10 Criminally Underrated Gems of 2014
10. The Comeback
It took us a while to get back in sync with faded B-lister Valerie Cherish (winningly played by series co-creator Lisa Kudrow), but now we're totally on board. Nine years off the air added the perfect punch to HBO's biting Hollywood satire.
9. Letters of Note by Shaun Usher
Handsome as a coffee-table book but substantive enough to be pored over, this is an endlessly surprising collection of real correspondences between figures such as Gandhi and Hitler, Elvis and Nixon, and Jack the Ripper and the authorities.
8. You Can't Take It With You
There's much more to this tip-top Broadway revival than big laughs (seized primarily by Annaleigh Ashford's inspired goofing): It's the show's giant heart, provided by an ace cast including James Earl Jones and Elizabeth Ashley.
7. Evergreen by Broods
With their uncluttered songwriting and haunting knack for synth-propped melody, the New Zealand siblings' swelling electro is just a CW-drama montage away from world domination.
6. The Affair
Showtime's slow-burn he-said/she-said drama is as riveting as it is romantic, bolstered by some of the strongest ensemble work this year. Now we just have to decide if we pick Ruth Wilson or Maura Tierney.
5. ''Good Kisser'' by Usher
A deliriously giddy bit of filthy funk from one of our most consistently fascinating R&B masterminds. Despite its sticky-huge hook and positive approach to the body's southern hemisphere, it sputtered on the charts. Consider it a late-blooming winter warmer.
The Dutch oddity—and Cannes Film Festival favorite—isn't necessarily to everyone's taste, but select audiences will appreciate the fever pitch of weirdness it reaches with a story of a vagrant who moves in and tears a bourgeois family apart.
3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Violent, innovative, action-packed, immersive—this dystopian stunner deserved the comparisons to The Hunger Games but strangely never became a massive hit. If you start it now, you won't have to wait long for the sequel, Golden Son.
2. You're the Worst
FX has mercifully renewed the raunchy sitcom, a summer sleeper about two horrible people falling horribly in love that refreshingly avoids most of the rom-com tropes that plagued so many of its lesser genre-mates this fall.
1. Edge of Tomorrow
It had the most ill-advised name since Cougar Town, but this time-loop actioner turned out to be a perfect sci-fi Groundhog Day, especially thanks to Emily Blunt's hard-edged performance. Rechristened Live Die Repeat for its 3-D Blu-ray release, the movie boasts 90 minutes of bonus material in a new three-disc set.