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

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 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 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

Hank Stuever: Best TV shows of 2019

10 December 2019

Hank Stuever: Best TV shows of 2019, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Watchmen
  2. When They See Us
  3. Unbelievable
  4. Succession
  5. Gentleman Jack
  6. Fleabag
  7. This Is Us
  8. Chernobyl
  9. Dead to Me
  10. Leaving Neverland

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2019

09 December 2019

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Rolling Stone

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

  1. Fleabag
  2. Watchmen
  3. Russian Doll
  4. Better Things
  5. Unbelievable
  6. Chernobyl
  7. Lodge 49
  8. Ramy
  9. Pose
  10. David Makes Man
  11. When They See Us
  12. PEN15
  13. Brockmire
  14. Tuca & Bertie
  15. Catastrophe
  16. Los Espookys
  17. Mr Inbetween
  18. Fosse/Verdon
  19. Sex Education
  20. Warrior

A.V. Club: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

09 December 2019

The A.V. Club: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

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

  1. Fleabag
  2. Watchmen
  3. Russian Doll
  4. Succession
  5. Barry
  6. The Good Place
  7. BoJack Horseman
  8. Lodge 49
  9. When They See Us
  10. Chernobyl
  11. The Other Two
  12. Undone
  13. Pose
  14. Unbelievable
  15. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  16. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  17. Documentary Now!
  18. Tuca & Bertie
  19. Mr. Robot
  20. The Righteous Gemstones
  21. One Day at a Time
  22. The Mandalorian
  23. Stranger Things
  24. Schitt's Creek
  25. You’re the Worst
  26. Fosse/Verdon

GQ: The Best TV Shows of 2019

08 December 2019

GQ Magazine: The Best TV Shows of 2019

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!

Willa Paskin: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019

05 December 2019

Willa Paskin: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Slate

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Succession
  3. Watchmen
  4. Russian Doll
  5. Blown Away
  6. Leaving Neverland
  7. Couples Therapy
  8. Catastrophe
  9. Ramy
  10. Glow

Complex: The Best TV Shows of 2019

05 December 2019

Complex: The Best TV Shows of 2019

[see also 2018]

  1. Succession
  2. Watchmen
  3. Mr. Robot
  4. Barry
  5. Snowfall
  6. Better Things
  7. The Other Two
  8. When They See Us
  9. Euphoria
  10. The Righteous Gemstones
  11. Veep
  12. Billions
  13. Chernobyl
  14. Pose
  15. Russian Doll
  16. The Act
  17. Stranger Things
  18. Mindhunter
  19. Big Little Lies
  20. Fosse/Verdon
  21. Killing Eve
  22. The Boys
  23. Vida
  24. Dead to Me
  25. Glow
  26. Dark
  27. Ramy
  28. South Side
  29. Silicon Valley
  30. BoJack Horseman

Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by The New Yorker with an essay amusingly titled "I Love Top Ten Lists"

[see also 2018, 2017]