I have already posted my picks for the top 10 shows of the year on Starpulse, but of course I wanted to expand that list, because there are obviously much more than 10 excellent programs in any given year. This year I decided to do something little different and organize my rankings by platform. So we have the best of network TV, the best of basic cable, the best of premium/subscription cable, and the best of streaming. The organization of these categories is a little informal, considering, for example that whether a cable channel is basic or premium can depend on the cable provider and/or location. But I did my best to stay consistent. Basic cable is easily the most impressive field (as it has the most channels).

The most hilarious new comedy of the season knocks off an outgoing horror series.


1. The Grinder (FOX)
2. Hannibal (NBC)
3. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
4. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
5. The Goldbergs (ABC)
6. The Middle (ABC)
7. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
8. Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
9. New Girl (FOX)
10. The Last Man on Earth (FOX)

Basic Cable
The top 10 here could easily be filled entirely by Comedy Central.


1. Review (Comedy Central)
2. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
3. You’re the Worst (FXX)
4. Nathan for You (Comedy Central)
5. Billy on the Street (truTV)
6. Mad Men (AMC)
7. Mr. Robot (USA)
8. Better Call Saul (AMC)
9. Broad City (Comedy Central)
10. Fargo (FX)
11. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
12. Louie (FX)
13. Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
14. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)
15. Justified (FX)
16. Kroll Show (Comedy Central)
17. Mike Tyson Mysteries (Adult Swim)
18. Moonbeam City (Comedy Central)
19. Major Lazer (FXX)
20. Man Seeking Woman (FXX)

Premium/Subscription Cable
This is where the beautiful cinematography is at.

1. Rectify (Sundance)
2. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
3. Silicon Valley (HBO)
4. The Affair (Showtime)
5. Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC)
6. Documentary Now! (IFC)
7. The Chris Gethard Show (Fusion)
8. Portlandia (IFC)

Netflix is still dominant, but there are some unheralded gems from the likes of Hulu and Yahoo!

1. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
2. Jessica Jones (Netflix)
3. Difficult People (Hulu)
4. Community (Yahoo! Screen)
5. Master of None (Netflix)
6. Wet Hot American: First Day of Camp (Netflix)
7. W/ Bob and David (Netflix)
8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
9. Catastrophe (Amazon)
10. Other Space (Yahoo! Screen)

Best Shows I Didn’t Watch

Network: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW), The Carmichael Show (NBC), Empire (FOX)
Basic Cable: South Park (Comedy Central), Steven Universe (Cartoon Network), UnREAL (Lifetime)
Premium/Subscription Cable: Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz), The Leftovers (HBO), Show Me a Hero (HBO)
Streaming: Casual (Hulu), Daredevil (Netflix), Transparent (Amazon)