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

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'This Week Tonight With John Oliver' (HBO)
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19. 'This Week Tonight With John Oliver' (HBO)

Week after week, atrocity after atrocity, Oliver continues to bring it, proving that when it comes to noticing really fucking obvious truths about America, it helps to not be American. As a rumpled Brit outsider, he can get away with being brutally honest in a way that most of our commentators can't match, just because it's trickier for us not to lose our tempers over these things. Oliver never crosses the line into moral hectoring, which is a harder feat than it looks, even when he's schmoozing with Edward Snowden or mocking the internet as a misogyny superhighway. Preach on: "If you're thinking, 'Well, come on, that doesn't seem like that big a problem' — well, congratulations on your white penis. Because if you have one of those, you probably have a very different experience of the internet."

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