Historically, every network out there has produced one of the best TV shows ever made. The broadcast networks had a head start, offering up everything from “I Love Lucy” to “Friday Night Lights.” HBO has been pushing great shows from “Sex and the City” to “The Leftovers.” Then the rest of cable joined in: AMC introduced “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” before Netflix made streaming series serious awards contenders.
Now, we live in a golden age of television where the year’s best show can pop up anywhere. So we at IndieWire decided to help highlight the best shows from every corner of the TV landscape. We’ll update our picks every month (or more) with the best TV show on each network, streaming service, or other widely available viewing platform.
But with television being released on its own schedule, how did we decide what “now” means? We tried to make it as simple as possible.
To be eligible:
a) weekly releases must have aired new episodes within the given month, or
b) full season releases must have premiered no later than the previous month.
That’s it! Onto the list:
Best Program: “Fresh Off the Boat”
A subtle, well-timed exploration of citizenship took “Fresh Off the Boat” to exciting topical levels in Season 3 — without ever sacrificing consistently sharp humor.
Inventive and inspiring, “Bob’s Burgers” is a consistent burst of joy. From punny titles to cinematic homages, there’s enough unique flavor here to make Loren Brouchard’s comedy stand out (and still something for everyone to latch onto).
In tackling the intricacies of America’s racial divide, Justin Simien uses sharp topical humor and a truly moving romance to illustrate just how deep the gulf runs. And, you know, it’s really, really funny.