The Best of Best Of Lists 2014 – TV

(Read The Best of Best of Lists 2014 – Movies here: http://goo.gl/a3W4zf)

‘Tis the season of Best Of Lists! And now that there are *SO* many out there, it’s quite difficult to get a real idea of TV that has truly stood out in the year – since the lists of every individual critic varies just that much. So I’ve drawn up the best of lists of some of the best TV critics out there.

Unlike ‘The Best of Best of Lists 2014Movies version (read here), there seems to be more unanimity in the TV lists. Film critics have generally not agreed upon the best films of the year, saving a very few; while TV critics have pretty similar lists over all, barring a few personal choices.

But here are some of the things that stood out after going through the lists:
The TV show on almost *all* lists: The Americans (My interview with Annet Mahendru from The Americans here: http://goo.gl/drIeeF)
The TV shows that’s *nearly* on all lists: Orange is the New Black & Transparent
The only network TV shows on most lists: The Good Wife and Hannibal
The only news comedy show on most lists: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The most buzzed about shows on least number of lists: True Detective & The Leftovers
The least buzzed about shows on a lot of lists: Rectify & Review
The new TV comedies on most lists: Broad City & You’re The Worst (My interview with Desmin Borges from You’re The Worst is herehttp://goo.gl/SmCV8u)
The only long-runnings show on most lists: Mad Men & Louie


Here are the lists, that will be updated as more lists come up (The name of the critic links to his/her Twitter page):

The Daily Beast’s ’14 Best TV Shows of 2014′ – By Kevin Fallon http://goo.gl/mCNOGH
(1 to 14) The Good Wife, Transparent, Veep, Fargo, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,  Orange is the New Black, Hannibal, Broad City, The Comeback, Mad Men, Louie, You’re The Worst, Getting On, True Detective

Hitflix’s ‘Top 10 TV Shows of 2014’ – By Alan Sepinwall: http://goo.gl/wGL8gJ
(1 to 10) The Leftovers, The Americans, Transparent, Review, Fargo, Orange is the New Black, Rectify, Hannibal, Mad Men, True Detective

The Huffington Post’s ‘Top 10 TV Shows of 2014’ – By Maureen Ryanhttp://goo.gl/JElHlh
(no order) The Americans, Enlisted, Happy Valley, Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black, Penny Dreadful, Rectify, Review, Transparent, You’re The Worst

The New York Times’ ‘Best TV Shows of 2014’ – By Mike Hale: http://goo.gl/0gyrmy
(no order) The Americans, Broen, Fargo, Happy Valley, Homeland, The Knick, Louie, Masters of Sex, Mozart in the Jungle, The Walking Dead

Screencrush’s ‘Top 10 TV shows of 2014’- By Ryan McGeehttp://goo.gl/ewrRXg
(1 to 3, then no order) You’re The Worst, Review, Enlisted, The Americans, The Good Wife, Jane the Virgin, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Orange is the New Black, Penny Dreadful, Rectify

Slate’s ‘Top 10 TV Shows of 2014’ – By Willa Paskinhttp://goo.gl/DbASQU
(1 to 10) Broad City, True Detective, Transparent, Srugim, The Good Wife, You’re The Worst, High Maintenance, Orange is the New Black, The Americans, Louie

Thompson on Hollywood!’s ‘Top 10 TV Series of 2014’ – By Matt Brennanhttp://goo.gl/MhePZL
(1 to 10) Mad Men, Transparent, The Knick, Broad City, The Americans, Please Like Me, Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Gotham

TIME’s ‘Top 10 TV Shows’ – By James Poniewozikhttp://goo.gl/TiW4a2
(1 to 10) Transparent, The Americans, The Good Wife, Orange is the New Black, Fargo, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Broad City, Louie, High Maintenance, Silicon Valley

Vulture’s ’10 Best TV Shows of 2014′ – By Matt Zoller Seitzhttp://goo.gl/ZkIhSp
(1 to 10) Hannibal, Olive Kitteridge, Private Violence, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Missing, The Americans, Mad Men, True Detective, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, The Roosevelts
So, obviously, after I made this list, I realised there are other such lists out there too. So I’ve kept this list exclusive to critics whose reviews I read and love. You can read other compilations with even more lists here:
Metacritic Compilation: http://www.metacritic.com/feature/tv-critics-pick-10-best-tv-shows-of-2014
Also, here’s a great article by Anne Thompson on ‘How to Make a Ten Best List in Five Easy Steps‘: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/how-to-make-a-ten-best-list-in-five-easy-steps-20141210

 

What are your favourite TV shows of the year? Do leave your favourites in the comments below 🙂
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The Best of Best Of Lists 2014 – Movies

(Read The Best of Best of Lists 2014 – TV here: http://goo.gl/fbDQ1f)

‘Tis the season of Best Of Lists! And now that there are *SO* many out there, it’s quite difficult to get a real idea of films that have truly stood out in the year – since the lists of every individual critic varies just that much. So I’ve drawn up the best of lists of some of the best film critics out there.

Unlike ‘The Best of Best of Lists 2014 – TV version (read here), there seems to be very little unanimity in the movie lists. Film critics have generally not agreed upon the best films of the year, saving a very few; while TV critics have pretty similar lists over all, barring a few personal choices.

So here are some of the things that stood out after going through all the lists:

The only film on *everybody’s* lists: Boyhood (Read my interview with director Richard Linklater here: http://goo.gl/ErdfnS)
The only other films on *almost* everybody’s lists: The Grand Budapest Hotel & Selma
The documentary film surprisingly on a lot of lists: Citizenfour
The highly buzzed films surprisingly on very few lists: Foxcatcher,  Gone Girl & Interstellar
The worst reviewed film (among these) surprisingly on some lists: Lucy
The foreign film on most lists: Ida (Poland)
The British film on most lists: Mr. Turner
The only animated film on the lists: The LEGO Movie
The only straight-to-DVD film on the lists: Snowpiercer


Here are the lists, that will be updated as more lists come up (The name of the critic links to his/her Twitter page):

Hitflix’s ‘Top 10 of 2014’ – By Drew McWeenyhttp://goo.gl/Ro2waf
(1 to 10) Inherent Vice, Boyhood, Wild Tales, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Force Mejeure, The Tribe, Nightcrawler, Snowpiercer, The Raid 2

Indiewire’s ‘Best Films of 2014’
 – By Eric Kohnhttp://goo.gl/TOh0Rz
(1 to 10) Boyhood, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Mankamana, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Leviathan, Ida, Starred Up, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Double, Inherent Vice

Little White Lies’ ’25 Best Films of 2014′ – By David Ehlrich: http://goo.gl/NXs5kf
(1 to 10) The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inherent Vice, Under the Skin, Nymphomaniac, Gone Girl, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Double, God Help The Girl, Force Majeure, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Boyhood, Goodbye to Language, Ida, Paolo Alto, The Babadook, Mommy, Why Don’t You Play in Hell, Starred Up, Godzilla, Listen Up Philip, Love is Strange, Selma, Timbuktu, We Are The Best!, Lucy

Rolling Stones’ ’10 Best Movies of 2014′ – By Peter Travershttp://goo.gl/ahbG5b
(1 to 10) Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Selma, Gone Girl, Whiplash, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Unbroken, Under The Skin, Interstellar

The Guardian’s ’10 Best Films of 2014′
 – By Peter Bradshawhttp://goo.gl/5lHFPR
(1 to 10) Under The Skin, Boyhood, Inherent Vice, Whiplash, Leviathan, Two Days One Night, Nightcrawler, Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The LEGO Movie

The New York Times’ ‘Top 10 Movies of 2014’ – By A. O. Scotthttp://goo.gl/NyLZxl
(1 to 10) Boyhood, Ida, Citizenfour, Leviathan, Selma, Love is Strange, We Are The Best!, Birdman & Listen Up, Philip & Mr. Turner, Dear White People, The Babadook

The New Yorker’s ‘Best Movies of 2014’ – By Richard Brodyhttp://goo.gl/kWMnzV
(1 to 30) The Grand Budapest Hotel, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Goodbye to Language, The Last of the Unjust, The Immigrant, American Sniper, Listen Up Philip, Actress, Memphis, Butter on the Latch, Evolution of a Criminal, Gone Girl, Happy Christmas, It Felt Like Love, Jimmy P, Life of Riley, Magic in the Moonlight, Soft in the Head, Story of my Death, Stranger by the Lake, Jealousy, Jersey Boys, Life Itself, Manakamana, Marvin Seth and Stanley, The Missing Picture, Selma, Tip Top, The Unknown Known, What Now? Remind  Me, One Day Pina Asked…

TIME Magazine’s ‘Top 10 Best Movies’ – By Richard Corliss: http://goo.gl/egfzcX
(1 to 10) The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, The LEGO Movie, Lucy, Goodbye to Language,  Jodorowsky’s Dune, Nightcrawler, Citizenfour,  Wild Tales, Birdman

Thompson on Hollywood’s ‘Top Ten Films of 2014’ – By Anne Thompsonhttp://goo.gl/ygGhJB
(1 to 10) Birdman, Boyhood, Mr. Turner, Nymphomaniac Volumes 1 & 2, Only Lovers Left Alive, Ida, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wild Tales, Beyond the Lights

Vanity Fair’s ’10 Best Movies of 2014′ – By Richard Lawsonhttp://goo.gl/Buc3Wd
(1 to 10) Love is Strange, Mommy, Force Majeure, Citizenfour, Boyhood, Selma, Snowpiercer, Mr. Turner, Pride, X Men: Days of Future Past

Vulture’s ’11 Best Movies of 2014′ – By David Edelstein: http://goo.gl/7E87WI
(1 to 10) Boyhood, Selma, The Babadook, Whiplash, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Only Lovers Left Alive, Citizenfour, Mr. Turner, Two Days One Night, The Immigrant, The Overnighters

Also,
Edgar Wright’s ‘Top 10 Movies of 2014: http://goo.gl/PQkT4i
(no order) Birdman, Boyhood, Edge of Tomorrow, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Interstellar, The LEGO Movie, Nightcrawler, Snowpiercer, Under the Skin, Whiplash
So, obviously, after I made this list, I realised there are other such lists out there too. So I’ve kept this list exclusive to critics whose reviews I read and love. You can read other compilations with even more lists here:
Indiewire Compilation: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/critics-top-10-films-2014
Metacritic Compilation: www.metacritic.com/feature/film-critic-top-10-lists-best-movies-of-2014
Also, here’s a great article by Anne Thompson on ‘How to Make a Ten Best List in Five Easy Steps‘: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/how-to-make-a-ten-best-list-in-five-easy-steps-20141210

 

What are your favourite films of the year? Do leave your favourites in the comments below 🙂
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