The top 50 TV series
Stephen King, Mikhail Bulgakov, Bram Stoker, and Washington Irving. Vampires, aliens, freaks, Republicans, marketers and recidivists. Leonardo da Vinci, Hannibal Lecter, Gandalf and Harry Potter. Great entrepreneurs and scientists to explain an orgasm. Comedy, drama, thrillers, fantasy and science fiction. Best art house and the most Russian TV series in the world. Sit back and disable mobile phones: here 50 shades series - 40 new and 10 old series, which was worth to see in the past year.
I. TWO POLITICAL ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR
Compelling series on the wrong side of Party work - a very serious and a very funny.
"House of Cards» / House of Cards (Netflix)
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New with the highest IQ, «All the King's Men" of our day. Internet channel Netflix has invested in the show about $ 200 million, sat in the director's chair by David Fincher, the main roles was able to get Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright - but instead languish over with gold, made available to the entire season in the first night show. The next TV hit in the stomach a great movie.
"Alfa-house» / Alpha House (Amazon)
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House of Cards contrary unbridled sitcom about four congressional Republicans together to rent an apartment in Washington to save. The basis - the real story, but the images are, of course, exaggerated. While you watch, you catch yourself thinking, a gorgeous Russian remake can be made. However, we have not and so the news of the Duma - the next "The Marriage of Figaro."
II. SIX funniest PRIME YEARS
Robin Williams improvises, Michael J. Fox finishes Parkinson's disease, Harry Potter read Bulgakov, Gandalf shows old gay man, a British programmer seduces Hollywood models, and the New York Police fooled in the workplace.
"Sinners» / Vicious (ITV)
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Magnificent sitcom about a marriage made in heaven. The couple - a) The grumpy old men; b) aristocratic gay; c) the British model; g) played great actors - Ian Makkelanom (Magneto in "X-Men" and Gandalf knows where) and Derek Jacobi, who had visited almost all Shakespearean characters. Both - openly gay, but airtime is used not to fight, but for satire in the first place - on its own.
"Notes of a young doctor» / Young Doctor's Notebook (BBC )
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To be honest, this series was released in 2012, but Russia, which meant only came in the summer of 2013. And, honestly, it was worth the wait. At first glance, this British film adaptation of Bulgakov - a comedy: a wild, bloody, sometimes hysterically funny, and as black as the night the Russian winter. But in fact, for the antics of Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm suffering lies the real tragedy - how mediocre life ruining pure youth.
"Mad Men» / The Crazy Ones (CBS)
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The first decade of the comedy series with Robin Williams, funny and strange. Classic plays a stand-crazy head of an advertising agency, Sarah Michelle Gellar - his daughter and business partner. In each series of case studies of real companies are solved. It is said that half of the dialogues Williams composed himself.
"The Michael J. Fox Show» / The Michael J. Fox Show ( NBC)
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Sluggish start, but to provoke midseason sitcom of resilient anchors, suffering from Parkinson's disease. The charm of the show is that the actor Michael J. Fox, the ageless boy from "Back to the Future" and the owner of three "Emmy", dedicated his life exactly the same - manly laughter over 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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An absurd comedy about the police department, which collects solid freaks. Last time such a wild sense of humor in the series met Go On and Do not Trust B- in Apartment 23rd are both closed. We must seize the moment.
"Let's get acquainted» / Hello, Ladies (HBO)
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It would seem, sitcoms about misfits in search of sex has long gone out of fashion, but this show is HBO's highbrow genre revives the powerful discharge of irony. The protagonist, actor, writer and director - British comedian Stephen Merchant, like, let's say, on the lanky crocodile. But this man has created the show "Office", won a bunch of "Golden Globe" and trained himself both subtle and aggressive sense of humor, able to bring anyone to tears of delight.
III. THREE MOST MYSTERIOUS PREMIERES OF THE YEAR
Headless Horseman, but with a machine gun, Leonardo da Vinci as the medieval Batman, Dracula as a fighter against the oil needle.
"Sleepy Hollow» / Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
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Moved to present the legend of Sleepy Hollow. It starts wildly walk Headless Horseman with a machine gun at the ready in the spirit of Schwarzenegger. But with each subsequent series of delicate chemistry between the characters become more and more, and the connection between the real history of the War of Independence and the millennial mysticism - all the stronger and more grandiose. Best gothic fantasy year.
