arts • 26 Jul, 2017
10 Of The Best TV Shows Of 2017 (So Far)
From The Handmaid’s Tale to the glorious return of Twin Peaks
So far this year, we’ve been spoiled like little rich kids in regards to television. We break down a list of the most addictive shows on the tube, so don’t hesitate to check em out, as these shows are the bees knees, we promise.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1)
Elisabeth Moss is back to the small screen, but with a huge central role as Offred, one of few remaining fertile women who have been forced into slavery as a concubine in a dystopian future under a fundamentalist dictatorship. The adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel serves as a haunting, yet engrossing glimpse into disturbing universal themes, while drawing dark parallels to the world we live in today.
American Gods (Season 1)
If you like dense, ghastly visual madness, get your little finger in on this one pronto. With a poignant narrative that only surges with weirdness as the show unravels, we’re easily overloaded with ardent ruses which continue to stoke up our interest. Certainly one of the most imaginative series as of late, American Gods is bound for celestial glory with its immensely rewarding series kick off.
The Leftovers (Season 3)
Wrapping up its final season this year, viewers have been taken on an artfully-entwined existential labyrinthine of a tale. Admittedly a confusing, but never diffusing 3 season haul, we are taken on an emotional hijacking as the characters and their mad world boil to damn near biblical proportions.
Big Little Lies (Season 1)
Things are not what they seem as the lives of three wealthy women spirals into a dark and addictive satire focused around parenting in the modern age. Resulting in a murder, viewers are sucked into a world of domestic violence, sophomoric adult behaviour and a community of repressed, yet largely well-off individuals. With raw, bleak undertones of a society gone awry, we are bitten with the simple understanding that, once again, money doesn’t buy happiness.
The Twin Peaks (20 years later)
The cult classic dream machine David Lynch has gloriously returned, and with just as many beautifully daunting cinematic tasks for us as before. Taking place 20 years later from the original ABC series, the plot picks up right where it left off with the killing of Laura Palmer, but quickly delves deeper into the creepily arresting world of Twin Peaks. As the plot hatches plenty of bizarre and twisted new eggs, both hardcore Lynchians and newcomers alike are happily hopping right into this rabbit hole.
Ozark (Season 1)
When family man and financial advisor Marty begins to launder money for the Mexican cartel he is forced to relocate his family when his nefarious dealings with the Chicago mafia goes aslant. While the family touch base in Missouri, the plot delves into a lurid and nebulous tale as the family become increasingly disrupted. Although this series is brand spankin’ new, it’s without a doubt satisfyingly gripping and well on its way to becoming one of the most talked about crime dramas of the year.
Legion (Season 1)
Drawing on a lifetime of mental institutions, an ugly family history and drug abuse, we are introduced to David Haller, a troubled man who just might be more than human. Unlike most comic book series, Legion chips away at an entirely different sculpture by not limiting his plot and characters to the flimsy superhero safety blanket that so many rely on. Bringing us an unprecedented experience into the life a man misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, we witness David come to realise the voices and visions in this head might just in fact, be real.
Fargo (Season 3)
Based out of the same desolate, frozen universe as the original Coen Brothers film and previous two seasons, season 3 brings us another tale of deception, betrayal and murder. Despite the similarities, the newest addition to the anthology series was by far the most intrepid in its independence and aspirations to make a clean break from the confines of its successful precursors. Ewan McGregor plays dual roles as two feuding brothers, and we are taken on a harrowing journey as they struggle to circumvent violent, unfortunate happenings, many of which are precipitated by the ruthless likes of villain V.M. Varga, perhaps one of the most vicious characters we’ve yet to witness. Ever.
Master of None (Season 2)
Admit it. Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim are a waggishly delightful match made in heaven, and they’re back for another round of shenanigans. Set in NYC and loosely based upon Ansari’s real life experiences, the comedy-drama burrows deep into characters and themes often left unstirred, and does so with comedic refinement. Full of charm, wit and heart, it’s refreshingly riddled with humour.
Game of Thrones (Season 7)
The epic fantasy adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s book series has became one of biggest television series ever, and has its cult-like fan base on stand by, eagerly awaiting the next release like kids in a candy store. We move into the seventh year as nine families persevere to endure a brutal power struggle while a mysterious race has emerged after many years of latency. With only two seasons remaining, the momentum has became increasingly impassioned as the battles swell and the death count rises.
Words by Jake Hornberger