Best TV Episodes of the 2010s

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In assembling my picks for the best TV episodes of the past decade, I noticed that I was leaning heavily on the comedy side. This was unsurprising, as I tend to watch more sitcoms than dramas. But the difference was even more pronounced than usual. I think that makes sense, because on average, comedies tend to be specifically designed on an episodic basis moreso than dramas.

I should also note that I did not limit shows to any prescribed maximum. You’ll notice that certain programs keep popping up, like Community and Nathan for You. They deserve it, as they’re the types of shows that revolutionized themselves on the regular.

So here are the television morsels from the 2010s that shine within the context of their full works and also stand brilliantly on their own.

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Best TV Shows of the 2010s

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As a voracious consumer of Peak TV, I could have easily filled my list of the Best TV Shows of the 2010s with hundreds of entries. But instead, I chose to zero in on a golden set of 25 that I am absolutely sure I love and will continue to love for years to come. These are the shows that affected me profoundly when I first watched them and that continued to linger in my brain and my soul as the decade marched on.

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Best TV Episodes of 2018

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If you’re still catching up on the best TV of 2018, the following playlist would be a great way to go about it.

1. Atlanta, “Teddy Perkins”
2. Saturday Night Live, Donald Glover/Childish Gambino
3. Atlanta, “Barbershop”
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000, “Mac and Me”
5. Big Mouth, “The Planned Parenthood Show”
6. BoJack Horseman, “The Showstopper”
7. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “The Gang Solves the Bathroom Problem”
8. The Assassination of Gianni Versace, “A Random Killing”
9. Barry, “Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth”
10. Pose, “Giving and Receiving”
11. Joe Pera Talks With You, “Joe Pera Talks to You About the Rat Wars of Alberta, Canada (1950–Present Day)”
12. BoJack Horseman, “Mr. Peanutbutter’s Boos”
13. Murphy Brown, “Thanksgiving and Taking”
14. Atlanta, “Woods”
15. Murphy Brown, “#MurphyToo”
16. Better Call Saul, “Winner”
17. The Last O.G., “Swipe Right”
18. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “Mac Finds His Pride”
19. South Park, “A Boy and a Priest”
20. Sharp Objects, “Milk”

Best TV Episodes of 2016

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Oh hey, guys. If you’re looking for a super awesome televisual playlist that satisfactorily captures 2016, here you go:

1. Atlanta – “Nobody Beats the Biebs”
2. Baskets – “Uncle Dad”
3. BoJack Horseman – “Fish Out of Water”
4. Atlanta – “B.A.N.”
5. The Chris Gethard Show – “One Man’s Trash”
6. Mr. Robot – “m4ster-s1ave.aes”
7. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”
8. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “The Race Card”
9. Black Mirror – “San Junipero”
10. Comedy Bang! Bang! – “Reggie Watts Wears a Purple and Yellow Quilted Sweatshirt”
11. Baskets – “Easter in Bakersfield”
12. Documentary Now! – “Juan Likes Rice and Chicken”
13. The Grinder – “For the People”
14. Man Seeking Woman – “Card”
15. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “A Jury in Jail”
16. New Girl – “Landing Gear”
17. Search Party – “The House of Uncanny Truths”
18. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars – “Revenge of the Queens”
19. Better Call Saul – “Nailed”
20. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – “Kimmy Meets a Celebrity!”

What Won TV? – October 30-November 5, 2016

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.

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Sunday – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Monday – People of Earth
Tuesday – Atlanta checked its pockets.
Wednesday – You’re the Worst
Thursday – The Good Place
Friday – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Saturday – Benedict Cumberbatch made the toilet Koohl again.

What Won TV? – October 23-October 29, 2016

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.

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Sunday – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Monday – Jane the Virgin
Tuesday – Atlanta
Wednesday – Documentary Now!
Thursday – The Good Place just got even good-er.
Friday – Comedy Bang! Bang! takes us to the gun show.
Saturday – The end of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency let us in on a little secret.

What Won TV? – October 9-October 15, 2016

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In this feature, I look back at each day of the past week and determine what shows “won TV” for the night. That is, I consider every episode of television I watched that aired on a particular day and declare which was the best.

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Sunday – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Monday – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Tuesday – Most people don’t realize Atlanta‘s quality is another universe. Don’t be dumb.
Wednesday – The Goldbergs
Thursday – Better Things
Friday – Time to a deliver an Eric Andre Show finale! (Time to a deliver an Eric Andre Show finale!)
Saturday – That part in the Ann Arbor Short Film Festival (SNL) when everyone in the crowd stood up to get on the stage

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