There are lists upon lists of best and worst TV shows, and they are always in congruent. One list says Show A is the most brilliant work of art known to man, while another claims the same show is a disaster of proportions so epic it’s a miracle your television doesn’t explode when its opening credits begin to roll.

Lists of the best and worst shows of summer 2016 are no different. There are many, and they are varied, to say the least. Here’s our list of best and worst shows. Don’t worry, if you don’t agree, you’ll probably find another that suits your fancy if you just look!



Bloodline can be slow-going, but we are naming it the one of the best shows of the summer because of the enthralling family at its centre. The Rayburn clan seethe with resentment, rage, jealousy, and, though in the Florida Keys, with a level of silent fortitude that could compete with the staunchest of New Englanders. Without the winters. You’ll want to be on the beach when you watch this one.


Mr Robot

This unique series looked rather hopeless on posters in subway stations (my first foray). I was wrong. This is a Robin Hood story to end all Robin Hood stories: hacker takes down the power elite. Or: is he insane? You’ll have to watch to find out. Either way, this show is the best of the summer.

Mr Robot

You’re the Worst

Awful, broken people and their version of love. Now that’s comedy. Hate/love TV makes the list of best summer shows, for sure. Gretchen and Jimmy Hate Themselves should be the title of the show. It’s funny, messy, and actually quite sad as well. Definitely an up note to summer viewing.


Peaky Blinders

Not for the faint of heart, Peaky Blinders requires a level of patience that even the most loving of grandmothers might struggle to maintain. If you have it in you, you’ll agree that this show is one of the best of the summer. It’s set in the 20s and follows a gang of hoods in post WWI England. Cillian Murphy uses his raw power (residing mostly in his expressive face) to create an atmosphere of need, hope, and most of all, danger.



MMA fighting. Nuff said. Blood, violence, grit and personal demons. Masterful acting by Jay Kulina. Flawed men and the women who love them. What more is there to say? Best show of the summer by far.



Wayward Pines

Oh, M. Night Shyamalan. Where hast thou gone? Thou hast created such originals: Sixth Sense. Unbreakable. Now thou art a hack. Thou hast now managed to give the world the worst show of the summer. The first season of this painful mistake was fine, graceful one might even say. But this second season is full of holes, laziness, and stupid deaths that mean nothing to anyone but the man himself. He’ll make a comeback. Won’t he?


Maya & Marty

Another variety show. Aren’t we past this? It almost goes without saying: if you produce a celebrity hosted musical variety show you are:

1) out of touch and

2) trying to make the worst show of the summer.

There’s only one Carol Burnett, people. Let it rest.

Maya & Marty

Feed the Beast

This show doesn’t know what it wants to be. Is it about the mafia? Is it a best buddy show? Is it about messy families? Is it Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (it wishes). No, it’s just a boring debacle of a show that AMC will regret for the rest of its (hopefully) long life. Worst show of the summer.