Best-Reviewed TV Movies/Miniseries 2016

Though one TV movie did make the cut, this category was dominated in 2016 by outstanding miniseries — a format that has blossomed in recent years to tell some of the most gripping stories on television. Every one of these is worth the time commitment.

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.

Roots: Miniseries (2016)
96%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98.193%
Critics Consensus: A powerfully impressive -- and still relevant -- update on a television classic, Roots boasts remarkable performances, deep emotion, and occasionally jarring beauty.
Synopsis: A family tries to overcome the hardships of slavery to survive and build a legacy.... [More]

#2
Adjusted Score: 98.969%
Critics Consensus: The Night Of is a richly crafted, exquisitely performed mystery that will keep viewers enthralled and leave them devastated.
Synopsis: The crime-drama series delves deeply into the intricate story of a murder case, its investigation and the subsequent trial. Naz... [More]
Directed By: Steven Zaillian

Adjusted Score: 94.511%
Critics Consensus: The Night Manager's smart writing and riveting story are elevated all the more by Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston's captivating performances.
Synopsis: Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), a former British soldier turned night manager in a luxury hotel in Cairo, ends up in... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 86.442%
Critics Consensus: Though the execution feels almost as dated as the period it represents, 11.22.63 gradually reveals a compelling, well-performed series of events.
Synopsis: In this miniseries, English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to stop JFK's assassination, but many elements threaten his... [More]

#5

Confirmation (2016)
83%

#5
Adjusted Score: 84.019%
Critics Consensus: Stellar performances and gripping subject matter help Confirmation overcome production values that occasionally feel as dated as the infamous real-life case it covers.
Synopsis: The confirmation hearings for Judge Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) become a media spectacle when his former colleague Anita Hill (Kerry... [More]
Directed By: Rick Famuyiwa

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