Year In Review: Jordan Andrew's Top Twenty TV Shows Of 2015 [Part Two: #10-1]

on Sunday, January 03, 2016
Words: Jordan Andrew

Yesterday's part one of my top twenty TV shows of 2015 contained the likes of big US superhero offerings 'Arrow' and 'Daredevil', as well as 'No Offence' and 'The Great British Bake Off' from closer to home. Finishing off the list, here are my top ten programmes from the past year.

10: 'Master Of None'

This is a last minute addition to my list, after watching this in my sick bed I had to include 'Master Of None'. Maybe I was high on the cough syrup but after each episode I had to continue watching on. 'Master Of None' stars Aziz Ansari as Dev a thirty-something figuring at his life as a struggling actor. Dev goes through everything from sex, friends and family, he is basically your typical modern guy but with a few issue. Non-Netflix-users may have not heard of 'Master Of None' but trust me after a few episodes you will be fits of laughter.

9: 'Empire'

Now I hate to brag, it is not my style but I remember having 'Empire' as one of my shows to watch for 2015, and I was not wrong. The first season of 'Empire' was a hit from the drama to the music, everything work. Now 'Empire' would have been higher up but this current season has let it down, although the mid-season finale is one to watch. Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P Henson) was the partnership of 2015 - with Lucious’ wit and Cookie’s one-liners, you always know you are getting a good scene from the pair of them.

8: 'Unreal'

Lifetime is not usually a show that caters to shows I would care and see, however 'Unreal' turned me into a nighttime housewife craving my fix. This mock reality shows follows the format of 'The Bachelor' but cranked up times hundred. Shiri Appleby does an outstanding job as Rachel Goldberg a producer who will do what it takes to get the job done even if it means going against her morals.

Dating has never been so dark and thanks to 'Unreal' this gave Lifetime a whole new audience to appeal to in 2015.

7: 'How To Get Away With Murder'

What a year Viola Davis has had, being the first black woman to win a best actress award at the Emmys, thanks to this hit show. Annaleise Keating is up to her naughty tricks again, and I would not have it any other way. With the death of her husband still looming over her and her trusted student assistants season two has delivered and more so far. We will have to wait until 2016 to see how the second season will finish.

6: 'The Leftovers'

The number one show on my Top Twenty 2014 countdown has slipped down a couple of places however that does not mean the quality has gone down. All our favorites have now moved to a small town called Miracle in Texas, which is known as the town that had no departures until one night changes the cause and we enter into the weird world which 'The Leftovers'. With the final season due in 2016, I for one cannot wait to see how this ends.

5: 'Game Of Thrones'

The main talking point of this past season of 'Game Of Thrones' has been Jon Snow. The will he/won't he be in season six debate has been going on since that last scene of season five. However, the whole highlight of season five for me was Cersei's public walk of shame, if anyone ever deserved such humiliation it was she. It makes all my sneaking it at 6am in the morning look like a walk in the park.

Now that the show has caught up with the books, it will be interesting to see in which direction season six will go into.

4: 'Narcos'

Netflix produced hit show after hit show in 2015 however for me the best out of all of them was 'Narcos'. This true-life drama shows the cocaine world and drug cartel of Colombian in the late 1970s. 'Narcos' shows the rise of Pablo Escobar, a drug lord who had control of Colombian but a lot of enemies mostly being the USA and DEA. 'Narcos' has been renewed for a second season but with no release date we will just have to be patient.

3: 'Catastrophe'

My faith in British comedy has truly been restored all thanks to 'Catastrophe' and the brilliant acting from Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, who play Sharon Morris and Rob Norris. After a one-night stand, Sharon falls pregnant and Rob decides to settle in the UK from the States to start a family. However. it is never a smooth course and the comedy genius between these two has been a real joy of 2015. With both season one and two being of top stand, it would be a crime not to have a third season.

2: 'Wayward Pines'

Having to settle for second place is 'Wayward Pines' - this 'Lost' style show had me puzzled from the first episode right up until the end of the first season. Starring Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke, a secret service agent, who ends up in Wayward Pines and finds out that it is not so easy to leave Wayward Pines.

Even as I write about 'Wayward Pines', I am still trying to wrap my head around what I watched during season one, and how it will be matched when it returns in the summer of 2016.

1: 'Humans'

Channel 4’s biggest drama of the year and my one show of 2015 is 'Humans'. With an all star cast 'Humans' brought fear and terror of a world where synths and humans lived together. This eight part series explored a realistic future of synths that can feel emotions and even kill.

Each Sunday, we were glued to our scenes and with ratings being a win for Channel 4 and a cliffhanger of a season, I have high hopes for season Well done 'Humans' - you have earned the title of Top Television Show of 2015.

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