The 10 Best TV Shows of 2013

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orange-is-the-new-black-alex-piper-netflix.jpg
Netflix
Orange Is the New Black might've been 2013's most binge-watchable show.

2013 was full of stellar television. Here's a look back at the 10 best shows that aired over the past year.

See also: 5 TV Spin-Offs We Want to See

Orange Is the New Black
Netflix
The massively addictive Orange Is the New Black might've been the most easily binge-watched show of 2013. From Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, the darkly humorous dramedy follows the WASPy and insufferable Piper (Taylor Schilling) as she learns the ins and outs of a women's prison, where her ex-girlfriend (Laura Prepon) is also jailed, with melodrama, toothless trashy enemies, and a whole lot of sex.

Fringe
Fox
J.J. Abrams' sci-fi drama Fringe came to an end this year, and its finale was nothing short of beautiful. The cult non-hit blended the frightening elements of X-Files with a touchingly human story of a family torn apart by illness, ambition, and a desire for world domination. We were fairly frustrated with the fifth and final season, which leapt forward in the show's timeline and abandoned a storyline we were super into. But as the season progressed things turned around. The last episode, "An Enemy of Fate," both redeemed mad scientist Walter Bishop and the show.

Breaking Bad
AMC
One of the best shows this year and of all time, Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad aired its final episode in 2013. A succession of traumatic nail-biters led to an ultra-satisfying ending for teacher-turned-kingpin Walter White. While some theorized that the conclusion was a dream (really?), we felt the finale, "Felina," was a natural and perfect wrap-up for the cable drug drama.

Archer
FX
The season-four escapades of ISIS agent Sterling Archer began with a Bob's Burgers crossover. H. Jon Benjamin voices both Archer and Bob, who kind of become one and the same, thanks to a fugue state. (Just watch it.) The season concludes with a deep-sea two-parter that features voice work from Benjamin's Bob's costars Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman. Archer's spot-on wordplay, filthy jokes, and ridiculous adventures continue to serve up grade-A inappropriateness.


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16 comments
Rob Saunders
Rob Saunders

Bunk list. No Homeland? By far the best show on television. "The Kroll Show" sucks!!! Love him on The League, & suckered into buying this one from iTunes. I want my money back for that steaming heap.

Tramell Salkey
Tramell Salkey

Anybody read the article .. it does say NEW shows of 2013. I watch more movies then tv shows. So only new show I've really seen is.. Orange is The New Black.. and new episodes of continuing shows.

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Traci Phelps
Traci Phelps

Hannibal for sure. That show is like HBO quality on primetime. That doesn't happen too often.

Mathew Shaffer-Gage
Mathew Shaffer-Gage

I would also say "Arrow" highest rated show on CW in 3 years and its a awesome show!

Christa Miller
Christa Miller

A list that doesn't include Son's of Anarchy and Justified isn't much of a list.

Bo Brafford
Bo Brafford

Taryn & Terra, I am trying to catch up with you. Need more popsicles!!!

Traci Phelps
Traci Phelps

Also, you can tell it was written by a younger woman. Girls, Scandal, Orange is the New Black........

Traci Phelps
Traci Phelps

Not even close to the 10 best shows of 2013.

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

The black list on NBC is the best network tv show

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