The 25 Best TV Shows of 2015


Every year, this list gets a little harder to present. There are so many great TV shows that just didn’t break into the top 25, and it hurts us—as much as it will undoubtedly hurt you—to see some of our favorites that didn’t get the votes. Seriously, why aren’t more people watching You’re the Worst? Amazon’s Catastrophe offered up an incredible take on the traditional romantic comedy, and The Knick is in the midst of another strong season—but they didn’t have the votes. Meanwhile, if more people—especially those interested in the changing shape of women characters on TV—don’t start watching Being Mary Jane, I know one Paste assistant editor who’s going to quit TV, and feminism and everything else for good.

The bottom line is that there is just way too much good television right now. And even on a list like this, we don’t have room to celebrate them all—and not enough time in the world to really, truly explain why the shows in our Top 10 are exceptional works of art that’ll go down in history. But we’ve done our best to pay homage to our beloveds, so here they are: the 25 best TV shows of 2015.

3. Mr. Robot

USA Network

USA Network

“Offbeat” has long become a tired buzzword in the TV lexicon. That being said, if any new show this year deserved that very label, it’s USA’s Mr. Robot. Indeed, few things in 2015 dominated the cultural conversation quite like the story of a mentally disturbed, drug-addicted hacker looking to take down an evil, Enron-esque corporation and bring about a new world order. Tackling his first leading role, Rami Malek is nothing short of a revelation; more surprising, the show also blesses Christian Slater with his best role in years. Though not without its occasional bumps along the way, Mr. Robot has the potential to be the latest entry in the ongoing narrative of this current Golden Age of Television. If nothing else, the show has successfully shifted USA’s brand away from “blue sky” procedurals, towards more prestige-worthy dramas. Season Two can’t come fast enough.—Mark Rozeman