Sunday, December 22, 2013

My Top 5 TV Shows of 2013

Closing the books for the year as far as television is concerned is not really that big of a deal.  With the arrival of Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and whatever other streaming service you might use, staying up to date on the best shows on the tube is not that big a deal.  Binge watching is all the rage, and knocking off four or five episodes a night is a real possibility.  That being said, here’s a look at my top five TV shows from 2013:

I can’t quite put my finger on why “Elementary” is such an appealing show for me.  Maybe it’s the whole take a classic character and put him in modern terms thing or maybe it’s Lucy Liu.  Yeah, it’s probably Lucy Liu.  Oh, and Johhny Lee Miller.  And Aidan Quinn.  You know what, the cast is great and it is refreshing to get a look at a show with a truly dysfunctional lead character that actually has consequences to his actions.  The show is interesting and takes some great twists, which is why it is one of my favorites.

#4 Castle

Oh, Nathan Fillion, how I wish I could hate thee.  Since he arrived on the scene as an evil doer in the final season of “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” Fillion has been on the geek radar.  Of course, a little show called “Firefly” brought more mystique to his aura (voicing Green Lantern helped his geek-cred out as well), but Fillion brings a certain charisma to “Castle” that other crime dramas simply can’t.  Stana Katic compliments the actor perfectly, and who knew that another show about a police consultant could be so good.  This one is a lot of fun, which is what TV should be.

I can safely admit to not being convinced that “Sleepy Hollow” was a good idea after being inundated with promos for the Fox series.  It just didn’t make sense.  Now, half a season in, this is a must watch.  I’m quite sure Washington Irving had no idea that Ichabod Crane could ever be such a bad-ass, Tom Milson brings an air of effortless refinement to the character, which I thought was impossible, but it’s Nichole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills that pulls the show together.  Like the other shows on this list, it’s all about cast chemistry, and “Sleepy Hollow” gets it done exponentially.  Scary, entertaining, and sometimes hilarious, this is a show that leaped my expectations and kept me tuning in.

When you talk about the best show on TV, “The Big Bang Theory” should definitely be on your list.  Perfectly cast and expertly executed (at least most of the time) TBBT is a prime example of what other comedies should be doing, which is taking a formula that works and trying to branch out.  I really thought syndication would kill this show because of over saturation, but I have been proven wrong, because it is still a great 30 minutes (okay 24) of television that can make you laugh out loud and even nearly cry.

Let me start this by saying February 9th can’t get here soon enough.  For me hands down the best show on television in 2013 was “The Walking Dead.”  The story is fascinating and can take a different turn every single moment.  The cast is nothing short of spectacular, and they deliver week after week.  If you haven’t checked out Walking Dead yet, this is a great time to get caught up before the second half of Season 4 starts on February 9th.

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