Is there anything more American than television?
From families gathering around a behemoth black-and-white to watch the Ed Sullivan Show, to binge-watching Orange is the New Black on your iPhone while you text and drive at the same time, TV has morphed and changed side by side with the country through the years.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that a little slice of America can be seen every time you flip through the channels or browse through a Netflix queue. Big city living in Seinfeld or Girls. The deep, mysterious South in True Detective. The modern day Wild West on Breaking Bad.
This year was an especially proud time for the U.S. in television (outside of the World Cup). Sure, we still have the British imports, Israeli adaptations and so forth, but we’ve taken particular pride in the idiosyncrasies of American culture. (Stubbornness, distrust of authority, a desire to blow things up, obsession with anything south of the Mason-Dixon line.) Here, the staff of tvDownload gives their selections for this year’s most patriotic shows on television.