20 Best TV Shows of 2015 So Far

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'Wolf Hall' (PBS)

20. 'Wolf Hall' (PBS)

The brilliance of this adaptation of Hilary Mantel's historical bestsellers is that it's strictly for the hardcore — Wolf Hall concedes absolutely nothing to people who don't get instant nipple-wood for BBC-spawned costume psychodramas. If you don't already have fierce opinions about the court politics of King Henry VIII, don't even bother — honey pie, you're not safe here. Mark Rylance lives it up in the dirty 1530s as Sir Thomas Cromwell, the self-invented game-of-thrones schemer who pulls the strings in King Henry's England. But Claire Foy steals the show as Anne Boleyn, the treacherously seductive Joan to Sir Thomas' Don Draper.