Best of 2015: Television Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 8, 2015
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Below, we collect every year-end Top Ten list published by major TV critics and publications. This page will be updated throughout December and January whenever new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best TV shows of 2015

Recent updates:
Added 1/1: Criticwire, Omaha World-Herald, Salon, TV Fanatic
Added 12/30: Orlando Sentinel, Salt Lake Tribune, Wired
Added 12/29: Cleveland Plain Dealer, RogerEbert.com, San Antonio Express-News, USA Today
Added 12/27: Chicago Reader, Lincoln Journal Star, Minneapolis Star Tribune‎, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Tampa Bay Times
Added 12/24: Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, NPR (Fresh Air), The Oregonian, Thompson on Hollywood!, Uncle Barky
Added 12/23: Business Insider, Las Vegas Weekly, Star-Ledger (NJ.com)
Added 12/22: The Atlantic, National Post, Rapid City Journal, San Jose Mercury News, TV.com, The Week
Added 12/21: The Globe and Mail, Philadelphia Daily News, Vox
Added 12/18: Digital Spy, NY Post, The Playlist, ScreenCrush, Uproxx, Wall Street Journal, We Got This Covered
Added 12/17: Complex, The Daily Beast, TV Insider
Added 12/16: Adweek, AFI, A.V. Club, People, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Added 12/15: Boston Globe, Flavorwire, Maxim, Newsday, Village Voice, Vulture (Lyons), TheWrap
Added 12/14: Indiewire, Variety (Lowry)
Added 12/13: Cinema Blend, Denver Post, Sioux City Journal
Added 12/11: Los Angeles Times, Vogue
Added 12/10: IGN, Paste, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Slate, TV Guide
Added 12/9: Boob Tube Dude, Film School Rejects, TimeOut New York, Vulture, Washington Post
Added 12/8: Scorecard launched with 10 lists.

Below is our updated running tally of the TV shows most frequently mentioned by individual critics in their year-end Top Ten lists. Note that if a critic ranks more than the standard 10 shows, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each show will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 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
  • NEW THIS YEAR: 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 titles (rather than 10)
TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2015
TV Show / Network # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 . Fargo (FX) 24434114
2 . Mad Men (AMC) 31426.563.5
3 . Mr. Robot (USA) 8430.562.5
4. The Americans (FX)2832.554.5
5. Transparent (Amazon)552954
6. The Leftovers (HBO)7620.553.5
7 . Master of None (Netflix) 1435.546.5
8 . Game of Thrones (HBO) 331429
9. Better Call Saul (AMC)1025.528.5
10 . You're the Worst (FXX) 1119.524.5
. UnReal (Lifetime) 0122.524.5
12. Hannibal (NBC)301423
. The Jinx (HBO)102023
14. Empire (Fox)012022
. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)021822
. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)111722
. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)131322
18 . Catastrophe (Amazon) 0216.520.5
19 . Veep (HBO) 2011.517.5
20. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)111116

