Television has been our constant companion. Whether we are nursing a broken heart by watching an emotional saga or bingeing on a rib-tickling comedy, it is the perfect entertainer. TV shows spark our imagination and offer lighter moments of entertainment which we all crave for in our busy lives.

Below are 6 of the best shows that television has to offer in 2017.

Big Little Lies

With a star cast that spells Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman (both of whom also executive produce the show) and Shailene Woodley you cannot go much wrong in the acting department. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, the Californian setting and real life issues resonate with the audiences. If you haven’t got the chance to watch the 8-episode series yet, you can catch it on HBO.

Thirteen Reasons Why

The controversial show generated a lot of media attention and cautionary notices for viewers. The plot revolves around a high-school girl who decides to take her own life as a result of bullying and sexual assault. Although some find the depiction of these scenes very impressionable, the show truly takes off on the central characters’ chemistry. Flawless execution from every creative department is what makes this show a stand-out.

This Is Us

It is all about the Pearson family where two timelines are woven together for a gripping tale of emotionally packed drama. It will have you return every week for answers and reach out for tissues while watching stellar performances like that of Chrissy Metz as Kate. Season two returns this September and if you need to catch up with the family drama, turn to Amazon for season one repeats.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The story takes place in a dystopian world where a reproductive woman is a prized possession. It’s gritty and outright cringe-worthy at times but the amazing performance of Elizabeth Moss as the steely handmaid Offred will stick with you long after the show’s run. Supported by an equally stellar cast of Ann Dowd and Yvonne Strahowski, it is undoubtedly one of the year’s best dramatic offerings.

I Love Dick

This is the second innings by Jill Soloway who is the creator of the LGBT centric show Transparent. I Love Dick stars Kathryn Hahn (who plays the rabbi in Transparent) and is based on a novel by Chris Kraus. It is the journey of a woman over 35 who wants it all from sex to eroticism to love and success. She makes no qualms about her needs and its funny and heart breaking moments will strike a chord with you for sure.

Orange Is the New Black

The show has a pretty huge fan following and rightly so. The fifth season left no stone unturned. Be it prison riots or the talent show scene, it was impeccably acted and the show has always managed to keep the audiences hooked with spicy plot twists and cliff-hangers. Be it Taystee or Red or anyone else, you connect and feel for the characters.

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