2016 Top 20 Television Shows

Monday, December 19, 2016

October-December, by which you can get to the quarterly top 10s, is here.

Here are the 20 best television shows for 2016.

1. Fleabag (Amazon)
2. Please Like Me (AU)
3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
4. The Americans (FX)
5. Veep (HBO)
6. Horace and Pete (
7. Atlanta (FX)
8. High Maintenance (HBO)
9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
10. Lady Dynamite (Netflix)

11. Baskets (FX)
12. Girls (HBO)
13. Portlandia (IFC)
14. Mr. Robot (USA)
15. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
16. Billy on the Street (Tru)
17. Last Man on Earth (Fox)
18. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
19. OJ: Made in America (ESPN)
20. Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country (Esquire)

The lesson is don't make too many episodes.  There have been six episodes of Fleabag and there doesn't need to ever be a seventh.  The six best episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend might be the top show on the list, but season two has given some ground (as was the case with Mr. Robot, for example, and shows like Transparent and You're the Worst, which aren't on this list, also gave some ground in their current season.  Even Veep, a top 10 show, had it's least strong season; everyone's got six episodes, not everyone has 40).

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