While the trend of reboots and sequels will continue next year, you can also look forward a slate of original films you’ll actually want to see. Here is our list of the top 10 films to look forward to in 2017.
These eight dynamic women use their comedy platforms to tackle womens’ issues in our culture today. Comedy requires courage; comedians have to be willing to take a stand, and at the same time make fun of our shared human weaknesses. They bring out our vanity, and hypocrisy, and alternatively our capacity for forgiveness and redemption, thereby serving a very important function in our society.
Parks and Recreation follows the life of Leslie Knope, played by comedy icon Amy Poehler. Leslie Knope is a lovable but goofy public official in the parks and recreation department of the small fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, who has an passion for helping her hometown. The characters are eccentric and the town equally idiosyncratic. This warmhearted and clever comedy was beloved by fans and critics, garnering 127 award nominations and win-ning 22 awards, including a Golden Globe. Poehler, who also served as a producer during the show’s seven seasons, received five Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt features a young woman with an unconventional history. Schmidt, played by the talented Ellie Kemper, escapes after 15 years in a doomsday cult, at the age of 29, and chooses to start a new life in New York City. She befriends Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane) who becomes her landlady, and moves into a small apartment with struggling actor Titus An-dromedon (Tituss Burgess), then gets a job as a nanny with wealthy socialite, Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski), who all teach her how to survive and thrive in a city that is incalculably foreign to her. Created by SNL veterans Robert Carlock and Tina Fey, this comedy is replete with quick wit and colorful characters. With its highly original premise, a brilliant cast, and killer theme song, the show was able to surpass political drama House of Cards in viewership. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a Netflix series, has run for two seasons and was renewed for a third, which is expected to be released next summer.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Seinfeld fame stars in and produces this HBO political satire. Veep takes place in the fictional U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer’s office. The show follows Meyer (played by Louis-Dreyfus) and her company aides as they navigate the political climate of Washington, D.C. For five consecutive years Louis-Dreyfus has won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and for two consecutive years the show has won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Showrunner David Mandel explains the challenges he faces writing political satire in this election year, in an interview for Deadline this September, “I find every level of this campaign to be horrific, and it makes comedy way tougher. It’s just so hard when people don’t want to laugh about this type of stuff.” He does, however, promise laughs and some shocking twists in Meyer’s life for the show’s upcoming sixth season. You can stream all episodes of Veep on the HBO Go app.