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 91 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some critics may list ten shows without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Adweek
Jason Lynch View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. (various series finales)
  4. The Leftovers (HBO)
  5. Transparent (Amazon)
  6. The Jinx (HBO)
  7. Mr. Robot (USA)
  8. You're the Worst (FXX)
  9. Review (Comedy Central)
  10. Rectify (Sundance)
AFI
2015 AFI Awards View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • Empire (Fox)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
Associated Press
Frazier Moore View full list
  • The Affair (Showtime)
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Frontline (PBS)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Narcos (Netflix)
  • Sense8 (Netflix)
The Atlantic
Staff consensus View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • Broad City (Comedy Central)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
  • You're the Worst (FXX)
A.V. Club
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mad Men (AMC)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. You're the Worst (FXX)
  6. The Leftovers (HBO)
  7. Hannibal (NBC)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. UnReal (Lifetime)
  10. Review (Comedy Central)
Boob Tube Dude
Ryan McGee View full list
  1. Review (Comedy Central)
  2. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  3. Master of None (Netflix)
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • The 100 (CW)
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Catastrophe (Amazon)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
  • Rectify (Sundance)
  • Togetherness (HBO)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
  • Veep (HBO)
Boston Globe
Matthew Gilbert View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Master of None (Netflix)
  3. The Knick (Cinemax)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. Transparent (Amazon)
  6. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  7. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  8. The Affair (Showtime)
  9. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  10. Togetherness (HBO)
  11. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  12. Man Seeking Woman (FXX)
Business Insider
Jethro Nededog View full list
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Marvel's Daredevil (Netflix)
  4. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  6. Mr. Robot (USA)
  7. The Jinx (HBO)
  8. Master of None (Netflix)
  9. Into the Badlands (AMC)
  10. Casual (Hulu)
Chicago Reader
Brianna Wellen View full list
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Broadchurch (BBC America)
  • Catastrophe (Amazon)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  • Empire (Fox)
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  • The Jinx (HBO)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Cinema Blend
Nick Venable View full list
  1. Veep (HBO)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. Master of None (Netflix)
  4. Transparent (Amazon)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. The Jinx (HBO)
  7. Hannibal (NBC)
  8. Empire (Fox)
  9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  10. Justified (FX)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mark Dawidziak View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
  3. Justified (FX)
  4. Luther (BBC America)
  5. Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
  6. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  7. Master of None (Netflix)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  10. Louie (FX)
Complex
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mr. Robot (USA)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. The Jinx (HBO)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. Master of None (Netflix)
  6. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  7. Fargo (FX)
  8. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  9. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  10. Transparent (Amazon)
Criticwire
Sam Adams View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  • The Flash (CW)
  • Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  • Hannibal (NBC)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • Justified (FX)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
The Daily Beast
Kevin Fallon View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. The Leftovers (HBO)
  4. You're the Worst (FXX)
  5. Mr. Robot (USA)
  6. Veep (HBO)
  7. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  8. Mad Men (AMC)
  9. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  10. UnReal (Lifetime)
Denver Post
Joanne Ostrow View full list
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. The Knick (Cinemax)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. American Crime (ABC)
  7. Getting On (HBO)
  8. The Affair (Showtime)
  9. Empire (Fox)
  10. You're the Worst (FXX)
Digital Spy
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Humans (AMC)
  2. This Is England '90 (Channel 4)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Hannibal (NBC)
  5. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  6. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  7. Marvel's Daredevil (Netflix)
  8. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  9. Doctor Who (BBC America)
  10. Marvel's Agent Carter (ABC)
Entertainment Weekly
Jeff Jensen View full list
  1. Mr. Robot (USA)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  4. Master of None (Netflix)
  5. Mad Men (AMC)
  6. Fargo (FX)
  7. Hannibal (NBC)
  8. Documentary Now! (IFC)
  9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  10. Rectify (Sundance)
Melissa Maerz View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Mr. Robot (USA)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. The Jinx (HBO)
  5. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  6. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  7. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  8. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  9. Master of None (Netflix)
  10. Empire (Fox)
Film School Rejects
Neil Miller View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  3. You're the Worst (FXX)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  6. Marvel's Daredevil (Netflix)
  7. Master of None (Netflix)
  8. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  9. Casual (Hulu)
  10. Justified (FX)
Flavorwire
Alison Herman View full list
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Catastrophe (Amazon)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  • Hannibal (NBC)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
The Globe and Mail
John Doyle View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Keeping Canada Alive (CBC)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Narcos (Netflix)
  • River (Netflix)
  • The Romeo Section (CBC)
  • Show Me a Hero (HBO)
HitFix
Alan Sepinwall View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. Transparent (Amazon)
  6. Justified (FX)
  7. Review (Comedy Central)
  8. Master of None (Netflix)
  9. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  10. Rectify (Sundance)
The Hollywood Reporter
Tim Goodman View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. Louie (FX)
  6. Mr. Robot (USA)
  7. Transparent (Amazon)
  8. Rectify (Sundance)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. UnReal (Lifetime)
Indiewire
Kate Erbland View full list
