When the viewers, creators, critics, and scholars of the future reflect on the television of the 2010s, 2014 will have a special shine to it. This year, there was more places to see more original TV series than every before, yet that did nothing to dilute the quality of those series. Television is stronger than it’s ever been, as attested by the sheer volume and variety of programming The A.V. Club’s writers singled out as 2014’s best. TV Club reviewers came up with a list of more than 90 nominees, which was then whittled down to the absolute best shows (sorry, non-anthologized miniseries, telefilms, and one-off specials—maybe 2015 will be Too Many Cooks’ year) and ranked by A.V. Club staffers. This countdown of the top 35 TV shows of 2014 comprises streaming series and network staples, veteran dramas and freshman comedies, surprisingly good debuts and old favorites on the rebound. We’ll run down 35 through 11 today; come back tomorrow for the top 10, practically all of which can be watched on the device you’re staring at right now. You can get your TV virtually anywhere these days, but to know what shows are worth uploading to your many glowing rectangles, you have to read on.
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