25 Best TV Shows of 2015

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

'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' (HBO)
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10. 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' (HBO)

It definitely says something about our insane times that the only TV journalist anyone can still trust is this joker. As a Brit outsider, Oliver can get away with laughing at the powers that be instead of sucking up to them, going for in-depth investigative satire rather than bite-size cliches. Week after week, he makes everybody else in the TV-news puppet show look like the cowering toadies they are. Oliver was at his absolute best ranting after the Paris attacks: "If you're in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good fucking luck, because go ahead, bring your bankrupt ideology. They'll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gaulois cigarettes, Camus, Camembert, madeleines, macarons, Marcel Proust and the fucking croquembouche. You just brought a philosophy of rigorous self-abnegation to a pastry fight, my friend. You are fucked."

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