Top Ten Must-See TV Shows of 2014

Looking for something new to watch once classes are over? Here’s the top 10 shows you have to see, if you haven’t already.

“The Walking Dead”

        Based on the graphic novels of the same name, “The Walking Dead” shows viewers a world stricken by the zombie apocalypse. With the fourth season finished and a new season confirmed, “The Walking Dead” shows no signs of stopping. Start watching now before the body count gets any higher, but beware of getting attached to the characters as this is the kind of show where almost any character can die.

“Game of Thrones”

        Adapted from “A Song of Ice and Fire,” a fantasy series by George R. R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” follows several plotlines and manages to weave stories together with superb skill. Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, the series explores issues like religion, loyalty, crime, punishment, social hierarchy and corruption. It also has dragons, which is awesome.

“Once Upon a Time”

        Don’t let the title fool you; this show isn’t for little kids. If you’ve ever wondered how fairy tale characters would fare in the real world, this show is right up your alley. Set in fictional Storybrooke, Maine, characters like Belle, Snow White and Captain Hook come to life in this fairy tale drama. Currently in its third season, there’s still time to catch up


        Currently on its second season, “Hannibal” is set before the events of “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris. “Hannibal” focuses on the “friendship” between the awkward but brilliant FBI profiler Will Graham and the sharp-dressed psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Have I mentioned that Dr. Lecter is also a remorseless serial killer and cannibal?

“Downton Abbey”

        A British period drama beginning at the end of the Edwardian era in 1912, “Downton Abbey” follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. Great historical events have an effect on their lives, such as the sinking of the RMS Titanic and WWI, just to name a few. It’s renewed for a fifth season planned for this year.

“American Horror Story”

        Don’t have time for multiple seasons of plot? Then here’s the perfect show for you! Each season has its own storyline, with a beginning, middle and end, although many actors are renewed for each season. Each seasons has subtitled names; in order they are: Murder House, Asylum, Coven and Freak Show. Feed your dark side with this thrilling horror show.

“Parks and Recreation”

        Set in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, “Parks and Recreation” features a unique ‘mockumentary’ style of filming. The show stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope who works in the parks department. A show that makes you fall in love with every character, including a libertarian who hires those who are poor at their jobs, this show is well worth the watch.

“Orange is the New Black”

        Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison,” this comedy-drama follows Piper Chapman as she’s sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison. While in jail, Piper is reunited with her former girlfriend, international drug smuggler Alex Vause, and they re-examine their relationship while dealing with other inmates.


        Do you like parodies, clichés and TV tropes? Then start watching “Community,” which follows a group of students at a community college, while relying heavily on meta-humor and pop culture references. Hilarious and quick-witted, the sitcom’s fifth season debuted earlier this year, but it’s well worth your time to catch up on this show.

“House of Cards”

        While watching a political thriller sounds about as thrilling as doing homework, take a chance with “House of Cards.” Set in present-day Washington, D.C., this is the story of Frank Underwood, a Democrat who seeks revenge on those who betrayed him after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State. It’s only on its second season, so start watching now!

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