Casual – Season 2 Premiere: June 7 – Hulu
Perhaps the biggest surprise for me in 2015 was just how much I loved Hulu’s Casual after the frustrating first two episodes. Michaela Watkins was instantly wonderful as Valerie, a recent divorcee with a rebellious teenage daughter, deliberately showcasing the pain and self-doubt she was feeling under a layer of comedy. It was Tommy Dewey’s Alex who took longer to grow an attachment to, beginning the series as a type of socially unaware jerk who we’ve seen before. It was once the show delved into his insecurities born from his parents that we saw the human behind the archetype. And from there, the show soared. – A.J.