column – 2016’s best TV shows

There’s no shortage of great TV on offer nowadays. From drama to fantasy and from miniseries to shows that never seem to end, there’s something that caters to every kind of viewer. But now it’s time to select only a few great shows. Because here’s my personal list of the best TV shows of 2016.

5. HBO’s Game Of Thrones, season 6
game of thrones review season 6 best 2016
Season 6 of Game Of Thrones is one of the show’s best seasons. Where previous seasons could drag for long stretches and some storylines felt like filler, the sixth run kept that kind of behavior to a minimum. While Sam Tarly’s plot strand wasn’t very compelling, in other areas Season 6 delivered in spades, especially with “Battle Of The Basterds”. It was one of the best episodes to grace TV screens this year, with one of the best battle scenes ever put to film. Thrilling and eventful, like the entire season.

4. Netflix’s Daredevil, season 2daredevil season 2 best 2016 reviewIt’s always great when a show takes a good look at its previous season and then improves on everything that maybe wasn’t so great the first time around. That’s exactly what Daredevil‘s second season did. While most of the Netflix Marvel shows feel like they’re spread too thin, Daredevil solved this problem by adding smaller but significant arcs to its second run. First The Punisher, then Elektra, played terrifically by Jon Bernthal and Élodie Yung respectively. And ultimately both characters played a large part in the season’s entire storyline and climax. It was done brilliantly, and made sure episodes never ran out of steam.

3. HBO’s Westworld, season 1
westworld review season 1 2016 best
An intelligent scifi show with incredible performances and a plot that left you wondering what exactly was going on, all the way to the end. That’s how one could describe Westworld. Well, in a different era, maybe. Westworld‘s questions and hints were posed so well that the online community couldn’t stop speculating and untangling the strands and riddles the show offered up. Revealing big secrets in the process. Because of it, it was immediately visible that the show was a hit that scratched a particular itch; that of a philosophical mystery series with compelling ideas. Safe to say it delivered.

2. Netflix’s Better Call Saul, season 2
As I described in last year’s top 5, I think that Better Call Saul surpassed Breaking Bad. Season 2 reaffirmed that notion: it deepened its characters, gave them a lot to do, and – at the end of the season – they had all been through significant arcs that were truly moving and gripping. Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Michael Mando and Michael McKean really can’t get enough praise for the work they’re doing on this show, and the same goes for the writers. It’s the best character-driven show around right now.

1. HBO’s The Night Of
A murder mystery that’s only partially about solving the murder and more about society and the system one enters as a suspect, that’s what The Night Of is. And additionally, it is a marvelous, wonderfully paced character piece with a great ensemble of performers, including the great Riz Ahmed, John Turturro and Michael K. Williams. This miniseries keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout, eyes glued to the screen, and gets you to ask tough questions while the show is also keeping you thoroughly entertained. I can’t recommend The Night Of highly enough.

Agree? Disagree? Or did I miss your favorite show? Leave a comment below and let me know.


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