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

A.V. Club: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

13 December 2017

The A.V. Club: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016]

  1. The Good Place
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return
  3. The Leftovers
  4. Legion
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. Better Call Saul
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale
  8. Rick and Morty
  9. The Americans
  10. Big Little Lies
  11. Review
  12. BoJack Horseman
  13. One Day at a Time
  14. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  15. The Deuce
  16. GLOW
  17. Better Things
  18. American Vandal
  19. The Young Pope
  20. Alias Grace

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

11 December 2017

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by Uproxx

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Better Things
  3. Halt and Catch Fire
  4. The Good Place
  5. Better Call Saul
  6. Twin Peaks: The Return
  7. Brockmire
  8. Master of None
  9. The Deuce
  10. One Day at a Time
  11. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  12. The Handmaid’s Tale
  13. BoJack Horseman
  14. Girls
  15. Big Little Lies
  16. Mindhunter
  17. Legion
  18. American Vandal
  19. Speechless
  20. Lady Dynamite

Sophie Gilbert: 24 Best TV Shows of 2017

11 December 2017

Sophie Gilbert: 24 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2018]

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

11 December 2017

Maureen Ryan: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by Variety. See also her extensive honorable mentions, of new and returning shows.

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. One Day at a Time
  3. The Good Place
  4. Halt and Catch Fire
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  6. Jane the Virgin
  7. Better Things
  8. Alias Grace
  9. American Vandal
  10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  11. Into the Badlands
  12. Superstore
  13. The Handmaid’s Tale
  14. Insecure
  15. Big Little Lies
  16. Top of the Lake: China Girl
  17. Black-ish
  18. Wynonna Earp
  19. One Mississippi
  20. Mary Kills People

Jen Chaney: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

11 December 2017

Jen Chaney: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2018]

  1. Big Little Lies
  2. The Leftovers
  3. BoJack Horseman
  4. The Good Place
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. Stranger Things
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Master of None
  9. Twin Peaks: The Return
  10. Better Things