Table of contents:
- GLOW, Netflix
- Big Little Lies, Sky Atlantic
- The Handmaid's Tale, TIMVision
- Mindhunter, Netflix
- American Gods, Amazon Prime Video
- Feud, FX
- I Love Dick, Amazon Prime Video
- Dear White People, Netflix
- Legion, Fox
- The other Grace, Netflix
- Big Mouth, Netflix
2023 Author: Devin Ellington | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 01:33
If the sofa is your creed, here are the unmissable TV series of 2017, to see all in one breath and recover if you have not yet seen
Between Netflix and Sky (and not only) now we are at the mercy of the many TV series that come out periodically leaving us the perennial feeling of not being on par with everything we would like to see.
However: what to give up?
Cinematographically increasingly advanced both in terms of writing and film staging, TV series represent true contemporary entertainment.
2017 has been a year of great returns, from Twin Peaks 3 to House of Cards 5 passing through the anticipated Game of Thrones 7 (Sky Atlantic) and Suburra (Netflix).
But not only that: at the moment 2017 is also proving to be a good year for its beginnings, among which the best are above all those with female figures as protagonists.
So here it is the best first seasons of 2017, the ones you absolutely must catch up with right away.
Available from 23 June, GLOW is for 2017 what Stranger Things was for 2016: the surprise of the year.
Inspired by homonymous tv show of the eighties, the series created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black) starts from a single story and then becomes a beautiful ensemble story by survival from disgrace through sisterhood.
Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) is a ' unemployed actress from Los Angeles which you find in the format of women's wrestling his last chance to act.
However, all this involves working with a bunch of Hollywood geeks, but most of all facing her ex-best friend Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) and the wrongs between them.
Big Little Lies, Sky Atlantic
Miniseries based on the bestseller of the same name by Liane Moriarty and adapted for TV by David E. Kelley under the direction of the always amazing Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild), Big Little Lies rightfully holds a place of honor among our favorite series of 2017.
The protagonist is a group of women (Reese Witherspoon, Laura Den, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley) leading her affluent existence in Monterey, a seaside town in California.
Each of them has two faces: the social one of the golden appearance and the deprived one of a drama that is patiently endured and hidden to keep the privilege of a life like that unaltered.
The Handmaid's Tale, TIMVision
Based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood (in Italian The Handmaid's Tale), The Handmaid's Tale is set in a hypothetical future near the republic of Gilead, located where the United States of America once stood.
Here women are divided into categories - Wives, Daughters, Non-women and Handmaids - and they have no rights.
While humanity is on the verge of extinction due to the lack of fertile women, those who still manage to have children, called the Handmaids, are reduced by men to simple procreation tools.
The Handmaid's Tale is a tough and merciless series, with a talented Elisabeth Moss protagonist.
Partly shot by David Fincher («Fight Club», «The Social Network»), «Mindhunter» was one of the undisputed surprises of 2017.
The series tells the entry of the study of behavioral sciences into investigative procedures by the FBI during the seventies, the ones they saw in action Serial killer of the caliber of Dennis Rader, Edmund Kemper, Jerry Brudos, but even less directly Charles Manson and Son of Sam.
"Mindhunter" fits perfectly into Fincher's 'investigative' cinema, made up more of psychology than of actual action, as he taught us in masterpieces such as "Seven", from which he also collects the legacy of the police couple.
The protagonists of this thriller-noir are in fact the Agent Ford (Jonathan Goff, gorgeous) And Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), supported by a formidable female figure like that of the sophisticated and witty Wendy Carr (Anna Torv).
Netflix has already announced the second season.
American Gods, Amazon Prime Video
Other series taken from a cult book is American Gods.
Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name, beautifully brought to the small screen by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, tells the tragedy of Shadow.
After three years in prison, the man is ready to go home, but on the very day of his release he discovers that his wife and his best friend have died in an accident.
Together, since they were lovers.
On the plane that is to take him to his beloved's funeral, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday who makes him a bizarre job offer: become his bodyguard.
