The year’s best TV shows so far

The year’s best TV shows so far

With the year at its halfway point, it’s a good time to assess the best shows of the year so far.

Since there are over 500 series on the air, it’s likely you’ve missed some of the good ones — and there’s ample time to catch up, especially during the slower summer months.

Here are our picks for some of the best shows TV has had to offer through the last six months:

“The Terror” (AMC)

This polar expedition drama, set in the 1840s, stars Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) and Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”) and is a rare period piece that skates between realism and the supernatural — expertly building a creeping sense of dread. Season 1 was 10 episodes; the anthology series will return for Season 2 next year with a new cast and storyline.