Winter/Spring TV Scorecard 2016

Madoff: Season 1 (2016)
68%

#72
Adjusted Score: 69.149%
Critics Consensus: Madoff boasts a knockout performance from Richard Dreyfuss, whose obvious enjoyment of the role helps make up for the miniseries' surplus of polish and overall lack of perspective.
Synopsis: A miniseries chronicling the rise and ultimate downfall of the infamous financier Bernie Madoff, whose fraudulent activities led to a... [More]

#71
Adjusted Score: 76.189%
Critics Consensus: The Magicians' impressive special effects and creative storytelling help compensate for a derivative premise and occasionally sluggish pace.
Synopsis: Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), a graduate student who's a big fan of fantasy books, discovers that magic is real when... [More]

Teachers: Season 1 (2016)
75%

#70
Adjusted Score: 75.109%
Critics Consensus: Teachers struggles with the transition from web series to television, but gets some good marks for humor.
Synopsis: Six elementary school teachers juggle the trials and tribulations of their jobs and their personal lives.... [More]

Baskets: Season 1 (2016)
71%

#69
Adjusted Score: 72.912%
Critics Consensus: Though its themes may be unpleasant for some and LOL moments are few and far between, Baskets succeeds on the strength of its deadpan delivery and terrific cast.
Synopsis: Zach Galifianakis stars as Chip Baskets, a downtrodden would-be professional clown, in the premiere season of "Baskets," a single-camera comedy... [More]

The Catch: Season 1 (2015)
74%

#68
Adjusted Score: 75.642%
Critics Consensus: While the jury is out on its weekly worthiness, The Catch largely yields satisfying results with tried-and-true Shondaland production qualities, fun cases of the week, and bendy plot twists.
Synopsis: In the premiere season of this drama, Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos), a highly skilled Los Angeles private investigator, learns what... [More]

#67
Adjusted Score: 73.525%
Critics Consensus: Mercy Street's intriguing setting and talented cast can't compensate for the overall lack of excitement in a period drama that's traditional to a fault.
Synopsis: Season 1 of the Civil War medical drama opens with Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a widowed nurse from New... [More]
Directed By: Roxann Dawson

Billions: Season 1 (2016)
77%

#66
Adjusted Score: 79.813%
Critics Consensus: Despite a lack of likable characters, Billions' soapy melodrama and larger-than-life canvas offer plenty of repeat viewing potential.
Synopsis: Paul Giamatti portrays ruthless U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes, who goes head to head with Damian Lewis' powerful but corrupt hedge-fund... [More]

Adjusted Score: 83.951%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by some impressive action, Daredevil keeps its footing in season two, even if its new adversaries can't quite fill the void left by Wilson Fisk.
Synopsis: After defeating Fisk and his empire, Matt Murdock patrols the streets at night as the vigilante hero, Daredevil. However, just... [More]

Adjusted Score: 62.39%
Critics Consensus: The Circus reveals a more human side of the candidates and paints a clear picture of how grueling life can be on the campaign trail, yet the show fails to provide the type of candid analysis and discourse it alludes to during this incredibly unique and cantankerous election cycle.
Synopsis: The documentary series centers around the 2016 US Presidential election and focuses on primaries and campaigns for both parties. The... [More]

Vinyl: Season 1 (2016)
74%

#63
Adjusted Score: 78.06%
Critics Consensus: Vinyl doesn't always keep the beat, dramatically speaking, but overall, it capably honors the rock pioneers of the '70s with absorbing stories, a spot-on soundtrack, and rich period detail.
Synopsis: A record-label president tries to save his company in 1970s New York City. ... [More]

Outsiders: Season 1 (2016)
76%

#62
Adjusted Score: 76.733%
Critics Consensus: Outsiders' gritty performances keep the backwoods drama intriguing, even when the story gets stuck in the mud.
Synopsis: After 10 years spent in the military, Asa Farrell (Joe Anderson) returns home to his clan of mountain folk living... [More]

Colony: Season 1 (2016)
84%

#61
Adjusted Score: 85.149%
Critics Consensus: Colony offers an engaging enough narrative, a few scares, and an overall good time, even if none of it is particularly original.
Synopsis: In a nearby future, the Bowman family are struggling to survive and stay united in a Los Angeles that has... [More]
Directed By: Juan José Campanella

#60
Adjusted Score: 76.67%
Critics Consensus: Chelsea Does manages to investigate some meaningful topics, but the show's polarizing namesake is also its greatest liability.
Synopsis: A documentary series exploring four topics: marriage; racism; technology; and drugs.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 25.158%
Synopsis: Four estranged friends are reunited because of mysterious messages that suggest their missing friend is watching them and that someone... [More]

Adjusted Score: 76.456%
Critics Consensus: A move from New York to Hollywood gives Agent Carter new territory to explore, as the series continues to search for a storyline as dynamic as its heroine.
Synopsis: In Series 2 Agent Carter moves to LA in the wake of World War 2, giivng her a different territory... [More]

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  • Troy Kleasner

    Why is number 5 only 77% surrounded by 100% on both sides?

  • simon

    To each, I guess.

  • Ragnar Lodbrok

    For every negative review this season I simply shouted “SHIELD WALL”

  • Felipe G

    Why is Vikings on top if it has less reviews and a lower average rating?

  • BPods

    I give this list an Incomplete.

  • Pinkk

    When you see the 100% have a total of 8 reviews compared to those with lower scores, not to sure on this list :p

  • TomNewYorker

    My 10 Favorite New Shows of 2016, so far, are

    1-Fuller House
    2-Superstore
    3-Legends of Tomorrow
    4-The Real O’Neals
    5-The People Vs. O.J. Simpson
    6-Recovery Road
    7-Crowded
    8-School of Rock
    9-Teachers
    10-Baskets

    My 10 Favorite Returning Shows of 2016, so far, are
    1-Shameless
    2-Family Guy
    3-Daredevil
    4-The Goldbergs
    5-The Flash
    6-Gotham
    7-Black-ish
    8-The Carmichael Show
    9-American Crime
    10-Mom

    • stellabystarlite

      I have the whole season Baskets on my DVR since I haven’t had time to watch it yet…looking forward to binge-watching the whole thing when I have more free time after the college semester ends. I have all of OJ too, but I’m on the fence about if I want to see that. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reactions to that one.

      • Poncho-Da-God

        You’ll be disappointed

  • d12

    I am early i got a joke

    daredevil

  • Dennis Bowers

    What is the basis for this list? No Flash, no Supergirl, but Legends of Tomorrow is listed?

    • Catalyst

      Shows that started their runs in the spring. Flash and Supergirl started their runs in fall and are continuing. Granted, WD is also on the list. On second thought, no idea.

  • dfsfdv

    Isn’t fair because OB’s only had one episode… but so far so amazing

  • Poncho-Da-God

    Dice is pretty good. The second episode is classic. Game Of Thrones should be #1 on the list.

  • JFH

    The Americans is great! It proves that you don’t need superheroes, monsters, magic, CGI, blood, and endless action to create an amazing show. Whatever happened to storytelling.

  • J_S_Mastropiero

    Gotham 90% Flash 100% Agents of shield 100% Supergirl 90% Agent Carter 80%…..Daredevil 75% Something is fundamentally broken with Rotten Tomatoes…or critics

  • Doofy69

    This list is poopy.

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