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12.16.2013by: Paul Shirey

Top 10 TV Shows of 2013

TV is king these days, which isn't to say that there aren't some outstanding films in circulation, but when it comes to serialized filmed entertainment it's hard to beat the massive crop of shows from a number of different networks that deliver the goods on a week-to-week basis. It's near impossible to put together a Top 10 list with so many great shows out there, so the criteria was to focus on those that had the most exceptional writing, stellar performances, epic productions, shocking sequences, heartbreaking (or gut-busting) finales, and impressive debuts. From shows we've loved for years to shows we just met and to shows we're saying goodbye to, this list encompasses our favorites of the year.

10. Justified

Justified, based on the stories and characters from the late Elmore Leonard, is one of the most consistent cop shows on TV. What that consists of is a vibrant batch of characters that come and go (sometimes rather heinously) in a southern setting that feels every bit as wild west as it is modern day. Starring Timothy Olyphant as Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens (in a role he was simply born to play), the show takes place in Harlan County, Kentucky where the U.S. Marshall's service office there runs through all manner of criminals, especially the local backwoods gangs, mobs, thugs, dealers, and downright nastiest of the nasty. Season 4 saw Raylan dealing with a pregnant ex flame (Natalie Zea), a mysterious bag that implicates a high-level mobster, his imprisoned (and hateful) father, and the continued chase of his long-time former friend and current number one enemy, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), the perfect foil for Raylan's "justified" lawman.

What makes this show so great is that it reads like the best of Elmore Leonard's work, which is all about seedy, lowlife characters mixed with hard-edged protagonists, who are all embodied brilliantly by the diverse cast, who often play way against type. Recurring characters played by Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, Jere Burns, as well as seasonal stars like Raymond J. Barry, Jeremy Davies, Neal McDonough, Ron Eldard, and Patton Oswalt all get the opportunity to cut loose and have fun in roles that are rather non-traditional for each. This is a modern-day cowboy show and never ceases to deliver on the goods: shoot-outs, shit talk, street fights, shady villains, sexy (and tough) damsels, and some of the best scene chewing on TV. Saddle us up for season 5.

9. Orange Is The New Black

Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, this women-in-prison dramedy is another knock out of the park for Netflix paired with House of Cards. Starring Taylor Schilling as Piper, a woman who is sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for drug trafficking, the show focuses on the day-to-day lives of the various women locked up in the New York set penitentiary. The premise is appealing enough, but it's the diverse characters and their individual quirks (and crimes) that make the show so riveting (and hilarious). Schilling's Piper is the lead and she plays the well-to-do-white-girl-in-prison perfectly against her castmates, who range from all different races, backgrounds, religions, etc. making for an interesting dynamic of rivalries and friendships. The prison staff also play a large role here and it's great to see that aspect without the usual expected stereotypes (albeit with a few that work).

Joining Schilling is Laura Prepon (That 70's Show) who is like the evil twin of Scarlett Johansson, playing a drug kingpin and former lover that is responsible for Piper's imprisonment. The supporting cast, especially Kate Mulgrew as a Russian cook, Taryn Manning as a religious zealot, and Pablo Schreiber as the immoral guard regarded as "Pornstache," are all fantastic and make for a show that's part comedy, part drama, and pure entertainment. It's got some balls for a women's prison show, too, as there are quite a few moments you won't see coming (or at least hoped not to) and you'll quickly find yourself picking favorites. We look forward to being locked up for season two.

8. Arrow

With the lackluster performance of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., those hungry for a true comic-book show that isn't afraid to BE a comic book show need look no further than CW's Arrow. Built on the back of the 10-season strong Smallville, Arrow takes a similar direction, following the exploits of Oliver Queen, the green archer out for vengeance against those that would poison his home, Starling City, with crime and corruption. A simple premise, but with a more immersive set of characters, situations, and background. Chock full of DC Easter Eggs and flat out adaptations of various characters in the DCU, Arrow went from cool to kickass within one season, segueing into a second season that opened the floodgates of comic book lore.

