The year’s TV winners and losers


A handful of clever entertainers made 2015 all their own on TV — with performances and programs that either pushed the medium into new territory or revived familiar formats with energy and verve.

We salute them while throwing some shade on those who just plain lost their mojo along the way.


“Mr. Robot”

USA Network

USA Network

Now that the “Mad Men” era is over, people are looking for the next cool show. “Mr. Robot,” which premiered this summer on the USA network, may be it. It’s the story of a computer hacker (Rami Malek, “The Pacific”) living on the fringes of New York City who is recruited by a mysterious anarchist (Christian Slater) intent on exposing corporate malfeasance. The show quickly won a niche following, but is catching on with an influential audience as well — last week “Mr. Robot” picked up three Golden Globe nominations (including one for Malek). Time will tell if the staid fellows at the TV academy find it in their hearts to remember it come the Emmys next year.