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

'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' (Netflix)
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15. 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' (Netflix)

At first it was easy to mistrust the instant binge appeal of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, since the new Tina Fey/Robert Carlock creation naturally fed the world's massive 30 Rock craving — it's the TV equivalent of buying a Stewart Copeland solo album because you're sad the Police broke up. But it really holds up over time, like Kimmy herself. Ellie Kemper is touchingly vulnerable as a refugee from Indiana just beginning her adult life after 15 years locked in an underground bunker, by an insane preacher who (brilliantly) turns out to be Jon Hamm. (Why exactly did anyone think a sitcom premise this out-there would fly on NBC?) She steps into the real world with "very distinct scream lines" and curiosity about what Hanson have been up to lately. And she gets crazy lucky with her ace support system — Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Freaking Kane.

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