It’s been a bloody marvellous year for TV and people who like to lock themselves in a dark room and binge their weekends away (ahem, us).
This year has seen some top-notch psychological thrillers, true crime documentaries, and comedies hit our streaming services.
Honestly, there’s almost been too much good TV to keep on top of. Almost.
So, to help ensure you’ve watched all the things worth watching, we’ve rounded up our top five TV shows for 2017:
1. The Sinner
The Sinner is both the most mesmerising and disturbing TV show of 2017.
It’s a sleeper-hit that kind of crept up on all of us and very quickly began to dominate all of our conversations. “Have you watched The Sinner?” is now a perfectly acceptable way to greet someone.
In many ways, The Sinner has been groundbreaking.
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Firstly, it’s a ‘why-dunnit’ rather than a ‘who-dunnit’. In the first episode, we witness Cora murdering a stranger on the beach, seemingly on impulse. We then spend the next eight episodes trying to figure out why. This is very different to the ‘who-dunnit’ narratives we’re used to.
Secondly, it was intended to be a one-time series event. Everything that needed to happen, happened in those eight episodes.
And thirdly, The Sinner is one of the rare shows that’s pretty much female-focused. Most of the time the story-line focuses on Cora, her sister Phoebe, and to a lesser extent Maddie, and the horrible events that unfolded that night.
The Sinner is the kind of TV show that grips you in the first episode and doesn’t let you go into the final credits are rolling; the sort of TV experience you’ll immediately want to discuss with your friends so you can dissect every little detail.
And it’s the kind of story that will follow you around for days – if not weeks – after you’ve watched it. Cora and her story will stay on your mind as you try to process the brutality of one woman’s experience and wonder whether anyone can ever truly move on from their past.
You definitely won’t regret watching this eight-part series. You can watch the first season of The Sinner on Netflix now.
2. The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale was probably the most important and topical TV show of 2017.
An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name, the series took us into a dystopian future where women’s wombs are currency.