Top 5 must see shows of 2014

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Macy Sliman, Staff Writer

 As a general rule, people love being entertained. One very popular mode of entertainment is television. Now, we have movies and we have television shows. For some reason, TV shows seem much more popular these days, either because of the insane prices of attending movie theaters or the fact that we love something so easily accessed as the regular viewing of a continual story. It could also be that we, as people, need something to connect to and many of us connect to these shows. This connection gives us a more detailed view of the characters and their lives as well as a narrative that spans more time, insuring that we get attached. Now, in case you have been under a rock for the past couple of months, there are quite a few recent and new TV shows with very promising stories and addictive characters.

   Top on the list is a fairly new show called “Scandal.” Only on its third season, this series features Kerry Washington playing the leading lady, Olivia Pope. In this American political thriller, Pope is a press aide with lots of dirty little secrets. Not only is she racing to keep them all hidden, but she is also juggling other characters, conflicts and controversy. The audience follows Pope as she and her team do their best to protect the nation’s elite. “Scandal” returned to the air on February 27, 2014 and can be seen Thursdays at 10:00 PM.

   Coming in second, is “American Horror Story,” also on its third season. True to its title, this show is the American horror story. This series follows the lives of several different people that encounter different horrors known to our society such as murder, insanity and witchcraft. Each season takes place in a different time period, giving the show a more in-depth feel. This Fox original has returned on January 8, 2014 to continue scaring its viewers half to death.

   At a shocking third place is the critically acclaimed “Game of Thrones,” bringing its fourth season this spring. This HBO original took the nation by surprise as an intense fantasy full of betrayal and action. “Game of Thrones” joins seven families from the fictional land of Westeros as they all quest for the throne. Known for unpredictable plot twists and gripping drama, “Game of Thrones” has the whole audience begging for more on April 9, 2014, when it is scheduled to return.

    Fourth place goes to the ever-famous “Walking Dead.” This post-apocalyptic thriller follows the lives of several characters as they brave the wasteland of America after a disease has ravaged the land, turning their loved ones into mindless people-eating monsters. This intense drama is best known for its mind numbing plot twists and brilliant action. As a greater threat than the Walkers begins to draw near, the fans of the “Walking Dead” were on the edge of their seats with anticipation at the arrival of the fourth season on February 9, 2014.

    Not to be outdone, “House of Cards” comes in fifth as a dramatic political thriller quickly rising in popularity. A rival of “Scandal,” this story follows the lives of a certain Congressman and his cunning wife who work to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him in the last election. This shrewd drama returned on February 14, 2014 for its second thrilling season.

    Movies may be on a slow decline since TV series have become so popular. Who could argue against that with so many good shows being produced? Be sure to tune in to one or all of these promising shows of 2014!