Best of 2014: Television Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 9, 2014
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Below, we collect every year-end Top Ten list published by major TV critics and publications. This page will be updated throughout December and January whenever new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best TV shows of 2014

Added in last update (1/7): PopMatters

Added in previous update (1/3): IGN, Philadelphia Daily News, Uncle Barky, Under the Radar, Us Weekly, We Got This Covered, Wired

Below is our updated running tally of the TV shows most frequently mentioned by individual critics in their year-end Top Ten lists. Note that if a critic ranks more than the standard 10 shows, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each show will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list
TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2014
TV Show / Network # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 . Fargo (FX) 1373184
2 . True Detective (HBO) 573160
3 . The Americans (FX) 842759
4 . Transparent (Amazon) 652654
5 . The Good Wife (CBS) 831646
6 . Game of Thrones (HBO) 442444
7 . Mad Men (AMC) 352443
8 . Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) 013133
9 . Hannibal (NBC) 44929
10 . Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO) 002323
11 . Broad City (Comedy Central) 121522
12 . Veep (HBO) 101619
13 . Olive Kitteridge (HBO) 031218
14 . The Walking Dead (AMC) 2 1 8 16
  . You're the Worst (FX)12916
16 . Louie (FX) 001414
17 . Jane the Virgin (CW) 001313
. The Roosevelts (PBS) 11813
19 . The Leftovers (HBO) 11712
. The Knick (Cinemax) 001212
20 . Rectify (Sundance) 01911

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the 68 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some critics may list ten shows without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

