Each year in television, one show stands out from the rest as the most critically acclaimed program of the year.
Since the turn of the new century, review aggregator Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year’s most well-received TV show seasons by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.
We selected the top show from each year starting with 2000 (and including the best program of 2017 so far). The resulting list includes repeated appearances from contemporary classics like “Breaking Bad,” “The Wire,” and “Mad Men” for their most notable seasons.
Check out the best TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics:
2000: “The Sopranos” (Season 2)
Critic score: 97/100
User score: 9.3/10
What critics said: “It’s difficult to single out any particular aspect of the show: It’s just plain brilliant.” — Variety
2001: “The Office: UK” (Season 1)
Critic score: 98/100
User score: 8.6/10
What critics said: “It takes a little while to get into it (episode two clinched it for me), but once you get used to the accents and dry humor, you’re hooked.” — The Chicago Sun-Times
2002: “The Office: UK” (Season 2)
Critic score: 93/100
User score: 8.9/10
What critics said: “The pleasure to be taken from ‘Office’ isn’t merely that of laughter — it’s the pleasure of watching a piece of entertainment so perfectly made and so delicately acted.” — Entertainment Weekly