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The Top 10 TV Shows of 2015

February 7, 2016

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In a perfect world, the shows I love would be renewed for new seasons every year and remain the best shows on TV. Television is a fundamentally different narrative medium from film because of this ability to remain consistent from year to year.

 

I start with this as a way of saying that 2015 was a good year in television…which means this list won’t be all that different from the past couple years, so those of you who have read this blog in 2014 and 2013 might not read much that surprises you here. But hopefully you will nevertheless enjoy reading about what I enjoyed watching over 2015.

 

Of course there are always shows that I want to watch that I just don’t have the time to finish. This year I really wanted catch up with Mad Men before its final seven episodes, but it was a bit too much given everything else I was watching regularly. I enjoyed the first seasons of both Halt and Catch Fire and The Leftovers, but in the former case my DVR died and I lost all of the episodes, while in the latter case I fell behind and didn’t have time to finish before writing. On the streaming side, I really wanted to watch Sense8 on Netflix and The Man in High Castle on Amazon Prime, but sometimes those streaming shows can feel more like a task to be finished than a fun experience when all of their episodes are sitting in a long queue waiting to be watched.

 

And yet, there were so many good shows last year that I forced myself to only give five honorable mentions. This means I don’t have the time or space to tell you that Brooklyn Nine-Nine was solidly funny again in 2015, Review and Silicon Valley were probably even better in their second seasons than in their first, and Broadchurch started from the emotionally powerful ground at the end of season one and only got more powerful in season two. Too bad, some of those other shows were great and worthy of discussion, but they can’t even be mentioned here. 😉

 

Without further ado, here are the honorable mention shows (alphabetical) and top 10 from 2015:

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Top 10 TV Shows of 2011

December 21, 2011

Yes, it is top 10 time of the year.  Since most of television is taking a few weeks off for winter break right now, I thought I’d throw out my top 10 list of shows from this past year to fill the void and (hopefully) encourage conversation.  The list follows after the jump.

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TV Thoughts: Community – “Regional Holiday Music”

December 14, 2011

And with that Community will be off the air for an indeterminate amount of time.  “Regional Holiday Music” was an interesting note to go out on and I’ll take a look at it after the jump.

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TV Thoughts: Community – “Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism”

December 2, 2011

Foosball and the return of Abed as Batman?  That sounds good to me.  My thoughts about episode 9 of the third season of Community after the jump.

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On “Community” season 3 and not being cancelled

November 27, 2011

During the week that Community aired what creator Dan Harmon called its “least accessible, least marketable episode in its alienating history!” the NBC brass announced a mid-season schedule with no mention of the Greendale gang or their future.  Follow me after the jump for my thoughts on season 3 so far and what I have come to read about what this non-announcement means for the future of one of my favorite TV shows.

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TV Thoughts: Castle – “Rise”

September 24, 2011

I haven’t written about Castle in a long time, mainly because it is too disposable to warrant frequent discussion.  That being said, season 4 just premiered on Monday and I think it is good time to say a few words about Richard Castle after the jump.

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Eating my TV vegetables by watch Louie season 2

September 9, 2011

My feelings about the second season of Louie (and really dating back to the first season last year) are so weirdly complex that I felt like I needed a blog post to really hash them out.  Hopefully if you haven’t seen the show this conversation will still be interesting to you.  Go ahead and follow after the jump.

 

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