Best of 2014: TV

Another year is in the books, and we here at Hush Comics couldn’t pass at the chance to rank our favorites of this year’s releases in all types of mediums. Some of the winners will surprise you; heck, some of the results surprised  us. The results are completely subjective, and therefore were chosen with infallible logic. We would love to hear your opinions on what we have chosen, or if you thought we missed anything. This should be a fun review before we gear up for 2015.

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This year’s nominations are…

Best New Series

  • Constantine (NBC)
  • The Flash (The CW)
  • Gotham (FOX)
  • How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Results here.

Best Series

  • Arrow (The CW)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Sons of Anarchy (FX)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)

Results here.

Best Animated Series

  • Archer (FX)
  • Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
  • ChoZen (FX)
  • Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon)
  • Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)

Results here.

Best Sitcoms

  • Big Bang Theory
  • Brooklyn 9-9
  • Community
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Parks and Recreations

Results here.

Best Character

  • Carol (The Walking Dead)
  • Felicity (Arrow)
  • The Inquisitor (Star Wars Rebels)
  • Jax (Sons of Anarchy)
  • Troy and Abed (Community)

Results here.

Best Anime

  • Attack on Titan
  • Kill la Kill
  • Parasyte
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Sword Art Online

Results here.

Onto: Best of 2014 – Music

Best of 2014: TV – Best Series

Another year is in the books, and we here at Hush Comics couldn’t pass at the chance to rank our favorites of this year’s releases in all types of mediums. Some of the winners will surprise you; heck, some of the results surprised  us. The results are completely subjective, and therefore were chosen with infallible logic. We would love to hear your opinions on what we have chosen, or if you thought we missed anything. This should be a fun review before we gear up for 2015.

hush best of 2014
Click on the link to take you to the “Best of 2014” homepage.

Best TV Series

  • Arrow (The CW)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Sons of Anarchy (FX)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)

WINNER – The Walking Dead (AMC)

The Walking Dead stepped it up a notch in season five.  But let’s not forget the second half of season four, either.  While much of it was slow because everyone was on the road, we also were given one of the best season finales of the series in “A”, and there was also the now infamous line, “Look at the flowers, Lizzie.”  However, season 5 have had so many non-stop episodes, it felt like descending down a roller coaster for the majority of it.  Comic fans were appeased with Bob’s “tainted meat!” line and the story veered enough away from the comic that there were some truly suspenseful episodes with no way to predict the future.  Sundays seem bleak without our survivor heroes, but I’m happy with how the show went this year. – Adrian

Second Place – Arrow (CW)

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There isn’t a cast on television that has the type of chemistry that Ollie’s Scooby Gang does on Arrow. The CW show got off to a promising start, but after nipping at the excessive displays of inner-torment and tucking away the “that’s so C-Dub” moments of eye-rolling almost-romance… I promise that is not a jab at Laurel’s plastic surgery… this show has become the best on television. Stealing Batman’s villains and giving them a place among Green Arrow’s new rogues gallery was genius; throw in some hints at a gigantic world on the horizon (credit to The Flash for triggering that), and you have the best TV show tandem since Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. And don’t even get us started on the Season 3 mid-finale. – Sherif

Third Place – Game of Thrones (HBO)

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RUNNER UP – Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Writing about Orange is the New Black is sort of strange because many other TV shows envelop our lives.  They come on once a week and we think about them often in between those new episodes.  But with OITNB, binge watching it (the most preferred method), makes you watch it intensely – so intensely that it almost feels like you might be at Litchfield, and then 13 hours later, it’s over and we move on.  Season Two was a good follow-up to the highly acclaimed first season.  While it felt good to be back at Litchfield, and the writing is still better than most shows on today, it did feel like we were missing a lot of the essence of the first season, particularly with the inclusion of villainess Vee.  However, Poussey, Red and the season opener made the entire season a must-watch. – Adrian

RUNNER UP – Sons of Anarchy (FX)

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Sons of Anarchy has proven to be more than a television show about motorcycle boys and violence. After seven years, the final ride has hit me in the face like a semi-truck. It’s hard to express the level of emotions Jax and crew has taken the audience on from the first scene to the last. After years of violence, love, blood, bullets, family and alarming amounts of man butt, the audience is forever changed wondering what the hell to do on Tuesday nights now. Through all the pain the club has experienced, the deaths we all have mourned, and the war zone Charming has become, The Sons of Anarchy Motor Cycle Club Redwood Original chapter will be with me till the day I meet Mr. Mayhem. – Evan

Next Category: Best Animated TV Series

Weekend Wrap-Up…April 20, 2014

Happy Easter everybody! With everybody in Denver going absolutely bananas today over the first legal 4-20 (like that really stopped anybody before), we’re looking forward to some family time today.

A trailer for Season 2 of Orange is the New Black has been “released,” pun intended. Although Pennsatucky is noticeably missing, there’s a new inmate, Vee, played by Lorraine Toussaint (who was actually one of the students in Dangerous Minds – I guess even Michelle Pfeiffer couldn’t save her from prison). If you need a reason to watch this show, we can give you 13 of them.

