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Den Of Geek's top TV episodes of 2014

18 December 2014 1:59 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Doctor Who, Sherlock, Game Of Thrones and more... As nominated by Den Of Geek writers, here are our favourite TV episodes of 2014

Whatever else it's brought with it, 2014 has been an exemplary year for television. There's so much good stuff around that keeping on top of it has become a job of work. How many of us have started silently dreading hearing enthused recommendations from pals about new series? Who else has developed a nervous tick whenever they hear the words "Have you been watching...". There's simply Too. Much. TV.

Too much, however, is better than not enough. Too much enables debate, and better than that, it enables the ultimate geek pursuit: list-making. A fortnight ago, we asked our writers to nominate their favourite television episodes of the year and have been busily collating their votes and happily clicking Excel buttons ever since.

Here are the results: Den Of Geek »

- louisamellor

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FX doesn't submit 'Fargo' as 'Transparent,' 'True Detective' lead WGA TV nominations

4 December 2014 5:49 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Writers Guild of America announced the TV nominees for the 2015 WGA Awards on Thursday (December 4) morning and several new shows broke into the fields in a big way. And, of course, there were a number of big WGA Award nomination head-scratchers. Specifically, where the heck was FX's "Fargo"? The answer is below. Making perhaps the biggest splash was "Transparent," which earned three nominations and, since "Orange Is The New Black" earned two nods and "House of Cards" pick up one, that meant that Amazon Prime and Netflix are, at least for one award-giving organization, on equal footing as creators of original programming. The Jill Soloway-created "Transparent" is nominated for New Series, where it will go against "The Affair," "The Knick," "Silicon Valley" and "True Detective." "Transparent" and "Silicon Valley" are also up for Comedy Series, going against "Louie," "Veep" and "Orange Is The New Black." Lest you panic »

- Daniel Fienberg

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'Mad Men,' 'Transparent,' among 2015 WGA Awards TV nominations

4 December 2014 10:44 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s a good day to be a television fan. No matter what you’re watching, the WGA has you covered, honoring an eclectic round-up of small-screen entertainment for its annual awards ceremony. Thursday morning, Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing during 2014. Winners will be honored at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City. No one show dominated the WGA’s various categories. "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men" nabbed nominations for individual episode nods and Drama Series, while "True Detective" squeezed into the latter category along with a mention in New Series. Amazon Prime’s "Transparent" is the heavy-hitter in the comedy category, earning spots in the Comedy Series, New Series, and Episodic Comedy categories. Check out »

- Matt Patches

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Drama Series

11 June 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. This means we now know who submitted themselves for consideration and who didn't, which actors mistakenly consider themselves leads when they aren't (The Rob Lowe Award), which actors exploit loopholes to submit themselves as supporting actors on shows named after them (The Amy Schumer Award), and which shows have submitted themselves in categories where they arguably don't belong. (Dan and I discussed this problem at length on this week's Firewall & Iceberg Show.) And now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest. (You can find links to all of last year's entries at the bottom of the final piece in the series. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Let's peek inside AMC's Emmy Fyc campaign box

1 June 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In its Emmy campaign box that was recently shipped to TV academy members, AMC made a special point of putting special emphasis on its defending champ for Best Drama Series. It gave Emmy voters the last eight episodes of the 16-episode final season of "Breaking Bad." That's a lot. Typically, networks send voters two or three episodes – five or six at most. -Break- Here are the programs on the 10 DVDs included in the AMC Fyc box: "Breaking Bad" –"Blood Money" (509), "Buried" (510), "Confessions" (511), "Rabid Dog" (512), "To'Hajiilee" (513), "Ozymandias" (514), "Granite State" (515), "Felina" (516) "Mad Man" – "Time Zones" (701), "A Day's Work" (702), "Field Trip" (703) "Turn" – "Pilot" (101), "Who By Fire" (102), "Of Cabbages and Kin..."' »

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Mad Men season 7 episode 3 review: Field Trip

28 April 2014 10:44 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review James Hunt 29 Apr 2014 - 06:44

Don Draper gets what he wants. Doesn't he? Maybe he doesn't know any more. Here's James's review of the latest episode...

