The 10 Best TV Shows of 2013
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.
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Orange Is the New Black
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.
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.
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.
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.