«Dracula» / Dracula (NBC)
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An interesting attempt to build Count Dracula in a political context. In this version of their lives, he and Van Helsing is experimenting with alternative energy sources to destroy the oil world behind the scenes. This is done not only to prevent the wars of the twentieth century, as the all-powerful to avenge the death of the Order of the Dragon family of heroes. The rest - the same Stoker.
"Da Vinci's Demons» / Da Vinci Demons (Starz)
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Surprisingly juicy and adventurous telebiografiya Florentine inventor. He then young, dressed in leather pants, equally loved by women (and oh, what a woman here!) And men (here keep silent), but he feels a strong sense of art and science. The passion for knowledge makes him a personal enemy of the Pope, the best friend of the Medici clan and party untold adventures. Here and Dracula, and secret orders, and the prospect of time travel, and Machiavellianism, and engineering marvels in each series, and an endless celebration of life. The series-orgy, honestly.
IV. FOUR MOST arthouse PREMIERES OF THE YEAR
"The Catcher in the Rye" twenty years later, a serious conversation about the family and the death of the French language, a new "Silence of the Lambs" and feminist manifesto, signed by Jane Campion.
"At the call of sorrow» / Les Revenants (Canal +)
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Piercing, European-style, slow and deep parable of death. Alpine town could not get out of mourning: a few years ago fell into the abyss of a school bus. Once the prayers of parents arriving at their destination, and the dead are returning to the city. They do not look like a zombie, do not remember and do not behave worse than the living, but already in the first series, it is clear: it is better not to argue with fate. Invented in France, Les Revenants - the main achievement of the serial arthouse currently. In 2013, the show has been translated for the US channel Sundance and thus found its audience in Russia.
"Fix» / Rectify (Sundance)
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You are contemplative art channel Sundance - the story of Holden Caulfield forty years, had spent half his life in prison on charges of rape and murder prom queen. For lack of evidence of the hero temporarily released, and he learns to live quietly in a brave new world. The series is similar simultaneously on all the drama and comedy wins at the Sundance festival, at once: alive but inactive; both shallow and deep; full of cheap symbolism and genuine love for cinema. The thing is not for everybody, but if you like - will be gone.
"The collapse of the» / The Fall (BBC)
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"Crash" - a trierovskaya "Melancholia", crashed into the planet series. There are benchmarks for a good detective thriller: translated into a state of siege Belfast, sex maniac, was discharged from the London hunter in the most dangerous criminals (Gillian "Agent Scully" Anderson, by the way!), Brutal police and unscrupulous journalists. But the whole affair is revealed in the first few minutes, and instead offers a series of suspense fascinated by how the characters experience apathy to evil and tired of life. Traumatic sight, but after watching - scary exhilarating.
"Top of the Lake» / Top of the Lake (Sundance )
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The series makes a fabulous Hobbit New Zealand theater mystical evil like Twin Peaks. In a small farming town disappeared pregnant schoolgirl victim of violence and ugly family. Unhappy crazy cult, but the safety of women dispersed czars-cowboys. There is a witch hunt and pedophile. Townspeople turned into wild beasts, and not lions and wolves. Rather, rodents. The process of trying to stop the rot only one girl-investigator from the capital. However, it is not quite the same: it helps the director Jane Campion - woman of the same steel as the Kathryn Bigelow.
V. FIVE most fantastic PRIME YEARS
New cyberpunk, apocalyptic western, humane Stephen King, the series based on the comic book of the century and the depth of the Siberian ores through the eyes of Americans.
"Almost man» / Almost Human (Fox)
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The modern version of "Blade Runner" - is not so gloomy, not so brave and not so deep, but entertaining, inventive, humane and very cheerful. It starts very seriously, but in the fifth series of harsh relations cop and his android partner become almost a Romka. Superficial, but charming cyberpunk, which captures how picking a new iPhone.
«Call» / Defiance (SyFy)
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Futuristic Western about how a hundred years will look like aliens captured America. Not so witty and spirited as the TV series "Firefly", but also entertaining. Apart from cherished references to classical fiction, the Civil War and the myth of the Wild West, there occurs a convincing description of the life of society, in which all different skin color, a different number of legs, different faith and culture.
"Under the Dome» / Under The Dome (CBS)
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Not as hard as we dreamed, but still curious adaptation of Stephen King's novel about the city, turned out to be under the hood of the aliens. The series produced by Spielberg-namesake, which in recent years has become absolutely spineless humanist - so isolated community here is more like a philosophical circle than the ill-tribe of the "Lord of the Flies."
