4YE Year End Roundtable: Our Favorite Returning TV Shows Of 2017

Every year in May, the TV Gods become unmerciful and go on an epic bloodbath, which ends with some of your favorite TV shows getting the axe.

Thankfully, 2017 showed mercy on some of our returning favorite shows, which we get to share with you all as part of this roundtable.

Gather ’round and find out which returning TV show our staff loved this year and were grateful for blessing our screens for another season!

Emmy:

  • Agents of SHIELD: This show keeps getting better and better with every passing season. It blew my mind with its 3 arcs last season and with its winter return last month, there’s no telling where it will take us but I just know I’m going to enjoy the ride. The special effects are top notch, the cast is incredible and I appreciate how it has managed to separate itself from the shadow of the MCU but also hold the values of it close to its heart.
  • Arrow: The CW’s OG Superhero drama has had a rollercoaster of a ride when it comes to its seasons. Season 1 was great. Season 2 knocked it out of the park. Season 3 faltered (minus 3×20). It hit rock bottom in Season 4 and lost its way with the magic arc. Just when you were ready to write it off, Season 5 crushed it and gave the show the turn it needed to become as amazing as it was during the Slade driven season 2. Season 6 is holding steady as the long awaited Olicity wedding happened and it can only get better after that.
  • This is Us: or aka the show that makes me cry on a weekly basis. Fun backstory: I was purposely avoiding this show last year and caved when I got sick and haven’t quite recovered from the emotional number it does on my heart each week. Never thought I would be so invested in a family that has its flaws and is not afraid to show them. Plus Milo as Jack is everything.

Shelby:

  • Two words: Good Behavior. Michelle Dockery continues to kick ass as druggie, alcoholic, conwoman Letty Raines. Chad Hodge and Blake Crouch have crafted a great character and a great show. Plus, Juan Diego Botto is the best import since Diego Luna. Seriously. His range is great and his chemistry with Dockery is off the charts hot.

Anna:

  • The Crown: I have been looking forward to the second season of The Crown since I’ve first watched the first season last year. To say that I wasn’t disappointed at all is probably an understatement. In the course of the year, I’ve watched season one probably around four times – twice just shortly before the second season was released and I’m sure I will watch the second season just as much.
  • Sherlock: I can’t remember when I watched the show for the first time but thankfully it was after season three had already aired, otherwise I would have gone mad. I couldn’t wait for the fourth season and while I don’t like all of it, I’m still majorly hooked on the show and I really hope we’ll get another season and I don’t care when that will be.
  • This is Us: It took me a while to watch the first season but once I did, I was hooked and I couldn’t wait for the second season to air! While I usually don’t cry, it still gives me all the feels each week and I can’t wait to see more of it!

Lara

  • Wynonna Earp: Single Mom, Super Hero. Same damn thing.
  • Broadchurch: Season three struggles (understandably) to segue into a new case and crime. However, the show is remarkably dedicated to tying up loose ends and to bring closure to family and a town. It’s that commitment to the trials and strife of the first two seasons that secured Broadchurch’s place on my list.
  • The Crown: My kingdom for Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II for another two years. Season two shows such growth in the young sovereign; quiet power and personal strength. I loved every minute of it.

Verena:

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: I have loved this show from the start, and while season three has opted for a very different feel to it, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend continues to surprise and excite me every week. It is one of the most earnest and genuine tv shows of the year, and I would gladly go on another three seasons of adventures with Rachel Bloom.
  • Lucifer: Sure, we can pretend that Tom Ellis is not the initial reason we all started watching this show, but ultimately the devil himself isn’t the only reason I keep coming back. I love these characters and their flaws, and I love the dynamics between them. Lucifer remains of the most underrated shows on television, and I wish more people were as obsessed with it as I am.
  • Stranger Things: The first season of Stranger Things was amazing, from David Harbour’s everything to Eleven’s badassery, but after binge-watching through it like a crazy person, I forgot about it almost too quickly. All that was changed by a very smart and very brilliant marketing campaign by Netflix for the second season, that had me rewatch the first, play the mobile game for a solid week, had me stop for photos at their various pop-ups all over London, and eventually enjoy the hell out of season two. Sometimes it’s more than just the show itself that wins you over …

Clare:

  • Orange Is The New Black: They left us with one almighty cliffhanger in 2016 and we had to wait a whole year to find out what the outcome would be. Add the intensity of the entire series taking place over only a few days and this was one full on season. Yes the series has lost some of its shine since it first premiered but there were some outstanding performances this year.
  • American Horror Story: Cult: I have been waiting for this theme for the anthology for a while and I was interested to see how Ryan Murphy was going to incorporate last year’s disastrous election. While it wasn’t everything I was hoping for, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Billie Lourd were fantastic. “Drink the Kool-aid” and “Charles (Manson) in Charge” were the stand out episodes.
  • Stranger Things: The first season blew me away and I eagerly awaited the second season. Building on all the best elements of the first season, the story, the characters, the relationships between the various people (especially Eleven and Hopper and Dustin and Steve) and of course the soundtrack, season 2 made for the perfect bingewatching weekend in.

Catherine:

  • Wynonna Earp: Season two had some missteps, but there was a lot more good. I was happy to have Wynonna and the gang back on my screen.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Like Verena, I would happily go on many more seasons of adventures with Rachel Bloom. This season has tackled some very real issues and I’m really looking forward to seeing where it goes.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: Legends somehow managed to become my favorite Arrowverse show and I’ve enjoyed this season a lot. Give me all of the twisted history!

 

 

 

Erika Negrón Rivera
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