Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Era of Too Much TV: Our Critic Loved These Shows in 2016

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Era of Too Much TV: Our Critic Loved These Shows in 2016

Article excerpt

This was the year that many TV critics raised a permanent white flag. We admitted to ourselves and to our readers that in a universe with almost 500 scripted original programs on broadcast, cable and streaming networks, we couldn't watch a fraction of them.

Even scrambling to preview them all proved difficult to impossible in 2016. Keeping up with ongoing shows, many of them serialized, was an even greater challenge.

Those hard facts make the traditional, end-of-year Top 10 list a relic. Instead, then, consider this a list of my 10 favorite scripted series of 2016. These are shows that I found not only admirable but enjoyable this year.

Your favorites may be completely different, and that's the best thing about this era of too much television. There is something, a lot of something, for everyone.

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* "The People v. …

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