Month: January 2016

My Top 10 TV Shows Viewed During 2015

Most of the shows I’m about to list didn’t first air in 2015, but all of them had at least half a season air in 2015.

  1. Rick and Morty – It felt like forever waiting for season 2 to come, but it did and it exceeded all of my expectations. This season got pretty heavy at times, but still managed to be just as hilarious.
  2. Nathan for You – People are weird. No, people are crazy. And it’s hilarious. That’s what Nathan for You does, it exhibits the craziness that is humanity via terrible business ideas that sometimes manage to work. I don’t want to give anything away, so just watch a single episode. I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I binge watched the whole series over 3 days, including Christmas.
  3. Mr. Robot – As someone who used to watch Burn Notice and Suits, I know how USA Network can ruin shows. None of them seemed to break through that “campy” feeling. But Mr Robot did just that. Season one was awesome.
  4. Mad Men – One of my favorite shows of all time came to an end this year. I’d be remiss if I didn’t include it in my list. This show did such an amazing job of creating an atmosphere and really developing a whole world. It really felt like I was going back to the 60s and 70s for one hour every Sunday night.
  5. Last Week Tonight – The perfect spiritual successor to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. We’re in good hands with Jon Oliver. In fact, I find this show to be better than either of the other were towards the end of their runs.
  6. Master of None – This was a surpisingly enjoyable short series by Aziz Ansari released on Netflix this year. I found it very relatable. It was light and funny, and I found myself talking about it with friends on more than one occassion.
  7. Silicon Valley – This quickly became one of my favorite shows on TV following the ending of season 1, when the group came up with their middle-out compression algorithm with an hilarious discussion that I won’t get into here.
  8. Review – I think this Comedy Central show is getting overshadowed by shows like Nathan for You, but I find it very funny and it absolutely deserves some credit. “Life – it’s literally all we have, but is it any good?” The show follows a host as he reviews life experiences.
  9. Luther – I’m not a fan of cop dramas at all, but Idris Elba gives such a compelling performance every episode. Season 1 was definitely the show’s strongest, but I keep coming back for more.
  10. New Girl – I consider this one of those cheap, guilty pleasure-type shows that networks manufacture to appeal to mass audiences, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I feel no shame admitting that I find this show hilarious. I will say that like Luther, this show’s best season was definitely its first.

As you can see, I love comedies. I find them very easy to watch. They keep my attention and have short episodes that are easy to consume. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy being happy? If you haven’t yet seen them, I absolutely recommend Rick and Morty & Nathan for You. Those two shows are some of the best on TV in recent years.

I’ve watched a lot of TV this year. Some shows I feel deserve honorable mentions: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Louie, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, South Park, Game of Thrones, Whose Line is it Anyway, Avatar: Legend of Korra, House of Cards, the Jinx, and Show me a Hero.

Some other shows I watched this year that I didn’t enjoy as much were: Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Parks and Recreation (Season 7), Heroes Reborn, Modern Family, the Muppets, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Narcos, Archer, True Detective (Season 2), The League, Fargo, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

A few shows I have yet to watch and may in the future: Party Down, The Leftovers, The Wire, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and maybe DC’s several superhero shows like The Flash.

That about covers it! Let me know why you think Jessica Jones should be in my top 10 in the comments, because I’m sure that’s going to be the one that causes any readers the most grief.

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My Top 10 Movies of 2015

Let’s just get right into it. I’ll explain some things after the list. Here we go:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. The Martian
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Sicario
  5. Ant Man
  6. Creed
  7. Inside Out
  8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  9. Furious 7
  10. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

There are a few movies that are notably absent. Specifically Jurassic World, Max Max: Fury Road, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

  • I really did not enjoy Jurassic World. I found it to be over the top. It had a lot of bad acting and terrible plot holes. I see it as an unnecessary money grab that didn’t capture the original wonder of the first movie in the series. Also, I have a grudge against it for how much money it earned, which I think it didn’t deserve at all.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road was a really good movie. I just didn’t like it more than any one of the movies on my top 10 list. It probably would have been #11 or #12, had I made the list longer. The reason it’s so low? It’s a basic story where not a lot goes on. It didn’t really make me feel anything. It was more of a cinematic viewing experience than a well rounded film. Movies like Furious 7 and Mission: Impossible I enjoyed for their entertainment value more than Mad Max.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron was incredibly forgettable. It was enjoyable up until the credits started to roll, at which point I had lost all interest in thinking or talking about it. I had no desire to rewatch it. Nothing of meaning happens, other than some character development and set ups for Civil War.

There are several movies I still haven’t seen which could potentially break into the top 10. They are:

  • Black Mass
  • Spectre
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Concussion
  • Steve Jobs
  • The Revenant
  • The Hateful Eight

I’m not the biggest fan of Tarantino’s films. Frankly, the only movie out of these that has a decent opportunity of breaking into the Top 10 is The Revenant. Everything I’ve heard about the others doesn’t bode well for their chances.

In closing, if you haven’t yet seen The Martian, Ex Machina, or Sicario, SEE THEM NOW. I’ll just assume you’ve already seen Star Wars.