2013 A Year in Review – Top Ten WORST Television Series/Seasons of 2013

Worst TV2013 offered up a lot of great TV, but at the same time the opposite is true as well. I sat through a lot of REALLY BAD TV this year. I have no one to blame for this but myself. Some of the shows that I chose to continue to watch even though I didn’t like what I was watching can be attributed to a sense of loyalty or dedication to a show, but rest assured that if that show ended up on this list, there is a good chance that my loyalty has reached its breaking point and if the show gets to be renewed for another season I won’t give it the time of day. If you are interested in watching any of these shows there may be slight spoilers in the description, so proceed with caution.

low winter sun10. Low Winter Sun (Season 1) – To be honest, I didn’t hate this show. It had an unfortunate slot of having to follow Breaking Bad. No show can really stand up to that kind of pressure. The writing was only subpar, the plot over-convoluted, and the acting slightly wooden. Mark Strong is one of the most boring actors out there today, so putting him as an anti-hero in the role of a “is he or isn’t he a dirty cop” doesn’t really mesh well. By the end of the season I had grown tired of the show, especially when the entire 2-hour long season finale didn’t do anything to wrap up any current plot points and set things up for a continuation into Season 2. Then Low Winter Sun was cancelled. Even if it wasn’t I probably would have stopped watching.

Dexter9. Dexter (Season 8) – Dexter has had its ups and downs as the seasons go but Season 8 was scraping the bottom of the barrel. As more and more people found out Dexter’s secret and decided to either help or hinder him in his pursuits the show just became over-dramatically over-the-top and ended with a very anti-climactic ending. The Season 8 finale for Dexter sets up for a spin-off and/or a chance to bring Dexter back in the future, which isn’t the ending that Dexter deserves. The writers were too afraid to do what needed to be done.

The Big Bang Theory8. The Big Bang Theory (Season 7) – This show used to be funny. I used to love laughing along with Sheldon and his odd-job gang of friends. Now I’ve realized that these writers aren’t laughing along with nerd culture and the quirks of these characters, they’re laughing at them. This show is no longer funny and sometimes borders on being offensive to certain groups. Time to hang this one up for good.

Hostages7. Hostages (Season 1) – I should have stopped after the Pilot. A surgeon is about to perform surgery on the President and if she doesn’t kill him during surgery a terrorist will kill her family. She doesn’t. Show becomes a season. While the season plays out like a mystery of epic proportions full of conspiracy theories, it’s very lack lustre and has the Prison Break effect, where anything after Season 1 is going to be unrelated to the actual premise of the show and what is mediocre will become even worse and slight off into obscurity.

under the dome6. Under the Dome (Season 1) – I was under the impression that this was a miniseries. So I went into it. Suspended disbelief for a while, ignored the gaping plot holes, ignoring the sh*tty script and actors. Then when it turns out that this is an actual show with multiple seasons planned (Found this out during the season finale) I was livid. If I had known this I wouldn’t have even bothered with this horrible Stephen King adaptation.

ray donovan5. Ray Donovan (Season 1) – I loved the first episode. I thought it was an amazing premise. A clean-up guy for celebrities. Then we got waded down by Ray’s personal and professional bullsh*t and I got bored. Stopped watching mid-season. Just couldn’t find the energy to stay invested in a show that I actually started to feel was a chore to watch.

big brother4. Big Brother (Season 15) – In my Best of 2013 Television I mention that I am a “reality” TV junkie. This includes the dreaded Big Brother. This season was absolutely outrageous. I understand that to boost ratings you want to put entertaining and/or opinionated people in the house, but filling the house with homophobes and racists and then allowing them to run wild to do and say anything to anyone or anything started to offend my sensibilities. While some of the players were called out for their behaviour, they ended up playing the “victim” card themselves for pity. It was absolutely disgusting.

sleepy hollow3. Sleepy Hollow (Season 1) – This show was renewed after 2 episodes. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen kill each other during the Civil War. They both awake in present day Sleepy Hollow. The Headless Horsemen on a mission to bring about the apocalypse, Ichabod, one of the two Biblical witnesses to try and stop the apocalypse. I have watched to the mid-point of the season. I don’t know why. It hasn’t gotten any better. That’s for damn sure.

dads2. Dads (Season 1) – I watched two episodes. That is it. I wish I hadn’t even heard of this atrocity to “comedy”.

TB6_Poster_3.indd1. True Blood (Season 6) – I “hate watch” True Blood. I really do hate the show. But I’ve invested myself to this point part of me wants to stick it out until the end of the Series, which I believe (fingers crossed) is next season. Season 6 is the same old True Blood horsesh*t with 100% more fairies! I can’t even remember why I started watching the show because it was never particularly good to begin with. In hindsight I can’t really think of a single season where anything in particular actually stuck out to me as memorable. I guess I should have stopped watching this long ago.


