What Are Your 10 Favorite Shows of 2014 (So Far)?


It's June! And that means it's time to start thinking about the best shows of the year. (Heck, I'm already thinking about the best shows of 2056—NCIS: Jupiter is actually quite good!)

Earlier this week, Time's James Poniewozik kicked off the discussion with a list of his 10 favorite shows from 2014 (so far), and we've decided to play along by answering his question of "What are yours?" and extending the same query to you. 

To get things going, Jen and I have compiled quick lists of our 10 favorite shows of the first half of 2014. (Kaitlin is currently on assignment doing extensive research on what Taylor Kitsch smells like in real life at the ATX Television festival, but if she manages to somehow avoid Death by Riggins... yes, that is definitely a thing... we might eventually add her list, too.)

There weren't too many rules, though I limited my entries to shows that started their current seasons in 2014; Jen took a broader approach and considered anything that's aired this year, in full or in part. Share your own list in the comments!


Tim's 10 Best Shows of 2014 (So Far)

Game of Thrones
True Detective
Fargo
Orange Is the New Black
The Americans
Louie
Broad City
Review
Vikings
Silicon Valley


Jen's 10 Best Shows of 2014 (So Far)

The Americans
Fargo
Game of Thrones
Orphan Black
@midnight
Mad Men
Parks and Recreation
Community
Silicon Valley
Veep


Alright, what shows do YOU think are the 10 best of 2014 so far?


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Apr 12, 2017
Review period! nuff said
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Dec 04, 2014
i don't watch ten shows in total
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Nov 07, 2014
I have to day I didn't like Penny Dreadful... I love it, it has to go to my 10 top list, fighting with True Detective and Game of Thrones... It´s so well done, the historical characterization, the plot, the actors....can´t wait for the new season...... Dam!!!!!

So, my new list is:

True Detectives
Game of Thrones
Fargo
Penny Dreadful
The Walking Dead
Luther (final season)
Sherlock
Banshee
Vikings
Ripper Street

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Aug 17, 2014
Community
The Walking Dead
Reign
RuPaul's Drag Race
Game of Thrones
American Horror Story
True Blood
Orange Is The New Black
Girls
The Carrie Diaries
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Jul 18, 2014
15 favorites
Game of Thrones
Vikings
House of Cards
Orange is the New Black
The Americans
Orphan Black
Fargo
Grimm
True Detective
Modern Family
American Horror Story
Parenthood
Tyrant
Chicago Fire
Parks and Rec

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Jun 24, 2014
True Detectives
Game of Thrones
Fargo
Orphan Black
Sherlock
Person of Interest
Arrow
Banshee
Grimm
Justified

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Jun 20, 2014
1. Orphan Black
2. Person of Interest
3. Game of Thrones
4. The Black List
5. Justified
6. Banshee
7. The Good Wife
8. Haven
9. Castle
10. Grimm
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Jun 17, 2014
True Detectives
Game of Thrones
Fargo
The Walking Dead
Luther (final season)
Sherlock
Banshee
Sleep Hollow
Vikings
Ripper Street
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Jun 17, 2014
I am watching Penny Dreadful now, and liking it, and still like Once upon a Time, and Grimm...
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Nov 07, 2014
I have to day I didnt like Penny Dreadful... I love it, it has to go to my 10 top list, fighting with True Detective and Game of Thrones... It´s so well done, the historical characterization, the plot, the actors....can´t wait for the new season...... Dam!!!!!
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Jun 16, 2014
My Favorites
Game Of Thrones
Hannibal
Orange Is The New Black
The Good Wife
Orphan Black
Also
Mad Men
Penny Dreadful
In The Flesh
The Walking Dead
True Detective
The Americans

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Jun 15, 2014
In no particular order ...

The good wife
Shameless
The walking dead
Nurse Jackie
Game of thrones
Hannibal
Mad men
Dancing on the edge
Motive
Nashville
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Jun 13, 2014
It had been a busy 2014 so there is only one show I have watched all episodes of this year and it is Fargo.
Started a few other shows, but lost interest fairly quickly.

I am desperately missing some good sci-fi that includes actual spaceships.
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Jun 18, 2014
Have you tried 'The 100'? It's on the CW but is getting great reviews (check them out on here), has been renewed for a second season ... and has spaceships (well, a space -ark thingie!)
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Jun 20, 2014
Thanks for the suggestion, I will put it on my list. However considering how behind I am (I still have to finish Fringe, that´s how bad it is..) it may take a while before I check it out.
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Jun 24, 2014
stop sleeping or you will never catch up....
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Jun 13, 2014
Game of Thrones
Arrow
The 100
Reign
Bitten
Dragons - Defenders of Berk
Supernatural
Brooklyn Nine Nine
Bones
Haven

Not in any order really, i have approx 13 more that didn't make it on this list just cause these ones are much better.

