December 31, 2014

hmv.com Presents... 2014's Biggest Hits: TV Shows
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hmv.com Presents... 2014's Biggest Hits: TV Shows

As 2014 winds to a close we bring you a round-up of the year's most popular purchases, as bought by you from hmv stores across the UK. Next up, here are the Top 10 TV shows you wanted to own this year...

10. House of Cards (S2)

Kevin Spacey's unscrupulous political operator Frank Underwood has become one of the best-loved villains to reach our screens in recent years and you couldn't wait to get your hands on Season 2 of Beau Willimon's political drama series this year, propelling it into the top 10 of our best-selling TV shows this year. With Season 3 due to air in February 2015, the show's unveiling of the darker side of politics is set to continue for some time yet.

 

9. True Detective (S1)

Undoubtedly one of the best TV shows of the year and certainly one of the most popular, Nic Pizzolatto's crime drama series reaches No. 9 on our bestseller list thanks to some excellent scriptwriting and some spellbinding on-screen chemistry from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Despite representing one of the major chapters in the recent renaissance the latter's career seems to be enjoying (the McConnaissance, if you will), both actors have confirmed they will not be returning for the second season, with Colin Farrell among the actors signed up for Season 2. Whether it will be as popular as the first remains to be seen.

 

8. Sons of Anarchy (S6)

Since debuting in 2008, Sons of Anarchy has been a bit of a slow burner but has gained popularity largely through word of mouth, and this oddly compelling series chronicling the exploits of a California biker gang has grown in popularity with each season. Season 6 found its way to No. 8 on our bestseller list and with the seventh and final season already being broadcast as of September this year, creator Kurt Sutter is reportedly already in talks for a prequel series set in the 1960s, so we may not be done with this one just yet.

 

7. The Walking Dead (S4)

It's hard to remember a TV series that has featured quite so much graphic violence as The Walking Dead, but that hasn't stopped this zombie apocalypse thriller being a huge hit with audiences and Season 4 finds itself the seventh most popular TV series to fly off our shelves in 2014. Based on the comic book series of the same name, the show's creators say they have enough material for another seven years' worth of episodes, so this looks set to run and run.

 

6. Family Guy (S14)

Seth MacFarlane's ever-popular animated series shows no sign of slowing and even after killing off one of its main characters (temporarily, at least) the show still has enough of a hardcore fan base for it to reach No. 6 on our list. Often controversial, the series has had its detractors over the years but that's unlikely to bother MacFarlane and friends for the forseeable future.

 

5. The Big Bang Theory (S7)

Now into its eighth year, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady's long-running sitcom featuring the socially awkward geeks has been incredibly popular and so it proved with Season 7, edging its way into our top 5. With Season 8 currently airing in the U.S. we suspect it won't be long before The Big Bang Theory reappears on our bestsellers list.

 

4. Downton Abbey (S5)

Period dramas are nothing new, but ITV's Downton Abbey has captured the imagination like no other, not only in the UK but also on the other side of the Atlantic, with the show proving just as popular with American audiences. The fifth series sees Lady Mary back in the game, Edith getting to know her daughter and Downton getting a radio, and also finds itself at No.4 on our bestsellers list.

 

3. Sherlock (S3)

Another British series that has done very well overseas, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' reworking of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective has hit on a winning formula, thanks in large part to Gatiss' clever writing and excellent performances throughout from Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Season 3 began with Sherlock returning from the dead and ended with the hint of a return for his arch-nemesis Jim Moriarty in Season 4. No doubt fuelled by the desire to learn of the detective's fate after Season 2's cliffhanger ending, it shot straight into our top 3.

 

2. Top Gear: Perfect Road Trip 2

Never far from controversy, Jeremy Clarkson and friends continue to entertain the masses with what is ostensibly a show offering advice to motorists, but is actually just three blokes driving supercars and smashing up caravans. Clarkson's latest outrageous outbursts seem to have done nothing to diminish the show's popularity and the second instalment of their Perfect Road Trip finds itself propelled to No. 2 in our bestsellers list.

 

1. Game of Thrones S3

Affectionately known as “tits and death” amongst its many fans thanks to the shows propensity for gratuitous nudity and extreme violence, Game of Thrones has been a smash hit for its creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, representing another success for HBO, which has already commissioned a sixth series of the show. It's 2014's number one series, and that looks set to continue if the viewing figures are anything to go by.

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