Top 50 TV Shows
Stephen King, Mikhail Bulgakov, Bram Stoker and Washington Irving. Vampires, aliens, maniacs, Republicans, marketers and recidivists. Leonardo Da Vinci, Hannibal Lecter, Gandalf and Harry Potter. Great entrepreneurs and scientists who explained orgasm. Comedy, drama, thriller, fantasy and fantasy. The most arthouse and the most Russian series in the world. Sit back and disconnect mobile phones: there are 50 shades of serial - 40 new and 10 old serials, which were worth looking at last year.
I. TWO POLITICAL ACTIVISTS OF THE YEAR
Irresistible series about the underside of party work - one very serious and one very funny.
House of Cards (Netflix)
- Shot from the series "House of Cards"
Novelty with the biggest IQ, "The whole royal army" of our days. Internet channel Netflix has invested in the series about 200 million dollars, seated in the director's chair David Fincher, the main role was able to get Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright - but instead of withering over gold, made the entire season available on the first night of the show. Another television blow under the breath of a big movie.
Alpha House (Amazon)
- Shot from the series "Alpha House"
House of Cards on the contrary: unbridled sitcom about the four Republican congressmen who rent an apartment in Washington together to save money. At the heart of it is a real story, but the images are, of course, exaggerated. While you look, you catch yourself thinking what a smart Russian remake you can make. However, at us and so that not news from the Duma - next "Marriage of Figaro".
II. SIXEST MIXED PREMIER OF THE YEAR
Robin Williams improvises, Michael J. Fox finishes Parkinson's disease, Harry Potter reads Bulgakov, Gandalf portrays the old gay, the British programmer seduces Hollywood models, and New York policemen fool around in the workplace.
"Sinners" / Vicious (ITV)
- Shot from the series "Sinners"
A mind-blowing sitcom about marriage, made in heaven. Spouses - a) grumpy old men; b) aristocratic gays; c) exemplary British; d) played by great actors - Ian McKeilan (Magneto from "The X-Men" and Gendalf is known from where) and Derek Jacoby, who managed to visit almost all the Shakespearean heroes. Both are open gays, but air time is used not for struggle, but for satire, first of all - for their own.
"Notes of a Young Doctor" / Young Doctor's Notebook (BBC)
- A shot from the series "Notes of a Young Doctor"
In conscience, this series was released in 2012, but until Russia, which was intended, reached only in the summer of 2013. And, honestly, it was worth the wait. At first glance, this British adaptation of Bulgakov is just a comedy: wild, bloody, sometimes hysterically funny and black, like the nights of Russian winter. But in fact, behind Daniel Radcliffe's demons and the suffering of John Hamm, there is a real tragedy - about how an inept life ruins a pure youth.
"Crazies" / The Crazy Ones (CBS)
- Shot from the series "Mad Men"
The first comedy series with Robin Williams for decades, funny and strange. The stand-up classic plays the crazy head of an advertising agency, Sarah Michelle Gellar - his daughter and business partner. In each series, the cases of real companies are solved. Rumor has it that half of the dialogues Williams composed himself.
"The Michael J. Fox Show" / The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
- Shot from the series "The Michael Jack Fox Show"
Sluggishly started, but provoked by the middle of the season with a sitcom about a cheerful TV host suffering from Parkinson's disease. The charm of the series is that actor Michael J. Fox, an ageless boy from Back to the Future and the owner of three Emmys, devoted his life exactly the same - courageous laughter over a serious illness. There is a chance that a new role will bring him a second Golden Globe.
Brooklyn Nine Nine (FOX)
- Shot from the series "Brooklyn 9-9"
Absurd comedy about the police department, which gathered solid freaks. The last time such wild humor met in the series Go On and Do not Trust B-in Apartment 23 - and both were closed. It is necessary to catch the moment.
