The Best Tv shows of 2014
I’m a Tv buff of sorts, and ever so often, I get asked what shows I’m watching and/or what shows I recommend. So instead of repeating myself over and over again, here is a quick list of the best shows I have seen this year.
A drifter named Lorne Malvo arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence, including put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard. IMDB
The first episode of the ten part miniseries Fargo was off to an overwhelming start. I was filled with joy to first discover that Billy Bob Thornton was starring in it, haven’t seen him on TV in a long while, and his performance was just WOW. Fargo is a remake of a masterpiece by the same name and has characters and a set reminiscent of its predecessor. Conversely I was a little hesitant to start the show as well, because the original Fargo was notorious for encapsulating a dark, sardonic environment, but to my surprise the new one had the right amount of humor, intensity and just about the right amount of weird.
When you do get to get your hands on this remarkable show, look out for all the stories being told by different characters in three different scenes and capture the reactions of the listeners, too funny.
An astronaut struggles to learn how she became pregnant while on a 13-month-long solo space mission. IMDB
Extant has all the ingredients of a great sci-fi thriller, big cast, Steven Spielberg, Extra-terrestrial life, space travel, cyborgs, secret labs, evil billionaires, cliché right? Maybe, but what sets it apart is the writing and the actors; they have been terrific! Each character—Including the evil billionaire—are all so engaging and relatable that you will develop an affinity for them all and each episode is written in a way that makes you want to know what was going to happen next, more than the last episode did.
And hey, did I mention that Halle Berry is on the show?
Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. IMDB
Look at the photo, don’t you want to know what happened to that guy flowered from the inside out? Highly recommended if you’re looking for a clever and engaging physiological thriller.
The Last Ship
The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population. IMDB
If you’re a fan of Call of Duty or Battlefield, this is for you.
If you’re a fan disaster shows, this is for you as well.
As a bonus interest point, if you are in tune with what’s going on in West Africa with the Ebola Virus, this is a fictional approach to how things would have turned out without a proper response and a more virulent virus. You’ll like it. It is engaging and makes you think of a future where this is happening. You’ll find yourself wondering, what it is like to be both trapped and in a safe zone on a ship with the ability to defend yourself against adversaries.
Orange is The New Black
The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend. IMDB
If you’ve ever seen Oz or Weeds, you’ll pretty much understand OITNB from the first episode. It’s both funny and sad. A mix of pathos, honesty and beauty coming from the strangest places. Beware though, there are a lot of R18 scenes. Orange is The New Black tells an interesting story not only from the main character’s perspective but from the other inmates as well.
Ray Donovan, a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous in LA, can make anyone’s problems disappear except those created by his own family. IMDB
The first episode of Ray Donovan starts with Liev Schrieber in a role that is reminiscent of Tony Soprano. Liev is fantastic in the lead role and is reminiscent in a dark, violent lead male under constant stress who is protective and nurturing of those he loves, while at the same time projecting an aura of violence and danger to those who would cross him. If you loved The Sopranos, you’ll love Ray Donovan.
That’s not all, there are a few returning shows that made a mark as well, and some cancelled ones too, I’d just list them below, and you cab check them out as well.
Returning shows To look out for
- American Horror Story: Freak Show
- Persons of Interest
- Lost Girls (1 more season left)