AFI
(AFI jury selections)View article
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • The Knick (Cinemax)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
Akron Beacon Journal
Rich Heldenfels View article
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  3. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. Gotham (Fox)
  6. The Good Wife (CBS)
  7. Justified (FX)
  8. You're the Worst (FX)
  9. Scandal (ABC)
  10. Doctor Who (BBC America)
Associated Press
Frazier Moore View article
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce (Bravo)
  • Gotham (Fox)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Nixon's the One (online)
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • True Detective (HBO)
A.V. Club
Staff consensus View article
  1. Hannibal (NBC)
  2. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  3. The Americans (FX)
  4. True Detective (HBO)
  5. The Good Wife (CBS)
  6. Fargo (FX)
  7. Mad Men (AMC)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. You're the Worst (FX)
  10. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Matthew Gilbert View article
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. The Good Wife (CBS)
  3. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. Veep (HBO)
  6. Fargo (FX)
  7. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  8. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  9. Shameless (Showtime)
  10. The Knick (Cinemax)
Boston Globe
Sarah Rodman View article
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  5. The Affair (Showtime)
  6. True Detective (HBO)
  7. Mad Men (AMC)
  8. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  9. Key and Peele (Comedy Central)
  10. Jane the Virgin (CW)
Chicago Reader
Staff consensus View article
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  • Broad City (Comedy Central)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Nathan for You (Comedy Central)
  • Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Review (Comedy Central)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • True Detective (HBO)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mark Dawidziak View article
  1. Justified (FX)
  2. The Roosevelts (PBS)
  3. True Detective (HBO)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  6. Sherlock (PBS)
  7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  8. House of Cards (Netflix)
  9. Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
  10. Gotham (Fox)
Complex
Staff consensus View article
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. Hannibal (NBC)
  3. The Knick (Cinemax)
  4. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. True Detective (HBO)
  7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  8. Mad Men (AMC)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
The Daily Beast
Kevin Fallon View article
  1. The Good Wife (CBS)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. Veep (HBO)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  6. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  7. Hannibal (NBC)
  8. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  9. The Comeback (HBO)
  10. Mad Men (AMC)
Denver Post
Joanne Ostrow View article
  1. The Good Wife (CBS)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. Homeland (Showtime)
  4. Transparent (Amazon)
  5. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  6. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  7. True Detective (HBO)
  8. The Affair (Showtime)
  9. The Americans (FX)
  10. The Roosevelts (PBS)
Digital Spy
Staff consensus View article
  1. True Detective (HBO)
  2. Hannibal (NBC)
  3. Happy Valley (Netflix)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  6. Sherlock (PBS)
  7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  8. The Leftovers (HBO)
  9. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  10. In the Flesh (BBC America)
Entertainment Weekly
Jeff Jensen & Melissa Maerz View article
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. Rectify (Sundance)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Please Like Me (Pivot)
  5. Louie (FX)
  6. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  7. Mad Men (AMC)
  8. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  9. The Good Wife (CBS)
  10. Hannibal (NBC)
Film School Rejects
Kate Erbland View article
  1. True Detective (HBO)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. Mad Men (AMC)
  6. The Comeback (HBO)
  7. The Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. The Americans (FX)
  10. The Flash (CW)
The Globe and Mail [Toronto/Canada]
John Doyle View article
  • The Americans (FX)
  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Rectify (Sundance)
  • Strange Empire (CBC)
  • True Detective (HBO)
Grantland
Andy Greenwald View article
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. You're the Worst (FX)
  3. Transparent (Amazon)
  4. The Honourable Woman (Sundance)
  5. The Knick (Cinemax)
  6. The Bridge (FX)
  7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  8. Veep (HBO)
  9. Banshee (Cinemax)
  10. Too Many Cooks (Adult Swim)
Dan Fienberg View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Review (Comedy Central)
  3. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  6. Rectify (Sundance)
  7. The Americans (FX)
  8. Hannibal (NBC)
  9. Shameless (Showtime)
  10. Game of Thrones (HBO)
HitFix
Alan Sepinwall View article
  1. The Leftovers (HBO)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. Transparent (Amazon)
  4. Review (Comedy Central)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  7. Rectify (Sundance)
  8. Hannibal (NBC)
  9. Mad Men (AMC)
  10. True Detective (HBO)
