IT FEELS BORING to complain about how much good TV there is now. After all, it’s always better to have more quality than less, right? And few people in other pop culture areas have labored under the illusion that they could be consuming everything—not even close. But maybe anxiety about “Peak TV” is less about . It makes it harder for any one show to rise above the din of competitors (many, many of which range from “decent” to “actually pretty good”) and make an impression. We only have so much attention to give to cop shows, only so much for comedies, and let’s not even get started on Netflix binges. It takes a lot to unite an audience behind a show, and even more to expand one.
So selecting anything becomes, in part, the product of individual taste and experience—everyone misses something. Our favorite shows of 2015 deserve the applause, because they’ve managed to earn viewer’s trust. Some of them are immensely popular, and some of them could use a few million or so new viewers, but all of them have inspired a level of passion that should serve as a guidepost to anyone trying to become ruler of the mountain. Check them out
Mr. Robot (USA) Nothing on TV reflected the near-dystopian elements of 2015 quite like Mr. Robot. A dizzying, claustrophobic trip through modern capitalism and the fragility of the human mind, the show could easily have crumbled under the weight of its ambition. But anchored by Rami Malek's riveting central performance, gripping filmmaking, and a plot that retained coherence even at its twistiest, Mr. Robot managed to make the political both pleasurable and painfully personal.