HBO’s runaway hit of the year wowed critics and audiences alike with its rich portrayal of man’s basest and darkest desires to watch TV and talk about it endlessly.
House Of Cards
Fans’ patience finally paid off in episode six, when newly appointed vice president Frank Underwood turned to the camera and broke the fourth wall to deliver a political soliloquy, and then broke the fourth wall even further moments later by turning to a second camera and acknowledging that he is, in fact, American actor Kevin Spacey.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
In the moving finale of the follow-up to Carl Sagan’s popular 1980 series, host Neil deGrasse Tyson broke down while discussing humanity’s negative impact on earth and then steered the Ship of the Imagination directly into the sun.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony tried an apple for the first time.
Viewers were shocked when Gwen Stefani’s spinning chair turned around to face the camera and she was not there. Stefani has not been seen since.
The Real Housewives Of New York City
The women had a difficult but eye-opening conversation about race relations in the city and reflected on how their own privileged backgrounds affect the way they interact with law enforcement and minorities.
Sleepwalking Barack Obama Delivers 3 A.M. Presidential Address
Leaning on the East Room podium with his eyes closed, the president delivered a rambling speech on all major television networks in August highlighting the need for more donut walkie-talkies and increased spending on cobra machines.
“Brian Williams: The Final Escape”
The most anticipated NBC Nightly News airing of the year came when Brian Williams attempted the Chinese Water Torture Cell escape before a live television audience of 33 million. In what was his last ever illusion, the lead anchor emerged from the tank after 47 harrowing seconds with his unlocked shackles and straightjacket in hand.
Home Shopping Network, November 4, 7:32 A.M.
HSN viewers were floored by the unexpected return of such fan favorites as Cubic Zirconia Butterfly Diamond Pendant and 3-Speed 1000-Watt Blender.
The straight-to-DVD cash-in on Louis C.K.’s popular series disappointed those who were fooled by its similar box art, which depicted a flimsy lookalike who plays Lou Eliot, a Boston stand-up comedian and divorcee struggling to navigate the dating world.