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Top 10 new US TV shows of 2015

We count down the best new US shows of the year.

Daredevil
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Every year there is a whole host of new shows that make it on the air but it can be really tough to figure out what is worth watching, and what is worth giving a miss.

The TV schedules have been packed with new shows in 2015 and there have been some real gems amongst the schedule. Sometimes you really have to search through the schedules to find the right thing to watch and some shows you have to give a few episodes before they resonate with you.

We’ve gone through all of the new US TV shows of 2015 and picked our favourite 10! Keep reading to find out if your favourite has made the list.

10. The Grinder

Rob Lowe made his return to TV comedy with The Grinder. Paired with Grandfathered in the US, the show tells the story of actor Dean Sanderson Jr. (Lowe) who returns to family life after his long-running legal drama The Grinder comes to an end. Determined to transfer the things he learned for his role, Dean joins the family law firm much to the chagrin of his brother Stewart (Fred Savage) who is an actual lawyer. The show is full of great moments and strong performances from Lowe and Savage are what keep us hooked. Special mention should also go to Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Stewart’s hilarious wife Debbie.

9. Blindspot

Sullivan Stapleton is always a reason to watch something but with Blindspot he may have just hit the jackpot. One of the biggest new shows of the year, Blindspot tells the story of FBI Agent Kurt Weller (Stapleton) who takes on the case of a woman (Jaimie Alexander) found naked in a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square covered in cryptic tattoos. Working alongside her, Weller realises that she was sent to him for a reason and may well be connected to his past. It’s a gripping drama with plenty of action and lots of twists.

8. Scream

I was sceptical when I heard that MTV was turning the Scream franchise into a TV show and I’m happy to admit that the show proved me wrong. Taking on the same post-modern humour as the movies, Scream delivered an involving story that breathed new life into the franchise and delivered plenty of gruesome deaths. The conclusion was satisfying and the second season should be very interesting after the season one finale reveal.

7. Grandfathered

John Stamos has long been a favourite of mine and his return to comedy is a winner. Playing carefree, materialistic restauranteur Jimmy whose life is turned upside down when he finds out he has a son and a grand-daughter, Stamos is absolutely perfect. Josh Peck as his son Gerald and Paget Bewster as his ex-girlfriend Sara bring their A-game to make the show both funny and emotive.

6. Quantico

I’m really surprised that superior thriller Quantico isn’t doing much better in the ratings in the US. The twisty thriller, which has taken a few pointers from Shondaland shows Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, has been consistently compelling as it tells the story of FBI recruit Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) who is framed for bombing Grand Central Station. The show is told in two narrative timelines and is packed with fantastic performances from leading lady Chopra and her fellow cast members Rick Cosnett, Josh Hopkins, Johanna Braddy, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Massri, Graham Rogers, Anabelle Acosta and Aunjanue Ellis. The scene-stealer is Tate Ellington as master deceiver Simon.

5. Marvel’s Daredevil

Expectations were seriously high when it was announced that Marvel’s Daredevil was going to debut on Netflix. Known for its top quality programming, Netflix proved to be the right platform for this seriously dark but utterly compelling show. Charlie Cox reinvented himself as Matt Murdock and the show favoured a slow-building origin story packed with intense and jaw-dropping action over a superficial hero’s journey story. Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson and Elden Henson provide fantastic support in a show that has set the bar high for future Marvel outings.

4. UnREAL

A gritty drama made by Lifetime didn’t sound like something that would work but it was one of the TV highlights of the year. UnREAL showed behind-the-scenes of a fictional reality TV show based around popular US reality series The Bachelor. Unhinged producer Rachel (Shiri Appleby) was thrown in at the deep end after recovering from a very public breakdown. With top performances from Appleby and Constance Zimmer as Rachel’s manipulative boss Quinn, UnREAL was the definition of a guilty pleasure from start to finish.

3. Better Call Saul

How do you follow Breaking Bad? That was the question we all asked when it was announced that prequel series Better Call Saul was coming. It proved to be the perfect tonic for those of us missing Walter White and co and explores the origins of Breaking Bad character Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The show laid a lot of groundwork for the things we knew came years later in Breaking Bad and a masterful performance from Odenkirk had us hooked from start to finish.

2. Supergirl

With the same team behind it as The CW’s hits Arrow and The Flash, expectation was high for Supergirl and it definitely hasn’t disappointed. Melissa Benoist is perfectly cast as Kara with a strong supporting cast that includes scene-stealing performances from Calista Flockhart and Chyler Leigh. The show balances humour with action and is perfect for the whole family. Now we’re just waiting for a crossover with Arrow and The Flash!

1. iZombie

If there’s one show on this list that deserves to be seen by more people it’s iZombie. The series comes from the people behind Veronica Mars and it mixes the procedural format with plenty of humour. Rose McIver is an absolute revelation as girl turned zombie Liv who works as a coroner’s assistant and eats brains to help solve murder cases. McIver has shown incredible range with her character Liv taking on the personalities of characters such as a frat boy and a wealthy socialite. The supporting cast of Rahul Kohli, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley, David Anders and Aly Michalka is fantastic with Kohli’s cheeky medical examiner Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti a particular highlight.

Did your favourite new show make the list? Leave your comments in the usual place and let us know your thoughts.

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