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Jun 11, 2014
I won't make it to ten, but (in order of bestiness):
Fargo
The Americans
Hannibal
...
Game of Thrones
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Jun 10, 2014
Person of Interest
Arrow
Silicon Valley
Turn
The Americans
Vikings
The Blacklist
True Detective
Helix
Game of Thrones
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Jun 10, 2014
Game of Thrones
Orphan Black
Orange is the New Black
Vikings
Masters of Sex
The Originals
Arrow
The Walking Dead
Silicon Valley
The Following

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Jun 10, 2014
"Alright, what shows do YOU think are the 10 best of 2014 so far?"

There's no such word as alright. It is a (common) misspelling of "all right." A real writer would know that. Next step is to use "there" for "their."
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Jun 11, 2014
You sure do your name justice. Good on you for being so clever!
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Jun 10, 2014
Game of Thrones
Broad City
Veep
The Good Wife
Community
Silicon Valley
Louie
Orange is the New Black
Shameless
House of Cards
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Jun 10, 2014
Definitely changes come True Blood and other shows, but for now...

Game of Thrones
Fargo
Orange is the New Black
In The Flesh
Shameless
Hannibal
Teen Wolf
Banshee
Devious Maids
AHS: Coven

Honorable mentions... House of Cards, Girls, Scandal.

Didn't watch the Americans this year, but still might. How was it?
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Jun 09, 2014
Hmm...
Game of Thrones
Justified
Suits
Good Wife
Scandal
The Mindy Project
Brooklyn Nine Nine
Blacklist
MARVEL Agents of Shield (last half season)
Castle

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Jun 09, 2014
Person of Interest
Arrow
The Walking Dead
24
The Tomorrow People
The Blacklist
The Following
The 100
NCIS LA
NCIS

I really wanted to put POI on this list about 5 or 6 times.
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Jun 09, 2014
OMG-it's-on-tonight!, cannot wait to watch:
1. Vikings
2. Teen Wolf
3. Da Vinci's Demons (Tom Riley! Blake Ritson!)
4. Endeavor (once S2 begins on 6/29)

Yay, but might wait to watch:
5. The Originals
6. Sherlock
7. Call the Midwife

Golf clap, can build up on DVR:
8. Chicago PD
9. Turn
10. The 100

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Jun 09, 2014
Game of Thrones

True Detective

Mad Men

Continuum

Person of Interest

Brooklyn Nine Nine

The Musketeers

Justified

Arrow

Supernatural
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Jun 09, 2014

'Shameless'

'Game of Thrones'

'Orphan Black'

'The Americans'

'Banshee'

'Veep'

'Louie'

'AHS: Coven' If only for no Dylan McDermott at all. That ..... and Stevie Nicks was in it.

'Mad Men' Its been a while but that 1st half of final season everything worked very well and everyone was at top of their game.

'DaVinci's Demons' - Like 'Arrow' tightened up problems in story telling in its Second Season and Tom Riley really makes this one of the most watchable, enjoyable programs airing.

''Honorable Mention: 'Arrow', 'Salem', 'Penny Dreadful', 'The 100', 'Bates Motel' and 'Legit' which dumb people canceled after putting it on new channel with ZERO publicity. Best ensemble of actors in any comedy on television.
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Jun 09, 2014
Game of Thrones
Orphan Black
The Americans
Person of Interest
Hannibal
Vikings
The Walking Dead
Arrow
Turn
True Detective
Les Revenants
Black Sails
Supernatural
The Musketeers
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Jun 09, 2014
14 favourites for 2014:

Person of Interest
Game of Thrones
True Detective
Fargo
Hannibal
The 100
Modern Family
Orphan Black
AHS: Coven
Teen Wolf
Supernatural
In the Flesh
Castle
How I Met Your Mother (Hated the ending, but Milioti as the mother was fantastic throughout the season)
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Jun 09, 2014
Game of Thrones
Orange is the New Black
Girls
True Detective
Sons of Anarchy
Orphan Black
American Horror Story
The Originals
Faking It
Shameless

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Jun 09, 2014
TEN IS INSUFFICIENT.

TOP 15:

The Americans
Broad City
Silicon Valley
Teen Wolf
Game of Thrones
American Horror Story
The Originals
True Detective
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
Parenthood
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Parks & Rec
The Mindy Project
Cosmos
Reign

*Haven't yet caught up on Hannibal, Orphan Black, Fargo, Turn, Moone Boy etc. TOO MANY TV NOT ENOUGH HOURS

And of course when Masterchef Junior begins again it will claim the #1 spot. That show feeds my soul.
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Jun 09, 2014
The Americans
... nothing
... for
... a long
... time
Fargo
True Detective
Game of Thrones
Orange Is the New Black
Louie
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Jun 09, 2014
Game of Thrones
Supernatural
The Walking Dead
House of Cards
Hannibal
True Detective
American Horror Story
Fargo
Person of Interest
Orange Is the New Black

Other honorable mentions: Banshee, Penny Dreadful, Shameless, Scandal, Revenge, Bates Motel, Vikings, The Originals and Justified.

