Best of 2021: Television Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 3, 2021
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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 2021

Recent updates:
Added Jan. 14: Houston Press, LA Weekly, Star Tribune
Added Jan. 7, 2022: The Beat, Film School Rejects, Misc critics (Ryan), mxdwn, The Reader, Superhero Hype
Added Dec. 31: MovieWeb, Screen Rant, Sioux City Journal, The Spectator, Syfy Wire
Added Dec. 29: ABC News/Good Morning America, Chicago Sun-Times, Den of Geek, GameSpot, i, JoBlo, The Observer, okayplayer, Radio Times, Slate, Vox, We Got This Covered
Added Dec. 26: Cleveland Plain Dealer, Flood Magazine, Salt Lake Tribune
Added Dec. 24: CBC, CNN, Consequence, Empire, New York Post, The Oregonian, Wired
Added Dec. 22: A.V. Club, The Guardian, io9, NYLON, RogerEbert.com, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star
Added Dec. 20: Daily Beast, Deadline, Goomba Stomp, The Independent, Little White Lies, NY Daily News, Primetimer, San Antonio Express-News, The Sunday Times, USA Today
Added Dec. 17: Awards Campaign, The Hollywood Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PopBuzz, Reason, TV Guide Magazine
Added Dec. 15: Los Angeles Times, People, Slashfilm, Total Film, Uproxx, The Young Folks
Added Dec. 13: Digital Spy, The Economist, Far Out, Mashable, Vulture
Added Dec. 11: BuzzFeed, Irish Independent, ScreenCrush, WhatCulture
Added Dec. 10: The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, Metro [UK], The Playlist, Slant
Added Dec. 9: Adweek, Chicago Tribune, Exclaim, Nerdist, The Wall Street Journal
Added Dec. 8: IGN, The New Yorker, NME, Rolling Stone, Washington Post
Added Dec. 6: Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Polygon, The Ringer
Added Dec. 3: Scorecard launched with 16 lists

Best of 2021Below 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)
TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2021
TV Show / Network # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Succession HBO201450.5138.5
2 The Underground Railroad Prime Video13537.586.5
3 Mare of Easttown HBO3105483
4 The White Lotus HBO5124382
5 Hacks HBO Max3553.572.5
6 Reservation Dogs FX on Hulu683872
7 WandaVision Disney+714366
8 Only Murders in the Building Hulu4244.560.5
9 It's a Sin HBO Max942257
10 Squid Game Netflix2736.556.5
11 Ted Lasso Apple TV+2036.542.5
12 What We Do in the Shadows FX112631
13 Midnight Mass Netflix3021.530.5
14 We Are Lady Parts Peacock311728
15 For All Mankind Apple TV+401426
16 The Other Two HBO Max0218.522.5
17 Maid Netflix021822
18 The Beatles: Get Back Disney+2112.520.5
19 Yellowjackets Showtime0215.519.5
20 Invincible Prime Video219.517.5
21 Station Eleven HBO Max21816
Dickinson Apple TV+101316
23 I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson Netflix001515
24 Bo Burnham: Inside Netflix216.514.5
Loki Disney+0014.514.5
26 Dopesick Hulu0110.512.5
27 Evil Paramount+108.511.5
28 Arcane Netflix20511
29 Schmigadoon Apple TV+001010
Starstruck HBO Max001010

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 130 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. Succession (HBO)
  2. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  3. The White Lotus (HBO)
  4. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  5. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  8. Maid (Netflix)
  9. Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
Adweek
Jason Lynch View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  4. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  5. The White Lotus (HBO)
  6. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  7. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  8. Hacks (HBO Max)
  9. Evil (Paramount+)
  10. PEN15 (Hulu)
The Atlantic
Sophie Gilbert, Megan Garber, and Shirley Li View full list
  • The Chair (Netflix)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • Girls5eva (Peacock)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Insecure (HBO)
  • Lupin (Netflix)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Men in Kilts (Starz)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • The Other Two (HBO Max)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
A.V. Club
Joshua Alston View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  3. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  4. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  5. Cruel Summer (Freeform)
  6. WandaVision (Disney+)
  7. Love Life (HBO Max)
  8. Succession (HBO)
  9. Exterminate All the Brutes (HBO)
  10. Squid Game (Netflix)
Juan Barquin View full list
  1. Evil (Paramount+)
  2. Girls5eva (Peacock)
  3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  4. The Good Fight (Paramount+)
  5. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  6. Chucky (Syfy/USA)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. Sonny Boy (Funimation)
  9. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Bravo)
  10. Mythic Quest (Apple TV+)
Ines Bellina View full list
  1. The White Lotus (HBO)
  2. Hacks (HBO Max)
  3. Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Bravo)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  8. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  9. Cruel Summer (Freeform)
  10. The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Danette Chavez View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  3. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  4. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  8. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  9. High on the Hog (Netflix)
  10. Succession (HBO)
Saloni Gajjar View full list
  1. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  2. Maid (Netflix)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. WandaVision (Disney+)
