2017 was another amazing year for television, especially comedy – the genre that helped carry us through the year.
Here are my top 10 TV shows of 2017:
1. Girls (Season 6) – HBO
Girls takes the top spot again, but this will be the last time as Season 6 was the final season. Many shows outstay their welcome. Girls didn’t. As much as I’ll miss it, I’m glad it ended the way it did and they didn’t drag it out. Episode 3, American Bitch, might be one of the most powerful episodes of television I’ve ever seen. Bravo Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner and Judd Apatow!
2. Crashing (Season 1) – HBO
Pete Holmes is my favorite standup comedian. So, when it was announced that he was teaming up with Judd Apatow for an semi-autobiographical show on my favorite network, I got really excited. This heartwarming and hilarious show delivers on every level. It’s the perfect mix of comedy, drama and spirituality.
3. Love (Season 2) – Netflix
Can you tell I’m a fan of Apatow’s work? I loved Season 1 of Love. I loved Season 2 even more. It looks like this show won’t overstay it’s welcome either as Season 3 will be the last. To be honest, this feels like a three season show, but I’ll miss Mickey and Gus – quirks and all.
4. Silicon Valley (Season 4) – HBO
I watched the pilot of Silicon Valley when it first aired, but I didn’t keep watching. Last year I gave it another shot and I ended up binge watching all four seasons. It’s hilarious, original, smart, nerve-wracking and keeps you on the edge of your seat, which is rare for most comedies.
5. Veep (Season 6) – HBO
Speaking of hilarious, original and smart, here comes Veep, one of the best written comedy series of all time. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born to play President Selina Meyer and I’m thankful we get to see her pull it off for one more season.
6. Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 9) – HBO
It’s rare for any show to take a six year hiatus, but Curb did and all I can say is better late than never. Curb is like a comedic trainwreck – no matter what, you just can’t look away. Larry David continues to play a fictionalized version of himself who is simply maddening, yet endearing at the same time. You’ll want to throw the remote at him one second and then hug him the next.
7. Saturday Night Live (Season 42) – NBC
What would life be like without SNL? I don’t even want to think about the answer to that question. It’s the perfect end to the week. The only good thing about Trump becoming President is that it somehow managed to make Weekend Update even better than it already was.
8. Better Call Saul (Season 3) – AMC
Better Call Saul is much more of a slow burn than its predecessor Breaking Bad, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Going from BB to its prequel series, you wonder how in the world sweet Jimmy McGill ever becomes Saul Goodman. We started to see more glimpses of this inevitable metamorphosis in Season 3, but it makes you wonder what will push him in Season 4.
9. Orange Is The New Black (Season 5) – Netflix
With OITNB renewed through Season 7, you wonder how much longer they can stretch it out for, but so far, this show is still great.
10. Stranger Things (Season 2) – Netflix
I didn’t enjoy this season nearly as much as I enjoyed the first, but it’s still nostalgic 80’s sci-fi at its [almost] best.