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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13. 'Halt and Catch Fire' (AMC)

This underdog AMC drama about the early days of the personal-computer racket got stronger as it went on, beginning as a tale of the early Eighties, on the "Silicon Prairie" of Texas before migrating west to the Bay Area and crashing into the Nineties. But even those of us who enjoyed the first season had no idea how great Halt would get. Especially in this fourth and final season, as the Comet crew entered the browser wars at the dawn of the Internet, circa 1994. This season was full of superb acting  – especially Mackenzie Davis as Cameron and Kerry Bishe as Donna – and clever use of music, from Bikini Kill to Veruca Salt. (That scene with Pavement's "Range Life" nailed me even harder than the Crippled Pilgrims song last season.) The show ended up doing for the computer industry what Mad Men did for advertising – a story about damaged people joining together to go to work, because it's all they know how to do.

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