Emily Nussbaum: Definitely Not a Top Ten List

Writing in The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum provides this wisdom about lists:

Each December, I write a festive rant about my loathing for Top Ten lists. It’s always the same: lists are reductive, phony, anti-art. Online, they work first as clickbait, then as groupthink. They force critics to rate radically dissimilar projects—the epic, the dramedy, the sleek time-killer, the ambitious game-changer that doesn’t quite cohere—so that algorithms can crunch out a blandly universal must-see selection. I don’t like math, and if I knew anything about how numbers worked I wouldn’t have gone into arts criticism. Plus, I haven’t seen all the TV, and neither have you.

After some important caveats and context, she offers these favorite TV shows:

  1. The Leftovers

Runners-up, not in order

  • The Deuce
  • Broad City
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • American Vandal
  • Big Little Lies
  • One Mississippi
  • Search Party
  • Lady Dynamite
  • GLOW
  • Claws
  • Alias Grace
  • Jane the Virgin