In response to the KSiteTV column by my friend and colleague Shilo Adams offered up his choices for the best TV shows of 2016, I (Craig Byrne, Editor-in-Chief of this site) decided to make a list of my own. As stated last week, “Best” might not be the greatest word to use, as this is purely based on my own tastes.
Choices #25-11 can be found here, and now it’s time for my top ten. Again, there are some very good shows that did not even make my list, either for space or for the notion that I just honestly don’t watch. Opinions are merely my own and not those of KSiteTV as a whole. Enjoy!
10. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
It wasn’t until putting together this list that I realized how much of my favorite television of 2016 originated on Netflix. Season 2 of Kimmy Schmidt may not have had the same feeling as it had to watch and discover the first season (to me, at least), but Kimmy is still hashbrown The Best. Watching it also got me in the mood to finally see the also-brilliant 30 Rock by many of the same people, and you can catch some connections between Kimmy and 30 Rock within in several points. If I have any complaint at all about the series, it is that the seasons go by so quickly… but I have to say, this show is much better binged than if we had gotten it in weekly doses on NBC. Oh, and Jacqueline’s adventures no longer being rich were hilarious.
And here’s that theme song to get stuck in your head. Mwahahaha!
#9. Containment (The CW)
A show killed by being promoted as a “limited series run.” I admit that, being press, I was able to watch the first seven episodes in a Netflix binge type way, which honestly was the only way to really watch this excellent series adapted for American television by The Vampire Diaries and The Originals genius Julie Plec. There was a sense of urgency and danger with this show — all of which can now be seen on Netflix — and this show also gave us Chris Wood in a wifebeater, so there’s a reason to tune in to begin with, right? I’m a little disappointed we don’t get to see what happens next, but the 13 episodes we were able to get were gems.
#8. Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix)
The Marvel-Netflix shows are immersive works of art, and it impressed me how easily I felt sucked back into the world of Daredevil for Season 2. I admit I liked the black Season 1 costume better, but what can you do? Charlie Cox and the usual supporting cast is great with the additions of the Punisher and Elektra to the mix adding some new dimensions. Like with Luke Cage, I am looking forward to revisiting this world.