The Ten Best Television Episodes of 2016

  1. 1.
    Juan Likes Rice and Chicken (Documentary Now!)
    Man, I know this show is a comedy, but this truly felt like a story that needed to be told.
  2. 2.
    Fish Out of Water (BoJack Horseman)
    What can I say that hasn't already been said about this episode that demands your attention and vulnerability and belief in art?
  3. 3.
    Manna from Heaven (American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson)
    There were few things better than tuning into the O.J. show every week and this episode reaffirmed that expertly.
  4. 4.
    The Panic in Central Park (Girls)
    If the show didn't already return to its peak with the Adam and Jessa relationship, this episode did it.
  5. 5.
    Mac and Dennis Move to the Suburbs (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
    No half-hour was wall-to-wall funnier than this one, a classic for the show.
  6. 6.
    The Battle of the Bastards (Game of Thrones)
    No hour was wall-to-wall more epic than this one, an instant high point for the show.
  7. 7.
    Tom Hanks/Lady GaGa (Saturday Night Live)
    It gave us a classic debate sketch, a defining Black Jeopardy!, and, of course, David Pumpkins.
  8. 8.
    The Club (Atlanta)
    It felt like Atlanta at its most fully realized.
  9. 9.
    Kissing Your Sister (Veep)
    The most rewarding episode of the year for lovers of Veep.
  10. 10.
    The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears (The Americans)
    Few shows have built to a climax this compelling and still manage to create an even more riveting story to tell.