Guess the best-reviewed TV, movies, music and video games of 2016

We were shocked – shocked! – to not see the Assassin's Creed movie in the top five.

We get a lot of entertainment every year. So what was the best of 2016?

We went and found the five (or so) highest-rated TV shows, movies, albums and video games of 2016 based on Metacritic scores – yes, it's not a perfect way to gauge how "good" or "bad" a movie was. But it's the closest thing we've got to a consensus average. So here goes:


(Note: We didn't include summaries here to avoid spoilers for long-running shows.)

  1. Rectify(S4) – A man is released from prison after serving 19 years for a rape and murder.
  2. O.J.: Made in America– An ABC/ESPN documentary on the O.J. Simpson saga.
  3. The Americans (S4) – A 1980s drama about undercover Soviet spies in America.
  4. Tie: Transparent (S3), The Night Of, Atlanta, The People v. O.J. Simpson, Silicon Valley (S3).

Here's the full list.


  1. Moonlight – The story of a young man, told in three different chapters of his life, struggling with love and his identity.
  2. I Am Not Your Negro – A documentary about race in America, using the words of writer and playwright James Baldwin.
  3. Manchester by the Sea – Casey Affleck stars as a man who returns to his past home after his brother dies to care for his teenage son.
  4. Toni Erdmann – A German-Austrian comedy/drama about a father's ridiculous ploy to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
  5. La La Land – That Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling dreamy dance jazz movie.

Here's the full list.


  1. Skeleton Tree– Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  2. Tie: Lemonade – Beyonce, You Want it Darker – Leonard Cohen
  3. We Got it From Here – A Tribe Called Quest
  4. A Seat at the Table – Solange

Video games

(Note: DLC packs and chapters of a game aren't in this list.)

  1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
  2. Tie: Inside (XB1, PS4), Out of the Park Baseball (PC)
  3. Tie: Overwatch (XB1, PS4, PC), Forza Horizon 3 (XB1)
  4. Tie: NBA 2K17 (XB1, PS4), Stephen's Sausage Roll (PC)

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