Best of 2020: Television Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 7, 2020
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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 2020

Recent updates:
Added Jan. 10: The Beat, Houston Press, LA Weekly
Added Jan. 3: Bleeding Cool, Chicago Sun-Times, Deadline, San Antonio Express-News, Thrillist, Vice
Added Dec. 30: ABC News/Good Morning America, The Arts Desk, Collider, HeadStuff, JoBlo, Metro [UK], Radio Times, TV Insider, The Young Folks
Added Dec. 28: The Observer, Reason, Salon, Salt Lake Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Screen Rant, Star Tribune, USA Today
Added Dec. 24: GQ [UK], NPR/Fresh Air, Total Film, TV Fanatic
Added Dec. 22: Consequence of Sound, GameSpot, The Guardian, Misc (Mo Ryan)
Added Dec. 21: Primetimer, RogerEbert.com, ScreenCrush, Yahoo!
Added Dec. 18: Daily Beast, Digital Spy, Film School Rejects, Harper's Bazaar, New York Post, Pajiba, TV Guide Magazine
Added Dec. 17: The Economist, Exclaim!, mxdwn, The Oregonian, PopBuzz, The Verge
Added Dec. 16: BuzzFeed, Den of Geek, Flood, IGN, io9, Little White Lies, NME, Polygon
Added Dec. 15: The Hollywood Reporter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Ringer, Sioux City Journal, The Telegraph
Added Dec. 14: A.V. Club, The Independent, NY Daily News, The Playlist
Added Dec. 12: The Atlantic, Empire, Mashable, Nerdist, Vulture
Added Dec. 11: People, Slant
Added Dec. 10: The New Yorker, NOW
Added Dec. 9: Adweek, Boston Globe, Paste, Washington Post
Added Dec. 8: Uproxx, Variety
Added Dec. 7: Scorecard launched with 15 lists

Best of 2020Below 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. (We do include unranked lists of 11-20 titles, though each title gets just one-half of a point.) 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
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 titles (rather than 10), or for each item on split comedy/drama lists of 10 titles apiece (regardless of ranking on those lists)
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TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2020
TV Show / Network # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 I May Destroy You HBO331042161
2 The Queen's Gambit Netflix1044987
3 Better Call Saul AMC9122879
4 Normal People Hulu573261
5 Ted Lasso Apple TV+5726.555.5
6 What We Do in the Shadows FX253652
7 Mrs. America FX on Hulu4233.549.5
8 Schitt's Creek Pop2431.545.5
9 The Mandalorian Disney+223040
10 How to With John Wilson HBO341633
11 The Crown Netflix0325.531.5
12 The Last Dance ESPN1027.530.5
13 BoJack Horseman Netflix131827
14 The Boys Prime Video0123.525.5
15 The Good Lord Bird Showtime121724
16 Better Things FX329.522.5
17 Lovecraft Country HBO111722
18 PEN15 Hulu0118.520.5
19 The Great Hulu1114.519.5
20 Small Axe Prime Video 1 0 14.5 17.5
Never Have I Ever Netflix0213.517.5
22 The Good Place NBC101316
P-Valley Starz011416
24 City So Real Nat Geo021115
25 I'll Be Gone in the Dark HBO20814

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 122 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some critics may list shows without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order. If a critic published multiple lists, only the most general list is included (e.g., a list of all shows rather than a list of new shows only). More specific lists (such as new shows only) were included as a last resort if a critic did not provide a more general list.

