Top 50 TV series
Stephen King, Mikhail Bulgakov, Bram Stoker and Washington Irving. Vampires, aliens, maniacs, Republicans, marketers and repeat offenders. Leonardo Da Vinci, Hannibal Lecter, Gandalf and Harry Potter. Great entrepreneurs and scientists who explained the orgasm. Comedy, drama, thriller, fantasy and fantasy. The most arthouse and most Russian TV shows in the world. Sit back and turn off mobile phones: here are 50 shades of the serial - 40 new and 10 old TV shows, which were worth watching last year.
I. TWO POLITICAL ACTIVISTS OF THE YEAR
Irresistible series about the wrong side of party work - one is very serious and one is very funny.
"House of Cards" / House of Cards (Netflix)
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Novelty with the biggest IQ, "All the King's Men" of our days. The Netflix Internet channel has invested about $ 200 million in the series, put David Fincher in the director's chair, managed to get Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright for the leading roles - but instead of withering over gold, he made the whole season available on the first evening of the show. Another television blow under the breath of a big movie.
Alpha House (Amazon)
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House of Cards is the opposite: unbridled sitcom about four Republican congressmen, together renting an apartment in Washington, to save. At the core is a real story, but the images, of course, are exaggerated. While you look, you catch yourself thinking what a chic Russian remake can be done. However, we also have so no news from the Duma - the next “Marriage of Figaro”.
Ii. SIX MOST FUNNY PREMIER OF THE YEAR
Robin Williams improvises, Michael J. Fox finishes Parkinson's disease, Harry Potter reads Bulgakov, Gandalf portrays an old gay man, the British programmer seduces Hollywood models, and the New York police fool around the workplace.
"Sinners" / Vicious (ITV)
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A breathtaking sitcom about a marriage made in heaven. Spouses - a) grumpy old men; b) aristocratic gays; c) exemplary Britons; d) played by big actors - Ian McKelan (Magneto from “X-Men” and Gandalf know from where) and Derek Jacoby, who managed to go almost all of Shakespeare's characters. Both are openly gay, but they do not use airtime for fighting, but for satire, primarily on their own.
"Notes of the young doctor" / Young Doctor's Notebook (BBC)
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In all honesty, this series was released in 2012, but reached Russia, which it was intended for, only reached the summer of 2013. And, honestly, it was worth the wait. At first glance, this British film adaptation of Bulgakov is just a comedy: wild, bloody, sometimes hysterically funny and black as the nights of the Russian winter. But in fact, behind Daniel Radcliffe's apexes and John Hamm's sufferings there is a real tragedy - about how a mediocre life is destroying pure youth.
Mad Men / The Crazy Ones (CBS)
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The first comedy in the decades with Robin Williams, funny and strange. The classic stand-up plays the crazy head of an advertising agency, Sarah Michelle Gellar - his daughter and business partner. In each series, cases of real companies are solved. Rumor has it that Williams composed half of the dialogs himself.
“The Michael J. Fox Show” / The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
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Launched sluggishly, but straightened by the middle of the season, sitcom about a resilient TV presenter suffering from Parkinson's disease. The charm of the series is that the actor Michael J. Fox, the ageless kid from Back to the Future and the owner of three Emmy, devoted his life to exactly the same - courageous laughter over a serious illness. There is a possibility that the new role will bring him the second Golden Globe.
Brooklyn 9-9 / Brooklyn Nine Nine (FOX)
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Absurd comedy about the police department, in which gathered continuous freaks. The last time such wild humor met in the Go On and Don't Trust B- in Apartment 23 series - and both closed. We must seize the moment.
“Let's Meet” / Hello, Ladies (HBO)
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It would seem that sitcoms about losers in search of sex have long gone out of fashion, but this show of the highbrow HBO channel reanimates the genre with a powerful discharge of irony. The main character, actor, screenwriter and director is the British comedian Stephen Merchant, similar to, frankly, a gangling crocodile. But this man created the show “Office”, won a bunch of “Golden Globes” and brought up a subtle and aggressive sense of humor at the same time that could bring anyone to tears of delight.
