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.

2017 TV Shows

David Wiegand: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

11 January 2018

David Wiegand: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by The San Francisco Chronicle. This year it “includes only shows that premiered in 2017.”

[see also 2016]

Todd VanDerWerff: 18 Best TV Shows of 2017

11 January 2018

Todd VanDerWerff: 18 Best TV Shows of 2017, “an 18-way tie,” as published by Vox

[see also 2018]

Andy Greenwald: Top Ten TV Shows of 2017

09 January 2018

Andy Greenwald: Top Ten TV Shows of 2017, as posted to Twitter

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. The Young Pope
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Deuce
  5. Glow
  6. Mindhunter
  7. Top of the Lake: China Girl
  8. Insecure
  9. The Good Place
  10. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Mercury News: Best TV Shows of 2017

03 January 2018

San Jose Mercury News: Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. Big Little Lies
  2. Better Things
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale
  5. Mindhunter
  6. Feud: Bette and Joan
  7. Game of Thrones
  8. The Good Place
  9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  10. The Deuce

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2017

30 December 2017

Esquire: Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. Big Little Lies
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale
  4. The Good Place
  5. The Leftovers
  6. Master of None
  7. The Deuce
  8. The Vietnam War
  9. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  10. At Home with Amy Sedaris
  11. GLOW
  12. The Crown
  13. Mr. Robot
  14. Better Call Saul
  15. This Is Us
  16. Mindhunter
  17. Will & Grace
  18. The Punisher
  19. Legion
  20. The Good Fight
  21. American Gods
  22. Game of Thrones
  23. Feud: Bette and Joan
  24. Girls
  25. Riverdale