The Best of 2014: Best New Show

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7. Constantine

Constantine wins me over every single week thanks to the wonderful combination of action, drama and comedy! It doesn't hurt that Matt Ryan is extremely easy to watch. Unfortunately, NBC has decided not to order past the initial 13 and that just makes me disappointed that more people didn't give this show the chance that it deserved.

8. Transparent

In what is easily Jeffrey Tambor's most powerful role to date, he shines as Maura, who was born Mort and comes out as a transgender woman late in life. His three self indulgent adult children still have enough heart to make them endearing, particularly Gaby Hoffman as Ali whose journey with gender fluidity coincides with her father's. Judith Light also costars as Maura's ex-wife Shelly and added what's probably the best scene about mustard ever to be seen. There's about as many laughs as tears to be had by all. It is truly wonderful.

9. The Affair

The Affair
Dominic West and Ruth Wilson star as Noah and Allison, two people who fall in love and begin an affair, despite being married to other people. While the idea of cheating has been done to death, the separate Noah and Allison POV's and their unreliable narration add a fresh burst of poignancy. Rounding out the cast is Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson as Helen and Cole, the much maligned spouses. This show had everyone talking and for good reason.

10. A to Z

A to Z
Romantic comedies usually aren't my cup of tea, but somehow this one hits the sweet spot in it's realistic look at love and life in the modern age of internet dating. In her first leading TV role, Cristin Milioti charms her way through a modern-day fairytale framed through the narration of Katey Sagal. The show's look at love and dating in the modern age is supplemented by a looney workplace comedy (reminiscent of "Better off Ted") where boyfriend Ben Feldman works at an internet dating site.

11. Review

Starring versatile comic actor Andy Daly, the satirical take on reality TV starred versatile comic actor Andy Daly as TV host Forrest MacNeil who would do anything for his audience. The show was full of tension, shock value, and hillarity as the viewer never had any idea where Forrest's careless escapades would lead. Jessica St. Clair and Megan Stevenson were great in supporting roles.

12. Faking It

Faking It
Faking It is what Awkward once was in it's early seasons. It's an honest and hilarious look at high school and at it's core are two female best friends, Amy and Karma, who fake a relationship to fit in at school. But things get a little crazy when one half of the duo realizes she likes her best friend a lot more than she thought. It's an intriguing premise that feels right at home on MTV and all the actors really bring it each week, particularly Rita Volk, who brings a warmth and realness to Amy as she struggles with her growing feelings towards Karma.

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How to Get Away with Murder, The Flash, Chicago PD, Madam Secretary, Jane the Virgin, Southern Charm, Constantine, Transparent, The Affair, A to Z, Faking It, Forever, True Detective, Chasing Life, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
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