Stephen Amell is perfectly cast (right down to the physical prowess) of Queen and the supporting cast is a mash-up of the young and sexy with some brutish villains tossed into the mix; not unlike what you'd see if you flipped open a monthly book. The real strength of Arrow is that it owns its roots and isn't afraid to reach into the DCU playground it's a part of. Characters like Deathstroke, Killshot, China White, Bronze Tiger, Count Vertigo, The Huntress, Black Canary, and hints of Suicide Squad and The League of Shadows (including Ra's Al Ghul) make for a show that feels very much like the source material it represents, rather than one that walks the line (coughAgentsofS.H.I.E.L.D.cough). With the introduction of Barry Allen and his origin as The Flash taking place in the mid-season finale, we feel like we're living within the pages of a comic, making Arrow the best comic-book TV show on the air.

7. Eastbound and Down

One of the funniest shows ever made, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green's Eastbound and Down, which chronicles the exploits of the brash, arrogant, crude, and immoral former professional baseball player Kenny Powers, is a perfectly odd, eclectic, and batshit crazy series that never ceased to make us laugh. Even after the strange turn it took in its second season, the show brought a level of humor that fit the comedic style of star Danny McBride, while never letting him simply devolve into a cartoon. Weird as it may sound, Kenny Powers had depth, which isn't what you'd expect to find in a show like this. It's made even better by series regulars Katy Mixon, Steve Little, John Hawkes, and Elizabeth De Razzo.

The fourth and final season closed up shop this year, leaving behind a legacy of antics that are ripe for a revisit, even as the last season still lingers on the brain. After exploring his role as a P.E. coach in the first season, a minor league player in Mexico for the second, and his rise to the minors in the states for the 3rd, we watched Kenny's final evolution into a TV personality and author in the 4th, which was a fitting end to his over-the-top world. With an awesome mix of guest stars throughout the series, including Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, Don Johnson, Michael Pena, Craig Robinson, Lily Tomlin, and Adam Scott (amongst others) the life and times of Kenny Powers were brought to life with gut-busting hilarity, McBride leading the charge into comedy gold territory.

6. American Horror Story: Coven

Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have found a golden goose in the horror anthology series American Horror Story and the third season sees a continuation of that success with American Horror Story: Coven, which focuses on, what else, witches. Featuring a smattering of returning stars from the last two seasons, repurposed into different roles, the show taps into the dark, macabre, sexy, and supernatural elements of horror that can oftentimes make the show feel like a season long episode of Tales From The Crypt. And, that's not a bad thing at all. It's a show that pushes the boundaries of TV ratings, leaving out only F-bombs and a full frontal nudity. Everything else is fair game it seems and that makes for some unadulterated fun.

This season has seen the return of Jessica Lange as the lead character, this time as the "supreme," a ruling witch who is every bit as nasty, evil, and deviously awesome as she has been in previous seasons. The supporting cast has been a lot of fun as well with both Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates playing immortal witches with a lot of character and up-and-comers Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, and Gabourey Sidibe playing some of the younger members of the coven, each with their own dubious idiosyncrasies. The show is delicious horror fun, replete with all the blood, gore, sex, and violence that goes hand-in-hand with the genre, while keeping it fresh from season to season and this one has been chock full of the good stuff.

5. The Walking Dead

After starting off as a mostly faithful adaptation of the comic book by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead has slowly morphed and changed into a show that stands as an alternate universe version of the source material. This isn't to say that there aren't nods to the original books, but at this juncture much of it exists on a different wavelength. After dealing with the ruthless Governor last season, the show focused mainly on "prison life" for season four, allowing things to slow down a bit (too much in some instances) and get to know some of the old and new characters a bit more intimately. It seemed like it may be headed into a state of limbo for a while there, but the reintroduction of David Morrissey's The Governor late in the season as well as tension-filled outbreak in the disease-infested quarantine area of the prison lit the fuse once again, leading to a mid-season finale that literally blew the gates open.

Seeing shades of the classic confrontation of The Governor vs. the prison from the comics was more than enough to get our juices flowing for the series again and proved once more that no one is safe, no matter how much you may love them (but, seriously, you kill Darryl and we're out). Andrew Lincoln continues to own the role of Rick Grimes, making him a deeply flawed protagonist that we can relate to and many of the supporting characters have stepped up their game, including Michonne, Maggie, Carol, and even Carl, who is finally out of "annoying" territory. Regardless of the shows deviations from the source material, The Walking Dead continues to be a bloody good zombie romp that invests us in the characters each week...only to take them away from us in the next.

