First up, as per usual, it’s important to note that year-end lists are essentially bullshit.
And yet, I wouldn’t write one if I actually believed that, even though what I find valuable about them may not be what others find valuable. To some, this is about objectively ranking shows and assigning one as the “best.” That has no worth as far as I’m concerned, since it drives pageviews and sparks outrage but really doesn’t do anything to celebrate the medium. And that’s part of what these lists are to me: A celebration, especially if it turns people onto shows they might not have heard of or haven’t gotten around to yet. If anything, those that didn’t make the top list may prove more useful to you than those that did.