By Jay Hunter – 2016 was an incredible year for television, as the small screen inches ever closer to cinema in terms of size and quality it was difficult to select just ten shows. With that being said, here are Jump Scare’s top 10 television series of 2016.
Honourable mention: Black Mirror
10. American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson
Reviving our obsession with “the trial of the century”, The People vs OJ Simpson manages to retell the story of one America’s most infamous crimes in a revealing, gripping series.
9. Mr. Robot
As Elliot Alderson comes to terms with his mental health, season two of Mr.Robot pushed further into the abyss. Heightened by it’s sui generis storytelling and lean cast, the Amazon Prime season gathered more momentum in it’s sophomore effort.
8. The Night Manager
Following an ex-British soldier infiltrating a sprawling crime syndicate, this modern take on the John le Carré novel of the same name shines bright, due to a stellar cast lead by Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.
7. South Park
Thanks to a deep pool of cultural material, South Park returned to form in it’s twentieth season. Continuous storytelling proves not beyond Matt Stone and Trey Parker and in 2016 they’re still at their satirical, thought provoking best.
6. The Exorcist
The shock of the year, Fox’s semi-sequel proved critics and audiences wrong, with an alluring narrative that manages to stand on it’s own with consistent scares and considerable cast performances yet still paying it’s respects to the masterful original source.
5. The Night Of
Exquisitely executed from HBO/Sky Atlantic once again. The Night Of is a captivating mini-series that manages to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, whilst still having plenty to say about the real world and it’s judicial system.
4. Planet Earth II
Arguably the greatest cinematography ever seen on the small screen. Planet Earth returned this year with an engrossing look at exotic wildlife, narrated beautifully by celebrated broadcaster David Attenborough.
3. Stranger Things
The show that took the world by storm. Netflix original series Stranger Things effortlessly slid into pop-culture this year, stealing hearts young and old with it’s warm cast and nostalgic look at 80s Spielberg, King and more.
Executed with a level of flawlessness even it’s theme would be proud of, Westworld is an intelligent, absorbing drama hung upon the backdrop of our technological fears. A perfect example of how in 2016, television boasts as much scope as it’s silver screen counterpart.
1. Game of Thrones
Violent and beautiful as always, Game of Thrones’ number one spot is again cast in iron. Wonderfully acted, incredibly told and a record breaking 38 Emmy Awards under it’s belt, it’s hard to see anything coming close to the HBO classic as it enters it’s twilight.
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