  1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  2. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  3. The Leftovers (HBO)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. Mad Men (AMC)
  7. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  8. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  9. The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
  10. Bar Rescue (Spike)
Liz Shannon Miller View full list
  1. Mr. Robot (USA)
  2. Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)
  3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  4. Playing House (USA)
  5. Project Greenlight (HBO)
  6. The Mindy Project (Hulu)
  7. Sense8 (Netflix)
  8. iZombie (CW)
  9. Difficult People (Hulu)
  10. (tie) Arrow (CW)
  11. (tie) The Flash (CW)
Ben Travers View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Togetherness (HBO)
  3. Public Morals (TNT)
  4. Red Oaks (Amazon)
  5. Episodes (Showtime)
  6. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  7. Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
  8. The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
  9. Rectify (Sundance)
  10. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
IGN
Matt Fowler View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Mr. Robot (USA)
  3. Hannibal (NBC)
  4. Master of None (Netflix)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. Marvel's Daredevil (Netflix)
  7. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix)
  8. The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
  9. Fargo (FX)
  10. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Las Vegas Weekly
Josh Bell View full list
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. You're the Worst (FXX)
  4. UnReal (Lifetime)
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  6. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  7. Master of None (Netflix)
  8. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  9. Fargo (FX)
  10. Younger (TV Land)
Lincoln Journal Star
Jeff Korbelik View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. Bloodline (Netflix)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. Mr. Robot (USA)
  6. Transparent (Amazon)
  7. The Good Wife (CBS)
  8. Mad Men (AMC)
  9. Justified (FX)
  10. UnReal (Lifetime)
Los Angeles Times
Robert Lloyd View full list
  • (includes new shows only)
  1. Detectorists (Acorn)
  2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  3. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  4. Wolf Hall (PBS)
  5. Togetherness (HBO)
  6. Empire (Fox)
  7. Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
  8. iZombie (CW)
  9. Grandfathered (Fox)
  10. The Grinder (Fox)
  11. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  12. Master of None (Netflix)
  13. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  14. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Mary McNamara View full list
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. UnReal (Lifetime)
  3. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  4. Black-ish (ABC)
  5. (The Benghazi hearings)
  6. Foyle's War (Acorn)
  7. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  8. Mr. Robot (USA)
  9. Transparent (Amazon)
  10. Gotham (Fox)
Maxim
Ellen Killoran View full list
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Bloodline (Netflix)
  • Catastrophe (Amazon)
  • The Jinx (HBO)
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Limitless (CBS)
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Narcos (Netflix)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
Minneapolis Star Tribune‎
Neal Justin View full list
  • Billy on the Street (TruTV)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Louie (FX)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Wolf Hall (PBS)
National Post
David Berry View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Catastrophe (Amazon)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Rectify (Sundance)
  • Review (Comedy Central)
  • South Park (Comedy Central)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
New York Post
Robert Rorke View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Narcos (Netflix)
  3. American Crime (ABC)
  4. The Affair (Showtime)
  5. Transparent (Amazon)
  6. Mr. Robot (USA)
  7. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  8. The Americans (FX)
  9. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  10. Empire (Fox)
The New York Times
Neil Genzlinger View full list
  1. The Jinx (HBO)
  2. Mimi and Dona (PBS)
  3. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (PBS)
  4. The Brain With David Eagleman (PBS)
  5. Of Miracles and Men (ESPN)
  6. The Seventies (CNN)
  7. Documentary Now! (IFC)
  8. NOVA: Dawn of Humanity (PBS)
  9. Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury (World)
  10. Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (MSNBC)
Mike Hale View full list
  1. Louie (FX)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. The Knick (Cinemax)
  4. The Jinx (HBO)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  7. Justified (FX)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. Moone Boy (Hulu)
  10. Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
James Poniewozik View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
  • The Jinx (HBO)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Rectify (Sundance)
  • Review (Comedy Central)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Newsday
Verne Gay View full list
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Wolf Hall (PBS)
  4. The Jinx (HBO)
  5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  6. Homeland (Showtime)
  7. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  8. Fargo (FX)
  9. Master of None (Netflix)
  10. Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
NPR
Eric Deggans View full list
  1. Mr. Robot (USA)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. Black-ish (ABC)
  6. The Jinx (HBO)
  7. (Shondaland)
  8. Master of None (Netflix)
  9. Empire (Fox)
  10. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
NPR (Fresh Air)
David Bianculli View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Justified (FX)
  4. The Good Wife (CBS)
  5. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  6. Mad Men (AMC)
  7. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  8. Louie (FX)
  9. The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
  10. (tie) Episodes (Showtime)
  11. (tie) Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Omaha World-Herald
Micah Mertes View full list
  1. Banshee (Cinemax)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Making a Murderer (Netflix)
  6. The Leftovers (HBO)
  7. The Flash (CW)
  8. UnReal (Lifetime)
  9. Mr. Robot (USA)
  10. Transparent (Amazon)
The Oregonian
Kristi Turnquist View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  7. The Affair (Showtime)
  8. Justified (FX)
  9. Empire (Fox)
  10. Manhattan (WGN)
Orlando Sentinel
Hal Boedeker View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • Empire (Fox)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • Justified (FX)
  • Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
  • Limitless (CBS)
  • The Nightly Show (Comedy Central)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)
Paste
Staff View full list
  1. Mad Men (AMC)
  2. Master of None (Netflix)
  3. Mr. Robot (USA)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  6. The Leftovers (HBO)
  7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  9. The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
  10. Game of Thrones (HBO)
People
Tom Gliatto View full list
