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

Brandon Katz: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

17 December 2017

Brandon Katz: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by Observer

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale
  3. Master of None
  4. American Vandal
  5. Mindhunter
  6. The Deuce
  7. Stranger Things
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. GLOW
  10. The Good Place

Ken Tucker: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

17 December 2017

Ken Tucker: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by Yahoo

Tim Goodman: Best TV of 2017

14 December 2017

Tim Goodman: Best TV of 2017, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

[see also 2018]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The A Word
  3. The Vietnam War
  4. Back
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. Patriot
  7. Better Things
  8. Game of Thrones
  9. Get Shorty
  10. Planet Earth II
  11. The Deuce
  12. Veep
  13. Better Call Saul
  14. Legion
  15. The Americans
  16. Black Mirror
  17. Mr. Robot
  18. Master of None
  19. Fargo
  20. Guerrilla
  21. Humans
  22. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  23. Silicon Valley
  24. People of Earth
  25. Mindhunter
  26. American Vandal
  27. The Handmaid’s Tale
  28. Stranger Things
  29. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  30. Glow
  31. Insecure
  32. Casual
  33. Orphan Black
  34. The Good Place
  35. You’re the Worst
  36. Manhunt: Unabomber
  37. Catastrophe
  38. Dear White People
  39. The Tick
  40. Bob’s Burgers
  41. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  42. Sneaky Pete
  43. Mr. Mercedes
  44. SMILF
  45. Jane the Virgin
  46. Godless

Willa Paskin: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

14 December 2017

Willa Paskin: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by Slate

[see also 2018]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. I Love Dick
  3. The Deuce
  4. Better Things
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale
  7. Insecure
  8. Big Little Lies
  9. Catastrophe
  10. GLOW

Sonia Saraiya: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

14 December 2017

Sonia Saraiya: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by Variety

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Crown
  3. Halt and Catch Fire
  4. Twin Peaks: The Return
  5. Big Little Lies
  6. Rick and Morty
  7. Alias Grace
  8. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  9. Better Things
  10. BoJack Horseman
  11. Planet Earth II
  12. American Vandal
  13. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  14. Star Trek: Discovery
  15. The Keepers
  16. Broad City
  17. Dear White People
  18. The Handmaid’s Tale
  19. The Deuce
  20. GLOW
  21. The Good Place
  22. Better Call Saul
  23. Insecure
  24. One Day at a Time
  25. The Punisher