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Stephanie’s 2015 TV Year in Review

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It’s no secret that I watch a LOT of shows. A LOT. I’m a binge master. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I really hate the term “Golden Age” of television, but there really are SO many things out there worth watching. And too many that I don’t even have time to watch. Part of that is my own fault because I also really enjoy rewatching things I already love. I also love sharing a show I love with someone else who hasn’t seen it yet and being a creepo and watching their reaction to certain parts. Or binge-watching a new show with someone and trying to guess what will happen next. I think, with so many great things out there to watch, shows are a great way to connect with people. I get so excited talking about a new episode of something with someone. I also get really stressed out if I’ve seen something and have to wait for my friend(s) to watch it so I can finally talk about it… All in all, I’m looking forward to next year’s slate of shows, mainly the continuation of Marvel shows (AoS, AC, Daredevil, etc.) and I’m sure there will be new things to discover, as well.

But here are some of my most impactful shows of 2015:

Twin Peaks: Okay, so this isn’t a new show for 2015, but I discovered it at the beginning of this year and VERY quickly became an insanely obsessed person over this quirky, scary, cheesy, ridiculous, awesome show. And it was good timing since this is the year that David Lynch announced that a new 18-episode season would be coming to Showtime in 2017. So, my wait continues, but I’m so excited I discovered this show. And I will continue my rewatch of it on the blog next year, starting with season 2.

The X-Files: This is obviously another show that is not new for 2015, and also one that I’ve loved since I was about 5 years old. But, like Twin Peaks, Chris Carter announced that it would be coming back for a six-episode miniseries in 2016. It’s less than a month away! So, naturally, I had to do a for-real rewatch. I usually stop when I get to season 8 because I find the lack of Mulder disturbing (sorry, Star Wars on the brain), but this time, I watched all of season 8 and 9, too! Turns out, I grew to really like Agent Doggett and Agent Reyes. And after 7 seasons of will-they/won’t-they with Mulder/Scully, I was yelling at the TV anytime Doggett/Reyes ALMOST did anything. I will say that the overarching super soldier conspiracy in seasons 8 and 9 was not as compelling as the alien conspiracy in the first 7 seasons, and I found the whole baby thing a little melodramatic at times. But there were some fun monster-of-the-week episodes and the season 9 finale was fun. And made me cry. Because Mulder/Scully, obviously. My hope for the new episodes? A Mulder/Scully, Doggett/Reyes double-date. If only…

Fargo Season 2: Very few people seem to know that Fargo exists — at least in the social media world. (That’s probably a good thing because I am less likely to get spoiled.) And I will say, without a doubt, that is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Season 1 blew me away last year and season 2 was even better. I love a show that can stress me out one minute and make me laugh the next. The writing, cinematography, dialogue, everything is just pure genius. If you’re not watching Fargo, you are making one of the biggest TV mistakes ever. I’m happy that I’ve converted a couple people to it, so I actually have people to talk about it with, haha. And now I will go roll around on the floor and cry because season 3 is slated for March 2017. SO FAR AWAY. (Yeah, yeah, it’s probably better so the show is just as amazing and needs time to be that amazing, but I am greedy for its amazingness.) Honestly, I don’t know what to do on Monday nights now without new Fargo to watch. I guess I’ll just rewatch season 2 again… I really loved the 70s vibe and all the actors were perfect. And Kirsten Dunst delivered my favorite line of the TV year. “It’s just a flyin’ saucer, Ed.”

Jessica Jones: As with Daredevil, I knew very little about Jessica Jones. But I quickly grew to love her character and the people surrounding her, especially Luke Cage and Trish. It was almost like a film noir/more violent/sexier Veronica Mars in the beginning that only grew to be more and more stressful. And David Tennant was insanely creepy in his role. With both Daredevil and Jessica Jones, they really messed with your minds, trying to make you feel conflicted over these terrible villainous characters. But it made me really excited for the Luke Cage series and I’m really excited to see how Trish will fit in. (I hope she becomes Hellcat soon, so I can add that to the cosplay list. Heh.)

The Man in the High Castle: This is my most recent binge and while the very end was super weird and confusing, overall it was a really interesting show. It was a very slow build of stress that only increased my anxiety with every episode. Plus, sometimes they were jerks and left you on a cliffhanger, so you just HAD to watch the next episode. I’m excited to see where season 2 will go in terms of certain characters that I feel very conflicted about because I’m probably supposed to hate them. That Walter White conundrum. Also, the show’s theme music is so creepy/pretty.

Mad Men Final Season: I’m sad that I had to say goodbye to Don Draper this year. Although he was a Dick at times (hur hur), I love having Jon Hamm on my screen. *dreamy sigh* But Mad Men’s final season was sososo good. I think Betty Draper really got the shit end of the stick, overall, which was pretty upsetting because I really enjoyed her character and wanted something good for her in the end. But I’m glad that my girl Peggy Olsen got a happy ending. And well, we all love that final shot of Don Draper at the end, learning absolutely nothing, except to continue being the genius advertiser that he is. (At least, that’s how I interpreted it.)

Parks & Recreation Final Season: Another one of my favorite shows of all time ended this year. While it had a shaky first season, Parks & Rec adapted to its audience and became one of the funniest shows ever. And while I can pretend that I am a lot like Buffy, I think Leslie Knope is probably my TV clone, personality-wise. So, I have a soft spot for her and her lack of chill. I think it was a great ending and the only thing I’m disappointed about is that I don’t get to see any more.

*Honorable 2015 Mentions: Broad City, Portlandia, Better Call Saul, Daredevil, Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Orphan Black, Master of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Last Man on Earth, Regular Show, Brooklyn 99, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Deadwood, Veep, Silicon Valley, The Comeback, Togetherness

What were some of your favorite shows of 2015?

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2 Comments

  • Reply B

    Jessica Jones and Daredevil on high on my list! I wanted to check out Fargo but never got around to it. American Horror Story has been pretty awesome this year as well!

    December 29, 2015 at 5:40 PM
    • Reply Stephanie

      Fargo is sooo good. And hey, now you have ample time to catch up! 😛

      December 30, 2015 at 5:03 PM

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