  6. The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  7. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  8. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  9. Superstore (NBC)
  10. PEN15 (Hulu)
Gwen Ihnat View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  3. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  4. The White Lotus (HBO)
  5. LuLaRich (Prime Video)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. Adventure Time: Distant Lands (HBO Max)
  8. Woodstock 99 (HBO)
  9. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
Jarrod Jones View full list
  1. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  2. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Pretend It's a City (Netflix)
  5. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  6. Squid Game (Netflix)
  7. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  8. The White Lotus (HBO)
  9. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
Baraka Kaseko View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Mythic Quest (Apple TV+)
  3. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  4. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  5. Ziwe (Showtime)
  6. Insecure (HBO)
  7. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  8. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  9. South Side (HBO Max)
  10. Invincible (Prime Video)
Alex McLevy View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  4. WandaVision (Disney+)
  5. Hacks (HBO Max)
  6. Bluey (Disney+)
  7. Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  8. Joe Pera Talks With You (Adult Swim)
  9. The White Lotus (HBO)
  10. Loki (Disney+)
Myles McNutt View full list
  1. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  2. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  4. Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  5. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  6. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  7. Hacks (HBO Max)
  8. Starstruck (HBO Max)
  9. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  10. Maid (Netflix)
Shannon Miller View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  3. Squid Game (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Starstruck (HBO Max)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. WandaVision (Disney+)
  8. Insecure (HBO)
  9. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  10. Pose (FX)
Noel Murray View full list
  1. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  4. Girls5eva (Peacock)
  5. Maid (Netflix)
  6. Pose (FX)
  7. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  8. Hawkeye (Disney+)
  9. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  10. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
Caroline Siede View full list
  1. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  2. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  3. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  4. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  5. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. Pose (FX)
  8. Squid Game (Netflix)
  9. Succession (HBO)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
Eric Thurm View full list
  1. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  2. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  4. Ranking of Kings (Funimation)
  5. Megalobox 2: Nomad (Funimation)
  6. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  7. High on the Hog (Netflix)
  8. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (Netflix)
  9. Kevin Can F**k Himself (AMC)
  10. Lupin (Netflix)
Lisa Weidenfeld View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. Hacks (HBO Max)
  3. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  4. Love Life (HBO Max)
  5. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  6. Starstruck (HBO Max)
  7. Feel Good (Netflix)
  8. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  9. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  10. Mythic Quest (Apple TV+)
Awards Campaign (at The Playlist)
Gregory Ellwood View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  5. Squid Game (Netflix)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. WandaVision (Disney+)
  8. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  9. Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  10. The Other Two (HBO Max)
The Beat
Staff picks View full list
  • Close Enough (HBO Max)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  • Ghosts (CBS)
  • The Good Fight (Paramount+)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Loki (Disney+)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Rick & Morty (Adult Swim)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (Paramount+)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
The Boston Globe
Matthew Gilbert View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. Maid (Netflix)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  8. The Great (Hulu)
  9. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  10. The Other Two (HBO Max)
BuzzFeed
Nora Dominick View full list
  1. WandaVision (Disney+)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. Hacks (HBO Max)
  4. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  5. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  6. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. Succession (HBO)
  9. Maid (Netflix)
  10. The Other Two (HBO Max)
CBC News
Staff picks View full list
  • Hawkeye (Disney+)
  • Insecure (HBO)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Married at First Sight (Lifetime)
  • The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Sort of (HBO Max)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
