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

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'Orange Is the New Black' (Netflix)

5. 'Orange Is the New Black' (Netflix)

You might gobble this in one binge-watching marathon, but as Maureen Dowd learned about pot candy bars, some things are best consumed one mind-blowing bite at a time. It didn't seem possible that Orange Is The New Black could duplicate the lightning-in-a-bottle success of the first season, but Season Two somehow managed to surpass it, bringing in new characters and new stories. Lorraine Touissant's Vee went up against Kate Mulgrew's Red, while characters we already thought we knew (like Samira Wiley's Poussey) took on new roles. And as it turns out, Yael Stone's Morello has an even sadder story than anybody guessed.

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