The best current TV show on each network -- from ABC to FX to Netflix

AMCAMC’s ‘Better Call Saul.’

In today’s crowded TV landscape, there are more outlets for great shows than ever before.

TV networks and streaming services are always on the hunt for the next great series, and the competition among them has enhanced not only the breadth, but also the quality of their offerings.

To figure out which current shows are worth watching across all outlets, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to select the most critically acclaimed scripted show that each network and service is currently producing.

We excluded children’s shows, talk shows, and docuseries, and we only selected from networks with scripted shows that had enough reviews to receive a “Fresh” designation. We also used audience scores to break any ties within networks.

Here is the best current TV show on each network, according to critics:


ABC: “Speechless”

ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 75%

Summary:“The family of a special-needs teen is good at dealing with the challenges he faces – and excellent at creating new ones.”


Adult Swim: “Rick and Morty”

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 96%

Summary:“An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.”


Amazon: “Catastrophe”

Amazon/’Catastrophe’

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 92%

Summary:“American boy Rob gets Irish girl Sharon pregnant while they hook up for a week while on a business trip to London.”


AMC: “Better Call Saul”

Ursula Coyote/AMC

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 93%

Summary:“The evolution of ‘Breaking Bad’ lawyer Saul Goodman is the focus of this prequel to the hit series.”


BBC America: “Doctor Who”

BBC America

Critic score: 88%

Audience score: 89%

Summary:“The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender, and his/her companions.”


BET: “The Quad”

BET

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 54%

Summary:“The series follows ambitious yet troubled Dr. Eva Fletcher, the newly-elected President of the fictional Georgia A&M University.”


CBS: “Elementary”

Michael Parmelee//CBS

Critic score: 96%

Audience score: 87%

Summary:“A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.”


CBS All Access: “The Good Fight”

CBS

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 88%

Summary:“Spin-off of ‘The Good Wife’ about a high-profile law firm in Chicago.”


Cinemax: “Outcast”

Cinemax

Critic score: 79%

Audience score: 96%

Summary:“A young man deals with demonic possession that has plagued him all his life.”


Comedy Central: “Broad City”

YouTube/Comedy Central

Critic score: 99%

Audience score: 92%

Summary:“Follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time.”


The CW: “Jane the Virgin”

‘Jane the Virgin’/The CW

Critic score: 99%

Audience score: 92%

Summary:“A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.”


Fox: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Fox

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 94%

Summary:“A sitcom following the lives of a group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.”


FX: “Atlanta”

Matthias Clamer/FX

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 90%

Summary:“Two cousins try to work their way up through the Atlanta rap scene.”


HBO: “Insecure”

HBO

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 73%

Summary:“Two black women who are best friends navigate the pitfalls of their personal and professional lives in south Los Angeles.”


Hulu: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Hulu

Critic score: 95%

Audience score: 91%

Summary:“Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.”


IFC: “Portlandia”

Netflix

Critic score: 97%

Audience score: 91%

Summary:“A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon.”


NBC: “The Good Place”

NBC

Critic score: 95%

Audience score: 87%

Summary:“An Arizona woman enters the afterlife and tries to become a better person and make amends for past bad behaviour in this comedy.”


Netflix: “Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return”

Netflix

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 92%

Summary:“The cult hit returns! Captured by mad scientists, new host Jonah survives a blitz of cheesy B movies by riffing on them with his funny robot pals.”


Showtime: “Shameless”

Showtime

Critic score: 93%

Audience score: 88%

Summary:“An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives with cope as best they can.”


Starz: “Counterpart”

Starz

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 72%

Summary:“A UN employee discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension.”


Sundance Now: “Back”

Sundance Now

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 72%

Summary:“Sitcom following estranged foster-brothers Stephen (David Mitchell) and Andrew (Robert Webb) as they vow to take over the family business following the death of their father.”


Syfy: “Channel Zero”

Syfy

Critic score: 100%

Audience score: 72%

Summary:“An anthology series based on popular Internet Creepypastas, including Candle Cove, The No-End House, Butcher’s Block and Hidden Door.”


TBS: “Search Party”

TBS

Critic score: 98%

Audience score: 87%

Summary:“A single-camera dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.”


TNT: “The Librarians”

TNT

Critic score: 86%

Audience score: 82%

Summary:“A group of librarians plunge into adventure as they try to protect the world’s mystical treasures.”


USA: “Mr. Robot”

USA

Critic score: 94%

Audience score: 92%

Summary:“Follows Elliot Alderson, a young computer programmer with an anxiety disorder, who is recruited by Mr Robot and his anarchist team of hackers ‘fsociety.'”

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