Chicago Sun-Times
Richard Roeper View full list
  1. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  2. 1883 (Paramount+)
  3. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  6. The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)
  7. Blindspotting (Starz)
  8. Mayor of Kingstown (Paramount+)
  9. Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)
  10. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
Chicago Tribune
Nina Metz View full list
  • Couples Therapy (Showtime)
  • Leverage: Redemption (IMDb TV)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)
  • Sort of (HBO Max)
  • South Side (HBO Max)
  • Starstruck (HBO Max)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com
Joey Morona View full list
  1. WandaVision (Disney+)
  2. Squid Game (Netflix)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. The White Lotus (HBO)
  5. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  6. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  7. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  8. Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  9. The Shrink Next Door (Apple TV+)
  10. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo)
CNN
Brian Lowry View full list
  • The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  • The Big Leap (Fox)
  • Cobra Kai (Netflix)
  • Come From Away (Apple TV+)
  • Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (Hulu)
  • Dexter: New Blood (Showtime)
  • Dopesick (Hulu)
  • Framing Britney Spears (FX)
  • Four Hours at the Capitol (HBO)
  • Ghosts (CBS)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • McCartney 3,2,1 (Hulu)
  • Muhammad Ali (PBS)
  • Q: Into the Storm (HBO)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
Complex
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Snowfall (FX)
  3. South Side (HBO Max)
  4. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  5. Invincible (Prime Video)
  6. Lupin (Netflix)
  7. Insecure (HBO)
  8. Loki (Disney+)
  9. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
Consequence
Staff consensus View full list
  1. WandaVision (Disney+)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Girls5eva (Peacock)
  4. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  5. Hacks (HBO Max)
  6. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  7. Loki (Disney+)
  8. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  9. Invincible (Prime Video)
  10. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
Daily Beast
Kevin Fallon View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  3. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  4. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. PEN15 (Hulu)
  7. Sex Education (Netflix)
  8. The Good Fight (Paramount+)
  9. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  10. Insecure (HBO)
Deadline
Dominic Patten View full list
  1. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  2. Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  3. Colin in Black and White (Netflix)
  4. Dopesick (Hulu)
  5. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  6. Pose (FX)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. Insecure (HBO)
  9. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  10. Lupin (Netflix)
  11. The Great (Hulu)
  12. Loki (Disney+)
Decider
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Hacks (HBO Max)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Mythic Quest (Apple TV+)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  7. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  8. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  9. WandaVision (Disney+)
  10. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
Den of Geek
Staff consensus View full list
  1. WandaVision (Disney+)
  2. Squid Game (Netflix)
  3. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  6. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. Invincible (Prime Video)
  9. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  10. Loki (Disney+)
Digital Spy
Staff picks View full list
  • Brassic (Hulu)
  • It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Pose (FX)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race UK (BBC3)
  • Too Hot to Handle (Netflix)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
The Economist
(uncredited) View full list
  • Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • The Great (Hulu)
  • Guilt (PBS)
  • It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  • Maid (Netflix)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Muhammad Ali (PBS)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • This Way Up (Hulu)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
Empire/Pilot TV
Staff consensus View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. WandaVision (Disney+)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  6. The White Lotus (HBO)
  7. Squid Game (Netflix)
  8. Feel Good (Netflix)
  9. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  10. Loki (Disney+)
Entertainment Weekly
Kristen Baldwin View full list
  1. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  2. The Good Fight (Paramount+)
  3. Hacks (HBO Max)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  6. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  7. Chad (TBS)
  8. Squid Game (Netflix)
  9. Dopesick (Hulu)
  10. Dr. Death (Peacock)
Esquire
Justin Kirkland View full list
  1. WandaVision (Disney+)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. Squid Game (Netflix)
  4. We're Here (HBO)
  5. The White Lotus (HBO)
  6. The Chair (Netflix)
  7. High on the Hog (Netflix)
  8. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  9. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  10. Maid (Netflix)
Exclaim!
