Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

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It was another really good year in TV land. A bizarre one too.

Louie came back from its 19-month hiatus and featured the strangest structure for a television season I can think of: a six-episode arc (basically a feature film within a TV season), and a three-episode love story that was interrupted by a two-episode flashback. If that made no sense, just check the episode list.

Game of Thrones had a season-ender-worthy climax in its second episode. And then again in its seventh. And eighth. And kind of in its ninth and tenth as well. (Refresh here.)

John Oliver somehow bested Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at their own game by making Last Week Tonight as serious in its investigative journalism as it was irreverent in its satire.

There was the curious decision by Nickelodeon to rush out two 13-episode seasons of The Legend of Korra in the same calendar year. This animated show also became the most sneaky/best case for feminism in a TV landscape that currently touts VeepOrange Is the New Black—and yes—Girls.

Community creator Dan Harmon was fired from his own show. Then he was brought back after a second-rate season without him. Then NBC cancelled the show. And, finally, Yahoo came to the rescue and picked it up for Season 6.

And then there was Too Many Cooks

For reasons I might get into in a later post, 2014 was also the year that made me decide to watch less television moving forward—despite there being so many shows I still want to watch. Okay, enough preface about how odd #TV2014 was—here are my ten favorite TV shows of 2014:

  1. Mad Men, Season 7 (Part I)
  2. Louie, Season 4
  3. Game of Thrones, Season 4
  4. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Season 1
  5. The Legend of Korra, Season 3
  6. Fargo, Season 1
  7. Veep, Season 3
  8. Orange Is the New Black, Season 2
  9. Community, Season 5
  10. True Detective, Season 1

Honorable Mention (alphabetically):

  • Boardwalk Empire, Season 5
  • Girls, Season 3
  • MasterChef Junior, Season 2
  • Parks and Recreation, Season 6
  • The Legend of Korra, Season 4
  • Too Many Cooks

*Rankings are based on the particular season of the show that aired in 2014 (i.e., I think Community is a better show than Veep, but Veep had the better season this year). 

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Top 10 Movies of 2014 coming next week. I need some time to finish catching up on 2014 releases.


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