The 25 Best TV Shows of 2017 (So Far)

1. The Leftovers

Network: HBO

In its final season, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s portrait of a world in extremis remains television’s most wildly inventive series, testing the limits of faith by testing the limits of the medium in equal measure. From a St. Louis hotel room to the Australian Outback, the distant past to the unknown future, its set of strange, loosely linked dispatches, dense with unexpected allusions (Perfect Strangers, the Wu Tang Clan) and lashed together by Max Richter’s devastating score, edges toward despair again and again—and then pulls us back from the brink with gestures of kindness, of understanding, of connections not broken but forged. Written, directed and acted with almost religious conviction, it is as inexplicable and as beautiful as a lost scrap of scripture, earning our devotion by proving itself one of the medium’s signal works of art. Matt Brennan