Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Category: 2016 TV Shows

Entertainment Weekly: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

Entertainment Weekly: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

  1. O.J.: Made in America
  2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  3. The Americans
  4. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  5. Atlanta
  6. Better Things
  7. Rectify
  8. The Good Place
  9. Search Party
  10. Westworld
  11. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  12. American Crime
  13. black-ish
  14. Mr. Robot
  15. Documentary Now!
  16. Better Call Saul
  17. Roots
  18. Lady Dynamite
  19. Stranger Things
  20. Horace and Pete

Paste: 25 Best TV Shows of 2016

Paste Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2016

  1. The Americans
  2. Stranger Things
  3. Atlanta
  4. BoJack Horseman
  5. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  6. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  7. Veep
  8. Better Call Saul
  9. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  10. Halt and Catch Fire
  11. Westworld
  12. Fleabag
  13. Game of Thrones
  14. Black Mirror
  15. Silicon Valley
  16. Last Man on Earth
  17. Transparent
  18. Steven Universe
  19. Rectify
  20. American Crime
  21. Documentary Now!
  22. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  23. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
  24. Jane the Virgin
  25. Insecure

Alison Herman: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

Alison Herman: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016 (as published by The Ringer)

  • Atlanta
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Transparent
  • High Maintenance
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

A.V. Club: 30 Best TV Shows of 2016

A.V. Club: 30 Best TV Shows of 2016

  1. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  2. Atlanta
  3. The Americans
  4. Better Call Saul
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  6. Halt and Catch Fire
  7. Veep
  8. BoJack Horseman
  9. O.J.: Made in America
  10. The Good Place
  11. Westworld
  12. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  13. Rectify
  14. Documentary Now!
  15. Insecure
  16. You’re the Worst
  17. Game of Thrones
  18. Silicon Valley
  19. Lady Dynamite
  20. Fleabag
  21. Jane the Virgin
  22. The Night Of
  23. Better Things
  24. Stranger Things
  25. Search Party
  26. Black-ish
  27. Girls
  28. Black Mirror
  29. Horace and Pete
  30. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Anti Lists

This site eschews numerical analysis but also embraces the admittedly arbitrariness of list-making. It’s a thin beam on which to perch. Two cases in point that we can’t resist but that somehow defy — admirably — the simplicity of linear list-making:

Miriam Bale says “I’m making a list, just for you…” and posts a provocative list of films and tangible pairings to Twitter. Thank you.

Emily Nussbaum hates lists, annually in The New Yorker. This year she declares the first- and second-best TV shows of the year simply enough, but somehow we can’t accurately flatten that declaration into a list on this site. You’ll have to click through.

James Poniewozik: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

James Poniewozik: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016 (as published by The New York Times)

  • The Americans
  • Atlanta
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • High Maintenance
  • Horace and Pete
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Rectify
  • Transparent

Matt Zoller Seitz: 11 Best TV Shows of 2016

Matt Zoller Seitz: 11 Best TV Shows of 2016 [as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture]

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Girlfriend Experience
  3. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  4. [tie] O.J.: Made in America
  5. BoJack Horseman
  6. The Americans
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  8. Stranger Things
  9. Rectify
  10. Horace and Pete
  11. Search Party