Every year the number of shows vying for hearts, minds and attention increases exponentially. In the middle of the year, FX Networks chief John Landgraf observed there were already almost 350 scripted series across broadcast, cable, and streaming services, on-track to deliver 500 by year’s end — a new record, up from 455 scripted series the previous year.
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With the list ever-growing, and with many audiences committed to completionism with series they previously started years earlier (or just got into, thanks to a binge), there is often very little time in one’s day to give new shows a shot. But 2017 wasn’t just a time of the most television, it has also been a time of some truly strong television — bold stories that tackle tough topics, come from unique new voices, and/or