  1. (tie) Marvel's Daredevil (Netflix) AND Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  2. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  3. Empire (Fox)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. Wolf Hall (PBS)
  7. Master of None (Netflix)
  8. Quantico (ABC)
  9. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  10. Supergirl (CBS)
Philadelphia Daily News
Ellen Gray View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Rectify (Sundance)
  3. The Leftovers (HBO)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  6. The Americans (FX)
  7. You're the Worst (FXX)
  8. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  9. Mr. Robot (USA)
  10. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rob Owen View full list
  1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Master of None (Netflix)
  4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. The Jinx (HBO)
  7. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  8. Empire (Fox)
  9. Episodes (Showtime)
  10. The Good Wife (CBS)
The Playlist
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. You're the Worst (FXX)
  5. The Knick (Cinemax)
  6. UnReal (Lifetime)
  7. (tie) BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  8. (tie) Gravity Falls (Disney)
  9. (tie) Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  10. The Americans (FX)
  11. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  12. Hannibal (NBC)
Rapid City Journal
Max B. O'Connell View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  4. Hannibal (NBC)
  5. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  6. You're the Worst (FXX)
  7. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  8. Review (Comedy Central)
  9. Looking (HBO)
  10. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
RogerEbert.com
Brian Tallerico View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. You're the Worst (FXX)
  5. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
  6. The Americans (FX)
  7. Hannibal (NBC)
  8. Veep (HBO)
  9. The Leftovers (HBO)
  10. Master of None (Netflix)
Rolling Stone
Rob Sheffield View full list
  1. Mr. Robot (USA)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. Difficult People (Hulu)
  6. Empire (Fox)
  7. Fargo (FX)
  8. Veep (HBO)
  9. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  10. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Salon
Sonia Saraiya View full list
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  3. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  4. Black-ish (ABC)
  5. The Leftovers (HBO)
  6. Mad Men (AMC)
  7. Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
  8. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  9. Mr. Robot (USA)
  10. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
The Salt Lake Tribune
Scott D. Pierce View full list
  1. Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. The Good Wife (CBS)
  4. The Flash (CW)
  5. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  6. Mad Men (AMC)
  7. The Americans (FX)
  8. Fargo (FX)
  9. The Jinx (HBO)
  10. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
San Antonio Express-News
Jeanne Jakle View full list
  • The Affair (Showtime)
  • Doctor Who (BBC America)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Outlander (Starz)
San Francisco Chronicle
David Wiegand View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Master of None (Netflix)
  3. Difficult People (Hulu)
  4. Deutschland 83 (Sundance)
  5. Mr. Robot (USA)
  6. Casual (Hulu)
  7. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  8. The Diplomat (HBO)
  9. Empire (Fox)
  10. American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
San Jose Mercury News
Chuck Barney View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. Black-ish (ABC)
  5. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  6. Mad Men (AMC)
  7. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  8. You're the Worst (FXX)
  9. Transparent (Amazon)
  10. Mr. Robot (USA)
ScreenCrush
Kevin Fitzpatrick View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  5. Mr. Robot (USA)
  6. Master of None (Netflix)
  7. You're the Worst (FXX)
  8. The Jinx (HBO)
  9. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  10. The 100 (CW)
Britt Hayes View full list
  1. Hannibal (NBC)
  2. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  3. The Leftovers (HBO)
  4. You're the Worst (FXX)
  5. The Knick (Cinemax)
  6. Fargo (FX)
  7. Making a Murderer (Netflix)
  8. UnReal (Lifetime)
  9. Transparent (Amazon)
  10. Mr. Robot (USA)
Sioux City Journal
Bruce R. Miller View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Mr. Robot (USA)
  4. American Crime (ABC)
  5. Getting On (HBO)
  6. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  7. Empire (Fox)
  8. Veep (HBO)
  9. Wolf Hall (PBS)
  10. The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
Slant
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Hannibal (NBC)
  2. The Knick (Cinemax)
  3. The Americans (FX)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  6. Fargo (FX)
  7. Master of None (Netflix)
  8. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  9. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  10. Better Call Saul (AMC)
Slate
Willa Paskin View full list
  1. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
  2. Mr. Robot (USA)
  3. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  4. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  5. The Jinx (HBO)
  6. Empire (Fox)
  7. The Americans (FX)
  8. Nathan for You (Comedy Central)
  9. Transparent (Amazon)
  10. UnReal (Lifetime)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gail Pennington View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  6. Deutschland 83 (Sundance)
  7. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  8. UnReal (Lifetime)
  9. The Great British Baking Show (PBS)
  10. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Star-Ledger (NJ.com)
Vicki Hyman View full list
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. Mad Men (AMC)
  6. Bloodline (Netflix)
  7. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  8. The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
  9. Transparent (Amazon)
  10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
Tampa Bay Times
Brittany Volk View full list
  • (includes new shows only)
  1. Mr. Robot (USA)
  2. Empire (Fox)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. UnReal (Lifetime)
  5. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  6. Master of None (Netflix)
  7. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  8. The Jinx (HBO)
  9. Making a Murderer (Netflix)
  10. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  11. Difficult People (Hulu)
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  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. Looking (HBO)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  7. The Knick (Cinemax)
  8. Please Like Me (Pivot)
  9. Hannibal (NBC)
  10. Casual (Hulu)
Time
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  1. Veep (HBO)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Mr. Robot (USA)
  6. Master of None (Netflix)
  7. I Am Cait (E!)
  8. The Leftovers (HBO)
  9. Empire (Fox)
  10. Odd Mom Out (Bravo)
TimeOut New York
Jaime Lutz View full list
  1. Master of None (Netflix)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Hannibal (NBC)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  6. Mr. Robot (USA)
  7. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix)
  8. The Jinx (HBO)
  9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
TV Fanatic
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  1. Mr. Robot (USA)
  2. You're the Worst (FXX)
  3. The Leftovers (HBO)