4. House of Cards

Based on the British mini series of the same name, House of Cards debuted all 13 episodes of its first season on Netflix and became an overnight success, garnering great reviews and a strong reception from viewers. Starring Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, a particularly cunning and ruthless South Carolina Congressman, the political drama/thriller isn't the usual cup of tea for the average binge watcher, yet with director David Fincher and writer/showrunner Beau Williomon on board the proceedings the show fires off like a slow burn of intrigue, suspense, and deceit that make a compelling watch for a back-door view of Washington politics. Toss in the seedier side of things like drug addiction, mudslinging, blackmail, and intricately planned power plays and you have a show that's more appetizing than you'd ever imagine.

Terrific performances from Robin Wright, as Underwood's career-minded wife, Kate Mara, as an up-and-coming journalist and mistress to Underwood, and Corey Stoll as an afflicted Congressman only serve to enhance the absolute pitch perfect casting of Spacey as the lead. It's no surprise that Spacey would kill in a role like this, but that doesn't lessen the impact; the words roll off his tongue with a venomous sting and it's a pure joy to watch him weave his malicious and self-serving webs, which he dictates to the camera as if confiding in a trusted friend. You should hate him and everything he stands for, but he's such a charming devil that you may well find yourself rooting him on. That's a hell of a convincing act and the show has won our vote for season two.

3. Sons of Anarchy

Kurt Sutterís Hamlet-on-Harleyís biker drama on FX entered itís sixth season with a bang (literally) that once again pushed the limits of cable TV. The rebel bikers of SAMCRO had to deal with a school shooting, an especially deceptive fake pregnancy, a double cross from the IRA that resulted in the destruction of their clubhouse, a rogue former federal marshall, and betrayals stacked upon betrayals, making for one hell of an anxiety-ridden season. Toss in the loss of two major players who have been with the show since the beginning (and a handful of side characters to boot) and you can feel the walls closing in on everyone. Well, those that are left, anyway.

Everyone was on top of their game this season, but major kudos go to both Katey Segal, once again playing the ruthless, conniving "hard mother" Gemma, and Maggie Siff, who both pull out all the emotional stops for this heartbreaking season. This penultimate season was wrought with the kind of intensity, frustration, and downright shock that Sutter has become renowned for, especially with the gut-wrenching finale. Itís been a hell of a ride and we canít wait to see how it all shakes out for the final chapter next year.

2. Game of Thrones

One of the most-anticipated seasons of any series, due largely to a little thing called "The Red Wedding," the third season of HBO's Game of Thrones delivered in spades in adapting the first half of author George R.R. Martin's book, A Storm of Swords. Widely considered the best of the series, the book was broken into two seasons (3 & 4) by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, in order to capitalize on the wide array of events that transpire throughout it's entirety. The third season could easily be looked upon as The Empire Strikes Back of the series, but then again every book in the series could be considered that as well.

Stunning locations, set design, effects, and direction serve to enhance the smorgasbord of awesome characters, brilliantly portrayed by a diverse cast that have captured the essence of Martin's books to a tee. The third season saw a number of key events: Jon Snow went further beyond The Wall (and back again), King Joffrey got engaged, Tyrion Lannister got married (to Sansa Stark, no less), Daenerys unleashed her dragons and acquired an army, Jamie Lannister lost an appendage, and of course a not-so-happy wedding ceremony for Robb Stark, which spawned a hell of a reaction, particularly from those who had never read the book (or spoiled it for themselves online). One thing is for certain, though: Game of Thrones continues to be one of the most enthralling shows on television and it's only getting better.

1. Breaking Bad

The end of Heisenberg! A truly nail-biting finish to one of the greatest shows ever made, the final season of Breaking Bad brought all the actions of both Walter White aka Heisenberg (brilliantly played once again by Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to a boil, redefining the word "cliffhanger" in a big way. It was agony waiting seven days between episodes as we saw the chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin sink into a well of pain, suffering, deceit, betrayal, and madness as he fought off his competition, his family, and himself in seeking redemption, closure, and revenge for the mess he made of everything.

