Best TV Shows of the 2014-15 Season

  • Publish Date: August 12, 2015
  • Comments: ↓ 7 user comments

Best comedies

Awards

Below are the shows that have been nominated for (Nomination) or have won (Winner) awards for best overall comedy this season. Note that Emmy winners will be announced the evening of September 20th. The TCA Awards are handed out each year by the Television Critics Association (consisting of print/web TV critics and journalists), while the newer (and somewhat less prestigious) Critics Choice Television Awards are handed out by a separate group consisting of broadcast journalists.

In addition, note that the Golden Globes were given out in the middle of the season, so any shows debuting during the first half of this year won't be up for Globe consideration until next year. (Any 2014 Golden Globe nominations for shows from the 2013-14 season are omitted from this page.)

  Best Comedy Series  
Show Emmy
Awards
TCA
Awards
Critics
Choice
Golden
Globes
Watch Now
The Big Bang Theory CBS, Season 8   Nomination     Amazon iTunes
Broad City Comedy Central, Season 2     Nomination   Amazon iTunes
Inside Amy Schumer Comedy Central, S3   Winner     Amazon iTunes Comedy Central Hulu+
Jane the Virgin CW, Season 1   NominationNomination Nomination Nomination Amazon iTunes
Louie FX, Season 5 Nomination       Amazon iTunes
Modern Family ABC, Season 6 Nomination       Amazon iTunes Hulu+
Mom CBS, Season 2     Nomination   Amazon iTunes
Parks and Recreation NBC, Season 7 Nomination       Amazon iTunes Hulu+
Silicon Valley HBO, Season 2 Nomination   Winner Nomination HBO
Transparent Amazon, Season 1 Nomination NominationNominationNomination*† Nomination Winner Amazon
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix, S 1 Nomination Nomination     Netflix
Veep HBO, Season 4 Nomination   Nomination   HBO
You're the Worst FX, Season 1     Nomination   Amazon iTunes Hulu+

* Includes a TCA nomination in the Program of the Year category
Includes a TCA nomination in the Best New Show category

Best-reviewed comedies

Here are the season's best-reviewed NEW comedies, ranked in order by Metascore (based on reviews published at the time of each show's premiere). Because very few comedies are re-reviewed by critics in subsequent seasons, the list only includes first-year shows.

First-Year Comedies Ranked by Metascore, 2014-15 TV Season
  Comedy Series Network Watch Now Metascore
1 Transparent Amazon Amazon 91
2 Catastrophe Amazon Amazon 83
3 Survivor's Remorse Starz Amazon iTunes 81
4 Jane the Virgin CW Amazon iTunes 80
5 Togetherness HBO HBO 79
6 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix Netflix 78
7 black-ish ABC Amazon iTunes Hulu+ 77
8 Fresh Off the Boat ABC Amazon iTunes Hulu+ 75
9 Younger TV Land Amazon iTunes Hulu+ 75
10 Garfunkel & Oates IFC Amazon iTunes 73
... and the worst:
  One Big Happy NBC   37

A show must have at least 7 reviews from critics to be eligible for this list and all other rankings on this page. Includes shows that debuted between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Shows are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding.

Best dramas

Awards

Here are the dramas that have been nominated for (Nomination) or have won (Winner) awards for best overall drama this season.

  Best Drama Series  
Show Emmy
Awards
TCA
Awards
Critics
Choice
Golden
Globes
Watch Now
The Affair Showtime, Season 1       Winner Amazon iTunes
The Americans FX, Season 3   WinnerNomination** Winner   Amazon iTunes
Better Call Saul AMC, Season 1 Nomination Winner     Amazon iTunes
Downton Abbey PBS, Season 5 Nomination     Nomination Amazon iTunes
Empire Fox, Season 1   WinnerNominationNomination**† Nomination   Hulu+ Amazon iTunes
The Flash CW, Season 1   Nomination     Amazon iTunes
Game of Thrones HBO, Season 5 Nomination NominationNomination** Nomination Nomination HBO
The Good Wife CBS, Season 6     Nomination Nomination Amazon Prime iTunes
Homeland Showtime, Season 4 Nomination   Nomination   Amazon iTunes
House of Cards Netflix, Season 3 Nomination     Nomination Netflix
Justified FX, Season 6   Nomination Nomination   Amazon iTunes
Mad Men AMC, Season 7.5 Nomination NominationNomination**     Amazon iTunes
Orange Is the New Black Netflix, Season 2 * Nomination   Nomination Nomination†† Netflix

* The just-aired Season 3 counts as part of next season (2015-16) for awards purposes.
** Includes a TCA nomination in the Program of the Year category
Includes a TCA nomination in the Best New Show category
Golden Globe nomination came in the comedy category. (OITNB is treated as a drama by other organizations.)

Best-reviewed dramas

Below are the season's best-reviewed NEW dramas, ranked in order by Metascore (based on reviews published at the time of each show's premiere). Following that is a list of the best-reviewed RETURNING drama series, though note that only a handful of notable series will be re-reviewed by critics after their debut seasons.

