Best of the Year: The 100 Best Shows on TV, Ranked

There was A LOT on TV this year. More than ever before. And since we couldn't rank all of them because we can't tell our NCISes apart, we decided to rank a cool even 100 and let you decide the rest. Picking the brains of our writers, dogs, and imaginary friends, we whittled down the best of the best to these 10 Top 10 lists smushed together into one mega-list. Here they are, the Top 100 shows of 2015!


100. Kroll Show


Nick Kroll's odd sketch show said goodbye this year but left on a high note.


99. Continuum 


In its final season, the time-traveling show delivered a few more great action sequences and a final, heartbreaking punch to the gut.


98. Scandal


97. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell


96. Odd Squad 

The kids' PBS show teaches math and is funnier than 90 percent of what's on TV for so-called adults. 


95. Suits


94. Orphan Black


93. The Affair


By adding new perspectives, the saucy Showtime drama deepened the psychological drama of O.P.P. 


92. Comedy Bang! Bang!


91. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 


The CW's sharp and intelligent comedy is soooo underrated.


90. Childrens Hospital 


89. Bachelor in Paradise 

And we're not ashamed about it.


88. Chasing Life 


87. Black Sails 


86. W/ Bob and David  


Imagine where this sketch show, a revival of HBO's Mr. Show, would have been if it made more than four episodes? Probably at No. 85!


85. American Crime 


Stellar acting (Timothy Hutton cried the HELL out of that bathroom) and sharp editing and directing made this morality play about what constitutes the American dream truly compelling


84. Babylon


This Channel 4 import that aired domestically on SundanceTV wasn't your normal stuffy British cop drama, mostly because it was funny (when it wasn't brutally dramatic).


83. The Last Man on Earth 


82. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 


81. American Horror Story 


80. The Returned 


The impressive French import expanded in scope in Season 2, but was as equally enjoyable as the first season. AND it almost made us forget about A&E's version.


79. Teen Wolf 


78. Getting On 


77. Empire


The first-season run was an impressive spectacle that defied everything we thought we knew about how much broadcast television had left in the tank. Plus, it knew how to have fun.


76. Limitless 


Next: Let's see what's in the next 25!

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Jun 15, 2016
It seems I won't be the first (or even the 51st) to comment on how lame this list is, though I may be one of the first to mention why I think it sooooo misses the mark.

As I see it, the problem here is something I've noticed to be indicative of TV.com: Most of the staff works at this site because they need a job, NOT because they have a real passion for the art of television.

Unlike those of who've sought out a forum for their television fandom and have come to TV.com to fulfill that need.

THE USERS CARE (possibly too much) TO DEVOTE THEIR PRIVATE TIME TO WATCHING AND TALKING ABOUT TELEVISION * THE STAFF OF TV.com (as a rule) GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY CARE LESS ABOUT TELEVISION, THEN THEY CARE ABOUT DEADLINES AND WORD COUNTS.

If TV.com had even a handful of television fanatics working on this site, lists like this would be vastly different. There would also be some consistency as to what should be included on TV.com, because one article might refer to a Streaming Series as television while another piece might refer to Streaming Series as not-REAL television... What the H_E_hockey stick_hockey stick?!
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Jun 10, 2016
gotham ?

jessica jones is horrible..
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Jul 19, 2019
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Jun 10, 2016
Hahaha... I'll give the writer of this list A for effort but it's the worst list I've seen in recent times...
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Jun 09, 2016
That list is weird and that's the most polite thing I have to say about it. But you know what they say about opinions, right? What shamefully I have to admit is that I have read "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" yet I had NO IDEA there was a TV Show! Why isn't it here?
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Jun 02, 2016
in addition u need to separate its not fair to compare an Premium Cable show to a local network show I hope I don't have to explain this!!

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Jun 02, 2016
this best of list lost all credibility before #90 !!! Orphan Black 94 Crazy EX Girlfriend 91 nuff said
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May 31, 2016
Game of Thrones not even in the top 25? crazy
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May 23, 2016
the authors should have just said, the lower the ratings and the crappier the show is, they more they think it's great.
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May 20, 2016
I don't trust anything that ranks Game of Thrones anywhere near Faking It.
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May 18, 2016
It's pointless to keep saying "OMG where is this and where is that?!?!" because there are thousands of shows that aired only in 2015 and there will always be someone that will be disappointed, but really, most of this series don't deserve to be in there, even if we are talking about a single season.
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May 08, 2016
Well thus sucked
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Apr 29, 2016
I really believe they just make these unintelligent & shameful lists, just to see our comments, because there is no way a sane person would take this list seriously. Daredevil at 43? Game of Thrones at 23? Banshee at 27 (you at TV.com yourselves rave about it all the time!) Some of the stuff on this list shouldn't be on television, let alone in the top 100.
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May 02, 2016
I agree 100% with RebeccaVeight!
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Apr 27, 2016
faking it better than vikings? the 100 better than got? ..........o-kay
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Apr 27, 2016
This top 100 is very bad...

U only got me when i saw Justified in top 5. But Fargo is the best?? what a joke!!!!
Mad men in 3rd?? r u f(/$/&$ kidding me. Do u want a free seat on golden globes im sure... AHHAHA
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Apr 26, 2016
Empire is one of the worst shows of all time. Writing it on this list voids the entire list. That show was only made for black people and idiots, and no that doesn't mean I'm calling all black people idiots but that show is a show that will die soon because it never had anywhere to go.
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Apr 21, 2016
So let me get this straight - aside from the canceled POI, LIMITLESS is the best drama on CBS? Better than Good Wife, Madame Sec, Elementary, Criminal Minds, 3*NCIS, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods? Which have 50+ seasons among them? And none of those did a Barney the Dinosaur episode? When it comes to absurdity, Eugene Ionesco was a babe in the woods compared to you guys.
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Apr 17, 2016
18 of the 25 "top shows" arent even on my radar...
Where are Star Wars Rebels?

My top 50 list: Note that is an all-time list, and not just shows airing...
1. Game Of Thrones
2. The Walking Dead
3 .Breaking Bad
4. Sons Of Anarchy
5. American Horror Story
6. Arrow
7. Jessica Jones
8. The Flash
9. Teen Wolf
10. Fear The Walking Dead
11. The Big bang Theory
12. The Americans
13. True Blood
14. The X-Files
15. Daredevil
16. Orphan Black
17. Battlestar Galactica
18. Dexter
19. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
20. The Vampire Diaries
21. Marvel Agents Of Shield
22. Better call Saul
23. True Detective
24. Gilmore Girls
25. The 100
26. Homeland
27. Defiance
28. The Balcklist
29. Smallville
30. House Of Cards
31. Star Wars Rebels
32. Star Wars the Clone Wars
33. The Simpsons
34. The Originals
35. Stargate SG1
36. Shameless
37. 24
38. Lost
39. Fringe
40. Star trek Voyager
41. Twin Peaks
42. The Man in The High Castle
43. Californication
44. Narcos
45. Orange is The new Black
46. Firefly
47. The Strain
48. How I Met your Mother
49. Friends
50. Entourage
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Jun 20, 2016
Good list. You do watch a lot of shows lol.
One thing though, I must confess, the fact that you don't have "The Wire" in the top 3, or 10 or even in the list at all, raises questions about the credibility of the entire list.
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May 01, 2016
lol you dont have the wire in your top 50.... ya ok gl with that
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Apr 14, 2016
House of cards? and Orange is the new black and Gotham should be much higher on the list. Family guy is still more entertaining than bob's burger. The Mindy Project, anyone?
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Apr 13, 2016
Dark Matter?!
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Apr 11, 2016
Breaking Bad should be top ten
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Apr 11, 2016
Breaking Bad hasnt been on in 2 years.
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Apr 10, 2016
Worst list ever.
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Apr 09, 2016
How is Limitless so underrated? It's such a smart, fun and bold show.
And Blindspot isn't even listed? Unless I went through the list too quickly.
Lots and lots of choices you made I do not get at all.
How on earth is "Jane the Virgin" so up high?
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Apr 07, 2016
LoL, the writer of this article should have put "You're the Worst" as Number 1 because that's what he is.
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Apr 01, 2016
Top 15
1. The Americans
2. The Walking Dead
3. Justified
4. Daredevil
5. Fargo
6. Gotham
7. Bates Motel
8. Hell on Wheels
9. Doctor Who
10. Orphan Black
11. Mad Men
12. Penny Dreadful
13. You're the Worst
14. Last Man on Earth
15. Baskets
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Mar 27, 2016
Your list clearly demonstrates what happens when you watch too much TV. Your taste, not to mention your real self, becomes creepy. Try getting away from WIERD and STUPID to just plain ENTERTAINING when you select your top 100.
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Mar 26, 2016
I don't understand this list. At all. So many strange placements of shows - great shows curiously low, bad shows curiously high, shows that should be on it aren't and shows that really, really shouldn't - are. WTH tv.com?
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Mar 22, 2016
I have to say it again, I really don't understand how people like The Grinder so much. I have the lowest standards when it comes to TV Shows and even I couldn't continue watching after the first five episodes. I tried, but I couldn't. Grandfathered is so much better IMO.
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Mar 18, 2016
You have got to be kidding me. There are so many show left off this list and so many stupid ones on it. I can only support Justified and the Americans and Wolf Hall. Possibly Person of Interest. I only watched a few episodes of Fargo and saw nothing but glorification of violence and evil. I love Justified because Raylan is a good guy--with flaws. This glorification of bad people doing bad things in some TV shows is beyond me.

