2013 was a really impressive year for TV. From the antihero sensibilities of Breaking Bad, to the white knuckled intensity of the Governor’s fall on Walking Dead, we also learned it was a very bleak year for TV. If there is one trend you will see on this list of my favorite TV shows from 2013, it is that they were all pretty hardcore. Dealing with death, addiction, loss, and longing, 2013 was CLEARLY not the year of the sitcom. Here, for your consideration, my favorite TV shows from 2013, presented in no particular order.
I truly believe that this season of Arrested Development was one of the greatest seasons for any sitcom, ever. It was so superbly written that when it all ended, you almost needed to immediately watch it again to pick up on all the subtleties that tied it all together. Hilarious and cynical, it was everything we loved about Arrested Development, served to us buffet style.
The Walking Dead
I will admit, I was not into the first few episodes of this season of Walking Dead. I did not like how soft Rick had gotten, and I wasn’t a fan of the Deus Ex flu that was suddenly selectively killing off (new) cast members. That being said, the mid-season finale grabbed and pulled me in like very few episodes on the show ever had. That single episode was one of the best (if not THE best) episode of this harrowing show so far. Goodbye Hershel. I will never forget you.
The Eric Andre Show
If you are not watching this talk show on Adult Swim, you are missing out on one of the funniest and most insane shows ever on TV. If you do not believe me, just Youtube the show’s intro. Definitely one of my favorite TV shows of 2013, even though only three of you have seen it. In a way, that almost makes it better to me.
American Horror Story: Coven
I will say this, as I have said it before. American Horror Story lost me on season two. Just too much, and seemed like they were trying too hard to shock us in every episode. They also ran themselves thin with way too many plot lines. Seems they must have heard my complaints, because this season of the show has eclipsed the two other seasons by far. More tightly written, more tightly acted, and a great deal of fun, seems this was the year American Horror Story finally hit its stride.
As God is my witness, the final season of Breaking Bad is the greatest thing that ever happened to TV, period.
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