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The 20 Best TV Shows Of 2013
The series that have kept us tuned in this year...

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England had the Elizabethan one; comics had the 1930s, and television’s golden age is happening right now. The small screen has, many would argue, thoroughly surpassed its bigger brother for many kinds of storytelling, and the result has been a slew of quality shows that it’s almost impossible to entirely keep up with. Here are the best of the year, kicking off with the one that everyone was talking about…

WORDS JAMES WHITE
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The 20 Best TV Shows Of 2013 | House Of Cards

HOUSE OF CARDS

The tagline: The power behind the throne.
This year saw: Series 1
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly

We went in with high hopes, given that this is a show starring an Oscar (the correct collective noun) of respected film stars with David Fincher behind the camera for the pilot and several episodes thereafter. Happily, House Of Cards lived up to the billing and proved more than just a fresh adaptation of the 1990 BBC drama or its source novel. Relocating the story to the US, with its fractured political system and sloshing piles of political money, paid big dividends, and as the Macbeth and Lady Macbeth at the heart of the piece, Spacey and Wright were flawless. But amid the bigger names, it was Corey Stoll who truly won us over, offering the portrayal of a political wannabe struggling with his demons.

Best episode: Chapter 11, which sees things go off the rails in a number of ways, and it’s Stoll’s best performance.

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1
Dexter!!!!!! Come on!! Even though everyone talks bad about the ending, you need to understand why it was smart..... More

Posted by Gh0stAssassinzZ on Sunday February 9, 2014, 02:50

2 Best show of all time.
DEXTER!!!!! Where is Dexter!?!!? More

Posted by jodiwho on Tuesday January 21, 2014, 03:36

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I'm so happy to see Supernatural up there, it is really underrated! More

Posted by supernaturalfan93 on Friday December 20, 2013, 01:00

4 RE: MIA
Dear Empire Here are a few other TV shows that you forgot Castle, Fresh Meat, The Newsroom, The Big Bang Theory, Nikita, Rizzoli and Isles. More

Posted by NCC1701A on Wednesday December 11, 2013, 14:38

5 MIA
It shows how good TV is at the moment that this a great list and could have been even longer...Boardwalk Empire, Elementary, The Walking Dead, Louie, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, The Tunnel, Castle, Eastbound and Down, and of course Dr Who. More

Posted by zeech1941 on Monday December 9, 2013, 16:57

6 poor research
Interesting that many main characters arent always listed under cast and where's Suits, Covert Affairs, Sons of Anarchy and Grimm to name but a few excellent shows not mentioned More

Posted by oz_p on Monday December 9, 2013, 16:10

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good list but not complete without Broen/bron (The Bridge) by far some of the best tv this year More

Posted by SolidCloud on Monday December 9, 2013, 15:09

8 Hmm
Seems like all the choices are a bit similar. I agree there are too many crime titles here. There's a few I'd replace in order to fit in Bates Motel, Boardwalk Empire and American Horror Story, which have all had very good seasons this year. More

Posted by werepuppygrr on Monday December 9, 2013, 13:09

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Wow... more deleted posts... seriously.. WTF Empire? More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday December 9, 2013, 11:24

10 So that's crime and politics done...
Are you going to do a list that includes shows from other genres? More

Posted by bobthegrinch on Monday December 9, 2013, 10:11

11 Boardwalk Empire?
Season 4 of Boardwalk Empire was by far the most sophisticated, polished and at times gut-wrenchingly good season yet. A high point in televised drama - on any channel. It is shameful that it is not getting the critical acclaim it deserves. More

Posted by claudemg on Monday December 9, 2013, 08:46

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