On Monday, June 19, the Television Critics Association announced their choices for the best television of the 2016-2017 season, and their picks included two of the biggest cult hits of the year: Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and HBO’s “The Leftovers.” Under most awards circumstances, both shows are underdogs with the kinds of sci-fi, fantasy and horror elements that voters usually turn up their nose at, but “Game of Thrones” has opened the door and now the TV academy may not be able to resist the year’s hottest genre shows. What about you? Do you think the TCA got it right? Is “Stranger Things” or “The Leftovers” is the best TV program of the year? Or was the year’s best show overlooked entirely?
“Stranger Things” is inspired by classics pop culture from the 1980s and tells the story of a young boy who has disappeared into another dimension. “The Leftovers” is also about a disappearance: the “Sudden Departure” of 2% of the world’s population without a trace; the show aired its third and final season this spring and answered … some of the big questions, perhaps. They’re up against FX’s breakout comedy “Atlanta” starring Donald Glover, the HBO limited series “Big Little Lies” featuring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, Hulu’s dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” with Elisabeth Moss, and NBC’s emotional family drama “This is Us,” which was a surprise hit and could put broadcast networks back on the awards map after years of cable and streaming shows gradually taking over.
Of course, these six shows are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the TV season. Which one do you think is the best program on television? Or is it another show not in the TCA’s lineup? Vote in our poll below.
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