#1. Game of Thrones: Haters can nitpick little inconsistencies all they want, but come on, people! Jon Snow met Daenerys, the Night King is ready to invade #Westeros, and we got the single coolest dragon attack of all time! This was clearly one of the best seasons "GoT" has ever had, as well as an easy pick for my #1 show.
2. Rick and Morty: The long-awaited third season of "Rick and Morty" proved to be the best yet, not only in terms of humor, but creativity and storytelling as well. "Pickle Rick" most notably managed to derive outrageous laughs, epic action, and a fascinating psyche analysis from the most basic premise imaginable.
#3. The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1 of last year’s Emmy winner might’ve been more tightly-plotted, but Season 2 proved to be more unpredictable and in many respects more engrossing. Elisabeth Moss seems poised to take home her second Best Actress Emmy, but it’ll be a criminal injustice if Yvonne Strahovski doesn’t win Best Supporting Actress for her multilayered performance as Serena.
4. Stranger Things: Chapter Seven aside, it was another phenomenal year for "Stranger Things" as the creators delved deeper into the show’s mythology, expanded upon supporting characters, explored new dynamics, and gave Barb some serious justice.
5. BoJack Horseman: To call "BoJack Horseman" the most complex character on TV right now may raise a few eyebrows, but this horse of a man truly earns comparison to the likes of Don Draper. Season 4 painted an even greater portrait of BoJack’s family life, balancing surreal humor, tragedy, and even some refreshingly touching moments.
6. This Is Us: In addition to being the season’s most captivating ensemble piece, "This Is Us" secured its title as both the most uplifting and tear-jerking show currently on TV. The "Super Bowl Sunday" episode in particular is one of the best hours this golden age of television has given us.
7. The Good Place: The sophomore season of this brilliant comedy continued to to build off of last season’s twist ending, taking the audience to some unpredictable places. Whatever waited around the corner, though, the results were always hilarious and thought-provoking.
#8: Will & Grace: Several classic shows have been brought back from the dead in recent years and for my money the best revival has been "Will & Grace." While the tone and characters haven’t changed, the show has also adapted for modern audiences, giving us comedy that’s as timely as it is nostalgic.
9. Atlanta: Donald Glover only improved upon his funny, surreal, and at times gut-wrenching series with a stronger emphasis on the supporting cast and genre-bending episodes, particularly "Teddy Perkins."
10. Westworld: Just when you thought "Westworld" couldn’t possibly get any more confusing, they took us deeper into the maze and through the door in Season 2. As convoluted as the plot may get, though, the showrunners still managed to keep us hooked in with awe-inspired production values, gripping twists, and characters that blur the line between hero and villain.
#2. Gortimer Gibbon's Life On Normal Street: “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” has likely eluded you because A) it’s on #Amazon, B) it’s a quote unquote “kids show,” and C) it only lasted two seasons. As somebody that recently discovered this hidden gem, though, I can safely say that it’s one of the most creative, charming, and meaningful coming of age stories of recent years. The show peaked in quality with its final 13 episodes, as Gortimer, Mel, and Ranger faced the inevitably of change and growing up. “Gortimer vs. the End” in particular is about as perfect as a series finale can get, offering a touching and bittersweet farewell that’ll stick with me for some time. It’s a criminal injustice that audiences and Emmy voters overlooked this series throughout its all-too-brief run. With any luck, however, Amazon Prime subscribers will eventually stumble up Gortimer’s adventures, elevating this modern classic to cult status.
6. Review: In addition to being the funniest series currently on TV, “Review” is also the best show nobody’s talking about. Andrew Daly gives an uproarious comedic performance as Forrest MacNeil, a critic who sets out to review life itself. Along the way, though, he creates new ways to destroy his own life. In Season 2 of “Review,” Forrest tackled “curing homosexuality,” starting a “cult,” and committing “murder.” Even when taking on the simplest tasks, such as relaxing in a “rowboat,” our protagonist somehow encounters utter misfortune. When all is said and done, Forrest finds that he’s his own worst enemy and that his show is even deadlier than cocaine. The results are as tragic as they are hilarious. It’s a shame that mainstream audiences and Emmy voters still haven’t discovered “Review,” as this season deserves a rating of at least six stars.
