My 20 fa­vorite new shows of an­other ban­ner TV year

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - South Broward - - TV - By Mau­reen Ryan

As was the case in 2014, when view­ers were treated to an as­tound­ingly var­ied bumper crop of fine new shows, 2015 was a great year for fresh­man pro­grams. “The Carmichael Show,” NBC: A mul­ti­cam­era sit­com with an ex­cel­lent cast, smart things to say and tons of po­ten­tial. Good on NBC for re­new­ing it. “Grantch­ester,” PBS/ Mas­ter­piece: To those who would say, “But Mo, this is sim­ply a gen­tle, quiet pe­riod mystery about a hand­some vicar who has a few taste­ful emo­tional is­sues and oc­ca­sion­ally goes for a pint with Rob­son Green,” I say, “For the love of tweed, not ev­ery­thing needs to be chal­leng­ing to watch and emo­tion­ally drain­ing.” “Killjoys,” Syfy: A smart, en­er­getic space romp star­ring a tough, cheeky and smart fe­male lead? Yes, please! “iZom­bie,” CW: This show has been one of the most con­sis­tently en­ter- tain­ing di­ver­sions of the year, with Rose McIver ex­cel­lent as the lead. “The Jinx,” HBO: I have some reser­va­tions about how this doc­u­men­tary se­ries was laid out and edited, but I can’t deny that I was ad­dicted to it when it aired.

An in­tel­li­gent med­i­ta­tion on the emo­tional and so­cial costs of fas­cism, and thus a show that be­comes more rel­e­vant to the cur­rent era with ev­ery day that passes. “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” ABC: A brisk and en­joy­able romp and a fine show­case for Hay­ley Atwell, whose en­ergy and un­de­ni­able star power helped the show power through a few mi­nor first-sea­son rough spots.

I“Other Space,” Ya­hoo: like com­edy, I like shows set on space­ships, and I like the work of Paul Feig, and all three came to­gether in this sweetly silly and en­ter­tain­ing com­edy. How do you get peo­ple to pay at­ten­tion to a se­ri­ous, deeply re­searched nar­ra­tive about hous­ing in­equal­ity? Step 1: Turn your story into an Os­car Isaac de­liv­ery sys­tem. Be­yond Isaac, who was typ­i­cally ex­cel­lent, a stel­lar cast brought what could have been a dry story to vivid and mem­o­rable life. “To­geth­er­ness,” HBO: A closely ob­served tragi­com­edy about com­mit­ment and the slow death of dreams, this show gained power over the course of its first sea­son and show­cased ex­cep­tional per­for­mances from the core quar­tet of Mark Du­plass, Me­lanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet and the qui­etly amaz­ing Steve Zis­sis. This show could be a lot to han­dle. But it was im­pos­si­ble to re­sist El­lie Kem­per’s sunny tenac­ity, Ti­tuss Burgess’ de­light­ful per­for­mance and the show’s re­spect for its char­ac­ters’ abil­ity to over­come trauma. *Th­ese are also among my over­all top 20 shows on TV this year.


Tif­fany Hagdish, from left, Jer­rod Carmichael and Am­ber Stevens West star in “The Carmichael Show” on NBC.

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