AFI Top 10 TV programs of 2017: Emmy champs ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ win again

Two of three big winners at this year’s Emmys — the drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the limited series “Big Little Lies” — number among the AFI Top 10 TV programs of the year as announced Thursday (Dec. 8). The comedy Emmy champ, “Veep,” was left off the AFI roster this year after making the cut last year.

Of last year’s other nine honorees, four drama series — “The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “Stranger Things” and “This is Us” — are back.

The American Film Institute list is laden with first-time honorees including the comedies “The Good Place,” “Insecure” and “Master of None” and the limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

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Despite the increasing admiration for streaming networks within the industry and by other awards groups, only two are represented here: Netflix with “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” and Hulu with “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “The Good Place” and “This Is Us,” which both air on NBC, are the lone representatives of network TV programming.

This year, AFI’s special award for the program that contributes to America’s cultural legacy is Ken Burn’s epic PBS series “The Vietnam War.”

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These programs, along with the winners of the film awards, will be feted during a Jan. 5 luncheon in Los Angeles.

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