It has been said that we are in yet another “golden age” of television. It seems every other day, there is a show premiering (or streaming). So no, we busy college students cannot claim to have the definitive list of the best shows of the year, there is simply too much out there, but here are some of our favorites from 2017 that we suggest you binge over break.
Twin Peaks: The Return
Although frustratingly confusing, once again, David Lynch delivered the world with a show that is simultaneously comedic, horrific, and utterly mind-fucking. Seeing all of the characters from the original seasons of the 1990s now as middle-aged moms and dads was a treat I never thought I’d get to experience. Despite not answering several questions I had from the original seasons, this re-boot was everything I hoped for and left me strangely satisfied. If you’re looking for a show that will make you question your own sanity, this is definitely for you. – Sarah Braddock
Puberty is an uncomfortable subject that adults rarely, if ever, talk about; presumably because we are all trying to forget it ever happened. Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg and a star-studded cast of voice actors broke that unspoken rule with perhaps one of the funniest shows I saw this year. It always goes just far enough to capture the weirdness that is being a pre-teen. Once you start the series, binging is inevitable (so much so that they break the fourth wall just to see if you are). – Aaliyah Weathers
Master of None (Season 2)
There was no way to talk about television this year without at least mentioning the stellar season of the Aziz Ansari’s Netflix original. It was funny, thought-provoking, uncomfortable, and exciting all at the same time. It found very tasteful and creative ways to talk about delicate subjects such as coming out, religion, sexual harassment. This season also was not afraid to centralize characters other than Dev, making for some of the most diverse television I have seen to date. – Aaliyah Weathers
Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman
If you are not privy to modern Japanese culture then you may not know about how draconian their workplace culture can be. It is expected of the average Japanese salaryman (i.e. office drone) to work overtime without pay and with few breaks. The hero of our story is Kantaro, a salesman at a small publishing house. At face value he is a model employee, finishing his work thoroughly and on time, all while humble, stoic, and impeccably dressed. The truth is that he abuses his position to play hooky during sales visits to bookstores and indulge in Tokyo’s finest sweets on company time. He doesn’t just love sweets, he lives them. Every time he takes a bite of an exquisite dessert he is transported into a sweet heaven where he relishes desserts on the spiritual level. He knows though that he might not be able to keep up his facade for much longer as his passion for sweets catches the attention of a certain eagle-eyed colleague with sweet dreams of her own. – Peter Melero
Dear White People
After watching the 2014 film this series is based upon, I’ll I was skeptical but this dramatic comedy had me captivated from start to finish. It fixed many of the flaws in the film while fleshing out the characters to become more three dimensional people. And while there were parts that made me cringe (i.e. the overuse of the word ‘woke’) moments like Reggie’s run in with the police at a house party or Coco’s history with colorism made my heart drop and far overshadowed the weaker moments.- Aaliyah Weathers
Rick and Morty (Season 3)
IT’S PICKLE RICKKKK! For the dedicated fans of the grandpa and grandson duo, the new season of Rick and Morty was both a shocker and an enjoyment. Seeing the transformation of the characters from season one to now proved to be just as exciting as the adventures Rick and Morty went on. If you’re looking for an adult cartoon that’s both witty and hilarious, Rick and Morty is one you definitely want to check out.
Insecure (Season 2)
Someone once asked me what Insecure was about and I struggled to come up with something more than: black women… existing? And while in 2017 that should not be groundbreaking or refreshing, it is. In the second season of the HBO dramatic comedy, everyone is in a messy place, Issa is trying out being a hoe, Molly is screwing a married man and Lawrence is slowly learning what a microaggression looks like, but it is always entertaining watching these eccentric characters trying to figure it out. – Aaliyah Weathers