Wrapping up a series is no easy task (just ask Damon Lindelof), but creator Vince Gilligan managed the impossible task of closing out multiple storylines in a neat, perfect, bloody little bow that felt fitting, righteous, and earned for a show we invested so much time, thought, love, and turmoil into. The sheer intensity, rage, anxiety, and heartbreak that filled every episode was almost too much to bear and now it's like a well run dry. We'll miss all our favorites; Hank, Flynn, Skylar, Saul, Marie, Mike, Gustavo, Badger, Skinny Pete, and many others who helped make Breaking Bad such a monumental show. And we'll certainly never hear the sound of a call bell the same again.

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11:36PM on 12/21/2014
IMHO, best show out there right now...
IMHO, best show out there right now...
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11:25PM on 12/21/2014
Ah yes, so looking forward, yet sad to see it be the last season all at the same time. Such Eastwood-esque moments played by Olyphant as well as the late great Mr. Leonard's wit and humor within each episode. I will truly miss it yet it's going out without wearing its' welcome. Also, hope Olyphant returns to the big screen. He's a gem and I look forward to see where this vastly underrated actor lands next...
Ah yes, so looking forward, yet sad to see it be the last season all at the same time. Such Eastwood-esque moments played by Olyphant as well as the late great Mr. Leonard's wit and humor within each episode. I will truly miss it yet it's going out without wearing its' welcome. Also, hope Olyphant returns to the big screen. He's a gem and I look forward to see where this vastly underrated actor lands next...
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7:28AM on 12/23/2013
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2:29PM on 12/21/2013

Uh... Helllloooo???

Brooklyn Nine Nine, anyone!?!?!?
hahaha
But seriously I love it
Brooklyn Nine Nine, anyone!?!?!?
hahaha
But seriously I love it
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4:43PM on 12/17/2013
Red Wedding was the most depressing thing I've seen in a long time. I really wish the books are finished so I can find out how it all ends.
Red Wedding was the most depressing thing I've seen in a long time. I really wish the books are finished so I can find out how it all ends.
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12:22AM on 12/17/2013
I think BB being number 1 was pretty predictable. It was one of the best shows ever to grace the TV screen, and season 5 was probably the most intense season. Good list. I don't watch TV much, but some of my favorites are on this list. I have a few other guilty pleasures, but I wouldn't expect them to be here.
I think BB being number 1 was pretty predictable. It was one of the best shows ever to grace the TV screen, and season 5 was probably the most intense season. Good list. I don't watch TV much, but some of my favorites are on this list. I have a few other guilty pleasures, but I wouldn't expect them to be here.
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12:15AM on 12/17/2013
After wading through three seasons of Smallville and getting tired of it, I couldn't muster the interest in Arrow. If it's pretty much the same show as Smallville with a focus on Green Arrow and other DC characters, I'd likely get bored after a couple seasons. I tried to give Shield a chance, but it didn't fullfill the potential it has. It could have knocked this, and every other comic book show, out of the park, but it has failed to deliver.
After wading through three seasons of Smallville and getting tired of it, I couldn't muster the interest in Arrow. If it's pretty much the same show as Smallville with a focus on Green Arrow and other DC characters, I'd likely get bored after a couple seasons. I tried to give Shield a chance, but it didn't fullfill the potential it has. It could have knocked this, and every other comic book show, out of the park, but it has failed to deliver.
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3:45PM on 12/18/2013
This is nothing like Smallville, at all. I hated Smallville. It was way too cheesy and looked cheap.

Arrow is fantastic! You could really see Amell's GA standing next to Cavill's Superman in a film. It's that good.
This is nothing like Smallville, at all. I hated Smallville. It was way too cheesy and looked cheap.