ABC News/Good Morning America
Peter Travers View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. Hamilton (Disney+)
  3. The Crown (Netflix)
  4. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  5. Normal People (Hulu)
  6. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  7. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  8. Perry Mason (HBO)
  9. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  10. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Adweek
Jason Lynch View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. Better Things (FX)
  3. The Crown (Netflix)
  4. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  5. Ramy (Hulu)
  6. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  7. PEN15 (Hulu)
  8. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  9. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  10. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
The Arts Desk
Staff consensus View full list
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • My Brilliant Friend (HBO)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Small Axe (Prime Video)
  • Tiger King (Netflix)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
The Atlantic
Shirley Li, Hannah Giorgis, and Megan Garber View full list
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Dare Me (USA)
  • Hard Knocks: Los Angeles (HBO)
  • How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Insecure (HBO)
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Selling Sunset (Netflix)
  • Taste the Nation (Hulu)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Erik Adams View full list
  1. Joe Pera Talks With You (Adult Swim)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  5. Bad Education (HBO)
  6. David Byrne's American Utopia (HBO)
  7. Big Mouth (Netflix)
  8. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  9. Brockmire (IFC)
  10. Betty (HBO)
Danette Chavez View full list
  1. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  2. Better Things (FX)
  3. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  6. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  7. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  8. Bad Education (HBO)
  9. P-Valley (Starz)
  10. The Great (Hulu)
Saloni Gajjar View full list
  1. Better Things (FX)
  2. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  3. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  4. Insecure (HBO)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  7. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  8. PEN15 (Hulu)
  9. The Good Place (NBC)
  10. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Patrick Gomez View full list
  1. Big Mouth (Netflix)
  2. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  3. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  4. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix)
  5. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  6. The Good Place (NBC)
  7. Everything's Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)
  8. The Crown (Netflix)
  9. We're Here (HBO)
  10. The Conners (ABC)
Gwen Ihnat View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  3. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  4. High Fidelity (Hulu)
  5. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  6. Normal People (Hulu)
  7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Versus the Reverend (Netflix)
  8. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  9. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  10. Cheer (Netflix)
Kate Kulzick View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  3. The Good Place (NBC)
  4. Better Things (FX)
  5. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  6. The Great (Hulu)
  7. Brooklyn NIne-Nine (NBC)
  8. Briarpatch (USA)
  9. Superstore (NBC)
  10. Kim's Convenience (Netflix)
Alex McLevy View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. Joe Pera Talks With You (Adult Swim)
  4. Betty (HBO)
  5. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  6. Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC)
  7. The Boys (Prime Video)
  8. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  9. Big Mouth (Netflix)
  10. City So Real (Nat Geo)
Myles McNutt View full list
  1. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  2. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  3. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  4. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  5. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  6. PEN15 (Hulu)
  7. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  8. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  9. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  10. We Are Who We Are (HBO)
Shannon Miller View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
  3. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  4. The Good Place (NBC)
  5. Insecure (HBO)
  6. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  7. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. PEN15 (Hulu)
  10. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Joelle Monique View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. P-Valley (Starz)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  5. Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
  6. Betty (HBO)
  7. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  8. The Great (Hulu)
  9. Desus and Mero (Showtime)
  10. Adventure Time: Distant Lands (HBO Max)
Noel Murray View full list
  1. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  2. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. Young Sheldon (CBS)
  5. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  6. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  7. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  8. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  9. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  10. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
Allison Shoemaker View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  3. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  4. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  5. The Good Place (NBC)
  6. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  7. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  8. The Great (Hulu)
  9. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  10. PEN15 (Hulu)
Caroline Siede View full list
  1. The Great (Hulu)
  2. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  3. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  4. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  5. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  6. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  7. The Crown (Netflix)
  8. Taste the Nation (Hulu)
  9. This Is Us (NBC)
  10. Normal People (Hulu)
Eric Thurm View full list
  1. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (Crunchyroll)
  2. The New Pope (HBO)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. Extra Olympia Kyklos (Crunchyroll)
  5. Raised by Wolves (HBO Max)
  6. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  7. Dorohedoro (Netflix)
  8. The Boys (Prime Video)
  9. The Third Day (HBO)
