Binge Central’s Top 10 Dramas of 2014

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By Josh Axelrod, David Oliver and Anamika Roy 

10.) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

I fought hard for this one. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” is, with all due respect to the second half of “Homeland’s” Season 4, the most improved show of 2014. Marvel basically took all the criticism of the show’s first season to heart and did everything in its power to fix those problems. The pacing never slowed, questions were answered, the relationships were more genuine (Fitz and Simmons are MVPs) and, most importantly, Skye (and Chloe Bennett) proved her worth to the team. Oh, and it also has a far-reaching impact on the Marvel Universe with the introduction of Daisy Johnson and The Inhumans. Excelsior! – Josh

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Homeland S4E12: “Long Time Coming”

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By Josh Logue 

“Homeland” wrapped up its fourth season with an episode that easily outstripped the quality of its disappointing first half or so. But by bringing Carrie back home this week for a quiet, character-focused finale, the show couldn’t quiet reach the tense, knife-edge highs it set this season.

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Homeland S4E10: 13 Hours in Islamabad

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By Josh Logue 

“Homeland” dug itself out of a hole this season.

Another solid episode this week solidifies the upward trend in quality. And, I think, highlights how spoiled we are with 100 percent serialized shows like “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men” (and on and on) boasting near-perfectly toned, highly intricate season-long stories that bely how difficult it is to sculpt a satisfying narrative over the course of a dozen, hour-long episodes.

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Homeland S4E9: “There’s Something Else Going On”

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By Josh Logue

“Homeland” in on kind of a roll. A small one so far, but still!

I’m still not sure if it’s accurate to call the “Carrie goes crazy” episode “good” exactly, but last week’s episode certainly was, and now this week too. One more and it’s an official trend.

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Homeland S4E7+8: “How Can This Possibly Happen?”

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By Josh Logue 

Two weeks ago, “Homeland” gave us its craziest episode this season, and this week, we got by far this season’s best episode. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. It’s kind of like the show finally sneezed and out of relief was able to relax into a tight, tense hour of very enjoyable television.

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