25 Best TV Shows of 2015

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

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18. 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' (Netflix)

It might seem daft to compare this reunion event to Brian Wilson finally completing Smile in 2004, but First Day of Camp is that kind of achievement — a crazy idea that seemed doomed to disappoint, an embarrassing nostalgia trip, except against all odds it turns out to be the real thing. David Wain and Michael Showalter got the whole Camp Firewood band back together—even the ones who've gone supernova famous since the original 2001 movie, like Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd. And everybody is freaking overjoyed to be there, which gives emotional resonance to even the stupidest jokes, especially the climax where the campers battle Reagan's invading troops with Frisbees, kickballs and rock & roll. And I love this pep talk from Amy Poehler's Susie: "Now you get back up onstage, you beautiful broken son of a bitch, and you dance like your life depends on it. Because it does."

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