Iii. THREE MOST MYSTERIOUS PREMIERES OF THE YEAR
A headless horseman, but with a machine gun, Leonardo Da Vinci as medieval Batman, Dracula as a fighter against an oil needle.
Sleepy Hollow / Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
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Transferred to the present legend of Sleepy Hollow. It begins with a wildish walk of the Headless Horseman with a machine gun at the ready in the spirit of Schwarzenegger. But with each subsequent series of gentle chemistry between the characters becomes more and more, and the connection between the real history of the war of independence and the thousand-year-old mysticism is becoming stronger and grander. The best gothic fantasy of the year.
Dracula / Dracula (NBC)
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A curious attempt to embed Count Dracula into a political context. In this version of his life, he, along with Van Helsing, is experimenting with alternative energy sources to destroy the world's oil backstage. This is done not so much to prevent the wars of the twentieth century, as to take revenge on the all-powerful Order of the Dragon for the death of families of heroes. The rest is the same Stocker.
Da Vinci Demons / Da Vinci Demons (Starz)
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Suddenly juicy and adventurous telebiography of the Florentine inventor. He is young here, dressed in leather pants, equally loved by women (and oh, what women are here!) And men (we will not say anything here), but he himself has strong feelings only for art and science. His passion for knowledge makes him the personal enemy of the Pope, the best friend of the Medici clan, and a participant in countless adventures. Here both Dracula, and secret orders, and the prospect of time travel, and Machiavellianism, and engineering wonders in each series, and an endless celebration of life. Serial orgy, honest word.
Iv. FOUR MOST ART HOUSE PREMIERES OF THE YEAR
“The Catcher in the Rye” twenty years later, a serious conversation about family and death in French, a new “Silence of the Lambs” and a manifesto of feminism signed by Jane Campion.
“The Call of Sorrow” / Les Revenants (Canal +)
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Piercing, in a European way, slow and deep parable about death. Alpine town can not get out of mourning: a few years ago a school bus broke into the abyss. Once the prayers of the parents reach the addressee, and the dead come back to the city. They do not look like zombies, do not remember anything and behave no worse than living ones, but in the first series it becomes clear: it’s better not to contradict fate. Invented in France, Les Revenants is the main achievement of the serial arthouse at the moment. In 2013, the show was translated for the American channel Sundance and thanks to this it found its audience in Russia.
"Fix Errors" / Rectify (Sundance)
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The contemplative art hit of the Sundance channel is a story about forty-year-old Holden Caulfield, who spent half his life in prison on charges of rape and murder of the queen of a school ball. Due to the lack of evidence, the hero is temporarily released, and he quietly learns to live in a brave new world. The series is similar at the same time to all the dramas and comedies that won at the Sundance festival, at once: lively but sedentary; at the same time shallow and deep; full of cheap symbolism and sincere love of cinema. A thing for an amateur, but if you like it, you will be lost.
Crash / The Fall (BBC)
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“Collapse” is Trier's “Melancholy,” crashing into the planet of TV shows. Here is the raw data for a good detective thriller: Belfast transferred to a state of siege, a sex maniac, a hunter of the most dangerous criminals (written by Jillian “Agent Scully” Andersen, by the way!), Violent police officers and unprincipled journalists. But all the intrigue is revealed in the first minutes, and instead of a suspense, the series proposes to be fascinated by how heroes experience apathy before evil and weariness from life. Traumatic spectacle, but after watching - awfully invigorates.