Arrow is fantastic! You could really see Amell's GA standing next to Cavill's Superman in a film. It's that good.
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12:08AM on 12/17/2013
Love this show. I started watching because I am an Olyphant fan, but the entire show is great, mostly because of it's characters. I especially like Walter Goggins. I actually just finished season 4 and it was great. The loose ends make me excited for season 5. Olyphant as Raylan is still the draw for me, as his character is a delight to watch, but the stories crafted are very smart and well written and I love the modern day wild west spin. Hope this show sticks around for a couple more seasons.
Love this show. I started watching because I am an Olyphant fan, but the entire show is great, mostly because of it's characters. I especially like Walter Goggins. I actually just finished season 4 and it was great. The loose ends make me excited for season 5. Olyphant as Raylan is still the draw for me, as his character is a delight to watch, but the stories crafted are very smart and well written and I love the modern day wild west spin. Hope this show sticks around for a couple more seasons.
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9:59PM on 12/16/2013
Breaking Bad was predictable to be number one on this list, but you failed to include Shameless, Doctor Who, The Venture Brothers, Adventure Time, & Mad Men on your list. Also, the final season of Eastbound & Down was pretty weak.
Breaking Bad was predictable to be number one on this list, but you failed to include Shameless, Doctor Who, The Venture Brothers, Adventure Time, & Mad Men on your list. Also, the final season of Eastbound & Down was pretty weak.
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9:57PM on 12/16/2013
This is the best show on tv, unquestionably.
This is the best show on tv, unquestionably.
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9:55PM on 12/16/2013
The last season of Eastbound & Down sucked ass.
The last season of Eastbound & Down sucked ass.
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5:35PM on 12/16/2013

two words: orphan black

That actress is just amazing
That actress is just amazing
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4:44PM on 12/16/2013

hey.

what about Doctor Who
what about Doctor Who
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1:45PM on 12/16/2013
I have access to every single series (cable and premium channels) shown on this list. They are all worthy shows but in my personal opinion. Homeland (S3)and Hannibal (S1) impressed me the most. Don't get me wrong. "Breaking Bad" had a great final season but it is gone now.
I have access to every single series (cable and premium channels) shown on this list. They are all worthy shows but in my personal opinion. Homeland (S3)and Hannibal (S1) impressed me the most. Don't get me wrong. "Breaking Bad" had a great final season but it is gone now.
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12:23PM on 12/16/2013

Archer?

Has Joblo heard of this really funny show on FX called "Archer"?
Has Joblo heard of this really funny show on FX called "Archer"?
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12:39PM on 12/16/2013
"Said your mother". Lol, it's an awesome show.
"Said your mother". Lol, it's an awesome show.
11:44AM on 12/16/2013

Nope

I know I'm in the minority here, but this show lost me. I was a big fan through the first two seasons and would agree that it was one of the best shows at that time. It's plunge into mediocrity seems to have blinded most folks though. While not a bad show, there's plenty of better shows I'd rather spend my time on now.
I know I'm in the minority here, but this show lost me. I was a big fan through the first two seasons and would agree that it was one of the best shows at that time. It's plunge into mediocrity seems to have blinded most folks though. While not a bad show, there's plenty of better shows I'd rather spend my time on now.
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11:44AM on 12/16/2013
I completely forgot about NBC's Hannibal. Any skeptics please check it out before you judge. I know we've been handed a lot of crappy takes on the character since SoTL, but this is one of the most suspenseful TV shows I've ever seen and the performances are outstanding.
I completely forgot about NBC's Hannibal. Any skeptics please check it out before you judge. I know we've been handed a lot of crappy takes on the character since SoTL, but this is one of the most suspenseful TV shows I've ever seen and the performances are outstanding.
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10:46AM on 12/16/2013

Great show

Corey Stoll positively deserves to win the Golden Globe this year. Amazing performance by him and Spacey both.
Corey Stoll positively deserves to win the Golden Globe this year. Amazing performance by him and Spacey both.
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10:41AM on 12/16/2013

One of the best shows on Television

I missed the first two seasons and after being forced into watching this by my friends I am now hooked. It is so well directed, acted, filmed, and has a style of its own. It pushes boundaries and has constant twists and turns that make each episode a treat to watch. Lange was born to be in this series. She is both frightening and sexy all at once.
I missed the first two seasons and after being forced into watching this by my friends I am now hooked. It is so well directed, acted, filmed, and has a style of its own. It pushes boundaries and has constant twists and turns that make each episode a treat to watch. Lange was born to be in this series. She is both frightening and sexy all at once.
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10:26AM on 12/16/2013
Great list, but I would definitely add Archer, Arrested Development and Always Sunny to the list!
Great list, but I would definitely add Archer, Arrested Development and Always Sunny to the list!
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10:06AM on 12/16/2013
I liked this more than House of Cards, and I loved House of Cards.
I liked this more than House of Cards, and I loved House of Cards.
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9:46AM on 12/16/2013

Hands down

Been my favorite since episode 1. Olyphant oozes of charisma, swagger, Eastwood-ism...
Been my favorite since episode 1. Olyphant oozes of charisma, swagger, Eastwood-ism...
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9:31AM on 12/16/2013

Breaking Bad definitely deserves the number one spot, but..

