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Top 10 Best TV Moments of 2017

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Script written by Nick Spake These are the top 10 TV moments we’ve seen this year! We’ve invluded M.K.’s death from “Orphan Black”, the bathtub from “13 Reasons Why”, The Bad Place from “The Good Place”, Michael’s death from “Jane the Virgin”, Oflgen strikes back from “The Handmaid’s Tale”, who shot fred? From “Riverdale”, Eleven returns from “Stranger Things”, how to train your dragon from “Game of Thrones”, Quinn’s potential death from “Scandal”, Somebody’s death from “Big Little Lies” and William’s death in “This is Us.”
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Top 10 TV Moments of 2017


In 2017, the small screen brought us stories overrun with death, dragons, and demo-dogs. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 TV Moments of 2017.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the highlights from a stellar year of television. If you still have a slew of shows on your watch list, keep in mind that this list contains spoiler after spoiler.


#10: M.K.’s Death
“Orphan Black” (2013-17)


Throughout “Orphan Black,” Tatiana Maslany delivered an acting tour de force, portraying not just one, but several unforgettable characters. Going into the show’s final scene, audiences figured at least one of the clones would bite the dust. We still weren’t prepared for M.K.’s demise, however, primarily because it was executed in such a brutal fashion. Pretending to be Sarah pretending to be Rachel, M.K. is caught and finds herself at the mercy of Ferdinand. Despising Rachel and M.K. for different reasons, Ferdinand views this as two revenge fantasies for the price of one. Our jaws dropped and our heart broke as Ferdinand stomped on M.K.’s chest and Kira immediately sensed that she was gone.


#9: The Bathtub
“13 Reasons Why” (2017-)


From the beginning, we all knew “13 Reasons Why” would eventually depict Hannah Baker killing herself. That didn’t make it any less gut-wrenching to watch, though. Pushed over the edge, Hannah fills up the bathtub, climbs in, and slits her wrists. While watching Hannah’s suicide is devastating, it’s her mother’s reaction that really left us chilled. Stumbling upon the scene, Mrs. Baker almost seems to be in denial of what has happened. Struggling to pull Hannah out of the bloody water and calling out for help, she’s inevitably forced to accept the harsh reality that her daughter is dead. No matter how you felt about this controversial series, this scene undeniably packs a powerful punch.


#8: The Bad Place
“The Good Place” (2016-)


One of the most ambitious comedies of recent years, “The Good Place” started off with an inspired premise and only got more intriguing with one clever twist after another. The greatest revelation of all came in the Season 1 finale, as Eleanor noticed that the Good Place is far from heaven. That’s because she’s really in the Bad Place and Michael has designed the neighborhood to make her, as well as three others, miserable. This development not only works on a comedic level, but on a storytelling one as well. With brilliant buildup and a pitch perfect payoff, it’s a twist worthy of Rod Serling. Actually, this exact same thing happened in “The Twilight Zone.”


#7: Michael Dies
“Jane the Virgin” (2014-)


For almost three seasons, Jane was stuck in the middle of a love triangle, torn between her boyfriend, Michael, and the father of her unplanned child, Rafael. While Jane ultimately tied the knot with Michael, they don’t live happily ever after. As much as he loves Jane, Michael’s heart isn’t strong enough and he collapses shortly after completing a test. In a blunt edit, we then cut to a traumatized Jane on the phone as she learns of her husband’s sudden demise. What made this twist especially shocking is that Michael had already overcome so much. Just when it looked like Michael’s gunshot wound was in the past, death crept back up on him.


#6: Rebecca’s Suicide Attempt
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (2015-)


Behind its quirky exterior, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has a surprisingly dark underdone. Season 3 went to some truly grim places as Rebecca alienated everyone she loves and hit rock bottom like never before. On a plane with her final destination up in the air, Rebecca decides to mix her alcoholic drink with a bottle of pills. It’s always been clear that Rebecca isn’t the most emotionally stable person, but we never expected her to take such an unsettling turn. Her suicide attempt is perhaps the most honest moment in the series, as well as the hardest to watch. Fortunately, the spotlight isn’t out for Rebecca, as the prospect of hope encourages her to ask for help.


#5: Ofglen Strikes Back
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (2017-)


Alexis Bledel won a Primetime Emmy for her portrayal of Ofglen, originally known as Emily and later called Ofsteven. The horrors this handmaid endures couldn’t be more disturbing, as she’s condemned for being a homosexual, watches her partner die, and undergoes female genital mutilation. No matter how hard her oppressors try to break her, though, she only emerges stronger than ever. In an act of rebellion, she takes a car for a spin and runs over a guard with fatal results. As gruesome as this scene is, it’s also incredibly empowering to see a handmaid briefly reclaim control in this totalitarian society. Ofsteven is taken away, but her actions inspire Offred to never give up.


#4: Who Shot Fred?
“Riverdale” (2017-)


“Riverdale” was perhaps the small screen’s most unlikely success in 2017, taking a rather campy comic book series and adapting it into an addicting teen drama. The mystery of Jason Blossom’s death kept us hooked throughout Season One and the reveal of his murderer didn’t disappoint. Right after that revelation, however, we were left with an even greater mystery to solve. At Pop’s diner, a masked gunman storms in and shoots Fred, leaving him to bleed out in Archie’s arms. It was an unexpected cliffhanger to leave us on, getting the audience even more pumped for Season 2.


#3: Eleven Returns
“Stranger Things” (2016-)

After the divisive “Chapter Seven” of “Stranger Things 2,” the audience wanted nothing more than for Eleven to get back to Hawkins where her loved ones awaited. The following episode couldn’t have given us a more epic, heartwarming, and applause-worthy reunion. With something sinister surrounding the Byers’ residence, our heroes arm themselves with guns, bats, and slingshots. Luckily, it turns out that an old friend’s got this covered. While we don’t actually see the confrontation, watching the monster fly through a window and Eleven open the front door is really all that’s needed. The reactions on everyone’s faces, particularly Mike’s, only adds to this long-awaited moment.


#2: How to Train Your Dragon
“Game of Thrones” (2011-)


In a notably strong year for the women of “Game of Thrones,” Sansa and Arya gave Little Finger his just deserts, while Daenerys showed the Lannisters that she’s a force to be reckoned with. Although the dragons have done some pretty badass things over the years, they’ve seen very little action. So when Daenerys lead a Dothraki army into battle while flying on Drogon, we couldn’t help but let out an overdue cheer. Everything about this action sequence, from the direction, to the visuals, to the music, is nothing short of mind-blowing. It even genuinely keeps us on our toes, as Drogon is hit with an arrow and Jaime is nearly burnt to a crisp.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Quinn’s Potential Death
“Scandal” (2012-)

The Finale
“The Mindy Project” (2012-17)

William’s Death
“This Is Us” (2016-)

#1: Somebody’s Dead
“Big Little Lies” (2017)


There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned whodunit and “Big Little Lies” was the most captivating mystery of 2017. For seven episodes, this limited series kept us wondering who died and how it happened. The finale delivered in a big way, revealing that Perry fell down a flight of stairs after attacking his wife in front of her friends. In an unanticipated turn, it’s Bonnie who ends up pushing him. This twist is satisfying for a variety of reasons. For starters, Perry was an abusive SOB that got what he had coming to him. Watching the ladies come together to pass off his death as an accident is an especially fitting way to close matters out.

Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite TV moment of 2017? For more entertaining Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to MsMojo.
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