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Lisa Edelstein
The 10 Best TV Surprises of 2014
The 10 Best TV Surprises of 2014

Critics should avoid bringing too many expectations to projects, trying to view each with a fresh set of eyes. But inevitably, returning programs, the occasional new show and even entire networks/services foster certain preconceived notions, based on what's come before, the premise or the creative auspices. From that perspective, 2014 produced a number of pleasant surprises, in part from existing programs that received a creative makeover, as well as projects or providers that proved more appealing than anticipated. (The following is in alphabetical order, and as always, beware of spoilers.) Almost Royal: BBC America's unscripted spoof -- about two sprightly youths, several dozen...

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