Fact: We love television, so much so that we tried (and failed) to kick it like a drug addiction. These days, with a zillion networks offering us exceptional programming, it’s hard to find time for anything else. So, we curated a list of our favorites to help you prioritize; here, eleven 2017 shows worth watching.
There are crime television shows aplenty, but Mindhunter is one absolutely worth watching. It follows agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, alongside psychologist Wendy Carr, as they try to understand the psyche of serial killers by interviewing them. It takes place in the '70s, before they even had the term "serial killer," and is fascinating, creepy, funny and dark all at once. You can watch Mindhunter here.
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale is without a doubt our favorite show of the year, even if it is hard to watch. "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, b*tches" is also now our go-to phrase, especially when used in the context of the workplace. Watch The Handmaid's Tale here.
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies comes in at a close second for us, after The Handmaid's Tale. The cast is incredible (as evidenced by their many Emmy noms), the story is timely and the soundtrack is—gasp!—actually worth paying for. We can't wait for season two. You can watch Big Little Lies here.
Girls, Season 6
We can't lie—we didn't love the series finale of Girls. Still, the last season was, appropriately, the show's most evolved and, we thought, the most compelling. The final scene with Adam and Hannah is everything. You can watch Girls here.
Master Of None, Season 2
Not everyone we know loved season two of Master of None, but we thought it was one of the most romantic things we've watched in recent memory. Aziz Ansari is great, but it was the story lines given to his supporting characters that made us laugh (and cry) the hardest this season. You can watch Master of None here.
I Love Dick
This show is the brainchild of Transparent creator Jill Soloway, who is maybe our favorite person (other than Phoebe Waller-Bridge) making TV right now. Katherine Hahn is unbelievably good, Kevin Bacon is sexier than ever and, as is the case with Master of None, the supporting cast somehow manages to outshine them both. You can watch I Love Dick here.
Fargo, Season 3
If you polled ten random people on the street, we'd guess that at least half of them would list Fargo as their favorite show of 2017. The third season, which stars our longtime boo Ewan McGregor, is practically perfect television.
Orange Is The New Black, Season 5
The fifth season of OITNB takes place over just three days, with the major event you may or may not have been waiting for throughout the series as its centerpiece. We're curious as to where the show will go from here, as the consequences of season five must be immense to be believable, and we can't wait to find out. You can watch Orange Is the New Black here.
Catastrophe, Season 3
We love how honest this show is about the realities of a relationship and for its portrayal of romantic love as anything but black and white. Season three digs in even further on the imperfect lives of the two lovebirds, following them as they deal (oft hilariously) with financial difficulties, infidelity and more IRL problems. You can watch Catastrophe here.
Glow simply couldn't lose, given its awesome subject matter (the Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling), which is based on real events. It doesn't fail to deliver on its promise, and we expect future seasons to be better and better as the show progresses. Bonus: The '80s fashion on display is phenomenal, particularly when it comes to workout gear. You can watch Glow here.
Twin Peaks: The Return
No explanation necessary for this one, right? Somehow, this cult show's resurrection managed to satisfy fans—is a Herculean feat by which we are incredibly impressed. You can watch Twin Peaks here.