The 16 best TV shows of 2016 so far, according to critics

These are only shows that have aired as of yet. Which is why Power isn’t on here yet, check back in the Fall i’ve got hopes it will be #1 But if you are looking for stuff to watch here is a really good list of the critics favorites. There are some notable missing shows. Silicon Valley,  Daredevil, and Casual. Here is the list ranked by scores from Metacritic.


No. 16. “Hap and Leonard” Season 1 (Sundance)

No. 17. "Hap and Leonard" Season 1 (Sundance)
Score: 73 Sundance Channel
Description: Based on the series by Joe R. Lansdale where best friends Hap Collins, a white ex-con (James Purefo) and Leonard Pine (Michael K. Williams), a black, openly gay Vietnam veteran, try to keep out of trouble in East Texas in the 1980s.

No. 15 “Game Of Thrones” (HBO)

 Score 73 HBO
Description:  Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) returns for the sixth season, which will be the first season that the series will surpass the George R.R. Martin’s novels.

No. 14. “Underground” Season 1 (WGN America)

No. 16. "Underground" Season 1 (WGN America)

Score: 74 WGN America

Description: A group of slaves from Georgia led by blacksmith Noah (Aldis Hodge) travel with the help of the underground railroad more than 600 miles towards freedom.

No. 13. “House of Cards” Season 4 (Netflix)

No. 13. "House of Cards" Season 4 (Netflix)

Score: 76 Netflix

Description: Neve Campbell, Colm Feore, and Joel Kinnaman join the cast of the political drama.

No. 12. “Bosch” Season 2 (Amazon)

No. 11. "Bosch" Season 2 (Amazon)

Score: 76 Amazon Studios

Description:The second season of the police drama finds Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) investigating the death of a Hollywood producer and tracking serial killer Chilton Hardy.

No. 11. “Angie Tribeca” Season 1 (TBS)

No. 10. "Angie Tribeca" Season 1 (TBS)

Score: 77 TBS

Description: The cop comedy from from Steve Carell and his wife Nancy focuses on the Los Angeles Police Department’s Really Heinous Crimes Unit that includes Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones), her new partner J. Geils (Hayes MacArthur), and their Captain (Jere Burns).

No. 10. “Horace and Pete” Season 1 (

No. 9. "Horace and Pete" Season 1 (

Score: 78

 Description: For $5, viewers can watch an episode of Louis C.K. surprise new show on his website about Horace (Louis C.K.) and Pete (Steve Buscemi), who run a bar in Brooklyn that includes the bartender, Uncle Pete (Alan Alda).

No. 9. Bates Motel (A&E)

Score 80 A&E

Description: The fourth season of the series picks up from the end of last season with Norma seeking to get help for Norman.

No. 8. “The Carmichael Show” Season 2 (NBC)

No. 8. "The Carmichael Show" Season 2 (NBC)

Score: 80 Chris Haston/NBC

Description: The second season for family comedy includes episodes about Bill Cosby, gentrification, infidelity and Islamophobia.


No. 7. “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” Season 1 (TBS)

No. 6. "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" Season 1 (TBS)

Score: 84“Full Frontal”/TBS

Description: The former Daily Show correspondent hosts her own late-night satirical talk show on TBS.

No. 6. “American Crime” Season 2 (ABC)

No. 5. "American Crime" Season 2 (ABC)

Score: 85 ABC/Felicia Graham

Description: Taylor Blaine (Connor Jessup), a student at a public high school accuses two basketball players at a rival private high school of posting pictures on social media after drugging and assaulting him in the second season of the anthology series.

No. 5. “Better Call Saul” Season 2 (AMC)

No. 4. "Better Call Saul" Season 2 (AMC)

Score: 85 AMC

Description:Season two finds Jimmy McGill a.k.a. Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) with the choice of staying within the law or trying more unethical ways to make more money as his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn) changes.

No. 4. “Orange Is The New Black”

Score 86 Netflix

Description: The prison dramedy returns for its fourth season with a commitment for another three seasons.

No. 3. “Broad City” Season 3 (Comedy Central)

No. 3. "Broad City" Season 3 (Comedy Central)

Score: 87 Linda Kallerus/”Broad City”/Comedy Central

Description: The third season of the comedy includes guest appearances from Alan Alda, Hillary Clinton, Tony Danza, Melissa Leo, and Whoopi Goldberg.

No. 2. “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” Season 1 (FX)

No. 2. "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson" Season 1 (FX)

Score: 90 FX

Description: The limited series from Ryan Murphy based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson” focuses on the lawyers on the both sides of the case against O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) with John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer as as Robert Kardashian, and Courtney Vance as Johnnie Cochran.

No. 1. “The Americans” Season 4 (FX)

No. 1. "The Americans" Season 4 (FX)

Score: 95 Craig Blankenhorn/FX

Description:  Elizabeth and Phillips are given a new dangerous bio-weapon assignment as they deal with the potential repercussions from Paige’s confession to her pastor.