Facebook Twitter In 2017, perhaps more than any other year in recent memory, real-world events lent a poignancy to certain TV shows that would not have been there before. And conversely, television personalities, actors, and creators who typically maintain an air of neutrality used their platforms to discuss real-world issues in strikingly personal ways.So while many of the shows on this list will clean up when it comes to awards season, and deservedly so, in coming up with our picks for the 25 best TV shows of 2017, we at TV Guide considered a number of criteria, including the impact of a show in the current cultural zeitgeist of America. This means that while we were just as obsessed with The Handmaid’s Tale as you were, there are a lot of shows making an appearance which managed the simple feat of making us smile — a often seemingly impossible task during the crush of negative news that was 2017. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Orphan Black — Orphan Black aired its final season this spring, and what a final season it was. Four years of mystery and intrigue tied together in way that was not only satisfying to fans but also focused on the emotional core of the show rather than the breakneck plot. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see such an intense performance from a lead actress anytime soon as Tatiana Maslany’s bow: The last half hour of the finale jumped forward in time to an unforgettable coda that showed the seestras living, if not peacefully, at least freely. The bittersweet normalness of a family fractured and found seeped into every delicious moment: Though the war was over, they still had a future to face. The only difference between the pilot and finale? The seestras didn’t have to go it alone.