The man accepts, even though he does not know who Mr. Wednesday really is and the war he is getting into.
A series visually well designed and told, to see especially if you are fascinated by the mythological stories.
Miniseries starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, Feud tells the legendary rivalry between the two great divas Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in 1960s Hollywood.
Created by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), Feud is a series that narrates in fiction, with a fake documentary cut, a cross-section of the history of entertainment.
It will make you laugh, cry, without forgetting from time to time to get irritated by the absurd character of the two protagonists and their obsessions.
In the cast, in addition to the aforementioned Lange-Crawford and Sarandon-Davis, we also find Stanley Tucci, Alfred Molina and Judy Davis.
I Love Dick, Amazon Prime Video
I am eight episodes taken from one of the novels that most marked femininity in our century: I Love Dick by Chris Kraus (cult book in the United States, has only recently been printed in Italy by Neri Pozza).
Irreverent and not at all feel good, I Love Dick tells the story of a couple, whose balance is broken the day an artist who is as magnetic as revolutionary bursts into their life, especially for her.
The creator of the series is the delicate and profound Jill Soloway - former author of Transparent, also in the Amazon catalog - who has carried out her profound research on the essence of femininity which challenges a traditional conception of women.
The protagonists of the series are Kathryn Hahn (The secret dreams of Walter Mitty, Captain Fantastic), but above all an always fascinating, even if today a bit elderly Kevin Bacon, in the role of Dick.
Dear White People, Netflix
Passed on the sly, but excellent 'lunch break series' (are ten episodes of half an hour each: now to dispose of all those we want to see, we must carefully plan them in every free moment of the day), Dear White People is set in a U. S. A. college where a community of African American students has to deal daily with problems related to integration and the ignorance of many white comrades.
Created by Justin Simien, the series tells a specific episode in the university life of a group of friends, relived from bet to bet by each protagonist, according to his very personal point of view.
A dramedy not to be missed
Legion is a bizarre series, which simultaneously stages the real drama of madness and the magic of superpowers.
Conceived by Noah Hawley (Fargo, the series), Legion is dedicated to one of the strongest mutant characters among the X-Men, but it looks nothing like what you have seen in the cinema so far in the field of 'superheroes'.
David Haller, this is the name of the protagonist played by the handsome Dan Stevens, suffer from multiple personality: there are hundreds (hence the reason for his nickname, 'legion') the identities that are hosted by his body, each with immense powers (from telekinesis to telepathy).
If the young man was able to control them all, it would become a kind of god: For this, a team of humans has been hired to guard him.
The other Grace, Netflix
Passed a bit on the sly due to its post-tornado release "Stranger Things 2", "The Other Grace" is a Netflix mini-series based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name (former author of the book "The Handmaid's Tales", from which "The Handmaid's Tale" was taken, see above).
The story rests on facts that really happened: Grace Marks is a domestic immigrant from Canada to Ireland, who came in 1843 accused of the murder of his employer, together with that of his mistress (another maid), brutally thrown into the cellar and torn to pieces. Grace, sentenced to life imprisonment, becomes subject of study by Dr. Simon Jordan, which helps her fill her memory holes by trying to resist the urge to seduce her.
All played during the analysis sessions of Dr. Jordan, between dialogue and flashback, "The other Grace" tells l to the psychology of one of the most famous murderers of the nineteenth century, when mental illness was not yet contemplated in all its nuances, but was beginning to be studied. Grace's story and her character are dangerously seductive and really well told.
Big Mouth, Netflix
"Big Mouth" is one Netflix animated series co-created by Andrew Goldberg - one of the pillars of the cheeky American comedy thanks to cult like "American Dad" or "Family Guy" - and tells the growth experiences of a group of rather nerdy kids struggling with puberty.
Among monsters that force them to have forbidden experiences with their now uncontrollable body, needs in the balance between childhood not yet completely overcome - especially for their respective parents - and adulthood as imminent as apparently distant, as well as investigations on sex and sexuality, «Big Mouth» enchants with its truthfulness and entertains to tears with its l irreverent language.
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