If it’s not already apparent from our end of the year coverage thus far, there was definitely one thing everybody agreed on: Broad City really sucked, huh? Nobody watched that. Kidding, of course! It’s a favorite of Hello Giggles editors and contributors, as were the rest of the shows on this list.
Piper Weiss: Black Mirror is Britain’s answer to the Twilight Zone and my answer to insomnia-haunted late nights on Netflix. Each episode tells an eerie tale of modern technology’s imagined effects on the human condition. I’ll just say the first episode of season one is a must watch.
Jane the Virgin
Caroline Gerdes: Jane the Virgin was my favorite fall premiere — it’s like Ugly Betty, Pushing Daisies, and Gilmore Girls had a baby. Also, I must use this space to say I was disappointed by HIMYM‘s finale and am totally #TeamMother.
Weird or What?
Amelia Olson: It’s true I’ve had a crush on William Shatner since the early ’90s, but this show is the modern day Unsolved Mysteries — it’s comical and curious.
Elena Sheppard: I had plans to go out one Friday night but my roommate was watching Broad City. I sat down and did not get up until we had finished the entire season.
Orange Is the New Black
Sophia Elias: Where do I begin? I love the fact that they were open to using unknown actors from all different backgrounds. The writing, the story lines, the humanity of it all — it’s an amazing show that takes us in a lot of surprising directions.
Lindsey Robertson: CARCOSA!
How to Get Away with Murder
Rachel Grate: Watching it with my friend and a glass of wine at the end of a stressful week — there’s nothing more relaxing. I just can’t get enough Shondaland!
You’re the Worst
Erin Mallory Long: This along with Transparent and Jane the Virgin. TV is doing great right now! I hope these shows continue for years.
Brittany Allen: Veep is one of the most caustic (and IMHO, hilarious) of the shows about Capitol Hill. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is just stellar, and the writing is spot-on.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Rachel Paige: This has been my favorite new show of this past year—and it’s educational!
Shameless (season 4)
Gina Vaynshteyn: For all my Shameless fangirls and guys, it was a TOUGH season to watch this year, right? Fiona got into some major, major trouble with the law after she almost (accidentally) killed her little brother, Liam. She ruined a perfect good (albeit, boring), stable relationship. And Frank was on his deathbed. Literally, he was on a bed, dying and trying to con his way to a new liver. And Lip? Lip was just gorgeous as usual, doing his college thing and flipping people off.Shameless, without fail, is always so incredibly gripping and emotional. I love Emmy Rossum as Fiona, and William H. Macy brilliantly plays a selfish alcoholic father. I seriously can’t wait for what this next season brings! Even the Gallaghers might be capable of a fresh start (or not).