Top 10 television shows of 2014

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Here are ten television (streaming) shows I dug this year, in alphabetical order, and why I like them. I’m giving myself a tweet (140 characters) to explain why I like each release.

The Affair

The Affair (Showtime)

Interesting story scope. The best part is noticing how clothing/wallpaper/etc change between the two biased stories. Small, but crucial.

The Americans

The Americans (FX)

Second season that is actually better than the first. Sure, it’s about spy games, but I find the marriage the most intriguing part of show.

Fargo

Fargo (FX)

One of the best single seasons of my lifetime. That good. Tightly wrapped story with perfect characters. Not one episode drags. Not one.

Homeland

Homeland (Showtime)

Season 3 sucked. Season 4 did not. This is the “second season” we deserved after a stellar first. Even if you stopped watching, come back.

House of Cards

House of Cards (Netflix)

Not as good as first season for me, but new wrinkles made this an interesting watch. Spacey is amazing. Wright might be better this season.

How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Fun freshman series. Weekly cases are kind of boring, but the over-arcing story is terrific. Bow down to Viola Davis and rest of cast.

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Bringing in a villain gave this show some new bite. Also, focusing on previously reoccurring characters more was a welcome change.

Transparent

Transparent (Amazon)

The type of show that can change everything. Jeffrey Tambor stands out, but doesn’t have to carry show. Cast, story, everything is on point.

True Detective

True Detective (HBO)

The murder mystery that changed all murder mysteries. McConaughey and Harrelson play two of the best roles in their lifetime.

Veep

Veep (HBO)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is hilarious in this satire about our political system. Not for everyone, but everyone should give it a shot.

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