Year-End Lists

A browsable archive of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

2019

Karen Han: The Best Movies of 2019

28 December 2019

Karen Han: The Best Movies of 2019, as published by Polygon

[see also 2010s]

  1. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  2. Apollo 11Todd Douglas Miller
  3. The FarewellLulu Wang
  4. The IrishmanMartin Scorsese
  5. HustlersLorene Scafaria
  6. The Man Who Killed Don QuixoteTerry Gilliam
  7. Ad AstraJames Gray
  8. MidsommarAri Aster
  9. The LighthouseRobert Eggers
  10. The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers ExperienceMike Diva and Akiva Schaffer
  11. The Beach BumHarmony Korine
  12. Ash is Purest WhiteJia Zhang-ke
  13. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  14. Little WomenGreta Gerwig
  15. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Paste: The 50 Best TV Shows of 2019

28 December 2019

Paste Magazine: The 50 Best TV Shows of 2019

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Succession
  3. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  4. Chernobyl
  5. Barry
  6. Russian Doll
  7. The Good Place
  8. Unbelievable
  9. Perpetual Grace, LTD
  10. When They See Us
  11. What We Do in the Shadows
  12. Catastrophe
  13. The Crown
  14. Legends of Tomorrow
  15. Counterpart
  16. Good Omens
  17. Killing Eve
  18. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  19. The Good Fight
  20. Glow
  21. David Makes Man
  22. On Becoming a God in Central Florida
  23. Watchmen
  24. One Day at a Time
  25. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  26. Gentleman Jack
  27. The Great British Bake Off
  28. Pose
  29. Speechless
  30. BoJack Horseman
  31. Jane the Virgin
  32. Lodge 49
  33. Back to Life
  34. Derry Girls
  35. Dead to Me
  36. Les Misérables
  37. Our Planet
  38. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  39. Evil
  40. The Umbrella Academy
  41. Shrill
  42. Veep
  43. The Spanish Princess
  44. Years and Years
  45. Dickinson
  46. The Other Two
  47. Better Things
  48. Stumptown
  49. Ramy
  50. Sorry for Your Loss

Daily Beast: The 10 Best Movies of 2019

28 December 2019

The Daily Beast: The 10 Best Movies of 2019

  1. Her SmellAlex Ross Perry
  2. Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach
  3. The Last Black Man in San FranciscoJoe Talbot
  4. HoneylandTamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
  5. Uncut GemsBen Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. The FarewellLulu Wang
  7. ParasiteBong Joon-ho
  8. I Lost My BodyJérémy Clapin
  9. Knock Down the HouseRachel Lears
  10. Pain and GloryPedro Almodóvar

Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019

28 December 2019

The Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019, compiled by Laura Jane Standley and Eric McQuade. They've recused The Atlantic's own podcasts.

[see also 2018]

  1. Finding Fred
  2. The Ballad of Billy Balls
  3. Dolly Parton's America
  4. 1619
  5. Anthem (Homunculus)
  6. Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia
  7. Headlong: Running from COPS
  8. Confronting: O.J. Simpson with Kim Goldman
  9. Still Processing
  10. The Daily
  11. This American Life
  12. BROKEN: Jeffrey Epstein
  13. This Land
  14. Ear Hustle
  15. Man In The Window: The Golden State Killer
  16. Making Gay History (Stonewall 50)
  17. Fiasco
  18. Uncover (The Village)
  19. Radiolab
  20. Fatwa
  21. Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes
  22. You Must Remember This (Six Degrees of Song of the South)
  23. School Colors
  24. The Longest Shortest Time
  25. Gay Future
  26. Sick
  27. 30 For 30 Podcasts (The Sterling Affairs)
  28. Embedded
  29. Mobituaries with Mo Rocca
  30. Throughline
  31. The Hurricane Tapes
  32. Blackout
  33. The Dropout
  34. Slow Burn (Season 3)
  35. Switched on Pop
  36. Sonic Boom
  37. The Moment
  38. The Stakes
  39. The Open Ears Project
  40. Rough Translation
  41. The Big One
  42. Love + Radio
  43. Scattered
  44. Mogul
  45. Sooo Many White Guys
  46. Spooked
  47. Tell Them, I Am
  48. The Last Days of August
  49. Freaknik: A Discourse on a Paradise Lost
  50. StartUp (The Final Chapter)

Revolt: 9 Top Hip Hop Albums of 2019

27 December 2019

Revolt: 9 Top Hip Hop Albums of 2019

[see also 2018]

  1. RapsodyEve
  2. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
  3. GriseldaWWCD
  4. DaBabyBaby on Baby
  5. YBN CordaeThe Lost Boy
  6. EarthGangMirrorland
  7. Little BrotherMay the Lord Watch
  8. Quelle ChrisGuns
  9. Polo GDie a Legend

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Favorite TV Shows Of 2019

27 December 2019

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour: Favorite TV Shows Of 2019

[see also 2018]

Jason Parham: The 7 Best Albums of 2019

27 December 2019

Jason Parham: The 7 Best Albums of 2019, as published by Wired, in alphabetical order

Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

27 December 2019

The Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

David Bianculli: The Best TV of 2019

27 December 2019

David Bianculli: The Best TV of 2019, as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. The Good Place
  2. Legion
  3. Black Mirror
  4. Fleabag
  5. Killing Eve
  6. Watchmen
  7. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  8. Dead to Me
  9. Barry
  10. Evil
  11. Veep

Sarah Larson: The Best Podcasts of 2019

27 December 2019

Sarah Larson: The Best Podcasts of 2019, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2018]

  1. Dolly Parton's America
  2. Headlong: Running from COPS
  3. Uncover (The Village)
  4. Intrigue (Tunnel 29)
  5. 1619
  6. Reply All
  7. Anthem (Homunculus)
  8. The City (Reno)
  9. Richest Hill
  10. Trump, Inc.