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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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