10 TV Shows You Need to Be Watching in 2015

From British gangster thrillers to lone-wolf-cop dramas, these are the series you should be catching up with ASAP

'Babylon' (SundanceTV)

Executive producer Danny Boyle directed this British satire's pilot, which starts with a stand-off involving aggro cops, a pantsless (and underwear-less) man and a Tasered dog, and only slightly calms down from there. Recruited by London's Metro Police headquarters, a hotshot PR guru (The East's Brit Marling) finds herself in over head as urban sniper attacks, prison riots and a rogue TV cameraman test her crisis-negotiation skills. In addition to Boyle, the pedigree for this import is strong: The Missing's James Nesbitt plays an under-pressure commissioner, and co-writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong both did time on stellar Britcoms Peep Show and The Thick of It. (The latter also penned that creepy-as-hell Black Mirror episode about recording memories, "The Entire History of You.") It may not quite hit the highs of those shows, but the way this seven-episode series toggles between interoffice backbiting, blue-collar pathos and exploring how "transparency" is just another manufactured facade to meticulously keep up deserves attention.