Tonight’s GoT episode, “Breaker of Chains,” will reveal the fallout from the Purple Wedding. As big of a deal as this was, there are still so many other storylines happening right now. I’m so excited! Check for our review!

You say Whedon, I ask “how high?” The acclaimed writer/director will be making a new film In Your Eyes, which you can have the pleasure of seeing the first three minutes of here.

It’s kinda gotten to a point where, if you’re not watching Arrow, you’re missing out on life – or maybe it’s the other way around… Well, if you want to know what Ollie and Slade have been up to lately, here’s a link to stream the latest episode, “The Man Under the Hood.”

Am I the only one who has always wanted to become a cyborg? Well, Google is helping us get one step closer! Word has it that they found a way to integrate cameras into contact lenses.

Dark Horse comic book Concrete Park will be returning for a mini-series, Concrete Park: R-E-S-P-E-C-T in September, with Tony Puryear and Erika Alexanders at the helm. The noir-style sci-fi action mixed with the inner-city gang activity made the original a lot of fun to read. The only question is, “Will you get down or lay down?”

Following Son of Batman, DC Animated will be released a New 52 Suicide Squad film titled Batman: Assault on Arkham. Based off a Suicide Squad arc, there are some notable changes here: Batman is in the story at all, there’s no Deathstroke (as we saw in Arkham: Origins), Joker still has a face. I’m excited to root for the bad guys, nevertheless.

Three word – Cleopatra. In. Space. Are you sold yet? Well, this original graphic novel by Mike Maihack is coming out on April 29th. You can get a good 13 pages of preview and the direction to go if you’d like to purchase it; just follow this link. I’m pretty well sold on it.

I might be crazy, but I think I want to see a movie with Robert Pattinson in it. The Rover stars Guy Pearce and Guy Twilight as two men fighting through a desolate gang-ridden Australia. Check out the trailer here.

Sadly, we were unable to attend WonderCon this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fill you in on the tidbits of news we found there:

Darwyn Cooke has released a Batman Beyond short commemorating Batman’s 75th Anniversary. In true Easter tradition, Yahoo! has broken down all of the Easter Eggs they found in the 90 second segment. See if you could recognize them all!

The Son of Batman has gotten great reviews since its debut at WonderCon. It will be available for digital purchase on April 22nd and BD/DVD on May 6th.

The Brian Singer debacle made for quite an interesting X-Men: Days of Future Past panel. Sidestepping those issues, the panel vowed that DOFP would try to mend all that The Last Stand ruined.

13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Orange is the New Black (if you haven’t already)

Summer is over.  Technically speaking, we have about a month until autumn is here, but if the kids are going back to school, summer is over.  This poses the question, have you watched the Netflix summer hit Orange is the New Black?  If not, or even if you have, here are my top 13 reasons why you should:

13. It’s witty but very thought provoking.

Orange is the New Black does an amazing job of making the viewer laugh at really inappropriate and sarcastic dialogue.  Yet, the amazing part of the show is how significant the small things in life are so very important in prison.

Awww... perhaps.
Awww… perhaps.

12. Portrayal of prison isn’t overly glamorized.

Unlike many portrayals of prison in the media, where it is either totally funny or not a real consequence, Orange talks about the things that happen happen in prison that people don’t necessarily consider.  There are plenty of funny moments in the show, but there are also plenty of horrible ones.  The way the women are willing teach each other a lesson through the use of used feminine products, the drug use that women can find themselves still clinging to, and most obviously, the treatment of prisoners by (some) guards who don’t know where to draw the line the power struggle.


11. The details in the background.

There are many things that happen in the background that we only get a taste of.  Whenever the protagonist, Piper, is on the phone, there is a woman in the background crying… every time.  Of course there is also the devil-women who stays in the bathroom stall yelling constantly, an inmate’s beloved picture of Denzel Washington hanging on her wall, and the overweight guard who only eats soft foods in order to lose weight.  These things are what make the show come to life and seem a little more palpable.

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10. Representation of class system in America.

It becomes apparent quickly in the show that the portrayal of the women in the Litchefield prison come from varying backgrounds.  Piper is one of the only (if not, the only) inmate who comes from an affluent background.  It shows how easily people from lower economic status fall prey to not only crime, but to the stereotype that they are automatically criminals because they don’t have equal opportunities for success.  That doesn’t mean that everyone from the “lower class” is likable or even people we can sympathize with.  When a television show can so subtly convey this to the audience, it is quality writing.

9. Piper’s “Atheism” speech.

Piper has had few likable moments on the show, but the two she had are worthy of this list.

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‘Nough said.

8. Piper’s “Life in Prison” speech.

Piper also said this to a “scared straight” student who has a bad attitude.

