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7 Wonders: Best TV of 2017

A round up of the best on the box this year.

Stranger Things

Millie Bobby Brown and her all-guy gang have returned for a second series of monster-slaying, bringing with them some new pals in the form of Dacre Montgomery’s Billy and Sadie Sink’s Max.

With much of the same formula as the first season, aka killer costumes (that Ghostbuster halloween look!), the best soundtrack and all your fave film references from Aliens to Indiana Jones, Stranger Things‘ second season has been another Netflix success. Winona Ryder was, as always, sublime in her role as Joyce Byers, alongside Finn Wolfard (who also enjoyed a role in the IT remake), Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo, who was the standout star of S2. We can’t wait to go upside down for a third time next year!

Big Little Lies

Just what we love, a major TV show with a main-cast of strong female leads – sadly still a rarity in Hollywood!

Focusing on the lives of three besties (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley), Big Little Lies is a murder mystery with a difference, touching on a plethora of sensitive topics and featuring majorly impressive supporting performances from the likes of Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard. Not is all as it seems as the successful women of Monterey navigate their everyday lives, which are a lot more complex than they seem on the surface. It’s no surprise that the miniseries has already won eight Emmy’s and clocked up six Golden Globe nominations. With a second series in the making, expect to see it back on your end of year list for 2018.

Riverdale

Based on characters from Archie Comics (creators of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch), Riverdale has been one of the biggest TV hits this year. Featuring an all heart-throb cast including Wonderbabe Cole Sprouse, KJ Apa, Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart, the series builds around the mysterious town Riverdale and the characters that see beyond it’s perfect facade. And of course, like all good teen mystery-dramas, there’s a killer to catch… why can’t they just be satisfied with drinking bootleg booze and sneaking into clubs like the rest of us?!

After dropping two seasons in 2017 – one at the start of the year and one at the end –
Riverdale has already racked up seven Teen Choice Awards and two Saturns. Obvs, we’re not going to give away spoilers, but this whirlwind drama will undoubtedly have you hooked.

Feud

Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange are two stage and screen icons, so it’s only fitting that they play two even bigger icons, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, in this years sassiest biopic, Feud.

Created by Ryan Murphy (the man behind Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story), Feud features attention to the detail, stellar costumes and sets and plenty of meme-worthy material. Following the famed feud between esteemed actors Bette David and Joan Crawford, the series charts their relationship from their co-star status in What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? to the point of Joan’s death in the 70s. Also, look out for a grown-up Kiernan Shipka killing it as Bette’s daughter BD.

13 Reasons Why

Not without its controversy, Selena Gomez’s 13 Reasons Why has been amongst the series’ topping everyone’s Twitter feed this year. The series explores the suicide of high school student Hannah Baker, who has left behind 13 tapes – each of which help to shed light on the people that played a part in her suicide.

Adapted from the book of the same name by Jay Asher, the series’ lead Katherine Langford has been nominated for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series at next years Golden Globes. The second season of 13 Reasons Why wrapped in December and will return next year.

Twin Peaks: The Return

Returning for the first time since the 90s, David Lynch’s epic mystery series was the talk of tinseltown. Featuring all the main cast from the original series (including Kyle MacLachlan), as well as new stars such as Amanda Seyfried, Laura Dern and Naomi Watts.

Picking up 25 years from when the last season ended, The Return focuses on a number of storylines, all linking back to protagonist Dale Cooper (MacLachlan). Linking the supernatural, mystery and murder, Lynch is once again in top form for his TV return. The cult classic’s resurgence has received praise from both fans and critics, with MacLachlan receiving a nomination for Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

black-ish

Launching back in 2014, black-ish has gone from strength to strength each season – it’s now in it’s fourth and is still going strong. Focusing on a middle class African American family, the sitcom has been praised for it’s ability to successfully offer social commentary on topics including racism, the LGBTQ community and police brutality.

Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracie Ellis Ross and Wonderbabe Yara Shahidi, who is set to star in her own black-ish spin-off, Grown-ish. Since its launch, the series has picked up a Golden Globe as well as several Emmy nominations.

7 Wonders: Best TV of 2017

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