Best TV Episodes of 2016

by AlSwearengen | created - 22 Oct 2016 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

7 episodes - Westworld 5 episodes - Game of Thrones, Black Mirror 4 episodes - Person of Interest 3 episodes - American Crime Story, Mr. Robot, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Daredevil

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1. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Battle of the Bastards (2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Jon and Sansa face Ramsay Bolton on the fields of Winterfell. Daenerys strikes back at her enemies. Theon and Yara arrive in Meereen.

Director: Miguel Sapochnik | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 184,378

10/10

Best Perfomance: Iwan Rheon

2. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: The Bicameral Mind (2016)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Ford unveils his bold new narrative; Dolores embraces her identity; Maeve sets her plan in motion.

Director: Jonathan Nolan | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 25,706

10/10

Best Perfomance: Anthony Hopkins

3. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Winds of Winter (2016)

TV-MA | 68 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Cersei and Loras Tyrell stand trial by the gods. Daenerys prepares to set sail for Westeros. Davos confronts Melisandre. Sam and Gilly arrive in the Citadel. Bran discovers a long-kept secret. Lord Frey has an uninvited guest.

Director: Miguel Sapochnik | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Kit Harington

Votes: 128,114

10/10

Best Perfomance: Lena Headey

4. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
Episode: The Day the World Went Away (2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Finch's number comes up when a fatal error blows his cover identity and sets off a deadly series of escalating encounters with Samaritan's operatives.

Director: Frederick E.O. Toye | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi

Votes: 5,369

10/10

Best Perfomance: Michael Emerson

5. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
Episode: Return 0 (2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Finch, Reese, Fusco and Shaw embark on one last mission to prevent Samaritan from destroying The Machine and cementing its hold over mankind.

Director: Chris Fisher | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi

Votes: 8,817

9.7/10

Best Perfomance: Michael Emerson

6. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Door (2016)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sansa and Jon make plans. Arya is given another chance to prove herself. Jorah confesses a secret to Daenerys. Tyrion meets with a red priestess. Yara finds her rule tested. Bran discovers the origin of the White Walkers.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 63,244

9.5/10

Best Perfomance: Kristian Nairn

7. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: The Well-Tempered Clavier (2016)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Dolores and Bernard reconnect with their pasts; Maeve makes a bold proposition to Hector; Teddy finds enlightenment, at a price.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 15,898

9.5/10

Best Perfomance: Jeffrey Wright

8. Gravity Falls (2012–2016)
Episode: Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls (2016)

TV-Y7 | 44 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A final confrontation with Bill leads to the Pines family's ultimate fate and greatest sacrifice.

Director: Stephen Sandoval | Stars: Kristen Schaal, Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Cecil Baldwin

Votes: 2,408

9.5/10

Best Voice Perfomance: Alex Hirsch

9. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
Episode: 6,741 (2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Shaw escapes her captors, but the team is unsure of her mental state when she begins to act paranoid and reckless.

Director: Chris Fisher | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi

Votes: 4,331

9.5/10

Best Perfomance: Sarah Shahi

10. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: San Junipero (2016)

TV-MA | 61 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When Yorkie and Kelly visit San Junipero, a fun-loving beach town full of surf, sun and sex, their lives are changed.

Director: Owen Harris | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis, Denise Burse, Raymond McAnally

Votes: 48,545

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Mackenzie Davis

11. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs (2016)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

Dennis and Mac head to the suburbs for cheap rent and open spaces but quickly find out that they are meant for city life.

Director: Todd Biermann | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 2,985

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Glenn Howerton

12. Daredevil (2015–2018)
Episode: New York's Finest (2016)

TV-MA | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Trapped face-to-face with the Punisher, Daredevil wrestles with the morality of vigilante justice. Meanwhile, Foggy and Karen work to save the firm.

Director: Marc Jobst | Stars: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 8,442

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Jon Bernthal

13. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: Trompe L'Oeil (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Dolores, William and Lawrence journey into treacherous terrain; Maeve presents her demand; Bernard considers his next move.

