The Best TV of 2014 So Far

From purple weddings to female perps, Rob Sheffield lists the highlights of an already abundant year of great TV

'Game of Thrones' (HBO)
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1. 'Game of Thrones' (HBO)

If TV shows are the new bands, and seasons are new albums, Game of Thrones' epic fourth season was on some Led Zeppelin IV shit. Each GoT go-round has been like the corresponding Zep record: the powerhouse debut, the crowd-pleasing follow-up, the daring new directions of the third. And now this one, where every song/episode is a legend unto itself. Each week's twists and turns made you wonder how the next chapter could possibly match what came before. Previously useless characters rose to the occasion. (Even Sansa de-Skylered!) Arya Stark took over as the secret hero, the way Sally Draper is the secret hero of Mad Men, while the Lannister family's battle-of-evermore conflict exploded. Beloved characters met horrible deaths, often at the hands of other beloved characters. And in that massive "When The Levee Breaks" of a finale, Tyrion and Arya reached their own got-to-move moments. Going down, going down down. Here's to next year. 

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