20 Best TV Moments of 2014

From a 'Broad City' birthday to a clone dance party, these were the small-screen scenes that shocked us, shook us and cracked us up in a big way

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10. 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver': Ferguson

One of the year's surprise triumphs — it's safe to say nobody expected John Oliver's Daily Show spin-off to hit anywhere near this hard. He defies our click-click-click attention spans with longform rants about political crises from net neutrality to Right Said Fred. (All this plus the worst haircut on TV, unless you count the dude from The Strain, which I don't because that shit was never hair.) Oliver's finest moment: His 15-minute screed about Ferguson, tackling the question of how small-town American cops got their hands on so much military hardware and how they plan to use it on the rest of us. (Why do the police in Keane, New Hampshire have an armored assault vehicle? To defend the local Pumpkin Festival!) What do you know — somebody actually scored a hit betting on the intelligence of the American people. It figures it took a British geek to make it happen.

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