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This is the first time ever that I’ve done a top 10 list for TV shows. And that was mainly because of the time that I’ve had this time around due to which I was able to catch up on some of the shows that I had been waiting to see for a long time. To compile this list I’ve only taken shows which have finished airing an entire season or at least half of the season in the year. And these are just some of the shows that I’ve watched this past year and it reflects just my taste in it.

10. Orphan Black

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Without giving too much of the story away the basic premise of the the show is that Sarah Manning (an orphan) comes face to face with someone that is identical to herself, who jumps in front of a train. Sarah swaps identity, only to discover that she has many clones. Some of these are being murdered. The characters and story introduced within the first season are very interesting. This momentum can definitely be maintained if the writers are careful where to take the story. Tatiana Maslany is great and her characters are likable, which provides room for humorous writing and great acting.

9. Banshee

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Two ex-jewel thieves who are star crossed lovers, one who went to prison for the other and who now assumes the identity of a dead Sheriff. A cross dressing computer tech/street fighting hairdresser, an old heavy weight boxing champion/bartender, a shunned Amish/now criminal landowner/butcher/politician, Russian mafia and the storyline of each of those characters being intertwined in a small town. Yup this definitely has the touch from the creators of the True Blood. So far, so good. Let’s just hope it’s subsequent seasons too stands up to it’s opening season unlike True Blood.

8. Orange is the new Black

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This is a story about Piper, a young woman raised in a white, upper middle class family, who completed her education at college, and while looking for a job as a waitress at a local bar, meets and begins a relationship with Alex. The two young women live an adventurous and romantic life for several years globe trotting and drug trafficking for an international drug cartel until they eventually part ways. Then, after 10 years, Piper is arrested, tried, and found guilty of being an accomplice to drug trafficking and money laundering, right when she’s settling down with her boyfriend.Piper surrenders herself to begin her 15 month sentence, with the intention of serving her time, and then marrying her fiancé. But, Piper is a fish out of water in an environment that seeks to teach the hard lesson of conformity.This story is about adaptation and survival as much as it is about finding love in all the wrong places. And this really happened to someone. I would highly recommend this enjoyable series, and look forward to Season 2.

7. Archer

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Archer is an over the top raunchy fest based on the doings of a supposed spy firm. You have Sterling, an insecure guy who thinks very little, does very many, and says just enough to keep us laughing,mainly because he is so stupid. You have Malory, an unhappy boss who loves an enemy, hates being Sterling’s mom at times, and has shown more than once to be off her rocker. You then have Lana, Sterling’s Ex who isn’t over Sterling. She is also a no nonsense, ass whipping babe. This show nails it. I highly recommend it

6. American Horror Story : Coven

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I have always been a fan of the Horror genre even though I’m yet to see the previous two season of the show but this present season has not left me down. The writing and direction have been great and Jessica Lange is terrific as the Supreme Witch. Fans of Horror Anthologies will love this show.

5. The Americans

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 I can honestly say that I have never seen this side of the spy world and it pulls you in almost instantly wanting to watch the entire season at once. Phillip and Elizabeth have been sleeper Russian agents in DC from the early 1960s to the early 80s, the show’s setting. Reagan is the new President and is heating up the Cold War. Our two spies have been playing the role of typical American husband and wife, keeping their secret life even from their pre-teen daughter and son. Again to keep it spoiler free, will not be going too much into the details.

4. Game of Thrones

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What more can I say about this show that hasn’t already been said before, tuned into this show only this year and I’ve loved everything about it. This is what you get when the show runner has already planned well in advance with the storyline and the number of seasons to be produced, so everything can run smoothly without much worry especially in the writing department. The acting too was good with the additional of new characters each season.

3. VEEP

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Another show that I’ve just started watching from this year. And I couldn’t believe how I even missed watching it in the last year itself ! This is right up there along with Seinfeld as one of THE funniest shows that I’ve ever come across. Credit here must be given to the writers as well as the actors both of whom have done a spectacular job. J.L.Dreyfus richly deserves all the accolades that she’s been getting for the portrayal of Vice-President Selina Meyers. This show features the day-to-day life of the Veep and what goes on there and is portrayed comically but not like the forced ones of some of the present network shows.

2.Masters of Sex

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The title “Masters of Sex” works on many levels and the creators of the show are well aware of the attention that this title will draw. This show is about the first scientific research in the area of sex based on the Masters and Johnson studies, who are the protagonists of the story set to the backdrop of the late 1950s. The set design is just about right and it very accurately represents the theme and ideology of the time. The characters are sketched out perfectly and there is no dearth of good acting performances with Michael Sheen stealing the show for his portrayal of the incredibly complex William Masters. And what’s nice, too, is that this story has many levels – there’s the historical recreation of events, but there’s also a burgeoning romance here, between Masters, a married doctor, and Johnson, a divorced single mother; there’s also a fight for women’s equality side to the story here – as Johnson attempts to earn more respect; there’s the courageous battle that Masters and Johnson fought, to bring science to an essential human subject; and there’s a story about human imperfections and intolerance. This show seems like it will fill some of the void left due to the absence of Breaking Bad from now. As the writing,direction,casting and acting is of top notch quality.

1. Breaking Bad

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GREATEST TV SHOW EVER MADE.

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