5 TV Shows To Look Forward To In 2017
The New Year is here. It’s cold, and I’m tired, fat and back at work. And trying not to be depressed about this. With this in mind, and having fielded the question from my girlfriend when incredibly hungover on New Year’s Day (I don’t know, dying??), I’m going to focus on what I’m looking forward to in 2017. Here are five TV programmes – in no particular order.
1. Game of Thrones
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. There are two types of people in the world – people who love Game of Thrones and some subclass of humans I have no interest in. While Season 6 wasn’t great, it ended with two of the best episodes to date (Battle of the Bastards and Winds of Winter), and set us up perfectly for Season 7. Season 7 is going to be shorter than the usual 10 episodes, but I don’t think this is a bad thing. The last couple of seasons have started and ended strongly but faltered in the middle, so removing these middles episodes may help. Either way, we all know it’s going to be good. Roll on summer.
2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
While this has already started on TV in America, it’ll find its way to UK Netflix in a couple of months so I’m including it here. The gang are back – how this programme is going to hit Season 12 as strong as ever is anyone’s guess, but this is the comedy that keeps on giving. Season 11 brought us one of my favourite episodes to date (Mac and Dennis move to the Suburbs) so I have no doubt Season 12 will excel as well. It’s going to be disgusting, disturbing and shocking. It’s going to be hilarious. It’s going to be bloody brilliant.
3. Stranger Things
Stranger Things was hands down the best thing to happen to TV in 2016. If you haven’t watched it (you weirdo) then watch it – it lives up to all the hype. Between Millie Bobby Brown kicking absolute ass as Eleven, to Winona Ryder completely and utterly melting down in the most entertaining, believable and heart-wrenching way, and everything and everyone else in between, the programme is flawless. It’s so good, I’m not even worried Season 2 might not be as good. I have full faith.
4. House of Cards
While Season 4 wasn’t great, it was rescued in the final few seconds in the most incredible way. After all the build-up in Season 3, I felt Season 4 didn’t live up to the hype – it was still intense, captivating drama, but not up to its own high standards. But this hasn’t soured me. I’ll still avidly watch Season 5, in the hope the programme recaptures its best form. And even if it doesn’t, I’ll eagerly away Season 6 with the same hopes. And hell, even if it continues to be crap, it’s always a pleasure to watch Kevin Spacey act, so I’ll still be watching.
Continuing its tradition as being home to the meanest nicest people ever, Fargo Season 2 was brilliant. It was bloody, hilarious, entertaining, intense – everything you’d (well, I’d) want from a programme. It lived up to the incredibly high standards set in season 1, so I have no doubt season 3 will be as good. And with an entirely new cast, including Ewan McGregor, all is looking very positive indeed.
Honourable mentions to Vikings, of which Season 4 Part 2 started late 2016 and will end early 2017, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I know my girlfriend cannot wait to watch.