Television series – best of 2014

Best drama series

  1. Fargo (Noah Hawley)
  2. Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight)
  3. Mad Men (Matthew Weiner)
  4. House of Cards (Beau Willimon)
  5. The Affair (Sarah Treem & Hagai Levi)
  6. True Detective (Nic Pizzolatto)
  7. Boardwalk Empire (Terrence Winter)
  8. The Americans (Joe Weisberg)
  9. Masters of Sex (Michelle Ashford)
  10. The Fall (Allan Cubitt)
  11. Shameless (Paul Abbott)
  12. Game of Thrones (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss)

Honourable mentions: The Good WifeThe Newsroom, Orphan Black, OutlanderThe Musketeers, Orange Is the New Black, Luther, Sherlock.

Dishonourable mentions: True Blood, American Horror StoryThe Leftovers, Forever.

Still have to watch: Hannibal, The Knick, Marco Polo, Penny Dreadful, Halt and Catch Fire.

Since my list includes only USA and UK TV series, here’s a short essay I did on Danish television series, if anyone wants to watch something a bit different: The success of Danish television series.

Best comedy series

  1. Broad City (Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson)
  2. Parks and Recreation (Greg Daniels & Michael Schur)
  3. Modern Family (Christopher Lloyd & Steven Levitan)
  4. Girls (Lena Dunham)
  5. Louie (Louis C.K.)

Honourable mentions: TransparentArcher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mozart in the Jungle.

Dishonourable mentions: New Girl, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, The Mindy Project, Selfie, Manhattan Love Story.

Best leading actors

  • Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
  • Dominic West (The Affair)
  • Martin Freeman (Fargo)
  • Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
  • Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
  • Billy Bon Thornton (Fargo)
  • Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders)
  • Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)

Best leading actresses

  • Robin Wright (House of Cards)
  • Ruth Wilson (The Affair)
  • Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
  • Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
  • Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
  • Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)
  • Gillian Anderson (The Fall)
  • Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)

Best supporting actors

  • Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
  • Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders)
  • Adam Driver (Girls)
  • Jamie Dornan (The Fall)

Best supporting actresses

  • Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders)
  • Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
  • Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black)
  • Alison Pill (The Newsroom)
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3 thoughts on “Television series – best of 2014”

  1. So happy to see Shameless on your list. One of my favorites. I’m a bit iffy on Game of Thrones and House of Cards, but great list nonetheless! I’m also probably going to fly through Broad City at some point in the next two weeks.

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