Best-Reviewed New TV Shows 2014

 

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.329%
Critics Consensus: Jane the Virgin's dubious premise has become part of its unlikely charm -- along with delightfully diverse writing and a knockout performance by Gina Rodriguez.
Synopsis: In the premiere season of this comedy-drama based on a telenovela, a chaste young woman named Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is... [More]

Fargo: Season 1 (2014)
97%

#2
Adjusted Score: 99.655%
Critics Consensus: Based on the film of the same name in atmosphere, style and location only, Fargo presents more quirky characters and a new storyline that is expertly executed with dark humor and odd twists.
Synopsis: A drifter named Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) brings trouble to small-town Minnesota and influences insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman)... [More]

#3
Adjusted Score: 100.851%
Critics Consensus: As much about a change in television as it is about personal change, Transparent raises the bar for programming with sophistication and sincere dedication to the human journey, warts and all.
Synopsis: This comedy series based in Los Angeles follows the goings-on of the dysfunctional Pfefferman family. Season 1 kicks off with... [More]
Directed By: Jill Soloway

The Flash: Season 1 (2014)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 95.917%
Critics Consensus: The Flash benefits from its purposefully light atmosphere, making it a superhero show uniquely geared toward genre fans as well as novices.
Synopsis: Season 1 of this action-adventure series follows Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), an assistant police forensic investigator who was orphaned when... [More]

#5
Adjusted Score: 91.024%
Critics Consensus: The Missing turns a common premise into a standout thriller with heartfelt, affecting performances.
Synopsis: Psychological thriller about a father's years-long quest to find his 5-year-old son who disappeared during a family holiday in France.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 98.112%
Critics Consensus: Olive Kitteridge's narrative slow burn enhances fascinating performances -- and a story worthy of its source material.
Synopsis: Adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pultizer Prize-winning novel about life in a small Maine town over the course of 25 years... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#7
Adjusted Score: 96.501%
Critics Consensus: From its talented producers to its clever writing and superb leads, Broad City boasts an uncommonly fine pedigree.
Synopsis: Amy Poehler is an executive producer for this comedy, the brainchild of comedians Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who also... [More]

#8
Adjusted Score: 92.329%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to some smart, creative storytelling and spectacular performances, The Affair is a somber, bewitching exploration of truth and desire.
Synopsis: The emotional effects of an extramarital relationship are explored in the first season of this provocative drama. Noah Solloway (Dominic... [More]

#9
Adjusted Score: 97.721%
Critics Consensus: Silicon Valley is a relevant, often hilarious take on contemporary technology and the geeks who create it that benefits from co-creator Mike Judge's real-life experience in the industry.
Synopsis: In this comedy cocreated by Mike Judge ("Office Space"; "King of the Hill"), computer whizzes toil away at a tech... [More]

Gotham: Season 1 (2014)
76%

#10
Adjusted Score: 80.94%
Critics Consensus: High production values, a talented cast, and an appealingly stylized approach to the Batman mythos help Gotham overcome its occasionally familiar themes.
Synopsis: An action-drama series following rookie detective James Gordon as he battles villains and corruption in pre-Batman Gotham... [More]

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