25 Best TV Shows of 2015

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

7. 'Fargo' (FX)

The first season took off from the Coen brothers' film, without ever escaping its shadow — but this is a whole new Fargo story, as Patrick Wilson's Vietnam-vet cop faces Bokeem Woodbine's super-smooth killer. The amazing cast is full of actors you didn't know had this much jam in them: Jesse Plemons as a thick-headed butcher boy, Kirsten Dunst as his deceptively dangerous blonde wife, Jean Smart as a mob mama. Most surprisingly, there's also Bruce Campbell as Ronald Reagan, 2015's favorite TV villain — the old draft-dodging nuke freak had cameos in The Americans, Deutschland 83 and Wet Hot American Summer — but he really gets his here, as the frontman for the fat cats who’ve figured out he's their meal ticket. It's a heartland crime tale that doubles as a snapshot of the whole country.

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