It creeps me out that so many tasteless and inane shows are on TV these days. Sorry, but it really does.

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Mar 31, 2016
Glorification of "bad people". Yikes.

Who defines what makes a bad person? Fargo is full of complex characters that can't be seen in a vacuum of good /bad, but given that you've already cast the show as nothing but glorification of violence and evil I guess there isn't much more to say.
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Mar 16, 2016
Really fargo no.1 ????
They are shows on here that I just don't understand how they got there.
And shows that should be high in the ranks e.g Suits, The Walking Dead, GoT, Dare Devil the best bet is go back and do it right.
No thought has gone into this only maybe to get a response or it was done after
(a) a really really good weekend (major hangover)
(b) you guys hired an intern that knows nothing.
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Mar 16, 2016
This list feels like you guys put serious thought in from 1 to 5 and then got bored so assigned everything else random slots...

The 100 at number 18? Seriously?
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Mar 15, 2016
This is all wrong. all of it. the walking dead should be first
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Mar 13, 2016
black sails should be top 10 lol
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Mar 13, 2016
All wrong...
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Mar 08, 2016
I dont know about Top 100 but here are my favs for 2015,

The 100, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Crazy Ex, Limitless, Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Survivor, Lucifer, Fresh Meat, Always Sunny, Muppets, Once Upon a Time, Last Man on Earth, Wayward Pines, Unbreakable Kimmy, You Me the Apocolypse, Sun Trap, Other Space, The Expanse and Doctor Who

this year its all about 11.22.63 for me and The Colony is sorta growing on me
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Apr 29, 2016
I love Lucifer too but it's a 2016 show (not that they would of put in the list just saying) 11.22.63 I have read the book, waited for it to finish, so I will bingewatch it, Colony continue, it gets really exciting
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Mar 31, 2016
Did you take a peek at my view list to make your faves. Great list. Just add The Flash and Arrow and some Continuum with a side of GoT and we're good.
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Mar 03, 2016
Bachelor ?!?!?!

