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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651 407
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

2
511 458
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

3
521 424
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
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
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
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 Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

7
217 370
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
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 Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

9
202 397
Justified is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
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 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 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
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
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
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

15
238 306
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
LiliaLoewenberg added 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 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 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
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
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 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 Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

22
156 248
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
CandyHeaton-Austin added 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 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
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
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
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
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
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

29
127 293
Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
beernbugs added 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
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
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
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 Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

34
135 324
Community is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
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
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

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

37
155 338
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
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
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 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 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 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 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

43
100 220
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot