Holy crap was there a lot of television this year. While we've already covered our best and worst shows of the year, there were many specific moments in these series, as well as memorable highlights from shows that didn't make it into our Top 10 list, that we'd be remiss to not highlight - or remind you of how awful they were. Steel yourselves, here comes our best and worst TV moments of 2017.
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I stormed through the second season of Stranger Things during a nine-hour flight back from a social media-free holiday, so I wasn't around to see how people were reacting to the latest visit to the Upside Down. When I reached the seventh episode, "The Lost Sister", I remember thinking it was all right. Not the finest hour of television I'd ever seen, but it had some elements I genuinely liked, and I understood its place in the series. Lo and behold, once the internet was restored, the entire world was buzzing with how wrong I was about everything.
Even though they easily could have ended up being insufferable, the young actors at the centre of Stranger Things are actually endearing and charming as hell. But back when the Duffer Brothers were first dreaming the series up, they had every intention of killing one of those lovable kids on screen.
Maxine Mayfield, also known as Mad Max, was a much-needed addition to the second season of Stranger Things. The show was lacking in young female representation, apart from Nancy and Eleven, and after "Justice for Barb," adding a female co-star seemed like a smart and calculated choice. Only, what was supposed to be Stranger Things making amends for past mistakes actually ended up creating a new problem altogether.
There are moments where Stranger Things gets so lost in its own extradimensional mythos, you can forget that most of the other residents of Hawkins are living perfectly normal, everyday lives free of demogorgons. But the show makes a point of pulling you back to reality with characters such as Erica, Lucas' little sister.
The kids from 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, were back with Stranger Things 2, the second season of Netflix's breakout show from the Duffer Brothers. It arrived with huge expectations and massive excitement so, like many of you, we binged the whole thing on its first weekend. Overall, Stranger Things 2 was a delight, and a worthy additions to the pop culture phenomenon -- but it also definitely had a few issues. And below, we talk about it all, filled with spoilers.
Here's the thing about Stranger Things season two: If you liked season one, and pretty much everyone did, then you'll like this season just fine. Everything is turned up a bit, but the soul of Stranger Things remains what it was last season -- a story about friendship, family, and giant piles of '80s nostalgia.
Netflix has a huge trove of data on your viewing habits -- not just what TV shows and movies you watch but when you watch them, how quickly you watch them, and how long you watch them for. It also knows what makes you choose one show over another -- including which thumbnail you'll like more, based on what other shows you've already seen.