Here at Best Offers Bingo, we have a keen interest in things that are simply just the best! So now we’re in the loom of the January blues – what better way to brighten up than to reflect on 2015 and what a great year we all had. It was a phenomenal year for the TV industry, where the variety of shows on offer proved to be a very close cut for popularity. The fine choice of genres had us on our toes, but in a competition to reign the status as 2015’s most popular TV shows, we are left in even more suspense.
Did Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings fool us all in their undercover status and sneak their way to the top? Or did Dr Who take first place with his humanoid powers? Look no more, we have compiled a list of the top 10 TV shows from last year and it’s pretty interesting…
10. Wolf Hall
A British TV series first broadcast in BBC Two in 2015. The series is an adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels. The show is a focus on the rapid rise of power to Thomas Cromwell, in the court of King Henry VIII through the death of Sir Thomas More, followed by Cromwell’s success in freeing the king of his marriage to Anne Boleyn.
9. The Leftovers
An American TV drama series, following the mysterious disappearances, world-wide, and specifically follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. They must begin to rebuild their lives after the loss of more than 100 million people.
A British-American science fiction series, which features synthetic humans and robots with artificial intelligence. The programme features how the latest gadget to have in an android robot, called a Synth. One man buys a synth in hope that it will help him solve all problems with his relationship with his wife, but she soon becomes skeptical. The show is broadcasted on Channel 4 and AMC and has proved very popular.
7. Master of None
An American comedy TV series, following the personal and professional life of a Dev, a 30 year old actor in New York. The shows title alludes to the figure of speech ‘jack of all trades, master to none’
A small town murder mystery, where a young boy has died. The programme focuses on the impact that his death has had on the town, in terms of grief, suspicion, and media attention. The show is broadcasted on ITV and features superb actors such as David Tennant and Olivia Colman. Since its premiere in 2013, the show has proved pretty popular.
5. Dr Who
A humanoid alien who can travel space and time in his blue British police box called a ‘tardis’. When entering this device, he is able to explore from 1963 to the present day. The science-fiction show is broadcasted on BBC and follows the Doctor in his mission to put the interest of those in need as centrefold. He has incredible powers, but it wasn’t quite enough to push him to number 1 as 2015’s most popular TV show.
4. The Americans
An American TV period drama series, which premiered in 2013. Set in the early 1960’s during the Cold War, the show depicts two Soviet intelligence agents Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings, who pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. The show follows the agents, living in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. with their unsuspecting children and their neighbour, who is an FBI agent working for counterintelligence.
3. Downton Abbey
At third place was an extremely popular TV drama series which is set in historical Edwardian times during 1912. The award-winning British programme follows the bustling and idyllic lives of the aristocratic Crawley family, whilst their servants attend to them in their yorkshire country house Downton Abbey.
2. Game of Thrones
An American fantasy drama TV series, which is an adaption of fantasy novels. Since its premiere in 2011, the show has proved very popular. Set in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, the programme chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron throne.
1. Mad Men
An American period drama TV series about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960’s. With a particular focus on one of the firm’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. According to the shows pilot, the phrase ‘mad men’ was a slang term coined in the 1950’s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves.
It was a tough game for each of these shows competing for 2015’s most popular TV show. But reaching the top 10 is still pretty darn good! Some incredible actors and a generous array of genres aird our TV’s last year, but what’s in store for 2016? Do you think any of these programmes will continue to rank their way to the top in a quest to be the best TV show for 2016? Or do you think they weren’t even worthy of being in 2015’s top TV shows? Let us know how you would have ranked the top ten TV shows for 2015 in the comments below!
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