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2015 in Review: The Best of Television

As of today, I’ve watched 14 television shows this year.

Not enormously impressive, I know, but I was impressed in what I saw this year.

Some shows, like Better Call Saul, surprised me in how good they were.

Others, like True Detective, are examples of high hopes shattered into billions of pieces.

I think the best way to to commemorate my thoughts on the year in television is to rank what I have seen, and then talk about what some of my favorite TV things were in 2015.

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6 Films That Could Make Great TV Shows

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Remember when you first heard that Fargo was being turned into a miniseries? Remember thinking, “why?” Remember when you watched it and realized, “you know what, this is pretty good.” Well, you weren’t alone. Fargo went on to win Best Miniseries on Monday night’s Emmys, and now, as the television industry does (or any industry for that matter) when things go right, everyone is trying to catch up. This last week has brought news that TV shows based on Minority Report and Shutter Island are in development, which only means one thing–television series inspired by films are now a trend. Continue reading

Ranking All 9 Seasons of “The Office” from Worst to Best

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“I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder-Mifflin was a great subject for a documentary. There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” -Pam

Say what you will about how the U.S. version of The Office ended, but I have to agree with Pam’s above quote from the series finale. Based on the U.K. series of the same name, The Office ran on NBC for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. Its mockumentary style gave the audience the sense that they were following these ordinary people’s ordinary lives, yet the setting of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company’s Scranton branch created an atmosphere that everything these characters did really did matter in the grand scheme of things.

Still, not everything was extraordinary about the ordinary, and some seasons and story lines were much better than others. With just over a year since the series finale of The Office aired, time has allowed the entire series (201 episodes in all…can you believe it?) to sink in. It’s now time to rank all nine seasons of the show from worst to best.

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