"Let's get acquainted" / Hello, Ladies (HBO)
- A shot from the series "Let's Get Acquainted"
It would seem that sitcoms about losers in search of sex have long gone out of fashion, but this show of highbrow HBO channel revives the genre with a powerful discharge of irony. The main character, actor, screenwriter and director - a British comedian Stephen Merchant, like, frankly, a lanky crocodile. But this man created the show "Office", he won a bunch of "Golden Globes" and brought up in himself a subtle and aggressive sense of humor, capable of any one to bring to tears of delight.
III. THREE MOST MYSTERIOUS PREMIERS OF THE YEAR
A rider without a head, but with a machine gun, Leonardo Da Vinci as a medieval Batman, Dracula as a fighter against an oil needle.
"Sleepy Hollow" / Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
- Shot from the series "Sleepy Hollow"
Translated into modern times, the legend of Sleepy Hollow. It begins with a wild walk of the Horseman without a head with a machine gun at the ready in the spirit of Schwarzenegger. But with each successive series of gentle chemistry between the heroes, more and more, and the connection between the real history of the war of independence and the thousand-year-old mysticism - all stronger and more grandiose. The best gothic fantasy of the year.
"Dracula" / Dracula (NBC)
- Frame from the series "Dracula"
A curious attempt to embed Count Dracula in the political context. In this version of his life he together with Van Helsing is experimenting with alternative sources of energy 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 Dragon Order for the death of families of heroes. In the rest - the same Stocker.
Da Vinci Demons (Starz)
- A shot from the series "Da Vinci's Demons"
Suddenly, a luscious and adventurous telebiography of the Florentine inventor. He is young, dressed in leather pants, equally loved by women (and oh, what kind of women!) And men (here we keep silent), but he himself has strong feelings only for art and science. Passion for knowledge makes him a personal enemy of the Pope, the best friend of the clan of the Medici and a participant in numerous adventures. Here and Dracula, and secret orders, and the prospect of time travel, and Machiavellianism, and engineering miracles in each series, and an endless celebration of life. Serial-orgy, honestly.
IV. THE FOURTH MOST ARTHHOUSE PREMIERS OF THE YEAR
"The Catcher in the Rye" twenty years later, a serious conversation about the family and death in French, a new "Silence of the Lambs" and a manifesto of feminism signed by Jane Campion.
"At the call of sorrow" / Les Revenants (Canal +)
- Shot from the series "At the Call of Mourning"
A piercing, European-like slow and profound parable of death. Alpine town can not get out of mourning: a few years ago a school bus disappeared into the abyss. Once the prayers of parents reach the addressee, and the dead return to the city. They do not look like zombies, they do not remember anything and behave no worse than the living ones, but it is already clear in the first series: it's better not to contradict fate. Invented in France Les Revenants - the main achievement of serial art house at the moment. In 2013, the show was translated for the American channel Sundance and thanks to this found its viewer in Russia.
"Fix Errors" / Rectify (Sundance)
- A frame from the TV series "Fix Errors"
Contemplative art-hit channel Sundance - a story about the forty-year Holden Colfield, half a lifetime in prison on charges of rape and murder of the queen of the school ball. For lack of evidence, the hero is temporarily released, and he quietly learns to live in a marvelous new world. The series is similar at the same time to all the dramas and comedies that won the Sundance Festival, at once: alive, but inactive; both shallow and deep; full of cheap symbolism and sincere love for the cinema. The thing is for an amateur, but if you like it, you'll disappear.
The Fall (BBC)
- A shot from the series "The Collapse"
"Collapse" - this is Trener's "Melancholy", crashed into the planet of serials. Here is the initial data for a good detective thriller: Belfast translated into a state of siege, a sex maniac from London hunter for the most dangerous criminals (Gillian "agent Scully" Andersen, by the way!), Brutal police and unprincipled journalists. But the whole intrigue is revealed in the first minutes, and instead of suspense, the show offers fascination with the way heroes experience apathy before evil and fatigue from life. Traumatic spectacle, but after watching - terribly invigorates.