No love for Hannibal and Orphan Black? What about Utopia?
No love for Hannibal and Orphan Black? What about Utopia?
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9:29AM on 12/16/2013
I'm sorry I know everyone loves Breaking Bad, and having it at number 1 is okay (though not for me personally). But Justified at number 10? And Arrow at number 8? I may be a little one sided because those would occupy numbers 1 and 2 on my list, but come on think on your own. Breaking Bad killed off the main antagonist 2 episodes before the finale and instead gave us a showdown with some two bit crack pots that were only introduced that season. If any other show did this everyone would be up in
I'm sorry I know everyone loves Breaking Bad, and having it at number 1 is okay (though not for me personally). But Justified at number 10? And Arrow at number 8? I may be a little one sided because those would occupy numbers 1 and 2 on my list, but come on think on your own. Breaking Bad killed off the main antagonist 2 episodes before the finale and instead gave us a showdown with some two bit crack pots that were only introduced that season. If any other show did this everyone would be up in arms but for some reason, in today's TV society we pick and choose which shows to give free passes to and other to crap on.
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4:58PM on 12/17/2013
Ozymandias, the episode where Hank dies was kind of like the finale. Walt loses his family and his money. His son looks at him like he is the devil.

Like Freeden said, Walt tries to redeem himself in the last 2 episodes:
- He knows deep down it's not Jesse's fault for all that happened with Hank and Gomez. It's his own fault for calling Jack.
- The only thing he can do for his family is give them money and protect them from the neo-Nazis and Lydia.
- Kill the entire neo Nazi crew to
Ozymandias, the episode where Hank dies was kind of like the finale. Walt loses his family and his money. His son looks at him like he is the devil.

Like Freeden said, Walt tries to redeem himself in the last 2 episodes:
- He knows deep down it's not Jesse's fault for all that happened with Hank and Gomez. It's his own fault for calling Jack.
- The only thing he can do for his family is give them money and protect them from the neo-Nazis and Lydia.
- Kill the entire neo Nazi crew to avenge Hank.

12:19AM on 12/17/2013
You fail to understand the entire point of the final two episodes of the series, which were all about Walt and his redemption. The focus was almost entirely on Walt and what he would do/what would happen to him. In the end, he does the right thing and gets a just punishment for all that he had done before.
You fail to understand the entire point of the final two episodes of the series, which were all about Walt and his redemption. The focus was almost entirely on Walt and what he would do/what would happen to him. In the end, he does the right thing and gets a just punishment for all that he had done before.
10:08AM on 12/16/2013
I agree with you on breaking bad. I loved the whole series but the finale was a huge disappointment for me. It was very predictable and anti-climatic
I agree with you on breaking bad. I loved the whole series but the finale was a huge disappointment for me. It was very predictable and anti-climatic
9:23AM on 12/16/2013
love love this show
love love this show
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9:21AM on 12/16/2013
How far Dexter has fallen. It's a shame because at one point it was undoubtedly the best show on TV. I also want to throw some love out there for House of Lies. That show is awesome.
How far Dexter has fallen. It's a shame because at one point it was undoubtedly the best show on TV. I also want to throw some love out there for House of Lies. That show is awesome.
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9:16AM on 12/16/2013
one of my fav shows cant wait for the new season
one of my fav shows cant wait for the new season
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9:14AM on 12/16/2013

I'D CHANGE THE ORDER.

I won't talk about the shows I don't watch. And season 5B of BREAKING BAD has just started airing here, so I can't comment on it yet.

GAME OF THRONES is good, but it's the best example of why you should adapt a book series when it's not over. 3 seasons and it's still hard to tell where the show is headed. So it drags. A lot. COVEN should be rated higher because it was a major improvement on the previous 2 seasons, which were convoluted. And THE WALKING DEAD should be rated even higher.
I won't talk about the shows I don't watch. And season 5B of BREAKING BAD has just started airing here, so I can't comment on it yet.

