9. 'Lodge 49'
Starring: Wyatt Russell, Brent Jennings, Sonya Cassidy, Linda Emond, David Pasquesi, Eric Allan Kramer, and Kenneth Welsh
Network: AMC

Why it's must-watch TV: Arguably the biggest surprise of the year, this quiet fable recalls the blissed-out scene of the '70s in Southern California. It's quite difficult to describe the show, considering it requires a lot of deep, internal reflection. Lodge 49 follows Dud, a man who is searching for more in his life. He winds up at a mysterious lodge where a hodgepodge of lost souls are also looking for a new purpose. The series explores the disappearance of a certain way of life through these characters. It is a tenderhearted tale about communities that can emerge in the most unexpected places and how the path to enlightenment can be filled with strange, electrifying experiences.