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Squid Game (Netflix)
  4. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  5. Invincible (Prime Video)
  6. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  7. Maid (Netflix)
  8. Succession (HBO)
  9. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  10. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
Far Out Magazine
Swapnil Dhruv Bose View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Can't Get You Out of My Head (BBC)
  3. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  4. Philly D.A. (PBS)
  5. Exterminate All the Brutes (HBO)
  6. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. Maid (Netflix)
  9. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  10. Time (BritBox)
Film School Rejects
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  2. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  3. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. Maid (Netflix)
  7. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  8. Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  9. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  10. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
Flood Magazine
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  6. PEN15 (Hulu)
  7. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  8. Pretend It's a City (Netflix)
  9. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  10. Painting With John (HBO)
GameSpot
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Arcane (Netflix)
  • Brand New Cherry Flavor (Netflix)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  • Loki (Disney+)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
The Globe and Mail
John Doyle View full list
  1. The White Lotus (HBO)
  2. Squid Game (Netflix)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Invasion (Apple TV+)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. Sort of (HBO Max)
  8. Hacks (HBO Max)
  9. Pretty Hard Cases (IMDb TV)
  10. Lupin (Netflix)
Goomba Stomp
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Squid Game (Netflix)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  4. Arcane (Netflix)
  5. The White Lotus (HBO)
  6. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  7. WandaVision (Disney+)
  8. Hacks (HBO Max)
  9. Invincible (Prime Video)
  10. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
The Guardian
Staff consensus View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Squid Game (Netflix)
  6. Feel Good (Netflix)
  7. Time (BritBox)
  8. Alma's Not Normal (BBC2)
  9. Starstruck (HBO Max)
  10. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
The Hollywood Reporter
Daniel Fienberg View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  4. The White Lotus (HBO)
  5. Exterminate All the Brutes (HBO)
  6. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  7. Evil (Paramount+)
  8. The Great (Hulu)
  9. Anna (AMC+)
  10. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
Angie Han View full list
  1. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  2. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  5. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  6. You (Netflix)
  7. Swagger (Apple TV+)
  8. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  9. Sort of (HBO Max)
  10. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Houston Press
Jamil David View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  3. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  4. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  5. Squid Game (Netflix)
  6. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  7. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  8. Arcane (Netflix)
  9. The White Lotus (HBO)
  10. Hacks (HBO Max)
i
Emily Baker View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. In My Skin (BBC3)
  5. Time (BritBox)
  6. Dopesick (Hulu)
  7. Alma's Not Normal (BBC2)
  8. The White Lotus (HBO)
  9. Starstruck (HBO Max)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
IGN
Staff consensus View full list
  • Arcane (Netflix)
  • Loki (Disney+)
  • Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
The Independent
Ed Cumming View full list
  1. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. Squid Game (Netflix)
  5. Can't Get You Out of My Head (BBC)
  6. Clarkson's Farm (Prime Video)
  7. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  8. Time (BritBox)
  9. Dopesick (Hulu)
  10. The Terror (AMC)
IndieWire
Ben Travers View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. The White Lotus (HBO)
  6. Dave (FXX)
  7. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  8. Reservation Dogs (FX)
  9. Mythic Quest (Apple TV+)
  10. Tuca and Bertie (Adult Swim)
io9
Staff consensus View full list
  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
  • The Expanse (Prime Video)
  • For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  • Loki (Disney+)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Irish Independent (Independent.ie)
Chris Wasser View full list
  • Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max)
  • The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
  • I Am Victoria (All 4)
  • It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  • Keelin Shanley: Far Away, Still Close (RTE)
  • Kin (RTE)
  • Line of Duty (BBC)
  • Maid (Netflix)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • McCartney 3,2,1 (Hulu)
  • Mr. Corman (Apple TV+)
  • Scenes From a Marriage (HBO)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • This Way Up (Hulu)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • Wellington Paranormal (The CW/HBO Max)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
JoBlo
Alex Maidy View full list
  1. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  4. Yellowstone (Paramount)
  5. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  6. Squid Game (Netflix)
  7. The White Lotus (HBO)
  8. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  9. Cobra Kai (Netflix)
  10. Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
LA Weekly
Erin Maxwell View full list
  1. WandaVision (Disney+)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. How to With John Wilson (HBO)
  4. The Witcher (Netflix)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. Hawkeye (Disney+)
  7. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  8. Squid Game (Netflix)
  9. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  10. Hacks (HBO Max)
Little White Lies
Emma Fraser View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  3. Hacks (HBO Max)
  4. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  5. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  6. Starstruck (HBO Max)
