THE TOP 10 TV SHOWS OF 2015
I get paid to watch and think and write and talk about all the TV there is under the sun. These shows are the 10 that got under my skin this year and stayed there.
- •Crazy Ex-GirlfriendThis exploration of mental illness and family dysfunction through the lens of madcap musical theatricality is one of the freshest things I've seen on TV in a long time. Plus, it's just a lot of fucking fun.
- •Getting OnI wrote at length why I love this show in an earlier list, so I'll be brief here. The conclusion to this series was beautiful, brought tears to my eyes on several occasions, and still made me howl with laughter constantly. RIP Miss Birdie.
- •Last Week Tonight with John OliverJohn may not ever admit, but this show is some of the finest journalism being done on TV to date. His sitdown with Snowden, his exposé on FIFA, his takedown of megachurches. All of it was enlightening and educational while still being enraging and hysterical.
- •Penny DreadfulThere's a sumptuousness to this show that is unlike anything I've seen in TV. The hodgepodge of horror classics is scary and sexy and, at times, deeply sad. And Eva Green is doing work that is unparalleled in any medium.
- •Broad CityI could watch every episode of Abbi and Ilana's antics on a loop until the day I die and it wouldn't be enough.
- •Fresh Off the BoatHands down, the funniest family comedy on TV with a cast of children that are supernaturally talented. And there aren't enough words in the world to fully express what a revelation Constance Wu is.
- •You're the WorstAll the awards for Aya Cash. The way she so skillfully and respectfully took Gretchen down the rabbit hole of her clinical depression was a masterclass. And how this season's final moment between her and Chris Geere's Jimmy mirrored the first season, but with a hopeful twist, was one of the year's finest callbacks.
- •Inside Amy SchumerGo back and watch season three's season premiere. I'll wait. If that was the only thing Amy aired this year, it would still be on this list. And then she had the audacity to follow it up with nine more outstanding episodes.
- •FargoThat's how you do a second season of an anthology series, True Detective. Kirsten Dunst and Jean Smart stole the damn show.
- •Mr. RobotI haven't shut up about how fucking good this show was right out the gate. Creator Sam Esmail gave us a cinematic world that knew itself down the a molecular level and Rami Malek delivered the singular performance of the year. If you didn't watch this show, remedy that. Immediately.