"Top of the Lake" (Sundance)
- Shot from the series "The top of the lake"
The series turns the fabulous Hobbit New Zealand into a theater of mystical evil like Twin Peaks. In a small farm town, a pregnant schoolgirl, a victim of violence and an ugly family, disappeared. The unfortunate sect of crazy, but safe women is dispersed by cowboy czars. There is a hunt for witches and pedophiles. Townspeople turn into wild beasts, and not lions and wolves at all. Rather, rodents. The process of decay is trying to stop a single investigating girl from the capital. However, she is not entirely alone: she is helped by director Jane Campion - a woman of the same steel as Catherine Bigelow.
V. FIVE FIRST FANTASTIC PREMIER
A new cyberpunk, an apocalyptic western, a humane Stephen King, a series based on the comic book of the century and the depth of Siberian ores through the eyes of Americans.
Almost Human (Fox)
- A shot from the series "Almost a Man"
The modern version of "Blade Runner" is not so gloomy, not so courageous and not so deep, but spectacular, inventive, human and very gay. Everything begins very seriously, but to the fifth series the relations of the stern cop and his android-partner are almost turned into a rum. Superficial, but charming cyberpunk, which captures like picking in a new iPhone.
"Challenge" / Defiance (SyFy)
- A shot from the series "The Challenge"
Futuristic western about how in a hundred years will look like captured by newcomers America. Not as witty and spiritual as the Firefly series, but also entertaining. In addition to the heartfelt references to classical science fiction, the Civil War and the myths of the Wild West, there is a convincing description of the life of society, in which all have different skin color, different number of limbs, different faiths and culture.
Under the Dome (CBS)
- A shot from the series "Under the Dome"
Not as tense as we dreamed, but still a curious adaptation of Stephen King's novel about the city, which appeared under the hood of the aliens. The series is produced by the namesake Spielberg, who in recent years has become a very soft-bodied humanist - that's why an isolated community here is more like a philosophical circle than a cruel tribe from The Lord of the Flies.
"Siberia" / Siberia (NBC)
- Shot from the series "Siberia"
The second year after the "Secrets of the Pass of Dyatlov" the American attempt to portray Russia as a huge black hole in which the paranormal things are created. The series is stylized for a reality camera shot by a hand-held camera, whose characters at first simply go to winter in the taiga, but then turn out to be surrounded on all sides by evil forces. Bears, aliens, ghosts, military, Evenki, guardians of the Tunguska meteorite - everyone wants a piece of the American body. Absurd, but fascinating with his madness series.
Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
- A shot from the series "Agents Shch.I.T."
High-budget series based on the "Avengers", the most box-office comic strip of the planet. At the forefront are talented secondary actors, in a big movie playing freaks and clowns. The director is the same - witty Joss Weedon, author of "Buffy" and "Firefly". The secret organization "Sh.I.T." with its device parodies both the classical "Bondiana" and "X-Files". Everything seems to be on the spot, the superstars are looking at the frame every now and then, but the magic does not work out: the show has gone rather boring. However, fans of comic books can not be missed.
VI. FIVE THE MOST RUSSIAN PREMIER OF THE YEAR
Domestic series, two of which can be recommended to the whole world, and three - all born in the USSR
"Sherlock Holmes" ("Russia")
- A shot from the series "Sherlock Holmes"
The new Russian series does not oppose the Soviet, but builds its own myth. The main character here - desperately trying to earn a writer's work Watson (the late Andrei Panin). He brings stories about Holmes to his publisher (Alexander Adabashyan) as they are-dirty, cruel and uneasy. And Holmes (Igor Petrenko) - untidy, quick-tempered and withdrawn - does not embellish. But the editor ruthlessly rules it, and in the end the same reference Soviet series turns out. Deduction here is not enough, but subtle humor - over the edge. And what kind of Hudson is Dapkunaite?
