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What Is Your Favorite New Show Of 2017?

One thing you can say about TV in 2017: there certainly was a lot of it. And a lot of it was new, too. Alan Sepinwall included a fair number of new series on his Top 20 list and still managed to make a list of 10 more worthy shows. We polled a bunch of Uproxx writers for their favorite shows and found even more.

What Is Your Favorite New Show Of 2017?

Star Trek: Discovery, by a mile. I’ve already written about the first half of the season, and watching the first few episodes brought back everything I loved about Star Trek and (almost) nothing that made me cringe. Dan Seitz

The Handmaid’s Tale for a variety of reasons, mainly because it felt so relevant watching Elisabeth Moss defy the patriarchy while smirking under her bonnet. It also did my soul good to see more of Ann Dowd. You can never have too much Ann Dowd. – Jessica Toomer

With cinematic entries like The Dark Knight and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, comic book adaptations have proven their critical worth on the big screen. The small screen, however, is a different story. Or at least that was until 2017, when FX and Hulu gifted audiences with Legion and Runaways, respectively. The first’s merits are well established, but the latter — created by The O.C. and Gossip Girl alums Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage — is only a few episodes into its first season run. Never fear, for the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s popular Marvel series not only stays true to the spirit of the source material, but also expands the story into something genre aficionados and lay audiences alike can appreciate. It’s a perfect mix of faithfulness and experimentation that doesn’t go quite to Legion’s extremes but nonetheless presents a fun, digestible story. — Andrew Husband

2017 was a painful year for women. (I mean, it’s always been rough but you catch my drift.) So seeing a scrappy group of misfit ladies come together and find meaning through wrestling in GLOW was pretty damn wonderful. If you didn’t shed a tear when Machu Picchu won her final fight while her dad cheered her on, you might be a robot. And the only good robot is one that’s full of drugs. –– Alyssa Fikse

Pete Holmes is a talented and affable comedian whose TBS late night show stood out for its want to evade the creative status quo in the genre. That it died quickly is a shame, but without that failure Crashing never would have come to be. Produced by Holmes and Judd Apatow as a scripted comedy, Holmes’ character’s try to make a living as a stand-up comedian feels like a fantastical odyssey as he teams up with strange and interesting personalities for a series of awkward adventures that help teach him how to survive in the world of the New York comedy scene. All this while dealing with the end of a marriage that was an obvious (to everyone but him) poor fit. There are times when you’ll wince at what Pete says, does, or experiences, specifically as they pertain to the way he processes the crude way his marriage ended, but it’s impossible to hate on Holmes’ wide-eyed creation and the show. — Jason Tabrys

I really enjoyed Mindhunter and ended up binging it over a weekend. I’ve always enjoyed David Fincher’s work and feel like Zodiac might be his best. Naturally, I got excited when I heard he was doing a show based on one of the best true crime books available. And that was before watching. Holden Ford is a flawed character, but he’s the type of flawed that I can relate to. The interest he takes in these monsters is something you’ll find in any true crime fan out there. The show came at the perfect time to mesh with my interests and ended up being a solid television experience beyond that. — Andrew Roberts

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