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The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2014 3:09 PM
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The Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season
Bad news if you’re a member of the Television Academy: balloting for this year’s Emmys closed on June 20th, with the nominees to be announced a few weeks from now, on July 10th. That officially brings to an end the 2013/2014 TV season, and if anyone was worried that the run of quality TV was starting to come to an end as some of the most famous dramas and comedies of recent years wrapped up their runs, they were sorely mistaken: the medium is in as remarkably healthy a state as ever.

Watch: 1 Hour Q&A With Female Leads Of ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Homeland,’ ‘American Horror Story’ & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 12, 2014 4:55 PM
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THR Actress Roundtable
Well, it’s getting near that time for the Emmys, arguably the Oscars of TV, and as TV keeps gaining ground on movies—see movie star Tom Hardy’s recent comments on the medium—the Emmys are becoming more and more legitimate (well, except when it comes to the nominees and winners, but still...). And in fact, whether you disagree on the quality of smart TV over modern cinema, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to argue that the acting quality is any lesser.

The 10 Best Episodes Of 'Mad Men'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 16, 2014 2:13 PM
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Mad Men
It might not be the pop culture phenomenon that it once was (the grabbier, faster likes of “True Detective” and “Game Of Thrones” having surpassed it at the nation’s watercoolers), but last Sunday saw the return of “Mad Men,” and if the seventh season premiere was anything to go by, it’s as good as it ever was. Matthew Weiner’s show, about the lives of the employees of a Madison Avenue ad agency in the 1960s (and in particular, the alienated, self-reinventing golden boy Don Draper, played to star-making effect by Jon Hamm, and Elisabeth Moss’s secretary-turned-high-flyer Peggy Olsen) has been a critical favorite since it launched in 2007 and almost singlehandedly made AMC a serious home for prestige drama (paving the way for network-mates “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” in the process).

Watch: New Teaser & Images For 'Mad Men' Season 7 Take Flight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 11:36 AM
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Mad Men
As writer/creator Matthew Weiner has already made clear, don't read too much into the airport/airplane centered promos for the seventh season of "Mad Men." The motif was mostly selected to allow the cast to look glamorous and they certainly do in this new teaser for the final season of the show. And as you might expect, the final fourteen episodes are gonna be packed.

New Images From 'Mad Men' Season 7 & 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 1:39 PM
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Mad Men
'Tis the season for TV. With "True Detective" over, and "Girls" winding down, we're going to have to start finding other fixes for our habit. "Game Of Thrones" comes in a few weeks (and you can catch up with a 25-minute recap of season three right here), but that's not all. AMC and Netflix will have new offerings too, so let's check 'em out.

Check Out These Illustrated Posters For 'Mad Men' & 'True Detective'

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • March 7, 2014 3:33 PM
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True Detective
Your favorite TV shows might be winding down, with the “True Detective” season finale this weekend and “Mad Men” kicking off its two-part seventh season this spring, but both shows continue to inspire, most recently with a couple of nifty pieces of art coming down the line.

Watch: First Teaser For 'Mad Men' Season 7 Plus 2-Minute Character Recaps For Don Draper & Peggy Olson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 1:28 PM
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What's the best show on television right now? "Game Of Thrones"? "True Detective"? Or is it "Mad Men"? We'll leave you to argue in the comments section, but there's no doubt Matthew Weiner's ad world drama has been a game changer and we're at the beginning of the end. This spring kicks off the first half of the seventh and last season, with AMC spreading out their money maker to make us all keep tuning it. And the first teaser has arrived (via Vulture).

The 15 Best TV Episodes Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 12, 2013 4:06 PM
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The Best Television Episodes of 2013
Without wishing to engage in the tiresome “TV shows or movies, which are better?” debate (not better, just different, plenty of toys for everyone) we have noticed a distinct uptick in our TV consumption over 2013, reflected in the increased number of shows we’ve been reviewing or recapping for your pleasure, including: “American Horror Story: Coven” “Boardwalk Empire” “Veep,” “Hello Ladies,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Newsroom,” “Family Tree,” “Girls” and “House of Cards,” along with miniseries “Top of the Lake” and “Parade’s End.”

AFI's Movies Of 2013 Include 'Gravity,' 'Her' & 'American Hustle'; TV Shows Of 2013 Include 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game Of Thrones' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 3:15 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
The holidays are fast approaching which means after the presents are unwrapped and the allocated family time is complete you're going to have some free time and grandma's Christmas money to spend. Thus, it's the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the acclaimed movies and TV you've been missing out on in 2013.

Final Season Of 'Mad Men' Across 2014 & 2015, Legendary Screenwriter Robert Towne Joins Writing Staff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 2:32 PM
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“Television is no longer film’s poorer cousin. I think it’s a place where a lot of the serious acting and great writing is taking place now,” Simon Pegg—who has a role in TNT's upcoming "Mob City"—recently told The Independent. “But the way we watch TV is definitely changing. The networks have to keep up with that. We are definitely now in the age of (subscription television and film download service) Netflix.” Well, it seems that AMC didn't get the memo.

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