  7. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  8. PEN15 (Hulu)
  9. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  10. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
Lorraine Ali View full list
  • Allen v Farrow (HBO)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)
  • Lupin (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  • Yellowjackets (Showtime)
Los Angeles Times
Robert Lloyd View full list
  • 100 Foot Wave (HBO)
  • The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  • Big Shot (Disney+)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Kid Cosmic (Netflix)
  • Maya and the Three (Netflix)
  • Naomi Osaka (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Painting With John (HBO)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  • The Upshaws (Netflix)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
Mashable
Alexis Nedd View full list
  1. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  2. Squid Game (Netflix)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  6. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  7. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  8. Heels (Starz)
  9. The White Lotus (HBO)
  10. Succession (HBO)
Metro [UK]
Harry Fletcher View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. Squid Game (Netflix)
  5. Dopesick (Hulu)
  6. Drag Race UK (BBC)
  7. WandaVision (Disney+)
  8. Line of Duty (BBC)
  9. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  10. Framing Britney Spears (FX)
Miscellaneous/unaffiliated critics
Maureen Ryan View full list
  • For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Lucifer (Netflix)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  • The Witcher (Netflix)
  • Yellowjackets (Showtime)
MovieWeb
Rachel Johnson View full list
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Loki (Disney+)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
mxdwn
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Squid Game (Netflix)
  2. Invincible (Prime Video)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. Bridgerton (Netflix)
  5. Loki (Disney+)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  8. Rick & Morty (Adult Swim)
  9. Succession (HBO)
  10. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
Nerdist
Tai Gooden View full list
  • Cowboy Bebop (Netflix)
  • Hawkeye (Disney+)
  • I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  • The Long Call (BritBox)
  • Lupin (Netflix)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  • The Wheel of Time (Prime Video)
  • Yellowjackets (Showtime)
New York Daily News
Kate Feldman View full list
  1. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Hacks (HBO Max)
  4. Blindspotting (Starz)
  5. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  6. Maid (Netflix)
  7. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  8. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  9. Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  10. Sex Education (Netflix)
New York Post
Lauren Sarner and Michael Starr View full list
  • Breeders (FX)
  • Cruel Summer (Freeform)
  • In Treatment (HBO)
  • Maid (Netflix)
  • Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  • Ten Year Old Tom (HBO Max)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
  • Yellowjackets (Showtime)
The New York Times
Mike Hale [international shows only] View full list
  • Call My Agent! (Netflix)
  • C.B. Strike: Lethal White (HBO)
  • D.P. (Netflix)
  • Forbrydelsen (Topic)
  • Gomorrah (HBO Max)
  • In My Skin (Hulu)
  • Laetitia (HBO)
  • Mr. Inbetween (FX)
  • Spiral (MHz Choice)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
Margaret Lyons [final-season shows only] View full list
  • Betty (HBO)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
  • Infinity Train (HBO Max)
  • Insecure (HBO)
  • Kim's Convenience (CBC/Netflix)
  • Mom (CBS)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Shrill (Hulu)
  • Wynonna Earp (Syfy)
  • Younger (TV Land)
James Poniewozik View full list
  • Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • The Good Fight (Paramount+)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  • Philly D.A. (PBS)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
The New Yorker
Doreen St. Félix View full list
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Love Life (HBO Max)
  • Philly D.A. (PBS)
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills / The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Bravo)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • South Side (HBO Max)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
NME
Staff consensus View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. The White Lotus (HBO)
  4. Squid Game (Netflix)
  5. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. WandaVision (Disney+)
  8. Feel Good (Netflix)
  9. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  10. Stath Lets Flats (HBO Max)
NOW Magazine (Toronto)
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Sort of (HBO Max)
  4. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  5. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  6. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  7. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  8. Squid Game (Netflix)
  9. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  10. NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021 1/2 (HBO)
NYLON
Michael Cuby View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. The White Lotus (HBO)
  5. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  8. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  9. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  10. Chucky (Syfy/USA)
The Observer
Barbara Ellen View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. Time (BritBox)
  3. Uprising (Prime Video)
  4. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  5. The White Lotus (HBO)
  6. Alma's Not Normal (BBC2)
  7. The Serpent (BBC)
  8. India's Rape Scandal (Channel 4)
  9. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  10. Landscapers (HBO)
Okayplayer
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Invincible (Prime Video)
  2. PEN15 (Hulu)
  3. BMF (Starz)
  4. Snowfall (FX)
  5. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  6. South Side (HBO Max)
  7. Squid Game (Netflix)
  8. Genius: Aretha (Nat Geo)
  9. Love Life (HBO Max)
  10. Power Book II: Ghost (Starz)
The Oregonian
Kristi Turnquist View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. Hacks (HBO Max)
  4. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  5. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  6. The White Lotus (HBO)
  7. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  8. Top Chef (Bravo)
  9. All Creatures Great and Small (PBS)