The Hollywood Reporter
Tim Goodman View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. True Detective (HBO)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. The Honourable Woman (Sundance)
  6. Louie (FX)
  7. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  10. The Walking Dead (AMC)
Huffington Post
Maureen Ryan View article
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Enlisted (Fox)
  • Happy Valley (Netflix)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
  • Rectify (Sundance)
  • Review (Comedy Central)
  • Transparent (Amazon)
  • You're the Worst (FX)
IGN
Matt Fowler View article
  1. Hannibal (NBC)
  2. True Detective (HBO)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. The Leftovers (HBO)
  5. Transparent (Amazon)
  6. Fargo (FX)
  7. Review (Comedy Central)
  8. Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
  9. Rectify (Sundance)
  10. Person of Interest (CBS)
Indiewire
Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers View article
  1. Mad Men (AMC)
  2. True Detective (HBO)
  3. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  4. Veep (HBO)
  5. The Leftovers (HBO)
  6. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  7. Fargo (FX)
  8. The Comeback (HBO)
  9. House of Cards (Netflix)
  10. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
Josh Bell View article
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. You're the Worst (FX)
  6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  7. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  8. The Knick (Cinemax)
  9. Faking It (MTV)
  10. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Las Vegas Weekly
Jeff Korbelik View article
  1. True Detective (HBO)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. The Missing (Starz)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. House of Cards (Netflix)
  6. Sherlock (PBS)
  7. The Good Wife (CBS)
  8. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  9. Justified (FX)
  10. Transparent (Amazon)
Lincoln Journal Star
Robert Lloyd View article
  • Bee and PuppyCat (Cartoon Hangover) AND Over the Garden Wall (Cartoon Network)
  • Black Jesus (Adult Swim)
  • Broad City (Comedy Central)
  • Cubed (Above Average)
  • Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (HBO)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • The Missing (Starz) AND The Honourable Woman (Sundance)
  • Powerless (PBS) AND Happiness (PBS)
  • True Detective (HBO)
Los Angeles Times
Minneapolis Star Tribune‎
Neal Justin View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  4. Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  5. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  6. The Good Wife (CBS)
  7. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  8. Louie (FX)
  9. BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
National Post [Canada]
David Berry View article
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  3. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Hannibal (NBC)
  6. Key and Peele (Comedy Central)
  7. The Knick (Cinemax)
  8. Kroll Show (Comedy Central)
  9. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  10. Louie (FX)
New York Daily News
David Hinckley View article
  1. Mad Men (AMC)
  2. Sons of Anarchy (FX)
  3. Downton Abbey (PBS)
  4. Faking It (MTV)
  5. Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  6. Fargo (FX)
  7. The Blacklist (NBC)
  8. True Detective (HBO)
  9. Manhattan (WGN)
  10. The Walking Dead (AMC)
The New York Times
Mike Hale View article
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Bron [Broen] (Hulu)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Happy Valley (Netflix)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • The Knick (Cinemax)
  • Louie (FX)
  • Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  • Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)
Newsday
Verne Gay View article
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. Homeland (Showtime)
  5. The Roosevelts (PBS)
  6. Fargo (FX)
  7. Transparent (Amazon)
  8. True Detective (HBO)
  9. The Good Wife (CBS)
  10. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
David Bianculli (Fresh Air) View article
  1. The Good Wife (CBS)
  2. Justified (FX)
  3. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  4. The Roosevelts (PBS)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. True Detective (HBO)
  7. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  8. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  9. Homeland (Showtime)
  10. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO) AND Louie (FX)
NPR
Eric Deggans View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. True Detective (HBO)
  3. Transparent (Amazon)
  4. Black-ish (ABC)
  5. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  6. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  7. Gotham (Fox) AND The Flash (CW)
  8. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  9. Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (HBO)
  10. Doctor Who (BBC America)
Omaha World-Herald
Micah Mertes View article
  1. The Good Wife (CBS)
  2. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. Person of Interest (CBS)
  7. The Flash (CW)
  8. True Detective (HBO)
  9. You're the Worst (FX)
  10. Louie (FX)
The Oregonian
Kristi Turnquist View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. True Detective (HBO)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. Homeland (Showtime)
  5. Mad Men (AMC)
  6. The Roosevelts (PBS)
  7. The Affair (Showtime)
  8. The Good Wife (CBS)
  9. The Americans (FX)
  10. Transparent (Amazon)
Paste
Staff consensus View article
