20 Best TV Shows of 2017

From mind-blowing sitcoms to fire-breathing dragons, the return of 'Twin Peaks' to 'Rick & Morty' – Rob Sheffield on the hightlights of our TV year

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14. 'Better Things' (FX)

"The worst part about divorce is being asked about it all the time," Pamela Adlon says in the revelatory second season of her scathing comedy. "I mean, it's amazing how nobody minds bringing it up – like I wanna talk about it? I'm fighting moment to moment just to feel normal." Better Things is a fight where you want to be on her side, even if normal is nowhere in sight. Adlon stars as a single mom and actress grappling with her daughters, her mom, her absent ex and the usual glut of useless men. The episode where she drops dozens of rapid-fire "no” attack on the same guy ("This is a very no") felt like an epitaph for the whole year. The comedian directed every episode herself; she also wrote most of them with her longtime friend and collaborator, Louis C.K. – whose behind-the-scenes creative presence just adds sad resonance to all her encounters with soul-crushingly disappointing men.

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