Best TV Shows of the Decade (2010-19)

  • Publish Date: November 25, 2019
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Best-of-the-decade top ten lists

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Last update: December 5

One problem with TV reviews: For many shows, they only reflect the first few episodes of a given season, which makes it hard to get a sense of a season (or, indeed, series) as a whole after the fact. So, to get a better read on the current consensus and the staying power of each show, we have also aggregated best-of-the-decade lists published by a variety of entertainment publications in late 2019. Individual lists are displayed at the bottom of the page, but in the table below, the most frequently mentioned shows are ranked according to our points system (which gives bonus points for being ranked at the top of a list):

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th OR for being included on an unranked list of 10 or fewer TV shows
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 shows OR for being included in any position (1-10) in publications that list comedies and dramas separately (so that those publications don't skew the overall results just by virtue of publishing more than one list)
  • No points for shows included on unranked lists of more than 20 shows (or for shows ranked worse than 20th)
TV Shows Mentioned on Most Best of the Decade Top 10 Lists
Show (Network) # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1Fleabag (Prime Video)221525
2Atlanta (FX)121623
3The Leftovers (HBO)32922
4Breaking Bad (AMC)247.521.5
5The Americans (FX)40719
6Mad Men (AMC)137.516.5
7Game of Thrones (HBO)20713
8Parks and Recreation (NBC)117.512.5
9BoJack Horseman (Netflix)10912
10Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)11510
11The Good Place (NBC)1069
12Veep (HBO)016.58.5
13Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)1025
Rectify (Sundance)0135
Succession (HBO)0135
16Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox/NBC)012.54.5
17Schitt's Creek (Pop)0044
Stranger Things (Netflix)0044
19Bob's Burgers (Fox)003.53.5
Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)003.53.5
Better Call Saul (AMC)003.53.5

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 23 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some critics may list shows without ranking them; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order. For now, we are including only one list per critic (though that may change if numerous critics

A.V. Club (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Atlanta (FX)
  4. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. The Good Place (NBC)
  7. The Leftovers (HBO)
  8. Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  9. 30 Rock (NBC)
  10. Fleabag (Prime Video)
Buzzfeed Nora Dominick View full list
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  4. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  5. The Office (NBC)
  6. Veep (HBO)
  7. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox/NBC)
  9. How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  10. Chernobyl (HBO)
Consequence of Sound (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. Nathan for You (Comedy Central)
  5. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
  8. Veep (HBO)
  9. Atlanta (FX)
  10. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
entertainment.ie (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)
  5. Chernobyl (HBO)
  6. Succession (HBO)
  7. Mad Men (AMC)
  8. True Detective (HBO)
  9. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  10. The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Entertainment Weekly Kristen Baldwin View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. American Crime Story (FX) [The Assassination of Gianni Versace -AND- The People v. O.J. Simpson]
  5. Better Things (FX)
  6. Veep (HBO)
  7. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox/NBC)
  9. The Fall (Netflix)
  10. The Comeback (HBO)
Entertainment Weekly Darren Franich View full list
  1. Mad Men (AMC)
  2. Atlanta (FX)
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
  4. Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)
  5. Community (NBC/Yahoo)
  6. The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
  7. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  8. Hannibal (NBC)
  9. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  10. The Trip (BBC)
Esquire (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. Atlanta (FX)
  2. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  6. Black Mirror (Netflix)
  7. Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  8. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. Game of Thrones (HBO)
Film School Rejects (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  2. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  3. The Leftovers (HBO)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  6. Barry (HBO)
  7. Atlanta (FX)
  8. Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
  9. Succession (HBO)
  10. The Good Place (NBC)
The Hollywood Reporter Dan Fienberg View full list
  1. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  2. Rectify (Sundance)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  5. 30 for 30 (ESPN)
  6. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  7. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
  8. The Leftovers (HBO)
  9. Atlanta (FX)
  10. Better Things (FX)
The Independent (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. This Is England (Channel 4)
  4. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  5. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  6. Blue Planet II (BBC America)
  7. Black Mirror (Netflix)
  8. The Vietnam War (PBS)
  9. Patrick Melrose (Showtime)
  10. Love Island (ITV2)
IndieWire (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  3. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  5. Hannibal (NBC)
  6. Veep (HBO)
  7. 30 Rock (NBC)
  8. The Americans (FX)
  9. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  10. Atlanta (FX)
Junkee Cameron Williams View full list
  1. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. The Jink (HBO)
  5. Catastrophe (Prime Video)
  6. The Katering Show (YouTube)
  7. The Good Wife (CBS)
  8. Atlanta (FX)
  9. The Great British Baking Show (PBS/Netflix)
  10. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Mashable (Staff consensus) View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Atlanta (FX)
  • Barry (HBO)
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Broad City (Comedy Central)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox/NBC)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
  • Enlightened (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Jane the Virgin (The CW)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • Veep (HBO)
Paste (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. The Americans (FX)
  4. Planet Earth II / Blue Planet II (BBC America)
  5. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  6. Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)
  7. The Good Place (NBC)
  8. Atlanta (FX)
  9. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  10. The Great British Baking Show (PBS/Netflix)
The Playlist (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
  2. Atlanta (FX)
  3. The Americans (FX)
  4. The Leftovers (HBO)
  5. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  6. Louie (FX)
  7. Mad Men (AMC)
  8. The Knick (Cinemax)
  9. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  10. 30 Rock (NBC)
RogerEbert.com Allison Shoemaker and Brian Tallerico View full list
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  4. The Leftovers (HBO)
  5. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  6. Hannibal (NBC)
  7. Atlanta (FX)
  8. The Good Place (NBC)
  9. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  10. Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
Rolling Stone Alan Sepinwall View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  3. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  5. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  6. The Americans (FX)
  7. Atlanta (FX)
  8. Justified (FX)
  9. Rectify (Sundance)
  10. Better Things (FX)
ScreenCrush Maggie Fremont View full list
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. Veep (HBO)
  4. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  5. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  6. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
  7. The Good Place (NBC)
  8. Atlanta (FX)
  9. Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  10. Stranger Things (Netflix)
Stuff (New Zealand) View full list
  • Atlanta (FX)
  • Black Mirror (Netflix)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Girls (HBO)
  • Nathan for You (Comedy Central)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Succession (HBO)
Time Judy Berman View full list View separate list of best miniseries (not included in combined standings)
  • Atlanta (FX)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Enlightened (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
TV Guide (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Veep (HBO)
  3. The Leftovers (HBO)
  4. Justified (FX)
  5. Atlanta (FX)
  6. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  7. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. Rectify (Sundance)
  10. Game of Thrones (HBO)
Uproxx (Staff consensus) View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Atlanta (FX)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Community (NBC/Yahoo)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
  • Justified (FX)
  • Key and Peele (Comedy Central)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Review (Comedy Central)
Vanity Fair Sonia Saraiya View full list
  1. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime)
  3. Enlightened (HBO)
  4. Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. Atlanta (FX)
  7. Rectify (Sundance)
  8. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  9. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  10. The Great British Baking Show (PBS/Netflix)
The Young Folks (Staff consensus) View full list
  1. The Good Place (NBC)
  2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox/NBC)
  3. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  6. Fleabag (Prime Video)
  7. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
  8. Atlanta (FX)
  9. Superstore (NBC)
  10. Parks and Recreation (NBC)

