Thursday 25 May 2017

The best TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics

Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
The Office
Deadwood
Breaking Bad
Rectify
The Wire
Game of Thrones

John Lynch

Each year in television, one show stands out from the rest as the most critically acclaimed program of the year.

Since the turn of the new century, review aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year's most well-received TV show seasons by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.

We selected the top show from each year starting with 2000. The resulting list includes repeated appearances from contemporary classics like "Breaking Bad," "The Wire," and "Mad Men" for their most notable seasons.

Check out the best TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics:

2000: "The Sopranos" (Season 2) 

Critic score: 97/100

User score: 9.3/10

What critics said: "It's difficult to single out any particular aspect of the show: It's just plain brilliant." — Variety

2001: "The Office: UK" (Season 1)

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: "It takes a little while to get into it (episode two clinched it for me), but once you get used to the accents and dry humor, you're hooked." — The Chicago Sun-Times 

2002: "The Office: UK" (Season 2)

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The Office
 

Critic score: 93/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: "The pleasure to be taken from 'Office' isn't merely that of laughter — it's the pleasure of watching a piece of entertainment so perfectly made and so delicately acted." — Entertainment Weekly 

2003: "The Office: UK" (Season 3)

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: "Quite possibly the finest closing chapter ever for a TV series." — The San Francisco Chronicle 

2004: "The Wire" (Season 3) 

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 9.5/10

What critics said: "If you do that rare TV thing of actually paying close attention, HBO's complex, richly detailed crime drama will sweep you away like a fine novel." — The Detroit Free Press

2005: "Deadwood" (Season 2)

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Deadwood
 

Critic score: 93/100

User score: 9.1/10

What critics said: "Magnificently profane and entirely engaging, 'Deadwood' remains one of TV's best character-driven dramas." — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

2006: "The Wire" (Season 4)

Critic score: 98/100

User score: 9.5/10

What critics said: "Brilliant, scathing, sprawling, 'The Wire' has turned our indifference to urban decay into a TV achievement of the highest order." — USA Today

2007: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (Season 6)

Critic score: 89/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: "It has become one of the most reliably amusing comedies on TV, taking little annoyances, indignities, and offenses, and worrying at them until they bubble into fantastically overblown debacles." — Entertainment Weekly

2008: "The Wire" (Season 5)

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The Wire
 

Critic score: 89/100

User score: 9.2/10

What critics said: "Every single scene of 'The Wire' is meticulously scripted and dramatically riveting." — Salon

2009: "Mad Men" (Season 3)

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: "It all makes for a rich, captivating series to look at. And listen to. Even, or especially, when it's not saying anything at all." — Time

2010: "Mad Men" (Season 4)

Critic score: 92/100

User score: 9.0/10

What critics said: "True-blue fans will swoon. Everything they — you — love about this classic is laid out, banquet-like, Sunday night — the fashions, style, elegance, writing, characters, precision, beauty and most of all, the humor." — Newsday

2011: "Breaking Bad" (Season 4)

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Breaking Bad
 

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 9.5/10

What critics said: "'Breaking Bad' is unquestionably one of the greatest dramas in TV history." — The Hollywood Reporter

2012: "Breaking Bad" (Season 5)

Critic score: 99/100

User score: 9.7/10

What critics said: "The arc of this character — series creator Vince Gilligan's invention of Walter White as a sick soul — is, it's clear now, one of the great narratives in television history." — Entertainment Weekly

2013: "Enlightened" (Season 2)

Critic score: 95/100

User score: 7.6/10

What critics said: "The show's must-see second season is one of the best stories I've experienced in a long time." — The Huffington Post

2014: "Game of Thrones" (Season 4)

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Game of Thrones
 

Critic score: 94/100

User score: 9.2/10

What critics said: "The acting is delightful, the visuals are sumptuous, the stories couldn't be more surprising." — The Wrap

2015: "Fargo" (Season 2)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 9.3/10

What critics said: "The new season of 'Fargo' shows TV-making at its most impressive, with every single aspect — the writing, the acting, the directing, the cinematography, the music, the set design — spot on and in sync." — The Boston Globe

2016: "Rectify" (Season 4)

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Rectify
 

Critic score: 100/100

User score: 9.2/10

What critics said: "It allows us to know and care for these characters even when they try to hold us at arm's length, by embracing their truths in quiet moments that connect us to their loneliness, uncertainty, and ultimately their hope." — Collider

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