Thursday, December 31, 2015

Que The Wrap Up Music: Best TV Shows Of 2015

Thank God for the DVR and streaming services. They're really doing the Lords work. Where would we be without it? Missing all of this great television for starts. This has to be one of the strongest years in TV. With the endless raise of  Netflix, networks are now forced to create unforgettable, timeless shows.  They're fighting for the control of that dial on any given night. It's the battle that nobody wants to lose and us viewers win in the end. 

Let me stop wasting time. I know why you here.

21. Power  

The series follows James St. Patrick, nicknamed "Ghost," owner of a popular New York City nightclub. In addition, he is a major player in one of the city's biggest illegal drug networks. He struggles to balance these two lives, and the balance topples when he realizes he wants to leave the drug ring in order to support his legitimate business, and commit to his mistress.

This just might be too low in the ranking for such a show. Power packs the Power but I need more. I need more episodes

20. Longmire

This was a trick one. I found Longmire thru a friend and binge watched all four season over the time of two months. Is that even binging? So I can't really break apart rather season four should have this way ranked higher. I just know that Longmire should be on the list. 

 Longmire  is based on the Walt Longmire Mysteries series of mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson.
The show centers on Walt Longmire, a Wyoming county sheriff who returns to work after his wife's death. Assisted by his friends and his daughter, Longmire investigates major crimes within his jurisdiction, while campaigning for re-election against one of his own deputies.


19. Game Of Thrones

The series is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, and interweaves several plot lines with a large ensemble cast. The first narrative arc follows a civil war among several noble houses for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the attempts to reclaim the throne by the exiled last scion of the realm's deposed ruling dynasty; the third chronicles the rising threat of the impending winter and the legendary creatures and fierce peoples of the North.

18. Mad Men

This is the last year that Mad Men can make this list. Normally in any shows last season, it sucks. I think we can be real about it. The shows just suck. Looking at you 'How I Met Your Mother'. I point to the area of sucking being the fact that they do too much. They try and wrap everything. Like I mean anything. Mad Men wrapped up just enough. 

Mad Men is set primarily in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later Sterling Cooper & Partners), located nearby in the Time-Life Building, at 1271 Sixth Avenue. According to the show's pilot, the phrase "Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves, a claim that has since been disputed. 

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is featured in the series, initially as the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper and later a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his personal and professional lives.

17. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 

I said it once, I'll say it again. Netflix is putting out the best shows. They have the strongest network. UBKS helps in keep the strongest going. The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her street-wise landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), finds a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholy and out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski). With their help, Kimmy struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar world and jump-start the adult life that had been taken away from her.

 16. Orange is The New Black

Speaking of Netflix. OITNB  is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison.

15. His & Hers 

At first I wasn't going to put any sports shows on the list. It didn't seem right. After thinking about it, I have this. When you watch something, you watch in the hope of it being the best it can be. His and Hers does just that. Nothing is left on the table. Sometimes too much for live TV. Shoutout Mike and that 'Shit' bomb he dropped live on air. In his defend, it was some stupid shit. The show is such a refreshing sixty minutes of the day, when looked at from the scope that is sports shows regular format.

His & Hers is a sports discussion show hosted by Michael Smith and Jemele Hill; it is televised by ESPN2 as part of its weekday lineup of studio programs. Originally premiering as the statistics-oriented program Numbers Never Lie, the program soon dropped its focus on metrics and became a statistics-based sports discussion program, leading to its eventual re-branding in November 2014.

14. Highly Questionable

Highly Questionable (abbreviated HQ) is a daily sports talk television program that airs daily on ESPN at 4:30 PM Eastern. Created as a vehicle for Miami Herald sportswriter and ESPN contributor Dan Le Batard, who also hosts his own radio show for the network, the show premiered on September 12, 2011. From its premiere until May 2013, the show bore Le Batard's name and was called Dan LeBatard Is Highly Questionable, and from its premiere until March 25, 2015 the show aired on ESPN2 at 4:00 PM Eastern. The program is based in Le Batard's hometown of Miami, Florida and was created by the same people behind Pardon the Interruption, which Le Batard has appeared on multiple times as a substitute host.

