The third and final new category to divide the TV shows into is the Streaming category. This includes all streaming sites such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime as well as the pay television networks such as HBO and Showtime.
Honorable Mention: Black Mirror (Netflix), Edge and Christian’s Show that Reeks of Awesomeness (WWE)
#10. The O.A. (Netflix) This was just released last weekend and I binged it on late Saturday and Sunday. I really enjoyed this series about a girl who returned after being missing for years but she was now able to see. I especially liked the ending, which I know caused a lot of uproar in the online community. I hope the series does not get a second season because I love the way the show ended with an ambiguous conclusion.
#9. 11/22/63 (Hulu). Based on the Steven King novel, 11/22/63 was the story of James Franco going back in time to try and prevent the assassination of JFK. Instead of releasing this all at once, Hulu released one episode a week just like normal television outlets. Every Monday night I looked forward to the next chapter in the saga.
#8. Orange is the New Black (Netflix). Orange had another solid season, but there is only so much you can do by this point. The accidental death of Poussey was shocking and traumatic. but I really disliked the season ending cliffhanger because it did not make sense with the rest of the narrative.
#7. The Night Of (HBO). Great crime drama that not only explored the world of racial stereotyping, but also looked at what the prison system can do to an innocent man. Greta performances from both John Turturro and Riz Ahmed made The Night Of appointment TV.
#6. The Tick (Amazon Prime). This is just one episode that Amazon allowed you to vote on to decide whether or not it should go to series. This episode was great. It looked at the Tick in a different light, particularly Arthur who was darker and more troubled. The Tick will be back for a full series order and I cannot wait.
#5. House of Cards (Netflix). The trouble between Frank and Claire highlighted this season as they tried desperately to get Claire as his running mate for the upcoming election. The Underwoods are better together than apart and so is House of Cards.
#4. Westworld (HBO). Cowboys and robots. How can you go wrong? Westworld is based on a 1970s movie of the same name and it had amazing performances and a central mystery of exactly what was going on that engaged the viewer. We have to wait until 2018 for season two of Westworld and that is truly a crime.
#3. Luke Cage (Netflix). Sweet Christmas! Luke Cage came front and center in his own Netflix series based in Harlem. This was funny, exciting, dramatic and full of great music and performances for the ages. Luke Cage continued the trend of sensational Marvel series on Netflix.
#2. Daredevil (Netflix). Speaking of great Netflix Marvel series, the original series returned this year for season two and only upped its game. Daredevil brought us the best ever cinematic Punisher and the best ever cinematic Elektra. Daredevil and Frank Castle in the graveyard is one of the best episodes of TV of the year.
#1. Stranger Things (Netflix). Didn’t see this coming. This eight episode series dropped this year and became a huge pop culture phenomenon. Set in the 1980s, Stranger Things touch on our nostalgia as well as creeped us out. The great cast of young actors engaged us and we fell in love with them. Millie Bobby Brown was one of the best young actors we have seen in a long time. And the central mysteries and mythology of the show were some of the best since LOST. It felt like the X-Files, ET, The Goonies, Alien, Silent Hill, Akira, John Carpenter all mashed into one. I loved Stranger Things.
#5. Charlie Cox (Daredevil)
#4. Mike Colter (Luke Cage)
#3. Riz Ahmed (The Night Of)
#2. Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
#1. John Turturro (The Night Of)
Best Actress- Streaming
#5. Sarah Gadon (11/22/63)
#4. Thandie Newton (Westworld)
#3. Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
#2. Robin Wright (House of Cards)
#1. Winona Ryder (Stranger Things)
Best Supporting Actor- Streaming
#5. Griffin Newman (The Tick)
#4. Ed Harris (Westworld)
#3. Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage)
#2. Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
#1. Jon Bernthal (Daredevil)
Best Supporting Actress- Streaming
#5. Simone Missick (Luke Cage)
#4. Blair Brown (Orange is the New Black)
#3. Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black)
#2. Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
#1. Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage)