25 Best TV Shows of 2015

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

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15. 'Silicon Valley' (HBO)

"What's got two thumbs and three commas? This guy." Silicon Valley is never less than enjoyable when it's about five guys trying to strike it rich — but most of the time, it's about five guys trying to be good at something, which is different and harder to make funny. The already-excellent tech comedy took a big step up this season, especially when their Pied Piper livestream captures a man falling off a cliff and screaming for help; for these geeks, the human tragedy is proof that they built something that works. "This guy's gonna drink his own piss? That's too good." As Kumail Najiani's Dinesh explains in the heat of the crisis, "I can always find another job, but look at us. Doing this. It's intoxicating. Don't act like it's not magical. It is." And he's getting sentimental about streaming video of a man drinking his own urine. With its monomaniacal focus on the highs and lows of work addiction, it really resembles Mad Men more than it does than any other comedy around.

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