Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2016 TV Shows

Keith Uhlich: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

20 January 2017

Keith Uhlich: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016, as posted by The BBC

  1. The Girlfriend Experience
  2. The X-Files
  3. O.J.: Made in America
  4. Black Mirror
  5. BoJack Horseman
  6. The Fall
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Game of Thrones
  9. And Then There Were None
  10. The Americans

David Wiegand: 12 Best TV Shows of 2016

11 January 2017

David Wiegand: 12 Best TV Shows of 2016, as published by The San Francisco Chronicle

[see also 2017]

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Night Of
  3. This Is Us
  4. The OA
  5. Westworld
  6. Stranger Things
  7. Speechless
  8. The Good Place
  9. Insecure
  10. Lady Dynamite
  11. One Mississippi
  12. The Crown

Sonia Saraiya: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

02 January 2017

Sonia Saraiya: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016, as published by Variety

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Atlanta
  2. Silicon Valley
  3. The Girlfriend Experience
  4. Halt and Catch Fire
  5. Fleabag
  6. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  9. Insecure
  10. BoJack Horseman
  11. Rectify
  12. Frontline
  13. Black Mirror
  14. The Real O’Neals
  15. Lemonade
  16. Veep
  17. Superstore
  18. The Crown
  19. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  20. Lady Dynamite

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

02 January 2017

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2016, as published by Variety

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Jane the Virgin
  2. Rectify
  3. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  4. Black-ish
  5. The Americans
  6. One Mississippi
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  8. Atlanta
  9. Insecure
  10. Better Things
  11. Halt and Catch Fire
  12. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  13. Catastrophe
  14. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  15. O.J.: Made in America
  16. Fleabag
  17. Transparent
  18. Stranger Things
  19. Superstore
  20. Marvel’s Agent Carter

Slant: 25 Best TV Shows of 2016

31 December 2016

Slant Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Americans
  3. BoJack Horseman
  4. The Girlfriend Experience
  5. Silicon Valley
  6. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  7. Horace and Pete
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. Transparent
  10. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  11. High Maintenance
  12. Black Mirror
  13. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  14. Girls
  15. American Crime
  16. The Night Of
  17. Broad City
  18. Easy
  19. South Park
  20. American Horror Story: Roanoke
  21. Jane the Virgin
  22. Bob’s Burgers
  23. Insecure
  24. Happy Valley
  25. Orange is the New Black