RANKED: The 20 best TV shows of the year so far, according to critics

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Riz Ahmed on the HBO limited series “The Night Of.”
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Summer isn’t the TV wasteland it used to be.

This used to be a time when fans could catch up on shows they missed via reruns, but we have streaming services for that now.

It also used to be the season when networks aired shows that wouldn’t have a chance during the proper fall/spring schedules, but now it’s the time for critically acclaimed shows like Lifetime’s “UnReal” and HBO’s “The Night Of.”

But are the summer shows hotter than what we’ve seen so far in 2016?

Metacritic keeps track of a curated group of critics, assigns each review a number according to how positive or negative it was, and then creates a weighted average score for each show.

We looked at how this year’s offerings stack up on the scores, and you’ll likely be surprised by what missed the cut. (Sorry, “Game of Thrones” and “Mr. Robot.”)

Here are the 20 most critically acclaimed TV shows of 2016 so far, according to Metacritic:


20. ‘Roots’ (History)

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Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte on History Channel’s “Roots.”
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Casey Crafford/History Channel

Score: 83


19. ‘Penny Dreadful’ (Showtime)

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Josh Hartnett as Ethan and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives on “Penny Dreadful.”
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Patrick Redmond/SHOWTIME

Score: 83


18. ‘The Dresser’ (Starz)

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Ian McKellen, left, and Anthony Hopkins on “The Dresser.”
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Starz

Score: 84


17. ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ (TBS)

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Samantha Bee hosts TBS’ “Full Frontal.”
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“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”/TBS/YouTube

Score: 84


16. ‘American Crime’ (ABC)

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Lili Taylor and Connor Jessup on ABC’s “American Crime.”
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ABC/Felicia Graham

Score: 85


15. ‘Outlander’ (Starz)

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Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan on “Outlander.”
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Starz

Score: 85


14. ‘Lady Dynamite’ (Netflix)

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The Netflix series “Lady Dynamite” stars Maria Bamford.
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Netflix

Score: 85


13. ‘Better Call Saul’ (AMC)

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“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk.
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AMC

Score: 85


12. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ (Netflix)

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“Orange Is the New Black.”
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Netflix

Score: 86


11. ‘Broad City’ (Comedy Central)

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From left, Ilana Glazer, Hillary Clinton, and Abbi Jacobson on “Broad City.”
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Comedy Central

Score: 87


10. ‘UnReal’ (Lifetime)

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Shiri Appleby, left, and Constance Zimmer on “UnReal.”
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Sergei Bachlakov/Lifetime

Score: 87


9. ‘Catastrophe’ (Amazon)

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Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney on “Catastrophe.”
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Amazon

Score: 87


8. ‘Casual’ (Hulu)

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From left, Tara Lynne Barr, Tommy Dewey, and Michaela Watkins star on Hulu’s “Casual.”
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Hulu

Score: 88


7. ‘Veep’ (HBO)

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars on HBO’s “Veep.”
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YouTube/HBO

Score: 88


6. ‘BoJack Horseman’ (Netflix)

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Will Arnett voices BoJack Horseman.
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Netflix

Score: 89


5. ‘Silicon Valley’ (HBO)

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Thomas Middleditch stars on HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”
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“Silicon Valley”/HBO

Score: 90


4. ‘The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’ (FX)

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From left, Nathan Lane, David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Courtney B. Vance on “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.”
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FX

Score: 90


3. ‘The Night Of’ (HBO)

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Riz Ahmed, left, and John Turturro on HBO’s “The Night Of.”
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Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

Score: 90


2. ‘The Americans’ (FX)

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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star on FX’s “The Americans.”
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Craig Blankenhorn/FX

Score: 95


1. ‘OJ: Made in America’ (ESPN)

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OJ Simpson as featured on ESPN’s “OJ: Made in America.”
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ESPN

Score: 96