TV | The Best of 2015

What were the greatest televised moments of the year?

click to enlarge The good doctor tops the list.
The good doctor tops the list.

5. Drunk conspiracy-theory lawyer talks down the lynch mob | Fargo FX

For most of Fargo's brilliant second season, Nick Offerman's Karl Weathers, a conspiracy-theory-spouting lawyer, is played for laughs. When he walks into a jail, drunk, to represent a client, he's a comedic character. But when the Gerhardts, the local mob family, lay siege to the jail, threatening to kill his client, he's tasked with talking them down. His character goes from fool to hero — drunk, terrified, but with a desperate eloquence that would cause Saul Goodman himself to weep.

4. A truly terrifying haunted house | You're the Worst FX

You're the Worst received a lot of praise this year for its frank (and deadly serious) take on depression, which manifests often, not so much as sadness, but as nothingness. Subjected to an extreme haunted house — a hilarious mash-up of grisly horror movie tropes ("They've got a real-life Babadook!") — for a moment, the light breaks on Gretchen's endless gloom. But just for a moment.

3. Rev. Matt Jamison finds redemption | The Leftovers HBO

The Leftovers is by its very nature an unsubtle show. So it's no surprise that the perennially tortured Rev. Matt Jamison's (Christopher Eccleston) favorite book of the Bible is Job. In last season's Jamison narrative, he throws away his soul; this season he reclaims it, sacrificing a literal ticket to paradise to the son of the man who beat him. Like Job, his faith is repaid.

2. Forrest can't reach the extinguisher | Review COMEDY CENTRAL

Most TV sees stubbornness (see below) as heroic. Reviewing what it's like to be a "little person," life reviewer Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) walks around on his knees. When a fire starts in his father's kitchen, Forrest is too "short" to reach the extinguisher. Instead of dropping the act, however, Forrest lets his father's house burn to the ground. I give this scene... five stars.

1. The doctor spends billions of years punching a wall | Doctor Who BBC

Trapped in a torture chamber, even death provides no escape for The Doctor. Death simply resets him. But he doesn't give up: He is killed and reborn, killed and reborn — trillions of times over billions and billions of years — each time launching a few futile punches at the diamond wall that blocks him from his way out. The lyrical editing and Peter Capaldi's triumphant, emotionally raw acting turns the scene into myth.

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A lifelong Spokane native, staff writer Daniel Walters is the Inlander's City Hall reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...