5 Best of 2015 on the Tube
Don’t lie, for people who “rarely watch TV anymore,” we all watched a ton of tube this year. Just not the same way we did 10 years ago. Gone are the days of rushing home from work or school to catch an episode just in time. Gone are the days of having to wait for re-airs, or DVD box sets to watch a missed episode.
Today we live in the internet age. We watch TV when we want, where we want. In our rooms, at work, on the bus, when we should be studying for finals. Its all on demand. Streaming and torrenting have taken over the world, and the TV companies are finally starting to realize it.
Netflix is a dominant force. Both on Wall St. and in procrastination, but I am thankful for it. And the internet too. They have opened to colour nuances of creativity that we may have never been able to see before.
That’s why my 5th best TV show of 2015 was a Netflix Original.
5. Master of None
Aziz was amazing. The cast was amazing. Great show. Definitely not for everyone. This one is incredibly subjective. If you love awkward realism for 30 minutes, this is the show for you. Aziz is able to perfectly capture modern romance and project it with humour through Dev Shah’s various on screen exploits. Season 2 will hopefully equal or exceed the success of season 1.
4. Orphan Black
Tatiana Maslany broke the Canadian TV stereotype in 1 (or 5) fell swoop. If you’ve ever watched original Canadian TV…hahah, like you’ve ever finished it. Canadian TV shows usually come with that CBC feel. Too nice, too clean. Just not believable. They certainly aren’t bearable. They are what they are. Orphan Black is not that.
Although the producers attempt to hide it, it does exude that Canadian feel early on. The way they talk, the way they act. You suspect it instantly. It begins that way, then Tatiana just clicks. The show just, clicks. Everything meshes together perfectly. Prepare to be obsessed. The show parallels the plot twists with dynamic character changes to create maybe the greatest Canadian TV show ever.
3. House of Cards
I once spent 9 hours in a day watching this TV show.
House of Cards is brilliant. The Braintrust at Netflix are to television now as Babe Ruth was to baseball. Dominant. Add this to your queue ASAP if you haven’t seen this already.
HOC pulls back the curtain on what people will do for power. There are no limits. Just obstacles. Success is the only option, at all costs. Lose yourself as you watch Frank Underwood in his ascent to the top.
Fair warning, don’t schedule anything for about two weeks after you start watching this.
2. Mr. Robot
Everything you see and hear is part of this show. Watch it once, watch it twice, watch it three times. Sam Esmail leaves this show dripping in symbolism. The viewer doesn’t get a moment to themselves, considering the viewer is taking part in the show.
You have to admire an actor capable of playing an antisocial, mentally disturbed lead (See Jake Gyllenhaal — Nightcrawler), but Rami Malek set the new standard. He owns the role of Eliot immediately and never lets it go.
The show is filled with twists and turns you will never see coming, or do you? Esmail beautifully ties in every single part of the series to create an intelligent, winding plot. Watch it.
1. Game of Thrones
What can I say? If you haven’t watched it I don’t even really want to talk to you. At all. Just watch it. When you get to the scene of the picture above, thank me.
These are my Top 5ive Tv shows of 2015. Some started in the year, some continued in the year. All of them are expected to return in 2016. So quick, use whatever holidays you have left and get to watching.
*Bonus* My Sixth Man
Who did a better job with the story of Pablo Escobar? Wagner Moura or Vincent Chace?
Let’s agree to agree that Wagner absolutely murdered this (figuratively and literally).
The program creators were able to use a cacophony of violence to express the life of Pablo Escobar, man of the people. His will to deliver to his people while mercilessly killing those who opposed him is what made Pablo one of the most well known cartel lords in the history of the world. Using brute force to rise to the top and not willing to give up that title at all costs. Who would’ve thought Netflix would nail this? At this point, everyone.