2013 A Year in Review – Top 10 Television Series/Seasons of 2013

Best TVA lot of time in the film industry we focus a lot more on movies than we do on television, and don’t give TV Shows the proper credit that it’s due. Despite the fact that for the right price you can buy a Golden Globe from the HFPA there are some really great performances on television that deserve recognition. I know that I am spoiling my list by saying so in the little blurb up front, but if there were an Academy Award for Best Acting in a TV Series, obviously Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad would be the front runner, I would argue that the Academy should change their rules and give him a Best Actor nomination regardless, but that’s not how things work around these parts. Without further ado: the top 10 Television Shows/Seasons of 2013.

Graceland10. Graceland (Season 1) – This show was a wild card. I really liked it, but didn’t know if it deserved a spot in the Top 10, but after hearing that almost no one has heard of this show, it has to go here just to boost its popularity. Focussing on a group of young adults who all work for various government agencies (FBI, CIA, DEA) living in the same house, helping each other with stings, it has the potential to get really messy, but instead, we were delivered a tight cop drama that could rival The Shield. Bitingly intense and exhilarating I binge watched this show so quickly and can’t wait for Season 2.

brooklyn nine-nine9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 1) – I was really hoping this show was going to bomb. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind Andy Samberg, but I really thought that after SNL his career was over. I was wrong. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is by far one of the funniest shows on TV and one of the best new shows of 2013. Sure, the humour isn’t the most mature in the world, but when you partner the comedic timing of Andy Samberg with the straight-laced acting of Andre Braugher, it ends up being comedy gold.

homeland8. Homeland (Season 3) – While Season 3 was definitely one of the more boring seasons of Homeland, it really just wraps up the intensity of Season 1 and 2. And without giving too many spoilers away, thank God that the writers had the balls to do what needed to be done a season ago in the end. They could actually finish Homeland now, not do any more seasons, and have created a beautiful story that has the perfect and necessary conclusions it needs. I worry that with a large cast change in store that Homeland is going to become muddied and lose its integrity as the tight, spy-thriller I’ve come to love and adore.

Suits7. Suits (Season 2 Part 2 & Season 3 Part 1) – I was late jumping on the Suits bandwagon, but, thanks to my wife, am now an avid fan that won’t miss an episode. While Season 2 Part 2 was much stronger than Season 3 Part 1 I’m just glad to have this fun, quirky legal drama to follow now that Boston Legal has been off the air for a few years.

bering sea gold6. Bering Sea Gold (Season 2) – I am a “reality” TV junkie, but I try to leave that off of these lists. Bering Sea Gold is my guilty pleasure. Maybe it’s just because I don’t fantasize about money in the same way that the people on this show do, and I am just fascinated by the lengths that people will go to in destroying their personal, financial and professional lives just to make a few ounces of gold a day. Almost every episode is the same, but I still find myself tuning in every week to catch up on the drama on the gold mines outside of Nome, Alaska. Season 3 just started and I’ve saved up a few episodes to binge watch in the New Year.

justified5. Justified (Season 4) – I love Justified. There’s really not too much more I can say here. Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens is great. Walter Goggins as the typical FX villain shines. The writing is great. The plot lines keep my captivated. No way in hell I want this cancelled anytime soon.

the newsroom4. The Newsroom (Season 2) – Here’s my problem with The Newsroom. I love it. I get engaged and just want to keep watching. BUT. They suck at resolving storylines. End of Season 1 has a serious death threat against Will McAvoy which I was hoping would be resolved in Season 2, instead, it’s never mentioned again. I did love Season 2, despite the fact that I found it frustrating from time to time in the way it would jump back and forth in time. It is classic Aaron Sorkin, so it could go on for many seasons, which gives the writer(s) a lot of time to work on resolving story lines.

sons of anarchy3. Sons of Anarchy (Season 6) – I may get a lot of hate for saying this, but if you were in shock and awe of the Season Finale of Sons of Anarchy than you know NOTHING about this television show. Without giving away spoilers, the events that happened in this finale were set up from the beginning. It was an inevitable conclusion. It was only a matter of time; I was just surprised it took this long. If you’ve ever watched anything by Kurt Sutter before you had to know this was going to happen. Despite the fact that everyone was like: “NO WAY!” I still thought Season 6 was a very strong season and truly capitalizes on how the downfall of the M.C. is just around the corner. I’m excited for an explosive 7th and Final Season.

game of thrones2. Game of Thrones (Season 3) – I have to admit, I stopped reading The Game of Thrones books because of how great the television series was and how true to the book it stayed long before Season 3. So the events like The Red Wedding, which knowing George RR Martin, shouldn’t have been a surprise, truly blew me away, unlike the Season Finale mentioned above in Number 3. I like the whole notion Martin has with the whole ‘every time someone tells me who their favourite character is, I kill them off.’ Game of Thrones is a great show that continues to impress week after week after week. Bring on Season 4.

breaking bad1. Breaking Bad (Season 5 Part 1 & Part 2) – No surprise here. I was late to the Breaking Bad party. I was in Season 2 when Season 5 Part 2 was starting, but I caught up in time to watch the Series Finale live and was so blown away by how perfect a series this show truly turned out to be. Ozymandias may actually go down as my favourite episode in Television History knocking Casinko from Sealab 2021 from its current position.

Honorable Mention: The Following (Season 1), The Blacklist (Season 1)