«Siberia» / Siberia (NBC)
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The second year after the "Devil's Pass" American attempts to portray Russia a huge black hole in which things are happening paranormal. The series stylized shot hand-held camera reality show, the characters which initially just going to spend the winter in the forest, but then are taxed on all sides by evil spirits. Bears, aliens, ghosts, war, Evenki, guardians of the Tunguska meteorite - everyone wants a piece of the American bodies. Absurd, but his madness enchanting series.
"Agents of SHIELD» / Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
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High-budget TV series based on "The Avengers" comics of cash deals. At the forefront of withdrawn secondary talented actors, who played a big movie freaks and clowns. The director is the same - a witty Joss Whedon, the author of "Buffy" and "Firefly." Secret Organization "SCH.I.T" your device and parodies classic "bondiane" and "The X-Files." Everything seems to be in place in the frame and then drop a superstar, but magic does not work: the series was pretty boring. However, fans can not miss the comic book.
VI. FIVE MOST RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER OF THE YEAR
Domestic series, two of which can be recommended to all over the world, and three - all born in the USSR
"Sherlock Holmes" ( "Russia")
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New Russian TV series are not opposed to the Soviet, and builds its own myth. The protagonist here - desperately trying to earn a literary work Watson (deceased Andrei Panin). It brings stories about Holmes to his publisher (Alexander Adabashyan) for what they are - dirty, brutal and difficult. And Holmes (Igor Petrenko) - sloppy, irascible and closed - do not embellish. But the editor of his ruthlessly ruled, and in the end it turns out the same reference Soviet series. Deduction is not enough, but the subtle humor - over the edge. And what then Hudson - Dapkunayte!
"Thaw" ( "Channel")
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Absolutely American series, somehow shot Valeri Todorovski in Russia. It's like "Mad Men" and "Californication", only in the Soviet Russian scenery and vitality. There is a feeling that the "First Channel" by this "thaw" at last waved to the audience, which dearly loves, but people have to demonstrably spread rot. There is constantly smoking, without any tragedies abortions freely make love bend in the background gay line, hit in the face evil in uniform and think aloud about how to work with the intellectual power. The question, it seems, is wrong. Not "how" and "where". At the "First Channel".
"Owl Creek" ( "Channel")
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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 ( "Thaw") and Sergei Puskepalis, who played in the series by a good country "Owl Creek". Time of action - in 1957, the place - a small island city, similar to the Soviet Silent Hill. Actors - maniacs, German spies, criminals, people in "Hard to Be God", a constant fog and night. Puskepalis plays a KGB agent and, as befits a good noir, it has a partner - a local policeman. In his role as Andrew Merzlikin. But even the two of them can not cope with the mystical, and paralyzing them, and the viewer evil.
"Ashes" ( "Russia")
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Best Russian TV series of the year built on the men's tandems. The "thaw" - Yatsenko and Roma, in "Sherlock Holmes" - Petrenko and Panin in "Owl Creek '- Puskepalis and Merzlikin. In "Ashes" and involved all weapons of mass destruction - Vladimir Mashkov and Yevgeny Mironov. They play an officer of the Red Army and the kingpin, to share the fate of a train. For Mashkov is in a sense a repetition of "Thief" to Mironov - "Lost in Siberia." In the background - Garmash, Hamatova, Liadov and Mamonov, in the director's chair - usually shoot in Hollywood, Vadim Perelman, but there is a feeling that "Ashes" does not use a quarter of its dramatic potential. However, there is still interesting.
"Bomba" ( "Russia")
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Wild show how Soviet spy sent to steal US atomic bomb blueprints. The plot is simultaneously interwoven besieged Leningrad, sabotage in Europe, several intelligence agencies of different countries, sublime life of Akademgorodok joys of American life, really bloody gebnya, hilarious Jewish intriguer by the late Andrei Panin and, of course, Stalin's camps. The most amazing thing that the show puts the audience at the imperial ambitions of the same bomb, which at one time planted by Americans Paul Verhoeven film "Starship Troopers." It is at once the glory of the CPSU, and deeply anti-totalitarian saying somehow caught up in the air, "Russian."
VII. FOUR COOL PREMIERES WHO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW
Irish gangsters trying to be legalized in Californication, British strike on "Boardwalk Empire," Bonnie and Clyde back from the dead, and the Los Angeles 40s revels in its own brilliance and poverty.
