This is no longer the Golden Age of TV - those strained years when TV producers and TV networks tried to one up each other with mixed results by bettering shows like The Sopranos, Mad Men and Breaking Bad with wonderfully complex storylines and unusual and often tragic characters.
No, in 2014, TV viewers witnessed something better, the Golden Age of Content where programs have been elevated to a new level of compelling and beautifully produced shows that can be found any time of day, on any devise and in any genre. Take your pick. Find your platform. There's outstanding content right then and there.
Which is why this year's The Besties - our 4th annual choices for best new shows - has been expanded with our staff and contributing editors Shari Anne Brill and David Williams choosing the best comedies, dramas and miniseries (see additional articles below). Plus, here, for the first time, TVFirstLook has chosen the 12 new TV shows that had the greatest impact on TV in 2014 and will continue to influence what we watch for years to come.
12. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Tonight, now taped in New York City, has a markedly younger vibe than Jay's Tonight Show, notably with house band The Roots.
More remarkable, in the increasingly competitive late night landscape with hit shows on ABC, CBS and several cable networks, Jimmy's Tonight Show's adult 18-49 rating is up 29% from this time last year. And that rating is about equal to the combined rating for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS's Late Show with David Letterman.