Whether you were watching your favourite shows on Netflix, Amazon, or an actual television set, you’ll have noticed 2017 was packed with great series that made leaving the house (and the sofa) quite hard at times. Six of those most binge-able programmes are up for Best TV Series at the VO5 NME Awards 2018, and it’s up to you to decide who walks away with the trophy. Here are your nominees…
The VO5 NME Awards will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Stranger Things 2
What: The return of Netflix’s sci-fi cult hit. You thought the Upside Down was a thing of the past? Think again.
Why does it deserve to win?: It was even better than the first season in pretty much every way – in its effects, Eleven’s development as an even bigger badass, and the introduction of some new characters to shake things up in Hawkins.
Best moment: Eleven’s reunion with the boys, or Steve and Dustin’s unlikely new friendship.
Game Of Thrones
What: The penultimate instalment of the battles, deaths and romances of Westeros.
Why does it deserve to win?: Showmakers kept the story moving to the same level of quality and intrigue despite having run out of George R.R. Martin novels to use as their source material. Oh, and that intense dragon battle scene in episode four.
Best moment: See above – the loot train attack was an incredible piece of television.
What: Sci-fi western thriller based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name. Android “hosts” at Westworld theme park experience some technical difficulties, unravelling the truth about who they are and the world at large to themselves.
Why does it deserve to win?: It switched the old concept of the robots being the bad guys, questioned humans’ relationship with technology, and offered a stunning performance from Evan Rachel Wood.
Best moment: When Maeve (Thandie Newton) forced Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) to pull a bullet out of her stomach.
Rick And Morty
What: Cult animated sci-fi sitcom that had everyone rioting for McDonald’s Szechuan sauce last year.
Why does it deserve to win?: Season three was as funny as the first two series, and even darker.
Best moment: When Rick transformed back from Pickle Rick to human form.
What: A comedy about the syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit aka the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling aka GLOW.
Why does it deserve to win?: It’s delightfully ’80s, side-achingly hilarious, and has strong feminist undertones.
Best moment: When Ruth (Alison Brie) finally finds her wrestling alter-ego.
What: Inside the Birmingham gang known as the Peaky Blinders, who, in season four, have to return to their roots when they come under threat.
Why does it deserve to win?: It was the best series yet – gripping and dramatic, with a ton of shocks and surprises. It was that unpredictability, along with some great cast performances, that made it so compelling.
Best moment: Episode five’s big shootout.