Happy New TV Year! With the Winter Olympics only a little more than a month away, the networks are wasting no time premiering new and returning shows through January, making this almost as busy a month for programming as the heights of September. Let the winter midseason begin.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Some underdogs adopt a never-say-die mentality. In the fringe world of wackiness known as NBC's Community, it's more like never say graduate, as the cult comedy returns for an against-the-odds fifth season with back-to-back episodes (Thursday, 8/7c) once again under the warped tutelage of mercurial series creator Dan Harmon. (For more on his and the show's comeback, go here.)
Torture! Clones! Betrayal! Sexting! And just sex! From touching series finales (adieu, 30 Rock and The Office!) to Game of Thrones' brutal Red Wedding, 2013 was brimming with fantastic hours of television. TVGuide.com has compiled the top 25 episodes. Which ones made the cut? Tune in all week to see the full list.
What were the best TV shows of 2013?
Here are the first five in our countdown.
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Parenthood. Read at your own risk (and preferably with tissues handy!)]
After a relatively calm beginning to Parenthood's fourth season, emotions kicked into high gear on...
Julia may not have kissed her new friend Ed on last week's episode of Parenthood, but in the eyes of the show's loyal fans, what actually happened may have been worse. After learning that, despite her extra efforts, her son Victor would have to be moved back down to fourth grade, Julia tearfully embraced Ed, and not her husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger).
"Julia's relationship with Ed is confusing to her because it feels so good to have a friend who's completely open to anything and everything that she wants to say," Erika Christensen tells TVGuide.com. "I think if she's being very honest with herself — yeah, she has a little crush on him. But if Joel and Julia were not going through what they're going through right now, it would be nothing to bat an eye at."
Although it seems like things couldn't get much worse for the longtime solid couple, Julia will hit a new low...
What a difference a year makes. Last September, Parenthood faced a shortened 15-episode season after three years of high critical praise but lukewarm ratings. But thanks in no small part to Kristina's heartbreaking battle with breast cancer, the tearjerker family drama transformed from bubble show to buzz show. Now the NBC series returns for a full 22-episode season on a brand new night, Thursdays at 10/9c.
"Moving us to Thursdays was a vote of confidence from...