Some of the best new TV series of 2014, according to critics reviews compiled by Metacritic, were Amazon's "Transparent," FX's "Fargo" and HBO's "True Detective." Richard Lawson and Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair and Maureen Ryan of Huffington Post listed all three series in their articles on the best new shows of 2014. All three shows earned Emmy awards.
"Transparent," an Amazon original series, is a comedy/drama about a woman in her 70s who comes out as transgender. The show's star, Jeffrey Tamboor, won an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while director Jill Soloway won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. Metacritic ranked "Transparent" as the best reviewed new show of 2014.
HBO's crime drama series "True Detective" was the second-best reviewed show of 2014, according to Metacritic. The show has plenty of star power, as Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star as Louisiana State Police homicide detectives tracking a serial killer. The show's first season won four Emmy Awards.
Meanwhile, writer Noah Hawley had a difficult role as he adapted the Coen Brothers film "Fargo" to the small screen for a miniseries with the same title. Hawley opted to use new characters in the same setting. Stars Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman earned strong reviews. The series got 18 Emmy nominations, including a win for Best Miniseries.