Best-Reviewed TV Comedies 2016

They may not feature laugh tracks as frequently as they used to, but the best TV comedies remain hilarious, even if they deliver some thought-provoking truths in the process. This year’s cream of the crop includes a couple of bold newcomers in addition to some recent hits.

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)

Adjusted Score: 100.846%
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)

Adjusted Score: 103.368%
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]

Transparent: Season 3 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 101.389%
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)

Adjusted Score: 101.321%
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: 101.116%
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]

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