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Top of the Lake (Sundance)
Shortly before "event series" became all the rage in Hollywood pitch meetings, Sundance's seven-part crime series Top of the Lake attempted to help bring back the miniseries. Shot and set entirely in New Zealand, the series marked The Piano's Jane Campion's first TV project since 1990, and she brought A-list talent (Oscar winner Holly Hunter as a haunting oracle) to tell the tale of a pregnant teenager who attempts to drown herself in a lake and the entangling mystery that follows. Not only did the series close the case and end the story line on a satisfying note, but it also led to a long-deserved award win for Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, who took home a Golden Globe for role as the detective on the case.