2015 has been a great year for television, with many brilliant freshmen shows improving on the high standards set by established shows. Here are some of the shows that debuted in 2015, and made an impact on the audience even before completing an entire season.
Empire: The musical drama series centering on the hip-hop music and entertainment industry premiered on 7 January, 2015, and earned lead actress Taraji P Henson two awards, including the Best Actress at the BET and Critics' Choice Awards. She has also been nominated for Best Actress in the upcoming Critics' Choice and Golden Globe Awards for her role as Cookie Lyon. "Empire" itself has over nine nominations for Award Shows taking place in 2016.
Quantico: The thriller series that introduces Priyanka Chopra to the American audience debuted just a couple of months ago, on 17 September, but the show became so popular that ABC ordered a full season, and later added 3 more episodes, guaranteeing 22 episodes in total for Season 1. When the show aired its mid-season finale on 13 December, "Quantico" became a trending topic worldwide on Twitter and the show also got Chopra a People's Choice Award Nomination for "Favorite Actress In A New TV Series".
Agent Carter: The TV show spinoff to Marvel's "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" centres on Peggy Carter, as she tries to manage being a secret agent and a single woman in the 1940s. The show has been a great hit among the comic book fans, with Rotten Tomatoes giving "Agent Carter" a 97% approval rating. The show also got Haylay Atwell and Dominic Cooper a Saturn Award nomination each.
Supergirl: Another superhero-based TV show, this time from the DC Universe, is "Supergirl", which debuted on 26 October, 2015. Melissa Benoist of "Glee" fame stars as the Kryptonian Kara in the CBS series that has been received with open arms and positive reviews by the comic book community. According to tv.com, "Supergirl" got a better rating than any other show that debuted this fall.
Better Call Saul: A spin-off to "Breaking Bad", the Bob Odenkirk- starrer premiered on AMC on 8 February, 2015 with just 10 episodes. However, in the short span, "Better Call Saul" managed to earn a spectacular score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and a raving review from The New York Times: "Better Call Saul is better than good: It's delightful – in a brutal, darkly comic way, of course." The show has also received over 20 reputed award nominations.