With the rise of original programming on streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu, it seems like there’s more TV shows to pick and binge watch now than ever before. In 2015 we saw a huge influx of quality new shows, and it can be overwhelming trying to select what to watch when you’re pretending you’re “sick” to avoid going out on a Friday night. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered — these are the best new shows of 2015.
1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix
Only Tina Fey could make a show about a woman navigating life after being trapped in an underground cult this funny. Come for the catchiest theme song ever, stay for Tituss, wannabe Broadway star.
2. Master of None, Netflix
Aziz Ansari is one funny dude — we already knew that. But people who only knew him as the flashy and selfish Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation” were in for a pleasant surprise. His Netflix show tackled important issues for 20somethings: From racism to sexual harassment to total frustration of trying to pin down a date through texting.
3. Narcos, Netflix
This crime show tackles the story of the infamous Columbian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and the DEA agents tasked to bring him down. Few shows had us on the edge of our seats like this, and it’s all based on a true story.
4. Bloodline, Netflix
“Sometimes you know something’s coming. You can feel it. In the air. In your gut. And you don’t sleep at night. The voice in your head is telling you that something is going to go terribly wrong and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. That’s how I felt when my brother came home.”
So begins, the narration of “Bloodline” first episode. And with that you’re already hooked.
5. Empire, Fox
“Empire” was maybe the buzziest show to come out of 2015, period. Focusing on a dying hip-hop mogul and his efforts to keep control of his company, “Empire” consistently kept the shockers coming. And it has Cookie, the best TV character to come out of 2015. Watch and try not to fall in love with her.
6. Quantico, ABC
“Quantico” takes place at an FBI office, where a group of new recruits are training, but one of them may just be a terrorist hiding in plain sight. “Quantico” gets points for being thrilling, timely, and having a woman of color as the lead.
7. Scream Queens, Fox
What would happen if Ryan Murphy’s two shows, “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” had a baby? It would look something like “Scream Queens,” the totally bonkers murder mystery/sorority satire that includes Nick Jonas shirtless, Ariana Grande being stabbed, and Lea Michele as a dork in a neck brace. What else are you looking for?
8. Better Call Saul, AMC
If you loved “Breaking Bad,” you’ll be able to mourn the show a little better by latching onto this spinoff, Better Call Saul, about Walter’s amazing attorney. It’s not quite the same, but its got plenty to offer.
9. Mr. Robot, USA
All about a vigilante hacker whose working to bring down corporate America — and the ethical dilemmas that follow. Mr. Robot gets right into your head and has some pretty shocking twists. If you start the show, clear your calendar for the rest of the day, you won’t be able to stop until you see what’s next.
10. Jessica Jones, Netflix
Superheroes are all the rage these days and they’re slowly moving over from the big screen to our TV sets. Marvel continues its quest for entertainment worldwide domination with this drama series following Jessica Jones, a PI with enhanced abilities and a lot of issues. Jessica Jones is darker and grittier than most Marvel fare, with a very realistic heroine in the always fantastic Krysten Ritter. “Iron Man” has some competition for your new favorite Marvel hero.