The best/worst thing about being alive in the year 2014 is the plethora of entertainment here to
distract you from existential dread enrich your life. No where is this more true than in the world of television. Here is the best from the past year.
Scandal (ABC), Blackish (ABC), Girls (HBO), True Detective (HBO), Brooklyn 99 (Fox), Parks and Recreation (NBC), The Mindy Project (Fox), New Girl (Fox), Nathan For You (Comedy Central), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central), Louie (FX) Silicon Valley (HBO), Bo Jack Horseman (Netflix)
10. Homeland (Showtime)
Can’t stay mad at you forever, baby!
9. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Loses the novelty of season one ( because you can’t catch everyone off guard twice). But the writing is just as sharp.
8. You’re the Worst (FX)
Two assholes on a romantic quest for true love.
7. Mad Men (AMC)
After years of swirling around the drain, Don Draper finally hits rock bottom and starts to pick himself up.
6. The Honorable Woman (BBC/Sundance)
Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone.
5. Broad City (Comedy Central)
Friendship is rare.
4. Transparent (Amazon)
You don’t choose your family.
3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
Hard to top the masterpiece that was season three, but somehow it does.
2. Veep (HBO)
The West Wing was idealistic. House of Cards is a cynical nightmare. But nothing nails the absurdity of politics and ambition as (hilariously) well as Veep.
1. The Americans (FX)
This spy drama is the best show on TV about family and responsibility since The Sopranos and Friday Night Lights went off the air. But not as sentimental as FNL because Eric Taylor never left someone’s bullet-ridden body in a West Texas ditch.