'Game of Thrones,' 'Gotham,' 'Parks and Rec' and 'Transparent' among 2015's best TV shows


It was a disappointing fall TV season, but that doesn't matter much anymore. Great TV now premieres throughout the year, and with so many terrific series just hitting their stride on platforms new and old, television remains a literally movable feast. So much so that any list of 10, 20 or even 30 of the top shows is far more reflective of the list-maker's personal taste than quantifiable superiority. Still, it is that time of year, so here is my list of some of the best things to happen on the flat screen this year, to be read with the understanding that there are just as many fine and artful works left off as included.

"Mr. Robot" (USA): First we were enthralled by Rami Malek as Elliot, the paranoid and drug-addicted cyber-vigilante. Then Sam Esmail's switchback story of cyber-anarchists and a world with no debt sucked us all the way down the rabbit hole. Counting the days to Season 2.