10 Best Television Shows of 2015 (July-September)

Monday, September 14, 2015

April-June was here.

1. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
2. Review (Comedy Central)
3. Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)
4. Catastrophe (Amazon)
5. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
6. The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
7. The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
8. Unreal (Lifetime)
9. Difficult People (Hulu)
10. Big Brother (CBS)

I haven't seen Mr. Robot; my working plan is to catch it in its next life, wherever that might be.  I'll endeavor to get it on the next quarter's list.

I didn't dislike Halt as much as did others in its first season, but this was a clear jump and you could position it in the upper echelon of the post Mad Men landscape with The Americans and Better Call Saul.  Review/Amy Schumer/Broad City are Comedy Central's best shows; Wet Hot hit their return squarely, it was better than had I anticipated.  Catastrophe was the surprise of the summer. Orange has probably seen its best days and has settled into a middle tier of quality television.  Jon Stewart's closing run is here; if Chris Hayes doesn't have the best news show than Maddow does. Lifetime makes an appearance with its pulpy behind the scenes imagining of The Bachelor franchise.  Difficult People isn't really as deviant as reviews would suggest, but hits on enough jokes to make this list; Big Brother is a great game and often a not very good show, this has been a particularly well made installment.

That's 30 down - there are 3 months left in the year, let's see how we close it out.

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