Critics Name Mr. Robot One of the Best TV Shows of the Decade
It’s not only the end of the year, but also the end of the decade and, as TV critics curate their ‘Best Of’ lists, Mr. Robot proves yet again to be peak TV -- even when compared to all other shows of the past 10 years.
With every season deemed "Certified Fresh" by Rotten Tomatoes and a heap of nominations for the series and its stars, Mr. Robot has been cited as a television show that defined the 2010s.
“Sam Esmail’s first TV show may end up overshadowed by future work…” wrote Daniel D’Addario in Variety’s round-up of the best 25 TV shows of the decade. “But Mr. Robot deserves commemoration as a show that perfectly suited its era.”
In her article titled “Mr. Robot Is the Defining Show of the 2010s,” VICE writer Emma Garland heralded the series for its encapsulation of the age. “No other show on TV grappled so seriously and thoughtfully with the staggering human cost of wealth inequality and late-stage capitalism,” Garland writes.
Vox Critic at Large Emily Todd VanDerWerff also included Mr. Robot on her list of the 21 TV shows that explained the 2010s: "One of the decade’s wildest rides," VanDerWerff says, "Mr. Robot was also one of the most prescient shows to emerge from the sheer glut that was peak TV."
Of course, you can’t talk about Mr. Robot without mentioning its cast, including breakout star (and now Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Oscar-winning actor) Rami Malek. “...Malek’s raw performance and the Hitchcockian direction of creator Sam Esmail kept Mr. Robot interesting straight through this final batch of episodes,” writes Rolling Stone critic Alan Sepinwall in his rundown of the best TV shows of the decade.
Specific episodes also topped ‘Best Of’ lists with Indiewire citing its debut in 2015 as one of the best pilots of the last 10 years and USA Today’s Andrew Joseph ranked Season 4 Episode 7 as one of the best single episodes of TV from the 2010s: "In an effort to provide a spoiler-free summary for one of the finest hours of television I’ve seen, I won’t say what happened in the episode. But rather I’ll give credit to Sam Esmail — who formatted this episode as a commercial-free, five-act play — and the acting masterclass by Rami Malek, Elliot Villar, Christian Slater and Gloria Reuben. The episode was almost entirely dialogue, but it was delivered and produced in a manner that had viewers at the edge of their seats as the episode progressed towards the inevitable and heartbreaking reveal."
Mr. Robot aired its two-part series finale this past Sunday and the entire fourth and final season is now streaming on USANetowork.com and the USA App.