- Insider took a look back at the best and worst of television from 2010 to 2019.
- We ranked the top 25 and bottom 25 series based on user voting on Metacritic.
- The top shows were "Planet Earth II," "Rick and Morty," and "Chernobyl." The worst series include "Megyn Kelly Today," "Work It," and "Batwoman."
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Ranking shows that premiered a majority of its seasons from 2010 to 2019, Insider took a look at series Metacritic users believe were the best of the last decade. Their rankings were out of 10, and we used scores for all seasons of a show to come up with the average.
Some popular shows have surprisingly lower averages. For example, "Game of Thrones" (the earlier seasons of which are the highest rated on Metacritic) wound up with lower average thanks to its divisive final season. It doesn't appear on this list.
Keep reading to see the best and worst TV of the last decade, according to fans on Metacritic.
The 25 best
The top shows include "Fargo," "Planet Earth II," "Rick and Morty," and "Chernobyl."
25. "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey" (National Geographic/Fox)
Synopsis: "Based on Carl Sagan's original 'Cosmos' series, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this new version."
24. "Babylon" (Channel 4)
Synopsis: "The Danny Boyle black comedy co-produced with Channel 4 takes a look at the London police force including officers in the Territorial Support Group and Armed Response Unit as the new Director of Communications deals with bureaucracy and Police Commissioner Richard Miller."
23. "The Escape Artist" (PBS)
Synopsis: "Barrister Will Burton (David Tennant) defends accused murder Liam Foyle (Toby Kebbell) but soon finds his client more dangerous than he thought."
22. "Vietnam in HD" (History Channel)
Synopsis: "New, unseen footage is included in the six-part mini-series about the Vietnam War narrated by Michael C. Hall."
21. "Person of Interest" (CBS)
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Synopsis: "Reese is a former CIA agent presumed dead who is recruited by Finch , a mysterious billionaire, to help stop crime before it happens with the help of Finch's software."
20. "Suits" (USA)
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Synopsis: "'Suits' is a legal drama [following] drop-out Mike Ross who accidentally lands a job with one of New Yorks best legal closers, Harvey Specter. They soon become a winning team with Mike's raw talent and photographic memory, and he soon reminds Harvey of why he went into the field of law in the first place."
19. "The Ricky Gervais Show" (HBO)
Synopsis: "Based on the series of podcasts that Gervais did with longtime partner Stephen Merchant, this comedy team convenes to bring HBO an animated series about their hilarious friend Karl Pilkington."
18. "BoJack Horseman" (Netflix)
Synopsis: " An animated comedy about the struggles of the former sitcom half-horse, half-man star while living in Los Angeles."
17. "The Night Of" (HBO)
Synopsis: "The limited crime drama series created by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price (loosely based on BBC series 'Criminal Justice') examines the New York City criminal system through attorney Jack Stone and his client, a young Pakistani named Nasir Khan, who's accused of murder."
16. "Marvel's Daredevil" (Netflix)
Synopsis: "In New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Matt Murdock fights for justice as a blind lawyer in the daylight and as Daredevil at night."
15. "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" (BBC America)
Synopsis: "The adaptation of a Douglas Adams series (which also was made as a 2012 BBC comedy) follows holistic detective Dirk and his assistant Todd as they investigate cases."
14. "Frozen Planet" (BBC/Discovery)
Synopsis: "Narrated by Alec Baldwin, the BBC and Discovery coproduced documentary series goes north and south to cover life in the Arctic and Antarctic."
13. "Justified" (FX)
Synopsis: "This show is about US Marshal Raylan Givens, a modern day 19th century-style lawman, who enforces his brand of justice to put a target on his back with criminals and puts him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service. As a result, he gets reassigned to the US District covering the town where he grew up."
12. "Fargo" (FX)
Synopsis: "The series based on the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning film begins with the arrival of Lorne Malvo to Minnesota. Lorne's actions brings major changes to the lives of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard; Officer Molly Solverson, the daughter of former chief; and Duluth Deputy Gus Grimly. Other people in town include grocery chain owner Stavros Milos, widow Gina Hess, and Deputy Bill Oswalt."
11. "Better Call Saul" (AMC)
Synopsis: "The spin-off of 'Breaking Bad' focuses on Albuquerque lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk)."
10. "Our Planet" (Netflix)
Synopsis: "The eight-part series from 'Planet Earth' and 'Blue Planet' director Alastair Fothergill was filmed over four years with 4k cameras and narrated by David Attenborough."
9. "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" (Starz)
Synopsis: "The comedic horror series from by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell finds Ash trying to keep away from the Evil Dead for the past 30 years. When a Deadite plague breaks out, a reluctant Ash with the help of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Kelly Maxwell try to end Evil once and for all."
8. "Sherlock" (BBC)
Synopsis: "This three-part series retells the tale of England's most celebrated detective but in a modern-day setting, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman taking the leads as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson respectively."
7. "Rectify" (SundanceTV)
Synopsis: "After 19 years in prison for the rape and murder of his girlfriend, Daniel Holden is released due to DNA evidence. His return home brings new challenges including new family members and a divided community."
6. "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" (FX)
Synopsis: "Twenty-five years after New York rock band The Heathens broke up due to sex and drugs, lead singer Johnny Rock wants to stage a comeback with the help of lead guitarist Flash and a 22-year singer named Gigi in this comedy created by Leary."
5. "Making a Murderer" (Netflix)
Synopsis: "Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi's 10-part documentary focuses on the case of Steven Avery, a man convicted of sexual assault, before being exonerated by DNA evidence 18 years later. A few years later, he's convicted in the disappearance and murder of another woman."