"Thaw" ("First Channel")
- Shot from the series "Thaw"
Absolutely American series, somehow shot by Valery Todorovsky in Russia. It's like "Madmen" and "Prudent California", only in Soviet scenery and with Russian vitality. There is a feeling that the "First Channel" with the help of this "Thaw" finally waved to the audience, which he loves gently, but in public is forced to demonstratively fester. Here they constantly smoke, make abortions without any tragedies, freely make love, bend the gay line in the background, beat the evil in the shoulder straps, and think aloud about how the intellectual to cooperate with the authorities. The question seems to be incorrect. Not "how", but "where". On the "First Channel".
"Scream of an owl" ("First Channel")
- Scene from the series "Scream of an owl"
Some Russian actors are able to justify and decorate anything by their appearance. This was Andrei Panin (Sherlock Holmes), such became Alexander Yatsenko ("Thaw") and Sergei Puskepalis, who played in a good strange TV series "Scream of an owl." 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's hard 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 can not cope with the mystical, paralyzing them, and the viewer evil.
- Shot from the series "Ash"
The best Russian serials of the year are built on male tandems. In the "Thaw" - Yatsenko and Tsyganov, in "Sherlock Holmes" - Petrenko and Panin, in "Scream of an owl" - Puskepalis and Merzlikin. In "Ashes" and completely involved weapons of mass destruction - Vladimir Mashkov and Yevgeny Mironov. They play an officer of the Red Army and a thief in law who exchanged fates in the train car. For Mashkov it is in a sense a repetition of the "Thief", for Mironov - "Lost in Siberia." In the background, Garmash, Khamatova, Lyadova and Mamonov, in the director's chair - usually shooting in Hollywood Vadim Perelman, but there is a feeling that "Ashes" does not use a quarter of its dramatic potential. However, here it is still interesting.
- A shot from the series "Bomb"
A wild series about how a Soviet intelligence agent was sent to the US to steal atomic bomb drawings. The plot is simultaneously woven in blockade Leningrad, sabotage in Europe, several special services of different countries, the exalted life of the Academgorodoks, the joy of American life, a truly bloody crest, a hilarious Jewish intrigue performed by the late Andrei Panin and, of course, Stalin's camps. The most amazing thing is that the series puts under the imperial ambitions of the spectators the same bomb as the one Paul Verhoeven once put into the Americans in the film "Starship Troopers". This is both the glory of the CPSU, and deeply anti-totalitarian utterance, somehow found on the air of "Russia."
VII. THE FOUR COOL PRIME MINISTERS IN WHICH THE PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW
Irish gangsters are trying to legalize in a lewd California, the British are striking at the "Underground Empire", Bonnie and Clyde are rising from the dead, and Los Angeles 40's revels in its own brilliance and poverty.
"City of gangsters" / Mob City (TNT)
- Shot from the series "City of gangsters"
Reference noir: post-war Los Angeles, dyed a bright lipstick night, the thunder of Thompson's machine guns, wide chins and stylish hats. The creator of the series - Frank Darabont, a man who gave us the best screen version of Stephen King.
"Bonnie and Clyde" / Bonnie & Clyde (History)
- A shot from the series "Bonnie and Clyde"
Mini-series channel History, which has a very indirect relationship to the story: Bonnie and Clyde are not at all the same as in the classic film with Warren Beatty and Wikipedia. But their beautiful actors Emil Hirsch and Holliday Granger are playing, turning the Great Depression into a timeless model of chaos in young hearts and heads. This feint adds a series of ominous relevance, but it does not detract from its historic chic.
"Ray Donovan" / Ray Donovan (Showtime)
- A shot from the series "Ray Donovan"
The modern Californian noir, who replaced on the Showtime channel "Dexter". The main character is the concealers 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 - chaos: two dysfunctional brothers, an unhappy wife, a rebellious daughter and a criminal father. In the role of the latter - starved for this work, John Voight. The main villain of the first season - no less infernal James Woods.
"Peaked caps" / Peaky Blinders (BBC)
- Frame from the series "Honed caps"
The British response of the underground American "Underground Empire". In the center of the story is the Irish mafia clan, who honestly bruised his own in the fields of the First World War and returned to a completely unknown England. As was the custom on the BBC channel, everything is collected in one snake ball: the young Churchill, Catholics, Protestants, Communists, suffragettes, special services and even Chinese immigrants.
VIII. THREE MEMBERSHIP ROME OF THE YEAR
Corrupt cops travel from Edinburgh to Detroit, the Danish-Swedish bridge is transferred to the border of the US and Mexico, and the famous disabled cop becomes black.
"Low Winter Sun" / Low Winter Sun (AMC)
- A frame from the series "The Low Winter Sun"
American remake of the Scottish Noir of corrupt cops. Both the original and the copy look like some kind of gloomy play by Martin McDonagh, who lost his humor. Heroes who commit a crime together turn into paranoiacs and commit one fatal mistake after another. It's not "Bad Lieutenant," but something close. And Detroit, the city of a dead economy, plays here so that he wants to give an Oscar. Everything would be fine, but the British original was five times steeper.
"Bridge" / The Bridge (FX)
- Shot from the series "Bridge"
The plot revolves around the investigation of the murder, which occurred either in the US or in Mexico: half 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 title role favorite Tarantino and European filmmakers Diana Kruger.
- Shot from the series "Ironside"
A series of half a century ago about a policeman-dandy, chained to a wheelchair, became brutal, more energetic and simpler, and the main character changed his skin color. It is still a story about a real man, but written in a less ingenious language. But - continuing anatomical metaphors - very solid hand.
IX. THE FOUREST MOST EPOCHAL PREMIERS OF THE YEAR
Victorian England, the Wars of the Scarlet and White Rose, America of the late 50's and the last aggravation of the Cold War.
Mr. Selfridge / Mr. Selfridge, (BBC)
- A shot from the serial "Mr. Selfridge"
Fast, 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 came to stiff London a hundred years ago in order to build a democratic shopping center. Each series is an exciting business case.
"The White Queen" / The White Queen (BBC)
- Shot from the series "The White Queen"
The only decent medieval drama of the season is the story of the widow of Lancaster, who married York, who became Lady of England and played such a game of thrones that George Martin never dreamed. In a new interpretation of known historical events, Elizabeth Gray appears not as the queen of white figures on the chessboard, but as the most real Queen of Aliens - the deadly, incomprehensible male mind female
"Masters of Sex" / Masters of Sex (Showtime)
- Shot from the series "Masters of Sex"
Tragicomedy about two American doctors, enthusiastically exploring the nature of human orgasm. They have to engage in this hostile activity in a hostile environment, but they do not surrender: they recruit prostitutes, blackmail the professors, corrupt the medical staff and sacrifice their own body for the sake of science. The series obviously wants to change "Madmen", but it would be better if he did not notice serious drama, but more often joked. In the lead roles - the charming Lizzie Kaplan and the somewhat moribund Michael Shin.
"Americans" / Americans (FX)
- A shot from the series "Americans"
The story of the life of the "sleeping" KGB agents living in a quiet American suburb of the 1980s in anticipation of the X hour. A series for those who love the "Motherland", but instead of the Arab threat would prefer to deal with the good old USSR. The dramaturgy is weaker, the material is more familiar.
X. FOUR SPECIAL DANGEROUS SERIES OF THE YEAR
A bald single man blackmails the FBI and the CIA, and villains from Psychosis and Silence of the Lambs get their own series.
Bates Motel (A & E)
- Shot from the series "Motel Bates"
The psychiatric approach to Hitchcock's "Psychosis" is by no means such a good script idea, as it may seem, but the series about the difficult childhood of Norman Bates is still good. First of all thanks to the mother of the maniac, played by the terribly underrated Hollywood Slav Vera Farmiga.
