Our Favourite Things About Summer TV in 2015

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Another summer is drawing to a close and all the kids are headed back to school and with them another season of summer television is also drawing to a close. While the summer TV season may be a brief one, it still managed to bring with it some surprises, new characters to instantly fall in love with and some really great television. As we look back on the season that was it’s easy to find a few moments and performances that really stood out.

Below you’ll find some of our very favourite things about television in the summer of 2015. Take a look at our list and then vote at the end for your absolute favourite. Oh and if we left your favourite thing about summer TV off the list, well then be sure and let us know in the comments!

Quinn’s one-liners on UnREAL

Did any other show come onto the summer TV landscape and take us by as much surprise as Lifetime’s UnREAL? What many of us expected to be a standard behind-the-scenes look at reality television turned into so much more and gave us one of the best new dramas of the year. One of the best things about UnREAL was Constance Zimmer’s unapologetic Quinn and her one-liners. At times they were hilarious, and at other moments they were harsh realities that Rachel (Shiri Appleby) needed to hear. But make no mistake, they were always unfiltered, uncensored and always left us wanting more.

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Suzanne’s an Author on Orange is the New Black

Season 3 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black had so many things to love, but when Suzanne (Uzo Aduba) started writing her stories for the prison drama class in Episode 7 we were hooked as much as the inmates were. “The Timehump Chronicles” were a hilarious sci-fi space love story between Edwina, Space Admiral Rodcocker and Gilly that had many in Litchfield seeing 50 Shades of Grey. Count us amongst Crazy Eyes’ admirers and wishing we could get our hands on the actual work of fiction to read it for ourselves. After all, who doesn’t want to read about “two people connecting. With four other people. And aliens?” Sign us up!

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A new kickass heroine on Killjoys

One of the most fun and fresh new shows of the summer was the sci-fi drama Killjoys. Creator Michelle Lovretta introduced us to an amazing and complex new world in space and at the center of that world was a brand new kickass heroine we could all root for in Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen). Dutch has everything we’d want out of a heroine. She’s smart, sassy, strong, and an awesome fighter who you don’t want to mess with. But she’s also got her own vulnerabilities that make her relatable and a heart that can be broken. John-Kamen is perfectly cast and now we just have to cross those fingers and hope that Killjoys gets renewed for Season 2 so we can see much more of Dutch in the future.

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 The McSwarek Wedding on Rookie Blue

After six seasons of going back and forth, of will-they-or-won’t-they, McSwarek finally took the plunge and said “I do” in Rookie Blue’s sixth season finale. While there’s still some uncertainty about whether or not the show will return for a seventh season, in many ways the McSwarek wedding served as a very fitting end if this was indeed the series’ final bow. As Sam and Andy said their vows, so wonderfully written by series’ creator Tassie Cameron, there wasn’t a Rookie Blue fan out there that didn’t have a huge smile plastered on their face.

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Richard Armitage’s performance on Hannibal

One of the worst things about NBC banishing Hannibal to Saturday nights to run through the remainder of its Season 3 episodes is that not enough attention is being paid to Richard Armitage’s performance as Francis Dolarhyde, aka the Red Dragon. Armitage is terrifying, menacing and downright hard to watch at times–which we mean in the absolute best way possible. In the hands of another actor this character could easily become cartoonish or over the top, but Armitage makes his madness believable and brings a whole new level of horror to an already terrifying show.

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The Dark Matter WTF Endings

While the women of Dark Matter certainly give Dutch from Killjoys a run for her money, what really has us on the edge of our seats every week are the crazy plot twists that end almost every episode of the freshman sci-fi drama. By now we know that one is coming and we lie in wait as the final moments of each episode tick down, but the insane WTF moments always seem to shock us all the same. While Dark Matter may leave you guessing and with things up in the air each week, one of the best things about this show is its follow through and the way answers aren’t dangled in front of viewers for weeks on end. These mind blowing plot twists are just one of the many reasons Dark Matter has been one of our favourite shows to watch this summer.

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The Rachel/Claire confrontation on Suits

Over five seasons of Suits many of the main characters have taken their turns stepping into the spotlight and reminding us just how overlooked or under-appreciated the show, and its great cast, can be. This summer Meghan Markle’s Rachel finally got her big moment in the “Mea Culpa” episode that saw the return of Troian Bellisario’s Claire, Mike’s ex-girlfriend who is in on his secret of not really being a lawyer. The confrontation scene between the two women in the conference room, as Rachel pleaded with Claire not to expose Mike’s secret, saw Markle step up as she never has before. For her part, Bellisario easily slid into the role as Claire and provided a very formidable foe. Rachel seems to be bearing Mike’s burden for the time being but more than anything it was Markle’s performance that really shone through.

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USA Network

Mr. Robot’s Mind-Blowing Twists

It’s been awhile since any show completely messed with our minds the way Mr. Robot has. Things that we knew, or thought we knew, have been completely blown out of the water and we never know quite what to believe given Elliot’s (Rami Malek) distorted lens through which the show is told. Perhaps the most surprising thing about all of Mr. Robot’s surprises though is the sense that they may really pull this thing off. It’s twists that have been brewing since the very first episode, but if there’s one thing fans are certain of, it’s that there’s nothing to be certain of on this show. In a summer that saw many disappointed and frustrated with the second season of True Detective, Mr. Robot has offered up a mystery that feels designed and able to withstand the scrutiny.

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Stef & Lena’s realistic struggles on The Fosters

We never thought we’d see a realistic portrayal of marriage on television that was as great as Friday Night Lights’ Eric and Tami Taylor, but Stef and Lena Foster may now be mentioned in the same breath moving forward. Season 3 of The Fosters saw Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) working through several issues in their marriage from lack of communication to involvement of third parties to feelings of neglect. These issues always felt real and relatable while Polo and Saum’s heartfelt performances were always laced with an underlying current of love that led fans to believe that in the end all would be OK. While that was indeed the case in finale, Stef and Lena’s reunion was made all the more sweet knowing the struggles and work these two had put in to get to that point. No marriage is perfect 100 per cent of the time but as long as The Fosters continues to portray Stef and Lena’s in both good and bad lights, it will always feel 100 per cent real.

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Quinlan’s arrival on The Strain

One of the most eagerly anticipated characters from The Strain novels finally arrived on the scene in Season 2 and he turned out to be one of the most compelling characters on the FX drama. Co-creator Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse had their fun, playing bait and switch and making fans think vigilante vampire Vaun may be Quinlan. As it turned out the formidable vampire hunter with close ties to The Master didn’t actually appear until the middle of Season 2 but that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying his arrival all the same.

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Keegan-Michael Key breaking our heart on Playing House

While we don’t try to hide the fact that we absolutely love Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the two ladies at the center of USA’s Playing House, one of the things that has really stood out about the comedy’s second season is the performance of Keegan-Michael Key. Sure, he’s been there to provide plenty of laughs (remember the sight gag of his ever-changing neck lines?) but what really got us was his heartbreaking performance in the “Knotty Pine” episode that saw the demise of Mark and Tina’s marriage. All of Mark’s long-brewing frustrations with his marriage came to the surface and as he eventually tearfully admitted that their marriage was “just so much work,” Key hit us with a serious show of heart that elevated Playing House above so many other comedies out there.

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USA Network

What’s been your favourite summer TV moment? Did we miss something? Be sure and sound off in the comments below!

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