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.

Best New 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.

    326 points
  • 2
    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.

    321 points
  • 3
    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.

    287 points
  • 4
    Jane the Virgin
    Jane the Virgin

    Jane Villanueva's life is upended when, at the age of 23, she is accidentally artificially inseminated. Now, Jane has a huge set of decisions to make as she and those around her come to grips with the new reality.

    178 points
  • 5
    The Affair
    The Affair

    Told separately from both the female and male perspectives, "The Affair" examines the multiple points of view involved when an extramarital affair occurs. Memory biases play an important role in the unfolding of the series.

    131 points
  • 5
    Silicon Valley
    Silicon Valley

    Partially inspired by Mike Judge's own experiences in the tech industry as an engineer in the late 1980s, this HBO comedy looks at the lives one group of folks who attempt to live out there dreams of startup glory.

    131 points
  • 7
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    John Oliver hosts this HBO series. Airing on Sunday evenings, it offers up not just a satirical take on the news and various other current events, but regularly asks viewers to get involved as well via the use of hashtags, email campaigns, and other methods.

    124 points
  • 8
    Gotham
    Gotham

    "Gotham" tells the story of the city before Batman but after Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered. The series centers on James Gordon, and his journey through the Gotham PD. Around him are a number of characters well on their way to super-villain status.

    114 points
  • 9
    Black-ish
    Black-ish

    Andre "Dre" Johnson and his wife, Rainbow, are trying to raise a family, offering their children more than they themselves had growing up. However, Dre worries that maybe they have lost their cultural identity along the way and would like to rectify that.

    99 points
  • 10
    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.

    90 points