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Top 20 Shows of 2015

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People who added this item 3021 Average listal rating (1652 ratings) 8.9 IMDB Rating 9.5


While so far this is my least favorite season of the show, there was still some fun to be had with it. One of the best things about this season, was just how much more interesting Jon Snow became. I always found him to be a bit boring but this season made him have the best storyline of the season. His crusade to unite people in stopping The White Walkers made for a sad but compelling time. The Hardhome episode was not only the best in the season but one of the best of the series. The cliffhanger of this season was also one of the best they have done in the series.
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People who added this item 92 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
The Affair (2014)


One of the immediate things I loved about this was the inclusion of Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney's POVs. Seeing the effects of the divorce and cheating really helped show how the affair has lasting effects and changes people's lives. Their stories actually became more interesting than the two leads and you can tell the show thought that too. But even still, Noah and Alison were still compelling and they both brought great performances to these two very damaged people.
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Bosch (2014)


It's a shame this show never gets as much attention cause it is a very exciting and great detective series. The first season while good had a serial killer story that I didn't find nearly as interesting as the one this season. Learning just who was behind the crime this season was cool and it made for a tension filled season. It led to a devastating end but one that makes sense for the show. I liked too how they didn't let the Bosch story of him finding his mother's killer drag too much. This series also showed why Titus Welliver is one of the most underrated actors working today.
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People who added this item 326 Average listal rating (204 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Jessica Jones (2015)


This to me is hands down the best of the Marvel Netflix shows. It's a classic noir with a private detective who just happens to have superpowers. Krysten Ritter was the perfect choice for JJ and although it was a dark show she ultimately was a good person who you could root for. Mike Colter practically stole the show as Luke Cage and I loved every minute he was on screen. But it was David Tennant as Kilgrave who helped elevate the show. He was a creepy villain and one of the best Marvel villains to date of any show or movie. The rest of the cast was great and I am very excited to see what they do with a season 2.
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People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8


30 Rock is one of the funniest shows of all time in my opinion. So when I heard Tina Fey was going to do a new show I was very excited. This did not disappoint and it could go on to be better than 30 Rock. Ellie Kemper found great humor in a woman who is trying to take back her life that she lost. Tituss Burgess though ended up being my favorite as a broadway hopeful. He brought out a lot of the seasons' laugh out loud moments. Burgess is a definite star in the making. But this show is still hilarious and I loved every minute of it.
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People who added this item 406 Average listal rating (200 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Mr. Robot (2015)


Recent tv shows have been called cinematic and Mr. Robot is one of the best examples of that. It looked and felt like a movie. The directing was top notch and it was able to capture the darkness throughout society and Elliot's mind. You never were quite sure just what was true and what was all in his head and a lot of that was due to Rami Malek's award worthy performance. Christian Slater was well brought a great supporting performance. I came to this show later and binged and it made for a very exciting binge.
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The Wet Hot American Summer movie was not quite understood when it first came out. It's amazing just how many future comedic stars are in it. The people behind this and the fact that it is just a hilarious and goofy time made for a movie that slowly got the recognition it deserves. The show was able to capture that and help to gain new fans. Paul Rudd and Michael Showalter continue to be my favorites but the rest of the cast will at least always get a good laugh and two out of you. Plus, any show that makes Ronald Reagan an antagonist will make for a good time.
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People who added this item 276 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.9
Narcos (2015)


I love true crime dramas or anything involving gangsters/mafia/cartels. This gave us all that and a fantastic lead performance from Wagner Moura. He WAS Pablo Escobar. Everything from the way he walked, talked, or even just smiled. The two agents chasing him were fun with Pedro Pascal being the best but it's always Pablo that you are drawn to and want more of. This was basically a Martin Scorsese movie and I loved every minute of it.
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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Longmire (2012)


Netflix picking this up after the season 3 finale is what we needed. Especially with the numerous stories that still needed to be wrapped and just the fact that I wasn't ready to say goodbye to this show yet. It picks up directly after the season 3 finale and wastes no time. A story involving oil field workers raping a Cheyenne woman also brought a focus on a very important issue. Along with Henry becoming the new Hector and Malachi becoming a great villain, thank God this show was picked back up.
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People who added this item 1149 Average listal rating (604 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Mad Men (2007)


I remember a lot of people being disappointed a little bit with how this show ended. Having gone back to the show, there is no other way it could have ended. The endings for Cosgrove, Harry, and Pete were dramatically pleasing. Sometimes showing that life isn't fair or that it is best to walk away from things that are damaging your life no matter the amount of money. But it was the ones for Peggy and Don that are found to be the most fascinating and pleasing. Seeing Peggy not only have her own agency within her life but also find love brought a tear to my eye. Don of course will always be Don. Much like Tony Soprano, he will always make mistakes and screw up his life. It's sad but that's who he is. It was sad to see this show go but it ended wonderfully.
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People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.4
Banshee (2013)


Banshee is one of the better action shows out there. It feels like a great graphic novel series. Season 3 ended with being its best season with Hood and the looming threat of Chayton Littlestone, the show's best villain. The rest of the cast as well was at the top of their game. With great action scenes and a story filled with tension this ended up being a great season.
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People who added this item 770 Average listal rating (405 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2


