Long New Years Holidays - a great chance to make up for everything lost in a year, for example, watch TV shows for which there was not enough time on weekdays. We have collected a dozen shows that were released on the screen in 2013 and have received laudatory reviews from critics: about maniacs and unprincipled politicians, women investigators and girls on the other side of the prison bars, Soviet filmmakers and spies in America of the 80s, sex scientists and Irish gangsters - everyone can find something to their liking.
Orange is the new black
Orange Is the New Black, Netflix
The new show of the creator of Weeds, Jenji Cohen, who, like no one else, knows how to portray a desperate young woman in trouble on TV, who, it would seem, has the only way out - to hang herself. However, Cohen's heroines are not without losses, but confidently and always with dark humor, even from the most stalemate situations. Orange Is the New Black is a comedy drama about the intelligent blonde Piper, who goes to prison for the sins of her youth and is forced to adapt to a common soul, the absence of a boyfriend in the other half of the bed (as well as to the absence of the double bed itself), harassment of inmates and internal rules, as well as seek a common language with strange and sometimes aggressive prisoners.
Masters of Sex, Showtime
An ironic drama about the work and life of the high-profile duo of sex scientists Dr. Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant Virginia Johnson (Lizzie Kaplan). They became famous back in the middle of the last century for fighting the sexual illiteracy of Americans with a bold method - they began to study the behavior of the human body during sex, not in theory, but on living volunteers. In the show, doctors attach sensors to lovers, try to delve into the nature of the female orgasm and experiment with patients using a large transparent dildo codenamed Ulysses. So that you have no doubt that "Masters of Sex" is a series, though funny, but serious and directly related to the history of medicine, we clarify: the show is based on the book of the same name by Thomas Mayer about the methods and works of famous doctors.
House of cards
House of Cards, Netflix
This political drama, produced by David Fincher, has won nine nominations and three Emmy awards to the Netflix online video library this year. The main character of the series is an ambitious, unprincipled, shameless (you can go on and on) Congressman Frank Underwood. On the way to the post of secretary of state, he is ready to crush all opponents with a smile or make them eliminate each other themselves. A special charm to Underwood is added by the fact that from time to time the hero distances himself slightly from the narrative in order to speak directly to the audience. One of the most charming TV antiheroes of this year and almost the best role of Kevin Spacey in history.
Peaky Blinders, BBC Two
A historical drama with Cillian Murphy about a group of gangsters who operated in Birmingham at the beginning of the 20th century and had a habit of sewing sharp razors into the peaks of their caps. Peaky Blinders is a full-fledged TV benefit performance of Murphy in the controversial role of the honest and sensitive gangster Tommy Shelby. With a strong desire, the show can be watched overnight. According to British tradition, the season consists of only six episodes, and this is a big plus and a big minus of the series: it ends too quickly and with such a cliffhanger that it will not be easy to survive until the sequel next fall.
Valery Todorovsky, Channel One
The only Russian TV series in 2013 that we can safely recommend for watching. Thaw is a lyrical story about the world of Soviet filmmakers who fell in love, quarreled, made peace and made films in the 60s.During the broadcast, the show was nicknamed the Russian version of "Madmen", stories about how in beauty salons visitors were asked to do their hair, like the main character of "The Thaw", and the girls published statuses with the words "I want to marry actor Tsyganov." Evgeny Tsyganov, by the way, played the main character of the series - Soviet cameraman Viktor Khrustalev with a complex character and a broken heart. The director of "Hipsters" and "The Country of the Deaf" Valery Todorovsky invented and shot The Thaw, thus making his debut on television.
The Blacklist, NBC
An action-packed drama about the charming villain Raymond Reddington (James Spader). A former government agent, over the years of criminal activity, he has become one of the most wanted people by the FBI. Reddington voluntarily surrenders to the feds and asks for only one thing: to be interrogated by an inexperienced employee, Elizabeth Keane. With her forces, Reddington is going to catch all dangerous criminals from the personal "black list". Along the way, of course, it turns out that the newcomer Lizzie is not so simple (as, indeed, her relatives), and Reddington needs much more from her than just cooperation.
The Fall, BBC Two
Gillian Anderson's royal return to television, as well as a show about a maniac that no fan of the genre has the right to miss. The Fall is a tense cat-and-mouse game of a cold, judicious female investigator and a skilled serial killer. Both are great at what they do, obsessed and damn attractive. At the same time, the heroine Anderson behaves like a man in every sense: she openly uses men for sex, does not tolerate an indulgent attitude and works better and more than all the local police officers put together. For the Irishman Jamie Dornan, who played the maniac in The Fall, the series became the road to the lead role in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Gray.
Top of the lake
Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel
A viscous, but picturesque TV series-benefit performance by Elisabeth Moss. In the seven-episode show, she plays an agent of her own kind: Cooper's New Zealand town of Leiktop, where the action takes place is almost Twin Peaks. It also has its own set of strange residents and unsolved secrets that the locals do not want to share with the police. The difference is that Detective Robin Griffin is part of these mysteries: here she grew up and comes back here to solve family problems. Instead, the case of the disappearance of a pregnant teenage girl falls on the heroine, and with it all her personal traumas of the past climb from the depths of the subconscious and the old notebook. Outstanding views of the New Zealand plains, lakes and forests, psychology and endless metaphors - if you like this in theory, download Top of the Lake immediately.
A thriller by the creator of "Heroes" Brian Fuller, which many watch exclusively because of Mads Mikkelsen as a maniac. His hero, psychiatrist and foodie Hannibal Lecter, known to everyone from multiple film adaptations, consults a young FBI agent Will Graham. A kind of deep emotional relationship develops between the two men, not without erotic overtones. At the same time, Graham, known for his exceptional power of empathy, is not able to look into the darkness of Lecter's soul and is not aware of his dark addictions. But why make claims to the show, where a Dane with a capricious mouth eats female kidneys in a creamy sauce, English stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard may appear in one of the roles, and David Bowie may play Hannibal's uncle in the second season?
The Americans, FX
A retro-drama about two Soviet spies pretending to be the perfect family in the suburbs of Washington during the height of the Cold War. The main conflict of the show is that the heroes who are married on duty eventually fall in love with each other for real and begin to doubt their Soviet superiors.The Americans were invented by former CIA agent Joseph Weisberg, and one of the KGB serials was played by the great American actress Margot Martindale.