This review contains spoilers.

7.3 Field Trip

Over the years, we've seen many sides of Don Draper. We've seen Don the Creative Genius, Don the Adulterer, Don the Parent and Don the Mentor. But not once have we seen Don Draper looking like he did in this episode. Like Don the Awkward Party Guest.

Indeed, it's increasingly clear that being cut loose from Sc&P affected Don more than even he realised. His job was, quite literally, his identity. Without it, he's adrift. Invited mid-meeting to cheat on Megan, Don barely countenances the idea. Instead, with an offer from Sc&P's rivals in his hand, he realises what it is he really wants, and goes to see his "other" mistress to see if she'll take him back. »

- sarahd

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Mad Men season 7 episode 2 review: A Day's Work

22 April 2014 10:52 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review James Hunt 23 Apr 2014 - 07:01

Nothing much happened this week - or did it? As usual, Mad Men is slowly putting the pieces in place for whatever happens next...

This review contains spoilers.

7.2 A Day's Work

Season 6 of Mad Men ended with a rare moment of catharsis between father and daughter, as emotionally cleansing as it was bruising. Sally looking at Don, finally seeing him for who he is, as Judy Collins' recording of Both Sides, Now faded in over the scene. It promised to be a watershed moment in their failing relationship. Like a smoker making the same new year's resolution to quit, it promised that from now on, things would be different.

Of course, in true Mad Men fashion episode 1 left us with no idea whether that was the case, with Don's kids barely warranting a mention. It's with some surprise, then, that episode 2 brings that plot to the fore. »

- sarahd

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Mad Men and Valentine’s Day: What Has Changed Since Season 2’s ‘For Those Who Think Young’

22 April 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This past Sunday's Mad Men was unusual. Most episodes of the show cover a few days, at least; some cover several weeks in the characters' lives. But "A Day's Work" takes place almost all on one day: Valentine's Day. And while we've seen a few Christmases over the years, this is only the second Valentine's the show has explicitly addressed. The first was in season two's premiere, "For Those Who Think Young." And man, oh man, does that episode ever feel like a long time ago. Looking at "Work" and "Young" side by side, we can see what's essential to the characters and what has and hasn't changed.Mad Men is, very broadly speaking, about mortality and the futile human fight to outrun the ever-nearer clutches of death. Same goes for these two episodes. In "Young," set in 1962, Don gets a physical, and his doctor warns him about his high »

- Margaret Lyons

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Review: How Women and Don Dominate 'A Day's Work' With Surprising Results In a Slow-Moving 'Mad Men'

21 April 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Is this a joke? Just tell me now because I don't want to have to fire you later." Peggy was on edge for most of Sunday's night episode of "Mad Men," illustrating "A Day's Work" was much less about business than personal quibbles and long-running disputes. For Peggy's part, the episode illustrated her hang ups with Ted, a relationship that's affected her more than she led on in the finale of season six or even the premiere episode of season seven. We saw her break down into tears last week, but it felt more like an exhausted surrender than a pointed admittance of loneliness or heartbreak. Now, on Valentine's Day, Peggy's mistaken assumption that the dozen red roses waiting "for her" on her secretary's desk indicated a willingness for the California-livin' Ted to rekindle a romance was as embarrassing for her as watching her request a new secretary was for the audience. »

- Ben Travers

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Review: How Women and Don Dominate 'A Day's Work' With Surprising Results In a Slow-Moving 'Mad Men'

21 April 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Is this a joke? Just tell me now because I don't want to have to fire you later." Peggy was on edge for most of Sunday's night episode of "Mad Men," illustrating "A Day's Work" was much less about business than personal quibbles and long-running disputes. For Peggy's part, the episode illustrated her hang ups with Ted, a relationship that's affected her more than she led on in the finale of season six or even the premiere episode of season seven. We saw her break down into tears last week, but it felt more like an exhausted surrender than a pointed admittance of loneliness or heartbreak. Now, on Valentine's Day, Peggy's mistaken assumption that the dozen red roses waiting "for her" on her secretary's desk indicated a willingness for the California-livin' Ted to rekindle a romance was as embarrassing for her as watching her request a new secretary was for the audience. »

