4. Silicon Valley and Veep
I’m cheating a bit here, as I can’t choose between these two glorious HBO satires. Airing back-to-back on Sundays this past spring, they made up TV’s finest single hour of comedy. Silicon Valley
upped the ante in its rhapsody of geek anxiety in its second season, with the tech world clamoring to get a piece of Pied Piper while its founder (the hilarious Thomas Middleditch) floundered amid the dizzying horse trading. And the current political-campaign circus has nothing on the riotous Emmy darling Veep
, with fumbler-in-chief president by default Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) desperately running to hold on to her seat, whatever the personal cost to those most loyal to her.