"Mob City» / Mob City (TNT)
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Reference noir: the post-war Los Angeles, to make up a bright lipstick night chatter Thompson rifles, broad chins and stylish hats. The creator of the series - Frank Darabont, the man who gave us the best film adaptation of Stephen King.
"Bonnie and Clyde» / Bonnie & Clyde (History)
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The miniseries the History Channel, which has a very indirect relation to the story: Bonnie and Clyde there appear not the same as in the classic film with Warren Beatty in "Wikipedia". But play them fine actors Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger, transforming the Great Depression in the timeless model of chaos in the young hearts and minds. This trick adds a sinister series of relevance, but it does not detract from its historic glamor.
"Ray Donovan» / Ray Donovan (Showtime)
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Modern Californian noir successor on channel Showtime «Dexter». The protagonist - the consigliere of Hollywood stars, to solve their problems with the law, the Mafia and the paparazzi. At work, everything is under control, but in the family - the chaos, two troubled brother, unhappy wife, rebellious daughter and father-felon. The role of the latter - hungry for this paper, Jon Voight. The main villain of the first season - at least infernal James Woods.
"Sharpened caps» / Peaky Blinders (BBC)
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The British response zabronzovevshey American "Boardwalk Empire." In the center of the plot - the Irish mafia clan, honestly ottrubivshy his in the fields of the First World War and returned to England completely unknown. As adopted at the BBC, in a serpentine tangle here collected all: young Churchill, Catholics, Protestants, communists, suffragette, intelligence agencies and even the Chinese immigrants.
VIII. THREE DISPUTED remake YEAR
Corrupt cops ride from Edinburgh to Detroit, Danish-Swedish bridge is transferred to the US-Mexico border, and the famous cop disabled becomes black.
"Low Winter Sun» / Low Winter Sun (AMC)
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The American remake of the Scottish noir about corrupt cops. Both the original and the copy like some grim humor of the play lost Martin McDonagh. Heroes who have committed a crime together, turn into paranoid and commit a fatal mistake after another. It is not "Bad Lieutenant," but something close. A Detroit city dead economy, is played so that he wants to give the "Oscar". All is good, but the British original was still five times steeper.
"Bridge» / The Bridge (FX)
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The plot revolves around the investigation into the murder, which occurred either in the United States, whether in Mexico: half a corpse lying in one country, half - in the other. Unlike the Scandinavian thriller, there is a dialectic of civilizations, but the show avoids the political, cultural and social meanings. But starring favorite Tarantino and Diane Kruger European directors.
"Ironside» / Ironside (NBC)
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The series is about a half-century-old wheelchair-bound police-dandy became more brutal, more energetic and easier, and the main character was replaced by color. It's still a story about this man, but less inventive written language. But - continuing anatomical metaphor - a very steady hand.
IX. FOUR MOST epochal PREMIERES OF THE YEAR
Victorian England, Wars of the Roses, America the late 50s and the recent aggravation of the Cold War.
"Mr. Selfridge» / Mr. Selfridge, (BBC)
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Fast, easy and fun show, singing a hymn labor and adventurism. The basis - the real story of an American tycoon, who came a hundred years ago, prim London with the aim to build a democratic mall. Each series - an exciting business case.
"The White Queen» / The White Queen (BBC)
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The only decent medieval drama of the season - the story of the widow of Lancaster, zhenivsheysya at York, which became the mistress of England and play a game of thrones that George Martin, and never dreamed of. The new interpretation of the well-known historical events Elizabeth Gray appears not the queen of the white pieces on a chess board, and a true Queen Alien - deadly, inconceivable male female mind
"Masters of Sex» / Masters of Sex (Showtime)
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Tragicomedy about two American doctors, enthusiastically exploring the nature of the human orgasm. Doing this godless thing they have in a hostile environment, but they do not give up: recruit prostitutes, blackmail professorship, corrupt medical staff and sacrifice for the sake of science's own body. The series clearly wants to change the "Mad Men", but would be better if he did not methyl in serious drama, and often joked. Actors - charming Lizzy Caplan and more zabronzovevshy Michael Sheen.
"Americans» / Americans (FX)
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The life story of "sleeping" KGB agents living in a quiet American suburb sample 80 hours waiting for the X. The series is for those who love the "home", but instead of the Arab threat would prefer to deal with the good old USSR. Drama weaker material - dearer.
X. PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SERIAL FOUR YEARS
Bald single blackmails the FBI and the CIA, and the villains of "Psycho" and "Silence of the Lambs" acquire their own serials.
"Bates Motel» / Bates Motel (A & E )
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Psychiatric approach to "psychosis" Hitchcock - is not such a good idea scenario as it may seem, but the series about a difficult childhood Norman Bates is still good. First of all thanks to my mother maniac, played terribly underrated Hollywood Slav Vera Farmiga.
«Hannibal» / Hannibal (NBC)
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A new look at the life and work of Hannibal Lecter; instead of Anthony Hopkins - a popular Hollywood Dane Mads Mikkelsen (take this opportunity to recommend his "hunting"). Unforgettable pilot took off, David Slade - author of one of the most terrifying vampire movie "30 Days of Night" and really scary thriller "Hard Candy" to meet accident pedophile and girls death.
"Black list» / The Blacklist (NBC)
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Too pompous, but a dashing and cleverly written about the rogue detective, manipulating all the US intelligence agencies at once. Those, however, are satisfied with cooperation: allegedly repentant mafia genius helps them to neutralize the same villains like himself.
"Banshee» / Banshee (Cinemax)
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Provincial thriller about criminals fated to become the sheriff; creator - Alan Ball, the owner of "Oscar" for "American Beauty." For the beauty of the show is responsible Slavic actress Ivana Militsevich for America - rednecks, gangstas, Amish, degenerate Indians and other unreliable, but terribly colorful characters.
XI. 10 Continuation of old, but, frankly, favorite TV series
The "Game of Thrones" begins a series of penalties, "American horror story" dried up, "Doctor Who" feerichen as fifty years ago, and other top stories of the year.
"Game of Thrones» / Game of Thrones (HBO)
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In the third season, the dark fantasy incredible happened: the main villains cut goodies saga in a couple of minutes. The big shock was only killing Frodo somewhere in the swamp. It is this unpredictability (for those who have not read) - the greatness of the series.
"Boardwalk Empire» / Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
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When this series is in the spirit of "The Godfather" was just beginning, many ironically compared Steve Buscemi with Vladimir Putin. Doshutilis: the fourth season of the hero, defeating all enemies, was all alone, dying of boredom and clearly wants the same millions of viewers hostages.
«Doctor Who» / Doctor Who (BBC)
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In November, the British fantasy series noted fiftieth anniversary spetsepizodom quite enchanting. It is now possible to watch whenever vzgrustnetsya. Well their is champagne and "The Marriage of Figaro."
"Newsroom» / Newsroom (HBO)
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The second season of the beloved show Russian journalists showed that the construction of perfect media - work is a long, difficult and not so exciting as it may seem. A large part of the audience bored and decided for yourself out of the profession.
"The costumes in the law» / Suits (USA Network)
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But in the main the legal drama is still full of life: "The costumes in the law" - is still the best show of the office wars, romantic workaholism, business ethics and male friendship.
"Anger Management» / Anger Management (FX)
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Charlie Sheen again gave "Apocalypse Now" on the set of his sitcom. The result of the outbreak of insanity American rebel chief was the departure from the series of Selma Blair. It was cooler, but "Anger Management" - still one of the funniest sitcoms and light on the air.
"Hell on Wheels» / Hell on Wheels (AMC)
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The main series of the birth of the American nation to the third season, was replaced at the crossing writers and cheered up considerably. Now the construction of the transcontinental railroad - a metaphor not only cast iron formation democracy, but also a dashing Western. However, in the past did 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 the horror stories about the cursed house, and ended with deafening family saga. The second was not so informative, but really creepy and entangled. The third no stuffing, no form. Great actress Jessica Lange, unable to bear the shame, slammed the door. Gone Baby Gone.
"Ripper Street» / Reaper Street (BBC)
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Dirty, realistic and scary version of Sherlock Holmes after the second season, was taken off the air. Investigators dismissed, villains free hand. A pity: an excursion to the lustful and gnilozubuyu Victorian England was no less exciting than the officially-gentlemanly.
"The Walking Dead» / Walking Dead (AMC)
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Once a spectacular series about a zombie apocalypse is turned into his characters - inactive, depressed, always aching, but the bloodthirsty corpses. But it has the audacity to pretend to be "Lord of the Flies" of our day. Ata his ho.