It’s hard to believe we’re almost through with 2015. But before we bid adieu to the passing year and embrace the next one, let’s look back at the five most popular and highest-rated TV shows that won our hearts.

Game of Thrones

Created by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey


Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Release: 2011

Seasons: 6

IMDb Score: 9.5

Though mythical, Game of Thrones is popular among both young and middle-aged viewers, because of the very real chills you get as the fictional noble families battle against the legendary and most fierce creatures of the Earth to claim the Iron Throne.


Mad Men

Created by: Matthew Weiner

Starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

Genre: Drama

Release: 2007


Seasons: 7

IMDb Score: 8.7

The world wants realistic things, and that’s what Mad Men is all about. No fancy stuff! Set in the 1960s, it gives you a glimpse into the professional as well as personal lives of the talented, but mysterious ad agency executives of a prestigious firm in New York.

The Americans

Created by: Joseph Weisberg

Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery


Release: 2013

Seasons: 4

IMDb Score: 8.3

Jaw-dropping, iconic, mysterious—The Americans is one of the hottest TV dramas out there right now. It journeys you through the can’t-say-what’s-next spying of a Soviet couple who pose as ordinary American parents. The pick of season 3 was daughter Paige discovering the hard truth about her parents not being Americans, but rather Russian-born KGB agents.


Created by: Armando Iannucci

Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

Genre: Comedy

Release: 2012

Seasons: 5

IMDb Score: 8.0

Pulling off a political comedy is certainly not easy. But Veep does just that—and it does it brilliantly! There’s probably no other show, at least not recently, that depicts the most cutting cynicism about politics. The funniest bit so far has been the realization that finding a scapegoat to shift the blame to is more important for a politician than sanctioning a law bill.


Created by: Lee Daniels, Danny Strong

Starring: Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett

Genre: Drama, Music

Release: 2015

Seasons: 2

IMDb Score: 8.0
Empire depicts a chasing game between three sons and the ex-wife of a hip hop tycoon who all want to grab his overflowing, multimillion dollar music empire. Taraji P. Henson has largely gained attention for her sultry appearances, bold attitude, and sassy one-liners, like, “You want Cookie’s nookie? Then ditch the bitch.”

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