"Hannibal" / Nannibal (NBC)
- Shot from the series "Hannibal"
A new perspective on the life and work of Hannibal Lecter; instead of Anthony Hopkins - popular in Hollywood, the Dane Mads Mikkelsen (taking this opportunity, we recommend his "Hunt"). An unforgettable pilot was shot by David Slade - author of one of the most creepy vampire films "30 Days of Night" and a really terrible thriller "Lollipop" about the encounter of the unfortunate pedophile and the girl-death.
"Black List" / The Blacklist (NBC)
- A shot from the series "Black List"
An overly pompous, but dashing and cleverly written detective about the rogue manipulating all the American special services at once. Those, however, are satisfied with the cooperation: the supposed repentant mafia genius helps them to neutralize the same villains as he himself.
- A shot from the series "Banshee"
Provincial thriller about the criminal, by the will of fate became a sheriff; creator - Alan Ball, Oscar winner for "American Beauty". For the beauty in the series meets the Slavic actress Ivan Militsevich, for America - rednecks, gangsters, Amish, degenerate Indians and other unreliable, but terribly colorful characters.
XI. 10 CONTINUES OF OLD, BUT, DIRECTLY SAY, FAVORITE SERIALS
In the "Game of Thrones" begins a series of penalties, "American history of horror" dried up, "Doctor Who" enchanting, like fifty years ago, and other major news of the year.
"Game of Thrones" / Game of Thrones (HBO)
- Shot from the series "Game of Thrones"
In the third season of gloomy fantasy happened incredible: villains for a couple of minutes cut out the main positive heroes of the saga. A 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)
- Shot from the series "Underground Empire"
When this episode in the spirit of the Godfather was just beginning, many ironically compared Steve Buscemi with VV Putin. They dashed: for the fourth season, the hero, having defeated all the enemies, remained alone, dies of anguish and clearly wants the same to the millions of hostages-spectators.
Doctor Who (BBC)
- A shot from the series "Doctor Who"
In November, the British Fantastic TV series celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with an absolutely enchanting special episode. It can now be watched whenever it becomes sad. Well, them, it's champagne and "The Marriage of Figaro."
Newsroom / Newsroom
- Shot from the series "Newsroom"
The second season of the favorite show of Russian journalists showed that building impeccable media is a long, complicated and far from exciting activity. A considerable part of the audience got bored and decided for themselves: out of the profession.
"Suits in the Law" / Suits (USA Network)
- A shot from the series "Suits in the Law"
But in the main legal drama life continues to boil: "Costumes in the law" is still the best show about office wars, romantic workaholism, business ethics and male friendship.
Anger Management (FX)
- Shot from the series "Managing Anger"
Charlie Sheen again arranged "Apocalypse Now" on the set of his sitcom. The result of the flash of insanity of the main American rebel was the departure from the series Selma Blair. It's getting cooler, but Anger Management is still one of the funniest and lightest sitcoms on the air.
Hell on wheels / Hell on Wheels (AMC)
- A frame from the series "Hell on Wheels"
The main TV series about the birth of the American nation for the third season was replaced by the writers on the crossing and visibly cheered up. Now the construction of a transcontinental railway is not only a cast-iron metaphor for the emergence of democracy, but also a dashing western. However, before it was not to come off.
"American Horror Story" / American Horror Story (FX)
- A shot from the series "American horror story"
The first season of the "American horror story" began as a parody of horror stories about the accursed 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, no shape. The great actress Jessica Lang, unable to stand the shame, slammed the door. Goodbye, baby, good-bye.
"Ripper Street" / Reaper Street (Air Force)
- A shot from the series "Ripper Street"
Dirty, realistic and terrible version of Sherlock Holmes after the second season was withdrawn from the air. The detectives are sent into retirement, the villains are untied hands. A pity: an excursion to this lustful and rotten Victorian England was no less fascinating than in the official gentleman's.
"Walking Dead" / Walking Dead (AMC)
- Shot from the series "Walking Dead"
Once a spectacular series about the zombie apocalypse turned into its heroes - inactive, depressed, ever aching, but bloodthirsty corpses. But he has the audacity to pretend to be the "Lord of the flies" of our day. Atu him, atu.