2015 has been a great year for all things nerdy. We’ve had series and movies to keep our interests. It was a year for diving deeper into the Marvel world, through Netflix and movies alike. We had amazing television; a lot of you are not watching the amazing stuff, but I tried. Maybe I will win you over, eventually. Books, everyone knows I love a good book, and this year was great for books, too. Whatever you love, we had it. Music isn’t something I have shared many posts on, but I would like to add it to the blog. So, 2015 was also a great year for music. First though, we’re going to talk television!
Here are HTFG’s best and worst television of 2015:
Best Television Series
- Mr. Robot – The best series of the year, as I have stated a billiondy times. I don’t even care if you are tired of hearing about it, because you are all crazy for not watching. Nuts.
- Daredevil – The best surprise of the year. I was on the fence with the Netflix/Marvel combo. Turns out, it was a genius move that took us to the darker side of the comics.
- Jessica Jones – After the Netflix success with Daredevil, I was sure Jessica Jones would be good, but our first female comic book character to be turned into a series was seriously amazing. Add in the darker aspects of rape, family, relationships, and David Tennant; you end up with an A+ show.
- The Walking Dead – Mid-Season finale left us with a demand for more. 2 months will take forever, but, Season 6 has been the best season of the series so far. This show does not let us down.
- House of Cards – Frank and Claire Underwood may be the most messed up, and interesting married couple ever. Season 3 was a complete power change that was a masterpiece to watch.
- Fargo – This show. OMG. Watch it immediately. It’s as good as the movie, times 100. Season 2 actually takes place before Season 1 and it was possibly better than Season 1, which was nearly perfect.
- You’re the Worst – I won’t lie; this show makes me feel better about myself as a person. If you want to pee your pants with laughter at the horror of terribly imperfect people, this is for you. We’re all the worst.
- Homeland – Homeland never lets me down. This season was no different. Carrie is in a new place and time has kept moving without us, but we’re still in the same mess we’ve always been in.
- Broadchurch – Season 2 gives us a lot more background than season 1. There’s a trial taking place, and not just of the killer from Season 1. This show has kept its momentum. Plus, again, David Tennant.
- Peaky Blinders – Season 2 of PB was given a dose of pure adrenaline; Tommy and the rest of our Blinders are moving up in the world, and not without consequence. I cannot wait for Season 3. Plus, Tom Hardy.
The Best Finales of 2015
- Mad Men – It was time to say goodbye, but that didn’t make it any easier. The finale left me with the understanding that Don Draper and the rest of our crew were going to survive. Some maybe not as well as others, but, it ended in the best possible way Matthew Weiner could give us. If you have not seen this show, please do so now. It is all on Netflix, yo.
- Justified – Oh, man, I hated that this ended. My love for both Raylan and Boyd will exist forever. I think this show had the relationship ever written between our good and bad characters. The reasons were basic, as most are. The characters were human. I loved this series.
- Hannibal – The ending was premature, unfortunately, but the artistry, writing, and direction never let me down. Both Hannibal and Will Graham were beautifully cast. I hope Bryan Fuller finds a way to let us continue our journey with Hannibal Lecter. The world deserves it. The end, though, premature, was still fantastic.
- Sons of Anarchy – A great end to a great series. Living a life of crime always requires payment. Kurt Sutter made those payments in full, and brutally. He made Jax into the tortured Hamlet we had always known, whether you like Shakespeare or not.
- Parks and Recreation – Who doesn’t feel sad about this show ending? I wanted to follow Leslie Knope for the rest of eternity. I guess I will just have to follow Amy Poehler and the Smart Girls Revolution instead.
The Worst of 2015
- True Detective – The worst, obviously, of the entire year. Such a letdown. I had the highest of hopes for this show and tried to understand why it was so terrible; it just was. The characters were bad. The writing was bad. The story made no sense. I am hoping Season 3 turns out better.
- Heroes Reborn – Who really thought this would be good? Not me. Turns out I wasn’t wrong. Let Heroes die, already.
- Wicked City – Someone tried to take Hannibal and make it sexy. Turning creeps into degenerates from the 1980’s and making it sexy was just gross. Hannibal would eat these people.
- Hand of God – I love Ron Perlman. This show drove me insane. It was miscast and not entertaining. No.
- Truth Be Told – I wanted to like Mark-Paul Gosselaar and this comedy. It was just not funny.
- American Horror Story: Hotel – Lady Gaga delivered. I had no idea she would be such a great actress. As usual, AHS was twisted as ever, but Gaga definitely surprised me. This was a fun season. I miss Jessica Lange, though.
- The Jinx – If you didn’t hear about this, then you live under a rock. It’s the real life story of murder and deception by Robert Durst. HBO aired it as a miniseries which riveted and captivated all of us. Watch it!