2017 was quite the year in entertainment in front of the camera and behind the scenes. From films making history to scandals coming to light that changed the way fans and celebrities alike view the industry and those in it, this year was something to remember and full of events that drew discussion and hopefully a shift in some areas. Here’s my list of my favorite television shows, movies, and music from this year.

The Silver Screen
  1. Legion

Legion

The series aired in the first half of 2017, with a January premiere, so it feels like it’s been quite a while since it debuted on FX. The series, helmed by Fargo‘s Noah Hawley, was visually intriguing and had a storyline that couldn’t be easily predicted. I loved the way the Marvel and X-Men easter eggs were incorporated and how every episode felt unique.

The show’s lead, Dan Stevens, definitely had a successful year besides Legion, starring in Beauty and the Beast as well. Although seemingly underrated and not talked about enough, Legion was one of my favorite series of the year. The show returns for its second season in 2018.

  1. Queen Sugar Season Two

The second season of Queen Sugar was amazing this year. The series is based on a book and brought to OWN Network by the talented Ava DuVernay with Oprah Winfrey as a producer. Season two continued to tackle the nuances of African-American families, their struggles, and the ways society and expectations impact them. The cast, which includes Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardener, Kofi Siriboe, Bianca Lawson, and Tina Lifford always amazes me with their moving performances. I found myself in tears numerous times this season between the police brutality storyline and the shocking revelation that rocked the Bordelon family. I can’t wait for season three in 2018!

  1. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four

The second half of season four that aired earlier this year gave me some of my favorite AOS moments and episodes. The performances from the cast as their characters faced a different reality in The Framework were amazing. Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, and Natalia Cordova-Buckley were standouts. I loved seeing Brett Dalton back as Grant Ward too. The LMD storyline was exciting and the inclusion of Ghostrider made season four one of the series best.

  1. My Hero Academia Season Two

2017This anime had me hooked from episode one. I sped through season one and excitedly waited for season two, which did not disappoint. Watching Midoriya and his classmates progress and compete was pretty entertaining. I was also happy to get more backstory and lead up to the series big villain. I don’t currently read the manga, but it’s on my list of things to do. I’m definitely looking forward to season three.

  1. Stranger Things Season Two

The cast continues to be great, especially with strong, new additions. The storyline, though different with the separation of Eleven from the group, kept me watching. Steve. Bob. Chief Hopper bonding with Eleven. I loved it all.

Honorable Mentions: The Gifted, the final seasons of Teen Wolf and Reign, and season four of How to Get Away With Murder.

The Big Screen

Here’s to the movies I said I was going to see and actually went to the theaters to see. So many fell into Redbox rental territory this year sadly. I still have a few to watch so this list will probably miss some of your favorites, especially because I’m giving only my top 5.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok made me laugh and I loved Cate Blanchett as Hela. As I said in my review, the visuals were great and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie was a highlight. Talking Hulk was weird but made the interactions between Bruce and Thor so much better.
  2. Baby Driver was a film that I could not stop talking about after I saw it. It was exciting and unique in the way that it was choreographed to music. Musical films have done this so it’s not a new concept, but to have an action film do it was fun and felt fresh. Director Edgar Wright also puts together a pretty decent soundtrack for the film. Shoutout to Ansel Elgort for his Golden Globe nomination.
  3. Wonder Woman pretty much stole the summer, breaking records, and giving female directors a win with Patty Jenkins at the helm. The film was a needed win for Warner Brothers and the DCEU. The sequel is already in the works with Gal Gadot set to return as the Amazonian goddess for the third time.
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was a really good follow up to the first film. It had humor and some unexpected emotional moments. I’ve been saying “I’m Mary Poppins, ya’ll” since I saw the movie.
  5. Logan definitely had a different feel from the other X-Men and Wolverine films, but that uniqueness was fresh and gave Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the character feel more intimate and raw.
Music

Instead of picking albums, I decided to tackle the task of narrowing down my favorite songs of 2017. Here are my picks.

  1. “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
  2. “Love Galore” by SZA ft. Travis Scott
  3. “New Rules” by Dua Lipa
  4. “Told You So” by Paramore
  5. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

Honorable Mentions: “Now” by Miguel, “Want You Back” by HAIM, and “Won’t He Do It” by Koryn Hawthorne

2018 things I’m looking forward to:

  • Black Panther
  • One Punch Man Season 2
  • Legion Season 2
  • Avengers: Infinity Wars
  • Atlanta Season 2
  • The Incredibles 2
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • Aquaman
  • Deadpool 2
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure
  • My Hero Academia Season 3
What were your favorites of 2017?

Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.

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