The bottom of this year’s Top 10 list is nothing if not topical. The election was the biggest, strangest story of the year, and one talk show managed above all to cut through the absurdity. A documentary crossed over and became a cultural phenomenon, and re-opened a real-life murder case. And another all-but-forgotten murder case became a metaphor for much of what troubles America.
9. Making a Murderer (Netflix):
Yes, I know MaM debuted in late December of 2015, but this Netflix documentary made its impact in the early weeks of 2016. A 10-hour long examination of a decade-old murder trial is wildly unlikely candidate as a catalyst for a pop culture phenomenon. But audiences connected with Steven Avery, and especially his defense attorneys Jerry Buting and Dean Strang and the conspiracy theory they proposed. More to the point, some tangible good seems to have come from all this: innocent man-–Avery’s