The Masked 10 (plus 5): The Masked Scheduler’s favorite TV shows of 2017

Here’s the annual list of my favorite shows of the year. In no way are these the “best” shows of 2017 because, for the life of me, I don’t know what that means. I try not to be cute and impress you all with some obscure series that is on some unknown network. These are all pretty well-known properties

Although I call it the Masked 10, it’s really made up of 15 shows. Eight of them are carryovers from 2016.

A lot of critical darlings are missing, and yes, I watched several of them but I enjoyed these more. The one I have yet to see is “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which I hope to get to over the holidays. I think I’m going to like it a lot.

As a scheduler, I cannot help but put some of these shows together since the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

They are listed in some order of favoritocity, so there is sort of a new favorite among the favorites this year. Without further ado, here’s this year’s MASKED 10 (plus five).

“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“The Americans” (FX)
“Billions” (Showtime)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“GLOW” (Netflix)/”Mae Young Classic” (WWE Network)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Deuce” (HBO)
“Jane the Virgin”/”Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”/”Riverdale” (The CW)
“Fresh Off the Boat”/”The Goldbergs” (ABC)
“Catastrophe” (Amazon)

Here are five that didn’t make the cut but I thoroughly enjoyed and would strongly recommend if you have yet to see.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Girls” (HBO)
“Chewing Gum” (Netflix)
“Difficult People” (Hulu)
“Fargo” (FX)

If I can say there was one disappointment for me this year, it was the return of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on HBO. It has run its course.

The Emperor’s New Clothes series of the year (there always are a bunch to choose from) was “Legion” (FX).

Here are the shows I watch out of loyalty; I’m looking forward to a time when I no longer feel the obligation. I’m a completist.

“The Walking Dead” (AMC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Suits” (USA)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“Empire” (FOX)

Finally, “Preacher” (AMC) was the freshman show that I was so looking forward to, but I found the second season a disappointment.

I already have lots of stuff on the runway for 2018 viewing. It never stops, but there’s a lot of really good stuff out there 365 days a year.