This is a filler week; we all know it. We’re suffering from a Christmas hangover leading into a New Year’s hangover—then we’re back to TV business as usual.
In the meantime, I’ll 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 (picture below), Fear the Walking Dead, Halt and Catch Fire, Humans, Into the Badlands, The Walking Dead (AMC); Childrens Hospital, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Rick and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and Oates (IFC); Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, Constantine, Hannibal, Parenthood, Parks and 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).