On Monday, June 19, the Television Critics Association announced their six choices for the best new TV program of the 2016-2017 season. Their nominees include some of the biggest hits of this past year: “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “This Is Us,” “Atlanta,” “The Crown” and “The Good Place.” If you were a TCA voter, which show would you pick as the best? Let us know by voting down in our poll below.
Of this group, a whopping three come from streaming services, indicating that the best of TV may not actually be on TV. Netflix boasts two of the nominees — 1980s horror-mystery “Stranger Things” about the search for a missing boy, and biographical drama “The Crown” centering on the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II — while Hulu’s contender is “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.
Both “This Is Us” and “The Good Place” can be found on broadcast network NBC, while “Atlanta” represents all cable networks by earning a nom for FX. Family drama “This Is Us” ended Season 1 as the year’s most-watched drama series in the demo, “The Good Place” kept viewers entertained by coming up with several unique twists, and “Atlanta” is the breakout comedy of the year from the mind of rising star Donald Glover.
According to Metacritc, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the best-reviewed of these six with an impressive 92 score. Here’s how the other five TCA nominees rank according to television critics: “Atlanta” comes in with a 90 score, “The Crown” has an 81 score, “The Good Place” has a 78 score, “This Is Us” has a 76 score and “Stranger Things” has a 76 score.
Which of these six do you think is the best new program on television? Or does that honor belong to another show not in the TCA’s lineup? Vote in our poll below.
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