25 Best TV Shows of 2015

From female superheroines to cyberpunk hackers, the year's small-screen highpoints

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9. 'Better Call Saul' (AMC)

Nobody had any lofty expectations for this: Saul Goodman, the sleazebag lawyer from Breaking Bad, gets his own spin-off prequel. Who could have predicted it would turn out this great? It stands on its own as a comic desert noir — Bob Odenkirk fills every scene with the dank odor of a small-time shyster's flop sweat, doing his little All That Jazz "It's showtime, folks!" psych-up routine in the courthouse bathroom mirror. And Jonathan Banks has never been more terrifying, especially in the standout episode "Five-O," as tough guy Mike Ehrmantraut makes his bones. What more could Odenkirk fans ask from 2015? Oh wait ... he also got back down with David Cross for Netflix's four-episode Mr. Show reunion. Now that's a year.

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