2015 was a wild ride for Culture Currency and everyone involved in the process. As the dust settles on a whirlwind year, we are glad to present the best (and worst) of 2015 according to us. So we hope you enjoy. If you don't, there is always 2016 to look forward to. You can check out Andy Wilcox's Best of 2015 here, Addison Garry's Best of 2015 here, and Nate Hankins's Best of 2015 here.
Well, 2015 was a great year of programming for me - Netflix and Hulu. I thought I’d give a little run down of what I enjoyed in 2015. I’m sure there are plenty that I missed, but once I hit my next “show hole” maybe I’ll hit the others up. As for now, here are my top five shows of 2015:
A show that will make my top 5 list of shows every year. This is THE show about nothing that has won numerous Emmy Awards. If you’ve never watched Seinfeld, then I urge you to take dip into that world. This year Hulu added it to their lineup of awesome shows. It’s hilarious and makes even your average life seem more funny. Everyone is - or has - a Jerry, George, Elaine or Kramer in their life. It’s easily relatable, light-hearted, and at times outrageous. Do yourself a favor and watch this 9-season series.
4. The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling returns in her fourth season of The Mindy Project which was picked up by Hulu. The first few seasons of this show proved to be light-hearted and funny with this season taking a turn for the serious. Mindy, a strong willed and intelligent woman living in New York as a doctor, is faced with life changing events with difficult decisions she must make that may not be what you would expect. This show is nominated for multiple nominations for awards each year. Mindy Kaling writes, directs and stars in her own show. Talk about a woman of many talents who is also hilarious.
3. Master of None
Most of the Netflix Originals are worth watching so I thought I would give this one a try. I wasn't sure what to expect with this show. I already really liked Aziz, but didn't know how his small screen performance would stack up next to his comedy. It took me a couple of episodes into the 10 episode season premier to understand the premise, but it basically just goes through the life of a millennial living today, especially that of someone who is a minority or even a woman. One of my favorite episodes is one that highlights the lack of appreciation most have have of their parents. Whether you’re a millennial or a Gen X’er, we all seem to forget the things our parents went through to provide for us. I think this show is very sweet and is not afraid to show the good, bad and the ugly of life.
Another show with a powerhouse woman as the lead! Scandal is on both Netflix and Hulu, so that that might a sign that this show could be worth your time. Kerry Washington’s character is often torn between what her heart wants, what’s good for her country and what she should do. It makes for great entertainment. The most recent season was the most intense for Washington’s character and had my heart racing numerous times. I like to think of this show like the House of Cards, but might be geared more towards women. This season was very suspenseful and I’ll be patiently waiting for the next season to begin. I highly recommend it if you like mystery, suspense and super chic outfits worn by powerful women.
1. Jessica Jones
Finally. Netflix really wins with this show. It is amazing and my favorite show of 2015. After the first episode I knew I would fly right through the first season. Jessica Jones is one badass ex-super hero with a bit of dependence on alcohol. We slowly learn and understand why. If you’re a control freak like me, the thought of what is going on in this season is incredibly terrifying. I wasn’t sure what I would think of Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, but she nails it. She is tough with just the right amount of attitude. And for a Marvel series, it’s just a bit raunchier than you’d expect. There is a good plot with plenty of twists. Just watch the first episode; there is no way you will not be able to watch the next episode.
by Elaine Coughlin (@airlainey)