25 Best TV Shows of 2015

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

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22. 'Rick & Morty' (Adult Swim)

The Justin Roiland/Dan Harmon animated mind-warp centers around the world's crankiest mad scientist and his simple-minded twit of a grandson — a twisted version of Doc Brown and Marty McFly, or Sherman and Dr. Peabody. Rick takes Morty tripping through alternate timelines and exotic galaxies. (The one I need to revisit is wherever they have the full movie of Last Will and Testi-Meow: Weekend at Dead Cat Lady's House II.) But the alien zone they never quite find is the place that holds the secret of how families stay together, despite all the misery they put each other through. Like its soulmate, the equally dark BoJack Horseman, Rick and Morty is an absurdist doodle that nonetheless gallops into extremely bleak emotional territory. And along the way, we get Rick's special brand of grandfatherly wisdom: "Being nice is something stupid people do to hedge their bets."

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