BY MICHELLE LULIC
Television is currently in a transitional period, and it's been clear that many of the 2015 TV shows are changing the game. Between Netflix gaining more Golden Globe nominations than HBO, a whole reign of new superheroes coming to the small-screen, and an overall audience that is desperate for real, relatable content, 2015 was the year that new shows began to not only win over audiences — but also make a statement. In fact, many people are saying that not only is television becoming a more diverse landscape than film, but production companies are also striving to make their diversity "feel authentic" — according to the Washington Post. Because, after all, television is more than just your average numbers game.
Yes, seeing higher numbers of diversity in regards to LGBT characters is nice. And I love seeing a rise in minorities taking on lead roles, and female characters playing more than just "the wife." Those changes are absolutelydeemed as successes! However, the thing that really stood out about the television shows of 2015 is that the content actually felt more real. Because, while it's important for television to include all types of people, it's also more important that those characters being represented actually act like real people. And, in 2015, it definitely seems as if that shift is happening. Whether it be an increase in diversity, a brand-new unique perspective, or even content that's directly pointing out the flaws in television, 2015 was an amazing year. And here are the shows that made it so game-changing.
6. Mr. Robot
When you first hear that Mr. Robot is a show about a hacker, you might think it's going to be another implausible cliche about exactly what hackers are capable of. However, this USA Network show is so much more than you may think. Mr. Robot features diversity, and a brand-new look at how your "typical hacker" might be — without any of the stereotypes.
These shows are so groundbreaking that I can't imagine we would have had any of them a year ago, so they certainly deserve a round of applause. Diversity on television might be an uphill battle we're fighting, but, slowly but surely, a victory is bound to come.