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Most underappreciated shows of 2015

Most underappreciated shows of 2015

04/01/2016TV

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, 2015 was AMAZING for TV. In amid all the incredible shows that caught our attention, there were dozens of little gems that may have slipped under your radar. Here are 15 must-see shows that, if you missed them, really should be on your catch up list for 2016. 

Broad City (Comedy Central / 4Music)

Created by stars and co-writers Abbi Glazer and Illana Jacobson, this delightfully absurd comedy series about 20-something life in New York is the funniest thing on TV. The show's genius lies in its ability to take a seemingly mundane plot and spin it into something deeply weird and laugh-out-loud funny every single week.

Marvel's Agent Carter (Fox TV UK)

The world needs more female-led action series and this enjoyable, snappily-paced espionage show delivers on all fronts. Set in the 1940s, it features Hayley Atwell's confident, capable and extremely charismatic lead character, doing, as she memorably put it in an interview, "everything Captain America can do, but backwards and in high heels".

Zoo (Sky1)

Based on the novel by James Patterson, this gloriously trashy US TV series posits a sort of animal apocalypse, where various creatures all over the world begin violently attacking humans. Highlights include cats having secret meetings and a canine assassination squad, as well as one of the best cliff-hanger finales in recent memory.

BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

Don't be fooled by appearances. This superb adult animation may look like a silly show about a talking horse, but it's actually both a razor-sharp Hollywood satire and a surprisingly emotional drama-slash-black comedy. It's also very, very funny, with consistently impressive guest stars. Quite possibly the best show on Netflix.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's charming and colourful sitcom gives The Office's Ellie Kemper a gift of a lead role as relentlessly upbeat Kimmy, a 29-year-old woman adjusting to life in New York City after spending 15 years being held in an underground doomsday cult by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm).

Narcos (Netflix)

Directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha, this gripping US drama traces the rise to power of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura, magnificent) and the Medellín Cartel. Narrated by Boyd Holbrook's DEA agent, the series is notable for its illustrative use of archival footage, reminding you that this often incredible story really happened.

Transparent (Amazon Prime)

Recently renewed for a third season, Amazon Prime's award-winning comedy drama focuses on the up-ended lives of three Los Angeles siblings after their father, retired political science professor Mort Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), announces that he has always identified as a woman. Beautifully acted and sensitively written, this is both moving and laugh-out-loud funny.

The Man In The High Castle (Amazon Prime)

Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, Amazon Prime's dystopian sci-fi series is set in an alternate version of 1962, in which the Nazis won World War II. Alexa Davalos plays plucky Resistance member Juliana Crain and there's quality villainy from Rufus Sewell as Obergruppenführer John Smith.

Danger 5 (Netflix)

For an alternate take on Nazi-bashing, check out this bizarre Australian action comedy set in a campy, 1960s-style version of World War II, in which a group of international spies attempt to kill Hitler. Think Garth Marenghi's Dark Place meets 'Allo 'Allo, with a dash of Archer thrown in for good measure.

Mr Robot (Amazon Prime)

Recently renewed for a second season, this mesmerisingly trippy US thriller series stars Rami Malek as a socially awkward computer genius who's recruited by the mysterious Mr Robot (Christian Slater, no less) into an underground hacker group called fsociety. Blending hacktivism, conspiracy theories and corporate evil, this is thrilling, fascinating and unsettlingly dark.

UnReal (Lifetime)

Set against the backdrop of a fictitious dating show called Everlasting, this sharply-written black comedy-drama takes an acerbic look at the behind-the-scenes manipulation and collateral damage of a prime-time reality TV hit. Shiri Appleby plays a TV producer pushed by her boss (Constance Zimmerman) to make the show as salacious as possible.

The Americans (ITV / ITV Encore)

This 80s-set espionage drama continues to go from strength to strength. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell play two Soviet KGB agents posing as a suburban American married couple, whose children are unaware of their true identities and whose friend and neighbour (Noah Emmerich) just happens to be an FBI agent.

Orphan Black (BBC Three / iPlayer)

The plotting may be absurdly complicated, but there's one compelling reason to watch Orphan Black and that reason's name is Tatiana Maslany. The convoluted clone-related set-up means that the insanely talented Maslany plays over a dozen different characters on the show, often acting opposite herself up to four times in a single scene.

Catastrophe (Channel 4)

Fans of Sharon Horgan's much-missed Pulling should find solace in Catastrophe, in which she co-stars with co-writer Rob Delaney as an Irish school teacher who falls pregnant after a brief affair with a visiting American businessman, only for him to propose after she gives him the news.

Uncle (BBC Three)

Like its BBC Three stablemate Him & Her, Uncle is an engagingly written comedy that's brimming with off-beat charm and has a consistently high gag-rate. Nick Helm plays unemployed musician Andy (allowing for some inspired musical numbers) who reluctantly agrees to look after his 12 year-old nephew Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillott).

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