The Best TV of 2016: Which show is our favourite this year?
The end of the year is upon us, and 2016 has blasted out some really excellent television. Old favourites like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead got better (mostly), while brand new series such as Atlanta gave us the progressive comedy we desperately needed. Shows like National Treasure and Black Mirror gave us soul-destroying, topical drama. There was also unexpected Netflix hit Stranger Things, which rewrote the book on how to ‘do’ nostalgia on television.
Here are our picks for the best of telly 2016! Long may it continue…
A vibrant, funny and sincere look at black culture in the city of Atlanta, told through the eyes of an up-and-coming rapper and his oft-exasperated cousin-turned-manager.
9. Black Mirror
Charlie Brooker’s unique brand of unsettling, thought-provoking satire could not come at a more relevant time. Six unconventional stories make viewers question the meaning of everything.
8. Game of Thrones
Possibly the best series of Game of Thrones so far, season six turned the heat up several notches and then added dragon fire.
7. National Treasure
Shocking, powerful and gut-wrenching, Jack Thorne’s story of a popular public figure in the light of rape accusations came to a sickening conclusion that will haunt viewers for years.
One of the most publicised arrivals of 2016, Westworld’s tale of robots coming into consciousness took a while to find its feet – but when it did, it was absolutely unstoppable.
5. The Crown
Beautifully shot, excellently written and superbly showcasing the talents of stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith, The Crown is an intimate look at the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
4. The Missing
The brave decision to bring back The Missing with a completely new cast and story proved a stroke of genius, delivering another thrill-a-minute ride to better the first excellent series.
3. The Night Of
An electrifying combination of racial politics, deep injustice and violence makes The Night Of the most impressive murder mystery tale of 2016.
2. Stranger Things
Netflix hit users right in the nostalgia with this ‘80s era horror series, about the disappearance of a young boy near a mysterious and classified laboratory.
1. The Night Manager
An elegant and clever adaptation of John le Carré’s international espionage novel, Tom Hiddleston excels in the leading role of a night porter turned undercover spy.