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

'The Musketeers' (BBC America)
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19. 'The Musketeers' (BBC America)

2014 has been full of bold, original dramas that aim to reinvent TV as we know it. This is not one of them. This is a bunch of French guys in stockings chasing each other with swords. It's the kind of over-the-top wig-and-costume romp you'd think BBC America could crank out in their sleep, juicing a story so foolproof it once made Chris O'Donnell seem watchable for a couple of hours. The Musketeers swash buckles and rip bodices all over the Paris of 1630, with a black Porthos and Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi (the Twelfth Doctor himself!) as the evil Cardinal Richilieu. Plus loads of Game of Thrones-style cynical wit. (One swordsman quips mid-duel: "Why fight fair when you might lose?") They're easily the kickiest Musketeers since the 1970s Richard Lester films where Raquel Welch got slapped around by Faye Dunaway.

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