Shots Fired Makes Variety’s Best of TV List

Just out is Variety’s new list of the 20 Best of TV shows so far for 2017 and Shots Fired made the list.

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Maureen Ryan of Variety writes:

So many good shows debuted, returned or continued good seasons this year that it’s difficult to keep up. 

Even so, coming up with 20 entries for this list wasn’t difficult — I actually had to prune back my first attempt at a roster (and once again, my end-of-year lists will likely once again contain up to 60 TV series). For the first half of the year, though, here’s an alphabetical list of the programs that made the strongest impressions impressions on me.

Here’s what they had to say about the Fox show:

Shots Fired
The accountability of the police to the communities they serve is a life or death issue, and Fox’s “Shots Fired” incorporated that truth into a complex narrative that resisted the creation of one-dimensional villains or superficial solutions. A very able cast did fine work in a drama that occasionally sprawled but frequently had smart things to say about how different kinds of power are used — and sometimes abused.

See the full list by clicking here.

Learn more about Shots Fired by going to our Movie & TV Page about it.


  1. Congratulations to Shots Fired. I think the show tackled timely issues with creativity and intensity. There were no black and white characters, and no easy answers for the life-threatening situations dealt with. I checked out the entire list and SF is the only show I watched.

  2. Very happy Shots Fired made Variety’s list and I continue to hope there are many Emmy nominations as well.

  3. “Shots Fired” was a compelling series. The characters were multi-dimensional, no one was a total villain or hero. Stephen Moyer’s Lt. Breeland was an outstanding character. As always, Mr. Moyer brought all the nuances of his character to light, allowing us to see the whole man, flawed as he was. I am hoping for Emmy noms, especially for Stephen Moyer!

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