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‘Rick and Morty’, ‘DuckTales’ Make EW’s Best TV Shows of 2017

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As we start to close out the year, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled its Ten Best TV Shows of 2017, with fan favorites Rick and Morty and DuckTales making the cut at numbers 5 and 8 respectively.

  1. Glow (Netflix)
  2. Twin Peaks (Showtime)
  3. Big Little Lies (HBO)
  4. The Good Place (NBC)
  5. Rick and Morty (Cartoon Network)
  6. Insecure (HBO)
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
  8. DuckTales (Disney XD)
  9. American Crime (ABC)
  10. Mr. Robot (USA)

McDonald’s Szechuan sauce joke/incident/phenomenon aside, the publication cited Rick and Morty’s third season as a “scathing parody of superhero movies and phantasmagoric space epic blending, a memory-twisting potboiler funnier than any [episode of] Black Mirror but twice as smart.”

Disney’s star-studded reboot earned raves as the “best family comedy of the year in every sense of the word, safe for kids but surprising for adults, with the best voice cast on television bringing every member of the tumultuous Duck clan to idiosyncratic life.”

As a long-time reader of EW, it’s worth noting that animated shows have almost never been featured in the Top Ten, and for two to be featured this year is a pretty impressive feat, speaking to the quality of the material in what has become an increasingly competitive age of TV across multiple streaming platforms, cable, and network channels.

What do you think of Rick and Morty and DuckTales? Do you believe they deserve best-of status? Sound off in the comments below!

Edited by: Morgan Stradling

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  • Yellow

    Awesome! Both of those shows are pretty great. Congrats to the people behind them, and the other shows in the top 10 as well.

  • Jeremiah

    Go Ducktales! Woo-oo! Also, go Handmaids Tale.

  • Sangria Crusader

    Other than Lena, the new DuckTales has been a lot of fun.

    But seriously, can we ditch Lena? I’m really not interested in Magica’s family tree– just keep her as a proper villain. Not every character needs some deep, hidden backstory. And Lena’s punk-rock “too cool for school” aesthetic is just… not fun. I don’t find her engaging or appealing as a character.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Lena doesn’t bother me much so I’m anxious to see where she fits in the plot next. Besides I was a little suspicious from the beginning about her influence on mostly Webby.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m shocked Ducktales made the list. So far, it’s a great show even though it goes for filler episode territory between the surprising cliffhangers. With the exceptions of Dragons (Seasons 1 and 2), Star Wars Rebels, Tangled: The Series and Hotel Transylvania, I had not been so excited for a cartoon show in a long time.

  • Really happy Ducktales made the list!! So far its a really fun show and I for one am a HUGE fan of the characters overall!! CONGRATS DUCKTALES!!!