2014 In TV

2014 In TV

Throughout 2014 there have been a lot of noteworthy TV series’. Here are a list of the ten that I enjoyed most during the last 12 months, in no particular order.

Fargo

Fargo aired its first season this year and was met with critical acclaim. With big Hollywood names involved in the project such as Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and The Coen Brothers, there was a lot of high hopes for the series and it lived up to the hype. Loosely based around the film of the same name, the story follows Lorne Malvo (Thornton) and Lester Nygaard (Freeman) in a tale of revenge, greed and violence.

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True Detective

True Detective aired in January 2014 on Sky Atlantic. In the same vain as Fargo it used the draw of big Hollywood names such as Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to gain a buzz before the show aired. The series followed two detectives over 17 years as they hunt for a serial killer. The dark, brooding drama was nominated for a series of big awards including Emmys and Golden Globes.

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Hannibal

Season two of the earnestly melancholic series upped the ante from series one. The drama second series was darker, more serious and even more thrilling than the first. The series which follows Serial killer and psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter and his brilliant and troubled friend/nemesis Will Graham in a dangerous game of cat and mouse was a barnstorming success and ended on an explosive note.

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Under The Dome

This drama has probably flown under the radar a little bit during its short run but if you like weird, quirky and thrilling all rolled in to one then this series is for you. The first series received comparisons to shows such as Twin Peaks and Lost and continued in that vain this year during its second series which was as irreverent as ever. Written by Stephan King, the show is unique and fun with just the right amount of twists and turns.

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Brooklyn Nine Nine

The first season of the offbeat comedy starring Andy Samberg was a huge success. One of the funniest shows on tv is airing its second season now and has continued in the same vain. The main success of the show is its strong cast. Stars such as Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti and many other great performers form a strong backbone to the witty comedy.

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Penny Dreadful

Season 1 of the supernatural drama infused horror icons of yesteryear with dark unique story lines. Frankenstein’s monster, Dorian Gray and various creatures such as vampires lurk in the shadows of Victorian London in this Gothic series. Starring Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett and Eva Green as well as many other stars make up this show’s power packed cast.

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New Girl

The third series of the quirky comedy picked up where the second left off with Jess, Schmidt, Winston, Nick and the returning Coach participating in all kinds of quirky and comical antics. Although the show probably didn’t equal its previous heights it still turned out another solid series.

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Bates Motel

The second series of the show loosely based on the iconic characters created by Alfred Hitchcock in the classic movie Psycho, returned this year with all the thrills and scares of the first season. Norman, Norma, Emma and Dylan returned to create and try and worm their way out of a series of thrilling incidents.

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American Horror Story

Season four, Freak Show, of the anthology series was a much improved effort than its predecessor Coven. Although not a return to the highs of the first two series’ it was much scarier and weirder than series 3, everything that AHS fans love about the show. With new villains Twisty and Dandy as well as creepy undertones and set the show is much more sinister than Coven.

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Stalker

Finally, the first half of season one of the thrilling drama series following a team of detectives who focus on stalkers, aired in the latter half of the year and was a thrilling success. Staring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q, the show creates a dark and malevolent vibe as it follows the team who not only try to defend victims but also themselves from stalkers.

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Honourable Mentions

Silicon Valley, True Blood, Franklin and Bash, The Following, Parks and Recreation, Community, Bojack Horseman, Person of Interest, Archer.