Day at a Time
  11. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  12. The Handmaid’s Tale
  13. BoJack Horseman
  14. Girls
  15. Big Little Lies
  16. Mindhunter
  17. Legion
  18. American Vandal
  19. Speechless
  20. Lady Dynamite

Sophie Gilbert: 24 Best TV Shows of 2017

Sophie Gilbert: 24 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by The Atlantic)

New Shows

  • Alias Grace
  • American Vandal
  • Big Little Lies
  • Dear White People
  • The Deuce
  • Godless
  • GLOW
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Keepers
  • National Treasure

Returning Shows

  • Better Things
  • BoJack Horseman
  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Place
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Insecure
  • The Leftovers
  • Stranger Things
  • Twin Peaks: The Return

Honorable Mentions

  • Mindhunter
  • The Mayor
  • Big Mouth
  • I Love Dick

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by Variety. See also her extensive honorable mentions, of new and returning shows.

  1. The Leftovers
  2. One Day at a Time
  3. The Good Place
  4. Halt and Catch Fire
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  6. Jane the Virgin
  7. Better Things
  8. Alias Grace
  9. American Vandal
  10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  11. Into the Badlands
  12. Superstore
  13. The Handmaid’s Tale
  14. Insecure
  15. Big Little Lies
  16. Top of the Lake: China Girl
  17. Black-ish
  18. Wynonna Earp
  19. One Mississippi
  20. Mary Kills People

Jen Chaney: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

Jen Chaney: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture)

  1. Big Little Lies
  2. The Leftovers
  3. BoJack Horseman
  4. The Good Place
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. Stranger Things
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Master of None
  9. Twin Peaks: The Return
  10. Better Things

Hank Stuever: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

Hank Stuever: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by The Washington Post)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale
  3. The Vietnam War
  4. Big Little Lies
  5. Feud: Bette and Joan
  6. Insecure
  7. Better Things
  8. GLOW
  9. The Young Pope
  10. Godless

Close to making the list

  • Big Mouth
  • The Crown
  • The Deuce
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Fight
  • Loudermilk
  • One Day at a Time
  • Patriot
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us

Slant: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

Slant Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Dear White People
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return
  4. Better Things
  5. The Deuce
  6. BoJack Horseman
  7. GLOW
  8. The Girlfriend Experience
  9. American Gods
  10. Mindhunter
  11. Big Little Lies
  12. The Good Place
  13. Master of None
  14. The Handmaid’s Tale
  15. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  16. The Americans
  17. Rick and Morty
  18. Better Call Saul
  19. One Mississippi
  20. Silicon Valley
  21. Stranger Things
  22. Broad City
  23. Insecure
  24. Black Mirror
  25. She’s Gotta Have It

IndieWire: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

IndieWire: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Better Things
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale
  5. BoJack Horseman
  6. Dear White People
  7. Halt and Catch Fire
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. Master of None
  10. American Vandal