It’s the season for retrospection here at Entertainment Weekly, and we’re taking a close look at all the pop culture this year had to offer. Our critics painstakingly surveyed the past 12 months, naming the best and worst in movies, music, TV, books, stage, and gaming. Check out all of our 2015 coverage, ahead.
We have on the one-two punch of critics Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz on the TV beat. Both named their 10 best and 5 worst shows of 2015, with Jensen loving Mr. Robot and The Americans as Maerz touted Fargo and BoJack Horseman. They went on to celebrate newcomers, with Jensen naming Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Maerz praised The Jinx.
On the music front, we rounded up the 40 best albums of the year, celebrating offerings from Kendrick Lamar, Adele, and Carly Rae Jepsen, among others. We dove deeper, naming the 40 best songs of the year, including tracks from Drake, Alessia Cara, and yes, even Justin Bieber. On the other end of the spectrum, we named the worst albums of 2015, less than impressed by records from Tyga, Muse, and Hollywood Vampires, among others. Similarly for singles, we weren’t fans of certain chart-topping hits from the likes of Charlie Puth and Iggy Azalea.
We skimmed through thousands of pages to dissect the world of books in 2015. We named the 10 best and 5 worst books of the year, celebrating tomes by Carrie Brownstein, Sam Quinones, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, as works from Aspen Matis and E.L. James fell short.
After spending collective days in the theater, we pinpointed the 10 best and 5 worst movies of 2015. Critic Chris Nashawaty was impressed by Room and Spotlight, among others, but far less so by Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
Hamilton may have been the talk of the town, but there were nine other stage shows that stunned Broadway in 2015. Correspondent Marc Snetiker named these productions in our rundown of the 10 best stage shows of 2015.
In a year full of diversions, we found the 10 best — and 3 worst — video games of 2015. Our staff members were fans of Her Story and Splatoon, but hardly enthusiastic about Godzilla.