Television does not happen in a vacuum. It, like the rest of us, must grapple with the ongoing political moment — however unforeseen that moment may be. In 2017, we stood witness as some shows chose to tackle the Trump presidency head on, and others vaguely touched on the current political issues facing America. While a handful of comedies found their footing amongst the political upheaval, many weighty political dramas seemingly lost perspective in the age of Trump. In a year when reality often felt stranger than fiction, very few shows managed to give us genuine insight on what we didn’t already know.