Top 10 TV Shows of 2015
There are long-running favorites on this list, but the No. 1 TV Show of 2015 is a brand new debut. To find out more – check out our ‘Top 10 TV Shows of 2015’
Some might call it cheesy and with a distinct of air of ‘Desperate Housewives’ but surprise hit ‘Empire’ dominates 2015’s ratings. Emmy nominated Taraji P. Henson in particular was a stand out in the Hip-Hop melodrama.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ took the opposite trajectory, not making the top 50 ratings in its first season; it doesn’t have that problem anymore, even its repeats are ratings big hitters. Among the other multi-season ratings stalwarts in the Top 10 like ‘Modern Family’, ‘Family Guy’ , ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Criminal Minds’ are a slew of newcomers. Viola Davis stands out as a scheming Law Professor leading her charges astray in ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and James Spader as the criminal mastermind teaming up to help a rookie FBI agent has been winning critical and fan plaudits.
Shonda Rhimes writer and creator of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is certainly riding high this year. She’s also Executive Producer of two other Top 10 rating hits; ‘Scandal’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.
10. Family Guy
George Lucas is a show fan and was happy to give producers permission for the show’s recurring Star Wars gags. It was cancelled twice since its 1999 launch, but a 2003 fan petition and phenomenal DVD sales resurrected the show and it has consistently done well in ratings since.
9. Once Upon a Time
Fairy tales characters land in the modern world without any memories of how they got there in this show now in it’s fifth season. Fans were delighted when Disney’s ‘Frozen’ characters came on board too, albeit in not quite so sugary sweet versions as the animated movie.
8. Criminal Minds
Now in it’s 11th season agents from the FBI’s “Behavioral Analysis Unit” probe the deepest darkest cases no one else can solve. The opening credits feature serial killers the real life FBI has had to investigate. Season 8 and 9 dipped in the ratings for this show but the last two season have seen it rise again.
7. Grey’s Anatomy
Patrick Dempsey’s character is regularly referred to as Dr mcDreamy, but real life interns slate the show for some inaccuracies, specifically they say the show’s interns look like they have life too easy with perfect hair and makeup; in reality life as an intern in about 80-90 work weeks and permanent bags under your eyes.
6. The Blacklist
A twist on traditional police procedurals with the baddie, one of the world’s most wanted criminals, weighing in to lend a hand. Inspired by ‘Silence of the Lambs’, critics acclaimed series lead James Spader for a performance that they said has made this show his own.
5. How to Get Away with Murder
This critically acclaimed show saw Viola Davis become the first black woman to snag a prime-time Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama role. Series regular Alfred Enoch also starred in 7 out of the 8 Harry Potter movies and his speaking voice is actually British, the show has a voice coach to help perfect his US accent.
Title character Olivia Pope is actually based on Judy Smith a Press Aide under President GW Bush, Smith also serves as one of the show’s executive producers. Portia de Rossi who guested on season four was promoted to season regular for the fifth season.
3. Modern Family
The show has now tied with ‘Frasier’ for most Emmy wins (5) in the ‘Outstanding Comedy’ category. The show’s running joke that character Jay keeps “forgetting” his son Mitchell is gay actually has a basis in real life. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson who plays Mitchell had to come out to his father three times before he would believe he was gay.
2. Big Bang Theory
This show almost didn’t make it after the first pilot flunked. Character’s Leonard and Sheldon were the only ones to survive from that first attempt to go on to feature in the show that has been improving as a rating winner in recent years and moving up charts like our ‘Top 10 TV Shows of 2015’.
‘Empire’ has been a cultural phenomenon, not only did its first season debut in a number one rating position but it has won a slew of awards including an Emmy nomination for lead actress Taraji P. Henson.
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