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The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked

The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked
It’s so, so very difficult to determine how long to stick with a series. Some shows get off to a bad start and later find their voice. Others start bad and get worse. Still others are sporadic in quality, for whatever creative reason.

But the list below is meant to help. Whether you’re looking for a new binge and want to know when a season will hit its peak, or you want to sample shows by seeing the best episode first, check out IndieWire’s ranking of the best TV episodes of 2017.

We don’t necessarily endorse starting with the best episodes — especially if it happens to be the season finale — but in a world of “too much TV,” there’s no wrong way to find the next great show. Ranked by episodic quality, these are the 25 best individual half-hours and hour-long entries of the 2017 season.

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The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked

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The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked
It’s so, so very difficult to determine how long to stick with a series. Some shows get off to a bad start and later find their voice. Others start bad and get worse. Still others are sporadic in quality, for whatever creative reason.

But the list below is meant to help. Whether you’re looking for a new binge and want to know when a season will hit its peak, or you want to sample shows by seeing the best episode first, check out IndieWire’s ranking of the best TV episodes of 2017.

We don’t necessarily endorse starting with the best episodes — especially if it happens to be the season finale — but in a world of “too much TV,” there’s no wrong way to find the next great show. Ranked by episodic quality, these are the 25 best individual half-hours and hour-long entries of the 2017 season.

Read More:The
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The Year of the Woman: 5 Ways Female Filmmakers, Actresses, and Advocates Forever Changed Hollywood in 2017

The Year of the Woman: 5 Ways Female Filmmakers, Actresses, and Advocates Forever Changed Hollywood in 2017
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future. This week, we look back on a monumental year, for better or worse.

Ask enough women in Hollywood about being a woman in Hollywood, and eventually a theme emerges: conversation is great, and the acknowledgement of the skewed numbers and lack of equality is essential. It’s a discussion that needs to happen, but won’t it be great when we can stop just talking and put words into action?

It’s a two-pronged dream — that conversation will move past chatter and produce real results, and that those results will create a world where inequality becomes a thing of the past.

But talking has a way of being one-sided and, as it turns out, there needed to be one more step in between the chatter and actually moving things forward. That finally happened in 2017, the year people stopped talking,
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Interview: Danielle Harris Discusses Her Unique Role in New Hospital Horror Film Inoperable and Shares Her Thoughts on the Halloween Franchise

You may know her as Jamie Lloyd or Annie Brackett from the Halloween franchise, but right now actress and filmmaker Danielle Harris is providing viewers with another enthralling performance with her role as Amy Barrett in Christopher Lawrence Chapman's new film, Inoperable. A mind-bending experience that blends psychological Twilight Zone-esque scares with gory hospital horror, Inoperable is out now in select theaters from Zorya Films and Millman Productions, and Daily Dead recently had the great pleasure of speaking with Harris about her unique new role and the ambitious approach to filming Inoperable, and she also shared her hopes for the future of the Halloween franchise.

Hi Danielle, and congratulations on Inoperable. It feels like a mix of Groundhog Day and The Twilight Zone, but it still has its own personality. Watching it for the first time was such a mind-bending experience, so what was it like when you
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Film Review: ‘Inoperable’

Film Review: ‘Inoperable’
Inoperable” is insufferable. A cheapjack, slapdash horror thriller about a possibly unstable and definitely discombobulated woman caught in a “Groundhog Day”-type time loop in a hospital with an emphasis is on harming, not healing, it is at once skittish and sluggish while zigzagging through a freeform storyline that suggests a fuzzy concept fleshed out with desperate day-to-day improvisation.

The movie plays like nothing so much as a direct-to-video quickie from the heyday of VHS, an impression reinforced by all the retrograde props and technology so conspicuously displayed: a flip-top phone here, a Corvette Stingray there, early-21st-century PCs everywhere. There are times when all this period-inappropriate stuff might lead genre fans to expect something like the time-tripping final twist that capped off “Final Destination 5.” But no: Helmer Christopher Lawrence Chapman and co-scripter Jeff Miller clearly are incapable of such inspired cheekiness.

Instead, the filmmakers follow Amy Barrett (Danielle Harris) as she hops back and forth
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Happy Death Day Slashes Past $100 Million at the Box Office

Happy Death Day Slashes Past $100 Million at the Box Office
Blumhouse's Happy Death Day has passed the $100 million mark worldwide and is continuing to earn money. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day is the third original movie from Blumhouse in 2017. It joins blockbuster movies Split and Get Out, which have grossed $278.3 million and $253.4 million, respectively, worldwide. The latter has received five Independent Spirit Awards nominations. A lot has been said about box office woes this year, but some movies have been able to break through and earn some major profits, Happy Death Day now being one of them.

