My 2014 Top 10 By-the-Numbers...

Repeat Shows from 2014: 4
Shows Premiering in 2014: 4
Established Shows Rising into My Top 10: 2
Network Shows: 1
Cable Shows: 5
Premium Cable Shows: 3
Streaming Shows: 1
Comedies: Between 3 and 5
Adapted Formats: 6

I did that breakdown mostly for my own purposes trying to figure out if I cans see any trends emerging from my Top 10. The biggest trend, I suppose, is that there's a lot of great TV and there's a lot of great TV coming in a lot of great formats and coming from a lot of new and interesting directions even if it maybe isn't necessarily coming from the five broadcast networks, though I'd argue that there's a lot of very good TV coming from there. [Network TV isn't the best source of great TV going, but network TV is probably still the best source, by volume, of GOOD TV.]

There was a fair amount of Top 10 changeover my 2013 List because "Breaking Bad" and "Enlightened" ended, "56 Up" was a TV movie and the second season of "The Returned" has yet to air. A couple shows fell out of my Top 10 as well, but they didn't fall far. 

A certain amount of wealth is spread in my list, which features two shows apiece from FX and HBO and then shows from six other individual services/networks. There's been a running perception that HBO is in a period of transition or that the network has been somewhat usurped when it comes to quality TV, but my preliminary list of No. 11-30, which will post in a couple weeks, could have as many as seven more HBO shows. And that list of 20+ additional shows (there may be cheating once I get past this pure Top 10) is going to feature some shows I think are pretty terrific. As both Sepinwall and I always say: If you can't find good stuff to watch on TV these days, that's a "you" problem, not a "TV" problem.

When I started gestating this Top 10, the top four were locked in, I knew the next four were going to be on the list even if I didn't know about their placement and then the last two were a minor nightmare. There were at least a half-dozen shows that could have taken those spaces, with a couple dark comedies and a couple HBO dramas making the strongest cases.

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A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.