Anthony’s Top 5 Shows of 2014

Our lists bringing you the best releases of 2014 continue, but, do not fear, these releases are still relevant going into 2015. With many great TV shows airing in 2014, this list contains some of the best series of 2014 that will continue on into 2015. Also, be sure to check out Bryce’s and Sierra’s choices for Top 10 Movies of 2014.

1. Hannibal
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Photo Credit: audienciaetv.com

An innovative and compelling adaptation of the classic horror icon, Hannibal is a TV series based on the Thomas Harris novels and original films bearing the same name. The series focuses on the strange and complex relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Mads Mikkelsen combines the sophistication and cunning of the character masterfully, while Hugh Dancy explores the twisted mental state and conscious of Graham in unimaginable ways. A thrilling game of cat-and-mouse becomes something more as Will discovers the ugly truth about his psychiatrist and the quest to understand this elusive killer begins.

The third season of Hannibal airs in the spring of 2015. Read our article here.

2. Game of Thrones
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Photo Credit: mtv.com

A series that needs no introduction, Game of Thrones stars Kit Harrington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner as siblings embroiled in a war for the Iron Throne. There’s no shortage of tragedy and death when it comes to HBO’s hit series and every season succeeds in creating new obstacles and threats for some of the series’ beloved characters. With bizarre entities such as dragons, zombies, and magical lands, Game of Thrones succeeds in captivating audiences with the bitter rivalries between House Stark, House Lannister, and the inevitable arrival of Daenerys.

Game of Thrones resumes with its fifth season in 2015, with select theaters showing a teaser in January at selected IMAX locations.

3. The Flash
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Photo Credit: theflash.wikia.com

This new series has received high praise from its first season and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. The Flash is a fantastic adaptation of the DC superhero and his journey to becoming the The Flash. The series features various villains from the comics including Captain Cold, The Reverse-Flash, and Weather Wizard. The Flash has impressed me on more than one occasion with its surprise endings and the ominous feeling that Dr. Wells is up to something sinister. Grant Gustin embodies the emotion, heart, and soul of the character which elevates the mere spectacle of his powers to something more. The audience is witness to Barry’s gradual journey to becoming a true hero.

The Flash returns for its midseason premiere on January 20 on The CW. Read Sierra’s review of The Flash here.

4. House of Cards
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Photo Credit: Netflix.com

House of Cards is a dramatic tale of Frank Underwood’s rise to power. This political thriller gives audiences a deeper look into the inner machinations of political struggles and what some will do to succeed. Kevin Spacey is a frightening but surprisingly believable Underwood, a man that will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

House of Cards airs its third season on Netflix in February 2015.

5. Mad Men
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Photo Credit: news.nextglass.co

A captivating view of New York in the 1960s, Mad Men is centered around a fictional advertising agency with Jon Hamm portraying Don Draper, the creative and promiscuous leader that drinks the days away. The series captures the essence of the time with the characters’ flashy attire and incessant smoking. There is also a focus on the personal lives of various characters in and out of the office, including Peggy (former secretary of Don) and Betty (former wife of Don). Mad Men thrives on these petty conflicts but also on its historical accuracies. Audiences are witness to the characters’ responses to the assassinations of major political leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy.

Mad Men airs the second half of its final season in 2015.

Are you excited to see these TV shows in 2015? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

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Anthony Ibarra
I'm Anthony, and I am a writer for ChristCore.net. I live in Austin, TX where I study at the University of Texas. I am an extreme music enthusiast, and love to share my passion for music with others.