We don’t just watch TV series anymore. We watch episodes, and scrutinize each one. Every week, viewers debate and celebrate every plot twist and joke, and bloggers recap them with the intensity of scholars.
So while Top 10 series lists are valuable — my list for the Globe is due later this month — TV demands closer attention. Some shows deliver fine episodes, even while their seasons may be uneven. Here are some of my favorites from the past year, with only one episode per show allowed. On a different day, as always, the order could be different, and some of the honorable mentions might have made it to the list.