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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'The Musketeers' (BBC America)

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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