  10. Girls5eva (Peacock)
Paste
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Hacks (HBO Max)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  4. WandaVision (Disney+)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  7. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  8. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  9. The Great (Hulu)
  10. Succession (HBO)
People
Breanne L. Heldman View full list
  • Girls5eva (Peacock)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Maid (Netflix)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Muhammad Ali (PBS)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Joshua Axelrod View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  3. Dopesick (Hulu)
  4. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  5. WandaVision (Disney+)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  8. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  9. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  10. Love Life (HBO Max)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Rob Owen View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Maid (Netflix)
  3. Hacks (HBO Max)
  4. Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  5. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  6. The White Lotus (HBO)
  7. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  8. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  9. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  10. (tie) WandaVision (Disney+)
  11. (tie) Ghosts (CBS)
The Playlist
Staff consensus View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  5. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  6. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  7. Painting With John (HBO)
  8. Scenes From a Marriage (HBO)
  9. Squid Game (Netflix)
  10. Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
Polygon
Staff View full list
  • Arcane (Netflix)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Heels (Starz)
  • I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  • Invincible (Prime Video)
  • The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • The Other Two (HBO Max)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Shadow and Bone (Netflix)
  • The Snoopy Show (Apple TV+)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Tuca & Bertie (Adult Swim)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
PopBuzz
Staff consensus View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. Squid Game (Netflix)
  3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Drag Race UK (BBC)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. WandaVision (Disney+)
  8. Sex Education (Netflix)
  9. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  10. You (Netflix)
Primetimer
Jon Hein View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. Squid Game (Netflix)
  6. The White Lotus (HBO)
  7. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  8. Narcos: Mexico (Netflix)
  9. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  10. Dopesick (Hulu)
Radio Times
Staff consensus View full list
  1. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  2. Sex Education (Netflix)
  3. Squid Game (Netflix)
  4. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. WandaVision (Disney+)
  7. Vigil (Peacock/BBC)
  8. Line of Duty (BBC)
  9. Lupin (Netflix)
  10. Loki (Disney+)
The Reader (Omaha)
Ryan Syrek View full list
  1. Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  2. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. PEN15 (Hulu)
  5. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  6. Foundation (Apple TV+)
  7. Hacks (HBO Max)
  8. The Expanse (Prime Video)
  9. Feel Good (Netflix)
  10. Invincible (Prime Video)
Reason
Glenn Garvin View full list
  1. The Chair (Netflix)
  2. The Chi (Showtime)
  3. The Conners (ABC)
  4. Yellowstone (Paramount)
  5. Halston (Netflix)
  6. Tina (HBO)
  7. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  8. This Is Us (NBC)
  9. The Big Leap (Fox)
  10. Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
The Ringer
Alison Herman and Miles Surrey View full list
  1. The White Lotus (HBO)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Hacks (HBO Max)
  4. Evil (Paramount+)
  5. Maid (Netflix)
  6. For All Mankind (Applet TV+)
  7. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  8. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  9. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  10. Foundation (Apple TV+)
RogerEbert.com
Nick Allen View full list
  • Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  • Chad (TBS)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Saturday Morning All Star Hits! (Netflix)
  • Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
Robert Daniels View full list
  • Exterminate All the Brutes (HBO)
  • Flatbush Misdemeanors (Showtime)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
Brian Tallerico View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  5. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  6. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  7. Maid (Netflix)
  8. The White Lotus (HBO)
  9. Hemingway (PBS)
  10. Evil (Paramount+)
Rolling Stone
Alan Sepinwall View full list
  1. For All Mankind (Applet TV+)
  2. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  4. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  5. Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  6. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. Maid (Netflix)
  9. The White Lotus (HBO)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
The Root
Stephanie Holland View full list
  • Batwoman (The CW)
  • Colin in Black and White (Netflix)
  • The Equalizer (CBS)
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+)
  • Gangs of London (AMC+)
  • Insecure (HBO)
  • Pose (FX)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • What If...? (Disney+)
The Salt Lake Tribune
Scott D. Pierce View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. The Big Leap (Fox)
  3. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  6. Ghosts (CBS)
  7. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  8. All Creatures Great and Small (PBS)
  9. Yellowstone (Paramount)
  10. Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix)
San Antonio Express-News
Jeanne Jakle View full list
  1. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  5. Hacks (HBO Max)
  6. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  7. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  8. All Creatures Great and Small (PBS)
  9. Insecure (HBO)
  10. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
San Francisco Chronicle
Tariq Raouf View full list
  • Blindspotting (Starz)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