First-Year Dramas Ranked by Metascore, 2014-15 TV Season
  Drama Series Network Watch Now Metascore
1 The Affair Showtime Amazon iTunes 85
2 Happy Valley Netflix Netflix 83
3 Deutschland 83 Sundance Amazon iTunes 79
4 Manhattan WGN Amazon iTunes Hulu+ 78
5 Better Call Saul AMC Amazon iTunes 78
6 Fortitude Pivot Amazon iTunes 75
7 The Knick Cinemax Amazon iTunes 75
8 Marvel's Daredevil Netflix Netflix 75
9 Bloodline Netflix Netflix 75
10 iZombie CW Amazon iTunes 74
... and the worst:
  Stalker CBS   17
Best Returning Dramas*, 2014-15 TV Season
  Drama Series Network Watch Now Metascore
1 The Americans Season 3 FX Amazon iTunes 92
2 Rectify Season 2 Sundance Amazon iTunes 92
3 Game of Thrones Season 5 HBO HBO 91
4 The Good Wife Season 6 CBS Amazon Prime iTunes 89
5 Masters of Sex Season 2 Showtime Amazon iTunes 89
6 Justified Season 6 FX Amazon iTunes 89
7 Boardwalk Empire Season 5 HBO Amazon iTunes HBO 83
8 Mad Men Season 7.5 AMC Amazon iTunes 83
9 Vikings Season 3 History Amazon iTunes 81
10 The Walking Dead Season 5 AMC Amazon iTunes 80

* Among shows with at least 7 reviews for their most recent season, a number that most returning series do not reach. Only a small number of extra noteworthy shows generate enough interest for critics to write new reviews in subsequent seasons. Includes seasons that began between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

Best TV movies, miniseries, and specials

Awards

Below are the miniseries that have been nominated for (Nomination) or have won (Winner) awards for best miniseries this season.

  Best Miniseries  
Miniseries Emmy
Awards
TCA
Awards
Critics
Choice
Golden
Globes
Watch Now
24: Live Another Day Fox     Nomination   Amazon Prime
iTunes
American Crime ABC Nomination   Nomination   Amazon iTunes Hulu+
American Horror Story: Freak Show FX Nomination       Amazon iTunes
The Book of Negroes BET     Nomination   Amazon iTunes
The Honorable Woman Sundance Nomination Nomination Nomination   Amazon iTunes
The Jinx: Life & Deaths of Robert Durst HBO   Winner     HBO Amazon iTunes
The Missing Starz       Nomination Amazon iTunes
Olive Kitteridge HBO Nomination Nomination Winner Nomination HBO Amazon iTunes
Wolf Hall PBS Nomination Nomination Nomination   Amazon iTunes
And here are this season's made-for-television movies nominated for (Nomination) or winning (Winner) awards.
  Best TV Movie  
TV Movie Emmy
Awards
TCA
Awards
Critics
Choice
Golden
Globes
Watch Now
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain Acorn Nomination       Amazon iTunes
Bessie HBO Nomination Nomination Winner   HBO Amazon iTunes
Grace Of Monaco Lifetime Nomination       Netflix
Hello Ladies: The Movie HBO Nomination       HBO Amazon iTunes
Killing Jesus Nat Geo Nomination   Nomination   Amazon
Nightingale HBO Nomination   Nomination   HBO Amazon iTunes
A Poet in New York BBC America     Nomination   Amazon iTunes
Stockholm, Pennsylvania Lifetime     Nomination   Amazon iTunes

Best-reviewed TV movies, miniseries, and specials

Finally, here are the critics' favorite one-off programs this season, based on reviews at the time of each show's premiere.

TV Movies, Miniseries and Specials Ranked by Metascore, 2014-15 TV Season
  Movie/Miniseries/Special Network Watch Now Metascore
1 Olive Kitteridge HBO HBO Amazon iTunes 89
2 The Roosevelts: An Intimate History PBS Amazon Prime
iTunes 88
3 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck HBO HBO 88
4 Wolf Hall PBS Amazon iTunes 86
5 The Missing Starz Amazon iTunes 85
6 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief HBO HBO 84
7 American Crime ABC Amazon iTunes Hulu+ 84
8 The Honorable Woman Sundance Amazon iTunes 82
9 Toy Story That Time Forgot ABC   81
10 Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown HBO HBO 79
11 The Game BBC America Amazon iTunes 78
12 Cancer: The Emperor of  All Maladies PBS Amazon iTunes 78
13 The Book of Negroes BET Amazon iTunes 77
14 Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways HBO HBO Amazon iTunes 77
15 The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst HBO HBO Amazon iTunes 76

What are your favorites?

What shows did you like this season? Let us know in the comments section below. You can also check out our full index of shows from the 2014-15 season.

Comments (7)

  • grampusdei  

    Where are Hannibal AND Fargo?!!

  • jeffreyglenn  

    Was great, but not the last season

  • dunker  

    I agree with Marc. Sons of Anarchy was a great show!

  • Unbelievable21  

    If I recall correctly, season 2 of Hannibal ended before, and season 3 began after, the window of opportunity to be included in this 2014-2015 season.

  • KaizerAlex  

    I said it before and I'll say it again: Hannibal crushes all of these shows.

  • MarcDoyle  

    I'm not seeing anything up there for Sons of Anarchy, which is a travesty. One of the best shows of this era.

  • LamontRaymond  

    Very interesting, visually, how The Emmys and Golden Globes ignored The Americans, while it WON with the TV Critics and Critics Choice panels. As if Homeland and House of Cards were anywhere near as good as Justified this season. I don't think many of those voters actually watched these programs.

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