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The whole speech goes:

“You know I could tell you a lot of things that would scare you, Dina. I could tell you that I’m going to make you my prison bitch. I could tell you that I’m going to make you my house mouse, that I will have sex with you even if we don’t have an emotional connection; that I’m going to do to you what the spring does with cherry trees but in a prison way. Pablo Neruda. But why bother? You’re too tough, right. Yeah, I know how easy it is to convince yourself that you’re something you’re not. I mean you could do that on the outside. You can just keep moving, keep yourself so busy you don’t have to face who you really are. But you’re weak. I’m like you Dina. I’m weak too. I can’t get through this without somebody to touch, without somebody to love. Is that because sex numbs the pain or is it because I’m some evil fuck monster? I don’t know. But I do know that I was somebody before I came in here. I was somebody with a life that I chose for myself and now, now it’s just about getting through the day without crying. And I’m scared. I’m still scared. I’m scared that I’m not myself in here and I’m scared that I am. Other people aren’t the scariest part of prison Dina. It’s coming face-to-face with who you really are. because once you’re behind these walls there’s no where to run, even if you could run. The truth catches up with you in here Dina and it’s the truth that’s going to make you her bitch.” – Piper Chapman, Orange is the New Black

7. Representation of GLBT Women 

The Kinsey Scale.  It’s even mentioned in the series.  Ever heard of the Kinsey scale?  Look it up.  Everyone falls somewhere on it, including the women on the show.  There is a transsexual, a butch (that’s not being insensitive, she has it tattooed on her forearm), and a bunch of other women who just like other women, whether it’s for the stay or not.

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This scene is an “in your face moment” for a cruel guard who is a homophobe, but majority of the scenes show a tenderness between women, which is so rare in an industry that over-sexualizes women who dig each other.

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6. The main character is a catalyst for all the other stories.

Ok, so I mentioned this before.  Piper (the blonde in these pictures) isn’t very likable.  She is snobby and whiny.  She has been allowed to live a cushy life making soaps and not really working.  But because of this, we get to appreciate the stories of the other women a lot more.  The show does a great job of doing flashbacks to show different women’s lives before prison.  Without Piper being the lead, it perhaps would have been hard to pitch the rest of the characters and a show may have never been made.

The women of Litchfield.
The women of Litchfield.

5. We root for different people at different times.

I love when characters are written so well that I don’t always like them.  I may not like Piper all the time, but she has redeeming qualities.  Red, the head cook and leader of the other inmates in the prison, is very dislikable by the end of the first episode, but as time wears on, she becomes one of the best.  These are just some examples.  But its also wonderful to root for people who society have always told us aren’t the people to root for.

4. Representation of Women of Color

Because the main character is a pretty, blonde, white female, many critics have faulted the show for not being able to truly understand the plight of being a minority in America.  I agree with this, yet this show does a good job of not stereotyping one race or another as unlikable. It is clear that the whites stay with the whites, blacks with the blacks and the Latinas with the Latinas.  But there are divisions within their own races, too.  And it doesn’t mean that the races can’t mingle now and then.  Race is a topic of discussion in the show.  I don’t know of many shows who discuss race or are able to pull it off.

With that being said, there are also some hysterical moments about race:

3. Representation of Women

How many scripted shows on TV have strong female characters?  How many of those women can talk about anything but men?  How many of them range in age, sexuality, race and class?  Not many, if any.  And how many times do we associate female characters by who their boyfriends or husbands are?  For once, we are seeing women as their own people with their own ideas, fears, and hopes.  If for nothing else, watch Orange for this reason alone.

2. Taystee (and Poussey)

Taystee is just about everyone’s favorite character.  She is loud, popular and funny.  But she isn’t just one layer, either.  Taystee has been known to say some pretty weird stuff (“So I’m sittin’ there, barbecue sauce on my titties, and I’m like ‘What the fuck?  Again?'”), but she is academically one of the smartest people in the prison.  She is the head librarian.  When her new roomie gets a death threat, Taystee points out something very important.


And then is her friendship with fellow inmate Poussey.  They fight, they make up, they love chicken together.  And they can lean on each other when they are down.  You wish you had a friendship like them.


1. Crazy Eyes

Oh Crazy Eyes.  She may not give a single fuck when she pees on a fellow inmates clean floor, but she does give a single fuck about most things that happen to her.  She is blunt and upfront about her feelings.  She is eccentric.  She loves acting and poetry.  She loves easily.  And she can see through bullshit.  And she is just a tad… off.  But I love her.  Crazy Eyes aka Suzanne is the most sensitive woman on the show and she deserves to be loved.  She may not become my prison wife, but if I went to prison and Crazy Eyes was there, I would befriend her.

How could you not love that face?

There are countless other occurrences I didn’t mention not for lack of want, they just didn’t fit in this top 13 list (13 for every month Piper spent in the slammer).  Orange is the New Black has so many wonderful layers, characters and snippets of dialogue.  Writing this makes me want to watch the whole thing over again!  But mostly for Crazy Eyes and her pie 🙂

written by Adrian Puryear