The Best TV Seasons of the 2010s

The best years from some of the best and most underrated series this decade had to offer.

Best TV Seasons of the 2010s
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Best TV Seasons of the 2010s

Peak TV makes granular TV analysis and obsessions like best episodes harder—but not impossible. It's one thing to highlight the best TV series from a decade, but zooming in on seasons is much more fun and at times, deepens the story. After all, a season of television is like the journey a series goes on just minituarized. There are narrative arcs, self-contained beginnings and endings, and, in the best of the best, a rollercoaster ride bottling the greatest qualities that series has to offer.

A great season is sometiems a window of an amazing show at its creative peak, or perhaps the one time the stars aligned for a series that never got the juice back again. They showcase the potential of a failed or canceled series at a moment in time, or the instance when things clicked and a now storied series grew into itself. Some of these series wouldn't be eligible for a best of the decade list as a whole (at least, a truncated one) but in the context of seasons, their flashes of brilliance will live on memorably forever. But in most cases, the entries on this list represent when one of the gems of the small screen shone brightest. Here are all of the highlights within the highlights.

31. 'Party Down' (Season 2)

Party Down

30. 'Happy Endings' (Season 2)

Happy Endings

29. 'Veep' (Season 4)


28. 'American Vandal' (Season 1)

American Vandal

27. 'The Vampire Diaries' (Season 2)

The Vampire Diaries

26. 'Transparent' (Season 1)


25. 'The Good Wife' (Season 2)

The Good WIfe

24. 'Arrow' (Season 2)


23. 'The Knick' (Season 1)

The Knick

22. 'Watchmen'


21. 'Succession' (Season 2)


20. 'Justified' (Season 2)


19. 'High Maintenance' (Season 3)

High Maintenance

18. 'Fleabag' (Season 2)


17. 'Fargo' (Season 2)

Bokeem Woodbine

16. 'Terriers'


15. 'True Detective' (Season 1)

True Detective

14. 'Hannibal' (Season 3)


13. 'BoJack Horseman' (Season 3)

Bojack Horseman

12. 'Better Call Saul' (Season 4)

Better Call Saul

11. 'You're the Worst' (Season 1)

You're the Worst

10. 'UnREAL' (Season 1)


9. 'Mr. Robot' (Season 4)

Mr. Robot

8. 'The Americans' (Season 6)

The Americans

7. 'Community' (Season 2)


6. 'American Crime Story' (Season 1)

American Crime Story

5. 'Atlanta' (Season 2)


4. 'Game of Thrones' (Season 4)

Game of Thrones

3. 'Breaking Bad' (Season 4)

Breaking Bad

2. 'The Leftovers' (Season 2)

The Leftovers

1. 'Mad Men' (Season 5)

Mad Men

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