The Top 10 TV Shows of 2014From stoned Brooklynites to dating Jerusalemites.
ScandalousKatherine Heigl’s new show makes interesting use of her damaged reputation.
Green, Green Grass of HomeThe small-town pleasures of Brooklyn-based Web series High Maintenance.
The ComebackNine years later, the HBO show is not so disgusted by reality TV. But it’s very queasy about fame.
Can TV Get the Rom-Com Right?Several shows are trying. A couple of them are succeeding.
Which One of These Stories Do You Believe?The Affair brings Rashomon-style storytelling to television.
Bizarro JerryMulaney is just like Seinfeld, except it’s not funny.
Homeland Is Good AgainFor now, at least.
How to Get Away With HyperdramaThe new TV genre invented by Shonda Rhimes.
Crusader, Sans CapeThe superhero trappings of Gotham are just a clever disguise.
Television for AdultsThe Good Wife is cynical, thrilling, and grown-up. It’s also TV’s best drama.
Slim Pickings at the Network TV BazaarThree talented actresses in three terrible shows.
The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 2 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Into the Dalek."
Whit Stillman’s New TV Show Is Almost As Good As His Old MoviesAnd Amazon can really do comedy. Drama, on the other hand …
One Tough Female Detective and Hardly Any GunsIf you like Prime Suspect and The Fall, watch Happy Valley.
Lowbrow and DelectableGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is the TV equivalent of a great beach read.
The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Final Thoughts on Series 8 Phil Plait and Mac Rogers on the finale and the season.
Slate Plus Sneak Peek: The Walking Dead PodcastA spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 4.
A Difficult WomanEven as an HBO miniseries, Olive Kitteridge feels like a novel—in the best way.
InmaculadaJane the Virgin is the best reason to watch the CW in years.
It’s the Freakiest ShowAmerican Horror Story continues to be like nothing else on television.
The Rise of Bummer TVGracepoint, Broadchurch, and the epidemic of sad television.
See MeTransparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Say It LoudBlack-ish is proud, politically incorrect, and the fall’s best new sitcom.
Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic ThingsDon’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
The Other Huxtable EffectThirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.
These People Will Not Create a Perfect SocietyBut they do reflect our own.
A Tween Is BornThe legacy of Saved by the Bell.
The Longest FaceBoJack Horseman is a bleak, brilliant comedy about a talking horse.
OutlanderIt’s a great feminist adventure. I wish it were a little more of a cheesy romance.