"Top of the Lake" / Top of the Lake (Sundance)
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The series turns the fabulous Hobbit New Zealand into a mystical evil theater like Twin Peaks. A pregnant schoolgirl, a victim of violence and an ugly family, disappeared in a small farming town. The unhappy sect of crazy but safe women is dispersed by the kings-cowboys. There is a hunt for witches and pedophiles. Townspeople turn into wild beasts, and not lions and wolves. Rather, rodents. A single female investigator from the capital is trying to stop the process of decay. However, she is not completely alone: she is assisted by director Jane Campion - a woman from the same steel as Catherine Bigelow.
V. FIVE MOST FANTASTIC PREMIERES OF THE YEAR
A new cyberpunk, apocalyptic western, humane Stephen King, a series based on the comics of the century and the depth of Siberian ores through the eyes of Americans.
Almost Human (Fox)
- Shot from the TV series "Almost a man"
The modern version of “Blade Runner” is not so dark, not so manly and not so deep, but spectacular, inventive, humane and very funny. It all starts very seriously, but by the fifth series, the relationship between the stern cop and his android partner is almost a romcom. Superficial, but charming cyberpunk, which captures, like picking in the new iPhone.
- Shot from the TV series "Call"
A futuristic western about how America will look like in a hundred years from now. Not as witty and inspired as the series “Firefly”, but also entertaining. In addition to dear to the heart references to classical fiction, the Civil War and the myths of the Wild West, there is a convincing description of the life of society, in which everyone has a different skin color, a different number of limbs, different faith and culture.
Under the Dome (CBS)
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Not as tense as we dreamed, but still the curious adaptation of Stephen King's novel about the city, which turned out to be under the hood of the newcomers. The series was produced by the namesake Spielberg, who in recent years has become a very soft-bodied humanist - therefore, an isolated community here looks more like a philosophical circle than a cruel tribe from The Lord of the Flies.
Siberia / Siberia (NBC)
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The second one after the “Mystery of the Dyatlov Pass” is an American attempt to portray Russia as a huge black hole in which paranormal things are happening. The series is stylized as a reality camera shot with a hand-held camera, the characters of which at first simply go to winter in the taiga, but then turn out to be surrounded by evil forces. Bears, aliens, ghosts, military men, Evenks, guards of the Tunguska meteorite - everyone wants a piece of the American body. Absurd, but charming with its madness series.
Agents of SCH.IT./ Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
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High-budget TV series based on the "Avengers", the most cash comics of the planet. Talented minor actors, who played freaks and clowns in a big movie, are brought to the fore. The director is the same - witty Joss Whedon, author of Buffy and Firefly. The secret organization "Sh.I.T." parries with its device both the classic "Bondian" and "The X-Files". Everything seems to be in place, superstars look in the frame every now and then, but magic does not work: the series has come out pretty boring. However, lovers of comics can not miss it.
Vi. FIVE MOST RUSSIAN PREMIERES OF THE YEAR
Domestic series, two of which can be recommended to the whole world, and three - to all those born in the USSR
Sherlock Holmes (Russia)
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The new Russian series does not oppose the Soviet, but builds its own myth. The main character here is desperately trying to make money with Watson (late Andrei Panin). He brings stories about Holmes to his publisher (Alexander Adabashyan) as they are, dirty, cruel and complicated. And Holmes (Igor Petrenko) - sloppy, quick-tempered and withdrawn - does not embellish. But the editor rules it mercilessly, and as a result it turns out the very reference Soviet series. There is little deduction here, but subtle humor is over the edge. And so what is Hudson here - Dapkunayte!
"Thaw" ("Channel One")
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Absolutely American TV series, somehow filmed by Valery Todorovsky in Russia. It's like "Mad Men" and "Californication", only in the Soviet scenery and with Russian vitality. There is a feeling that Channel One, with the help of this Thaw, finally waved the hand of the audience, which it loves dearly, but in public is forced to defiantly spread rot. Here they constantly smoke, without any tragedies they make abortions, freely make love, bend in the background the gay line, beat the evil in shoulder straps on the face and think out loud how the intellectual cooperates with the authorities. The question seems to be incorrect. Not “how,” but “where.” On the "First Channel".
“Owl cry” (“Channel One”)
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Some Russian actors are able to justify their appearance and decorate anything. That was Andrei Panin (“Sherlock Holmes”), such were Alexander Yatsenko (“The Thaw”) and Sergey Puskepalis, who played in the good strange TV series “Owl Cry”. The time of action is 1957, the place is a small island town, similar to the Soviet Silent Hill. Actors - maniacs, German spies, criminals, the population as in "It is difficult to be a god", fog and constant night. Puskepalis plays a KGB agent and, as befits a good noir, he has a partner - a local policeman. In his role, Andrei Merzlikin. But even these two cannot cope with evil, mystical, paralyzing both them and the viewer.
- Shot from the series "Ashes"
The best Russian TV series of the year are built on men's tandems. In “The Thaw” - Yatsenko and Tsyganov, in “Sherlock Holmes” - Petrenko and Panin, in “The Scream of Owls” - Puskepalis and Merzlikin. In the "Ash" and at all involved weapons of mass destruction - Vladimir Mashkov and Yevgeny Mironov. They play the officer of the Red Army and the thief in law, exchanged their fates in the train car. For Mashkov, this is in some sense a repetition of the “Thief”, for Mironov, “Lost in Siberia”. In the background - Garmash, Khamatova, Lyadov and Mamonov, in the director's chair - usually shooting Vadim Perelman in Hollywood, but there is a feeling that Ash does not use even a quarter of its dramatic potential. However, it is still interesting here.
- Shot from the TV series "Bomb"
Wild series about how the Soviet intelligence officer was sent to the US to steal atomic bomb designs. Blockade Leningrad, sabotage in Europe, several special services from different countries, the elevated life of the campuses, the joys of American life, a truly bloody geba, the hilarious Jew-schemer played by the late Andrey Panin and, of course, the Stalinist camps are interwoven into the plot. The most amazing thing is that the series puts the same bomb under the imperial ambitions of the audience, which Paul Veruven put it in his favor in the movie “Star Troopers” at one time. This is at the same time the glory of the CPSU, and a deeply antitotalitarian statement that somehow appeared on the air of “Russia”.
VII. FOUR COOL PREMIERES, WHICH PROBLEMS WITH LAW
Irish gangsters are trying to get legalized in blunt California, the British are hitting the Underground Empire, Bonnie and Clyde rising from the dead, and the Los Angeles of the 40s reveling in their own brilliance and poverty.
"City of Gangsters" / Mob City (TNT)
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Benchmark noir: Los Angeles after the war, make-up bright night lipstick, chirp Thompson machine guns, wide chins and stylish hats. The creator of the series - Frank Darabont, the man who gave us the best adaptation of Stephen King.
Bonnie and Clyde / Bonnie & Clyde (History)
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The mini-series of the History channel, which has a very indirect relation to history: Bonnie and Clyde appear here quite different from those in the classic film with Warren Beatty and in Wikipedia. But they are played by their wonderful actors Emil Hirsch and Holliday Granger, who transform the Great Depression into a timeless model of chaos in young hearts and heads. This trick adds a series of sinister actuality, but it does not detract from its historical chic.
Ray Donovan / Ray Donovan (Showtime)
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Modern Californian noir, replaced on the Showtime channel "Dexter". The main character is a consileri of Hollywood stars, who solve their problems with the law, the mafia and the paparazzi. At work, everything is under control, but in the family there is chaos: two dysfunctional brothers, an unhappy wife, a rebellious daughter, and a criminal father. In the role of the latter, John Voig, hungry for this work. The main villain of the first season is no less infernal James Woods.
"Sharpened caps" / Peaky Blinders (BBC)
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The British response to the bronzed American "Underground Empire". In the center of the plot - the Irish mafia clan, honestly chopped off on the fields of the First World War and returned to a completely unfamiliar England. As is customary on the BBC channel, everything is gathered into one snake ball: young Churchill, Catholics, Protestants, Communists, suffragists, special services, and even Chinese immigrants.
