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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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

What Won TV? – October 2-October 8, 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 – Milo Murphy’s Law
Tuesday – The Flash
Wednesday – The Goldbergs
Thursday – Better Things, and its gooey heartwarming ending (Honorable Mention: the classiest exit on Drag Race All Stars)
Friday – The Eric Andre Show, featuring David Alan Thicke
Saturday – Saturday Night Live, especially the power duo of Vanessa Bayer and Kyle Mooney

What Won TV? – September 25-October 1, 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 – Jeopardy!
Tuesday – I actually love Atlanta. (Honorable Mention: that cursed health video segment on @midnight)
Wednesday – The Goldbergs
Thursday – Better Things
Friday – The Eric Andre Show
Saturday – An SNL season premiere actually gets by on the strength of its cameos.

What Won TV? – September 18-September 24, 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 – Please tell me you saw The Emmys, too.
Monday – We all deserve to be in  The Good Place.Tuesday – New Girl, New Season, New Joys
Wednesday – Documentary Now!
Thursday – RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars
Friday – The Eric Andre Show
Saturday – There were a few cool college football plays.

What Won TV? – September 11-September 17, 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 – Vice Principals
Monday – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Tuesday – Atlanta
Wednesday – What time is it? Documentary Now!
Thursday – Better Things. Period.
Friday – The Eric Andre Show
Saturday – Creative Arts Emmys (particularly this acceptance speech)

What Won TV? – September 4-September 10, 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 – US Open here and there
Monday – Maria Shriver’s face during Ann Coulter’s Rob Lowe Roast set
Tuesday – Atlanta
Wednesday – Mr. Robot, especially Angela and Elliot on the subway
Thursday – Better Things
Friday – Doth my nugs bequeath me? It’s The Eric Andre Show!
Saturday – US Open: Ladies Final

What Won TV? – August 21-August 27, 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 – A rerun of the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament
Tuesday – Blood Orange’s performance of “Augustine/Thank You” on Conan
Wednesday – Mr. Robot
Thursday – RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars
Friday – A saucy Eric Andre Show
Saturday – N/A

What Won TV? – August 14-August 20, 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 – Olympics, featuring King of the 800 David Rudisha
Tuesday – Difficult People
Wednesday – Mr. Robot
Thursday – The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, because we should not confuse cancellation with failure
Friday – The Eric Andre Show
Saturday – Olympics: the 4×400‘s were fun

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