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The Ten Best Jewish TV Shows of 2014

Featuring those Jewish writers, actors, producers, directors and the like who significantly contributed to some of the year's finest television

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: December 30th, 2014 in Culture » TV » News

The Ten Best Jewish TV Shows of 2014

Television is fast becoming the new film. Although people still get excited about movies, TV shows are quickly becoming the epicentre of geek culture and growing fan bases. With shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and The Flash, nerds have never had it so good. And if you’re more of a “quality television” kind of person (not that comic book shows, or fantasy can’t be quality), then the existence of House of Cards and Breaking Bad should be enough to convince you that television has upped its game in the last ten years.

If you’re thinking of going on your next great TV binge this holiday season, then you check out our list of our top ten favorite shows of 2014 for some inspiration, featuring a distinguished cadre of Jewish writers, actors, directors, and more.

10.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Produced by, and starring, Adam Samberg (who will soon be pairing up with Lena Dunham for HBO), Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedic take on the classic cop drama. The show features the ridiculous antics, and crime stopping techniques of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct with Samberg playing the role of Detective Jake Peralta. Much like the first season, the second features slapstick humor and clever wordplay that can make just about anyone bust a gut.

9.


Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Created by the brilliant as always Jerry Seinfeld, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee features a new comedian getting, you guessed it, coffee alongside Seinfeld rolling in a classic car every episode. The stories and anecdotes they come up with are both spontaneous and hilarious, making each episode worth a watch.

8.


Orange Is The New Black

A Netflix exclusive, Orange Is The New Black follows the story of Piper Chapman who’s been convicted of drug smuggling for her ex-girlfriend, which she did over a decade ago. The show is in its second season, with a third on the way, and is based off a true story. Features the talent of Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne and several others, and created by the acclaimed Jewish writer Jenji Kohan.

7.


American Horror Story; Freakshow

Created by Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk, American Horror Story is the new program that's terrifying audiences. The newest season, Freakshow, takes place in Jupiter, Florida, and follows a troop of “freaks” who are just trying to survive in an unforgiving world full of prejudices. The show also features one of the scariest, and deeply saddening characters, including one Twisty the Clown (and you thought “It” was bad…).

6.


Archer

With the show's fifth season, the beloved spy series in Archer took a dangerous turn, leading the colorful cast of characters from a life of espionage to a life of selling cocaine (hence the Archer Vice), though they prove to be quite terrible at it. Beyond the locale change, the Adam Reed-created show otherwise maintains its whimsy, clever rhetoric, and Seinfeldesque banter. They even brought back "phrasing!"

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