Viii. THREE DISPUTABLE ROME OF THE YEAR
Corrupt cops travel from Edinburgh to Detroit, the Danish-Swedish bridge is transferred to the border of the United States and Mexico, and the famous disabled cop becomes black.
“Low Winter Sun” / Low Winter Sun (AMC)
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American remake of the Scottish Noir about corrupt cops. Both the original and the copy are like some gloomy play of Martin McDonagh, who lost his humor. Heroes who have committed a crime together turn into paranoids and make one fatal mistake after another. This is not “Bad Lieutenant”, but something close. And Detroit, the city of the dead economy, plays here so that he wants to give an Oscar. Everything would be fine, but the British original was still five times cooler.
"Bridge" / The Bridge (FX)
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The plot revolves around the investigation of a murder that occurred either in the United States or in Mexico: half of the corpse lies in one country, half - in another. Unlike the Scandinavian thriller, there is a dialectic of civilizations, but the series avoids political, cultural and social meanings. But in the main role favorite Tarantino and European directors Diana Kruger.
- Shot from the TV series "Ironside"
A series of half a century ago about a policeman-dandy riveted to a wheelchair has become more brutal, more energetic and simpler, and the main character has changed his skin color. It is still a story about a real person, but written in a less inventive language. But - continuing anatomical metaphors - with a very firm hand.
Ix. FOUR MOST EPOCHAL PREMIERES OF THE YEAR
Victorian England, the War of the Scarlet and White Rose, America of the late 50s and the last escalation of the Cold War.
Mr. Selfridge / Mr. Selfridge, (BBC)
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Quick, easy and fun series, singing a hymn to work and adventurism. At the heart of it is the real story of an American tycoon, who arrived a hundred years ago in prim London to build a democratic shopping center. Each episode is an exciting business case.
The White Queen / The White Queen (BBC)
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The only decent medieval drama of the season is the story of the widow of Lancaster, who married York, became the sovereign of England and played the game of thrones that George Martin never dreamed of. In the new interpretation of famous historical events, Elizabeth Gray appears not as the queen of white pieces on a chessboard, but as the real Queen of Aliens - a deadly, incomprehensible male mind
"Masters of sex" / Masters of Sex (Showtime)
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The tragicomedy of two American doctors, enthusiastically exploring the nature of the human orgasm. They have to deal with this godless business in a hostile environment, but they do not give up: they recruit prostitutes, blackmail professors, corrupt medical staff and donate their own bodies for the sake of science. The series obviously wants to change “Mad Men”, but it would be better if he didn’t take serious dramas, but joked more often. In the lead roles are the charming Lizi Kaplan and the somewhat bronzed Michael Sheen.
Americans / Americans (FX)
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The story of the life of "sleeping" agents of the KGB, living in a quiet American suburb of the sample of the 80s, waiting for an hour of X. The series is for those who love “Motherland”, but instead of the Arab threat, they would prefer to deal with the good old USSR. Dramaturgy is weaker, material is more familiar.
X. FOUR SPECIALLY HAZARDOUS SERIES OF THE YEAR
The bald loner is blackmailing the FBI and the CIA, and the villains from "Psychosis" and "Silence of the Lambs" acquire their own TV shows.
Bates Motel (A & E)
- Shot from the TV series “Motel Bates”
Hitchcock’s psychiatric approach to Hitchcock’s “Psychosis” is not at all such a good screenwriting idea, as it may seem, but the series about Norman Bates’s difficult childhood is still good. First of all, thanks to the maniac's mom, played by the terribly undervalued Hollywood Slav woman Vera Farmiga.
