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Amazon Names Amazon Show as Best of 2014

No. 2 on Amazon's list? A show whose last episode aired in 2008.

Asa Mathat
Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

If you’re looking to catch up on the top movies and TV shows of 2014, Amazon has a Top 10 list for you. And surprise! Amazon is No. 1.

The company, which is no stranger to beating its chest loudly and often, is using the list as another thumping opportunity during prime binge-viewing season. Case in point: It named its own show “Transparent” as the No. 1 show on its “Best of 2014” list for the “top 10 movies & TV shows.” Another one of its shows, “Mozart in the Jungle,” is No. 8 on the list. The latter just became available online one week ago, squeaking in just in time for the rankings. Sneaky Amazon!

The list, which was being advertised front and center on Amazon’s homepage on Tuesday, throws us another big curveball. Amazon ranks the one-time HBO hit series “The Wire” No. 2.

I know what you’re thinking: “The Wire” is a splendid show, but didn’t it stop airing in 2008? You are correct! And isn’t this a Top 10 list for 2014, not 2008? Correct again! But in bizarro Amazon land, “The Wire” is a new show because Amazon just started showing it earlier this year, thanks to a new deal with HBO. If Jeff Bezos can convince us that drones will soon be dropping packages of deodorant and toothpaste from the sky, he can certainly turn back the clock on his own site.

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