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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
Starring Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke (HBO)
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn (AMC)
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies (AMC)
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
pmmom38 added Starring Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello (The CW Television Network)
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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
nachshon_roth added Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell (The CW Television Network)
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco (CBS)
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen (ABC)
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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright (Netflix)
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
MelissaHamari added Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy (The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network)
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Rotten Tomatoes Lists added Starring Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters (FX)
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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
MarkJohnson added Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla (American Broadcasting Company)
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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
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Castle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
testuservikas1 added Starring Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan (American Broadcasting Company)
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Uncle Grandpa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
beernbugs added
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
hook_swan added Starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt (The CW Television Network)
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Bones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
pmmom38 added Starring Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin (Fox Broadcasting Company)
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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
CandyHeaton-Austin added Starring Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang (CBS)
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield (Fox Broadcasting Company)
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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend (Showtime)
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
LiliaLoewenberg added Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder (The CW Television Network)
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders (CBS)
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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney (FXX)
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner (Fox)
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Justified is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
Starring Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter (FX)
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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of 2013
emiko_hania added Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs (British Broadcasting Corporation)