The 10 Biggest Breakout TV Shows of 2017

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Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why

Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why depicted teen suicide and was controversial to say the least. It was also the fourth most tweeted about TV show in 2017.

George Kraychyk/Hulu

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale rightfully dominated at the 2017 Emmys. The new series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel took home a staggering eight awards.

Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy in The Good Doctor
ABC/Bob D'Amico

The next great medical drama? We think so. ABC’s The Good Doctor has captured the nation’s heart. Over 11 million US viewers watched the pilot episode.


Glow on Netflix is a new, standout comedy series. Who doesn’t love a group of misfits finding their place in the world of women’s wrestling?

Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham in Star Trek Discovery
Jan Thijs/CBS

A resilient, decisive, brave female lead? We’re all about Sonequa Martin-Green as Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham in CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Discovery.

American Vandal

Who drew the d**ks?! American Vandal on Netflix perfectly combines satire and nation’s fascination with true-crime.

Aisha Dee, Katie Stevens, Meghann Fahy
Freeform/Justin Coit

Teamwork makes the dream work, right? Freeform’s The Bold Type is about friendship, female empowerment, and fashion.


Netflix’s Ozark is a crime thriller that makes us take a second look at who we’re related to.


Mindhunter blew our minds. From the series’ ’70s vibes to using real transcripts from the interviews conducted with the actual serial killers.

Big Little Lies

Women at the center of a series? Standing up for one another? Balancing motherhood, marriage, and work? Check, check, and check. Big Little Lies delivered on all accounts and the HBO series took home eight Emmy awards.

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2017 was quite the year for television, and with so many successful shows out there, you wonder what new series could possibly top mega-franchises like Game of Thrones and Grey’s Anatomy?

We’ve collected the top 10 breakout shows this year, and, boy, was it hard to narrow down the list!

Click through our gallery to find out which new series were the breakout hits of 2017.