I really love television. And not that I love watching television and rotting my brain, but I’m just obsessed with the art and production of writing and producing television shows.
I really really loved television in 2015. Sometimes I really feel like this is the golden age of television. There are so many amazingly well written shows on television and streaming right now that its impossible not to have a favorite tv show or not to find a show you're interested in. I was lucky enough to have a ton of free time and binge watch every suggestion that came my way this year. Which was like 65 shows. Not really but maybe. I binged, and analyzed and critiqued and contemplated and have narrowed my favorites down to....still a lot but like I said, shows right now are just TOO GOOD.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Why it’s amazing: It's not often that I can watch a show on a constant loop for weeks on end and afterwards still find it just as entertaining and amazing. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is that show. As soon as I hear the into to the opening credits I get so excited.
Favorite people: Titus.He sings in almost every episode and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jacqueline. Is there anything Jane Krakowski can’t do?
Xanthippe: Her name. her attitude. Her outfits. Her one liners. All amazing
KIMMY??? Ellie Kemper IS Kimmy and that's it.
Xan: Hey, Kimmy, 1996 called. It wants its clothes back.
Kimmy: Hey, Xan, 2090 called. You're dead and you wasted your time on earth.
Also, the first interview/intro/viral video of Walter Bankston. Instant classic.
Billy on the Street
Why it’s amazing: Billy is probably the best TV host of my generation. He is so naturally funny without even trying and he is shameless in his approach which is exactly what makes the show what it is.
Favorite people: BILLY. Obviously.
Favorite moment: I honestly can't pick just one but here's an amazing compilation that pretty much captures it.
on an unrelated (but kind of related) note
Billy was also on one of the best TV shows of all time Parks and Recreation and contributed the best blooper reel scene ever and I would be robbing you of happiness if I didn't also share his best parks and rec moments. and don't cheat yourself by not watching all 9 minutes of it. If you're reading this you already have nothing better to do.
Why it’s amazing: Two twenty-something best friends who don’t fight, or compete with each other and support each other and value their friendship while working crappy jobs and smoking a bunch of weed and being hilarious. They get naked, love their bodies, don’t care what people think and are unapologetic in their lifestyle. Perfect role models.
Favorite people: Abbi and Illana because what is one without the other. Also Lincoln, played by Hannibal Burress contributes so much to the show. Even when he only has a few lines per episode he always delivers.
Favorite moment: The episode p***y weed is classic. (see clip below)
You can also watch free episodes of Broad City, whenever, HERE.
Why it’s amazing: It's on its sixth season and every episode still just keeps getting better and better. This show totally stands on it's own and doesn't mimic any other "adult cartoon" type show.
Favorite people: Everyone. Even the minor characters are hilarious. The kids are so much like kids and the juxtaposition between the child-friendliness and the adult themes is so hilariously executed.
Favorite moment: Not from 2015 but season 3 episode 12: Broadcast Wagstaff School News, Gene dresses up as Bob.
Master of None
Why it’s amazing: This was actually supposed to be a small personal project for Aziz but turned in to a massive hit.
Favorite people: It feels like Aziz personally handpicked everyone on this show. Noel Wells, a former SNL featured player, (for one season, but of course I notice bc I’m obsessed with everyone on SNL)
Favorite moment: Every episode is so perfectly articulated and has it’s own theme that the whole series just flows perfectly. Even when it jumps ahead a few months at a time, you never miss a beat of the underlying story. In the Finale, Dev and Rachel question whether or not they want to spend the rest of their lives together or if they're just feeling pressure because they are together now and at an age when people generally get married. It so eloquently describes being in that situation.
I also love the episode Parents. It talks about growing up with immigrant parents and reminds everyone to appreciate everything your parents have done for you.
Why it’s amazing: It's a modern day sitcom from the 90's. Does that make sense? It teaches life lessons without being corny. It also tackles heavy issues and puts them very friendly and easy to digest context.
Favorite people: The entire cast works so perfectly well together. Even the scenes where Andre is at work. His coworkers are hilariously scripted and the diversity on set mixed with the real life issues they talk about is perfect.
Favorite moment: Season 2, Episode 5 - Churched: Andre and Bow make new friends and attend their "white" church. pure gold.
Why it’s amazing: After the first season of American Horror Story, I have been consecutively dissapointed by everything that followed. Hotel reminded me why I love this show and is more reminiscient to the first season. The contrast between the past and the present is really unique because often times there isn't even a flashback, the characters are just stuck in the past, which is really interesting to watch.
Favorite people: Lady Gaga can do more than just sing and dance. She puts her NYU preforming arts degree to the test and she definitely passed.
Favorite moment: Season 5, Episode 5 - Room Service: When the mom saves the child with measles and he then turns a bunch of other kids. Meanwhile, it flashes back to Liz making her debut as a transgendered woman. Powerful stuff.
Unfortunately FX doesn't release episodes or clips online so you'll have to wait until the season is on Netflix, or make someone DVR the season for you. But in the meantime here's a promo of the season which doesn't exaggerate the quality of the episodes.
Jane the Virgin
Why it's amazing: The telenovela-esque way that the show is narrated is what makes it so unique and adds to the star factor of the show. It's a coming of age story but doesn't feel like it is.
Favorite people: Jane is so pure yet so real and rela. She is a real role model and always stays true to herself. And Gina Rodriguez so effortlessly captures what it is to be Jane without making it all about being a virgin.
Also Petra's outfits are on point.
Favorite moment: The first episode, Jane and her mom hysterically laughing at the thought that Jane could be pregnant.
(wow i really do watch too much TV)
I feel like a lot of people ruled out scream queens after a few episodes. and I get it, that not everyone will get it. The show is mean girls meets american horror story, but the dialogue and deadpan humor is really what makes it what it is. I mimics what people tend to think about sororities which I think plays into the story line very well.
Obviously amazing. This season dissappointed me. We went through this whooolllleeeeeeeee time rooting for Olivia and Fitz and then they get together and Olivia moves into the White House and then THAT's how it ends???????????????????????????? No Shonda. No.
I haven't caught up on season 2 but I can only imagine how it goes and I already love it.
Inside Amy Schumer
This really was Amy's year and even while promoting her new movie and standup specials, Inside Amy Schumer continued to kill it. (see GIrl You Dont Need Makeup video below)
I'm probably one of the few people who still consistently watches SNL and I still love it. I feel like people always think SNL isn't funny until like 10 years later when they look back at the same episodes and notice how golden it really was. That's what happened in the 80's/90's and now people look back at that as the golden era of SNL.
Anyways, this clip from the thanksgiving episode, featuring Adele, is brilliant and you've probably already seen it but you should watch it again.
Another one of my favorite clips featuring Dakota Johnson.
The last season. So sad. This show is so dumb and stupid and hilarious and makes me hate and love men and football.
and that's my recap of what I wasted my time on in 2015. Until next year, may the premieres be exciting and the finale's be satisfying.
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