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
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.
Created by: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
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.
Created by: Joseph Weisberg
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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
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
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.”