Each season of this series gets better than the last as it gets more confident with itself and the characters. This season focused on a corporate takeover of the prison along with a growing cult within the prison. It did all of this while still being hilarious, touching, and emotional for all the characters. The MVPs this season for me were Jackie Cruz, Kimiko Glenn, Lori Tan Chinn, and Adrienne C. Moore. All of them got more of the spotlight and Glenn especially touched me with her performance as an activist with her growing loneliness. All the characters are given flaws and dreams and there isn't a single weak link. With themes of racism, sexism, religion, politics, etc. it is an important show too.
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People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.3


One of the most inventive shows of the year. Aziz Ansari gave a great comedic performance on a show that touched on racism, sexism, monogamy, and just whatever life throws at you. Giving Ansari full creative control was one of the best things for Netflix as he clearly was speaking truth about things people need to hear. So it was both hilarious and important lessons in life that help this show be memorable. The episodes about immigrant parents and racism in casting for tv/movies were some of the best episodes of the year. I highly recommend everyone check it out as this is a show that needs to be seen.
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People who added this item 215 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Americans (2013)


This show has never really been the talk of the internet but it deserves to be. A slow burn narrative that is very deliberate and filled with tension. The acting on this show is one too that often gets overlooked and that is very unfortunate as Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell give some of the best performances on tv. This season revealed a lot of secrets and one in particular came as a shock that will have lasting ramifications for the whole series.
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People who added this item 859 Average listal rating (465 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Hannibal (2013)


Hannibal has been a show that never quite gets the love it deserves. It gets critical praise and has a dedicated fan base but not on the level of say a Breaking Bad. Everything from the acting and the directing is top notch. In what feels like a final season everything that has been built up from previous seasons came to a head with Hannibal being revealed as the killer he was. Will and Hannibal's relationship is one of the more interesting ones on tv and it was further explored to a disturbing degree this season. The Red Dragon story as well was one of the best interpretations of that story (personally my favorite). Richard Armitage's performance was both terrifying, menacing, and even sympathetic all at once. If this was the final season, then I am very pleased.
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People who added this item 373 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.7


Breaking Bad is one the best shows of all time. Saul Goodman was one of the best side characters on the show. So when it was announced that a show was being developed based around him I was excited but scared because often spin-offs don't work. But this not only ended up being one of the best of the year but also one of the best first seasons of a series ever. Bob Odenkirk found that right balance between comedy and drama whereas Jonathan Banks gave a heartbreaking and great performances as Mike. A show with great directing, acting, and a story where you never knew what was going to happen. If season 2 is as good as this season or better then this show can stand in the shadow of Breaking Bad.
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People who added this item 493 Average listal rating (332 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 9.3


If the show keeps being amazing as the first two seasons, then this will become one of the best shows of all time. This season had so many classics with "Total Rickall" and "Get Schwifty" being absolute favorites. It continued to be hilarious while also having satisfying and devastating emotional pay offs. I love too how the show plays with genre tropes and deconstructs them so you never know quite what to expect. Also has some of the best voice acting on tv right now.
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People who added this item 174 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
The Leftovers (2014)


The first season of this show was very polarizing. Many hated the unexplained nature of the mystery, the cynical/depressing tone, and the slow burn nature of the story. But for those that stuck with it, it rewarded you greatly. And now for the second season it improved on it greatly by changing its setting and giving it a slightly more optimistic tone. The newest addition to the series with the family The Murphy's was a welcome addition. Kevin Carroll and Regina King gave some of the best performances this year but Justin Theroux may have stolen the show. His pain and confusion as to what was going on brought a vulnerability and sadness to a character that I felt was missing from season 1. The episode "International Assassin" may be one of the best episodes from a series of all time. Next season will be its last and with the story they are setting up now it appears that it will end on a high note.
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People who added this item 392 Average listal rating (212 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Justified (2010)


Justified has always been one of my favorite shows of all time. Its dialogue, characters, story, and directing were some of the best and most underrated on tv. I never hated any of the seasons and the final season this year ended up being my favorite season of the series. All of the main cast brought their A game with Olyphant, Goggins, and Carter bringing in Emmy worthy performances. The new guest stars Sam Elliott, Garret Dillahunt, Mary Steenburgen, and Jonathan Tucker ended up being some of the best villains this series ever had. Especially Elliott's performance as Avery Markham who may have been the most terrifying villain that has been on this show. But more than that, this final season had no bad episodes as all of them were perfect and left me very emotionally satisfied. This is one of the best final seasons of a series ever, even more so than Mad Men.
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People who added this item 423 Average listal rating (233 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 9
Fargo (2014)


The first season of Fargo ended up surprising me and being my favorite show of 2014. There were so many things about it that were perfect and I can't think of any problems I had with it. My expectations for season 2 were that I hope at least it is good. But it ended up somehow surpassing season 1 in every aspect. The acting, the directing, the music, and the story were all perfect. This probably had the best cast of any show this year as it is hard to pick a favorite. Everyone from Nick Offerman to Angus Sampson to Jeffrey Donovan were astounding. But I think that Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Bokeem Woodbine, and Zahn McClarnon stole the show for me. Dunst gave her best performance in years, Wilson was the good hearted anchor for the show, Woodbine practically stole the spotlight as a smart sliver tongued enforcer, and McClarnon ended up being the most surprising character of the season. Season 3 will be hard to live up to season 2 but I have a feeling it will with the people behind this.
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Posted: 9 months, 1 week ago at Dec 14 17:43
Very good list.

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