Television isn’t made by any one person, and it certainly isn’t made for any one specific demographic, which can certainly blur the line between what is considered “good” TV and what isn’t. In contrast to “popular opinion,” I admittedly prefer some television series that are heavier on the fluff factor (I offer most of the shows I regularly review as examples), rather than what can be considered as compelling examples of TV narrative at its’ finest. But, that’s what I love about the medium. Good television is not exclusive to one genre or network. You can find series that fit all of your viewing desires without sacrificing personal taste; the part of me that loves to see comic book characters come to life on film can enjoy CW’s Arrow while the history buff part of me craved Showtime’s mini-series The White Queen.
In my first shot at compiling my own list of the 10 best TV shows of 2013, I struggled like the rest of my colleagues to sift through all the “good” television that I’ve experienced this year (and this year tops my television watching record) to come up with my top 10. The following TV shows are in no way a definite list of what everyone reading this will unanimously consider to be the best. There are some that you might completely question whether they even qualify as good, but hopefully one of your favorite series coincides with my personal opinion. I’d like to think my list includes a well-rounded variety of the best that networks as a whole had to offer in 2013.
Read on for my top 10 TV shows of 2013.