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Year in Review: The 2013 TV Superlatives

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | December 31, 2013 | Comments ()


In no particular order:

The Another Season Would Be Really Unnecessary Award: Homeland

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The Guilty Pleasure Turned Hate Watch Award: Scandal

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The Best Look Award: Laura Benanti, The Sound of Music Live!

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The Best at Everything, Including Death, Award: Sherlock, Sherlock


The Best Spawner of Crackpot Theories Award: Mad Men


The Noooooooooooooooooo! Award: Boardwalk Empire


The This Almost Makes Us Forget About His Role in Entourage Award: Mr. Selfridge


The Thank You For This Award: True Blood

The You’ll Be Missed (Haters to the Left) Award: Matt Smith, Doctor Who


The I’m Glad I Gave This Another Shot Because It’s Pretty Damn Cute Award: Hart of Dixie


The Thanks For Repeatedly Crushing My Soul Award: Rectify


The I Can’t Believe I’m Rooting for the Death of a Kid Award: Carl, The Walking Dead


The Now Here is a Kid Character I’d Watch In His Own Show Award: Bert, Trophy Wife


The Best Guest Star Award: Jim Beaver (Justified, Breaking Bad, Longmire)


The This Cast is So Perfect Award: Orange is the New Black


The Best Performance by a Bedazzled Speedo Award: Behind the Candelabra


The Best Performance by Anything Ever Award: Rob Lowe’s face, Behind the Candelabra


The Showrunner We Most Want to Punch in the Face Award: Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey


The Best Use of Wigs Award: Orphan Black


The DEAR GOD WHY Award: Tie, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad



Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.

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  • Jezzer

    "The Another Season Would Be Really Unnecessary Award:"

    Girls. But after its first season. Or in the middle of it. I'm not particular.

  • Bhammer100

    Nice to see Justified get some love.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    "The Now Here is a Kid Character I’d Watch In His Own Show Award: Bert, Trophy Wife"

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

  • e jerry powell

    The Piven needs to not look like that.

  • Maddy

    That picture of Huck and Quinn is going to give me nightmares.

  • laylaness

    The Showrunner We Most Want to Punch in the Face Award: Julian Fellowes,Downton Abbey

    Must disagree, sorry. That honor goes to Moffat.

    But I do agree with Caaaaaaaaaarl.

  • Emran Huq

    Spot on with Homeland! There is no more story left to tell.

  • Berry

    Matt Smith's Doctor was pretty great, but that episode did not do it for me at all. What does that mean, vis á vis me going to the left or not? Please advice, or else I'll be forced to move between left and right for the whole day like a jackass.

  • Guest

    No you don't have to choose. Matt will always be my Doctor and love or hate the stories he was given he was always very good (same applies to Jenna) and will be terribly missed.

  • Maguita NYC

    You're allowed to swing both ways Berry, the world has become much more tolerant and accepting of you taking the time to explore all sides. <3

  • Berry

    But will some people still think I'm just kidding myself?

  • Maguita NYC

    No, they'll just believe you're experimenting. Or you're more into the person than the gender... I'm quite sure there is a word for it, or an expression regarding scale and gender orientation, but I can't really think of it right now. Because of course wine.

    Have a very Happy New Year Berry-whose-lovely-downvote-cherry I've picked this year. The memory warms my feels and I shall cherish it forever. :p

  • Berry

    Right back at ya, Maguita. Ah, what a memorable night that was. (At least it was night for me. Might have been day where you were/are.)

    PS. I have to work today. I went to bed at 9.30 last night. My life's just one big, nonstop party.

    ETA Plus it's going to be the MOST BORING WORKDAY IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE HUMAN HISTORY, because 1. there's not actually any work to do today, I just have to sit here in case something happens, and it won't, 2. even the internet is dead, 3. I was planning on watching something on Netflix, but it won't work unless I install some upgrade thingy, which I'm not authorized to do on my work computer. Thank god I brought books.

    Seriously though, I might still die of boredom today. If that happens, I bequeath my brain to science.

  • Maguita NYC

    Stay strong Berry! Are you allowed to go on YT at least? Maybe watch some Iron Chef? Let me know if YT links are okay, I'll keep you amused throughout the day, because I'm gonna be lazy and do nothing but stare at the tv screen... Never leaving my couch again. :D

  • Berry

    Only an hour to go now, and I'm not alone here anymore, so better nix the YT as well. Thank you though.

  • Dumily

    Goddamn you and your face, Richard Harrow. Your beautiful, beautiful face.

  • Guest

    The Best at Everything, Including Death, Award:Sherlock, Sherlock

    I actually think that award should go to this guy (including death and being brought back from said death):

    The You’ll Be Missed (Haters to the Left) Award: Matt Smith, Doctor Who

    *This is all I wanted before to do before 11 regenerated.

    Additional "You’ll Be Missed's":

    Olivia, Peter, and Walter.

    Misfits Crew:

  • Colleen Griffin

    Okay Pajibans, is it true that I can get the new episode of Sherlock off Amazon here in the states the day after it airs? I'm willing to pay.

  • laylaness

    It will air on KQED the same day.

  • emmalita

    With Luther I had to wait until it was on BBCAmerica before I could buy episodes.

  • AngelenoEwok

    The TV shows of 2013 are probably one of the few aspects of this year I'll look back on fondly.

  • Maguita NYC

    Thank you for reminding me what a great year in TV we had this year! It was certainly better than going to the movies, most of the time.

    Happy New Year to all Pajibans, may you kick 2013 in the ass and welcome 2014 in the feels... Wherever they may be.

  • luthien26

    Upvote because Idris Elba. :)

  • Maguita NYC

    Upvote because even the name "Idris Elba" makes me almost swoon in glorious ecstasy.

  • Wigamer

    Ahh, the elusive shirtless Idris picture. Yes, indeed.

  • Maguita NYC

    Wig! You've been gone a while. Hope you spent your holidays unwisely. Very unwisely (eyebrow wiggle)

  • Wigamer

    Idris' fineness can always draw me out. Seriously, teaching saps me to my core, but I've missed you and my other Pajibans!!

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Also, you forgot Best Food We Should Not Want To Eat, Ever: Hannibal

  • Guest

    I disagree. I've had the High Life Eggs from Oeuf and it is FANTASTIC!

  • Ian Fay

    That's just classy Toad In The Hole, which is admittedly great.

  • CardinalChunder

    Oh, yes. It was on a little later in the year in the UK, so it coincided with the summer, and a lot of adverts featuring people enjoying barbecues, which acquired a whole new horrifying subtext.

  • John W

    I can't believe that picture of Eric isn't being used for a national reading campaign by libraries around the country.

  • emmalita

    The librarians are keeping the good stuff in the restricted areas.

  • Berry

    For some reason, those two downvotes bother me immensely. Why are they? Who has something against this message? What are they objecting to, exactly? Librarians? Good stuff? Jokes? I want to find those downvoters and crazy murder them. (I've been re-watching season 1 of New Girl, and really wanted to use the words "crazy murder" in a sentence today. Mission Accomplished!)

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  • BWeaves

    Why, oh why is Alan Rickman turning into a woman? NOOOOO, you're supposed to be all creased and manly. Make it stop!

    I could get behind (or in front of) Nathan Fillion's poster better if he were wearing a tight T-shirt with a hammer on it.

  • pajiba

    THEY WERE NOT CRACKPOT THEORIES, SARAH CARLSON. They were completely accurate, only a certain showrunner rewrote and reshot the last several episodes of the season after SOMEONE on the Internet figured him out.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I still think Bob Benson might end up being the Zodiac killer.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Honestly, the crackpot theory version of this season of Mad Men was far more interesting than what it ended up being.

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