One of the biggest stories in the entertainment industry this year besides the stories of sexual misconduct has been the dismal year at the box office. Variety dubbed it "officially the worst in over a decade," while others claim that it's been the worst year at the box office in over 2 decades. While there have been some success stories, the horror
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Jason Mraz Finds Making His Broadway Debut in ‘Waitress’ Less Grueling Than Going on Tour (Exclusive)

Jason Mraz Finds Making His Broadway Debut in ‘Waitress’ Less Grueling Than Going on Tour (Exclusive)
“It’s a good gig,” Jason Mraz says of what he’s calling a “Broadway Retreat,” making his acting and Broadway debut as Dr. Pomatter in a 10-week limited run of Waitress on Broadway.

The singer, who officially took his first bow on Nov. 3, tells Et that eight performances a week onstage at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City is “less grueling” than a typical touring schedule. “I am not leaving town or changing venues. I am not onstage for three hours singing 25 songs. Broadway, in a sense, is easier, at least currently in the role that I’m in.”

Based on the 2007 film starring Keri Russell, Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, currently played by Betsy Wolfe, a pregnant pie maker in an unhappy marriage who falls in love with her married gynecologist, Dr. Pomatter. “Suddenly this patient comes along who disarms him and has him step out of his comfort zone; a boring
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Review: Happy Death Day (2017)

When we look back upon 2017, we can be sure of one thing, it has been a fantastic year for Horror. The genre has never died, despite the ludicrous cries from “cinema experts” that such is the case, but you can argue that some of the bigger studio backed Horror films have rested on their laurels a bit some years. Well, this year, that is certainly not the case, as the likes of Get Out, It, Annabelle: Creation and even this years Saw franchise sequel/soft reboot Jigsaw have all hit the sadistic spot. And now Blumhouse – off the success of some of the aforementioned – introduce this new time loop horror to an audience currently buzzing about the genre!

Happy Death Day is unafraid of the inevitable comparisons to be made conceptually to Groundhog Day, heck it even references it (admittedly unnecessarily) itself, but it is a refreshingly well written take on the idea.
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Academy President John Bailey on Extending Oscars’ Global Reach

Academy President John Bailey on Extending Oscars’ Global Reach
John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, spoke to members of international film industry at Camerimage film festival in Poland this week about how changes will help broaden the pool of voters selecting the foreign-language Oscar nominees, as well as ongoing measures to make the body more diverse, plans for the 90th anniversary awards show, and how he had been drafted in to help represent the views of those working in production.

Changes to the method by which Oscar voters get to see shortlisted foreign-language films will up the number of those who are able to take part in the poll. The nine shortlisted films are currently only available for voting members to see on cinema screens in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and London. But Bailey said an announcement will go out next month that members in Europe or elsewhere will be able to see shortlisted foreign-language films via streaming
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Crypt of Curiosities: The Cat People Films

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Next to Universal, few studios have had such a big impact on horror than Rko Radio Pictures. Started in 1927, Rko was the first studio founded to make exclusively sound films, a then-brand-new invention that served as a major draw for the studio. Rko’s life was relatively short (it was killed just 30 years after forming), but during their time, they put out a seriously impressive number of classics, including Top Hat, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Informer, and most notably, Citizen Kane.

Of course, Rko didn’t shy away from horror. While their output wasn’t nearly as prolific as, say, Universal’s, it was still quite impressive, boasting some of the most formative and important horror films of old Hollywood. Rko saw the release of a few all-time classics, including I Walked With a Zombie, The Thing From Another World, King Kong, and the topic of today’s Crypt,
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‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Team Teases a Sexy and True Broadway Adaptation (Exclusive)

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Team Teases a Sexy and True Broadway Adaptation (Exclusive)
Pretty Woman is headed to Broadway -- and the cast and crew promise the musical adaptation will feature everything that fans love about the iconic 1990 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

“I don't want to give away too much, but I think all the standards are there. I watched the film the other night for just a reference point and I was like, we got that; we got that. There are those moments that you have to have,” Steven Kazee teases to Et at Garry Marshall Theatre's First Annual Founders Gala. “What we're trying to do is tell the story in the same way to a new audience. We just want to try to be as true to the story as possible.”

The movie-turned-musical about a prostitute and a wealthy businessman who fall in love with each other is set to open on Broadway in the fall of 2018 following a five-week engagement at the Oriental
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Mel Gibson & Frank Grillo To Run Joe Carnahan’s ‘Boss Level’

Deadline are reporting that Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo are set to lead the cast of Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level, a new action-thriller to go into production next year. Carnahan wrote the script for the film, and is set to direct to Groundhog Day-like movie.

The trade blog also posted the official synopsis for Boss Level, which is as follows:

Every day, a retired special forces veteran (Grillo) is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.

Grillo was most recently seen in the excellent Netflix movie Wheelman (above), while Gibson is coming off the back of Daddy’s Home 2, which opens in the UK next week. It has already debuted well Stateside and could be set to do the same on the British Isles.

More on Boss Level as it comes our way.
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‘Boss Level’ Will Be Joe Carnahan’s Spin on the ‘Groundhog Day’ Movie Formula

‘Boss Level’ Will Be Joe Carnahan’s Spin on the ‘Groundhog Day’ Movie Formula
The classic Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day is the most famous movie example of a time loop scenario in which a character must relive the same day over and over again, but there have been plenty of others since 1993. The concept seems to be back in fashion in Hollywood these days, with films like Edge of Tomorrow, […]

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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig

‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Mindy Project” series finale, “It Had to Be You.”]