Director: Frederick E.O. Toye | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 17,456

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Anthony Hopkins

14. Daredevil (2015–2018)
Episode: Penny and Dime (2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Karen uncovers shocking facts about the Punisher, who finds himself hunted by a powerful force in Hell's Kitchen. Daredevil ponders his next moves.

Director: Peter Hoar | Stars: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 8,025

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Jon Bernthal

15. American Crime Story (2016– )
Episode: Manna from Heaven (2016)

TV-MA | 50 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey go across the country to acquire the Mark Fuhrman tapes.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 2,724

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Sterling K. Brown

16. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Home (2016)

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Bran trains with the Three-Eyed Raven. Tommen meets with Cersei. Tyrion makes a bold move. Theon leaves while at Pyke new issues arise. Ramsay's brother is born. Davos asks Melisandre for a miracle.

Director: Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Kit Harington

Votes: 42,019

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Iwan Rheon

17. Stranger Things (2016– )
Episode: Chapter Eight: The Upside Down (2016)

TV-14 | 54 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.

Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer | Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown

Votes: 17,784

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Millie Bobby Brown

18. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: The Original (2016)

TV-MA | 68 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The park staff begin to notice strange behavior from the hosts; A mysterious Man in Black roams the park, wreaking havoc.

Director: Jonathan Nolan | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 19,405

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Louis Herthum

19. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
Episode: .exe (2016)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

As Reese and Shaw race to catch up with Finch, he infiltrates a maximum-security government facility in a desperate mission which could mean the end for not only Samaritan, but for himself and The Machine as well.

Director: Greg Plageman | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi

Votes: 3,134

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Michael Emerson

20. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Nosedive (2016)

TV-MA | 63 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A woman desperate to boost her social media score hits the jackpot when she's invited to a swanky wedding, but the trip doesn't go as planned.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Cherry Jones, James Norton

Votes: 45,891

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Bryce Dallas Howard

21. Peaky Blinders (2013– )
Episode: Episode #3.6 (2016)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama

As Tommy prepares to commit the most audacious crime of his career, an unexpected blow forces him to face his worst fears in a race against time.

Director: Tim Mielants | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Finn Cole, Joe Cole, Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Votes: 6,037

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Cillian Murphy

22. American Crime Story (2016– )
Episode: The Verdict (2016)

TV-MA | 66 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Closing statements are given and the jury must decide the verdict. Effects of the verdict are highlighted for both sides, as well as the community.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 2,675

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Courtney B. Vance

23. Daredevil (2015–2018)
Episode: Seven Minutes in Heaven (2016)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Castle gets an offer he can't refuse. Foggy and Murdock question the future of their firm, but Karen won't give up so easily.

Director: Stephen Surjik | Stars: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 7,025

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Vincent D'Onofrio

24. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)
Episode: eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx (2016)

TV-MA | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elliot wonders if Mr. Robot has been lying to him; Darlene attempts to do the right thing; Dom and the FBI get closer.

Director: Sam Esmail | Stars: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Michael Cristofer

Votes: 5,040

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Rami Malek

25. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Hated in the Nation (2016)

TV-MA | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke, and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue, investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Faye Marsay, Benedict Wong, Jonas Karlsson

Votes: 33,846

9.3/10

Best Perfomance: Faye Marsay

26. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Shut Up and Dance (2016)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When withdrawn Kenny stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector, both at the mercy of persons unknown.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Alex Lawther, Jerome Flynn, Susannah Doyle, Frankie Wilson

Votes: 39,552

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Alex Lawther

27. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)
Episode: eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes (2016)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Robot has an original way to show Elliot that he can be useful. Darlene and Angela take a shot at their plan.

Director: Sam Esmail | Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 5,336

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Rami Malek

28. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: The Adversary (2016)

TV-MA | 57 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Maeve charms Felix; Elsie discovers evidence that could point to sabotage; Teddy and the Man in Black conflict with a garrison.

