20 Best TV Shows of 2015 So Far

From hip-hop soap operas to stoner comedies and spy dramas, it's been a great half-year

'Archer' (FX)
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17. 'Archer' (FX)

Archer had it all this season: jet-set espionage adventures to family dysfunction; the best "sister's wedding" episode of all time to the best "everybody gets stuck in an elevator" bottle episode of all time; and Christian Slater, an extremely welcome boomerang from last year's "Archer Vice" experiment. (It foreshadows his excellent new Mr. Robot as well as the fact that he gave the only half-decent performance in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. The McConaugh-ssaince was fun — now bring on the Slater-ssaince!) "How, either in this universe or any of its infinite parallels, could I possibly embarrass you?" "By dressing like a maitre d' on a dinner cruise for gay Republicans?" "That's a thing?"

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