The Top 13 TV Shows of 2013

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  1. Treme

There are not a lot of things that you can say about “Treme” that has not already been said by the small, but loyal band of viewers the show maintains. Complete Perfection. A triumph of the medium. A show that is equally unmatched and under appreciated by its peers. There is truly nothing like it. “Treme” will be missed.

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  1. Mad Men

Character growth is an important part of any TV series, and “Mad Men” is a prime example how to do it right. The evolution of Don, Peggy, Betty, Pete, Sally, Roger, Joan, etc, etc, etc is unbelievable. Matthew Weiner created a beautiful, intelligent world, which has continued to please and fascinate a grateful audience.

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  1. Parenthood

The Braverman’s are not only the best family on television, they are one of the greatest families in television history. One of the finest ensembles working today, including a revolving door of incredible guest stars. It is the best film to television adaptation, losing Steve Martin, but keeping the emotional core that made the film so great in the first place.

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  1. Fringe

What a swan song. I fell in love with this show and after five fantastic, innovative, creative, celebration of science fiction seasons, I was not disappointed. The writers and John Noble created one of the most fascinating, sympathetic, heart breaking characters on television in Walter Bishop. The story lines were incredible and how this show went from where it started, to where it ended, is truly an outstanding achievement.

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  1. Arrested Development

IT RETURNED! Most fans would have given their left hand to see this show come back, and after watching this season, it would have been worth it. Far more ambitious than the original show, with a new style that had many fans putting up a wall. What was once great in the original run though, is great again. The characters, writing, direction, anything and everything about this show works.

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  1. Bob’s Burgers

The greatest show about a family running a restaurant ever. No question about it. Charming, quick, and it has a heart. The family dynamic is spectacular, and the puns. Oh, the puns. It’s a love letter to absurdity and it fills the family and workplace sitcom genres, while bringing something new to the table.

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  1. Orange is the New Black

I had no idea this show was coming. I had no idea that the creator of “Weeds” was going to redeem herself with an amazing character study. A drama/comedy, comedy/drama (I don’t know what it is). I had no idea that if Netflix had taken everything else off streaming I would still be willing to pay eight dollars a month, just to watch this show.

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  1. Family Tree

Christopher Guest came to HBO and brought with him his troop of brilliant character actors, creating a beautiful story about family like nothing else on TV. With co creator Jim Piddock, the pair created a charming, poignant, and whacky story, with unexpected touching moments far more powerful than what most dramas can create.

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  1. Archer

People doing their jobs poorly, while yelling at other people for doing their jobs poorly, and drinking vast amounts of alcohol which is most likely causing them to do their jobs poorly. Also, they are secret agents. This is how I would describe this amazing show to someone, with the addition of some buzzwords like cyborgs, tinnitus, and Burt Reynolds.

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  1. Girls

This world. This stupid, sad, confusing world that these characters inhabit, which I guess is the real world. Even though I have never experienced anything close to the traumatizing events caused by best guess/ throw caution to the wind life choices they make. This show is just exhausting in the best way possible.

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  1. Hannibal

Thrilling and horrifying. Beautiful cinematography, with creativity in spades. Graphic deaths and complex relationships account for just a small percentage of the highlights from season one. Bryan Fuller has reentered the television realm, bringing with him his fascinating story telling perspective, an outstanding cast, along with some good old fashion cannibalism.

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  1. Veep

“Veep” is one of the quickest shows on TV today. Dreyfus and her supporting cast have incredible chemistry, with dialogue that is the perfect mix of natural and outlandish. With Gary Cole and Kevin Dunn joining the already stellar ensemble, “Veep” continues to be one of the best sitcoms in the television landscape.

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  1. Getting On

This is a fast choice, but four episodes in and I am already blown away by this HBO series. “Getting On” is a remake of a BBC show of the same name, lead by a cast of fantastic female character actors, the show is just outstanding. Incredibly funny and genuine, with sharp devastating/uplifting turns that are all emotionally satisfying. I hope this season continues to be strong, and can end on a high note.

Honorable Mentions

Masters of Sex, Hello Ladies, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Breaking Bad, The Killing, Homeland, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Cougar Town, Trophy Wife, Boardwalk Empire, Derek, Orphan Black, Legend of Korra, Alpha House, The Newsroom, Enlightened.

Five Good Choices

My top five “Well at least that happened” nominations for the Emmys.

