Quick – name the best TV performance of the year. Tough, right? You could easily fill up both hands listing off contenders and still leave out a hefty chunk of the year’s finest small-screen actors and actresses.

Instead of simply rounding up the best TV acting of 2017, ScreenCrush editors E. Oliver Whitney, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and Britt Hayes hand-picked their favorite ones that have been the most overlooked this year. After narrowing down a long list, they chose 15 performances that stayed with them, even as they’ve largely been left out of the mainstream awards conversation. But that doesn’t mean these talented actors don’t deserve praise. In no particular order, here are their picks:

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