Best-Reviewed New TV Shows 2016

It was another great year for TV, and many of the new shows of 2016 garnered plenty of critical acclaim. Donald Glover’s Atlanta takes the Golden Tomato this year, but all of these shows are worth binge watching as soon as possible.

The order of the list reflects the scores as of December 31, 2016, but the number displayed on the Adjusted Tomatometer may change as more reviews keep getting added after the end of the year.

Atlanta: Season 1 (2016)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101.051%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious and refreshing, Atlanta offers a unique vehicle for star and series creator Donald Glover's eccentric brand of humor -- as well as a number of timely, trenchant observations.
Synopsis: In this comedy series, two cousins try to better their lives and the lives of their family. Earn Marks (Donald... [More]

Insecure: Season 1 (2016)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.505%
Critics Consensus: Insecure uses star Issa Rae's breakout web series Awkward Black Girl as the basis for an insightful, raunchy, and hilarious journey through the life of a twentysomething black woman that cuts through stereotypes with sharp wit and an effusive spirit.
Synopsis: Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, this HBO half-hour series stars Rae and Yvonne Orji as two young black... [More]

#3
Adjusted Score: 101.525%
Critics Consensus: Search Party is an engaging, weird, dark, funny mystery elevated by exceptional performances throughout.
Synopsis: In Season 1 of "Search Party," Dory (Alia Shawkat) discovers that Chantal Winterbottom (Clare McNulty) has gone missing and she... [More]

Fleabag: Season 1 (2016)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.73%
Critics Consensus: Clever and viciously funny, Fleabag is a touching, wildly inventive comedy about a complicated young woman navigating the aftermath of trauma.
Synopsis: A sexually-liberated, irritable woman navigates modern life in London in this comedy. Based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge's play of the same... [More]
Directed By: Tim Kirkby

Adjusted Score: 100.843%
Critics Consensus: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee adds a female perspective to late-night TV - and one that's fresh and funny enough to deserve more than just one show a week.
Synopsis: A late-night comedy show features a perspective on world events and interviews with newsmakers.... [More]

#6
Adjusted Score: 100.14%
Critics Consensus: Speechless speaks to a sensitive topic with a heartfelt lead performance and a fine balance of sensitivity and irreverence.
Synopsis: In Season 1 of "Speechless," the Dimeo family move to a new neighborhood so that their son, JJ (Micah Fowler),... [More]

Adjusted Score: 93.914%
Critics Consensus: An immersive, socially conscious narrative and a confident, charismatic lead performance make Marvel's Luke Cage a stellar sampling of the new Marvel/Netflix universe.
Synopsis: An ex-con who gained super strength during a botched experiment fights evil-doers in New York City in this comic-book adaptation.... [More]
Directed By: Paul McGuigan

Adjusted Score: 102.211%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, heartbreaking, and sometimes scary, Stranger Things acts as an addictive homage to Spielberg films and vintage 1980s television.
Synopsis: A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a... [More]
Directed By: Matt Duffer

Adjusted Score: 96.775%
Critics Consensus: Horace and Pete creator Louis C.K. uses his signature blend of awkward humor -- and brilliant performances from a top-notch cast -- to pull off an engagingly ambitious experiment in TV tragicomedy.
Synopsis: Two proprietors of a run-down Brooklyn bar try to overcome various obstacles.... [More]

#10
Adjusted Score: 97.89%
Critics Consensus: Pamela Adlon's Better Things abstains from traditional sitcom sendups and forges a path all its own - in this bawdy, often hilarious and bittersweet ode to the daily highs and lows of being a single mother.
Synopsis: The first season of the FX comedy "Better Things" introduces audiences to Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a struggling actor and... [More]