  10. Steven Universe: Future (Cartoon Network)
A.V. Club
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya View full list
  1. The Good Place (NBC)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. Vida (Starz)
  4. Dare Me (USA)
  5. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  6. PEN15 (Hulu)
  7. One Day at a Time (Pop)
  8. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  9. Betty (HBO)
  10. P-Valley (Starz)
The Beat
Staff consensus View full list
  • Betty (HBO)
  • Dash & Lilly (Netflix)
  • The Great (Hulu)
  • Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  • High Fidelity (Hulu)
  • His Dark Materials (HBO)
  • Hunters (Prime Video)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  • It's Okay to Not Be Okay (Netflix)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • Perry Mason (HBO)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (CBS All Access)
  • Upload (Prime Video)
  • Utopia (Prime Video)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Bleeding Cool
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  2. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  3. The Boys (Prime Video)
  4. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  5. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  6. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  8. Staged (BBC/Hulu)
  9. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  10. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Boston Globe
Matthew Gilbert View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  4. The Great (Hulu)
  5. The Plot Against America (HBO)
  6. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  7. The Crown (Netflix)
  8. Little America (Apple TV+)
  9. Normal People (Hulu)
  10. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
BuzzFeed
Nora Dominick View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  3. Normal People (Hulu)
  4. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  5. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  6. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  7. The Good Place (NBC)
  8. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  9. Insecure (HBO)
  10. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Roeper View full list
  1. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  2. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  3. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  4. The Wilds (Prime Video)
  5. High Fidelity (Hulu)
  6. Bridgerton (Netflix)
  7. Fear City (Netflix)
  8. NeXt (Fox)
  9. BIg Sky (ABC)
  10. The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Collider
Liz Shannon Miller View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  3. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  4. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  5. Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC)
  6. Normal People (Hulu)
  7. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
  8. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  9. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  10. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
Complex
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  4. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  5. Better Things (FX)
  6. Insecure (HBO)
  7. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  8. Ozark (Netflix)
  9. Normal People (Hulu)
  10. Gangs of London (AMC+)
Consequence of Sound
Staff consensus View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. The Boys (Prime Video)
  4. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  5. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  6. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  7. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  8. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  9. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  10. The Crown (Netflix)
Daily Beast
Kevin Fallon View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. PEN15 (Hulu)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  5. The Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo)
  6. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  7. The Great (Hulu)
  8. P-Valley (Starz)
  9. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  10. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  11. Saved by the Bell (Peacock)
Deadline
Dominic Patten View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Democratic National Convention (various)
  3. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  4. The Comey Rule (Showtime)
  5. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  6. Love
  7. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  8. Staged (BBC/Hulu)
  9. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  10. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
Decider
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  2. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  3. Dave (FXX)
  4. High Fidelity (Hulu)
  5. Raised by Wolves (HBO Max)
  6. The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  7. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  8. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  9. Normal People (Hulu)
  10. Better Call Saul (AMC)
Den of Geek
Staff consensus View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  5. The Boys (Prime Video)
  6. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  7. Devs (FX on Hulu)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
  10. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
Digital Spy
Staff picks View full list
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Des (ITV)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • The Magicians (Syfy)
  • Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix)
  • We're Here (HBO)
The Economist
Uncredited View full list
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • The Great (Hulu)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • This Country (BBC3)
  • ZeroZeroZero (Prime Video)
Empire/Pilot TV
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Normal People (Hulu)
  3. Save Me (Peacock)
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  5. Devs (FX on Hulu)
  6. High Fidelity (Hulu)
  7. Gangs of London (AMC+)
  8. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  9. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  10. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
Kristen Baldwin View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  3. The Vow (HBO)
  4. The Crown (Netflix)
  5. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  6. Better Things (FX)
  7. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  8. Brooklyn NIne-Nine (NBC)
  9. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  10. Search Party (HBO Max)
Entertainment Weekly
Darren Franich View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. The Midnight Gospel (Netflix)
  3. PEN15 (Hulu)
  4. The Plot Against America (HBO)
  5. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  6. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  7. We Are Who We Are (HBO)
  8. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  9. Desus & Mero (Showtime)
