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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'Veep' (HBO)
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7. 'Veep' (HBO)

"Mississippi is chock full of assholes, I don't trust the Chinese and I gotta tell you something: I'm not gonna be able to pass a single piece of legislation that's really gonna make any fuck of a difference in your life." With a platform like this, Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Vice President Selina Meyer is clearly the leadership America needs — at least on the amazing third season of Armando Iannucci's political satire, which just keeps getting faster and louder and nastier as it gets more preposterous. Spoiler ahead: The finale's big twist, defying all narrative logic and all viewer expectation, saw Selina bumble her way to the Presidency. And while this hopefully gives her some power to implement her domestic agenda ("God, I would love to fuck a firefighter") she still manages to finish third in the New Hampshire primary. As she snarls, "Even the Nazis came in second." And Timothy Simons' Jonah continues to be Jonah, even when he's working on his "hashtag hurricane" of a blog.

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