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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6. 'Patton Oswalt: Annihilation' (Netflix)

Patton Oswalt goes back to work in this brutally funny instant-classic stand-up special, 18 months after the sudden death of his wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara. He does for grief what Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip did for freebase addiction, getting confessional about the dark side: "If one more person wishes me 'strength' on my 'healing journey,' I'm going to throw a balloon full of piss into the window of every candle store on the planet." He even structures it like the classic Pryor film – the first half is a relaxed comedy routine, luring you into a false sense of security, making you wonder if he’s even going to mention Recent Tragic Events at all. And then he gets agonizingly real. I watched it at least a dozen times the first week it was out, along with every other widow or widower on the planet. The moral of the story, from his late wife: "It's chaos. Be kind."

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