  10. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
Exclaim!
Staff consensus View full list
  1. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  4. PEN15 (Hulu)
  5. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  6. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  7. Beef House (Adult Swim)
  8. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (Apple TV+)
  9. The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
  10. Dark (Netflix)
Film School Rejects
Valerie Ettenhofer View full list
  1. Better Things (FX)
  2. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  3. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  4. Betty (HBO)
  5. Cheer (Netflix)
  6. Devs (FX on Hulu)
  7. PEN15 (Hulu)
  8. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  9. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  10. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
Flood Magazine
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Normal People (Hulu)
  2. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. PEN15 (Hulu)
  5. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  6. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  7. Devs (FX on Hulu)
  8. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  9. Animaniacs (Hulu)
  10. High Fidelity (Hulu)
GameSpot
Staff consensus View full list
  1. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Dark (Netflix)
  • Devs (FX on Hulu)
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (Apple TV+)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
The Globe and Mail
John Doyle View full list (subscription required)
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. Normal People (Hulu)
  3. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  4. Run (HBO)
  5. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  6. Trickster (CBC)
  7. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
  8. Tiger King (Netflix)
  9. Can You Hear Me? (Netflix)
  10. The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
GQ [UK]
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Industry (HBO)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  4. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  5. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  6. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  7. Tiger King (Netflix)
  8. Quiz (AMC)
  9. The Boys (Prime Video)
  10. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
The Guardian
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  3. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  4. Normal People (Hulu)
  5. Once Upon a Time in Iraq (BBC2/PBS)
  6. Quiz (AMC)
  7. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  8. This Country (BBC3)
  9. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  10. Ghosts (BBC2)
Harper's Bazaar
Naomi Gordon View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Industry (HBO)
  3. Normal People (Hulu)
  4. The Undoing (HBO)
  5. The Crown (Netflix)
  6. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  7. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  10. Unorthodox (Netflix)
HeadStuff
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  3. Ozark (Netflix)
  4. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  5. Normal People (Hulu)
  6. Devs (Hulu)
  7. The Boys (Prime Video)
  8. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  9. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  10. The Undoing (HBO)
Daniel Fienberg View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. Better Things (FX)
  5. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  6. Immigration Nation (Netflix)
  7. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  8. Brockmire (IFC)
  9. P-Valley (Starz)
  10. Dave (FXX)
The Hollywood Reporter
Inkoo Kang View full list
  1. My Brilliant Friend (HBO)
  2. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  3. P-Valley (Starz)
  4. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  5. The Crown (Netflix)
  6. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  7. Visible (Apple TV+)
  8. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  9. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  10. On the Record (HBO Max)
Houston Press
Jamil David View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. Industry (HBO)
  5. ZeroZeroZero (Prime Video)
  6. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  9. The Boys (Prime Video)
  10. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
IGN
Staff consensus View full list
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Devs (FX on Hulu)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
The Independent
Ed Cumming View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Dave (FXX)
  3. Industry (HBO)
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  5. Normal People (Hulu)
  6. Quiz (AMC)
  7. Once Upon a Time in Iraq (BBC2/PBS)
  8. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  9. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  10. Devs (FX on Hulu)
IndieWire
Ben Travers View full list
  1. Better Things (FX)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. Normal People (Hulu)
  5. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  6. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  7. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  8. We Are Who We Are (HBO)
  9. P-Valley (Starz)
  10. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
io9
Staff consensus View full list
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths [crossover] (The CW)
  • Dark (Netflix)
  • The Expanse (Prime Video)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  • I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix)
  • Locke & Key (Netflix)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Disney+)
  • Steven Universe: Future (Cartoon Network)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
JoBlo
Alex Maidy View full list
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Outsider (HBO)
  3. Perry Mason (HBO)
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  5. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  6. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  7. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  8. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  9. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  10. The Boys (Prime Video)
Lina Lecaro View full list
  1. Vida (Starz)
  2. Dave (FXX)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  5. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  6. This Is Us (NBC)
  7. The Goldbergs (ABC)
  8. RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
  9. We're Here (HBO)
  10. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)
LA Weekly
Erin Maxwell View full list
  1. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  2. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  3. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  4. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  5. Doom Patrol (DC Universe)
  6. The Boys (Prime Video)
  7. The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. The Crown (Netflix)
  10. Big Mouth (Netflix)
