Annual film Top 10 lists tell you a great deal about the year in movies. Top 10 TV lists — a newer construct, and a bit of a me-too phenomenon — probably convey more about the individual critic.
Where do one's priorities lie? Comedy or drama? The consistency of longrunning series vs. the initial spark (and potential flameout) of new ones? Does reality have a place on the list? Throw in the sheer glut of laudable fare, and putting together a Top 10 roster is hardly a simple proposition, and the candidates can fluctuate with your mood.
With that lengthy disclaimer, here's a Top 12 list, and even with that modest cheat, frankly, it would be easy to come up with a dozen more. So if your favorite show isn't on this list, just tell yourself it's No. 13.
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