  1. True Detective (HBO)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  5. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  6. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  7. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. Louie (FX)
People
(Uncredited) View article
  1. How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. True Detective (HBO)
  4. Outlander (Starz)
  5. The Good Wife (CBS)
  6. The Mindy Project (Fox)
  7. The Affair (Showtime)
  8. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  9. Happy Valley (Netflix)
  10. Fargo (FX)
Philadelphia Daily News
Ellen Gray View article
  • The Americans (FX)
  • Fargo (FX)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • The Honourable Woman (Sundance)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Sherlock (PBS)
  • True Detective (HBO)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rob Owen View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Good Wife (CBS)
  3. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  4. Episodes (Showtime)
  5. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  6. Transparent (Amazon)
  7. Survivor's Remorse (Starz)
  8. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  9. Sherlock (PBS)
  10. How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
PopMatters
Staff consensus View article
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. Justified (FX)
  3. True Detective (HBO)
  4. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. Hannibal (NBC)
  7. House of Cards (Netflix)
  8. Girls (HBO)
  9. Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC)
  10. Orphan Black (BBC America)
RogerEbert.com
Brian Tallerico View article
  1. True Detective (HBO)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Hannibal (NBC)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. The Missing (Starz)
  6. The Knick (Cinemax)
  7. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  8. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. You're the Worst (FX)
The Salt Lake Tribune
Scott D. Pierce View article
  1. The Good Wife (CBS)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  4. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. Parenthood (NBC)
  7. The Mindy Project (Fox)
  8. Mad Men (AMC)
  9. How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  10. Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
San Jose Mercury News
Chuck Barney View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. True Detective (HBO)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. The Good Wife (CBS)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  7. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  10. The Affair (Showtime)
ScreenCrush
Ryan McGee View article
  1. You're the Worst (FX)
  2. Review (Comedy Central)
  3. Enlisted (Fox)
  • Remaining shows listed in alphabetical order:
  • The Americans (FX)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Jane the Virgin (CW)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
  • Rectify (Sundance)
Sioux City Journal
Bruce R. Miller View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Veep (HBO)
  4. True Detective (HBO)
  5. Getting On (HBO)
  6. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  7. The Normal Heart (HBO)
  8. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  9. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  10. Gotham (Fox)
Slant
Staff consensus View article
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. Hannibal (NBC)
  4. Louie (FX)
  5. The Knick (Cinemax)
  6. House of Cards (Netflix)
  7. Transparent (Amazon)
  8. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  9. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  10. Homeland (Showtime)
Slate
Willa Paskin View article
  1. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  2. True Detective (HBO)
  3. Transparent (Amazon)
  4. Srugim [Israel]
  5. The Good Wife (CBS)
  6. You're the Worst (FX)
  7. High Maintenance (Vimeo)
  8. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  9. The Americans (FX)
  10. Louie (FX)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gail Pennington View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  5. Mad Men (AMC)
  6. True Detective (HBO)
  7. The Affair (Showtime)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  10. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
The Star-Ledger (NJ.com)
Vicki Hyman View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  3. Outlander (Starz)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. The Missing (Starz)
  6. True Detective (HBO)
  7. Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
  8. The Affair (Showtime)
  9. Homeland (Showtime)
  10. Game of Thrones (HBO)
Tampa Bay Times
Michelle Stark View article
  1. The Good Wife (CBS)
  2. You're the Worst (FX)
  3. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  4. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  7. Veep (HBO)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. Fargo (FX)
  10. Black-ish (ABC)
Thompson on Hollywood!
Matt Brennan View article
  1. Mad Men (AMC)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. The Knick (Cinemax)
  4. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. Please Like Me (Pivot)
  7. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  8. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  9. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  10. Gotham (Fox)
Time
James Poniewozik View article
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. The Good Wife (CBS)
  4. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  5. Fargo (FX)
  6. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  7. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  8. Louie (FX)