1. Gravity Falls: Many people are bound to avoid Alex Hirsch’s brilliant creation on the basis that it’s an animated Disney series. It’s their loss as “Gravity Falls” is currently television’s most creative, well structured, humorous, thrilling, addictive, and jaw dropping entertainment. A+
2. Game of Thrones: So let me get this straight. Tyrion made it to Meereen, Arya joined up with the Faceless Men, Daenerys trained her dragon, winter officially came in television’s most epic battle ever, a fan favorite died, and some people actually think season five of “Game of Thrones” was a step backwards? Are you kidding me?! This isn’t just arguably the show’s most progressive season, but this year’s single greatest drama series overall. A+
3. Over the Garden Wall: Patrick McHale has made a modern classic with this strange, poignant, funny, and unique animated miniseries that I’ll be revisiting every Halloween. A+
4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Along with Robert Carlock, Tina Fey fashions another marvelous comedy series carried by a winning lead performance from Ellie Kemper. Full of heart, optimism, and witty dialog only sheer geniuses could construct, it’s as refreshing as a glass of Peeno Noir. A
5. Broad City: Everything “Girls” should have been, “Broad City” continues its streaks as one of TV’s most hilarious sitcoms with the best depiction of friendship in some time. A
6. Marvel’s Daredevil: The year’s finest superhero show elevated by sophisticated writing, exceptional fight choreography, stylized cinematography, and one of the genre’s most fascinating rivalries. A
7. Homeland: After a disappointing third season, “Homeland” came back full force in season four with new locations, new characters, and a new structure while still retaining what made it such an exhilarating drama to start with. A
8. (Tie) Arrow & The Flash: While the DC cinematic universe’s fate is up in the air, the DC television universe is firing on all cylinders. With “Arrow” putting emphasis on brooding darkness and “The Flash” being whimsical fun, both of these superhero shows are hitting their own personal targets, save some dragged-out romance. A
9. The Legend of Korra: Although Nickelodeon did everything they could to ruin this masterful follow-up to “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” that didn’t stop the creators from delivering two epic final seasons full of stunning animation, complex political drama, and a bold closing image. Korrasami is canon! A
10. Adventure Time: Still a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, “Adventure Time” continues to build upon its characters, world, and lore with unpredictable developments. A
11: The Goldbergs: ABC’s funniest Wednesday night comedy, “The Goldbergs” stands out as a wonderful family ensemble piece, love letter to everything 80’s, and spiritual successor to “The Wonder Years.” A
12. The Affair: Distinguished by two captivating lead performances and an ambitious structure that never feels gimmicky, “The Affair” is an enticing mystery that keeps you guessing. A
13. Phineas and Ferb: Rather than turning into a cartoon that just never ends, Creators Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh and Dan Povermire wonderfully worked up to Phineas and Ferb’s last day of summer with “Star Wars” parodies, zombie pharmacists, and touching flash-forwards. A
14. The Big Bang Theory: Where most shows officially run out of gas by season eight, “The Big Bang Theory” keeps thriving as one of this generation’s best sitcoms, despite what internet trolls like Stephen Hawking say. This past year gave us more big laughs in addition to sweat declarations of love, a respectable goodbye to Mrs. Wolowitz, and a potentially game changing finale. A-
15. Silicon Valley: Like the latest version of an app, season two of “Silicon Valley” proved to be a major upgrade of its already impressive predecessor. Just as the stakes for Pied Piper rise, so do the comedic possibilities, resulting in all the characters coming into their own. A-
16. Mad Men: After a gradual start, “Mad Men” ended on a fitting final note that’ll hopefully win Jon Hamm an overdue Emmy. Thanks for the Coke, Don Draper. A-
17. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A worthy sophomore outing carried by consistently smart writing and a cast that plays off each other to perfection. A-
18. Louie: “Louie” made the most of its shortened, eight-episode season with just the right balance of cringe-worthy humor, oddly effective drama, and surrealism. A-
19. The Americans: Elizabeth and Philip find themselves questioning their actions, ethics, and loyalty more than ever in yet another exceptional season that begins to shake up the statuesque. A-