  11. I May Destroy You (HBO)
Little White Lies
Emma Fraser View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Babylon Berlin (Netflix)
  3. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  4. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  5. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  6. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  7. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  8. Normal People (Hulu)
  9. PEN15 (Hulu)
  10. Little America (Apple TV+)
Lorraine Ali View full list
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Dead to Me (Netflix)
  • The Good Place (NBC)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Little America (Apple TV+)
  • McMillion$ (HBO)
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (Netflix)
  • Upload (Prime Video)
  • The Vow (HBO)
Los Angeles Times
Robert Lloyd View full list
  • Belgravia (Epix)
  • Betty (HBO)
  • Briarpatch (USA)
  • City So Real (Nat Geo)
  • Close Enough (HBO Max)
  • Earth to Ned (Disney+)
  • Gentefied (Netflix)
  • The Great (Hulu)
  • The Midnight Gospel (Netflix)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Saved by the Bell (Peacock)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Mashable
Alexis Nedd View full list
  • The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • The Great (Hulu)
  • Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  • Insecure (HBO)
  • Kidding (Showtime)
  • Little America (Apple TV+)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • My Brilliant Friend (HBO)
  • Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (Apple TV+)
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Metro [UK]
Harry Fletcher View full list
  1. The Undoing (HBO)
  2. Normal People (Hulu)
  3. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  4. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  5. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  6. Tiger King (Netflix)
  7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  8. Industry (HBO)
  9. The Crown (Netflix)
  10. The Good Place (NBC)
Miscellaneous/additional critics
Maureen Ryan View full list
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Better Things (FX)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  • How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
mxdwn
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. The Last Kingdom (Netflix)
  5. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  6. Brockmire (IFC)
  7. Westworld (HBO)
  8. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  9. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  10. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
Nerdist
Staff consensus View full list
  • The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Betty (HBO)
  • Devs (FX on Hulu)
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  • High Fidelity (Hulu)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • Ultraman Z (YouTube)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
New York Daily News
Kate Feldman View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  5. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  6. Grand Army (Netflix)
  7. Little America (Apple TV+)
  8. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  9. The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
  10. Normal People (Hulu)
New York Post
Lauren Sarner and Michael Starr View full list
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • I Know This Much Is True (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • New Amsterdam (NBC)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
The New York Times
James Poniewozik View full list
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Better Things (FX)
  • City So Real (Nat Geo)
  • The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (Crunchyroll)
  • Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • P-Valley (Starz)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
The New Yorker
Doreen St. Félix View full list
  • The American Barbecue Showdown (Netflix)
  • City So Real (Nat Geo)
  • Doc McStuffins (Disney+)
  • The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  • Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  • How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (Crunchyroll)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • P-Valley (Starz)
  • The Plot Against America (HBO)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • Teenage Bounty Hunters (Netflix)
  • Veneno (HBO Max)
NME
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Normal People (Hulu)
  3. The Boys (Prime Video)
  4. Tiger King (Netflix)
  5. Ozark (Netflix)
  6. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  7. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. Sex Education (Netflix)
  10. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
NOW Magazine (Toronto)
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  3. Feel Good (Netflix)
  4. Trickster (CBC)
  5. Ramy (Hulu)
  6. High Fidelity (Hulu)
  7. Sex Education (Netflix)
  8. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  9. Canada's Drag Race (Crave)
  10. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
NPR/Fresh Air
David Bianculli View full list
  1. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Prime Video)
  4. The Good Place (NBC)
  5. Hamilton (Disney+)
  6. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  7. Fargo (FX)
  8. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  9. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  10. The Last Dance (ESPN)
The Observer [UK]
Euan Ferguson View full list
  1. The Plot Against America (HBO)
  2. Unsaid Stories (ITV)
  3. Quiz (AMC)
  4. Life (BBC)
  5. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  6. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  7. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  8. Des (ITV)
  9. Once Upon a Time in Iraq (BBC2/PBS)
  10. A House Through Time (BBC2)
The Oregonian
Kristi Turnquist View full list
  1. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  2. The Crown (Netflix)
  3. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  4. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  5. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  6. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  7. Fargo (FX)
  8. Top Chef (Bravo)
  9. Perry Mason (HBO)
  10. Ozark (Netflix)
Mae Abdulbaki View full list
  1. Evil (CBS)
  2. The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  3. Ramy (Hulu)
  4. Sex Education (Netflix)
  5. Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
  6. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  7. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
  8. The Boys (Prime Video)
  9. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  10. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
Seth Freilich View full list
  1. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  2. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  6. Normal People (Hulu)
  7. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  8. Upright (Sundance Now)
  9. High Fidelity (Hulu)
  10. Dave (FXX)
Roxana Hadadi View full list
  1. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  2. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  3. Betty (HBO)
  4. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  5. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  6. I Know This Much Is True (HBO)
  7. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  8. A Teacher (FX on Hulu)
  9. P-Valley (Starz)
  10. Shaun the Sheep (Netflix)
Dan Hamamura View full list
  1. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (Apple TV+)
  5. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  6. Survivor (CBS)
  7. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  8. Gangs of London (AMC+)
  9. Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC)
  10. The Good Place (NBC)
  11. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Tori Preston View full list
  1. Supernatural (The CW)
  2. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  3. Dark (Netflix)
  4. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  5. DuckTales (Disney XD)
  6. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  7. The Boys (Prime Video)
  8. Kingdom (Netflix)
  9. Brooklyn NIne-Nine (NBC)
  10. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Pajiba
Dustin Rowles View full list
  1. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  2. Normal People (Hulu)
  3. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (Apple TV+)
  4. The Great (Hulu)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  7. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  8. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  9. Sex Education (Netflix)
  10. Better Things (FX)
Paste
Staff consensus View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  3. The Great (Hulu)
  4. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  7. Normal People (Hulu)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  10. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
People
Tom Gliatto View full list
  • The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • Love Fraud (Showtime)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • McMillion$ (HBO)
  • Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • Perry Mason (HBO)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Small Axe (Prime Video)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • Tiger King (Netflix)
  • The Undoing (HBO)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Rob Owen View full list
  1. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  4. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  5. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  6. Love Fraud (Showtime)
  7. The Plot Against America (HBO)
  8. Upload (Prime Video)
  9. The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
  10. LEGO Masters (Fox)
  11. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
The Playlist
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  5. Ramy (Hulu)
  6. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  7. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  8. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  9. The Great (Hulu)
  10. The Plot Against America (HBO)
Polygon
Noel Murray View full list
  1. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  2. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  3. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  4. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  5. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  6. The Plot Against America (HBO)
  7. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  8. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  9. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  10. Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (ABC)
PopBuzz
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  3. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  4. Selling Sunset (Netflix)
  5. Cheer (Netflix)
  6. Sex Education (Netflix)
  7. RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
  8. I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix)
  9. The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  10. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Primetimer
Jon Hein View full list
  1. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  2. The Crown (Netflix)
  3. Normal People (Hulu)
  4. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  8. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  9. Better Things (FX)
  10. High Fidelity (Hulu)
Radio Times
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Normal People (Hulu)
  2. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. Des (ITV)
  5. The Crown (Netflix)
  6. Staged (BBC/Hulu)
  7. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  8. Dark (Netflix)
  9. The Masked Singer (Fox)
  10. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Reason
Glenn Garvin View full list
  1. The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
  2. Homeland (Showtime)
  3. Laurel Canyon (Epix)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. The Chi (Showtime)
  6. Stateless (Netflix)
  7. Killing Eve (BBC America)
  8. The Conners (ABC)
  9. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  10. BIg Sky (ABC)
  11. I Know This Much Is True (HBO)
The Ringer
Alison Herman and Miles Surrey View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. The Crown (Netflix)
  4. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  5. ZeroZeroZero (Prime Video)
  6. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  7. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  8. P-Valley (Starz)
  9. Gangs of London (AMC+)
  10. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Bravo)
RogerEbert.com
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  3. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  4. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  5. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  6. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  7. Betty (HBO)
  8. The Plot Against America (HBO)
  9. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  10. Moonbase 8 (Showtime)
Rolling Stone
Alan Sepinwall View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  3. Brockmire (IFC)
  4. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  5. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  6. Normal People (Hulu)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. We Are Who We Are (HBO)
  9. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  10. PEN15 (Hulu)
Salon
Melanie McFarland View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. Better Things (FX)
  4. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  5. P-Valley (Starz)
  6. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  7. PEN15 (Hulu)
  8. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  9. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  10. Insecure (HBO)
The Salt Lake Tribune
Scott D. Pierce View full list
  1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  2. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  3. The Good Place (NBC)
  4. The Crown (Netflix)
  5. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  6. Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
  7. Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access)
  8. Perry Mason (HBO)
  9. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  10. Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)
  11. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
San Antonio Express-News
Jeanne Jakle View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. Normal People (Hulu)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  6. I Know This Much Is True (HBO)
  7. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  8. Perry Mason (HBO)
  9. Tales From the Loop (Prime Video)
  10. The Undoing (HBO)
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Karla Peterson View full list
  • Between the World and Me (HBO)
  • High Fidelity (Hulu)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Insecure (HBO)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Seduced (Starz)
  • Unorthodox (Netflix)
  • The Vow (HBO)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  • Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
San Jose Mercury News
Chuck Barney View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. Normal People (Hulu)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. PEN15 (Hulu)
  5. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  6. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  7. The Crown (Netflix)
  8. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  9. The Great (Hulu)
  10. Fargo (FX)
ScreenCrush
LaToya Ferguson View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  5. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (Apple TV+)
  6. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. Saved by the Bell (Peacock)
  9. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  10. A.P. Bio (Peacock)
Screen Rant
Staff consensus View full list
  1. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  2. The Boys (Prime Video)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  5. The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  6. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  7. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
  8. The Crown (Netflix)
  9. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  10. Big Mouth (Netflix)
Sioux City Journal
Bruce Miller View full list
  1. Normal People (Hulu)
  2. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  3. Cheer (Netflix)
  4. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. We Are Who We Are (HBO)
  7. Bad Education (HBO)
  8. The Great (Hulu)
  9. Clouds (Disney+)
  10. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Slant
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. We Are Who We Are (HBO)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. Primal (Adult Swim)
  5. The Virtues (Channel 4)
  6. Perry Mason (HBO)
  7. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  8. Joe Pera Talks With You (Adult Swim)
  9. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  10. Big Mouth (Netflix)
Slate
Willa Paskin View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. The Great Pottery Throw Down (HBO Max)
  5. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  6. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  7. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  8. Bluey (Disney+)
  9. Cheer (Netflix)
  10. Teenage Bounty Hunters (Netflix)
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Neal Justin View full list
  • Away (Netflix)
  • Brockmire (IFC)
  • The Comedy Store (Showtime)
  • The Comey Rule (Showtime)
  • Intelligence (Peacock)
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • Little America (Apple TV+)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • Perry Mason (HBO)
  • World on Fire (PBS)
The Telegraph
Chris Bennion View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Quiz (AMC)
  3. Once Upon a Time in Iraq (BBC2/PBS)
  4. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  5. Normal People (Hulu)
  6. The Last Dance (ESPN)
  7. The Masked Singer (Fox)
  8. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  9. The Third Day (HBO)
  10. Save Me (Peacock)
Thrillist
Staff consensus View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  5. Insecure (HBO)
  6. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  7. Search Party (HBO Max)
  8. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  9. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  10. The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Time
Judy Berman View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. Immigration Nation (Netflix)
  4. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  5. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  6. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  7. Betty (HBO)
  8. P-Valley (Starz)
  9. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  10. Desus & Mero (Showtime)
Total Film
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  2. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  3. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  4. Normal People (Hulu)
  5. Devs (FX on Hulu)
  6. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  7. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  8. The Boys (Prime Video)
  9. Dead to Me (Netflix)
  10. I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
TV Fanatic
Carissa Pavlica View full list
  • Better Things (FX)
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Dead to Me (Netflix)
  • The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • McMillion$ (HBO)
  • Ozark (Netflix)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • The Undoing (HBO)
  • Upload (Prime Video)
  • The Wilds (Prime Video)
TV Guide Magazine
Matt Roush [Dec 21-Jan 3 issue]
  1. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  2. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  3. The Crown (Netflix)
  4. A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)
  5. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
  6. Perry Mason (HBO)
  7. The Good Place (NBC)
  8. Upload (Prime Video)
  9. Fargo (FX)
  10. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
  11. Hamilton (Disney+)
  12. The Last Dance (ESPN)
TV Insider
Staff consensus View full list
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Cobra Kai (Netflix)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Evil (CBS)
  • Giri/Haji (Netflix)
  • The Great (Hulu)
  • How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  • Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  • The Magicians (Syfy)
  • Normal People (Hulu)
  • Prodigal Son (Fox)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  • Supernatural (The CW)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Staff consensus (comedies) View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. Insecure (HBO)
  5. Dave (FXX)
  6. Sex Education (Netflix)
  7. The Duchess (Netflix)
  8. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  9. Vida (Starz)
  10. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
TVLine
Staff consensus (dramas) View full list
  1. Normal People (Hulu)
  2. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. The Crown (Netflix)
