The Best UPROXX TV And Film Pieces Of 2015

12.31.15

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Covering TV and movies in 2015 meant observing a year of many endings (Mad MenParks & RecreationThe Hunger Games), some exciting beginnings (Jessica JonesMaster of None) and a lot of revivals (Star Wars: The Force AwakensJurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadAsh vs. Evil Dead) that ended up working out pretty well. Uproxx was there for all of it, while also taking some time to reflect on TV and movies of the past. What follows are a few highlights from the year.

Television

A detailed look at Silicon Valley‘s elaborate, mathematically sound dick joke

Chloe Schildhause talked to the writers and performers of Mike Judge’s HBO series about one especially sophisticated, lowbrow joke.

Parks and Recreation: An oral history

Of the many shows to leave the air this year, few will be as missed as much as Parks and Recreation. In this piece by Ashley Burns and Chloe Schildhause, the creative team talks about the show’s bumpy beginnings and its evolution into one of the decade’s most beloved comedies.

A chat with David Letterman’s longtime head writers

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Speaking of departures, David Letterman’s retirement served as an occasion for a rare interview from Eric and Justin Stangel, a brother team that worked with Letterman for more than 17 years who talked to Mike Ryan.

Justified: An Oral History

Also leaving the airwaves: Justified, which gave us a chance to look back at the show with creator Graham Yost and others, written by Danger Guerrero and Chloe Schildhause.

A look back at Andy Barker, P.I.

Not every show gets to live a long life. Here the cast and crew of of Andy Richter’s beloved, short-lived sitcom reflect with Jason Tabrys on a show that burned brightly and briefly.

In defense of the second season of True Detective

While others piled on, Andrew Roberts offered a mid-season defense.

A behind the scenes look at of one of Mad Men‘s most infamous moments

A riding lawnmower at the office: What could go wrong? Some key Mad Men players discuss the series’ bloodiest, and most surprising moment with Guerrero and Schildhause.

Interview: Jessica Williams

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The Daily Show correspondent talked with Mike Ryan about branching out into movies and responding to critics on the internet.

Every episode of True Detective

Few are better at finding the beautiful absurdity underlying television than Danger Guerrero, as in this piece on True Detective

An ode to Shark Tank

…or this tribute to the inspired madness of Shark Tank. (There’s much more compiled here.)

Movies

The cast of Kids looks back

Our oral histories weren’t limited to TV. We also talked to the cast of Kids on the film’s 20th anniversary via Schildhause…

An oral history of the original Friday The 13th

and at the slasher film that made summer camp terrifying via Schildhause and Burns.

Interview: John Goodman

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Mike Ryan talked to everyone this year, including a no-bullsh•t interview with John Goodman…

Interview: Amy Poehler

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…an Inside Out-inspired talk with Amy Poehler…

Interview: Mark Wahlberg

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…a chat with Mark Wahlberg about how he and his kids pick what movies to watch…

The making of Spotlight

…and a detailed look at why Spotlight works so brilliantly.

Interview: Brian Henson

Alyssa Fikse also talked to Brian Henson about taking over for his father with The Muppet Christmas Carol.

The true story of Casino

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Twenty years after its release, Dariel Figueroa looked at the true story behind Casino.

Commando at 30

Highlights from Vince Mancini included this 30th anniversary look at an Arnold Schwarzenegger classic from the ’80s…

Empire Records: A ’90s Movie Unstuck In Time

…a consideration of an unlikely cult classic…

Project Greenlight In Reverse

…and a movie-first look at Project Greenlight that tries to figure out what went wrong this time around.

Reviews

Some of Mancini’s memorable reviews included pieces on The RevenantMad Max: Fury RoadEntourage, and The Hateful Eight.

Best Ofs

Finally, if you’re still looking for something good to watch, don’t miss our best-of lists for film and television. Thanks for hanging out with us. We hope you’ll join us for even more excitement and discussion in 2016.

 

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