GAME OF THRONES is good, but it's the best example of why you should adapt a book series when it's not over. 3 seasons and it's still hard to tell where the show is headed. So it drags. A lot. COVEN should be rated higher because it was a major improvement on the previous 2 seasons, which were convoluted. And THE WALKING DEAD should be rated even higher. Season 4 had the same quality than seasons 1 & 2 (that's right: I liked season 2, so sue me). The only reason why it shouldn't be #1 is that half of season 3 also aired this year, and it wasn't that good.
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9:07AM on 12/16/2013
Great top choice and list, but I would have liked to have seen Mad Men on here as well.
Great top choice and list, but I would have liked to have seen Mad Men on here as well.
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9:05AM on 12/16/2013
Since Breaking Bad is over, this is EASILY the best show on television. It gets better and better every season and the storyline and characters are just so beautifully poetic and complex.

I'm still shaken up by the season finale. (Can't wait for Gemma and Juice to get what they deserve next season.).
Since Breaking Bad is over, this is EASILY the best show on television. It gets better and better every season and the storyline and characters are just so beautifully poetic and complex.

I'm still shaken up by the season finale. (Can't wait for Gemma and Juice to get what they deserve next season.).
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9:02AM on 12/16/2013
The show is a bit overrated, but I'll admit it's one of the most entertaining shows on television.
The show is a bit overrated, but I'll admit it's one of the most entertaining shows on television.
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8:58AM on 12/16/2013
This show is amazing and week after week it just gets better and better. Definitely one of my most looked forward to shows of the week. I also think it's televisions most underrated show and one of its best kept secrets.

And I think DC should give Amell the chance to play Green Arrow in the Justice League film. He truly deserves it and is the PERFECT Oliver Queen/Arrow.
This show is amazing and week after week it just gets better and better. Definitely one of my most looked forward to shows of the week. I also think it's televisions most underrated show and one of its best kept secrets.

And I think DC should give Amell the chance to play Green Arrow in the Justice League film. He truly deserves it and is the PERFECT Oliver Queen/Arrow.
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8:55AM on 12/16/2013
Love this show!

And it Deadshot...not killshot.
Love this show!

And it Deadshot...not killshot.
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8:53AM on 12/16/2013
It's a shame "Haven" on syfy doesn't get more exposure. It's a very underrated show I got hooked on recently. It's loosely based on a Stephen King story, has a hot female lead, and the characters all have different curses that come into play against them. I think a lot of people here would like it. Very good list overall though. I just had to put in my two cents for Haven!
It's a shame "Haven" on syfy doesn't get more exposure. It's a very underrated show I got hooked on recently. It's loosely based on a Stephen King story, has a hot female lead, and the characters all have different curses that come into play against them. I think a lot of people here would like it. Very good list overall though. I just had to put in my two cents for Haven!
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8:36AM on 12/16/2013
Amazing, flawless television show. One of my favorites of all time.
Amazing, flawless television show. One of my favorites of all time.
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8:07AM on 12/16/2013
Overall a good list. I'd also like to add Brooklyn Nine-Nine to the list. It's quite funny.
Overall a good list. I'd also like to add Brooklyn Nine-Nine to the list. It's quite funny.
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8:07AM on 12/16/2013
Excellent list.
Excellent list.
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7:49AM on 12/16/2013
This show keeps getting better and better.
This show keeps getting better and better.
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7:46AM on 12/16/2013
The show has its up and down but it keeps me glued to my seat.
The show has its up and down but it keeps me glued to my seat.
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7:42AM on 12/16/2013
Honestly I like Arrow more than S.H.I.E.L.D. series. By half of first season, I'm hooked to the show and even more hooked when Season 2 begins. The series is very well constructed with strong performances all around.
Honestly I like Arrow more than S.H.I.E.L.D. series. By half of first season, I'm hooked to the show and even more hooked when Season 2 begins. The series is very well constructed with strong performances all around.
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7:24AM on 12/16/2013
House of Lies and Shameless
House of Lies and Shameless
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7:21AM on 12/16/2013

great list

Masters of Sex and Always Sunny would be nice too.
Masters of Sex and Always Sunny would be nice too.
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7:18AM on 12/16/2013

Solid list

I would add "southland" awesome show that ended with a bang this year...
In the humor department: "it's always sunny in Philadelphia" - the 9th season was funny as hell...
I would add "southland" awesome show that ended with a bang this year...
In the humor department: "it's always sunny in Philadelphia" - the 9th season was funny as hell...
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6:39AM on 12/16/2013
Nice list. I only watch Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Now I can check out all these recommendations.

