I’m not a huge fan of award shows. I rarely agree with the nominees/winners. (I’ve usually never even heard of half of them.) I hate how badly most actors are at public speaking. (Makes sense considering they only get paid MILLIONS of dollars to be in front of a camera.) I’m tired of laughing awkwardly at people who have tried way too hard to make a joke. (It literally makes me squirm.) I’m sick of hearing the names of all the random people thanked. (I don’t know any of them, nor will I ever.) Not to mention, how long the show usually drags on for. (Shout out to the human in charge of cutting people off with that weird orchestra music…that’d be a fun job.) But, with all of that being said, I’m a movie buff, a binge watching queen and a music junkie…I guess you could say that I LOVE all things entertainment. So, every year I find myself watching the same old award shows that I complain about time and time again.
This year I was pleasantly pleased with some of the winners. It was reconfirmed that Rocky lives on in the hearts of everyone across America, including Sylvester Stallone. (Counting that as a win for the City of Brotherly Love.) Jennifer Lawrence didn’t trip. (Her comedy duo with Amy Schumer was actually kind of funny.) And, who doesn’t love Leo? (I’m scared of Lady GaGa too.) But, the winner I was most thrilled with was Jon Hamm, best actor in a TV series, drama. Now, all of you that know me know that I am a HUGE binge watcher. Give me a computer, a bed and about two weeks and I can have pretty much any show completely wrapped up. I watch a ton of TV, but of all the shows that I watched in 2015, Mad Men far surpassed everything else. I loved it, couldn’t get enough of it and watched all seven seasons in record speed.
So, without further ado, here are my rankings for the shows I binge watched in 2015.
1. MAD MEN
Hands down, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Set in New York City, the show gives you a real feel for what the advertising world was like during the 60s. Everything about it is perfect: the cast, the plotline, the acting. It’s all there: the ego, the competitiveness, the endless amounts of booze, the sex appeal. If you haven’t seen it, you need to start…ASAP.
2. RAY DONOVAN
Another show I highly recommend. Dubbed the most interesting show since The Sopranos, Hollywood’s famous “fixer,” Ray Donovan, resorts to theft, blackmail and murder to get the job done. Despite his questionable morals, it’s hard not to fall in love with Ray and his tight-knit family from Boston. Before you know it, you’ll be talking just like a “Southie.”
3. THE AFFAIR
A struggling author and father of four begins an affair with a young waitress while on summer vacation with his family in the small beach town of Montauk. I like this show because it’s different than anything I’ve ever seen before. The story is told as a dual narrative that splits each episode into two parts. Both perspectives are used to tell the same story, with the truth lying somewhere in the middle.
The most underrated show on television. It is a sort of modern day Mad Men, with its office romances and well-dressed, good-looking cast. The show follows talented junior partner, Mike Ross, who just so happens to be a college dropout who never went to law school. Watch as his secret is slowly revealed.
To be honest, the only reason I started to watch this show was because Kyle Chandler (aka coach Eric Taylor from Friday Night Lights) stars in it. However, it quickly became one of my favorites. The show follows the trials and tribulations of a family of adult siblings whose lives get flipped upside down when their estranged brother returns home. It turns into one hell of a mystery and keeps you at the edge of your seat the entire time. (Especially the last four episodes.) Definitely worth the watch.
SHOWS THAT WERE A BUST:
1. TRUE DETECTIVE
I watched all eight episodes of Season One in one night. Last year, I probably would’ve put True Detective as my number one binge watching show of 2014. But, boy, oh boy, did that show royally disappoint in Season Two. There were too many plotlines, too many characters and I still don’t even really understand the ending. I spent more time Googling the show trying to figure it out, than I did watching it. Huge bust.
I was excited for this show mainly because I had the expectation that it was going to be similar to Entourage. (My favorite show of all time.) But, the only good part about this show were the opening credits. Other than that, it was just blah. It never got very entertaining and I’m sorry, but I just don’t like Dwayne Johnson playing in a more serious role. Doubtful that I’ll tune into Season Two.
Now, I used to LOVE Scandal. I loved the idea of crazy political cover-ups in the White House actually happening in real life. I loved that Olivia Pope was a boss lady who basically ran DC. But, then it got too crazy and too ridiculous and it lost all of its hype.
SHOWS ON THE DOCKET FOR 2016:
It keeps getting better and better reviews. I hear Season Two is must watch television…Gotta give it a whirl.
2. THE NEWSROOM
Not a political person, love political shows (Scandal, Veep, House of Cards). Plus I’ll give anything HBO a shot.
3. THE WIRE
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking…how has she not watched The Wire yet? Exactly why I have to start.