The TV Addict’s Top 10 Television Shows of 2014


While they may not have been the year’s most critically acclaimed or the country’s most popular, each the following shows made this TV Addict’s Top 10 of 2014 for the simple reason that they left us jonesing another fix. You know those people who say “less is more?” Yeah, they’re totally wrong. As the following programs prove, too much is never enough.

MANHATTAN (WGNAmerica, CraveTV in Canada – Binge-watched)
WGN America’s second foray into scripted fare may have been about the development of a bomb, but the series itself was anything but [Thank you, thank you, we’ll be here all night! Remember to tip your waiters!] Flawlessly crafted and beautifully acted, the show’s story, set against America’s race to beat Germany to the development of the world’s first atomic bomb was an absolute joy to watch. So much so that knowing the end thanks to, umm… well, history books, didn’t detract in the least from this immensely compelling series. [Read more…]

Television Nirvana: 5 of Television’s Hottest New Shows

Each year there are just a handful of television shows that take us by complete surprise and knock our socks off; yet because they are not usually launched on big network, it is nearly impossible to see them coming.  It then becomes a heady feeling of “love at first sight” – all the more treasured because we were not simply seduced by glamorous posters or sizzling preview trailers.  Instead, these are shows that were intriguing on concept and deemed worthy of a peek; and once seen, we know that we had fallen head-over-heels in love
Each Fall, avid TV viewers anxiously await the debut of the traditional Fall season of television shows that launch and find places on our viewing lists.  But with the ever-expanding market of cable and off-cable networks launching television shows all year round and offering some of the best shows on television, it has become intriguing to see what new crop of shows will slip under the radar and capture our hearts.
While 2013 is by no means anywhere near close to being over, so far there have been five new break-out series that deserve mention and honors for being such “fall in love” shows: ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America), BANSHEE (Cinemax), THE AMERICANS (FX), CONTINUUM (Syfy), and ROGUE (DirecTV).
I can just hear you scratching your head right now as you wonder where on earth I came up with these shows.  Most are shows you will not have heard of, and if you have heard of them, it was perhaps just in passing.  These are not shows that the average viewer even knows exist.  But they should.
These are the shows that will make you glad you are a TV addict; for trust me, if you are reading this article, you are an “addict” and television viewers who read about TV shows do not take their obsession lightly.
So what makes these particular five shows so spectacular, let me count the ways: [Read more…]

Mid-Season TV Preview: Why You’ll Be Rooting For Russian Spies on FX’s THE AMERICANS

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Combining the crazy idea of “your neighbors next door could be spies” with the actual “cold war” in which the U.S. found itself in the early 1980’s, FX offers the new drama series THE AMERICANS.   Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB “sleeper” agents who have been posing as a happily married couple with two kids for the past 10 years, the difficult part watching the show will be to remember that they are not the good-guys.  But try as you might, THE AMERICANS is going to get you rooting for Russell and Rhys’ characters before you know it.  Portraying Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, they look like the average couple-next-door.  Yet, as will soon be apparent, they are not.  For one, they have a kidnapped man in the trunk of their car.  That is just not something you would expect to find in a quiet, sleepy suburban neighborhood. [Read more…]

American Espionage Story?! Your First Look at FX’s THE AMERICANS

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Because it’s never too early to get excited about mid-season’s slew of television premieres comes your first look at what is already shaping up to be a lock for one of our favorite new shows of 2013. Keri Russell (FELICITY) and Matthew Rhys (BROTHERS & SISTERS) star in THE AMERICANS. But don’t let that title fool you, as Rhys and Russell play Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies posing as Americans in the suburban Washington DC during the Reagan era. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more…]