EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

Image Credit: NBC

The EW Community's top 10 shows of 2014

To celebrate the year in TV, we at The EW Community decided to vote on our favorite shows of 2014. Any show recapped on The Community was eligible, including shows no longer on the air, like Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Our writers chose from the over 150 shows recapped this year and whittled those down to a mere 10.

Here are the top 10 shows of 2014, as voted on and covered by the Entertainment Weekly Community.

9. (tie) Shameless—Showtime


Shameless solidified itself as one of the best family dramas on television with its darkest season yet. Frank was dying, Lip was struggling through college, Fiona was ruining her life, and Ian was nowhere to be found at all for most of it. Just as they saw a light at the end of the tunnel, the Gallaghers allowed their instincts to take over and fell back down to perhaps their lowest point yet. But by the end, we were reminded why we root for this ragtag group—they are strong and tough, and they never run out of hope.

Mike Sorce

9. (tie) You’re the Worst—FX


What makes You’re the Worst worth watching is how refreshing it is among other sitcoms. It rejoices in imperfections, offering comedic stories about characters who are far from likable, but entertainingly so. Leads Aya Cash and Chris Geere play two self-destructive people attempting to have a relationship with each other. It sounds like a disaster, yet when these two are together, they somehow bring out the best in each other in their own funny and sincere way.


You’re the Worst hits its emotional beats without ever feeling manipulative or forced. The laughs are frequent and earned. That’s a credit to the richly talented cast and writers, who know how to balance the tones of this sitcom so effectively.

Don’t be the last to realize that You’re the Worst is the one of the best.

Gabrielle Bondi

8. Supernatural—The CW


The thing that has kept Supernatural going strong for 10 seasons is that no matter what monsters, demons, angels, or other supernatural creatures the Winchester Brothers meet, it always comes back to Sam and Dean and the power of family. Live or die, these brothers always have each other’s backs. That’s why we root for them season after season.

Geek Girl Diva

7. Rectify—Sundance Channel


Rectify is an amazingly underwatched show that will move you from the minute you start watching it. I love anything set in the South, but this show is so attuned to the human spirit that it transcends region and just speaks to what it means to have a human heart. It is so quietly powerful that it forces you to be still in order to receive it, and that is a rare commodity on TV today.

The show is about Daniel Holden, a man convicted of the rape and murder of his high school girlfriend 19 years earlier. The first episode picks up just after his conviction has been overturned, yet he hasn’t been exonerated. The entire trajectory relies on Daniel’s reintegration in the world and his wonder at the beauty of it. As a viewer, you become less and less occupied with whether Daniel is guilty or not, and more and more invested in knowing him as a person. Showrunner Ray McKinnon infuses this show with almost as much heart and emotion as a person can take, but he does it with such grace that you never feel manipulated or preyed upon.


Stop what you’re doing and watch this show on Netflix right now. Then go hug your mom.

Sundi Rose-Holt

6. Friday Night Lights—NBC (nostalgia recaps)


Easily one of the best dramas of the last decade, Friday Night Lights has something for everybody—beautiful and complicated relationships, intricate family dynamics, and witty dialogue, all with the backdrop of high school football. If you aren’t familiar with this series, I have your New Year’s resolution: Sit back, relax, and take a trip to Dillon, Texas. You won’t be sorry, I promise.

Tamar Barbash

5. Hart of Dixie—The CW

Sometimes I don’t care that orange is the new black. There are days when I may not feel like visiting a post-apocalyptic America. And when the bachelor gives another rose to a girl wearing something from Build-A-Bear, I know it’s time for a palate cleanse. Hart of Dixie is like a good old-fashioned stew. Unrealistic small town antics are the hearty base. An eclectic wardrobe department and whimsical set design are the meat and potatoes. Clever writing and witty one-liners give the show its flavor. At this point, all you need is a spicy kick and you’re ready to savor this dish. Say hello to Wade Kinsella.


You won’t find bloody corpses, motorcycle clubs, roaming zombies, or arguing attorneys on this show. But if chicken and waffles at the Rammer Jammer or rooting for a New York doctor and a country bartender to go ahead and get together already is your type of entertainment, then Hart of Dixie is for you, my friend.

Lincee Ray

4. black-ish—ABC

Black-ish twins

ABC’s black-ish was one of the first of the new crop of fall/winter shows to get greenlit for a full season, so it goes without saying that America is on board for the adventures that the Johnson family has in store for us. But black-ish is more than just a hilarious look at the modern American family; it’s also sly in how it forces America to take a bracing look at the intersection of race relations and society.

Episodes including hot topics like spanking, being the Token at work or at school, and cultural signifiers like “the nod” reveal there’s more to being an American, particularly a black American, than what the stereotypes suggest. There’s a Johnson family in almost every neighborhood, and black-ish has made people pay more attention to these families’ stories.

Monique Jones

3. Hannibal—NBC


Hannibal has managed to push the envelope in every way possible, from what we watch on television to how we feel about the nature of evil. The evocative and visceral visual style is as much a character as Hannibal Lecter or Will Graham. Plus, director Bryan Fuller has caused me to question my sanity more than once. If you like a good dive into crazy, you’ll love Hannibal.

Geek Girl Diva

2. Parks and Recreation—NBC


Pawnee, Indiana: A terrible place to live, but a great place to watch people live. Season 6 saw our forever-perky heroine Leslie Knope recalled from office in the city she loves and offered a job with the National Parks Department, threatening to take her away from Pawnee. It also saw the departure of Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger, Ben’s appointment as City Manager; the end of Andy’s career as a wannabe rock star and his phoenix-like reemergence as a children’s entertainer; April and Donna stepping up at work; Ron becoming a father; and Tom finally growing up a little. It was an emotional season, and one that shows what’s great about Parks and Recreation: It’s built on its characters and unafraid to do right by them. It’s scary to see characters we love change, but they’re still hilarious and quirky and lovable. It’s that kind of daring and reinvention that earns Parks and Rec a spot on this list.

Kayleigh Roberts

1. Parenthood—NBC


To the fiercely loyal surrogate members of Team Braverman, it’s no surprise that Parenthood takes the top spot on this list. Despite its impending series finale in early 2015, Parenthood has left its mark by being a show with heart, which is a bit of a rarity these days. To its fans, this show has been more than an hour of escape each week; it’s been a lifeline that has helped them through situations and issues that mirror those that the Bravermans have gone through—good and bad. Much like with our own families, we don’t always agree with things that are done or decisions that are made, and we can’t control the fate of the members we love. All we can do is take the ride and try our best to enjoy it, because that’s life. And that, in essence, is what Parenthood has always been about.

Michelle Newman

There you have it—our favorite shows of 2014. We laughed, we cried, we enjoyed looking at the beautiful people of The CW. What do you think? Did we get it right? What was your favorite Community-covered show of 2014?

For more top-10 lists of 2014, check out the Clear Lists podcast.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

You May Like