The American Film Institute announced today its selections for the best films of 2014 — an unprecedented 11 picks. Some of the prestigious films on its list include “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher” and “Interstellar”; you can read AFI’s Top 11 selections right here.
More curious, though, was the second list released. The AFI also included 10 television shows labeled as the “TV programs of the year” in its press release, but since “True Detective” was not included on what appeared to be a Top 10 list, we must assume it’s merely mentioning other shows that aired this year in the hopes people might watch those, too.
Other television shows AFI thinks you might choose to watch after consuming HBO’s addictive and brilliant freshman drama include Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and even the ABC nighttime soap, “How to Get Away With Murder.” While it may seem illogical for an organization dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of film to point a finger at these other shows, rather than highlight the most cinematic achievement on television in 2014, well, there you have it.
Many of the shows the AFI did list, from “Jane the Virgin” to “Orange is the New Black,” were in fact real highlights of the last year in television. Really, they were great — as great as “True Detective,” even, despite lacking the same high level of critical acclaim. And for those thinking that “True Detective” doesn’t count because it’s a miniseries that will be completely turning over its casting for Season 2, we look to the AFI’s selection of “Fargo,” which will be also doing the same damn thing next year.
Take a look at the list for yourself below, and see what you can make of it. Top 10 list or What Else to Watch? You tell us.
AFI TV Programs of the Year
“Game of Thrones”
“How to Get Away With Murder”
“Jane the Virgin”
“Orange is the New Black”