Best TV Shows of 2017

by rkerver-1 | created - 05 Jan 2017 | updated - 21 Dec 2017 | Public

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1. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, James Willbanks, Duong Van Mai Elliott

Votes: 24,669

Grew up with specter of this war and am now reaching an old age. Must confess that, until this documentary, I never understood the war, its origins and actual progress. A phenomenally good job making this documentary and hope everyone watches it.

2. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for millennia.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 2,060,097

3. American Gods (2017–2021)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.

Stars: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley

Votes: 86,202

4. Vikings (2013–2020)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore--and raid--the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Georgia Hirst

Votes: 525,604

5. Star Trek: Discovery (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Stars: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Emily Coutts

Votes: 122,257

6. Blue Planet II (2017–2022)

TV-G | 364 min | Documentary

David Attenborough returns to the world's oceans in this sequel to the acclaimed documentary filming rare and unusual creatures of the deep, as well as documenting the problems our oceans face.

Stars: David Attenborough, Peter Drost, Russell Boulter, Roger Horrocks

Votes: 40,909

7. The Expanse (2015–2022)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In the 24th century, a group of humans untangle a vast plot which threatens the Solar System's fragile state of detente.

Stars: Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Votes: 151,888

8. Legion (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

Stars: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin

Votes: 90,955

9. Black Mirror (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 536,921

10. The Punisher (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After his revenge on those who murdered his family, aimless Marine veteran Frank Castle finds a new meaning in life as a vigilante known as "The Punisher".

Stars: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ben Barnes, Jason R. Moore

Votes: 232,220

11. Fortitude (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now.

Stars: Richard Dormer, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Sienna Guillory, Mia Jexen

Votes: 21,718

truly monstrous

12. Emerald City (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A modern reimagining of the stories that led to 'The Wizard of Oz'.

Stars: Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Gerran Howell

Votes: 12,751

13. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Stacy Keach, Lance Lewman

Votes: 2,803

14. The Young Pope (2016)

TV-MA | 546 min | Drama

The beginning of the pontificate of Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history.

Stars: Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara

Votes: 43,977

15. Will (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History

A drama about the lost years of young William Shakespeare after his arrival to London in 1589--when theatre was like rock'n'roll and a young man with a dream changed the world with his words.

Stars: Laurie Davidson, Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Mattias Inwood

Votes: 2,049

16. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017–2019)

TV-PG | 50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes

Votes: 60,719

17. Sun Records (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 44 min | Biography, Drama, History

Colonel Tom Parker presses to take over Elvis' career, but Sam struggles with the decision to let his star go. Jerry Lee's philandering catches up with him, and Johnny starts his own band.

Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Margaret Anne Florence, Keir O'Donnell, Drake Milligan

Votes: 961

18. The Get Down (2016–2017)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Music, Musical

A ragtag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s.

Stars: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Skylan Brooks

Votes: 22,642

19. American Crime (2015–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama

Seasonal anthology series. Season 1: The lives of the participants in a trial with significant racial motives are forever changed during the legal process.

Stars: Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral

Votes: 9,857

20. Fargo (2014– )

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Votes: 370,390

mid-April

21. Top of the Lake (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 35,683

22. Stranger Things (2016– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, Caleb McLaughlin

Votes: 1,153,952

23. Taboo (2017– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his late father's shipping empire. However, both the government and his biggest competitor want his inheritance at any cost--even murder.

Stars: Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin

Votes: 137,399

24. The Magicians (2015–2020)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real-and more dangerous than they ever imagined.

Stars: Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil

Votes: 50,870

25. The 100 (2014–2020)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set 97 years after a nuclear war destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth, hoping to repopulate the planet.

Stars: Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos, Isaiah Washington

Votes: 249,218

26. 13 Reasons Why (2017–2020)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

Stars: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe

Votes: 289,778

social

27. Vice (2013–2021)

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, News

Documentary series featuring startling, groundbreaking stories from around the world.

Stars: Shane Smith, Gianna Toboni, Thomas Morton, Ben Anderson

Votes: 4,294

28. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015– )

TV-PG | 41 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The comedy-variety-talk show is broadcast five nights a week from the Ed Sullivan theater in New York.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste, Stay Human, Jen Spyra

Votes: 13,923

29. Underground (2016–2017)

TV-MA | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, History

With the country on the brink of Civil War, the struggle for freedom is more dangerous than ever. Underground follows the story of American heroes and their moving journey to freedom.

Stars: Jurnee Smollett, Aldis Hodge, Jessica De Gouw, Alano Miller

Votes: 5,254

30. Incorporated (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

A man attempts to thwart a giant corporation that seems to have unlimited power.

Stars: Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Julia Ormond

Votes: 5,334

31. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle

Votes: 227,697

32. Sherlock (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st-century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 914,954

33. Pure Genius (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

A young Silicon Valley tech-titan enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, new school approach to medicine.

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Augustus Prew, Odette Annable, Reshma Shetty

Votes: 4,731

34. Z: The Beginning of Everything (2015–2017)

TV-14 | 27 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a brilliant and beautiful Southbern Belle who became the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age.

Stars: Christina Ricci, David Hoflin, Kristine Nielsen, David Strathairn

Votes: 4,312

35. This Is Us (2016–2022)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A heartwarming and emotional story about a unique set of triplets, their struggles and their wonderful parents.

Stars: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz

Votes: 142,412

36. Feud (2017– )

TV-MA | 406 min | Biography, Drama

An anthology series centering on famous feuds, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and Truman Capote and the New York elite.

Stars: Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman

Votes: 19,700

37. Crashing (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A New York comic is forced to make a new start for himself after his wife leaves him.

Stars: Pete Holmes, George Basil, Jamie Lee, Artie Lange

Votes: 7,654

38. Into the Badlands (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A mighty warrior and a young boy with supernatural powers search for enlightenment in a ruthless post-apocalyptic America controlled by feudal barons.

Stars: Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Emily Beecham, Aramis Knight

Votes: 46,597

39. Iron Fist (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A young man is bestowed with incredible martial arts skills and a mystical force known as the Iron Fist.

Stars: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey

Votes: 130,388

40. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of 2% of the global human population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 97,657

41. The White Princess (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name, the story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy, Richard Dillane

Votes: 12,989

42. Brockmire (2017–2020)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A famed Major League Baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing, very public meltdown live on-air after discovering his beloved wife's serial infidelity, decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small town a decade later.

Stars: Hank Azaria, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Amanda Peet, Hemky Madera

Votes: 5,744

baseball will never be the same

43. Dear White People (2017–2021)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.

Stars: Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell, DeRon Horton, Antoinette Robertson

Votes: 25,423

44. The Last Kingdom (2015–2022)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, History

As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred--born a Saxon but raised by Vikings--seeks to claim his ancestral birthright.

Stars: Alexander Dreymon, Eliza Butterworth, Arnas Fedaravicius, Mark Rowley

Votes: 137,400

45. I Love Dick (2016–2017)

TV-MA | 32 min | Comedy

6.3