Superbly produced series purportedly about the turf war between young Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Winston Churchill (John Lithgow), although they seem to generally get along. Matt Smith's Prince Philip steals the show.
9. One Mississippi (2016) Amazon
Tig Notaro's bittersweet comedic memoir feels very fresh and real. It's all about her return to a small town in the south after the death of her mother. A new season is in the works.
8. Downton Abbey (2015) PBS
A grand and fitting ending to this wonderful series. Yet I can't shake the feeling we haven't seen the last of Hugh Bonneville and company. I hope I'm right.
7. Mercy Street (2016) PBS
The gripping, at times grisly, story of the inner workings at a makeshift hospital during the early days of the Civil War. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is terrific as a protege of Florence Nightingale charged with keeping the place running smoothly while madness reigns just outside the door.
6. Mozart in the Jungle: Season 3 (2016) Amazon
The show got gloriously back on track this year, after a so-so Season 2. Monica Bellucci guest stars as a temperamental opera diva, and her casting is a stroke of brilliance.
5. Fleabag (2016) Amazon
Amazon Studios has a real flair for dark comedy, and they don't come much darker than this grim story of a struggling restauranteur whose business partner has unexpectedly died. Now I know that doesn't sound very funny, but the show is rife with full-bodied laughs. Written by lead actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is a talent to watch.
4. Call the Midwife: Season 5 (2015) PBS
3. Occupied (2015) Netflix
2. Happy Valley: Season 2 (2015) Netflix
Yep, the story has a few holes, but this Brit-Noir series is as addictive as heroin. Sarah Lancashire was born to play this part. And the bad guy (James Norton), well I'd pay good money to smack him upside the head with a 3-Wood.
1. Broadchurch (2014) Netflix
Clear your calendar, because once you start this series you won't stop until you've devoured all 16 episodes. David Tennent is the perfect tortured soul detective, and Olivia Colman is his perfect foil. Sit back and prepare to be enthralled.
Last Tango in Halifax: Season 3 (2015) Netflix
Transparent: Season 4 (2016) Amazon
All the Way (2016) HBO
Nina (2015) TV5
Schitt's Creek: Season 2 (2015) Pop-TV
House of Cards: Season 4 (2016) Netflix