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.

2010s TV Shows

Paste: The 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

31 December 2019

Paste Magazine: The 100 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Mad Men
  3. The Americans
  4. Blue Planet II
  5. Planet Earth II
  6. Fleabag
  7. Adventure Time
  8. The Good Place
  9. Atlanta
  10. Parks and Recreation
  11. The Great British Bake Off
  12. 30 Rock
  13. Barry
  14. Rectify
  15. The Good Wife
  16. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  17. Game of Thrones
  18. The Crown
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Justified
  21. Stranger Things
  22. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  23. Chernobyl
  24. Better Call Saul
  25. Catastrophe
  26. When They See Us
  27. My Mad Fat Diary
  28. Hannibal
  29. Key and Peele
  30. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  31. Twin Peaks: The Return
  32. Succession
  33. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  34. BoJack Horseman
  35. Veep
  36. Legends of Tomorrow
  37. Downton Abbey
  38. The Night Manager
  39. The Good Fight
  40. Mozart in the Jungle
  41. Review
  42. Counterpart
  43. Man Seeking Woman
  44. The Leftovers
  45. Community
  46. Penny Dreadful
  47. Boardwalk Empire
  48. Broad City
  49. Gravity Falls
  50. Happy Valley
  51. Killing Eve
  52. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
  53. Halt and Catch Fire
  54. Looking
  55. Fargo
  56. Russian Doll
  57. Treme
  58. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  59. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  60. Sherlock
  61. Orphan Black
  62. Rick and Morty
  63. American Vandal
  64. Downward Dog
  65. Jane the Virgin
  66. Terriers
  67. In the Flesh
  68. Doctor Who
  69. Glow
  70. Documentary Now!
  71. Big Mouth
  72. Outlander
  73. Black-ish
  74. Speechless
  75. The Handmaid’s Tale
  76. Queen Sugar
  77. Happy Endings
  78. Master of None
  79. Detroiters
  80. Steven Universe
  81. Black Mirror
  82. Better Things
  83. One Day at a Time
  84. The Expanse
  85. Fringe
  86. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  87. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  88. Westworld
  89. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  90. Orange is the New Black
  91. The Knick
  92. Portlandia
  93. Nathan for You
  94. Pose
  95. The Bold Type
  96. Schitt's Creek
  97. Grey's Anatomy
  98. Eastbound & Down
  99. Fresh Off the Boat
  100. Silicon Valley
  101. Parenthood

Emily VanDerWerff: The 21 TV Shows that Explained the 2010s

17 December 2019

Emily VanDerWerff: The 21 TV Shows that Explained the 2010s, as published by Vox

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017]

  1. Nathan for You
  2. BoJack Horseman
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Americans
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. Enlightened
  7. Orange is the New Black
  8. Adventure Time
  9. Atlanta
  10. Bob’s Burgers
  11. Hannibal
  12. Fleabag
  13. Girls
  14. Better Things
  15. Mr. Robot
  16. The Magicians
  17. The Good Place
  18. Superstore
  19. One Day at a Time
  20. Parenthood
  21. American Crime Story
  22. The Handmaid’s Tale
  23. Game of Thrones

Kristen Baldwin: The Best TV Shows of the Decade

10 December 2019

Kristen Baldwin: The Best TV Shows of the Decade, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Good Fight
  3. Mad Men
  4. American Crime Story
  5. Better Things
  6. Veep
  7. Orange is the New Black
  8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  9. The Fall
  10. The Comeback
  11. Better Call Saul
  12. Key and Peele
  13. Rectify
  14. Parks and Recreation
  15. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Darren Franich: The Best TV Shows of the Decade

10 December 2019

Darren Franich: The Best TV Shows of the Decade, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. Mad Men
  2. Atlanta
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return
  4. Adventure Time
  5. Community
  6. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  7. The Good Fight
  8. Hannibal
  9. BoJack Horseman
  10. The Trip
  11. American Horror Story: Asylum
  12. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  13. Justified
  14. Insecure
  15. Black Mirror

Playlist: The Best TV Shows & Mini-Series of the Decade

06 December 2019

The Playlist: The Best TV Shows & Mini-Series of the Decade. See also their large number of honorable mentions.

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. Atlanta
  3. The Americans
  4. The Leftovers
  5. Breaking Bad
  6. Louie
  7. Mad Men
  8. The Knick
  9. Fleabag
  10. 30 Rock
  11. Game of Thrones
  12. Fargo
  13. The Night Of
  14. Mindhunter
  15. BoJack Horseman
  16. Veep
  17. Hannibal
  18. Justified
  19. Better Call Saul
  20. The Handmaid’s Tale
  21. Girls
  22. Killing Eve
  23. The Crown
  24. Enlightened
  25. Insecure
  26. Catastrophe
  27. The Good Place
  28. Rick and Morty
  29. Bored to Death
  30. Halt and Catch Fire
  31. Togetherness
  32. Looking
  33. Key and Peele
  34. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  35. Mildred Pierce
  36. Barry
  37. Chernobyl
  38. Master of None
  39. Transparent
  40. Broad City
  41. True Detective
  42. When They See Us
  43. I Love Dick
  44. The Young Pope
  45. The OA
  46. Succession
  47. Russian Doll
  48. Top of the Lake
  49. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  50. Documentary Now!

Alan Sepinwall: 50 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

04 December 2019

Alan Sepinwall: 50 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Parks and Recreation
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. BoJack Horseman
  5. Fleabag
  6. The Americans
  7. Atlanta
  8. Justified
  9. Rectify
  10. Better Things
  11. Better Call Saul
  12. Terriers
  13. Community
  14. Twin Peaks: The Return
  15. Game of Thrones
  16. Fargo
  17. Hannibal
  18. Halt and Catch Fire
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Review
  21. Orange is the New Black
  22. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  23. Brockmire
  24. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  25. Watchmen
  26. Boardwalk Empire
  27. Veep
  28. Broad City
  29. Treme
  30. Enlightened
  31. The Good Place
  32. Catastrophe
  33. Key and Peele
  34. The Deuce
  35. The Legend of Korra
  36. You’re the Worst
  37. Master of None
  38. Pose
  39. Girls
  40. Steven Universe
  41. Mr. Robot
  42. Transparent
  43. Gravity Falls
  44. Jane the Virgin
  45. Parenthood
  46. New Girl
  47. Men of a Certain Age
  48. Banshee
  49. Baskets
  50. The Good Wife

Sonia Saraiya: 10 Best TV Shows of the 2010s

29 November 2019

Sonia Saraiya: 10 Best TV Shows of the 2010s, as published by Vanity Fair along with a list of 15 standout episodes from none of the shows listed in the other categories

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. BoJack Horseman
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return
  3. Enlightened
  4. Steven Universe
  5. Better Call Saul
  6. Atlanta
  7. Rectify
  8. Fleabag
  9. Broad City
  10. The Great British Bake Off

    Honorable Mention — Drama

  1. Halt and Catch Fire
  2. The Leftovers
  3. Game of Thrones

    Honorable Mention — Comedy

  1. Girls
  2. Kroll Show
  3. High Maintenance
  4. Veep
  5. Better Things
  6. Schitt's Creek
  7. Rick and Morty
  8. The Good Place

    Honorable Mention — Limited Series

  1. When They See Us
  2. Alias Grace
  3. American Crime Story
  4. Sharp Objects
  5. Top of the Lake

Esquire: The Best TV Shows of the 2010s

26 November 2019

Esquire: The Best TV Shows of the 2010s

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Atlanta
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Mad Men
  4. The Americans
  5. Fleabag
  6. Black Mirror
  7. Bob’s Burgers
  8. Parks and Recreation
  9. Veep
  10. Game of Thrones

RogerEbert.com: The Best Television of the Decade

26 November 2019

RogerEbert.com: The Best Television of the Decade, as chosen by TV critics Brian Tallerico and Allison Shoemaker

  1. The Americans
  2. Mad Men
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. The Leftovers
  5. Fleabag
  6. Hannibal
  7. Atlanta
  8. The Good Place
  9. Parks and Recreation
  10. Twin Peaks: The Return
  11. Better Call Saul
  12. Halt and Catch Fire
  13. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  14. Enlightened
  15. When They See Us
  16. 30 Rock
  17. O.J.: Made in America
  18. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  19. Rectify
  20. American Crime Story
  21. Bob’s Burgers
  22. The Tale
  23. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  24. Veep
  25. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Consequence of Sound: Top 100 TV Shows of the 2010s

25 November 2019

Consequence of Sound: Top 100 TV Shows of the 2010s

  1. The Americans
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Mad Men
  4. Nathan for You
  5. Stranger Things
  6. Fleabag
  7. Twin Peaks: The Return
  8. Veep
  9. Atlanta
  10. Halt and Catch Fire
  11. The Leftovers
  12. Steven Universe
  13. Justified
  14. Key and Peele
  15. Hannibal
  16. Succession
  17. When They See Us
  18. Bob’s Burgers
  19. Making a Murderer
  20. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  21. Fargo
  22. Community
  23. Game of Thrones
  24. Broad City
  25. Black Mirror
  26. BoJack Horseman
  27. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  28. Parks and Recreation
  29. Better Call Saul
  30. Girls
  31. Documentary Now!
  32. Chernobyl
  33. The Good Place
  34. True Detective
  35. 11.22.63
  36. Enlightened
  37. The Crown
  38. New Girl
  39. Boardwalk Empire
  40. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  41. Downton Abbey
  42. Eastbound & Down
  43. Adventure Time
  44. Orphan Black
  45. Mindhunter
  46. RuPaul's Drag Race
  47. Rick and Morty
  48. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  49. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  50. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  51. Jessica Jones
  52. Show Me a Hero
  53. Rectify
  54. Orange is the New Black
  55. You’re the Worst
  56. Russian Doll
  57. Happy Endings
  58. Better Things
  59. Queer Eye
  60. Big Little Lies
  61. American Horror Story: Asylum
  62. Killing Eve
  63. Pose
  64. Difficult People
  65. Terriers
  66. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  67. The Knick
  68. The Eric Andre Show
  69. Barry
  70. Luther
  71. Master of None
  72. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  73. The Jinx
  74. Peaky Blinders
  75. The Night Of
  76. Sense8
  77. Superstore
  78. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  79. Vida
  80. On Cinema
  81. Jane the Virgin
  82. Broadchurch
  83. Schitt's Creek
  84. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  85. Narcos
  86. Westworld
  87. The Good Fight
  88. Burning Love
  89. The Walking Dead
  90. Glow
  91. Insecure
  92. One Day at a Time
  93. The Bridge
  94. American Vandal
  95. Review
  96. The Great British Bake Off
  97. This Is Us
  98. Dark
  99. Kroll Show
  100. Ash vs Evil Dead