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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16. 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (HBO)

The social assassin strikes again. Larry David resumes his toxic stroke job of a life, as if rejuvenated from all his Bernie Sanders impersonations. But it's weirdly therapeutic to watch this asshole run amok again – a timely reminder that there's a fine line between rich old creeps and funny rich old creeps. When he sets up the Funkhouser nephew with a nice girl (big deal, so she’s a hooker!) and the young man gets killed running with the bulls at Pamplona, Larry's there to offer the consoling epitaph: "That's not so shocking. You're running with the bulls; i would be shocking if he didn't die." Bryan Cranston joins as a shrink (bringing a shtickel of Seinfeld), Salman Rushdie sings the praises of "fatwah sex," Leon and Susie and Jeff and Marty all shine – but it's Larry who strikes the sourest notes, as he always will and always should.

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