- Ben Travers

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The Best Writing on "Mad Men" Season 7, Episode 2: "A Day's Work"

21 April 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With advance screeners verboten for the rest of the season, "Mad Men" reviews have taken on a slight "Survivor" element: Take some of the country's most insightful TV writers, set them in front of their computers at 11 p.m. Eastern, and see what they've come up with by morning. (I'm recapping the rest of the season for Rolling Stone; my first review is here.) There are a few counties left to be heard from -- Starlee Kine's pieces typically drop on Tuesday -- but we've culled the best from what's out there, and the results are pretty promising, both in terms of the verdict on "A Day's Work" and the health of TV criticism as a whole. As with "Breaking Bad," the reviews of "Mad Men's" final season feel like the result of a secret pact among TV critics that everyone brings their A game, making reading about the »

- Sam Adams

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'Mad Men' Recap: All in a Day's Work

20 April 2014 10:15 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The path to the Iron Throne is a treacherous one, but at least on Sunday night TV, the late, unlamented Joffrey Baratheon already has a villainous successor. Mad Men's Lou Avery (played by Allan Havey) may be taking up space in Don Draper's corner office, but he's come nowhere near filling his shoes. In the Season Seven premiere, "Time Zones," Lou revealed himself to be a smug, complacent hack whose dismissive treatment of Peggy and Dawn reeked of casual sexism and racism. (Anyone who thought Dawn was happier with her new, »

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'A Day's Work'

20 April 2014 9:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm interrogated by the Hooterville telephone operator... "Our fortunes are in other people's hands." -Bonnie We open "A Day's Work" on a scene representing anything but: Don Draper, his alarm clock set to buzz at 7:30 as if he still had an office to go to and responsibilities to fulfill, snoozing all the way until 12:34 in the afternoon, then idly watching TV, browsing through magazine ads, even marking his liquor bottle to keep track of his drinking. He's trying to keep up appearances even within the sad confines of that apartment, but he can't even stand being suited up as master of the universe Don Draper for more than a few minutes with Dawn before he has to undo his tie and start shedding the costume. The characters who still have active jobs do no better when »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Mad Men Recap: “A Day’s Work”

20 April 2014 9:02 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After a subdued premiere, "A Day's Work" was possibly one of the most positive and gratifying Mad Men episodes in a long while.  One of the major, ongoing frustrations with the show for many viewers is a lack of redemption, particularly regarding Don.  "A Day's Work" starts out with things looking grim -- Don looks at a bottle, after spending an afternoon eating Ritz crackers and watching TV, as a roach scurries across the floor.  He's dressed up with nowhere to go, as Dawn drops off some files and some tidbits from the office.  But things are not as they seem.  Hit the jump for why I don't want you going to funerals. A depressed Don is somewhere the show has been before, but no matter how rock-bottom, things always ended up the same.  For once though (and his is damned rock-bottom) they aren't.  "A Day's Work" showed Don resisting »

- Allison Keene

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More "Mad Men: A Day's Work"

20 April 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ footage and synopsis from the next episode of AMC's "Mad Men", titled "A Day's Work", written by Jonathan Igla, Matthew Weiner and directed by Michael Uppendahl, airing April 20, 2014:

"...'Peggy' receives a bouquet of flowers at the office.

"'Pete' navigates the politics of new business.

"'Joan' is put in an impossibly awkward situation..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Mad Men: A Day's Work"....

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- Michael Stevens

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Footage From "Mad Men: A Day's Work"

14 April 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek footage and synopsis from the next episode of AMC's "Mad Men", titled "A Day's Work", written by Jonathan Igla, Matthew Weiner and directed by Michael Uppendahl, airing April 20, 2014:

"...'Peggy' receives a bouquet of flowers at the office.

"'Pete' navigates the politics of new business.

"'Joan' is put in an impossibly awkward situation..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Mad Men: A Day's Work"....

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- Michael Stevens

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