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49 Movies And TV Shows We Loved, Hated, And Couldn't Stop Writing About In 2014

From The Good Wife and Mad Men to Guardians of the Galaxy and Gone Girl, there were television shows and films that the staff of BuzzFeed Entertainment couldn't stop talking about this year. Let's get critical!

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1. The Good Wife


“The Good Wife” Is The Best Show On Television Right Now by Jace Lacob

The CBS legal drama, now in its sixth season, continually shakes up its narrative foundations and proves itself fearless in the process. Spoilers ahead, if you’re not up to date on the show.

Was That “Good Wife” Twist Cheap Or Profound? by Jace Lacob and Louis Peitzman

No one saw that coming, not even BuzzFeed Entertainment Editorial Director Jace Lacob and Senior Editor Louis Peitzman, who discuss the shocking reveal on the legal drama. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD, if you haven’t watched.


7. Looking

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Why Gay Men Still Love "The Golden Girls" by Louis Peitzman

The first season of HBO’s Looking closed with the theme song from The Golden Girls, a testament to the ’80s sitcom’s enduring effect on gay men. Here’s why queer people continue to flock to the series, nearly 30 years after its premiere.


8. Orange Is the New Black


The Whole Of “Orange Is The New Black” Season 2 Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts by Jace Lacob

After a sterling first season, expectations were high for the sophomore season of Jenji Kohan’s female prison drama. Fortunately, Season 2 proved to be just as juicy, sweet, and tart as you’d want it to be. (MAJOR SPOILERS ahead.)

Breaking Down "Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 Episode By Episode by Jaimie Etkin and Ariane Lange

Two of BuzzFeed’s most obsessed Orange fans discuss each episode of the Netflix prison drama’s sophomore season. Now with all 13 episodes!


13. Girls


A “Girls” Lover And Hater Debate The Season 3 Premiere by Jace Lacob and Jaimie Etkin

The always buzzed about HBO comedy returned tonight and BuzzFeed’s Entertainment Editorial Director Jace Lacob, who’s looked forward to watching every episode of the series, and Deputy Entertainment Editor Jaimie Etkin, who’s begrudgingly watched every episode of the series, discussed the back-to-back episodes. They agreed on one thing. Maybe two.


18. How to Get Away With Murder


"How To Get Away With Murder" Doesn’t Quite Get Away With Its Framing Device by Jace Lacob

The Shonda Rhimes-executive produced legal thriller might be pushing some boundaries, but its over-reliance on a wonky narrative device is leaving something to be desired. Warning: Contains spoilers if you are not up to date on the show.

Nothing Else Mattered After That Wig Came Off On “How To Get Away With Murder” by Kelley L. Carter

Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) dared to go bare on Thursday night’s How to Get Away With Murder. WARNING: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the fourth episode!

19. Black-ish

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How “Black-ish” Reflects My Own Experience As A Black Person In America by Kelley L. Carter

ABC’s new family sitcom — the No. 1 new comedy of the season — isn’t just challenging the largely lily-white comedy lineup of the networks, it’s doing something more: reminding me of my own childhood.


21. Into the Woods

Walt Disney Studios

“Into The Woods” Has Always Been For Adults, Not Children by Louis Peitzman

The beloved Sondheim musical is being adapted for film by Disney, but not even the composer’s recent statement praising the film is calming the frayed nerves of the faithful. WARNING: Major spoilers for Into the Woods, both the musical and the film adaptation.

22. The Newsroom


“The Newsroom,” UVA, And Our “Moral Obligation” To Believe Alleged Rapists by Ariane Lange

The most recent episode of the HBO series perfectly captures rape culture in the wake of Rolling Stone’s apology for “misplacing trust” in an alleged rape victim at the University of Virginia. WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the Dec. 7 episode of The Newsroom.


25. Scandal


T.G.I.T. Is Changing The Way We See Sex On Network TV by Jarett Wieselman and Jaimie Etkin

From rimming to Eiffel Towering, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are forever altering how sex is shown on network TV.

How The “Scandal” Effect Has Changed Television by Kate Aurthur

Starting this fall, TV will look more like life — with more actors of color leading casts than ever before.

26. The Affair

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"The Affair” Advances Hollywood’s Heated War-Between-The-Sexes Conversation by Jace Lacob

The new Showtime drama joins movies Gone Girl and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in its exploration of gender wars, a topic that’s currently heating up the pop culture landscape. Warning: Minor spoilers for both films and the series ahead.


31. Gone Girl

Twentieth Century Fox

“Gone Girl” Is Now A Sleek But Hollow Movie by Alison Willmore

Director David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike have made a film adaptation that feels nastier and less balanced than Gillian Flynn’s novel. Warning: Minor spoilers ahead!

Debating The Complicated Gender Roles In "Gone Girl" by Adam B. Vary and Jaimie Etkin

With Gone Girl now in theaters, BuzzFeed’s Senior Film Reporter Adam B. Vary and Deputy Entertainment Editor Jaimie Etkin have very different feelings about the movie, and what it’s trying to say about men and women. They agreed on one thing. Maybe two. Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!

The Problem With "Gone Girl" Is That There’s No "Cool Girl" by Anne Helen Petersen

David Fincher’s film, based on Gillian Flynn’s novel, doesn’t so much bring the “Cool Girl” polemic to the masses as dilute its scathing argument. Warning: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS if you have not read or seen Gone Girl.


45. Magic in the Moonlight

Sony Pictures Classics

Why Woody Allen’s Lighthearted New Movie May Still Tie You In Knots by Kate Aurthur and Alison Willmore

Magic in the Moonlight is a paper-thin trifle — but somehow is still hard to watch. BuzzFeed Film Critic Alison Willmore and Chief Los Angeles Correspondent Kate Aurthur discuss the film’s pitfalls.

48. The Clouds of Sils Maria and Camp X-Ray

IFC Films

Kristen Stewart Walked Away From The Glamour To Become A Real Star by Alison Willmore and Emily Orley

So long, Bella; hello… Oscar? The Twilight actor is leaving behind mainstream fare to rebrand herself with a trio of ambitious dramas this year.

Kristen Stewart Says Good-Bye To "Twilight" With Sundance’s "Camp X-Ray" by Kate Aurthur

The actress formerly synonymous with Bella Swan plays a guard at Guantanamo Bay in this intense dramatic film.