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