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.

TV Shows

Dorothy Rabinowitz: The Best Television of 2019

06 January 2020

Dorothy Rabinowitz: The Best Television of 2019, as published by The Wall Street Journal

[see also 2018]

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

Autostraddle: The Best TV Shows of 2019 with LGBT Women Characters

28 December 2019

Autostraddle: The Best TV Shows of 2019 with LGBT Women Characters

[see also 2018]

  1. Pose
  2. Fleabag
  3. Jane the Virgin
  4. Killing Eve
  5. When They See Us
  6. The Good Place
  7. One Day at a Time
  8. Vida
  9. A Black Lady Sketch Show
  10. Russian Doll
  11. Dickinson
  12. Sex Education
  13. The L Word: Generation Q
  14. Gentleman Jack
  15. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  16. The Good Fight
  17. Broad City
  18. Euphoria
  19. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
  20. Glow
  21. Work in Progress
  22. High Maintenance
  23. Batwoman
  24. Mrs. Fletcher
  25. How to Get Away with Murder

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

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]

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

Little White Lies: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

24 December 2019

Little White Lies: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

[see also 2018]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Succession
  3. Russian Doll
  4. When They See Us
  5. Schitt's Creek
  6. Barry
  7. Watchmen
  8. Fosse/Verdon
  9. Unbelievable
  10. Mr. Robot
  11. Chernobyl
  12. Pose
  13. Glow
  14. Mindhunter
  15. Game of Thrones
  16. RuPaul's Drag Race UK
  17. Stranger Things
  18. Derry Girls
  19. The Other Two
  20. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  21. Orange is the New Black
  22. The End of the F***ing World
  23. Tuca & Bertie
  24. Euphoria
  25. World on Fire

Emily VanDerWerff: The 18 Best TV Shows of 2019

23 December 2019

Emily VanDerWerff: The 18 Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Vox

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2017]

  1. Watchmen
  2. Fleabag
  3. Succession
  4. Russian Doll
  5. Fosse/Verdon
  6. Lodge 49
  7. Barry
  8. Better Things
  9. Mr. Robot
  10. David Makes Man
  11. Couples Therapy
  12. PEN15
  13. Pose
  14. Chernobyl
  15. The Magicians
  16. Unbelievable
  17. True Detective
  18. Stumptown

Guardian: The 50 Best TV Shows of 2019

19 December 2019

The Guardian: The 50 Best TV Shows of 2019

  1. Succession
  2. Fleabag
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Years and Years
  5. The Virtues
  6. Unbelievable
  7. Russian Doll
  8. This Time with Alan Partridge
  9. Catastrophe
  10. Euphoria
  11. Leaving Neverland
  12. Top Boy
  13. Stath Lets Flats
  14. Sex Education
  15. Derry Girls
  16. What We Do in the Shadows
  17. Everybody in the Place: an Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992
  18. Back to Life
  19. Ghosts
  20. Mum
  21. Prince Andrew and the Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview
  22. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  23. When They See Us
  24. His Dark Materials
  25. The Crown
  26. Barry
  27. State of the Union
  28. The End of the F***ing World
  29. The Other Two
  30. BoJack Horseman
  31. Gentleman Jack
  32. This Way Up
  33. Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History
  34. Broad City
  35. Don't Forget the Driver
  36. Game of Thrones
  37. The Capture
  38. Surviving R. Kelly
  39. Mindhunter
  40. Watchmen
  41. Line of Duty
  42. Stranger Things
  43. 63 Up
  44. Seven Worlds, One Planet
  45. Transparent (Musical Finale)
  46. Guilt
  47. The Curry House Kid
  48. The Last Survivors
  49. World on Fire
  50. Killing Eve

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