It was a sweet year to be a TV critic. Some of us have been shouting into the wind for years, but finally and yet somewhat miraculously, television is being acknowledged as a legitimate and ascendant art form.
Books were published, panels held, praises sung by people who were not TV critics. And how could it be otherwise? A thousand flowers of original content bloomed from providers mainstream (Netflix, Amazon), snooty (Sundance Channel, IFC) and in-between (History, Hallmark). Television-related events regularly rocked the nation — the death of James Gandolfini, the end of “Breaking Bad,” “The Red Wedding” episode of “Game of Thrones.” “Orphan Black” took sci-fi (and multiple-character performance) to a new level, “Orange Is the New Black” redefined the nature of comedy, and “Scandal” repurposed Twitter as a marketing platform.
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