  9. High Maintenance (Vimeo)
  10. Silicon Valley (HBO)
TV Guide staff View article
  1. Hannibal (NBC)
  2. Transparent (Amazon)
  3. True Detective (HBO)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Veep (HBO)
  6. The Affair (Showtime)
  7. Louie (FX)
  8. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  9. The Good Wife (CBS)
  10. Mad Men (AMC)
TV Guide
Matt Roush View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. The Good Wife (CBS)
  3. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. The Roosevelts (PBS)
  6. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  7. The Americans (FX)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. The Normal Heart (HBO) AND Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  10. The Affair (Showtime)
Tim Surette View article
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. The Americans (FX)
  4. Manhattan (WGN)
  5. Rectify (Sundance)
  6. The Missing (Starz)
  7. Person of Interest (CBS)
  8. Review (Comedy Central)
  9. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  10. True Detective (HBO)
Kaitlin Thomas View article
  1. Veep (HBO)
  2. The Americans (FX)
  3. Hannibal (NBC)
  4. Fargo (FX)
  5. Rectify (Sundance)
  6. Jane the Virgin (CW)
  7. Shameless (Showtime)
  8. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  9. Looking (HBO)
  10. Playing House (USA)
TV.com
Jen Trolio View article
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Veep (HBO)
  4. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  5. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  6. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  7. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  8. Playing House (USA)
  9. Trophy Wife (ABC)
  10. @midnight (Comedy Central)
Uncle Barky
Ed Bark View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. The Americans (FX)
  4. True Detective (HBO)
  5. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  6. Masters of Sex (Showtime)
  7. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  8. Mad Men (AMC)
  9. The Roosevelts (PBS)
  10. Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Under the Radar
Staff consensus View article
  1. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  2. The Leftovers (HBO)
  3. Fargo (FX)
  4. Louie (FX)
  5. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  6. Portlandia (IFC)
  7. Doctor Who (BBC America)
  8. True Detective (HBO)
  9. The Newsroom (HBO)
  10. Sherlock (PBS)
Us Weekly
John Griffiths View article
  1. The Good Wife (CBS)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)
  3. True Detective (HBO)
  4. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. Veep (HBO)
  7. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  8. You're the Worst (FX)
  9. How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  10. Homeland (Showtime)
Village Voice
Inkoo Kang View article
  1. Transparent (Amazon)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  5. Mad Men (AMC)
  6. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  7. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  8. Veep (HBO)
  9. Bob's Burgers (Fox)
  10. 30 for 30: The Price of Gold (ESPN)
Vox
Todd VanDerWerff View article
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Hannibal (NBC)
  3. Transparent (Amazon)
  4. Rectify (Sundance)
  5. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  6. Rev. (Hulu)
  7. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
  8. The Leftovers (HBO)
  9. You're the Worst (FX)
  10. Person of Interest (CBS)
Vulture
Matt Zoller Seitz View article
  1. Hannibal (NBC)
  2. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  3. Private Violence (HBO)
  4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  5. The Missing (Starz)
  6. The Americans (FX)
  7. Mad Men (AMC)
  8. True Detective (HBO)
  9. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Fox)
  10. The Roosevelts (PBS)
The Wall Street Journal
Dorothy Rabinowitz View article
  1. The Roosevelts (PBS)
  2. Homeland (Showtime)
  3. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  4. True Detective (HBO)
  5. The Americans (FX)
  6. The Honourable Woman (Sundance)
  7. Manhattan (WGN)
Washington Post
Hank Stuever View article
  1. The Americans (FX)
  2. Fargo (FX)
  3. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  4. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  5. Transparent (Amazon)
  6. The Good Wife (CBS)
  7. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  8. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  9. The Roosevelts (PBS)
  10. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
We Got This Covered
Staff consensus View article
  1. Fargo (FX)
  2. Hannibal (NBC)
  3. Mad Men (AMC)
  4. The Americans (FX)
  5. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  6. True Detective (HBO)
  7. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  8. The Leftovers (HBO)
  9. Louie (FX)
  10. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Wired
Staff consensus View article
  1. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  2. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  3. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
  5. New Girl (Fox)
  6. The Knick (Cinemax)
  7. The Good Wife (CBS)
  8. Transparent (Amazon)
  9. True Detective (HBO)
  10. Veep (HBO)
Yahoo! TV
Ken Tucker View article
  1. The Good Wife (CBS)
  2. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  3. Broad City (Comedy Central)
  4. Silicon Valley (HBO)
  5. True Detective (HBO)
  6. The Americans (FX)
  7. The Leftovers (HBO)
  8. Fargo (FX)
  9. Veep (HBO)
  10. The Knick (Cinemax)

