Posted by Eli (347 posts) -

I just wanted us to sit back and appreciate how good TV has been so far this year. For the previous couple years, I was pretty much despising all that came on because it seemed TV stations were trying to appease the lowest common denominator with nothing innovative or clever. I feel 2014 has been an indicator of change, and with that, I want to recognize ten TV shows that premiered this year I personally enjoy. I have put them in alphabetical order with no numerical rankings. Check them out:

BoJack Horseman

Broad City

Fargo

Halt and Catch Fire

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Review

Silicon Valley

The Strain

True Detective

With that, what are some of your favorite new TV series'?

#1 Posted by thatpinguino (1146 posts) -

Don't forget Nathan for You and the Knick! Also this was the best year of Game of Thrones and the end of True Blood.

#2 Posted by Eli (347 posts) -

Don't forget Nathan for You and the Knick! Also this was the best year of Game of Thrones and the end of True Blood.

I don't think I've seen the first two you mentioned, actually. And I was trying to stick with shows that piloted this year, but thanks for sharing anyway!

#3 Posted by thatpinguino (1146 posts) -

@eli: The Knick is a Cinemax show directed by Steven Soderbergh and staring Clive Owen. Its about a hospital in the year 1900 and the mess that was medicine at that time. Nathan for You is in its second season on Comedy Central, but this year was a big step forward.

#4 Posted by Animasta (14711 posts) -

I actually haven't watched any TV released this year.

I mean Brooklyn 99 is probably my favorite comedy ever made but that was technically last year :)

#5 Edited by Eli (347 posts) -

@eli: The Knick is a Cinemax show directed by Steven Soderbergh and staring Clive Owen. Its about a hospital in the year 1900 and the mess that was medicine at that time.

Wow, that sounds really interesting. I'll check that one out.

#6 Posted by Herk (193 posts) -

The Leftovers started out really mediocre but is now my favorite show currently on. It has that Lost mysteriousness, less actiony tho but better made.

#7 Posted by Original_Hank (126 posts) -

Dating naked you guys, that is some high art right there.

#8 Posted by Asurastrike (2167 posts) -

@eli: I don't really agree with you that TV has been bad the last couple years.

Breaking Bad started in 2008

Mad Men - 2007

Parks and Recreation - 2009

How I met Your Mother - 2005

Game of Thrones - 2011

House of Cards - 2013

Justified - 2010

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - 2005

Hell on Wheels - 2011

#9 Edited by Eli (347 posts) -

@asurastrike said:

@eli: I don't really agree with you that TV has been bad the last couple years.

Breaking Bad started in 2008

Mad Men - 2007

Parks and Recreation - 2009

How I met Your Mother - 2005

Game of Thrones - 2011

House of Cards - 2013

Justified - 2010

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - 2005

Hell on Wheels - 2011

Well, I specifically said this decade. So...anything between 2005-2010 doesn't necessarily apply. That and I love Breaking Bad, It's Always Sunny and House of Cards. If I was naming exceptional seasons in 2014, I certainly would have included House of Cards Season 2.

#10 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5839 posts) -

Nathan for You is brilliant.

#11 Edited by Brodehouse (10067 posts) -

The only current show I'm interested in is Rick and Morty.

edit: Oh, also, I really like Bob's Burgers. Bob's Burgers reminds me a lot of golden era Simpsons episodes. I get a sense of liberal working class values that are more responses to other people's judgy horseshit than spreading their own. That episode with the 'everyone is a dork for their own thing' conclusion almost made me start bawling because it's one of the best promotions of intellectual diversity I've had the pleasure of seeing. Plus, Bob is maybe the best television dad. If I had a father I would hope he was like Bob Belcher.

#12 Posted by theanticitizen (271 posts) -

You forgot Hannibal. Which is probably the best thing I've seen on tv since Breaking Bad

#13 Posted by Kidavenger (3582 posts) -

The only current show I'm interested in is Rick and Morty.

This.

The only show in the OP I've even heard of is Bojack Horseman, which just came out and I thought the first two episodes where absolutely terrible, does it get better?

#14 Edited by CornBREDX (5593 posts) -

The Quest started this year.

It's alright. I like "reality competition" shows like The Amazing Race or The Mole as I think they can be fun for the most part. It's the only reality show type that I care for. It helps that the players seem like cool people as well.

Edit: I don't think that I'd say there was anything special about this year for TV, though. As a whole. It's alright. TV shows are definitely getting better in general. Slowly. Very slowly.

#15 Posted by RonGalaxy (3219 posts) -

Fargo was amazing, and I only watched the first episode of sillicon valley, but that was great too. Everything else you listed is meh. Personally I think 2007 was the real starting point with the current golden age of tv (specifically cable tv). Mad Men changed everything.

#16 Posted by Hone_McBone (167 posts) -

You forgot Hannibal. Which is probably the best thing I've seen on tv since Breaking Bad

Except that it came out in 2013, though I agree entirely with your statement.

#17 Posted by JStaunton (179 posts) -

Thought Silicon Valley was average, personally. I also don't get Review.

#19 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3426 posts) -

Man oh man oh man have TV and myself parted ways. I can't stand most of these shows! At least Seinfeld is still on :D

#20 Edited by Zeik (2536 posts) -

I just can't bring myself to care about weekly television anymore. If I watch any network television anymore it's through Netflix, where I can binge on it at my leisure, and I don't have to worry about it getting cancelled halfway through. I think Lost was the last time I still cared enough to do that.

It's not even that I hate what's on TV (although I don't think I've watched a single one of those shows), I just think I'm done with traditional TV viewing.