All best-of lists are ultimately subjective expressions of a critic’s taste. Nowhere is this more obvious, however, than in TV, where the sheer volume of material means nobody’s watching, let alone loving, the same things. Just look at the breakdown on this year’s Hitfix Critics’ Poll!
Because of this, and because so many top 10 lists have come out already, I’ve left off some undeniably great shows that, for whatever reason, simply didn’t resonate with me — or, in the interest of full disclosure, that I simply didn’t get to. (If you’re reading a roundup like this one, though, you don’t need me to tell you Fargo and The Americans are well worth catching up on.) The good news is that this still leaves us with a stellar lineup of genre-defying, binge-inducing television. Peak TV may be upon us, but until we reach saturation point, that just means that there’s more than enough great art to go around. So without further ado, here’s the best television of the year…in alphabetical order. We’re not insane.
It took time for both Bojack itself to find its groove and viewers to adjust to the idea of a washed-up cartoon horse as television’s most compelling example of soul-crushing ennui. That learning curve was done by the end of season one, though, allowing season two to sink in as the wise, silly gut-punch it is. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and designer Lisa Hanawalt have created a universe that’s both visually and comedically its own, albeit with a jaded, selfish antihero to carry the torch now that Don Draper’s gone. Remember: When you’re wearing rose-colored glasses, the red flags just look like flags.