The 20 Best Television Shows of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Want a good year end top ten television list?

Throughout the year, I've kept a quarterly record of the best shows, spanning, as you'll see, multiple platforms (I enjoy television shows).


I made one error in judgment in allowing one show (The Americans) to appear twice, a rule prohibiting that would guarantee 40 shows at year end and provide for the deepest possible year end pool.

So, I've got 39 shows to pick from - here are the 20 best to air in 2014.

1, Mad Men (AMC)
2. Transparent (Amazon)
3. High Maintenance (Vimeo)
4. Please Like Me (Pivot)
5. The Americans (FX)
6. Fargo (FX)
7. Louie (FX)
8. Friday Night Tykes (Esq)
9. Veep (HBO)
10. Last Week Tonight (HBO)

11. You're the Worst (FXX)
12. Kroll Show (Comedy Central)
13. The Chair (Starz)
14. The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
15. All In With Chris Hayes (MSNBC)
16. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
17. The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
18. Girls (HBO)
19. Review (Comedy Central)
20. True Detective (HBO)

(I binge watched Broad City at the very end of the year; it would make the list)

The 10 Best television shows of 2014 (October-December)

July-Sep is here.

1. Transparent (Amazon)
2. High Maintenance (Vimeo)
3. The Chair (Starz)
4. The Comeback (HBO)
5. True Tori (Lifetime)
6. Homeland (Showtime)
7. The Newsroom (HBO)
8. The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
9. New Girl (Fox)
10. The Faithful (CSNBA)

Forever Giants: 1918 New York Giants(Year 36)

1917 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season. The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.

1918 91-71
C Lew McCarty .6
1B Walter Holke .3
2B Larry Doyle 2.3
SS Art Fletcher 4.95
3B Henie Zimmerman 1.3
LF George Burns 4.65
CF Benny Kauff 1.2
RF Ross Youngs 2.9 
C Bill Rariden -.05 
1B Joe Wilhoit -.25
2B Jose Rodriguez -.7
IF Ed Sicking -.5
OF Jim Thorpe -.75
SP Pol Peritt 1.65
SP Red Causey .5
SP Al Demaree .0
SP Slim Sallee 1.2
SP Jeff Tesreau .8 (23.9) Last Season, Tesreau retires as a Pureblood Giant

-WWI meant a shortened season, another 90 win pythag for McGraw. Tesreau joins the Forever list.  Only one MLB player died in WWI, Eddie Grant, the former Giant.  

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