2014 in Review: TV's 21 Most Valuable Players

You win an Emmy or create a critical/ratings smash and you get to rest on your laurels, right?

Not if you’re one of TVLine’s Most Valuable Players of 2014.

As we brainstormed our end-of-year awards galleries (if you missed ’em, please check out Part 1 and Part 2), certain names kept popping up — and not necessarily in the places you expected to find ’em. Shonda Rhimes on The Mindy Project? Allison Janney slaying us again (and not for her Emmy-winning turns on Mom or Masters of Sex)? Michiel Huisman making us stop our ad-break fast-forwarding for The Seduction of Gisele Bündchen?

Below, check out the 21 folks who played pivotal roles in at least one major TV project in 2014 — but who also moonlighted in other interesting or out-of-left-field endeavors.

When you’re done, hit the comments with your thoughts on our MVPs of 2014 — then let us know if there’s anyone you feel should’ve been added to the list of honorees.