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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'Better Call Saul' (AMC)

At first, Better Call Saul might have seemed like a mere prequel spin-off designed to bask in the glory of the much-missed Breaking Bad. But in its masterful third season, it really broke free from the shadow of its predecessor, as Bob Odenkirk added new dimensions of slime and shame to his portrayal of hustling lawyer Slippin' Jimmy McGill, years before he changes his name and meets Walter White. This season Gus Fring entered the timeline – but the real stunner was Michael McKean as elder brother Chuck McGill, both treacherous and vulnerable. As his health fails and his mind fizzles out, Chuck still manages to teach Jimmy valuable lessons in what it means to steal, to cheat, to lie.

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