The Best Commercials of 2015

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1. Apple TV – “The Future of Television” – The spot for Apple’s latest innovation has the bouncy sort of colors and sounds that portend utopia.

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Best New TV Characters of 2015

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1. Rad Cunningham (Will Forte), Moonbeam City – On an underseen show, Will Forte worked his indelible powers of empathy and open-mindedness to birth another one of his beautifully pathetic creations. In the patently ridiculous Moonbeam City PD, Rad is the most ridiculous, and the most childish, but also the most profoundly human.

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Best TV Scenes of 2015

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These were the moments that had me had me keeling over, on the edge of my seat, and begging for mercy.

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10. The Eric Andre Show, “Bird Up!” – Focus group – This is how TV gets made, apparently.

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The Best TV Episodes of 2015

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If you binge through this list, you will get a good sense of the televisual excellence of 2015. These selections lean heavily toward comedy, for two reasons: I watch more comedies than dramas, and comedies naturally distill their greatness more readily into individual episodes while dramas do so more naturally in multi-episode arcs. The top 5 are ranked below, while the rest are unranked and organized alphabetically by show.

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Best TV Shows of 2015 by Platform

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I have already posted my picks for the top 10 shows of the year on Starpulse, but of course I wanted to expand that list, because there are obviously much more than 10 excellent programs in any given year. This year I decided to do something little different and organize my rankings by platform. So we have the best of network TV, the best of basic cable, the best of premium/subscription cable, and the best of streaming. The organization of these categories is a little informal, considering, for example that whether a cable channel is basic or premium can depend on the cable provider and/or location. But I did my best to stay consistent. Basic cable is easily the most impressive field (as it has the most channels).

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