Every year, we have more and more television shows to choose from.
2016 was a good year for both new shows and those with new seasons that have definitely upped the ante. Here’s our top 10 favorite shows of this year.
1. Stranger Things
Over the course of 8 episodes, this series became the most talked-about story of the summer. With its incredible cast and nostalgic 80’s vibe, Stranger Things told an engaging story that kept its audience binge watching until the show’s final episode.
2. The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story
The FX original follows O.J. Simpson’s murder trial of 1994. While O.J.’s case may be a highly discussed event in modern history, this series reveals some things that may have otherwise been unnoticed. The show also stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian.
Donald Glover‘s introspective comedy is essentially a show about being black. The series follows Glover’s character as a college drop-out who decides to help launch his cousin’s rap career. With the help of witty humor, Glover highlights underrepresented ideas of race and life in Atlanta.
HBO’s much anticipated sci-fi drama, is set in a futuristic amusement park in a Western world, for the wealthier individuals of society. In Westworld, people are able to do just about anything they want. Discussed as HBO’s new hit, following Game of Thrones, the show has done well this year despite rumors of production problems prior to the series premiere.
5. Black Mirror
This science fiction anthology explores the relationship between man and technology, similar to the world we’re currently experiencing. While it isn’t specifically about our ‘world’, it isn’t about a futuristic world either. The show that originated in the UK takes our relationship with technology a step further through dark satire.
This year, Black-ish both ended its sophomore season and begin its third season. The show nuances issues of race and class, in addition to projecting a classic sitcom vibe. Black-ish takes place in White suburbia, where the family’s four children aren’t ‘black enough’.
If you like HBO’s Girls, then you’ll definitely enjoy Issa Rae’s newest HBO comedy. The show’s lovable characters and dope hip-hop soundtrack, Insecure is definitely one of this year’s best TV releases. It focuses on personal growth, and the struggles that come with it, through friendships and love.
8. Mr. Robot
Being of TV’s favorites in 2015, Mr.Robot reemerged this year with an even more exhilarating season. Rami Malek’s performance, combined with the show’s consistently show-stopping episodes earned Mr.Robot a spot on 2016’s best tv shows.
9. Broad City
While Broad City made its debut back in 2014, there’s no doubt that 2016 wasn’t also the year for the Comedy Central sitcom. Its third season premiered this year, and it has definitely been the show’s best yet. We sure hope to see more of Abbi and Ilana in 2017, considering the writing is only getting better.
Although 2016 marked the show’s fifth season, it was also the year for its best season yet. Lena Dunham and company show us that it’s okay not to have it together in your 20’s. However, the writer, producer, and star, has definitely grown with the show over the years. This gives us a lot of promise for the show’s final season in 2017.