Best-Reviewed Returning TV Shows 2016

Even after the early buzz of a splashy first season has died down, these shows have continued to maintain a high level of quality that’s earned notice from the critics.

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.

Transparent: Season 3 (2016)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101.455%
Critics Consensus: Uniquely its own, and compelling and poignant as ever, Transparent continues to transcend the parameters of comedic and dramatic television with sustained excellence in its empathic portrayal of the Pfefferman family.
Synopsis: Following the goings-on of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family.... [More]

Catastrophe: Season 2 (2016)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 101.319%
Critics Consensus: Catastrophe delivers a strong second season that deepens the drama while remaining spit-take funny.
Synopsis: In Season 2 of this comedy series, Sharon (Sharon Horgan) and Rob (Rob Delaney) are married and expecting another little... [More]

Adjusted Score: 101.182%
Critics Consensus: Not letting up in season two, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is still odd in the best of ways, wonderfully building on its unique comedy stylings and brilliantly funny cast.
Synopsis: The second season of the comedy series is full of changes for all the characters: Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), tired of... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.274%
Critics Consensus: With its fourth season, The Americans continues to deliver top-tier spy drama while sending its characters in directions that threaten to destroy their freedoms - and their lives.
Synopsis: Season 4 of this period drama begins with Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) dealing with the fallout from... [More]

Adjusted Score: 100.978%
Critics Consensus: You're the Worst continues to chart serious territory with intelligence, heart, and noxious wit in its third season, even as the anti-rom-com's damaged narcissist protagonists slowly start to get over themselves.
Synopsis: Season 3 of the comedy series is about the group of friends dealing with their own personal issues and their... [More]

#6
Adjusted Score: 101.114%
Critics Consensus: Skillfully puncturing the idea of celebrity and our culture's bizarre obsession with it, BoJack Horseman's third season continues its streak as one of the funniest and most heartbreaking shows on television.
Synopsis: "Secretariat" is a huge success, and BoJack's finally feeling his oats. But when it comes to his personal life, everything... [More]

Supergirl: Season 2 (2016)
92%

#7
Adjusted Score: 92.364%
Critics Consensus: The arrival of the more famous cousin in Supergirl does nothing to detract from the show's lead, who continues to deliver strength, action, and relatability.
Synopsis: Season 2 finds Supergirl, Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), teaming up with her cousin Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). Kara and James (Mehcad... [More]

#8
Adjusted Score: 98.523%
Critics Consensus: American Crime's intense second season infuses a complicated, topical story with genuine emotion, and patiently allows its narrative arc to develop without sacrificing momentum.
Synopsis: The second season of American Crime is set in the U.S. Midwest -- representative of the canvas that is America... [More]

Adjusted Score: 98.114%
Critics Consensus: Better Call Saul continues to tighten its hold on viewers with a batch of episodes that inject a surge of dramatic energy while showcasing the charms of its talented lead.
Synopsis: Season 2 of the drama series opens with Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) declining Davis & May's job offer and deciding to... [More]
Directed By: Michael Slovis

Outlander: Season 2 (2016)
94%

#10
Adjusted Score: 94.637%
Critics Consensus: Outlander returns for a second addictive season of mystery and sweeping romance as Claire and Jamie take on Paris.
Synopsis: Upon arriving in France, Claire and Jamie quickly realise that in order to stop the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince... [More]
Directed By: Metin Huseyin

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