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The Power Rankings! had just gone through their first real cycle of churn when the calendar started roaring to the finish line of 2017 — and there are not enough gods to contain the need to crank out one or several truly large "Best TV Series Of the Year" pieces, which delayed the chaos of series falling and rising in the rankings.
Well, it's February, so time for the delay to end. The Power Rankings! return where they began, with dramas, and oh hell yes we've got flux.
Just a mental refresher, the main rule for the Power Rankings! is that a show has to have had its last episode within a calendar year of the latest list. That's to allow for our Peak TV lifestyles wherein some of you haven't even watched The Wire yet, much less Altered Carbon.
A quick reminder: It's impossible to watch every show every week, and there will be some that I just haven't gotten around to watching yet (and I use this for the second time as an example: Top of the Lake: China Girl), so they won't appear here. Of course, lots of dramas won't appear here that I have watched because they're not good enough to crack the list yet, which is the point of the whole thing in the first place. Also, some series are new — or newish — and they will rise or fall with the whims of further viewing. In addition, some series that have completed their seasons can rise (or fall) even farther because of the constant re-evaluation of everything that marks the human condition of a critic, including forgetting brilliance or liking newer shiny things.
OK, let's do this.
All hail the series that can hold the No. 1 ranking the longest. Below, you'll see two numbers. The number on the left is the current ranking, the one on the right was its previous ranking.
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