1. “Bob’s Burgers grabs an animated Series nomination. One of the funniest shows on television. With “the Simpsons” and “Futurama” both about to end, we need this show.
2.  Lily Tomlin gets a voice over nomination for something called “An Apology To Elephants” on HBO. I have no idea what this is, but I would be okay with dumping truck load of Emmys in her front yard so whatever she is nominated for, give her the emmy.
3.  Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN show “Parts Unknown” gets 4 nominations, plus Bourdain gets a fifth nomination for his part on ABC’s “The Taste.” While I have not seen much of “The Taste” or “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain has been creating phenomenal television for more than a decade and deserves far more praise than he receives.
4. Alan Menken could be the 12th person to complete the E.G.O.T. challenge. A Disney Legend, Menken has helped define great modern Disney films and while I do not watch (or even like) “The Middle” (which is what he is nominated for). I say let him win.
5. Mel Brooks gets nominated for his HBO special “Mel Brooks Strikes Back.”
It’s good to be the king, and he is the king.

My Emmy Nominations.

2013 Emmy Nominations

Outstanding Drama Series

“Fringe”

“Hannibal”

“Mad Men”

“Orange is the New Black”

“Parenthood”

“Treme”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody for “Homeland”

Hugh Dancy as Will Graham for “Hannibal”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper for “Mad Men”

Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop for “Fringe”

Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood for “House of Cards”

Peter Krause as Adam Bravermen for “Parenthood”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham for “Fringe”

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison for “Homeland”

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson for “Mad Men”

Lauren Graham as Sarah Braverman for “Parenthood”

Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden “The Killing”

Taylor Shilling as Piper Chapman for “Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Dax Shepard as Crosby Braverman for “Parenthood”

Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom for “Orange is the new Black”

John Noble as Walter Bishop for “Fringe”

Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter for “Hannibal”

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister for “Game of Thrones”

Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell for “Mad Men”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris for “Mad Men”

Jessica Paré as Megan Draper for “Mad Men”

Khandi Alexander as LaDonna Batiste-Williams for “Treme

Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper for “Mad Men”

Monica Potter as Christina Braverman for “Parenthood”

Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette Pelage for “Orange is The New Black”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Anthony Anderson as Derek Watson for “Treme”

David Krumholtz as Dr. Jack Habib for “The Newsroom”

Eddie Izzard as Dr. Abel Gideon for “Hannibal”

Eugene Lipinski as December for “Fringe”

Ray Romano as Hank Rizzoli for “Parenthood”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell for “Game of Thrones

Ellen Muth as Georgia Madchen for “Hannibal”

Georgina Haig as Etta Bishop for “Fringe”

Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen for “Mad Men”

Tina Lifford as Rene Trussell for “Parenthood”

Outstanding Comedy Series

“Arrested Development”

“Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23”

“Family Tree”

“Girls”

“Louie”

“Veep”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Chris O’Dowd as Tom Chadwick for “Family Tree”

Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth for “Arrested Development”

Jeremy Sisto as George Altman for “Suburgatory”

Louie C.K as Louis C.K. For “Louie

Mathew Perry as Ryan King for “Go on”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Courtney Cox as Jules Cobb for “Cougar Town”

Dreama Walker as June Colburn for “Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23”

Jane Levy as Tessa Altman for Suburgatory

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Myer for “Veep”

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath for “Girls”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler for “Girls”

James Van Der Beek as James Van Der Beek for “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23

Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth for “Arrested Development”

Tom Bennett as Pete Stupples for “Family Tree”

Tony Hale as Gary Walsh for “Veep”

Will Arnett as Gob Bluth for “Arrested Development”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Allison Williams as Marnie Michaels for “Girls”

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer for “Veep”

Busy Philipps as Laurie Keller for “Cougar Town”

Krysten Ritter as Chloe for “Don’t Trust the B in apartment 23”

Jessica Walter as Lucile Bluth for “Arrested Development”

Nina Conti as Bea Chadwick and Monkey for “Family Tree”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Ben Stiller as Tony Wonder for “Arrested Development”

David Lynch as Jack Dall for “Louie”

Ed Begley Jr. as Al Chadwick for “Family Tree”

Gary Cole as Kent Davison for “Veep”

Michael McKean as Keith Chadwick for “Family Tree”

Terry Crews as Herbert Love for “Arrested Development”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Allison Janney as Janet Ryland for “Veep”

Amy Seimetz as Ally Keele for Family Tree

Kristen Wig as Young Lucile Bluth for “Arrested Development”

Nicole Sullivan as Lynn Mettler for “Cougar Town”

Parker Posey as Liz for “Louie”

Outstanding Animated Series

“Archer”

“Bob’s Burgers”

“Futurama”

“Legend of Korra”

“The Simpsons”

Special Awards

Outstanding Short Format Program

“Childrens Hospital”

Outstanding Made for Television Movie

“Behind The Candelabra”

Robert Altman Ensemble Cast Award

“Orange is The New Black”