TV Technica 2017: Our 10 favorite watches
Warning: This story discusses a handful of specific moments from TV in 2017. Though we’ve strived to avoid spoilng anything major, please note this list includes specific references to Stranger Things 2, Mr. Robot S3, Master of None S2, and Last Week Tonight among others.
More and more big players started entering the TV game in 2017: Facebook and Apple began devoting resources to original content, and old media stalwarts such as CBS and Disney decided a standalone streaming service was worth an investment. The downside of this seemingly imminent TV future is obvious: if you think it’s hard to find a show to talk about at work now, wait 'til we all have to subscribe to 15 different services to stay up on the latest darling of TV critics.
Still, the upsides may be worth navigating that headache. There has never been more room and opportunity for a diverse set of creators to get their shot. And that ever-increasing mass of shows to sample means it’s better than ever for fans of certain television niches. Whether you want things that are only teen-focused, tech-focused, or terror-focused, chances are, multiple options exist and a few of them will be well worth a binge-weekend investment.
Around Ars—whether dealing with TV, film, music, books, or something else entirely—we tend to prefer our pop culture with a heavy dose of science and technology involved. So when looking back at the television that stuck with us in 2017, our mind doesn’t necessarily go to the same “best” shows you may find on lists at Uproxx or EW. Instead, we fondly remember (and recommend) some of the Ars Techn-iest moments on the small screen below in no particular order.
With apologies to Frankie manipulating mom for a new phone on Better Things, Better Call Saul's awesome VFX team, "Pulling a Brockmire," and SNL on "Papyrus"…