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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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650 406
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

2
509 458
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

3
520 424
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

4
486 479
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

5
237 394
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

6
150 156
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
MelissaHamari added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

7
217 370
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

8
259 436
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
MarkJohnson added Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

9
202 397
Justified is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

10
217 327
Castle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
testuservikas1 added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

11
314 347
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Rotten Tomatoes Lists added American Horror Story: Coven Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

12
31 8
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

13
231 338
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

14
186 358
Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

15
238 306
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
LiliaLoewenberg added The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

16
324 228
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
pmmom38 added Beauty & the Beast Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello

17
237 179
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
nachshon_roth added Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

18
300 373
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

19
172 429
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

20
218 276
Uncle Grandpa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
beernbugs added Under the Dome Peter Browngardt, Kevin Michael Richardson, Eric Bauza

21
182 246
The Originals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
hook_swan added The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

22
156 248
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
CandyHeaton-Austin added Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

23
196 328
The Following is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
beernbugs added The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

24
214 309
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

25
216 328
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

26
248 400
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

27
213 407
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

28
120 332
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

TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

29
127 293
Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
beernbugs added Falling Skies Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight

30
187 318
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

31
237 306
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

32
4 11
Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

33
142 152
bones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
pmmom38 added bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

34
135 324
Community is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

35
196 294
South Park is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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142 299
Revolution is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
nachshon_roth added Revolution Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

37
155 338
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short

38
121 322
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

39
79 77
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
emiko_hania added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

40
143 224
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Charl99ie added Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

41
100 271
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
pmmom38 added Brooklyn Ninety-nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

42
104 235
Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
ariannamuzzu added Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

The Best Teen Drama TV Shows

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100 220
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

44
122 284
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

45
161 294
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Umberhaven added Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

46
66 135
Almost Human is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Umberhaven added Almost Human Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly

47
99 268
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
beernbugs added The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández

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

49
95 143
Covert Affairs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
beernbugs added Covert Affairs Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett

50
100 156
Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Rotten Tomatoes Lists added Bates Motel Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot