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

Hank Stuever: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

08 December 2017

Hank Stuever: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale
  3. The Vietnam War
  4. Big Little Lies
  5. Feud: Bette and Joan
  6. Insecure
  7. Better Things
  8. GLOW
  9. The Young Pope
  10. Godless

Slant: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

08 December 2017

Slant Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Dear White People
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return
  4. Better Things
  5. The Deuce
  6. BoJack Horseman
  7. GLOW
  8. The Girlfriend Experience
  9. American Gods
  10. Mindhunter
  11. Big Little Lies
  12. The Good Place
  13. Master of None
  14. The Handmaid’s Tale
  15. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  16. The Americans
  17. Rick and Morty
  18. Better Call Saul
  19. One Mississippi
  20. Silicon Valley
  21. Stranger Things
  22. Broad City
  23. Insecure
  24. Black Mirror
  25. She’s Gotta Have It

IndieWire: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

07 December 2017

IndieWire: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Better Things
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale
  5. BoJack Horseman
  6. Dear White People
  7. Halt and Catch Fire
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. Master of None
  10. American Vandal

Rob Sheffield: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

07 December 2017

Rob Sheffield: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by Rolling Stone

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. The Young Pope
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Good Place
  5. The Deuce
  6. Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
  7. Rick and Morty
  8. Insecure
  9. Stranger Things
  10. Game of Thrones
  11. Master of None
  12. Difficult People
  13. Halt and Catch Fire
  14. Better Things
  15. The Vietnam War
  16. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  17. Riverdale
  18. Legion
  19. Better Call Saul
  20. I Love Dick

Alison Herman: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

06 December 2017

Alison Herman: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017, as published by The Ringer

[see also 2016]

  1. The Young Pope
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Keepers
  5. Big Little Lies
  6. Riverdale
  7. Halt and Catch Fire
  8. BoJack Horseman
  9. The Good Place
  10. Rick and Morty