The Best (and Worst) Entertainment of 2016

The Biggest Bombs and Blockbusters of 2016

We’re breaking down five of 2016’s most surprising or painful flops and five of its most important and impressive hits.

TV Ratings: Winners and Losers in 2016

ratings do still matter, as evidenced by the flurry of No. 1 claims. Here’s a look at some of the winners and losers of the 2016 ratings race.

The Best Films of 2016

VARIETY FILM CRITICS OWEN GLEIBERMAN AND PETER DEBRUGE FOUND WAY TOO MANY GOOD MOVIES TO COUNT THIS YEAR.

The Best TV Shows of 2016

OUR LISTS ARE INDICATIVE OF JUST HOW EXCELLENT PROGRAMMING CAN BE WHEN IT IS SPECIFIC, HEARTFELT, AND CONSIDERED.

The Worst Movies of 2016

No room for run-of-the-mill bad movies here. To qualify for our scroll of shame, a movie had to be one of the truly godawful.

The Worst TV of 2016

The Variety TV staff went through this year’s programming to come up with the frustrations, disappointments, and atrocities that dotted the television landscape.

The 10 Best Albums of 2016

Judging just by the obituary columns, 2016 was a miserable year for music. And yet, it also felt like music simply mattered more this year.

The 25 Best Returning Shows of 2016

We highlight the 25 Best Returning Series because there are so many ongoing shows doing fine work.

The 20 Best New TV Shows of 2016

much of the cutting-edge creativity and excitement in the TV realm has come from those who are exploring the uses of the limitations of the form.

The 20 Best TV Episodes of 2016

The inherent unevenness of television also makes space for moments of brilliance in the midst of mediocrity.

Peter Debruge’s Top 10 Films of 2016

escapism seemed more important now than ever.

Owen Gleiberman’s Top 10 Films of 2016

There was once a time when great movies, as often as not, were mainstream movies. These days, it’s easy to feel They are doomed to live on separate islands.

Sonia Saraiya’s 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

2016 has been the year of the regnant half-hour.

Maureen Ryan’s 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

These shows are the very best TV has to offer. I’d re-watch every one of them, if I could only find the time.

Hollywood’s 10 Biggest Scandals and Controversies of 2016

Here, we break down the biggest scandals and controversies in Hollywood of 2016, and where they stand now.

Best and Worst Ads of 2016

As the consumer’s power to ignore, skip past, or work around traditional advertising has grown, so-called fake content has become a very real phenomenon.

The Biggest Tech Fails of 2016

Technology connects, entertains, and informs billions of people worldwide every day — so when something inevitably goes wrong, the ripple effects are massive.

Top 10 Political Moments on TV of 2016

The lines of politicians and celebrity blurred beyond recognition, where serious policy debate gave way to the short spectacle.