20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Where the 2014 live-action feature film is one of the weakest incarnations of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” this animated series remains one of the best with great humor, action, and legitimate drama. A-
21: Parks and Recreation: Jumping ahead several years, the final season of “Parks and Recreation” gave every character just the right sendoff. “One Last Ride” in particular should be viewed as a textbook example of how to do a series finale. A-
22. Better Call Saul: Following his unbeatable magnum opus, Vince Gilligan delivers an absorbing prequel series that’s flawlessly tailored to the character of Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman. A-
23. Outlander: A sexy, empowering adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s novels with a star making central performance from Caitriona Balfe. A-
24. Masters of Sex: Another provocative, unsettling, and eye-opening season carried by brave performances from Michael Sheen and especially Lizzy Caplan. A-
25. The Honourable Woman: The year’s finest live-action miniseries full of twists and exquisite performances, especially from Maggie Gyllenhaal and Lubna Azabal. A-
26. Modern Family: Not the absolute best season of “Modern Family,” but the fact that it can still dish out first-rate episodes like “Connection Lost” and “The Day We Almost Died” is a testament to the show’s endurance of quality. B+
27. Boardwalk Empire: Terence Winter brings everything full circle in the final season of “Boardwalk Empire,” delving into Nucky Thompson’s past, present, and ultimate fate. B+
28. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The misadventures of the Paddy’s Pub gang never get old. This season’s highlight episode, “Charlie Work,” deserves multiple Emmy nominations across the board for directing, cinematography, and Charlie Day’s all-encompassing performance. B+
29. Empire: Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson give career best performances in this juicy, soapy drama that’s deservedly become a runaway ratings success. B+
30: Orphan Black: Can we finally give Tatiana Maslany an Emmy nomination this year? PLEASE!!! B+
31. The Good Wife: It may have peaked last year, but season six of “The Good Wife” stood out with strong storylines regarding Cary’s legal troubles and Alicia’s political campaign nevertheless. Can the show really survive without Kalinda, though? B+
32. The Last Man on Earth: An inventive comedy carried by a terrific performance from Will Forte and the audacity to go to incredibly awkward places. B+
33. 24: Live Another Day: Going in, you might think a “24” revival is too little too late. By the time it’s over, however, you’ll be eagerly awaiting the next action-paced day set in the “24” universe! B+
34. Archer: Although not the breath of fresh air “Archer: Vice” was, this follow-up season still had no shortage of well-timed dialog and interactions. Plus, Archer with a baby makes leeway for a lot great comedy and character development. B+
35. Orange is the New Black: Netflix’s runaway comedy/drama has evolved nicely from being the Piper Chapman story to an ensemble piece where every character is given an appropriate amount of time in the spotlight. B+
36. House of Cards: While not nearly as superb as the first two seasons, the Underwood’s political and marital struggles did provide plenty of tense, intriguing moments. Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper in particular rose up as the season’s MVP. B+
37. Mom: Anna Faris and Allison Janney are no longer the sole reasons to watch this sitcom as the supporting players are finally given more to work with and the tone has found a good balance of dark comedy and dark drama. B+
38. American Horror Story: Freak Show: Yet another entertaining, bizarre tale that cleverly makes connections to previous “American Horror Story” seasons. Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson shine as always while Finn Wittrock deserves Best Supporting Actor consideration for his hysterically demented performances as Dandy. B+
39. The Missing: A gripping, unsettling miniseries with outstanding work from James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor as two parents haunted by their child’s abduction. B+
40. Veep: Like “House of Cards,” “Veep” lost some momentum this season as the main character got a promotion to President. The dialog and chemistry amongst the cast has remained witty and sharp nonetheless. B+
41. Once Upon a Time: It is admittedly overdosing on curses, but this season of “Once Upon a Time” did have fun presenting both our heroes and villains in a new light. Oh, and as someone who can’t let “Frozen” go, I had no problem with the season’s first half being an unofficial continuation of Elsa and Anna’s story. B+
