12 Best TV Shows of 2017 So Far

From the Young Pope to the Black Lodge – the cream of the TV crop that's already made 2017 a banner year for the small screen

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'Feud' (FX)

Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford: the ultimate Old Hollywood beef, brought to life by Ryan Murphy. And he cast the only legends who could have played these roles: Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Bette and Joan always clashed – when Davis became the first woman to win the American Film Institute's lifetime achievement award in 1977, Crawford had to upstage her by dying a few weeks later. (That's the old-school equivalent of releasing your music on streaming platforms the day your enemy drops her new album.) Since I'm a ride-or-die bitch for Bette Davis, I could quibble that Feud makes this rivalry look a lot more equal than it was – Baby Jane or no Baby Jane, Joan was never in Bette's league, never even close. (That scene in Old Acquaintance where Bette strangles Miriam Hopkins? Sheer magic!) But Lange is so tragically regal as Crawford – a cracked actress who knows the glory days are over but steels herself to fight dirty for every scrap of fame she has left.

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