This is a filler week; we all know it. A Christmas hangover leading into a New Year's hangover, then we're back to TV business as usual. In the meantime, The Only TV Column That Matters™ will remind you of what you should have been watching in 2015 (and can still on-demand), as well as the shows we've lost, and those that should just die already.
Shows I Told You to Watch (Cable)
Bates Motel (A&E). Stitchers (ABC Family).Better Call Saul, Fear the Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Humans, Into the Badlands, The Walking Dead (AMC). Childrens Hospital, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Rick & Morty, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell (Adult Swim). Doctor Who, Orphan Black (BBC America). Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Odd Mom Out (Bravo). Banshee, The Knick (Cinemax). Another Period, Big Time in Hollywood FL, Broad City, Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, The Meltdown With Jonah & Kumail, Review (Comedy Central). Kingdom (DirecTV/Audience). The Royals (E!). The Americans, American Horror Story: Hotel, Archer, Fargo, Louie, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Strain (FX). It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Man Seeking Woman, You're the Worst (FXX). Game of Thrones, Girls, Silicon Valley, True Detective, Veep (HBO). Vikings (History). Benders, Documentary Now!, Maron, Portlandia, The Spoils Before Dying (IFC). UnReal (Lifetime). Episodes, Penny Dreadful, Masters of Sex, Ray Donovan, Shameless (Showtime). Ash vs. Evil Dead, Blunt Talk, Flesh & Bone, Outlander (Starz). Rectify, The Returned (Sundance). 12 Monkeys, Dark Matter, The Expanse, Killjoys, Z Nation (Syfy). Playing House, Mr. Robot (USA). Manhattan, Salem (WGN America).
Shows I Told You to Watch (Streaming)
The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Transparent (Amazon Prime). Casual, Difficult People, The Mindy Project (Hulu).Bloodline, BoJack Horseman, Daredevil, F is for Family, House of Cards, Jessica Jones, Longmire, Master of None, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, Sense8, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, W/ Bob & David, Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix). Con Man (Vimeo).
Shows I Told You to Watch (Old-Timey Broadcast)
Blackish, Fresh Off the Boat, Marvel's Agent Carter, Quantico (ABC). Person of Interest, Supergirl (CBS). The 100, Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin (The CW). Bob's Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Golan the Insatiable, Gotham, The Grinder, The Last Man on Earth, New Girl, Scream Queens, Wayward Pines (Fox). Aquarius, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Grimm (NBC).
Shows That Went to TV Heaven
Blood & Oil, Revenge, Wicked City (ABC). Mad Men (AMC). Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Adult Swim). Battle Creek, CSI, Extant, Under the Dome (CBS). America's Next Top Model, Hart of Dixie (The CW). Strike Back (Cinemax). Key & Peele (Comedy Central). The Grace Helbig Show, The Soup (E!). The Bastard Executioner, The Bridge, The Comedians, Justified, Married (FX). The League (FXX). Glee, Minority Report (Fox). Getting On, Looking (HBO). Garfunkel & Oates (IFC). Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, Constantine, Hannibal, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, The Player, Truth Be Told, Welcome to Sweden (NBC). Hemlock Grove (Netflix). Happyish, Web Therapy (Showtime). Continuum, Helix (Syfy). Cougar Town (TBS). Agent X, Legends (TNT). Community (Yahoo!).
Shows That Belong in TV Hell
The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Dancing With the Stars, Dr. Ken, The Muppets (ABC). The Big Bang Theory, CSI: Cyber, The Odd Couple, Scorpion, Undercover Boss (CBS). I Am Cait, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Rich Kids, Total Divas (E!). American Idol, Grandfathered (Fox). Ballers (HBO). Heroes Reborn, Undateable, The Voice (NBC). Real Rob (Netflix). The Affair, Homeland (Showtime). Chrisley Knows Best, Donny! (USA). CW
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