The Mindy Project” came to an end on Tuesday with its series finale, and every major character finds love or fulfillment in some form. Everything comes full circle with Dr. Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling) fleeing from a wedding on a bicycle while wearing a sequined dress. But what a difference six seasons and countless boyfriends make. In the pilot, Mindy’s bike escape is sparked by going on a drunken rant at her ex’s wedding. In the finale, she’s peddling away from her good friend’s wedding into the arms of the man she loves.

Over the course of five years and two networks, Kaling refined her romantic comedy style, which ranged from irreverent and goofy to idealistic and contemplative. It hasn’t always been the most consistent, though, and season-to-season has ranged wildly in tone and execution. This was partially due to the network switch,
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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig

‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Mindy Project” series finale, “It Had to Be You.”]

The Mindy Project” came to an end on Tuesday with its series finale, and every major character finds love or fulfillment in some form. Everything comes full circle with Dr. Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling) fleeing from a wedding on a bicycle while wearing a sequined dress. But what a difference six seasons and countless boyfriends make. In the pilot, Mindy’s bike escape is sparked by going on a drunken rant at her ex’s wedding. In the finale, she’s peddling away from her good friend’s wedding into the arms of the man she loves.

Over the course of five years and two networks, Kaling refined her romantic comedy style, which ranged from irreverent and goofy to idealistic and contemplative. It hasn’t always been the most consistent, though, and season-to-season has ranged wildly in tone and execution. This was partially due to the network switch,
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Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson to star in Groundhog Day-inspired action thriller Boss Level

Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Mel Gibson (Daddy’s Home 2) are set to star in the action thriller Boss Level from director Joe Carnahan (The Grey), according to Deadline.

The film will be a Groundhog Day-inspired action thriller from a script Carnahan also wrote. The film’s premise reads: “Every day, a retired special forces veteran (Grillo) is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them.”

Boss Level will begin production next year. Gibson can currently be seen in Daddy’s Home 2 while Carnahan and Grillo have been working together on their remake of The Raid.
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Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo for Groundhog Day-esque thriller

David Crow Nov 16, 2017

Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo will star in Boss Level, a new time-loop thriller from the director of The Grey.

Last month, Blumhouse and Universal’s Happy Death Day successfully retrofitted the ever-growing subgenre of Groundhog Day-adjacent films to the slasher movie form. So it only stands to reason that there must be other types of time-loop thrillers we can see, right? And now here’s one that has war themes and Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo to boot.

Indeed, as revealed via Deadline, Gibson and Grillo are teaming with director Joe Carnahan for Boss Level, a new action-thriller about military veterans with a time-bending premise. In a project also based on a script by Carnahan, Boss Level follows Grillo as a retired special forces operative who finds himself trapped in a never-ending loop that constantly results in his death. The film certainly has an increasingly
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Joe Carnahan to Direct Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson in Action Thriller ‘Boss Level’

The Groundhog Day premise—a protagonist has to keep reliving the same day—has been adapted numerous times, and as recently as this year we got Before I Fall and Happy Death Day. The latter was a spin on the slasher genre where the hero died every day and had to find her killer. It now looks like Joe Carnahan will be playing along those lines with his upcoming action thriller Boss Level. According to Deadline, “Every day, a retired special forces veteran is trapped in a never ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless …
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Lucifer Season 3 Episode 7 Review – ‘Off the Record’

Tori Brazier reviews the seventh episode of Lucifer season 3…

Off the Record’ represents the best episode of Lucifer season 3 so far, with a neat and thought-provoking plot told almost-exclusively from the point of view of guest character Reese (Better Call Saul’s Patrick Fabian). He provides a nice link to Lucifer (Tom Ellis) when it is revealed that the wife he’s attempting to win back is none other than Lucifer’s beloved therapist Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), which also shines a brighter light on Harris’ regularly excellent, low-key work as the sanest-character-in-the-room foil. There’s also a deliciously entertaining irony in Reese assuming Linda is sleeping with Lucifer, rather than her acting as his therapist, and storming into Lux with the intention of confronting him, only for Lucifer to leap in before his confession and offer consolation and motivation in seeking brutal revenge on – unknowingly – himself.

The reveal
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Bill Murray to Host New Unscripted Facebook Show About Minor League Baseball Teams

Bill Murray to Host New Unscripted Facebook Show About Minor League Baseball Teams
Facebook and Oso Studios announced Monday morning the premiere of their new show “Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings,” an original unscripted show that will follow the Murray brothers as they journey across the country to visit minor league baseball teams.

The 10-episode show will premiere on Facebook Watch on Monday, Nov. 20, and new episodes will become available every Monday after that. You can easily add the show to your watchlist by accessing the show’s Facebook page.

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With their unique sense of humor and their passion for baseball, the Murrays visit teams like the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, the Kansas City T-Bones, and the St. Paul Saints. They also explore the Kansas City Mlb Urban Youth Academy and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in order to honor the history and future of their beloved sport.
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