You guys should check out Archer. It's really funny.
Nice list. I only watch Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Now I can check out all these recommendations.

You guys should check out Archer. It's really funny.
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6:36AM on 12/16/2013
I didn't think I'd like this much because I'm not a fan of politics but it was fantastic and Kevin Spacey owned.
I didn't think I'd like this much because I'm not a fan of politics but it was fantastic and Kevin Spacey owned.
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6:35AM on 12/16/2013
The Walking Dead can be mediocre at times but with moments of greatness - the season 4 mid season finale.
The Walking Dead can be mediocre at times but with moments of greatness - the season 4 mid season finale.
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4:46AM on 12/16/2013
Pretty good list. Happy to see Justified and Arrow on the list. Of course Breaking Bad was going to be #1. That's just a given. Would have been cool to see other great shows like Person of Interest and while it's been a bumpy and uneven season for Homeland, I still would have it on my list. I also love Revolution, but not too many seem to love that show. And Revenge is the best guilty pleasure on television. Great cast, hugely addictive.
Pretty good list. Happy to see Justified and Arrow on the list. Of course Breaking Bad was going to be #1. That's just a given. Would have been cool to see other great shows like Person of Interest and while it's been a bumpy and uneven season for Homeland, I still would have it on my list. I also love Revolution, but not too many seem to love that show. And Revenge is the best guilty pleasure on television. Great cast, hugely addictive.
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3:46AM on 12/16/2013
TWD is very overrated, badly written, but yet entertaining.
TWD is very overrated, badly written, but yet entertaining.
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3:31AM on 12/16/2013
A great rundown of the best of TV this year Paul. I'd probably include Homeland on here, the first half of the season wasn't great but it really picked up with the last several episodes.
A great rundown of the best of TV this year Paul. I'd probably include Homeland on here, the first half of the season wasn't great but it really picked up with the last several episodes.
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3:29AM on 12/16/2013
I'm liking Arrow more and more. I was very excited upon its premiere last year but did expect a dose of CW-style soap opera-ness and while there is that, it's truly a thrill to see things like a live-action Deathstroke on TV, and now we're getting the first live-action Flash since John Wesley Shipp...Marvel is dominating at the theatres but I'm really glad DC has got a show like Arrow up and running.
I'm liking Arrow more and more. I was very excited upon its premiere last year but did expect a dose of CW-style soap opera-ness and while there is that, it's truly a thrill to see things like a live-action Deathstroke on TV, and now we're getting the first live-action Flash since John Wesley Shipp...Marvel is dominating at the theatres but I'm really glad DC has got a show like Arrow up and running.
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2:42AM on 12/16/2013
I really think The Blacklist should have been on this list, James Spader is intense in it, giving you just enough information week after week to keep you coming back for more, also Person of Interest, one of the best/original shows on tv right now.
I really think The Blacklist should have been on this list, James Spader is intense in it, giving you just enough information week after week to keep you coming back for more, also Person of Interest, one of the best/original shows on tv right now.
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9:39AM on 12/16/2013
Agreed on both shows. My wife and I are seriously hooked on these while mourning the end of Breaking Bad. The fact that both Blacklist and Person of Interest are on network TV makes them even more astouunding.
Agreed on both shows. My wife and I are seriously hooked on these while mourning the end of Breaking Bad. The fact that both Blacklist and Person of Interest are on network TV makes them even more astouunding.
2:23AM on 12/16/2013
Solid list!
Solid list!
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2:22AM on 12/16/2013
A cool list, no major surprises but it is nice to see the Joblo team showing some love for the TV world. Two other shows worth checking out this year are Longmire and Lilyhammer. They are both available on Netflix.
A cool list, no major surprises but it is nice to see the Joblo team showing some love for the TV world. Two other shows worth checking out this year are Longmire and Lilyhammer. They are both available on Netflix.
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2:22AM on 12/16/2013
I cried a little with this being on the list. Haha
I cried a little with this being on the list. Haha
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2:19AM on 12/16/2013
This is one of the best dramatic shows I've ever seen. Period. Can't wait for season 2!
This is one of the best dramatic shows I've ever seen. Period. Can't wait for season 2!
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