10 Best Television Shows of 2015 (January-March)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

2014 is here.

This seemed to go pretty well last year; you may as well get the benefit of my television consumption.

Here are the ten best shows from the first quarter of the year.

1. Better Call Saul (AMC)
2. Broad City (Comedy Central)
3. The Jinx (HBO)
4. The Great British Bake Off (PBS)
5. Girls (HBO)
6. Man Seeking Woman (FXX)
7. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)
8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
9. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
10. Kroll Show (Comedy Central)

The Americans doesn't make this list, largely because I can carry it over to the next quarter, and I'd like to see how the plotlines come together.  Neither High Maintenance nor Kimmy Schmidt make the list, I've yet to see them, and given the somewhat fluid nature of television scheduling (such as the Bake Off, which aired here during this quarter, but in the UK in 2014, appearing on this list) that seems reasonable.  Portlandia is a very difficult #11.

Forever Giants:1998 San Francisco Giants Year 41 (116)

1997 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season.  The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.

1998 91-72
C Brian Johnson 1  
1B JT Snow .6
2B Jeff Kent  5.5
SS Rich Aurilia 2
3B Bill Mueller 3.35 
LF Barry Bonds 9.1 MVPQ
CF Darryl Hamilton 1.8
RF Stan Javier 1.5
3B Charlie Hayes 1.15
SS Rey Sanchez 1.7
RF Marvin Benard 1.45
C Brett Mayne .55
RF Ellis Burks  1
RF Joe Carter .05
RF Chris Jones -.7
SP Mark Gardner 1.6
SP Orel Hershiser 1.3
SP Kirk Rueter .95 
SP Russ Ortiz .25
SP Danny Darwin -1.6
RP Rob Nen 5.55
RP John Johnstone 1.7

-And we're back, 91 pythag wins, our best season since '93, another MVPQ season for Bonds who is now above 50 WAR and in the top ten for all time Giants; he also hits his 400th homer.  The Giants finished the regular season in a Wild Card tie, but lost the play in game to the Cubs.  

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