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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'Fargo' (FX)

Noah Hawley's anthology thriller spins another sprawling tale of small-time American crime, starring Minnesota as the place where our most cherished national delusions go to die in the snow. Ewan McGregor shines in the double role of two fatally mismatched brothers: one the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, the other a cheap hood with a magnificently evil muse in Mary Elizabeth Winstead. But that's just the tip of Fargo's astonishing cast: David Thewlis reigns as the British mob kingpin Varga, plotting his nefarious international conspiracies while pontificating about Beethoven and Franz Ferdinand and Lenin. ("Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov – not the bloody Walrus.")

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