We Eat Films Top 5 Series of 2014!

Written by Jesse Gelinas December 27, 2014

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It’s been a great year for both new and returning shows. 2014 saw an awesome wave of top notch television, and it’s time to be appreciative. The staff here at We Eat Films have compiled their picks into this ultimate list of the Top 5 best TV series of 2014.

5. “The Leftovers” (HBO, season 1)

The Leftovers

Based on Tom Perotta’s novel, and written by “Lost’s” Damon Lindelof, no one really knew what to expect from “The Leftovers.” Not even those who had read the book, since the show takes a hard left turn from the source material. Justin Theroux leads one of the bleakest ensemble casts in recent history, in a world that’s three years passed a Rapture-like event. The existential misery and despair made “The Leftovers” an emotional gauntlet to be run week after week, but those who survived were rewarded with a deep and surreal show.

4. “Louie” (FX, season 4)

Louie, one of the top 5 series of 2014

“Louie’s” fourth season was delayed a full year to give Louie C.K. some breathing room and develop a new direction for the show, and boy did it pay off. What had always been a series of standalone episodes turned into a piece of major serialized fiction with the six part “Elevator” run and the season ending “Pamela” arc.

3. “Hannibal” (NBC, season 2)

Hannibal, one of the top 5 series of 2014

There has never been anything like “Hannibal.” A boldly bloody and inventive show on NBC of all places, it airs at 10:00 on Friday’s where the casual TV watcher can’t stumble across the artful and visceral violence. Taking place before “Red Dragon,” showrunner Bryan Fuller has twisted the script and Lecter canon into a uniquely surreal, artful, and pretentious show that delves deep into the mind of Hannibal Lector and his protege/prey Will Graham.

2. “Game Of Thrones” (HBO, season 4)

Game of Thrones, one of the top 5 series of 2014

“Game of Thrones,” the epic adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, managed to inconceivably pull off another great season by making the show a completely separate being from the books. Though earlier seasons had trimmed book events for time and production reasons, season four makes the ballsy move of taking from later novels and putting a new spin on things. “Game of Thrones” might have shot itself in the foot with a crossbow by catching up the books in a few plotlines, but it made for an exciting and incredibly paced season of dark fantasy adventure.

1. “True Detective” (HBO, Season 1)

True Detective, one of We Eat Films Top 5 series of 2014

“True Detective” came out of nowhere at the beginning of the year and has not left the cultural conscienceless since. The McConaissance was already in full swing by the time “True Detective” premiered, but it took Matthew McConaughey’s career resurgence to a whole new level. Arguably the best long form season anthology, “True Detective” starred McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops in 1995 who are drawn back into their case in the present day. Diving deep into Lovecraftian horror with mentions of The Yellow King and Carcosa, “True Detective” gave TV audiences something they’d never seen before, especially the 1 2 punch of episodes “Who Goes There” and “The Secret Fate of All.”

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About Jesse Gelinas

After years attempting to escape the Matrix, Jesse has accepted his fate as a writer and Senior Editor. Now that's he finished with his film degree, it gives him something to do while waiting for the machines to get careless.

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