  4. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  7. The Affair (Showtime)
  8. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)
  9. Bates Motel (A&E)
  10. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
TV Guide
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  1. Mr. Robot (USA)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. Master of None (Netflix)
  6. Marvel's Daredevil (Netflix)
  7. You're the Worst (FXX)
  8. Veep (HBO)
  9. Mad Men (AMC)
  10. Transparent (Amazon)
TV Insider
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  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Mr. Robot (USA)
  3. Empire (Fox)
  4. (tie) Silicon Valley (HBO)
  5. (tie) Veep (HBO)
  6. American Crime (ABC)
  7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  8. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  9. UnReal (Lifetime)
  10. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  11. The Americans (FX)
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  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. Justified (FX)
  5. Mr. Robot (USA)
  6. The Leftovers (HBO)
  7. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  8. Review (Comedy Central)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. You're the Worst (FXX)
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  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. Louie (FX)
  6. Master of None (Netflix)
  7. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  8. The Americans (FX)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. You're the Worst (FXX)
Uproxx
Josh Kurp View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  5. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  6. The Americans (FX)
  7. Mr. Robot (USA)
  8. Review (Comedy Central)
  9. You're the Worst (FXX)
  10. Master of None (Netflix)
USA Today
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  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. The Good Wife (CBS)
  6. Louie (FX)
  7. Veep (HBO)
  8. Justified (FX)
  9. The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
  10. Mr. Robot (USA)
Vanity Fair
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  • Casual (Hulu)
  • Marvel's Daredevil (Netflix)
  • Empire (Fox)
  • Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Quantico (ABC)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
Variety
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  • The Affair (Showtime)
  • Becoming Us (ABC Family)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • The Flash (CW)
  • I Am Cait (E!)
  • I Am Jazz (TLC)
  • Indian Summers (PBS)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • The Jinx (HBO)
  • The Last Kingdom (BBC America)
  • Making a Murderer (Netflix)
  • Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Poldark (PBS)
  • Rectify (Sundance)
  • Supergirl (CBS)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
  • Vikings (History)
  • Wolf Hall (PBS)
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  • The 100 (CW)
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Catastrophe (Amazon)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  • Hannibal (NBC)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Rectify (Sundance)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
  • Wolf Hall (PBS)
  • You're the Worst (FXX)
Village Voice
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  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  3. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  5. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  6. Mad Men (AMC)
  7. Another Period (Comedy Central)
  8. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  9. Survivor's Remorse (Starz)
  10. Scandal (ABC)
Vogue
Patricia Garcia View full list
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • The Jinx (HBO)
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Veep (HBO)
Vox
Todd VanDerWerff View full list
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. The Americans (FX)
  4. You're the Worst (FXX)
  5. Mad Men (AMC)
  6. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  7. Manhattan (WGN)
  8. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
  9. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  10. Fargo (FX)
Vulture
Margaret Lyons View full list
  1. Mad Men (AMC)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. The Americans (FX)
  4. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  5. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  6. UnReal (Lifetime)
  7. Catastrophe (Amazon)
  8. The Last Alaskans (Animal Planet)
  9. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  10. Broad City (Comedy Central)
Matt Zoller Seitz View full list
  1. Hannibal (NBC)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  5. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  6. Rectify (Sundance)
  7. Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  8. Black-ish (ABC)
  9. The Leftovers (HBO)
  10. Fargo (FX)
The Wall Street Journal
Dorothy Rabinowitz View full list
  • The Affair (Showtime)
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • India's Daughter (PBS)
  • A Place to Call Home (Acorn)
  • Wolf Hall (PBS)
Washington Post
Hank Stuever View full list
  1. The Affair (Showtime)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. Master of None (Netflix)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. Wolf Hall (PBS)
  7. Supergirl (CBS)
  8. (tie) Empire (Fox)
  9. (tie) UnReal (Lifetime)
  10. Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  11. American Crime (ABC)
We Got This Covered
Mitchel Broussard View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Sense8 (Netflix)
  3. The Leftovers (HBO)
  4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
  6. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  7. Looking (HBO)
  8. The 100 (CW)
  9. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  10. Marvel's Agent Carter (ABC)
Sam Woolf View full list
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Hannibal (NBC)
  4. The Leftovers (HBO)
  5. Justified (FX)
  6. Transparent (Amazon)
  7. The Jinx (HBO)
  8. The Knick (Cinemax)
  9. Master of None (Netflix)
  10. Wolf Hall (PBS)
The Week
Staff consensus View full list
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Bloodline (Netflix)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Hannibal (NBC)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
  • Master of None (Netflix)
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  • The Mindy Project (Hulu)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
Wired
Eric Thurm View full list
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Broad City (Comedy Central)
  • Empire (Fox)
  • Hannibal (NBC)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • iZombie (CW)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)
  • Mr. Robot (USA)
  • Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • UnReal (Lifetime)
  • You're the Worst (FXX)
TheWrap
Amber Dowling View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. Outlander (Starz)
  4. Transparent (Amazon)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. Master of None (Netflix)
  7. Narcos (Netflix)
  8. Mr. Robot (USA)
  9. The Jinx (HBO)
  10. UnReal (Lifetime)
Mark Peikert View full list
  1. You're the Worst (FXX)
  2. Master of None (Netflix)
  3. UnReal (Lifetime)
  4. The Affair (Showtime)
  5. Transparent (Amazon)
  6. Hindsight (VH1)
  7. Casual (Hulu)
  8. Review (Comedy Central)
  9. The Americans (FX)
  10. Black-ish (ABC)
  11. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  12. The Goldbergs (ABC)