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Jun 09, 2014
Supernatural
Game of Thrones
Revenge
NCIS
NCIS Los Angeles
Hawaii 5-0
Criminal Minds
CSI Las Vegas
The Client List
Greys Anatomy
24
Devious Maids

Ooops thats 12!
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Jun 09, 2014
True Detective
The Americans
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Fargo
Vikings
Justified
Mad Men
Veep
Louie
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Jun 09, 2014
Grey's Anatomy
The Americans
The blacklist
Person of interest
Orange is the new black
Revenge
Chicago P.D.
Hannibal
Fargo
Homeland
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Jun 09, 2014
Little list from a french addict. Although I think that years in series are not from January to December but more from September to August. So let's say "list for 2013-2014 so far" :

Hannibal
Banshee
True Detective
Person of interest
Fargo
Penny dreadful
The Walking Dead
Helix
Justified
Sherlock.

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Jun 09, 2014
As of the end of May:

Teen Wolf
Orphan Black
DaVinci's Demons
Vikings
Penny Dreadful
Agents of SHIELD
Almost Human (so sad no more)
Helix
Being Human (so sad no more)
Black Sails

I'm sure my list will change once other favorite shows start airing.
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Jun 09, 2014
1) Person of Interest
2) Supernatural
3) Suits
4) Salem
5) American Horror Story
6) Penny Dreadful
7) Girls
8) Game of Thrones
9) Orange is the new Black
10) Orphan Black
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Jun 09, 2014
Supernatural
Elementary
24
Arrow
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Jun 09, 2014
person of interest
agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Jun 09, 2014
Supernatural
Game of thrones
Person of interest
suits
The walking dead
Arrow
The originals
Teen wolf
continuum
Grimm

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Jun 09, 2014
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Americans
  • Orphan Black
  • Fargo
  • American Horror Story
  • Hannibal
  • Almost Human
  • Person of Interest
  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Sleepy Hollow
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Jun 09, 2014
In order of Best first although the first two are Equal in my view, these are only the ones watched in 2014...................

Orphan Black
Continuum
The 100
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Banshee
The Blacklist
Arrow
Elementary
Believe
Resurrection

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Jun 09, 2014
I really had to sit and think. It's so difficult to choose b/c some of my faves, even thought they're returning, haven't technically aired this year yet. So bearing that in mind...

  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Lost Girl
  • Orange is the New Black
  • In the Flesh
  • Supernatural
  • Teen Wolf
  • Orphan Black
  • American Horror Story
  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Returned


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Jun 09, 2014
I think I did it wrong. I thought it was simply shows that had aired this year so far, not necessarily ones that started new seasons within the year. If that's the case, I would have to rethink the whole thing. I may have to revisit this at some point. But I'm done for now.
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Jun 09, 2014
Orphan Black
House Of Cards
Game Of Thrones
Hannibal
Vikings
The Americans
The Blacklist
OITNB
The Originals
Teen Wolf
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Jun 08, 2014
1. Game of Thrones
2. Walking Dead
3. Hannibal
4. Orphan Black
5. Awkward
6. 2 Broke Girls
7. Pretty Little Liars
8. The Big Bang Theory
9. Homeland
10. Southpark

I just realized that I miss Dexter... and Deb too :-(
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Jun 09, 2014
I know how you feel. *Hugs* I miss it, and her, too...
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Jun 08, 2014
Should I watch The Americans? Both Tim amd Jen have it in their top 10 and many others do as well.
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Jun 08, 2014
If that doesn't tell you that the answer is "yes", then what good will an actual "yes" do? Are you concerned about something specific? Does it seem to similar to something you didn't like?
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Jun 08, 2014
It's kind of slow, but if you like character-driven slow-building thrillers, then yes, you should watch it.
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Jun 08, 2014
1) Game of Thrones
2) Person of Interest
3) Grey's Anatomy
4) Modern Family
5) Vikings
6) The 100
7) Boondocks
8) The Originals
9) Community
10) The Big Bang Theory
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Jun 08, 2014
Game of Thrones
Vikings
Banshee
Orphan Black
True Detective
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Helix
Arrow
Justified
Archer

When stuff like Haven, Graceland, Hell on Wheels, Sons of Anarchy, The Strain hit this will be an even more impossible list to make, I'm already leaving off shows like TWD, AHS, Black Sails, From Dusk Til Dawn.
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Jun 08, 2014
10 Best Dramas so far:
Banshee
Chicago Fire
Orange is the New Black
Chicago Pd
The Blacklist
The Walking Dead
Homeland
24: Live Another Day
Fargo
Revolution

Ten Best Comedies so far:
Parks and Recreation
About A Boy
Broad City
Portlandia
SNL
Inside Amy Schumer
Billy on the Street
Mom
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Community
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Jun 08, 2014
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Shameless
Vikings
Banshee
The Walking Dead
Fargo
Chicago Fire
Penny Dreadful
The Americans
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Jun 08, 2014
Grimm
Teen Wolf
Blue Bloods
The Good Wife
The Blacklist
Elementary
Hannibal
Arrow
Chicago Fire
Reign


(No GoT, have stopped watching that after Ned's decapitation, haven't seen True Detective, yet, but I might binge on it.)
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Jun 08, 2014
Game of thrones
Orange Is The New Black
Arrow
Banshee
Penny Dreadful
Master of Sex
the 100
True Detective
Orphan Black
Dexter ;)
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