Thursday, December 11, 2014
My Favorite TV Shows of 2014
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
MAD MEN (AMC)
THE HONORABLE WOMAN (Sundance)
THE LEFTOVERS (HBO)
THE AFFAIR (SHOWTIME)
TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO)
CALL THE MIDWIVES (PBS)
Runnersup would include THE AMERICANS, HOMELAND, GAME OF THRONES, BROAD CITY, and the four episodes of OLIVE KITTERIDGE-more a mini series than a series. Some series from last year, didn't work for me this year, like ORPHAN BLACK. I still plan to catch up on RECTIFY and THE KNICK.
As I look at this list I can't help but notice that none of these shows are on the major networks. And then I realized that I really only watch one network show--THE GOOD WIFE--which is having an off year. I liked THE BIG BANG THEORY for years, but lately it seems stale. All of the characters' traits are written in stone by now and I'd find it hard to separate a show from year two from one from year five. Yes, they added the women, but then what?
None of the series I like most tries to put out 22 episodes a year. Quality is easier to attain if you are making 12 or fewer episodes. And you don't get locked into a formulaic rut.
What about you? What series holds your interest? Am I missing something?