42. Galavant: The satirical fairytale concept is nothing new, but this charming comedy event is certainly worth watching for its over-the-top performances, sharp jokes, and catchy music. B+
43. Bates Motel: Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore are as amazing as ever in television’s creepiest, most unsettling love story. B+
44. Marvel’s Agent Carter: A cool addition to the Marvel universe that allows a daring heroine to take center stage for a change. Am I the only one who wants to see Peggy Carter get her own movie? B
45. South Park: Not as funny as some previous seasons or “The Stick of Truth” video game, but season 18 of “South Park” did stand out with a more serialized approach. #RandyMarshIsLorde B
46. Community: Even if the long-wished-for sixth season of “Community” wasn’t everything it could have been, the show hasn’t gotten any less ambitious while Paget Brewster and Keith David are welcome additions. #andamovie B
47. The Middle: This truly was The Year of Sue as Eden Sher’s endearing performance redeemed “The Middle” for an otherwise standard season. Really??? B
48. Shameless: While the finale proved anticlimactic and the Gallagher’s have all become frustratingly self-destructive, season five did offer some strong drama and comedy with Emily Bergl’s Sammi stealing the show. B
49. Downton Abbey: A vast improvement from season four. However, the show’s golden years seem to have died with Matthew Crawley. B
50. The Newsroom: With only six episodes to wrap things up, the final season of “The Newsroom” could feel rushed at times. Regardless, the performances and dialog remained energizing, amounting to a satisfying conclusion. B
51. iZombie: A neat little take on the zombie genre with elements of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Warm Bodies,” and “Veronica Mars.” B
52. American Dad!: Still Seth McFarlane’s most consistently funny and inspired animated series that found a new home this year on TBS. B
53. America Crime: Despite being slow at times, the powerful writing, acting, and racial commentary make Oscar-Winner John Ridley’s provocative show more than worth checking out. B
54. The Leftovers: While occasionally pretentious, uneven, and shamelessly artsy, the stellar performances from Carrie Coon and Christopher Eccleston shouldn’t be overlooked. B-
55. New Girl: I really don’t get people who think “New Girl” is one of the best comedies on TV, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t without enough belly laughs to keep on the DVR watchlist. Just please stop with the will they/won’t they bullshit. B-
56. Scandal: Yeah, it’s getting progressively silly, if not stupid. For a primetime soap opera, though, “Scandal” rarely has a dull moment and the performances are all strong. B-
57. Gotham: Impeccably cast and atmospheric, “Gotham” demonstrates the potential to be one of TV’s best comic book shows…if only the writers knew a thing or two about story structure. B-
58. Family Guy: “The Simpsons Guy” is reason enough to boost this past season of “Family Guy” up from a C+, although the show itself is long past its prime. B-
59. Olive Kitteridge: A magnificently shot and well acted miniseries, although you may have a hard time identifying with the title character. B-
60. The Killing: The shortest and weakest season of “The Killing,” but a descent enough farewell to Linden and Holder nonetheless. B-
61. Revenge: Although Emily Thorne’s fate may have been a little too sunny, “Rvenge” fortunately jumped ship before overstaying its welcome. B-
62. The Simpsons: A show that HAS officially overstayed its welcome, “The Simpsons” needs to be taken off life support even if it can still produce an amusing one-liner or couch gag. The fact that Harry Shearer is leaving next season is just another nail in the coffin. C+
63. Glee: For a show that’s become unbearable over the past few years, “Glee” at least ended on a satisfactory note. We all know it should have gotten there three seasons earlier, however. C
64. Nashville: If you’re looking for a mindless show to play in the background while you check Facebook, look no further. C
65. Extant: Not deprived of some interesting ideas. With names like Steven Spielberg and Halle Berry attached, though, “Extant” never lives up to its potential. C
66. The Strain: Starts off with promise then quickly turns into an unpleasant geek show. C-
67. True Blood: If you stuck with “True Blood” until the bitter end to see Bill and Sookie live happily ever after and Jessica’s boobs, then you got one giant, bloody middle finger. D+