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Comments (6)

  • BThunder27  

    1. Twin Peaks- The Return
    2. Mad Men
    3. Breaking Bad
    4. The Leftovers
    5. The Americans
    6 .Fleabag
    7. Nathan for You
    8. Better Call Saul
    9. Rectify
    10. Sharp Objects
    11. Game Of Thrones
    12. Broad City
    13. People vs OJ Simpson
    14. True Detective S1
    15. The Knick

  • wrigoo  

    1-) Breaking Bad
    2-) Louie
    3-) The Leftovers
    4-) Better Call Saul
    5-) Fleabag
    6-) Justified
    7-) Master of None
    8-) Catastrophe
    9-) Wilfred
    10-) Vice Principals

  • CollinP  

    Honestly shocked that Community is only on one list so far. We shall see I suppose.

  • Noamand  

    Fleabag at #1? This is like when you go looking for the "best books of all time" on Goodreads and find out that all that Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Hunger Games and Twilight sh*t is in the first positions. Just ridiculous. For christ sake, hoomans, grow up a little.

  • OlivierPiel  

    1- Rectify (superior work of art in all aspects)
    2- Hannibal season 2 (superior work of art in all aspects)
    3- Patriot season 1 ( superior work of art in writing)
    Others:
    4- Halt & Catch Fire (script & acting) 5- Better Call Saul / Breaking Bad (script, cinematography & acting) 6- Mad Men (script) 7- Veep (consistently funny) 8- Twin Peaks (only 1 but what a beautiful episode) 9- Community (clever commedia dell'arte) 10 -Leftovers (because of 2 or 3 great episodes) 11- American Crime (profound) 12- Chernobyl

    Note: Community is far better than Parks and Rec.
    Fleabag , BoJack are overrated (far too neurotic and verbose, without any artistic qualities)

  • DJames91  

    Only issue with some of these individual lists is that they purposefully only included shows that premiered 2010 and after - so shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men etc. get screwed. So it's not a highly accurate consensus really.

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