Best-Reviewed New TV Shows 2017

The dominance of the streaming services is front and center in the New Show category — eight out of 10 series topping our shortlist are streaming titles. Netflix claims four slots, Amazon has two, while Hulu and CBS All Access each hold one.

All scores below reflect the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2017.

Adjusted Score: 103.271%
Critics Consensus: Biting social commentary and Sarah Gadon’s hypnotic performance make Alias Grace a worthy addition to the Margaret Atwood adaptation catalog.
Synopsis: Based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood and inspired by true events, Alias Grace tells the story of Grace… [More]


Adjusted Score: 102.368%
Critics Consensus: Timely, provocative, and sharply written, Dear White People is an entertaining blend of social commentary and incisive humor.
Synopsis: Students of color deal with life issues while attending a predominately white Ivy League college…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 102.221%
Critics Consensus: An auspicious beginning for CBS All Access, The Good Fight solidly follows its predecessor while allowing for new storytelling styles, a wider narrative scope, and a chance for its lead to explore new territory with a relatable human struggle.
Synopsis: The legal drama series is a spin-off of “The Good Wife” and takes place about a year after that series… [More]


Adjusted Score: 101.468%
Critics Consensus: Haunting and vivid, The Handmaid’s Tale is an endlessly engrossing adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel that’s anchored by a terrific central performance from Elisabeth Moss.
Synopsis: Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of… [More]
Directed By: Reed Morano


Sneaky Pete: Season 1 (2017) 100%

Adjusted Score: 101.123%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, smart, and terrifically cast, Sneaky Pete is part dramedy, part crime caper, and all in all entertaining.
Synopsis: Season 1 sees convicted con man Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) released from prison and assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete,… [More]


GLOW: Season 1 (2017) 95%

Adjusted Score: 100.662%
Critics Consensus: With spot-on 1980s period detail, knockout writing, and a killer cast, GLOW shines brightly.
Synopsis: Set in Los Angeles during the 1980s, an unemployed actress hopes to find stardom by portraying a female wrestler…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 100.564%
Critics Consensus: Mindhunter distinguishes itself in a crowded genre with ambitiously cinematic visuals and a meticulous attention to character development.
Synopsis: Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases…. [More]


Adjusted Score: 100.537%
Critics Consensus: The Defiant Ones is a compelling, comprehensive portrait of two visionaries that illuminates both their colorful pasts and their historic influence on the music industry.
Synopsis: Set amid many of the defining events of the past four decades, this four-part documentary event tells the stories of… [More]
Starring: Dr. Dre


Adjusted Score: 99.929%
Critics Consensus: The Vietnam War revisits a dark chapter in American history with patience, grace, and a refreshing — and sobering — perspective informed by those who fought.
Synopsis: A history of the Vietnam War that features insights from U.S. soldiers, Americans who opposed the war, Vietnamese combatants and… [More]
Directed By: Ken Burns


Adjusted Score: 98.832%
Critics Consensus: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an upbeat addition to Amazon’s original offerings, propelled by a playful yet poignant performance by Rachel Brosnahan.
Synopsis: Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted–the perfect husband, two kids, and… [More]

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