 

 

Comments (21)

  • Philips  

    This list include top class tv dramas series. Very detail and comprehensive information available here regarding famous TV Dramas.

  • ChrisBrody  

    These 5 series are celebrated for elevating their network and/or own program during the course of the year.

    The Chris Brody Annual Award of Excellence
    (in alphabetical order)

    Better Call Saul (AMC)
    Fargo (FX)
    The Leftovers (HBO)
    Ray Donovan (SHO)
    Wolf Hall (PBS)

  • dmj  

    Why do you include Business Insider's top ten list but not Forbes?

  • urkobg  

    My list

    1. The Leftovers
    2. Fargo
    3. Outlander
    4. Penny Dreadful
    5. Game of Thrones
    6. Sense8
    7.Jessica Jones
    8. Orange is the New Black
    9. House of Cards
    10. Your the Worst

  • dmj  

    Why aren't you including Forbes top 10 list?

  • dmj  

    The Knick only has 7 points right now, while only appearing on 5 of the 63 lists.

  • nathanleebush  

    Why is The Knick high on a lot of these lists but not on the meta list?

  • dmj  

    Forbes Top 10 tv list has been posted

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/allenstjohn/2015/12/22/best-of-2015-top-10-shows-on-television-1-better-call-saul-breaking-badder/2/

  • gameofthrones  

    1) Fargo
    2) The Leftovers
    3) The Americans
    4) Mad Men
    5) Game of Thrones
    6) Jessica Jones
    7) Better Call Saul
    Orange is the New Black

  • staubin  

    NO JUSTIFIED?!?! That is an outrage.

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