And you guys call yourselfs "TV Staff"... lol
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Mar 01, 2016
Anyone who thinks The 100 is Top 25 should be forced to watch The 100. That will be enough punishment for pushing a show that had almost one decent year.
This whole list is very CW-slanted, leading me to believe the "reviewing panel" is a middle-school homeroom.
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Feb 29, 2016
Cool how Brooklyn Nine Nine, Penny Dreadful, Mad Men and iZombie are on this list. But Broad City and Bachelor in Paradise? " Boo hoo boo I'll never find true love!"
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Feb 29, 2016
Jessica jones shouldn't be in the top 75 much less the top 20.
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Mar 13, 2016
I agree it should be top 10
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Mar 19, 2016
Try reading that comment again.
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Feb 26, 2016

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Feb 26, 2016
The 100 and Teen Wolf in a "Top" that is anything other than top plot holes or top inconsistencies? What a laugh.
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Feb 25, 2016
No Supernatural? No Criminal Minds? But you have Amy Scum-er on there? Obviously this was written by a pinko progressive.
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Mar 08, 2016
i was with you right up until the pinko progressive comment :-/
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Feb 21, 2016
Jessica Jones is way too high. The last 2-3 episodes were just painfully repetitive. Excellent television before they just put stuff in to meet the 12 episode mark. Daredevil should be further up. Empire at 77 is far too low, Looking had a great 2nd season but still too high on this list for me. Mr. Robot is my personal #1, but haven't watched any of the shows that are ahead of it to be honest.
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Feb 20, 2016
This is a terrible list. Most of the shows listed are awful!!!!!!!

The Best Shows out there are as follows:
1. Vikings
2.Fargo
3.The Walking Dead
4 The Black List
5. Narcos
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Feb 20, 2016
Any shet randomised. I can luv is chez burger results. Make play
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Feb 19, 2016
wohoo - completely out of touch with reality
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Feb 19, 2016
Did CW make this list? Retarded gerbils? Tim Surette? Who? Surely some people that have NO clue. The 100? Kids driving around in a jeep on a post apocalyptic earth singing a bad remake of The Violent Femmes "Add It Up"? Really?
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Feb 18, 2016
What universe did these rankings come from? Pure trash, the top 10 were good but really? Oh well?.!@#
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Feb 16, 2016
Pretty amazing how many CW shows made the top 20 when it's the least watched network out there..really does have great shows though. I think The 100 deserves to be in the top 10 though...only thing that drags it down is Jaha.
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Feb 15, 2016
Lol Game of Thrones not even top 10 def shoukd be No.1
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Feb 13, 2016
1. Walking Dead
2. Game of Thrones
3. Fargo
4. Mad Men
5. Justified
6. Jessica Jones
7. Daredevil
8. Mr Robot
9. Longmire
10. Fear the Walking Dead
11. The Blacklist
12. Agents of Shield
13. Gotham
14. 12 Monkeys
15. NCIS
16. The Last Kingdom
17. The 100
18. Shameless
19. Homeland
20. Better Call Saul
21. Strike Back
22. Arrow
23. The Flash
24. Into The Badlands
25. Banshee
26. Forever
27. Black Sails
28. Penny Dreadful
29. True Detective
30. How to get away with Murder
31. Narcos
32. Supernatural
33. The Americans
34. Dark Matter
35. Grimm
36. Haven
37. The Originals
38. NCIS LA
39. NCIS New Orleans
40. The Good Wife
41. Supergirl
42. Sleepy Hollow
43. iZombie
44. Falling Skies
45. The Last Ship
46. Scream Queens
47. Killjoys
48. Da Vinci's Demons
49. The Musketeers
50. The Bastard Executioner
51. Bones
52. Elementary
53. Castle
54. Blindspot
55. Rizzoli and Isles
56. The Expanse
57. Suits
58. Outlander
59. Wayward Pines
60. American Horror Story
61. The Knick
62. American Crime
63. The Librarians
64. Masters of Sex
65. Blue Bloods
66. Hawaii 5-0
67. The Affair
68. Bates Motel
69. Childhood's End
70. Salem
71. Hannibal
72. Halt and Catch Fire
73. Rectify
74. Limitless
75. Empire
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Feb 13, 2016
Adjusted Top10

1. The Walking Dead
2. Game of Thrones
3. Fargo
4. Mad Men
5. Vikings
6. Justified
7. Jessica Jones
8. Daredevil
9. Mr. Robot
10. Ray Donovan

Forgot about Ray too!
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Feb 13, 2016
How did I forget to include Vikings on my list? Sleep deprivation is my guess. Vikings would be top 10 and Agent Carter I forgot also would be top 25.
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