The 2014-15 season of TV was a landmark one for superhero TV shows! To celebrate, AP2HYC is hosting its first annual TV Awards. Make sure you vote for your favorites at the end of each article and keep checking back to see who wins!
When we look at all of the shows from 2014-2015, who had the best running? Was it one of the new shows that just came out of the gate at full force? Or was it a veteran show that had already established its roots in the past couple of years? Remember, individual seasons are the bones that make up the body of an entire show. Here are the nominees for the shows with the best seasons in 2014-2015.
Featuring contributions from writers: Ryan Fitzmartin, Jason Wong, Alex Reale, Kathleen McEneaney, Scott Swartz
1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an absolutely stunning show. It went from being an extraneous limb of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to must-see nerd TV. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was absolute freaking dynamite this season, with every episode containing explosions, both literal and of the story sense. Through absolutely terrific writing, acting, and directing, the cast and crew built a story and universe as exciting, and far more emotionally deep, than its cinematic counterparts. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have been developed as a spinoff to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it easily has become its equal in creating terrific characters and plots. The trials and tribulations of Coulson and co. as they dealt with alien artifacts, traitors, and superpowered Inhumans have been nothing short of breathtaking. The reveal of Skye as being Daisy Johnson aka Quake is tantamount to a season-long Easter Egg for super-fans. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. features eye-popping action, complex characters, and gripping stories with jaw-dropping plot twists. It is absolutely the best thing in nerd TV right now.
A colleague explained to me that Netflix’s binge-watching trend may have dictated the structure of Daredevil’s inaugural season in that the pace was slower than most broadcast networks would’ve been comfortable with for a superhero show. However, this deliberate pace felt far more organic and plausible than coming out looking like a giant bat in your debut. This turned a super-“hero” show into a super-“human” show, and audiences found this grounded approach much more worth investing in. Played as an origin story, our Hornhead didn’t get his trademark costume or moniker until the season finale, and the carefully crafted sequence of events leading up to the big reveal felt logical and ultimately fulfilling. This organic approach, a grounded multi-faceted villain, and an engaging cast made this season feel less like how “he” became Daredevil and more like how “we” became Daredevil.
3. Agent Carter
Agent Carter has everything you could want in a show. Action. Drama. Mystery. Zippy banter in British accents. And leading it all is Agent Peggy Carter. While Agent Carter is fighting HYDRA and U.S.S.R. agents, and proving Howard Stark’s innocence, she also faces the inability of her coworkers and society to respect her capabilities. Featuring an incredibly strong cast, fantastic writing, and a great overall style, Agent Carter had an extraordinary first season. The season ended with Peggy vindicating Stark, letting go of Steve Rogers, and gaining the respect of her co-workers. Agent Carter proved to her colleagues and audiences alike that she can get things done and is here to stay.
4. The Flash
It was a really good year for TV, but let’s be real. The answer to who had the best season is and always will be The Flash as it proved week in and week out that it was amazing through-in-through. Not only did we get a true-blue comic-book-inspired season, but we also managed to possibly get the best comic book adaptation to appear on television short of Batman: The Animated Series. Seriously: Captain Cold, Grodd, Reverse Flash, The Trickster. The casting and writing for this season was out of this world this year, and every episode managed to have one or two nods towards a really interesting future for the show. Even when the show stumbled, it managed to provide us with amazing moments like Barry outrunning an explosion, Captain Cold learning Barry’s identity, Barry fighting a shapeshifter, and, oh yeah, a supersonic punch. Seriously, this season is infinitely re-watchable and I can’t wait to see all of the multiverse stuff coming in the next season.
I’ll defend Gotham to the end. I think it’s a good show. Is it perfect? No way. Is it bad? Nope. It’s Law & Order in the DC universe. I think the hate comes from people all pissy about the fact that it’s “butchering” the DC universe. Apparently some of these people never heard of Elseworlds… That being said, I think Gotham had an awesome first season. It wasn’t trying too hard to be anything it’s not. We already have superhero shows like The Flash and Arrow. Do we need Batman on the small screen (especially since Stephen Amell‘s version of the Green Arrow is just the love-child of Batman and Robin Hood)? You also can’t deny that we’ve had phenomenal performances in the Penguin, Gordon, Alfred, and even Lucius Fox, despite him only having a small spot on the show. Gotham is the show we need, but not the one we deserve.
6. The Walking Dead
The black sheep of these award nominees, The Walking Dead still could use some recognition for its phenomenal season this past year. The season premiere had to have been the best episode in the entire show’s running. I can rewatch Carol fighting into Terminus over and over and over again. Watching the re-emergence of Morgan and witnessing him going Donatello on a group of marauders was yet another hallmark of the season. But it was more than small tidbits here and there that made The Walking Dead so awesome. The amazing performances by new actors, the shocking deaths of key characters, and the further development of a bleak and seemingly-hopeless setting only served to enhance the experience of The Walking Dead.
Which show had the best season overall in 2014-2015? Vote below!
Best Season of 2014-15