Winter/Spring TV Scorecard 2016

Scandal: Season 5 (2015)
95%

#27
Adjusted Score: 95.256%
Critics Consensus: Increased pressure on a key couple brings heightened stakes and more exciting twists to Scandal's action-packed, consistently gripping fifth season.
Synopsis: As the fifth season of this political drama unfolds, Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) have reunited romantically, and... [More]

Adjusted Score: 94.068%
Critics Consensus: The Mindy Project begins its online migration with some of the show's best-ever episodes, further refining the balance between heart and humor struck during the first three seasons.
Synopsis: A sitcom about an ob-gyn who wishes her personal life were as successful as her professional one and matched the... [More]

Adjusted Score: 94.568%
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]

Adjusted Score: 98.145%
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]

Empire: Season 2 (2015)
87%

#23
Adjusted Score: 88.261%
Critics Consensus: With masterfully melodramatic writing and gloriously glam performances, Empire is not backing down on the soapy spectacle in its second season.
Synopsis: The second season of the hip-hop drama centers on a battle for control over Empire Entertainment. The premiere opens three... [More]

#22
Adjusted Score: 96.799%
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]

Adjusted Score: 101.215%
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]

Veep: Season 5 (2016)
94%

#20
Adjusted Score: 95.491%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the spot-on comedic prowess of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and company Veep is back with as many laughs and expletive-filled absurdities as ever.
Synopsis: In the fifth season of this comedy series, current President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) sees her reelection depending on a... [More]

#19
Adjusted Score: 96.63%
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: 102.436%
Critics Consensus: American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson brings top-shelf writing, directing, and acting to bear on a still-topical story while shedding further light on the facts -- and provoking passionate responses along the way.
Synopsis: Season 1 of this crime drama and anthology focuses on the O.J. Simpson murder trial as portrayed in Jeffrey Toobin's... [More]

Vikings: Season 4 (2016)
92%

#17
Adjusted Score: 76.406%
Critics Consensus: Vikings returns for another season of fantastic performances, epic battles, and sharp writing sure to please its barbarous hordes of fans.
Synopsis: Series 4 begins with Ragnar Lothbrok learning to deal with his new role as King, and he watches his back... [More]

Shameless: Season 6 (2016)
100%

#16
Adjusted Score: 69.208%
Critics Consensus: Shameless' sixth season charts a tragic trajectory for the Gallaghers, leaving viewers in suspense as they hope against hope that this family from the wrong side of the tracks can't find long-lasting stability.
Synopsis: Season 6 of this comedy series picks up a few months after last season's finale, as the Gallaghers prepare for... [More]

New Girl: Season 5 (2016)
100%

#15
Adjusted Score: 41.525%
Synopsis: Season 5 of the quirky comedy features a lot of changes for the whole gang. Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt... [More]

Banshee: Season 4 (2016)
100%

#14
Adjusted Score: 76.129%
Critics Consensus: Banshee boldly pivots into a darker and more mature mystery for its fourth and final season, finding fresh terrain for the proudly pulpy series while providing satisfying closure.
Synopsis: Series 4 of this crime drama continues to chronicle the exploits of an ex-con who assumes the identity of a... [More]

#13
Adjusted Score: 41.525%
Synopsis: A road to healing from all sorts of hurts, addictions, hang ups to enter a new life of freedom in... [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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