7 STYLISH TV SERIES FOR 2017
By Kasia Hastings, 13 January 2017
If 2016 taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected, so this year we’re predicting 365 days of pure joy, including some TV gold. With the next series of Game Of Thrones pushed back until summer and round two of Donald Glover’s Atlanta not out until 2018, we’ve rounded up seven other stylish entertainment offerings to help feed your TV habit.
Fans of nihilistic drama True Detective rejoice (or not), because your latest bleak boxset has arrived. Sky Atlantic’s Quarry stars familiar face Logan Marshall-Green (The O.C., Prometheus) as Mac Conway, a Vietnam vet who returns to Memphis in 1972 to face the depressing realities of life. Visually, it ticks all the boxes, recreating Conway’s dilapidated hometown with Mad Men levels of detail and serving up a strong 70s palette that means brown is very much back on the agenda. Expect killing, corruption and cool tonal outfits.
Set in small-town Michigan, there are echoes of Stranger Things in The OA's bleak landscape and downbeat bunch of misfits caught up in a mystery. Writer and lead actor Brit Marling’s wardrobe is equal parts grunge girl-next-door and futuristic spaceman (silver windbreakers with tulle prom skirts) and her teenage mates do everyday normcore like bosses, but (no spoilers) the costumes aren’t the most stylish thing about The OA. So what is? The mystical ‘movements’ designed by Sia’s Chandelier choreographer Ryan Heffington. They knock your whips and your nae naes out of the park.
Small-screen titan Idris Elba returns to our televisions this year as activist Kent in Sky Atlantic’s new political drama, Guerrilla. Following an underground activist cell in 70s London, this six-part series written by John Ridley (the Oscar-winner behind 12 Years A Slave), promises the high-quality content we’ve come to expect from Elba – this time with a cool 70s aesthetic. Who doesn’t want to watch our favourite anti-hero fighting for what’s right in some strong retro threads?
Tom Hardy has created a costume drama, everyone. No, seriously, he has, and it’s as dark, bold and brutish as you’d expect. The actor has teamed up with his old man, Edward ‘Chips’ Hardy, Steven Knight (the brains behind Peaky Blinders)and the BBC to tell the story of violent vagrant, James Keziah Delaney. Set in the early 1800s, think of Hardy’s dank, surreal series as an antidote to the prim and proper period dramas you’ve seen before. With Hardy showcasing his usual steez, and a web of lies, plotting and even incest to unravel, this is one history class worth taking.
Leave it to James Franco to play a pair of twins in a series about the early days of the porn industry. Set in and around Time Square, New York, the HBO show begins in the early 70s looking at life after the legalisation of the adult industry. The brainchild of The Wire creator David Simon and author George Pelecanos, The Deuce charts the history of a city under major cultural change. Think prostitution, porn and plenty of handlebar moustaches.
Not had your fill of all things 90s yet? Good, because cult classic Twin Peaks returns this May to deliver a fresh serving of David Lynch’s unique brand of damn fine crime drama. The surreal series gets a 2017 reboot, picking up where it left off in 1991 with a two-hour special on Sky Atlantic. Expect to see some old favourites (we mean you, Kyle MacLachlan), some new additions and lots of strong 90s suiting. Whether you’ve been waiting for this for 25 years or you’re new to the game, this revival marks an important moment in stylish TV history.
It’s safe to say that Netflix’s sci-fi hit Stranger Things had most of us obsessed with all things 80s last year and we're set for more of the same in 2017. With the show returning for a second series, most likely in the summer, there’s plenty of time to catch up on the extra-terrestrial activities of Eleven and her band of Dungeons & Dragons-playing brothers. Tune in for some serious style lessons, a synth-loaded soundtrack and other stranger things.