HitFix's Television Critics' Poll

Welcome to HitFix’s Third Annual Television Critics’ Poll. This year, we asked critics to put together not only lists of both their top 10 television shows of 2014 and their top 10 new shows of the year, but also a third list on the top performances as well. We gave 10 points to the number one show/performance on each list, nine to the number two show/performance, eight to the number three, etc. The overall lists were determined by the cumulative point total for each show/performance. Enjoy, and see how your own choices match those of the critics.

Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

  • 1
    Fargo
    Fargo

    An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, "Fargo" features an all-new "true crime" story and follows a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and "Minnesota nice" that made the film an enduring classic.

    262 points
  • 2
    The Good Wife
    The Good Wife

    "The Good Wife" is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.

    214 points
  • 3
    Game of Thrones
    Game of Thrones

    Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle of the Iron Throne has begun.

    206 points
  • 4
    Transparent
    Transparent

    An LA family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out.

    203 points
  • 5
    True Detective
    True Detective

    In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation.

    175 points
  • 6
    The Americans
    The Americans

    "The Americans" is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. in the 1980s as the Cold War winds down.

    167 points
  • 7
    Mad Men
    Mad Men

    Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama "Mad Men" follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell.

    147 points
  • 8
    Orange is the New Black
    Orange is the New Black

    Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit.

    133 points
  • 9
    Louie
    Louie

    From the inventive imagination of Louis C.K., "Louie" puts a spotlight on C.K.’s everyday ordeals, his quest to find love and his pursuit of humor. Each episode features a scripted story and a mix of his stand-up comedy, which is original material for the series. The single-camera comedy is shot in New York.

    53 points
  • 9
    Broad City
    Broad City

    Courtesy of the collective brains of and starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, "Broad City" is an odd couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City whose adventures always lead down unexpected and outlandish paths.

    53 points

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