Tag Cloud

spy thriller 2018 richard e. Grant Legendary ITV singing competition based on movie Premiere Dates Comic-Con@Home 2021 TCA Winter 2020 Sundance Now Syfy Image Comics PBS Academy Awards sequels Elton John comedies Amazon Prime Video monster movies 90s travel Pirates Mindy Kaling Baby Yoda Biopics saw CBS All Access tv talk zombie sitcom NBA Discovery Channel diversity Awards Tour robots 2021 worst miniseries french DirecTV historical drama VOD Lifetime Christmas movies olympics Rocketman 2020 docudrama Election Endgame vampires Stephen King BET Awards telelvision Extras VICE best 20th Century Fox composers stoner crossover anthology TV movies Writers Guild of America Martial Arts Hallmark Christmas movies Sci-Fi festivals Kids & Family RT History Broadway aapi criterion sag awards Ghostbusters Infographic children's TV History El Rey Travel Channel romantic comedy Action book Music LGBT Disney streaming service Tarantino live action Avengers scary movies franchise GLAAD medical drama documentaries supernatural OWN TV news movies mockumentary Drama 4/20 Fantasy twilight TV One CNN new zealand 93rd Oscars king arthur DC streaming service Star Wars OneApp BBC One dc Esquire universal monsters HBO know your critic TNT Western blaxploitation Comedy Spectrum Originals talk show mission: impossible remakes rotten Interview Superheroe cars CMT Grammys A&E die hard halloween Television Academy Nominations parents San Diego Comic-Con Opinion USA Network jurassic park Spike Ellie Kemper YouTube Premium Schedule Christmas emmy awards venice unscripted kids theme song blockbuster a nightmare on elm street kong psychological thriller suspense NBC festival finale award winner Winter TV The Arrangement Marvel Television crime drama VH1 Columbia Pictures asian-american witnail obituary game show concert space streaming hist legend psycho japan YA MCU FX joker The Walking Dead Box Office TCM kaiju 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Turner Classic Movies Horror toronto LGBTQ all-time Ovation Comedy Central Mary poppins Epix biography 1990s scorecard BET HBO Go animated breaking bad archives First Look Mary Poppins Returns hollywood thriller Emmys movie 72 Emmy Awards Masterpiece scene in color TV renewals Funimation Captain marvel hispanic ViacomCBS IFC Trivia elevated horror Creative Arts Emmys Crackle Spring TV superman true crime spider-man television Heroines Amazon nbcuniversal Disney Plus Superheroes zero dark thirty CW Seed Best and Worst Paramount Network trailers CBS RT21 BBC America boxing independent nature Turner HBO Max Paramount Year in Review cinemax Amazon Prime heist movie The CW Black History Month TIFF 45 21st Century Fox spinoff Calendar Character Guide superhero boxoffice adenture book adaptation cancelled television doctor who dogs Marvel FX on Hulu international Britbox blockbusters Mystery fast and furious MSNBC what to watch Sundance reviews Chilling Adventures of Sabrina new york Disney+ Disney Plus Watching Series king kong Walt Disney Pictures wonder woman renewed TV shows Starz spanish Marvel Studios Women's History Month Pride Month revenge Freeform Crunchyroll Cosplay PaleyFest war TruTV Nickelodeon new star wars movies Reality Competition screen actors guild science fiction Exclusive Video Sony Pictures basketball worst movies comiccon Teen Trophy Talk Pet Sematary Certified Fresh Vudu transformers Oscars deadpool razzies hidden camera stop motion werewolf Binge Guide disaster The Walt Disney Company Family TCA See It Skip It 007 justice league cats Rock toy story Sundance TV MTV Thanksgiving 24 frames police drama Hulu Fox Searchlight video on demand National Geographic A24 zombies Fox News GoT ghosts foreign game of thrones Quiz social media Tumblr Animation halloween tv Food Network dragons Trailer Star Trek First Reviews Logo Netflix Alien lord of the rings Reality binge stand-up comedy Brie Larson Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Cannes Universal Emmy Nominations women politics golden globes Pixar football Photos cancelled anime Musicals black facebook ABC Family Warner Bros. Tokyo Olympics Hear Us Out DC Universe Apple Rom-Com popular NYCC spain spanish language USA streaming movies TLC Acorn TV Tubi FXX YouTube Red sequel indie classics Pop Nat Geo sports Netflix Christmas movies critics Showtime Shudder harry potter Toys DC Comics Film Festival WGN cults cooking SDCC 2019 PlayStation screenings video WarnerMedia Countdown marvel cinematic universe fresh Black Mirror Wes Anderson E3 The Purge free movies Paramount Plus political drama comic books Super Bowl ABC Polls and Games AMC satire Hallmark ID Fall TV ratings Sneak Peek crime thriller name the review Adult Swim APB docuseries casting Awards adaptation SundanceTV TV Land comic Red Carpet dceu series adventure comics GIFs Holiday Anna Paquin cops FOX 71st Emmy Awards The Witch New York Comic Con nfl jamie lee curtis 99% italian SXSW 2015 TCA 2017 Lifetime Holidays pirates of the caribbean Peacock mutant high school green book Bravo TBS Disney Channel serial killer BAFTA Mary Tyler Moore slashers south america Valentine's Day YouTube aliens Amazon Studios cancelled TV shows crime Comics on TV Apple TV+ Set visit Rocky Mudbound child's play Film golden globe awards X-Men rotten movies we love technology period drama natural history rom-coms godzilla Tomatazos President TCA Awards batman Lionsgate discovery quibi Marathons Summer teaser james bond directors Musical E! Pacific Islander Cartoon Network christmas movies Chernobyl romance Dark Horse Comics canceled DGA Classic Film ESPN Comic Book Country 2016 indiana jones Video Games American Society of Cinematographers reboot laika rt archives Lucasfilm chucky prank films australia dramedy ABC Signature latino canceled TV shows Song of Ice and Fire Disney dark Television Critics Association strong female leads Pop TV Apple TV Plus The Academy target 2017 japanese cartoon Arrowverse documentary cancelled TV series versus Winners IFC Films BBC Podcast Shondaland