Director: Frederick E.O. Toye | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 12,825

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Thandie Newton

29. Better Call Saul (2015– )
Episode: Nailed (2016)

TV-14 | 49 min | Crime, Drama

Mike takes a methodical approach to his mission; someone questions Chuck's capabilities; Jimmy faces a personal dilemma.

Director: Peter Gould | Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 5,946

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Michael McKean

30. Horace and Pete (2016)
Episode: Episode #1.3 (2016)

TV-MA | 43 min | Comedy, Drama

Horace's ex-wife visits Horace and Pete's to get some advice.

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Louis C.K., Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Steven Wright

Votes: 763

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Laurie Metcalf

31. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo (2016)

TV-MA | 20 min | Comedy

The foursome demonstrate Chardee MacDennis for an interested board game executive.

Director: Heath Cullens | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 1,709

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Danny DeVito

32. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: Trace Decay (2016)

TV-MA | 57 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Bernard struggles with a mandate; Teddy is troubled by dark memories; Maeve looks to change her script.

Director: Stephen Williams | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 11,962

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Thandie Newton

33. The Night Of (2016)
Episode: The Beach (2016)

TV-MA | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Shy college student Nasir Khan spends the night with a quirky, mysterious girl, and is horrified when he awakens to find she has been murdered.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi

Votes: 5,156

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Riz Ahmed

34. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)
Episode: eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme (2016)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mr. Robot and Elliot try to keep the peace. Fsociety releases a video honoring Uncle Sam. Darlene acts upon an old desire.

Director: Sam Esmail | Stars: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Michael Cristofer

Votes: 5,809

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Rami Malek

35. Black Mirror (2011– )
Episode: Playtest (2016)

TV-MA | 57 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An American traveler short on cash signs up to test a revolutionary new gaming system, but soon can't tell where the hot game ends and reality begins.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: Wyatt Russell, Hannah John-Kamen, Wunmi Mosaku, Ken Yamamura

Votes: 38,483

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Wyatt Russell

36. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: Charlie Catches a Leprechaun (2016)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

Dennis tries to create an innovative mobile Paddy's pub experience but runs into trouble when customers refuse to cooperate, while Charlie and Mac attempt to catch a thieving leprechaun.

Director: Heath Cullens | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 1,514

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Glenn Howerton

37. Stranger Things (2016– )
Episode: Chapter Seven: The Bathtub (2016)

TV-14 | 41 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The government comes searching for Eleven. Eleven looks for Will and Barb in the Upside Down.

Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer | Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown

Votes: 15,155

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Millie Bobby Brown

38. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: Contrapasso (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Dolores, William and Logan reach Pariah, and are recruited for a dangerous mission; The Man in Black meets an unlikely ally.

Director: Jonny Campbell | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 12,661

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Evan Rachel Wood

39. American Crime Story (2016– )
Episode: Marcia, Marcia, Marcia (2016)

TV-MA | 51 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Tensions rise as the defense starts taking aims at racial implications in the case, and as Marcia faces an ongoing divorce and negative representation in the media.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 2,856

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Sarah Paulson

40. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Book of the Stranger (2016)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sansa arrives at Castle Black. Tyrion makes a deal with the slave masters. Jorah and Daario sneak into Vaes Dothrak. Ramsay sends a letter to Jon. Theon arrives at Pyke. Cersei and Olenna Tyrell plot against the High Sparrow.

Director: Daniel Sackheim | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Votes: 32,171

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Emilia Clarke

41. Peaky Blinders (2013– )
Episode: Episode #3.2 (2016)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama

Tommy discovers the extent of the mission given to him and the extreme lengths his new paymasters are willing to go to in their quest for power. Meanwhile his own family's activities lead to escalating danger in Birmingham.

Director: Tim Mielants | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Ralph Ineson, Paddy Considine, William Andrews

Votes: 3,953

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: Cillian Murphy

42. The Night Of (2016)
Episode: The Call of the Wild (2016)

TV-MA | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A controversy surrounding the defense puts Stone in the spotlight as Naz's trial reaches its climax.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp

Votes: 3,507

9.0/10

Best Perfomance: John Turturro



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