Best TV Shows – 2012/2013 Season

The Best Television Shows of the Year

  1. Breaking Bad final season
  2. Game of Thrones season 3
  3. House of Cards season 1
  4. Fringe final season
  5. Justified season 4
  6. Homeland season 2
  7. Arrow season 1
  8. Hannibal season 1
  9. Venture Brothers season 5
  10. Doctor Who season 7
  11. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 10
  12. Aqua Teen… season 10
  13. Downton Abbey season 3
  14. The Vampire Diaries season 4
  15. Wilfred season 3
  16. American Horror Story: Asylum season 2
  17. Continuum season 1
  18. Hataraku Maou-sama! season 1
  19. Archer season 4
  20. Parks and Recreation season 4 


Best Performances

  1. Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones
  2. Bryan Cranston as THE Walter White on Breaking Bad
  3. Laura Fraser as Lidia on Breaking Bad
  4. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones
  5. Claire Danes as Carrie on Homeland
  6. Corey Stoll as Russo on House of Cards
  7. John Noble as Walter Bishop on Fringe
  8. Dean Norris as Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad
  9. Jonathan Banks as Mike on Breaking Bad
  10. Timothy Olyphant as Raylan on Justified
  11. Jesse Plemons as Todd Breaking on Bad
  12. Michelle Dockery as Mary on Downton Abbey
  13. Kevin Spacey as Underwood on House of Cards
  14. Rupert Friend as Peter on Homeland
  15. Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones


Most Annoying Characters on TV

  1. Harrison Morgan (Dexter’s unfortunate son) on Dexter
  2. The entire cast of Revolution, especially Charlie
  3. Skyler White on Breaking Bad
  4. Every teenager on Under the Dome
  5. Rick’s wife on Walking Dead (may she rest in restlessness)
  6. Sheldon on Big Bang Theory x100
  7. Katie Cassidy as Oliver’s super awesome and brilliant lawyer girlfriend on Arrow
  8. Lena Dunham on Girls
  9. Every other character on Walking Dead (except for Daryl)
  10. Stefan Salvatore on Walking Dead
  11. Vampire Bill (after he lost his powers) on True Blood

The Worst Things on TV

  1. Cable and Network News
  2. Glee
  3. Duck Dynasty
  4. Revolution
  5. Big Bang Theory
  6. The Newsroom
  7. Girls
  8. Family Guy and Cleveland Show
  9. The Mindy Project
  10. Under the Dome
  11. Walking Dead

Disappointing Seasons From (once) Good Shows

  1. Dexter
  2. Community (shark officially jumped)
  3. Arrested Development (welcome back!… or not)
  4. True Blood
  5. Mad Men
  6. Louie

Past #1 Television Picks

  • 2013: Breaking Bad (season 5a/b)
  • 2012: Game of Thrones (season 2)
  • 2011: Game of Thrones (season 1)
  • 2010: Breaking Bad (season 3)
  • 2009: Lost (season 5)
  • 2008: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (season 5)
  • 2007: Frisky Dingo (season 1)
  • 2006: Battlestar Galactica (season 2.5)
  • 2005: Arrested Development (season 3)
  • 2004:  Fullmetal Alchemist (season 1)
  • 2003: Angel (season 5)
  • 2002: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 7)
  • 2001: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 6)

Notes on this season: For the first time in a long time the show that (probably) wins the Emmy for Best Drama this weekend, Breaking Bad, will actually be the best drama. The show is back at the number one for a second time! Season three made the top spot, followed by Game of Thrones taking best show of the year honors two years in a row. Make no mistake, season three of GoT was just as good but there’s no beating The Man that Knocks this year. It’s a safe, predictable and obvious #1 choice, granted, but there’s no way around it and no question that Breaking Bad’s final, two part 16-episode season is the best thing on Television. The first eight episodes of s5 is a flawlessly executed season that completes the “Empire” portion of Walter White’s life. Dark. Perfect. The gut wrenching unraveling of Walter White’s grimy soul in season 5b is nothing short of biggest television event since Lost ended. Except, you know, actually good. As for Dexter ending its bloody run… good riddance. Despite playing it safe and boring post season four, the show is still a classic but the insulting, soap opera-y final season sliced a gaping hole in Dexter’s legacy. It didn’t help that the final season aired parallel to Breaking Bad.  Finally, Fringe also ended it’s run. After the disappointing/disproportionate season four it was a relief to see season five of Fringe wrap things up in a satisfying and thoughtful manner; something exceedingly rare for sci-fi/fantasy shows.