The most critically acclaimed TV shows in history have earned their praise by repeatedly producing innovative and memorable seasons.

Shows like "The Wire," "Breaking Bad," and "The Larry Sanders Show" consistently won over critics, and their best seasons have set a standard for what great television should look like.

To find out which series have been the most influential, we turned to the review aggregator Metacritic for its list of the all-time best TV seasons, which ranks shows by their composite critical reception. We used audience scores to break any ties.

Check out the 50 best TV-show seasons of all time, according to critics:

50. "The Handmaid's Tale" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 7.8/10

Notable episodes: "

49. "Homeland" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 8.3/10

Notable episodes: "The Weekend," "Crossfire,"Marine One

48. "Rectify" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 9.1/10

Notable episodes: "Mazel Tov," "The Great Destroyer,"Unhinged

47. "The Simpsons" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 9.0/10

Notable episodes: "Bart Gets an F," "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment"

46. "The Americans" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 8.5/10

Notable episodes: "Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?," "March 8, 1983

45. "The Staircase [2018 version]" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 7.6/10

Notable episodes: "Looking for Closure," "Flawed Justice"

44. "Halt and Catch Fire" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 8.0/10

Notable episodes: "Ten of Swords," "Search"

43. "The Shield" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 9.3/10

Notable episodes: "Pilot," "Our Gang,"Circles

42. "Mad Men" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 9.0/10

Notable episodes: "Public Relations," "The Summer Man,"Tomorrowland

41. "The Americans" (Season 6)

Metacritic score: 92/100

User score: 8.1/10

Notable episodes:

40. "The Larry Sanders Show" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 93/100

User score: 7.2/10

Notable episodes: "Montana," "Hank's Divorce,"End of the Season

39. "Bleak House" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 93/100

User score: 9.1/10

Notable episodes: "Episode 1," "Episode 2,"Episode 15

38. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 93/100

User score: 8.8/10

Notable episodes: "Chet's Shirt," "Krazee-Eyez Killa,"The Grand Opening

37. "Louie" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 93/100

User score: 8.7/10

Notable episodes: "Back," "Model,"Pamela Part 1

36. "Deadwood" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 93/100

User score: 9.2/10

Notable episodes: "A Lie Agreed Upon (Parts 1 and 2)," "Requiem for a Gleet"

35. "The Office: UK" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 93/100

User score: 8.9/10

Notable episodes: "Merger," "Party,"Charity

34. "The Americans" (Season 5)

Metacritic score: 94/100

User score: 8.3/10

Notable episodes: "The Soviet Division," "Darkroom"

33. "Louie" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 94/100

User score: 8.8/10

Notable episodes: "Something Is Wrong," "Miami,"Dad

32. "Transparent" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 94/100

User score: 6.7/10

Notable episodes: "Kina Hora," "Oscillate,"Grey Green Brown & Copper

31. "Battlestar Galactica" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 94/100

User score: 9.1/10

Notable episodes: "Occupation," "Precipice,"Exodus Part 2

30. "Game of Thrones" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 94/100

User score: 9.2/10

Notable episodes:

29. "Homicide: Life on the Street" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 94/100

User score: 8.5/10

Notable episodes:

28. "The Wire" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 95/100

User score: 9.2/10

Notable episodes:

27. "The Americans" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 95/100

User score: 8.9/10

Notable episodes:

26. "The Staircase [2004 version]" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 95/100

User score: 7.8/10

Notable episodes: "Crime or Accident?," "The Last Chance"

25. "Enlightened" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 95/100

User score: 7.6/10

Notable episodes:

24. "Catastrophe" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 8.0/10

Notable episodes:

23. "Planet Earth II"

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 9.3/10

Notable episodes:

22. "Fargo" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 9.3/10

Notable episodes:

21. "Better Things" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 7.2/10

Notable episodes:

20. "The Sopranos" (Season 6)

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 8.9/10

Notable episodes:

19. "Breaking Bad" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 9.5/10

Notable episodes:

18. "O.J.: Made In America" (Season 1/1)

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 9.5/10

Notable episodes:

17. "Twin Peaks" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 9.3/10

Notable episodes:

16. "Homeland" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 96/100

User score: 8.3/10

Notable episodes:

15. "The Sopranos" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 97/100

User score: 9.4/10

Notable episodes:

14. "Atlanta" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 97/100

User score: 7.9/10

Notable episodes:

13. "Planet Earth: Blue Planet II"

Metacritic score: 97/100

User score: 8.1/10

Notable episodes:

12. "The Larry Sanders Show" (Season 5)

Metacritic score: 97/100

User score: 5.6/10

Notable episodes:

11. "The Sopranos" (Season 2)

Metacritic score: 97/100

User score: 9.3/10

Notable episodes:

10. "The Wire" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 98/100

User score: 9.6/10

Notable episodes:

9. "The Wire" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 98/100

User score: 9.5/10

Notable episodes:

8. "The Leftovers" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 98/100

User score: 9.1/10

Notable episodes:

7. "The Office: UK" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 98/100

User score: 8.5/10

Notable episodes:

6. "The Office: UK" (Season 3)

Metacritic score: 98/100

User score: 8.3/10

Notable episodes:

5. "Breaking Bad" (Season 5)

Metacritic score: 99/100

User score: 9.7/10

Notable episodes:

4. "The Larry Sanders Show" (Season 6)

Metacritic score: 99/100

User score: 5.3/10

Notable episodes:

3. "Murder One" (Season 1)

Metacritic score: 99/100

User score: 6.3/10

Notable episodes:

2. "The Larry Sanders Show" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 99/100

User score: 5.7/10

Notable episodes:

1. "Rectify" (Season 4)

Metacritic score: 99/100

User score: 8.8/10

Notable episodes: