The Walking Dead – AMC
Call us brain-dead zombies, but we can’t get enough of this apocalyptic thriller that has managed to captivate mass audiences despite its preponderance of, you know… cannibalistic corpses. The secret to this show’s success, however, lies not in the “walkers” who stalk prey as their own limbs rot off—but rather the survivalist
characters who must work together to stay alive while navigating interpersonal politics and devious power plays. In the end, the zombies in all their glorious makeup act merely ratchet up the stakes (and body count) in an already perilous environment. To be sure, surviving Machiavellian mischief of an apocalyptic world would be pretty compelling viewing even without the living dead. But it wouldn’t be as much fun, now would it?
Game of Thrones – HBO – We’re still upset about the Red Wedding, but we’ll get over it—as long as Walder Frey and Joffrey get theirs at some point. That’s going to happen, right? Right?
Mad Men – AMC – The last season was one of the best, with the firm going through more changes than Don Draper goes through bottles of scotch.
Shameless – Showtime – One of the best shows on TV despite its lack of Emmys. Well, except one—the incredible Emmy Rossum.
Top of the Lake – Sundance Channel – A chilling and beautiful mini that was a tour de force for Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss.