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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'Silicon Valley' (HBO)
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11. 'Silicon Valley' (HBO)

A huge leap forward for an already excellent comedy: "I don't know about you people, but I don't want to live in a world where somebody else makes the world a better place better than we do." The tech-geek world's start-up culture has been satirized mercilessly ever since it began — some of the jokes here could come right from the Nineties Mr. Show sketch where David Cross plays the mogul who invented the delete button. ("That's a lot of mistakes, or as I like to call them, ‘opportunity-stakes.'") But Silicon Valley feels fresh because it's about a timeless vibe of twenty-something desperation, where mannish boys veer between total arrogance ("We're walking in there with three-foot cocks covered in Elvis dust!") and humiliating defeat — the kind when you go begging for favors from people you've called a "shit-ridden anal wasteland" or a "choad-gargling fuck toilet."

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