Hannibal / Hannibal (NBC)
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New look at the life and work of Hannibal Lecter; instead of Anthony Hopkins - Dane Mads Mikkelsen, popular in Hollywood (taking this opportunity, we recommend him “The Hunt”). The unforgettable pilot shot David Slade - the author of one of the most terrible vampire films "30 Days of Night" and a truly scary thriller "Lollipop" about the meeting of the unfortunate pedophile and death girl.
Blacklist / The Blacklist (NBC)
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Too pompous, but dashing and cleverly written detective story about a rogue who manipulates all American intelligence services at once. Those, however, are satisfied with the cooperation: the allegedly repentant mafia genius helps them to neutralize the same villains as he himself.
Banshee / Banshee (Cinemax)
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Provincial thriller about the criminal, the fate of who became the sheriff; Creator - Alan Ball, winner of the "Oscar" for "American Beauty". Slavic actress Ivan Militsevich is responsible for the beauty in the series, rednecks, gangsters, Amishs, degenerate Indians and other unreliable but frighteningly colorful characters answer for America.
Xi. 10 CONTINUED OLDER, BUT, DIRECTLY TELL FAVORITE SERIES
In the “Game of Thrones” a penalty shoot-out begins, “American Horror Story” dried up, “Doctor Who” is enchanting, like fifty years ago, and other major news of the year.
Game of Thrones (HBO)
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In the third season of dark fantasy, the incredible happened: the villains for a couple of minutes cut out the main goodies of the saga. The big shock would be just killing Frodo somewhere in the swamp. It is in this unpredictability (for those who have not read) - the greatness of the series.
"Underground Empire" / Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
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When this series in the spirit of “The Godfather” was just beginning, many with irony compared Steve Bushemi with V. V. Putin. They got it: for the fourth season, the hero, having defeated all enemies, was left completely alone, dying of depression and clearly desiring the same to millions of hostages-spectators.
Doctor Who / Doctor Who (BBC)
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In November, the British sci-fi series celebrated its 50th anniversary with a completely magical special episode. He can now be watched whenever he feels sad. Well them, this is champagne and the Marriage of Figaro.
Newsroom / Newsroom (HBO)
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The second season of the favorite show of Russian journalists showed that the construction of impeccable media is a long, difficult job and not as exciting as it may seem. A large part of the audience bored and decided for themselves: out of the profession.
Suits in Law "/ Suits (USA Network)
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But in the main legal drama, life is still in full swing: “Suits in Law” is still the best show about office wars, romantic workaholism, business ethics and male friendship.
Anger Management (Anger Management (FX))
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Charlie Sheen made the Apocalypse Today again on the set of his sitcom. The result of the outbreak of madness of the main American rebel was the departure from the TV series Selma Blair. It's getting cooler, but Anger Management is still one of the funniest and easiest sitcoms on the air.
Hell on Wheels / Hell on Wheels (AMC)
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The main series about the birth of the American nation to the third season was replaced at the crossing of the writers and noticeably cheered up. Now the construction of the transcontinental railroad is not only a cast-iron metaphor for the establishment of democracy, but also a dashing western. However, before it was not come off.
American Horror Story / American Horror Story (FX)
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The first season of "American Horror Story" began as a parody of horror stories about the damned mansion, and ended with a deafening family saga. The second was not so informative, but really creepy and famously twisted. The third has no filling or form. The great actress Jessica Lang, unable to bear the shame, slammed the door. Goodbye baby goodbye.
"The Ripper" / Reaper Street (BBC)
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A dirty, realistic and terrible version of Sherlock Holmes after the second season was taken off the air. Detectives sent to resign, the villains are untied hands. It’s a pity: the excursion to this lustful and rotten-toothed Victorian England was no less fascinating than to the official gentlemen’s.
The Walking Dead / Walking Dead (AMC)
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The once spectacular series about the zombie apocalypse has turned into its heroes - sedentary, depressive, eternally aching, but bloodthirsty corpses. But he has the audacity to pretend to be the “Lord of the Flies” of our days. Atu it, atu.