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

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12. 'Game of Thrones' (HBO)

I have no idea who's dead at this point, and there's no purpose even guessing, since you can't trust Game of Thrones not to move the goalposts. (Fact: If you throw someone off the roof and they die, then you jump off the same roof but you don't die, that is cheating. Ask Galileo.) This season was a mixed bag — it had its moments, almost all involving Tyrion, Daenerys or Arya, but it got bogged down in pompous subplots and ineptly dramatized misogyny. (Regardless of whether you think GoT's creative team should be depicting sexual violence, they've repeatedly demonstrated that they're incompetent at it.) It got to the point where I actively enjoyed the dippy lust-in-the-dust Dorne scenes because at least they were camp — I'll take "You want a good girl, but you need a bad pussy" over "The dwarf lives until we find a cock merchant" any day. Save us, Arya.

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