RANKED: The 20 best TV shows of 2016 so far, according to critics

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“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”
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With spring officially here, it’s only natural to take stake of how you’re living. A spring cleaning can apply to your TV viewing habits, too, especially if some of your shows have gotten tired.

For such an occasion, it helps to get some pointers from those who make it their living to watch and review all the choices out there.

More outlets are creating TV content, from streaming-video companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, to cable networks increasingly getting into the scripted-show game, like Bravo, E!, and Spike.

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.

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

Note: Only shows that have been reviewed at least seven times qualify for this list.


No. 20. “War & Peace” (Lifetime, A&E, History)

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Score: 72
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Lifetime, A&E, History

No. 19. “London Spy” (BBC America)

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Score: 73
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BBC America

No. 18. “Togetherness” Season 2 (HBO)

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Score: 73
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HBO

No. 17. “Hap and Leonard” Season 1 (Sundance)

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Score: 73
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Sundance Channel

No. 16. “Underground” Season 1 (WGN America)

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Score: 74
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WGN America

No. 15. “Grease: Live” (Fox)

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Score: 74
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Michael Becker/FOX

No. 14. “Prey” Season 1 (BBC America)

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Score: 75
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BBC America

No. 13. “House of Cards” Season 4 (Netflix)

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Score: 76
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Netflix

No. 12. “Downton Abbey” Season 6 (PBS)

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Score: 76
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PBS

No. 11. “Bosch” Season 2 (Amazon)

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Score: 76
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Amazon Studios

No. 10. “Angie Tribeca” Season 1 (TBS)

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Score: 77
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TBS

No. 9. “Horace and Pete” Season 1 (LouisCK.net)

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Score: 78
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louisck.net

No. 8. “The Carmichael Show” Season 2 (NBC)

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Score: 80
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Chris Haston/NBC

No. 7. “And Then There Were None” miniseries (Lifetime)

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Score: 82
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Lifetime

No. 6. “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” Season 1 (TBS)

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Score: 84
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“Full Frontal”/TBS

No. 5. “American Crime” Season 2 (ABC)

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Score: 85
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ABC/Felicia Graham

No. 4. “Better Call Saul” Season 2 (AMC)

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Score: 85
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AMC

No. 3. “Broad City” Season 3 (Comedy Central)

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Score: 87
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Linda Kallerus/”Broad City”/Comedy Central

No. 2. “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” Season 1 (FX)

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Score: 90
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No. 1. “The Americans” Season 4 (FX)

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Score: 95
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