The Best Tv Series Released in 2017
A series of unfortunate events
I was reluctant to watch this series when I knew it was going to be adapted from Lemony Snicket’s books because I didn’t enjoy reading them that much. It was probably due to the fact that they are considered children’s books and even though they can get pretty dark, they still were not for me.
But this series is amazing! It’s about three siblings that lose their parents and go to live with their weird relatives. One by one, all of their caretakers start being murdered by count Olaf, the bad guy of the story that wants to take their parents fortune.
I remember watching a movie that was made about this series when I was a kid, absolutely adoring it, and then asking myself throughout the years why was there no sequel. But now I’m glad they waited and made a tv series instead. It provides so much more details and allows us to get more in touch with each character.
Watch this if you like dark humor and stuff that just doesn’t make any sense at all.
I was lucky to find Ozark when I was desperately looking for something to watch during some boring and lazy summer days. This series is about a financial advisor that relocates his family to the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong, and now he must pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord.
What really attracted me to it was the fact that we got to know the lives of each family member and it was interesting to know how they dealt with what was happening to them, the dangers they kept facing each day and all their crazy and distinct personalities.
If you’re a fan of breaking bad and overall smart shows you might want to start watching this.
The handmaid’s tale
The Handmaid’s tale is set in a dystopian future that follows the lives of the “Handmaids” which are women, forced into sexual and child-bearing servitude because they are one of the few people who are fertile. They are stuck in a world that sees them as objects and where they are raped countless times just for other families that are not able to procreate, to take their babies when their pregnancies end.
This is probably the most emotional tv series I’ve watched in all of 2017 and the way everything is filmed and recounted makes for a good understanding of what these women are feeling at each moment. It’s also something that really touches me because being a woman myself and having experienced sexism in my life, this dystopian world is something that I imagine happening in modern days and that thought is devastating.
Prepare yourself for an emotional ride of a series that will leave you shocked and angry but with a spark of revolution in you with each passing episode.
Godless is a recent series that I binge watched for three days. It’s set in the 1880s American West and follows many different storylines that connect with each other at some point in the series.
There’s Roy Goode, the injured outlaw on the run from his former boss, Frank Griffin. La Belle, a town where almost all of the men have died in a mining accident. Alice Fletcher, a quiet woman that lives isolated from the rest of the city and hides a dark past. And so many more characters that make the story interesting and more than just a tv series about cowboys.
It was definitely an epic story with distinct and memorable characters that I recommend to everyone.
“Three Girls” is based on real events of three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by British Pakistani men in Rochdale and of the failure of the authorities to do anything about it.
It’s a short series of only three episodes that managed to show a very dark reality for a lot of young girls that are subdued to horrible acts where they suffer and are used by others, mainly adult males. A lot of these girls are brainwashed into thinking that this kind of behavior is normal and acceptable and even though they are afraid, the fear for themselves and their family makes them endure rape, prostitution and abuse.
What this series shows most of all is the distress of the girls living through the process of trying to fight against these men. They feel unsafe and don’t trust the authorities that already failed to protect them and all they want is to make justice and get these men out of the streets so that others girls don’t have to suffer as they did.
Big little lies
“Big little lies” follows the apparently perfect lives of three mothers of first graders that unravel to the point of murder.
The series starts by showing the day of the murder and interloping everything with past events so that we are able to guess the killer and the one deceased throughout the episodes.
It’s probably one of my first series watched in 2017 and although I considered that it was slow in some episodes, it still impacted me. It really goes to show how people can hide their true lives and past secrets and pretend to live a normal life lying to others and even themselves.
It’s also interesting how the actions and personalities of the mothers really showed on their kids and how all of the child actors had a huge role on the series.
How could I forget “The Punisher”, the last series I watched in 2017 and one of my all-time favorites. The story follows Frank Castle, a Marine veteran, who after the murder of his family, became a vigilante known as “The Punisher” with only one goal in mind, to avenge them.
I honestly thought it was going to be very similar to series like Daredevil, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, which for me were not bad series but neither were they impressive in any way. The Punisher was something completely different. It was dark, gory, surprising and the storyline kept me interested all the way which made me binge watch the series and finish it in a couple days. I loved the actor chosen and the way he portrayed Frank Castle as such a badass person.
I couldn’t recommend a series more.