5. Preacher

4. Luke Cage

Many series set out to explore the complexity of human nature, but few succeed as well. Every featured character is more than they initially appear, yet as we learn the dark sides of our heroes and the tragic pasts of our villains, none become muddled and gray, instead becoming more defined and distinct.


The duality extends to the setting, with the series serving as a celebration of Harlem, showcasing the art and history hidden behind current economics and outside perception. Both hero and villain are on a quest to save the city, and their various efforts and facades are reflected through background players illuminating the consequences of their actions in a truly rich, living community.


The show lost a little when the Big Bad moved from Cottonmouth to Diamondback, but the series never slowed, continually benefiting from the multiple perspectives and plot elements it layered on top of one another, and strong performances from the entire cast. 

3. The Flash

The CW's DC originals may be known as the Arrowverse, but ever since Barry Allen donned the red suit, he has been the torchbearer. Even as “Arrow” and “DC's Legends of Tomorrow” have made significant improvements this season, “The Flash” continues to stay ahead of them. 


Season 2 saw the show mature greatly, and the current season has focused on the fallout from Barry's impassioned, but shortsighted, reaction to great loss. He now has to come to terms with the widespread impact of his actions leading to true character growth. With new threats, new powers for allies Wally West and Caitlin Snow, and new allies, the show continues to evolve. The hope may be more tempered with consideration of consequences, but that experience only adds to the heroism displayed by the core cast.

2. Supergirl

Watching Supergirl just makes you happy. It could because Melissa Benoist has an infectious smile, and she smiles a whole lot in the show. It could also be because Supergirl sees the best in everyone she encounters, and that optimism makes her a different kind of hero. She is empowerment through action rather than a weighed-down archetype who is merely a vehicle for platitudes.


The most important thing—a credit to Benoist, the writers and directors—is that being the perkiest hero in the room never makes her the weakest. Whether it is fighting alongside Martian Manhunter, teaming with her cousin (played exceptionally by Tyler Hoechlin in Season 2's first two episodes), or jumping into the Arrowverse for “Invasion!,” Supergirl's presence is never diminished when put with other heroes.

1. iZombie

A zombie show for people who are burned out on zombie shows, the adventures of Liv Moore continue to be fun and fascinating genre television. A heightened reality that allows the characters to play up the  comedy while being rooted in a world with dire consequences.

The premise of brains transferring memories to the diner is a wonderful actors showcase for Rose McIver, as it allows her to play a wide assortment of characters throughout each season. The various dishes she makes with the brain of the week have been elevated to full-on food porn as the series progresses.

While the first season built the supporting cast mostly in relation to Liv, the second allowed each character autonomy and sub-plots turned into individual story arcs.


With the massive status quo changes at the end of Season 2, it will be interesting to see how the writers explore these new developments when the show returns.

The show took a huge chance by making the first season a prequel chapter to the beloved Vertigo series that integrates established events but is largely created by the show's writers. Thankfully, the show runners are truly fans of the books, and the endeavor paid off.


Dominic Cooper brings Jesse Custer and all of his internal conflicts and baggage to life and valiantly shoulders the weight of the show, as he learns more about his newfound powers and begins his hunt for God. Joseph Gilgun's Cassidy and Graham McTavish's Saint of Killers similarly feel ripped from the pages, and Ian Colletti does admirable work as Arseface. Ruth Negga brings a different attitude and coolness to Tulip, that sets her apart from the original character, but her appeal is undeniable. With the players in place, and the promise that next season will hew closer to the source, things should get even better as they get worse for Jesse and company.

And while “The Walking Dead” did not make the Best-of List, we did talk recently with Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt)

about all things season seven. You can check that out by clicking here