ScreenCrush
Claire Epting View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Squid Game (Netflix)
  3. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  4. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  5. WandaVision (Disney+)
  6. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  7. Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
  8. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  9. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  10. Hacks (HBO Max)
Screen Rant
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Arcane (Netflix)
  2. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  4. Sex Education (Netflix)
  5. Foundation (Apple TV+)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. Squid Game (Netflix)
  8. The Expanse (Prime Video)
  9. The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
  10. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Sioux City Journal
Bruce Miller - series list View full list
  1. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  2. Hacks (HBO Max)
  3. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  4. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  5. Succession (HBO)
Bruce Miller - specials/limited series list View full list
  1. Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Dopesick (Hulu)
  4. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  5. Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
Slant
Staff consensus View full list
  1. The White Lotus (HBO)
  2. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  3. Master of None (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  6. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  7. Big Mouth (Netflix)
  8. Chucky (Syfy/USA)
  9. Sex Education (Netflix)
  10. Hacks (HBO Max)
Slashfilm
Leah Marilla Thomas View full list
  1. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  2. Blindspotting (Starz)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  5. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  6. WandaVision (Disney+)
  7. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  8. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  9. The Great (Hulu)
  10. Search Party (HBO Max)
Slate
Willa Paskin View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Hacks (HBO Max)
  3. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  4. Philly D.A. (PBS)
  5. City of Ghosts (Netflix)
  6. The White Lotus (HBO)
  7. Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  8. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  9. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  10. Starstruck (HBO Max)
The Spectator
James Delingpole View full list
  • The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  • Call My Agent (Netflix)
  • Clarkson's Farm (Prime Video)
  • It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  • The Pursuit of Love (Prime Video)
  • The Serpent (BBC)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
  • ZeroZeroZero (Prime Video)
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Neal Justin View full list
  1. Chad (TBS)
  2. Dopesick (Hulu)
  3. The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  4. Hemingway (PBS)
  5. The Great (Hulu)
  6. Muhammad Ali (PBS)
  7. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  8. Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
  9. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  10. Hacks (HBO Max)
The Sunday Times [UK]
Camilla Long View full list
  1. The White Lotus (HBO)
  2. Clarkson's Farm (Prime Video)
  3. Dopesick (Hulu)
  4. The North Water (AMC+)
  5. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  6. Halston (Netflix)
  7. Unforgotten (PBS)
  8. Selling Sunset (Netflix)
  9. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  10. Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)
Superhero Hype
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Invincible (Prime Video)
  2. The Expanse (Prime Video)
  3. WandaVision (Disney+)
  4. Young Justice: Phantoms (HBO Max)
  5. The Witcher (Netflix)
  6. What If...? (Disney+)
  7. Hawkeye (Disney+)
  8. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+)
  9. The Wheel of Time (Prime Video)
  10. Superman & Lois (The CW)
Syfy Wire
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Arcane (Netflix)
  2. The Bite (Spectrum)
  3. Chucky (Syfy/USA)
  4. Evil (Paramount+)
  5. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  6. Invincible (Prime Video)
  7. Loki (Disney+)
  8. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  9. Mythic Quest (Apple TV+)
  10. Resident Alien (Syfy)
Time
Judy Berman View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Work in Progress (Showtime)
  4. Exterminate All the Brutes (HBO)
  5. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  6. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  9. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  10. You (Netflix)
Toronto Star
Debra Yeo View full list
  • The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Pretty Hard Cases (Prime Video)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Sort of (HBO Max)
  • Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
  • The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
Total Film
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  2. Succession (HBO)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  5. The White Lotus (HBO)
  6. Squid Game (Netflix)
  7. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  8. Scenes From a Marriage (HBO)
  9. WandaVision (Disney+)
  10. Time (BritBox)
TV Guide Magazine
Matt Roush
  1. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  2. WandaVision (Disney+)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Dopesick (Hulu)
  5. Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  6. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  7. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  8. Evil (Paramount+)
  9. The White Lotus (HBO)
  10. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  11. Ghosts (CBS)
TVLine
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  2. Hacks (HBO Max)
  3. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  4. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  5. Loki (Disney+)
  6. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  7. Starstruck (HBO Max)
  8. Succession (HBO)
  9. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  10. Evil (Paramount+)
Uproxx
Staff consensus View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Hacks (HBO Max)
  3. The White Lotus (HBO)
  4. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  6. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  7. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  8. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  9. Mythic Quest (Apple TV+)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