  5. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  6. The Boys (Prime Video)
  7. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  8. The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  9. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  10. The Undoing (HBO)
Uproxx
Staff consensus View full list
  1. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  2. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  4. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
  5. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  6. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  7. The Crown (Netflix)
  8. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  9. The Boys (Prime Video)
  10. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  11. Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
USA Today
Kelly Lawler View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. The Great (Hulu)
  3. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  4. Upload (Prime Video)
  5. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  6. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  7. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  8. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  9. Ramy (Hulu)
  10. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
Vanity Fair
Sonia Saraiya View full list
  1. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  2. The Crown (Netflix)
  3. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  4. Small Axe (Prime Video)
  5. (Broadway)
  6. The Plot Against America (HBO)
  7. NBA basketball (various)
  8. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  9. Primal (Adult Swim)
  10. Ramy (Hulu)
Variety
Caroline Framke View full list
  • The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock)
  • Betty (HBO)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • City So Real (Nat Geo)
  • Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  • How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  • I Hate Suzie (HBO Max)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Immigration Nation (Netflix)
  • Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (Apple TV+)
  • PEN15 (Hulu)
  • Steven Universe: Future (Cartoon Network)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
The Verge
Joshua Rivera View full list
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • Dare Me (USA)
  • Doom Patrol (DC Universe)
  • The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  • How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (Apple TV+)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Vice
Staff picks View full list
  • The Boys (Prime Video)
  • City So Real (Nat Geo)
  • Dash & Lilly (Netflix)
  • Emily in Paris (Netflix)
  • Euphoria (HBO)
  • Grand Army (Netflix)
  • How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  • Joe Pera Talks With You (Adult Swim)
  • The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • P-Valley (Starz)
  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  • Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Tales From the Loop (Prime Video)
  • Trial 4 (Netflix)
  • How to Fix a Drug Scandal (Netflix)
  • The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  • Woke (Hulu)
Angelica Jade Bastién View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Veneno (HBO Max)
  3. Harley Quinn (DC Universe)
  4. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  5. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  6. P-Valley (Starz)
  7. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  8. The Third Day (HBO)
  9. A Teacher (FX on Hulu)
  10. Dare Me (USA)
Jen Chaney View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  3. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  4. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  5. PEN15 (Hulu)
  6. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  7. Normal People (Hulu)
  8. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  9. High Fidelity (Hulu)
  10. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
Kathryn VanArendonk View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  3. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  4. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  7. P-Valley (Starz)
  8. The Crown (Netflix)
  9. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  10. The Great (Hulu)
Matt Zoller Seitz View full list
  1. I'll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO)
  2. The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
  3. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  4. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  7. City So Real (Nat Geo)
  8. Better Call Saul (AMC)
  9. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  10. Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Vulture
The Washington Post
Hank Stuever View full list
  1. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  2. Normal People (Hulu)
  3. 2020 Democratic National Convention (various)
  4. Unorthodox (Netflix)
  5. The Crown (Netflix)
  6. The Vow (HBO)
  7. Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)
  8. Perry Mason (HBO)
  9. PEN15 (Hulu)
  10. This Is Us (NBC)
Yahoo!
Staff consensus View full list
  1. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  2. Schitt's Creek (Pop)
  3. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  4. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  5. The Crown (Netflix)
  6. The Boys (Prime Video)
  7. Seduced (Starz)
  8. The Vow (HBO)
  9. Normal People (Hulu)
  10. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  11. Tiger King (Netflix)
The Young Folks
Staff consensus (new shows only) View full list
  1. Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
  2. The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  3. The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
  4. Normal People (Hulu)
  5. Upload (Prime Video)
  6. I May Destroy You (HBO)
  7. High Fidelity (Hulu)
  8. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  9. Perry Mason (HBO)
  10. Love, Victor (Hulu)

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Comments (5)

  • asmanraj  

    I don't understand how anyone could put The Undoing in their top 10. It started out good, but the finale turned it into the worst show of the year.

  • metaajackson  

    i really appreciate this list every year, I find so many good shows through them that I wouldn't through their metascores alone - I just started Ted Lasso and it's so good! thank you

  • 1wifwaf  

    2 more from Hollywood Reporter:

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/daniel-fienberg-the-10-best-tv-shows-of-2020

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/inkoo-kang-the-10-best-tv-shows-of-2020

  • archivermike  

    Also looking forward to you adding:
    Empire (https://www.empireonline.com/tv/features/best-tv-2020/)
    Mashable (https://mashable.com/article/best-tv-shows-2020/)

  • archivermike  

    Thank you for your hard work on this each year! (It's the most wonderful time.) Looking forward to you adding the Vulture lists: https://www.vulture.com/article/best-tv-shows-2020.html.

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