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

'Louie' (FX)
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14. 'Louie' (FX)

Louie specializes in momentary flare-ups — the motorcycle crash, the Parker Posey romance, the Miami bromance — although every Louis C.K. fan would pick a different flare-up as his peak. (My money's on Miami, which isn't as famous as some of the other Louie storylines, but for me remains the one that lives up to every ambition the man has ever claimed.) Last season was his post-funny experiment, ditching any kind of comedy for quizzical introspective mini-dramas. So this is his post-post-funny season, not so much going back to laughs as anxiously tiptoeing around them. When that twentysomething in the kitchenware store informs Louie how obsolete he is in the new world — "We're the future and you don't belong in it, because we're beyond you" — all he can do is agree.

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