I don’t know that I have much to say other than I watched a lot of TV in 2016, most of it was damn good, and increasingly this is because we are finally getting black TV that is for, by and about us.
So without wasting any more of your time, here are the 20 shows that I think are the best TV had to offer this year.
20. The Magicians – For my money, this show worked almost entirely because of Arjun Gupta as Penny.
19. Suits – The show finally made Mike pay for his crime and turned out its best season since season two.
18. Survivor’s Remorse – This show gets deeper and more slyly profound every season.
17. Fresh Off The Boat – Constance Wu, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen kept me in stitches.
16. UnReal – Season two was messier than season one, but it was also much more ambitious and a beautiful, brilliant indictment of white liberalism’s limited ability to address race.
15. Insecure – One of the finest first seasons of a comedy in years and the best depiction of friendship on TV.
14. The Carmichael Show – Somehow, this show manages to not feel like work despite always being about something important.
13. Luke Cage – A perfectly cast show that found a way to make Luke Cage relevant in the 21st century.
12. The Good Place – High concept, lots of laughter. You can’t really ever go wrong with Kristen Bell.
11. Pitch – Smart, fun and filled with fascinating characters that make baseball compelling.
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