There was dramas, comedies and even a dash of sci-fi TV shows that had us hooked in 2015. See what The Fuss thinks are the best new TV shows to grace our screens in the last 12 months.
In 2015 we were treated to not one but two series of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s delightful Catastrophe a charming and hilarious tale of two strangers who decide to raise a baby together after a casual one night stand.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Obsession seems like something of an understatement when describing our love for the new Netflix original comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Starring Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street actress Ellie Kemper as the eponymous Kimmy Schmidt, an Indiana ‘mole woman’ who was held hostage in a bunker for 15 years, it follows her fish-out-of-water adventures in New York as she attempts to start life afresh. Orbiting her new life are her gay roommate with aspirations of stardom, her strange and possibly insane landlord, and her wealthy and vain boss.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has well and truly filled the void left by creator Tina Fey’s former show 30 Rock. Packed with hilarious lines, whimsical characters and a genuinely uplifting story to boot, it may indeed be the funniest TV season of the last few years.
Don’t miss the 9 funniest moments of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
We only got the first season of Empire back towards the beginning of the year, but we were hooked from the get go. Cookie Lyon is our new favourite character and we can only dream of having as much sass as her. The music industry drama has interesting characters, original plot lines and plenty of catchy tunes, we can’t get enough.
Back at the end of Janaury Fortitude premiered on Sky Atlantic after a huge budget of £25m, the show itself was bold and brutal and boasted a phenomenal ensemble case.
It’s a classic who-done-it series, surrounded by the picturesque polar landscape of Fortitude, a town in the Arctic. Filled with residents who form a tight-knit community, the town has never been the site of a violent crime. That changes, though, when a research scientist is killed, which leads to an investigation that prompts police officers begin to suspect and mistrust one another. Members of the community also struggle to understand the terror that has been unleashed among them. While all this is going on, above-average temperatures result in record ice melt, which reveals secrets that have long been hidden underneath Fortitude's frozen landscape.
It’s a wonderful original and intriguing series with great acting, cinematography and excellently constructed. If you were left feeling a little deflated with the finale, a second series has been commissioned.
Better Call Saul
The prequel certainly filled the Breaking Bad shaped whole in our lives, and thankfully it’s sharply written and delivers on the fascinating concept of telling us the backstory of the eccentric and morally-questionable Saul Goodman.
Better Call Saul is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White, and when we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill.
We think you should definitely give the series time to develop and remember that Breaking Bad took years to become the classic that it is.
This year Netflix excelled with their Original Series on offer, this was the first in a series of shows that will lead up to a ‘Defenders’ crossover miniseries.
Lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock uses his heightened senses from being blinded as a young boy to fight crime at night on the streets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood, as Daredevil.
The show is extremely dark and intriguing, brutal and compelling. Daredevil has the potential to become one of the best TV adaptations of a superhero property ever.
The C Word
Sheridan Smith gave her all in the heartbreaking drama, The C Word, which was inspired by Lisa Lynch’s book of the same name which was expanded from her successful blog. The C-Word is very sad and very funny and very honest and – most of all – very human.
Shameless creator Paul Abbott hit the nail on the head with another series that was both gripping and funny. No Offence tells the story of a group of police officers on the front line who go above and beyond to bring the criminal element to justice. It’s bold and rude, but definitely not crude, and as we’ve come to expect from Abbot, vibrant, warm and real. The central team of characters breathed real life into this police procedural and we can’t wait to see what the second series brings, it’s due to start filming in early 2016.
Hopes were high for Channel 4’s big budget drama, and thankfully it did not disappoint. Gemma Chan gave a beautiful performance as robot synth Anita/Mia, while Katherine Parkinson continued to show she is a powerhouse dramatic actress.
Grace and Frankie
While Grace and Frankie isn’t perfect, the original storyline certainly tugged at heart strings. Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) are frenemies whose lives are turned upside down – and permanently intertwined – when their husbands leave them for each other.
It’s light-hearted in its celebration of the continued celebration of people in the later years of their lives, addressing their concerns without reducing its characters to fumbling old biddies with a lost sense of purpose. Fonda and Tomlin bring life and plausibility to a story that might otherwise have fallen flat.
Doctor Foster is the show that had 8 million of us tune in for the final episode of the BBC drama, it’s safe to say the story had us hooked.
The five-part domestic thriller is a brilliant and gripping portrait of a marriage slowly being poisoned by the fear of a cheating spouse and thanks to its relentless pace and Suranne Jone’s explosive performance as the volatile, betrayed wife, it was thoroughly compelling from start to finish.
Fox’s limited event series was based on Blake Crouch’s best-selling novel Pines, with Matt Dillion and Melissa Leo bring to life the melodramatic thriller. The show was a thrill to watch, with original puzzles and clues that completely draw you in. Strong acting, a quick pace and plenty of questions and answers all add to intrigue of this drama.
Yet another Netflix original series to make the list, Narcos introduced us to the gritty world of Medellin, Columbia. Based on the true story of drug lord Pablo Escobar’s billion-dollar illegal enterprise, Narcos was gripping from start to finish and featured a powerful performance from Wagner Moura as Escobar.
Blindspot will undoubtedly have you gripped from the first episode when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. There are questions to be answered and you won’t turn your back on this programme until you know them all.
Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar star as the detectives in Unforgotten which sees the bones of a young man found beneath the footings of a demolished house, an investigation ensues that will unravel the lives of four people who have been waiting for this moment for nearly forty years, as they discover the past can’t, and won’t, stay buried forever.
The show developed with marvellous twists and turns and powerful performances to keep us gripped.
River is more than just a crime drama following two central police officers and their relationship, they’re both polar opposites. We don’t want to give too much away if you have yet to get round to watching the BBC drama, it’s all about personal tragedy, demons and a study of loss and grief. Stellan Skarsgard is terrific as is Nicola Walker.