4. "Longmire" (A&E/Netflix)
Synopsis: "Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) is a sheriff in a small Wyoming town in this adaptation of the mystery novels by Craig Johnson."
3. "Chernobyl" (HBO)
Synopsis: "Soviet nuclear physicist Valery Legasov, Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, and Soviet nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk are some of the people who worked to stop radioactive material from spreading further during the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in this HBO/Sky co-production five-part miniseries."
2. "Rick and Morty" (Adult Swim)
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Synopsis: "The animated comedy from Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland follows the adventures of mad scientist Rick Sanchez, who returns after 20 years to live with his daughter, her husband, and her children Morty and Summer."
1. "Planet Earth II" (AMC/BBC/Sundance)
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Synopsis: "Narrated by David Attenborough, the sequel to the 2006 nature series features the use of 4K ultra high definition, aerial drones, and remote recordings to explore the habitats and animals on islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands and cities."
The 25 worst
The worst series include "Megyn Kelly Today," "Work It," and "Batwoman."
25. "Are We There Yet?" (TBS)
Synopsis: "This show is based on the movie that came out in 2005, where Nick, played by Ice Cube, wants to date Suzanne but has to deal with her kids to get to her first."
24. "Amish Mafia" (Discovery Channel)
Synopsis: "A small group of men protect and maintain order amongst the Amish in Lancaster County."
23. "We Are Men" (CBS)
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Synopsis: "Carter moves into a short-term rental complex where he meets and befriends three divorced men."
22. "Allen Gregory" (Fox)
Synopsis: "The animated comedy created by Jonah Hill, Andrew Mogel, and Jarred Paul focuses on the seven-year-old title character voiced by Hill."
21. "The Show With Vinny" (MTV)
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Synopsis: "'Jersey Shore's' Vinny Guadagnino hosts celebrities at his family's house in Staten Island."
20. "The Leisure Class" (HBO)
Synopsis: "A dashing English con man's scheme to marry into a prominent East Coast family is threatened by the arrival of his unhinged, ne'er-do-well brother on the eve of his wedding to the daughter of a US senator."
19. "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore" (Comedy Central)
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Synopsis: "With Stephen Colbert moving to CBS, Larry Wilmore moves to the daily late night desk full-time."
18. "White People" (MTV)
Synopsis: "Jose Antonio Vargas traveled across the United States to talk to young people about race for his documentary."
17. "Sex Box" (WE)
Synopsis: "Three experts: Chris Donaghue, Fran Walfish, and Yvonne Capehart discuss relationship and sex issues with three different couples before and after they have sex in the on stage cube in the reality show based on a British show."
16. "Charmed" (CW)
Synopsis: "Still reeling from their mother's death, Mel and her younger sister Madison discover they have an older sister named Macy. Soon after, they start manifesting powers and are told they are witches who must protect the world from demons in this reboot of the WB series from Jennie Snyder Urman, Amy Rardin and Jessica O'Toole."
15. "Jersey Shore" (MTV)
Synopsis: "MTV takes you to the Jersey Shore to meet eight young adults living in a summer share in some of the most popular vacation spots, and we watch them go through work, love, friendship, drama and hookups."
14. "I Wanna Marry Harry" (Fox)
Synopsis: "Twelve contestants from the US travel to England for a chance to win the heart of Prince Harry. The only problem is he's not a royal, just a lookalike."
13. "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (TLC)
Synopsis: "The spin-off of 'Toddlers and Tiaras' focuses on six-year-old beauty queen Alana Thompson and her family."
12. "The Real Housewives of Miami" (Bravo)
Synopsis: "Follow the lives of the elite women living in Miami, Florida."
11. "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" (Lifetime)
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Synopsis: "The life of raising a son as a single mother is the focus of this reality show with Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin."
10. "Uncle Buck" (ABC)
Synopsis: "Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) takes care of his brother's children after their nanny quits in this latest remake of the John Candy film."
9. "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings" (Netflix)
Synopsis: "The anthology series based on Dolly Parton's songs features a cast that includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Julianne Hough, Melissa Leo, Camryn Manheim, Dallas Roberts, Sarah Shahi, Kathleen Turner, and Bellamy Young."
8. "Batwoman" (CW)
Synopsis: "With Batman/Bruce Wayne gone from Gotham, Kate Kane takes the mantle as Batwoman in the Greg Berlanti and Caroline Dries series based on the DC characters."
7. "High Society" (CW)
Synopsis: "This CW reality series follows famed New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer and her high-profile friends."
6. "Sarah Palin's Alaska" (TLC)
Synopsis: "This show will mirror a 'Planet Earth' style that will feature Sarah Palin and her family on camera and focus on her Alaskan homeland."
5. "H8R" (CW)
Synopsis: "Mario Lopez hosts this reality show where celebrities meet one of their fiercest critics."
4. "The Houstons: On Our Own" (Lifetime)
Synopsis: "The reality show features Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina (known as Krissy); her adopted son, Nick Gordon; her sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston; her older brother, Gary; and her mother, Cissy."
3. "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold" (Viceland)
Synopsis: "Former 'Celebrity Apprentice' contestant Tom Arnold seeks out video tapes rumored to be potentially damaging to Donald Trump."
2. "Work It" (ABC)
Synopsis: "After they're laid off, Lee Standish and Angel Ortiz dress up as women to get new jobs as pharmaceutical sales wo(men)."
1. "Megyn Kelly Today" (NBC)
Synopsis: "The morning talk show hosted by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly features celebrity interviews with news and lifestyles segments."
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