13. The Leftovers

The Leftovers takes place three years after a global event called the "Sudden Departure", the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world's population, on October 14. Following that event, mainstream religions declined, and a number of cults emerged, most notably the Guilty Remnant.

The story focuses primarily on the Garvey family and their acquaintances in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York. Kevin Garvey is the Chief of Police. His wife Laurie has joined the Guilty Remnant. Their son Tommy has left home for college, and their daughter Jill is acting out.  The second season moves the main characters to the fictional town of Jarden, Texas.

12. Fargo

Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created and primarily written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the series. It premiered on April 15, 2014, on FX.  Each season follows an anthology format, being set in a different era along with a different story, cast and set of characters.



11.Sole Man  
Sonny Vaccaro is one of the sports world's most charismatic, polarizing and influential figures. Now 75, he is still a fast-talking maverick whose zeal for basketball, advocacy for underprivileged kids, and instinct for sales forged an era of unprecedented growth for two pillars of pop culture: basketball and sneakers.

10.  Inside The NBA

I went from having no sports shows to three. Inside the NBA is so good that I will something not even much the game that night. Just the post game show. It's that great.

Inside the NBA is the postgame show for NBA on TNT broadcasts. The program features host Ernie Johnson with analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal. Occasionally, Johnson, Smith, Barkley, and O'Neal are joined by analysts Chris Webber and Grant Hill. The show has won nine Emmy Awards, Ernie has won three as a studio host and Charles Barkley has won two as a studio analyst.

9.  Silicon Valley 
Silicon Valley is an American television comedy series created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley

 8. Rand University
 Randy Moss has long been an enigma known for his brilliance on the football field and his problems off it. Sometimes there's even been an intersection of those two qualities. "Rand University" gets to that crossing by going back to where he came from - Rand, West Virginia - and exploring what almost derailed him before he ever became nationally known for his extraordinary abilities as a wide receiver.

After overcoming troubles with the law, losing the opportunities to play at Notre Dame and Florida State and then reviving his enormously promising football career at Marshall University, all that was good and troubling about Randy Moss materialized on the day of the 1998 NFL Draft. Twenty picks were made before the Minnesota Vikings selected him in the first round. Based on what unfolded throughout Moss's NFL career, the teams that passed on him may have had a mixture of regret and relief.

7.  Masters Of None
Master of None is an American comedy television series, which was released for streaming on November 6, 2015 on Netflix. The series was created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, and stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev, a 32-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life in New York City. The first season consists of 10 episodes. The show's title alludes to the figure of speech, "Jack of all trades, master of none" but was originally suggested by Ansari and agreed with Yang;  they later incorporated a song of the same name by Beach House.
6. Veep
Veep is an American HBO political comedy television series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series was created by Armando Iannucci, who created the British political comedy series The Thick of It, and also wrote and directed that series' film spin-off In the Loop (2009), all of which feature the same writing staff.


5. Fresh Of The Boat
Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, and Hudson Yang that is loosely inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir. It is the first American television situation comedy starring an Asian-American family as protagonists to air on network primetime since Margaret Cho's All American Girl, which aired for one season in 1994

4.Black- Ish  

 Black-ish (stylized as blackish) is an American sitcom starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, that debuted on ABC. The single-camera comedy centers on an upper-middle-class African-American family
3. Narcos
Narcos is an American crime drama television series that first aired on August 28, 2015, on Netflix. The series was created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, and directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha. It is a serialized portrayal of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel, as well as United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents.

 2. Halt And Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire is an American period drama television series created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, that premiered on AMC on June 1, 2014. The series is set in the Silicon Prairie of Texas, starting in 1983, and depicts a fictionalized insider's view of the personal computer revolution. The show's title refers to computer machine code instruction HCF, the execution of which would cause the computer's central processing unit to stop working ("catch fire" was a humorous exaggeration).

1. Better Call Saul   
 Better Call Saul is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a prequel/spin-off of Breaking Bad, which was also created by Gilligan. Set in 2002, Better Call Saul follows the story of small-time lawyer James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill (Bob Odenkirk), six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman; events after the original series are briefly explored.

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