USA Today
Kelly Lawler View full list
  1. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  2. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  3. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  4. Hacks (HBO Max)
  5. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  6. The White Lotus (HBO)
  7. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  8. Squid Game (Netflix)
  9. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  10. Maid (Netflix)
Vanity Fair
Sonia Saraiya View full list
  1. Succession (HBO)
  2. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  3. Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  4. You (Netflix)
  5. The White Lotus (HBO)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  8. Sort of (HBO Max)
  9. Love Life (HBO Max)
  10. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
Variety
Daniel D'Addario View full list
  1. The Investigation (HBO)
  2. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  3. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  4. Exterminate All the Brutes (HBO)
  5. Hacks (HBO Max)
  6. Philly D.A. (PBS)
  7. Succession (HBO)
  8. Pose (FX)
  9. Watch the Sound With Mark Ronson (Apple TV+)
  10. Framing Britney Spears (FX)
Caroline Framke View full list
  1. High on the Hog (Netflix)
  2. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  5. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  6. Hacks (HBO Max)
  7. Love Life (HBO Max)
  8. Saved by the Bell (Peacock)
  9. Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  10. Top Chef (Bravo)
Vox
Emily VanDerWerff View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Evil (Paramount+)
  • For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  • The Great (Hulu)
  • Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  • Mythic Quest (Apple TV+)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  • Work in Progress (Showtime)
  • Yellowjackets (Showtime)
  • You (Netflix)
Vulture
Jen Chaney View full list
  1. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. The Other Two (HBO Max)
  4. WandaVision (Disney+)
  5. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  6. Evil (Paramount+)
  7. Hacks (HBO Max)
  8. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  9. Work in Progress (Showtime)
  10. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
Roxana Hadadi View full list
  1. We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
  2. The White Lotus (HBO)
  3. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  4. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  5. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  6. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
  7. Gangs of London (AMC+)
  8. Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  9. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  10. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
Matt Zoller Seitz View full list
  1. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  2. We Are the Brooklyn Saints (Netflix)
  3. Squid Game (Netflix)
  4. Succession (HBO)
  5. The Great (Hulu)
  6. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  7. Gangs of London (AMC+)
  8. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  9. Hacks (HBO Max)
  10. WandaVision (Disney+)
Kathryn VanArendonk View full list
  1. Station Eleven (HBO Max)
  2. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  3. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  4. Philly D.A. (PBS)
  5. All Creatures Great and Small (PBS)
  6. Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  7. City of Ghosts (Netflix)
  8. Succession (HBO)
  9. You (Netflix)
  10. For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
The Wall Street Journal
John Anderson View full list
  • The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  • Civil War (or Who Do We Think We Are) (Peacock)
  • The Crime of the Century (HBO)
  • Girls5eva (Peacock)
  • Lisey's Story (Apple TV+)
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  • Once Upon a Time in Queens (ESPN)
  • Schmigadoon (Apple TV+)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
The Washington Post
Inkoo Kang View full list
  1. The Lady and the Dale (HBO)
  2. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  3. Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
  4. Oprah With Harry and Meghan (CBS)
  5. Succession (HBO)
  6. Maid (Netflix)
  7. Hacks (HBO Max)
  8. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  9. Nuclear Family (HBO)
  10. You (Netflix)
We Got This Covered
Staff picks View full list
  • Arcane (Netflix)
  • The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)
  • The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
  • Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  • Midnight Mass (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • The Other Two (HBO Max)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Shadow and Bone (Netflix)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  • WandaVision (Disney+)
  • Yellowstone (Paramount)
WhatCulture
Aidan Whatman View full list
  1. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  2. Squid Game (Netflix)
  3. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  4. Blindspotting (Starz)
  5. The White Lotus (HBO)
  6. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  7. Time (BritBox)
  8. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
  9. Invincible (Prime Video)
  10. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
Wired
Jennifer M. Wood View full list
  • The Great (Hulu)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • The White Lotus (HBO)
  • Yellowjackets (Showtime)
The Young Folks
Staff consensus View full list
  1. WandaVision (Disney+)
  2. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  3. Succession (HBO)
  4. Squid Game (Netflix)
  5. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  6. It's a Sin (HBO Max)
  7. The Underground Railroad (Prime Video)
  8. What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
  9. Starstruck (HBO Max)
  10. I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  11. Midnight Mass (Netflix)

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Comments (2)

  • CathodeRay  

    Where's the Guardian top 50, folks? It's a major cultural barometer in the UK, TV wise.

  • salutarykitten  

    A few lists that might have slipped past you:
    Entertainment.ie
    Vietnam Times
    Lifehacker
    British Vogue (american vogue's list is too long for you requirements i think)
    The Latch
    Really enjoy seeing this list every year!

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