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The top television series' of 2017

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From Emmy award-winning show to heart-warming sitcoms, 2017 was a tremendous year for fans of television.

Netflix

Netflix released Iron Fist, another Marvel installment, as well as A Year in the Life, a Gilmore Girls installment that ended with the mother of all cliffhangers.

Black Mirror is an anthology series similar to American Horror Story except the storylines change with each episode rather than each season. It’s a twist on life, love and suspense. Google calls it the “contemporary reworking of The Twilight Zone.”

House of Cards was another top series this year. Despite all of the negative press actor Kevin Spacey has been getting lately the show is still incredible and the storyline is still as epic as ever. The beginning storyline of revenge and the climactic ending of a new reign always leaves people wanting more.

Orange is the New Black: how this series wouldn’t be on this list is beyond me. All of my friends and even my mother talk about this show. They love it to bits and boast about the plot and the character development.

The Crown is the Emmy award-winning story of Queen Elizabeth and her Kingdom. Watching this Netflix original is like watching the more entertaining and dramatic version of the History channel.

Stranger Things was another hit. Season two released on October 27 and most people had already binged it by Halloween. It received 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m a fan of the show and I watched it as soon as I could. The interesting, different story and the graphics were incredible. It was chilling to see the upside down come to our side as our young heroes raced to protect their friend and stick together through thick and thin. The show is heartwarming but it also keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Hulu

Hulu is a different story. They’re still new to the game when it comes to original series. Considering how new they are to the game, it was impressive that they were able to grab an Emmy-nominated and award-winning series with The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian story of a woman who is taken and thrown into slavery. She has to learn a new way of life and how to survive. The story is captivating. You’re trying to figure out how it ends and what more a woman can handle after her child is taken away. It’s also a thrilling adventure of pain, betrayal and suspense that keeps you binging until the adventure is over.

HBO

HBO is slowly making a name for itself in the television streaming world, as its hit series Game of Thrones was by far the most-watched television series of 2017.

HBO has a new original series, Big Little Lies, based on a book by Liane Moriarty. It was a dramatic hit of deceit and suspense that received 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. HBO has even decided to bring it back for season two after it was originally supposed to just be a miniseries.

Cable

Another hit series that captivated viewers this year was This Is Us. I have yet to watch it but from Google, friends and family, I have gathered that it’s a heartbreaker. Even though NBC created this series, you can watch it on Hulu and see the generational heartbreak unfold.

Bob’s Burgers is a FOX television series. Bob Belcher and his awkward, well-meaning family have been a household favorite since its debut in 2012. Since then, the show has been nominated every year for the “Best Animated Program,” and won the award in 2014 and 2017.

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