boob tube groove tube tube tube loob… aka, here’s the best in TV, 2015
1. Restaurant Startup (CNBC)
It’s like Shark Tank, but less annoying, and more evil, and more awesome, and food!!!!!!!!!!!! Show was so fcuking good that I refused to watch the last episode of the 2nd season until about 3 months later, cause I couldn’t deal with the fact that season was over and that there were no new episodes to watch. My new biggest fear in life is being insulted and yelled at by Tim Love and Joe Bastianich
2. The Jinx (HBO)
More like the BLINX, amirite???!!! What’s truly amazing is that the director of this HBO docuseries actually made a fictionalized version of this story and it kinda wasn’t that interesting, and so he takes it and makes a longform doc out of it and it not only shocks and freaks out a (pay cable) nation, but actually does real life truth, justice – the American way!!!
3. The Knick (Cinemax)
Granite – I only saw season 1 (which was from 2014), but this is the single greatest thing Cinemax has ever given the world. Yes, even more betterer than soft-core porn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to live in the Knick world, even though it looks like the wurstest world eversz
4. Arranged (FYI)
Arranged marriages apparently still exist – and not just for Indian couples. FYI strikes love gold again (after Married At First Sight – our pick for best show of 2014) – following three couples in newly arranged marriages. Yes, one of the couples is Indian, but the other Southern, and the other other Gypsy pups under 20 years of age! You won’t get a better slice of American life than this. And oh boy, that Gypsy couple – Christian and Maria – AND his parents – Michael and Nina – are simply the BEST BEST BEST BEST. I pray for a spinoff for the Gypsy clan. PLEASSSSSSSSSSSE!
5. Hanninbal (NBC)
It’s either AS amazing as Silence of the Lambs the movie was or perhaps even better. I mean, you saw that scene where they saw that dude’s head, right??? And that series finale ending, WHAT A CLIFFHANGER!!!
6. Gotham (Fox)
The world of Batman cannot be confined to the limits of cinema – and it has flourished in the longform of television with Gotham, which got even stronger in season 2. The bad guys are even badder, and whoever’s casting these kids in these roles should be given the key to the city of Gotham, and have a street named after them, and stuff!!! OMG, don’t even get me started on how super dope fly Silver St. Cloud is (and how way too young the actress who plays her is)
7. Behind The Screams (Reelz)
I love movies. I love serial killers (learning about them, not them themselves) and real-life scary sh!t. I LOVE movies about serial killers and real life scary sh!t. Reelz made a show that looks at the real-life stories that inspired big time scary movies – like Psycho, The Exorcist, It, and Silence of the Lambs, to name a few. Sometimes the movies are tamer than the real life stuff!!!!!!!
8. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
CTRL + ALT + DEL-ICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
+ anything starring Lee Pace is beyond watchable
Especially <3 Kerry Bishé!!!
9. Kendra On Top (WE tv)
You’d think a reality show about an ex-Playboy bunny and ex-NFLer couple with martial strife wouldn’t be something deep and meaningful, but you’re thinking would completely wrong. Kendra On Top is all about family, and the roses and warts that comes along with it. I’ve been with Kendra since the Girls Next Door days, and what was once fun fluff, is now fun tough stuff
10. The Americans (FX)
Those wigs + Keri Russell’s butt = RED SCARES AND APPOINTING SPEWING!!!!!!!!!
11. The Last Man Earth (Fox)
What would you do if you were the last man on earth? And what would Will Forte do if he was the last man on earth? Luckily this show answers the second question, WITH ENDLESS HILARITY AND GUT-PUNCHING CRINCHING GRINNING!!!
(this ranking is for season 1 only, as 2 aint as novel and hilarious and imaginative as season 1 is/was)
12. Real World: Skeletons (MTV)
Somehow Real World won’t quit, and as humanity gets worse, so do the Real World roomies, which juss makes it all that much more entertaining. PLUS, there was a great script flip here – skeletons from these people’s past come to live with the housemates, with often and VERY often horrible results!!! PLUS, the girl from New York’s accent, and how she says ‘garbage’ – ‘GAVAGE’
other solid forms of entertainments:
Mad Men – can’t believe they didn’t divide the final season and air it over 5 years (instead of 2). was actually sad to see it go, even though it felt like it was getting meh towards the end, but it really wasn’t meh at all
Married At First Sight: The First Year – the more Doug and Jamie and Courtney and Jason in my life, the better
Married At First Sight 2 – didn’t work out for our new set of couples, but it worked out entertainmentwise
Veep – Jonah and Richard = endless gold
Finding Carter – teens make dumb choices, and I can’t stop watching, but I hope teens aren’t watching
Drunk History – hopefully there will NEVER be a last call on these
Supergirl – screw all the other super heroes. I mean, I want to screw Supergirl. bonus pts for making her stepmom Helen Slater and her stepdad Dean Cain!!!
Tyrant – I want this guy to dictate me
Bates Motel – things get more uncomfortable and more out of control. it’s only a matter of time before Norman does in his mother and becomes her
Fargo – the accents are getting old, the action aint
A Very Barry Branson – long live Greg Brady and his enthusiasm and cheesiness. never stop being you!
Homeland – Miranda Otto = hotttt-o
Modern Family – the kids are getting older, and more sexual. it’s both unsettling, and HOTTT
House of Cards – this guy juss looks like such a jackass
The Affair – caught season 1. so steamy I had to take 23949249 cold showers, and beat off in the cold showers
Vice – I prefer the US stories, like the one about Alabama and their dumb racism backfiring
Black-ish – growing less and less funny, but still worth a watch
Fresh Off The Boat – it’s more yellow than blackish, and better
Shameless – when will it end? please let it end. it’s too hard to bear anymore
Better Call Saul – only saw a few episodes, which I loved, and when I wanted to watch the rest – they were off of on-demand. bastards!!!
Younger – an impossible premise, but I couldn’t care less, cause it’s so dang enjoyable
Game of Thrones – I don’t really care, but juss wanna be like everyone else, and know what everyone else is talking about
Mistresses – so bad it’s… bad!
Maron – losing its funny, but not me as a watcher
The Grinder – who doesn’t love seeing Fred Savage back on a television!!!???!?!
Under The Dome – thank gawd it’s over. it jumped more sharks that Lost ever did, and actually makes Lost‘s endgame look less lost
Girls – still sucks, but thanks for Kylo Ren!
+ bone-yes moments
that True Detective eyes wide sluts orgy
the existence of MeTV, and how it gave me the will to live and love The Brady Bunch again
the theme from The Jinx
saying so long to the lusty slutty naughty Flowers In The Attic Lifetime movies
the surprisingly seriousness of A Deadly Adoption
Kev’s brother on Derek (another winning show from Ricky G)
Shaq and his Shaquila (Shaq Tequila) from Fresh Off The Boat
my favorite TV performance of 2015…
a fond farewell to those who boldly went where no man or woman or character has gone before. you will be missed
Bob Schieffer faced the nation one final time
Jon Stewart says goodnight to The Daily Show
Willard Scott leaves Your Neck of The Woods