1. Amy Schumer’s’Last F—able Day’
Leave it to comedy’s golden girl to bring together the mega-wattage of Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette to toast Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ “last f—able day” in the Season 3 premiere of her Comedy Central show. Not only hilarious by nature, it threw astute shade at Hollywood’s wild standards for women “of a certain age.” Schumer returned the favor later this year, appearing in Fey and Amy Poehler’s “Bad Blood” parody on “Saturday Night Live.” Double props.
2. Mad Men buys the world a Coke
Sure, the final season of “Mad Men” had many great candidates for awesome moments, but none thrilled in exactly the same poignantly hilarious way as the serene grin that comes of the lantern-jawed mug of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as his flirtation with new age hippie nonsense nets him the career comeback he needs.
3. Meeting Cait
Caitlyn-without-a-K Jenner helped put an important conversation into the mainstream spotlight when she gave her first interview to Diane Sawyer in April. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” said the Olympian. The conversation hasn’t stopped.
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4. Miley, what’s good?
MTV awards shows aren’t usually high on our must-see list, but this year’s VMAs brought beef to a live broadcast when Nicki Minaj called out host Miley Cyrus with the dagger eyes to end all dagger eyes following her Best Hip Hop video acceptance speech. Minaj lashed out in response to a New York Times interview Cyrus did earlier in which accused the rapper of being “not too kind” in her Twitter battle with Taylor Swift.
5. Streaming hits the big time
Sure, Netflix had already paved the way with “House of Cards” as an Emmy and Golden Globe darling, but with big wins for Amazon’s “Transparent” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” streaming TV truly came into its own this year as a major threat to its network and cable predecessors. And with Hulu’s “Casual” getting a Globe nod for next year, there’s clearly room for more.
6. ‘The Jinx’ has the liveliest live mic
Robert Durst is a dirt bag. We all knew that. But it wasn’t until a live microphone caught him in the bathroom during the finale of HBO’s docu-series “The Jinx” with a whispered notion: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” Chills.
7. Jon Snow, pin cushion
Fans of the “Game of Thrones” books, enjoy this as your last moment to be smug toward your TV-watching bretheren, because now we’re all on the same page. And that page is wondering exactly how fatal those countless stab wounds Jon Snow (Kit Harington) endured from his own men in the Night’s Watch will turn out to be. You had five seasons of feeling superior. Hope you got your fill.
8. NBC somehow gets ‘The Wiz’ right
With this fall’s “The Wiz,” NBC somehow transcended the hate-watching that had become a regular part of its questionable foray into live-broadcast musicals. After a stilted “Sound of Music” and cringe-inducing “Peter Pan,” this trip to the Emerald City was downright Tony-worthy. It’s so weird. It’s almost like we forgot how to just watch something good.
9. ‘SNL’ turns 40
It’s hard to pick a single moment from the three-and-a-half-hour-long broadcast of iconic sketches, cast members and characters brought back for the evening, but the montage of Weekend Update anchors and regulars was an easy fave. Stefon spinoff, please.
10. Anna Chlumsky’s epic rant on “Veep”
While Julia Louis-Dreyfus generally — and rightly — gets the spotlight on HBO’s pitch-perfect “Veep,” junior underling Amy (Anna Chlumsky) let loose in a tirade to end all tirades as she unloaded on a useless sycophant andfinally told off her clueless boss in sublime fashion, using language we can’t repeat here. Sure, she’s been nominated for an Emmy each year the show’s been on the air, but this year it’s criminal she didn’t take home a trophy.
By Ned Ehrbar and Rachel Raczka