Best, worst in 2015 entertainment: Disappointments, debuts, major moments and farewells


We round up the highs (Adele's album, the "Mad Men" finale), lows (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's "By the Sea," Iggy Azalea's disaster of a year) and in-betweens that made up the year in entertainment.

See what Newsday's movie, TV, music, theater and book critics have to say about the major moments, big debuts, worst flops and notable farewells in pop culture during 2015.

Debut: Rami Malek

USA Network

USA Network

Obviously Malek ("Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb") is not "new" per se, but to many TV viewers he suddenly is -- as mysterious hacker Elliot Alderson on USA's freshman breakout series, "Mr. Robot." Malek was a standout in 2010's "The Pacific," as PFC Merriell "Snafu" Shelton, then came a long absence from TV. Just one quick glance at his dark, brooding, dangerous, exotic and seductive Alderson, and this question seems inescapable: What took TV so long to bring him back? -- VERNE GAY