THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin turned Facebook’s origin story into a fast, funny masterpiece. Thanks to zippy dialogue and a sparkling cast, Network was this year’s can’t-stop-talking-about-it sensation. (Rated PG-13)
Coming off last year’s stellar debut, the ABC sitcom found an excellent groove between hilarious and endearing. With its outrageously charming ensemble and an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy, we can only ask: May we always be part of this Family?
THE WALKING DEAD
In a mere six episodes, the first season of AMC’s horror hit put most new TV shows to shame. Get past the zombie kill shots, and what really makes Dead work is its still-breathing protagonists, the best cast of freaked-out survivors since that show about the island.
AMC’s ’60s-era drama has long operated at a slow boil, but this year reaffirmed that Mad Men is always worth the wait. Between Kiernan Shipka’s breakout performance as Sally, the not-long-for-this-world Miss Blankenship, and Don’s surprise proposal in the October finale, season 4 may be the series’ best yet.