The Top 20 Television Shows of 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

I do a top ten for each quarter of the year.  Here are the lists.


And now here are the twenty best television shows for 2015.

1. Mad Men (AMC)
2. Fargo (FX)
3. Veep (HBO)
4. Louie (FX)
5. Better Call Saul (AMC)
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
7. Please Like Me (Pivot)
8. Broad City (Comedy Central)
9. The Jinx (HBO)
10. The Americans (FX)

11. Casual (Hulu)
12. Master of None (Netflix)
13. Review (Comedy Central)
14. Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix)
15. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
16. The Great British Bake Off (PBS)
17. Catastrophe (Amazon)
18. Last Week Tonight (HBO)
19. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
20. Billy on the Street (Tru)

As mentioned within the quarterly ranking, the two shows I've yet to see are Mr. Robot and Transparent; I'm unlikely to redo the rankings upon watching, but consider that a contributing factor to their exclusion.  This happened in 2014 with Broad City, I edited in my affection for that show after the final rankings.

Edit - I watched both in the first quarter of 2016, Mr. Robot definitely makes the list, Togetherness would be either just in or just out.  Making a Murderer would also be worth consideration.

Mad Men wins; it's a cut above and has been for the duration of its run.  For my money it retires as the greatest television series ever.  I was mildly pessimistic on season one of Fargo, a Coen Brothers show without the Coen Brothers-how good could it be?  It was very good and season two has been better.

I've had a lineal sitcom championship piece unnished on my desk for over a year; Veep is the current beltholder, the best all around 30 minutes on TV.  Louie is the most provocative, and if you scroll down just a tick, the funniest sitcom, it will not surprise, is Kimmy Schmidt.

I was continually surprised by how good Saul was; it's a thoroughly worthy heir to Breaking Bad; Please Like me is the best of the shows you've never watched or heard of; Amy Schumer got all the publicity (and before that, Key&Peele) but Broad City is Comedy Central's best show.  The Jinx had TV's best moment (spoiler alert- of course he did it) and The Americans, while maybe taking a step back this season, is must see viewing.

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