 

Comments (22)

  • D_Z  

    My top 5

    1.Hannibal
    2.True Detective
    3.Game of Thrones
    4.Fargo
    5 Orphan Black

  • richard44007  

    My list

    1 Game of Thrones 4ª Temp hbo 2014
    2 Fargo 1ª temp FX 2014
    3 True Detective 1ª temp hbo 2014
    4 Americans 2º temp fx 2014
    5 House of Cards 2ªtemp netfix 2014
    6 Knick 1ª temp Cin 2014
    7 Affair 1ª temp show 2014
    8 Ray Donovan 2 temp show 2014
    9 Fall 2º Temp bbc 2014
    10 Hannibal 2º Temp nbc 2014
    11 Masters of Sex 2ª temp show 2014
    12 Continuum 3ª temp showse 2014
    13 Community 5 temp nbc 2014
    14 Outlander 1ª temp starz 2014/15
    15 Orange is the new black 2ªtemp netflix 2014
    16 Boadwalk Empire 5ª temp hbo 2014
    17 Shameless 4ª temp show 2014
    18 Walking Dead 4ª temp amc 2013/14
    19 Parks And Recreation 6ª temp nbc 2013/14
    20 Transparent 1ª temp ama 2014
    21 Silicon Valley 1º Temp hbo 2014
    22 Penny Dreadful 1ª temp show 2014
    23 Homeland 4ª Temp show 2014
    24 American Horror Story Freak Show FX 2014/15
    25 24Horas 9ª temp Fox 2014
    26 Killing 4ª temp netflix 2014
    27 Once Upon a Time 3ª temp abc 2013/14
    28 Orphan Black 2º temp bbc 2014
    29 Manhatan 1ª temp WGN 2014
    30 Modern Family 4º temp abc 2013/14
    31 Downton Abbey 5 ª temp 2014
    32 Agents Of Shield 1ª temp abc 2013/14
    33 Greys Anatomy 9ª temp abc 2013/14
    34 Helix 1ª temp sci 2014
    35 Extant 1ª temp cbs 2014
    36 From Dusk Until Down 1ªtemp el rei 2014
    37 Strain 1º temp FX 2014
    38 Simpsons 25ª temp fox 2013/14
    39 The big bang Theory 7ªtemp cbs 2013/14
    40 True Blood 7ªtemp hbo 2014

  • Starwars356  

    I can't understand the lack of respect given to The Legend of Korra, absolutely amazing final two seasons. I guess people automatically dismiss something just because it is on Nickelodeon, when all they are doing in denying themselves a chance to see something great. Anyways here is my top 10.

    1. The Legend of Korra (Season 4)
    2. The Legend of Korra (Season 3)
    3. Game of Thrones
    4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    5. The Walking Dead
    6. Cosmos: A Space-time Odyssey
    7. Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver
    8. House of Cards
    9. True Detective
    10. Tough choice for the final spot as I would prefer to leave it at 9 but if I had to pick one it would be from within (Doctor Who, The Leftovers, You're the Worst, Marco Polo, A to Z) but then again I don't believe any actual deserve this spot and are only considered because our society uses base 10.

    As I believe you cannot truly judge shows what you have not seen, the following are shows I have seen but did not make the cut (in no particular order): Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Gotham, The Flash, Grimm, Suits, Sherlock, Fargo, Community, Sleepy Hollow, Castle, Arrow, Archer, South Park, Ascension, How to Get Away with Murder, Forever, 24: Live Another Day, Star Wars: Rebels, Justified, Gracepoint, Turn, The Last Ship, and countless more shows that I was un(able/willing) to finish.

  • richard44007  

    http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/12/the-15-best-new-tv-shows-of-2014.html

  • fionalive  

    What about this Variety list?
    http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/the-10-best-tv-dramas-of-2014-1201376437/

  • dylan111  

    Rectify should be at number one. It has the best writing, acting, directing, cinematography, and music on tv right now.

  • Krovvy  

    Masters of Sex is the most underrated show on television.

  • shavenwookie  

    I don't get all the love for the Americans or True Detective especially considering that most of the good dialogue from True Detective was plagiarized from Thomas Lingotti and even Alan Moore with no credit to the original source material.

  • RealMusic  

    TRUE DETECTIVE
    FARGO
    JOHN OLIVER
    THE KNICK
    LOUIE
    SILICON VALLEY

    Rest is complete **** Americans is unwatchable.

  • BKM  

    1.) Rectify
    2.) Hannibal
    3.) True Detective
    4.) Game of Thrones
    5.) Fargo
    6.) House of Cards
    7.) Olive Kitterage
    8.) The Walking Dead
    9.) The Newsroom
    10.) Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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