2013 TV The Best TV Shows of 2013  

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List Rules Any television series that aired (or premiered on Netflix) in 2013

Best TV shows of 2013 include some of the greatest television shows of all time and serve to remind us that we are, in fact, in a golden age of television. The greatest television shows in 2013 included many stunning finales, some auspicious debuts, and even the resurrection of some TV shows cancelled before their times. All that and more can be voted for as the greatest TV show in 2013.

 

List of top TV programs of the year rounds up the funniest TV shows, the best dramas of 2013, and even the best reality shows. What were the top shows of 2013? Depending on your taste in TV, your pick for top television show of the year may vary greatly from other people. If your love traditional sitcoms with laugh tracks and bawdy jokes, shows like "Two and a Half Men" and "2 Broke Girls" may have been your favorite. Those who love political plotlines may have enjoyed "Homeland" and "Scandal." Other dramas and comedy shows appealed to smaller audiences, but were no less funny.

 

Names of the best TV shows of 2013 on this list are among the funniest, gut-wrenching, and mind-bending programs on television in 2013. These shows made people laugh, cry, and had characters worth caring about, and entertained for hours. If your favorite television show of 2013 isn't on the list of greatest TV programs of the year, make sure to add it.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
American Horror Story: Coven Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Beauty & the Beast Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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Uncle Grandpa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Under the Dome Peter Browngardt, Kevin Michael Richardson, Eric Bauza

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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The Following is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Falling Skies Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Sleepy Hollow

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Community is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

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bones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Revolution Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

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+ - 155 337
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Brooklyn Ninety-nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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Almost Human is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Almost Human Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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+ - 94 138
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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Covert Affairs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Covert Affairs Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund