As TVLine launches its annual review of the year in television, we will not be saving the best for last.
Rather, we’re kicking things off with no less than a countdown of the 10 best dramas to cross our screens, large or laptop, during 2016 — no easy feat, given the hundreds of options available across broadcast, network, streaming and whatever Louis CK decides to finance with his own checkbook.
How high did this fall’s freshman hit, This Is Us, rank? Where be Stranger Things among the 10 finalists? Was Westworld able to best sister series Game of Thrones? And did last year’s No. 1-ranked drama, Penny Dreadful, make the cut this time around, with what would be its farewell run?
Our staff reflected on the last 12 months, and then went through the painful process of whittling it down to the most innovative, most moving and most gasp-inducing of the bunch.
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Check out the gallery above for our picks — or click here for direct access — then tell us where you think we got it right, which shows we snubbed, and what drama you’d put at No. 1.
Coming up soon, in the Year in Review: Best Comedies, Worst Shows, Sexiest Scenes, Grossest Moments, the Quotes of the Year and much, much more!