John’s top 10 TV shows of 2015

These were my 10 favorite TV shows of 2015:

1. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (Season 1, The CW) – In blending musical numbers, broad comedy and genuine character drama about a troubled 20-something, Rachel Bloom’s brainchild is the most ambitious show of the year. By doing all three of those things well (particularly the musical numbers, which are consistently clever and catchy in the way they explore Rebecca’s and other characters’ neuroses), it’s also the best show of the year. I’ll be following whatever Bloom does next, but I hope this series defies the low ratings and sticks around awhile, at least long enough for an official soundtrack release. (Here are my 10 favorite songs so far.)

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First episode impressions: ‘UnReal’ (TV review)

To be honest, the only reason I set my DVR for the first episode of “UnReal” (9 p.m. Central Mondays on Lifetime) is that Shiri Appleby stars in it. If I were to pretend to be deeper than that, I could say I’m intrigued that it’s a rare role for Shiri where she doesn’t play the sweetheart or lovably troubled young adult. (She did a nice job as the bad girl in the short-lived “Six Degrees,” but I mainly think of her roles as the likable lead in “Roswell,” “Life Unexpected” and “Dating Rules from My Future Self.”)

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