I am someone who, for many years, has lived for the DVR. Nothing was more relaxing or pleasing than spending my evenings and weekends catching up on any and every show my little heart desired. I vividly remember swearing one time that “I could not survive without cable. I would rather not eat.” Then something crazy happened in 2017: I moved. With that move came more rent, more bills, and less money to spend on the entertainment I so love.
Bills needed to be paid and concessions needed to be made, so I decided to cut the cord and do without cable. At first it was just until I could get my finances in order, but I realized after a while that I could, in fact, live without it. No one was more shocked than me, but look – I made it!
To encompass the interesting, entertaining, and trying year we have all had, I have created two lists to remember 2017. The first list contains shows people have been telling me to watch for years, but I never got around to. The second is a shortlist of my favorite entertainment from 2017 that I was able to find on Netflix, Hulu, and all the other good places.
What I Should Have Watched Years Ago
WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING ALL THIS TIME?? I had seen a few episodes of Veep here or there in the past, but never really committed to seeing myself through all six seasons until this year. I used to get really annoyed when Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Veep would win a ton of awards instead of the shows I was more invested in, but I was 100% wrong. This is quite possibly the funniest show and also the meanest show on television. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and company are absolutely outstanding.
For a long while, I didn’t get the appeal of a show like Shameless. And then I watched it. There are so many characters on this show that I hate to love and love to hate. I mean, come on, Jimmy-Steve! I have heard people say that it glamorizes drug use and irresponsible behavior, but I’m not sure I agree with those people. Fiona and the Gallaghers do not lead a glamorous life by any means, but they are sure funny and entertaining to watch.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson
My true crime loving heart missed this last year, but it didn’t take me long to make up for it. The show was a Ryan Murphy creation and did not disappoint. Some casting choices were questionable, in my opinion, but the quality of the entire series was really great. In all, it turned out to be an incredible telling of one of the most publicized and awful tales in recent history. OKAYBUTSARAHPAULSONASMARCIACLARK
I’m a terrible person and, for whatever reason, didn’t realize Younger was such a popular show – or such a good one. I know, I know. I was wrong, okay?! How did I go so long without Hilary Duff, Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, and Miriam Shor? Nico Tortorella’s not a bad draw, either…
To be fair, I watched seasons one and two of New Girl years ago in (somewhat) real time. I decided to go back to the very beginning – all the way to the douche jar. There’s just something about the gang that makes you feel like you have friends in the room with you. Catching up on this goodie was a delight, and I can’t wait for the final season in 2018!
Highlights of 2017
I’m not sure where to start with this one. I spend my workdays almost exclusively listening to My Favorite Murder (SSDGM!), True Crime Garage, and other true crime podcasts, so this would seem like a no-brainer for most other true crime junkies. Sometimes my anxiety gets the best of me and watching SVU, true crime documentaries, and other shows make me a little more anxious, but I went in to this one with high hopes. While the show was a little slow to start, it far exceeded any expectations I had. Let’s just give all the awards to Cameron Britton right now.
Gaga: Five Foot Two
I couldn’t let a best of 2017 list pass without acknowledging this piece of art. Lady Gaga released her documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, on Netflix in September, and it was everything you would expect. It was raw, heartfelt, beautiful, and honest. In it, we see a more vulnerable side of Gaga, where she shares the creation of Joanne and her struggle with some mental and physical health issues. 2017 was the Year of Gaga for me. We started the year with her epic Super Bowl performance, I got to see her in concert in Chicago and Tampa, the documentary, plus the announcement of a two-year Las Vegas residency. Paws up!
The Bold Type
I got The Bold Type in right in the knick of time for 2017, having just binged all ten episodes in two days this week. Thanks, Verena! This Freeform original is sassy and feminist AF. Jane, Kat, and Sutton are three friends working their way up the ranks at one of the top women’s magazines in the US. While their lifestyles seem uber glam, the girls share their triumphs and struggles with each other, and somehow seem relatable. More than anything, I think I relate to this show since I am the same age as the girls and commiserate with trying to navigate the workforce as a higher-than-entry-level-but-not-quite-manager-material employee.
This show is seriously hilarious. When wild child Mickey’s sister and brother in law go AWOL, she is forced to care for her super rich niece and nephews. Along the way, they learn to love each other, learn to work as a team, yada yada yada. Probably the best parts of this show are the friendship between Mickey and the nanny/housekeeper, Alba, and the fact that the youngest child, Ben, is a definite sociopath at age six(ish). My only regret is that this show is on FOX, because it would be even funnier with some curse words thrown in there. Nonetheless, thank you to FOX for having such a hysterical sitcom in their lineup.
Big Little Lies
How can you go wrong with a successful novel, awesome adaptation, and killer cast? HBO’s not-so-limited miniseries based on Liane Moriarty’s hit novel, Big Little Lies, was a slam dunk for audiences everywhere. It doesn’t hurt when you have great material from the get-go and a cast featuring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern (just to name a few). The show was haunting and showed a level of vulnerability we don’t see often. Big Little Lies deserves every Critics’ Choice, Emmy, and Golden Globe award it is/was nominated for!
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