25 Best TV Shows of 2015

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

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14. 'Hannibal' (NBC)

In retrospect, it was always vaguely psychotic this show ever made it to NBC in the first place. I'm sure somebody along the chain of command decided that was a fit. The shocking thing about Bryan Fuller's Hannibal wasn't so much the violence, which many of us had to watch through our fingers, but the lushness of the killer-aesthete's well-appointed abodes, the comfiness of his furniture, the finicky attention to detail in his culinary-cannibal lifestyle. Mads Mikkelsen has the predatory focus of any Top Chef contestant who ever made it past the first Quickfire. The third and final course was the most disturbing, with Hannibal living la dolce vita in Florence with Gillian Anderson, lecturing about Dante (he ate an Italian professor for dinner and stole his identity, a shrewd move in today's academic job market) en route to his deadly rendezvous with Hugh Dancey's Will and Laurence Fishburne's Jack. Nice new Siouxsie song in the finale, too. Ciao, Hannibal.

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