Torture! Clones! Betrayal! Sexting! And just sex! From touching series finales (farewell, 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 Episodes 20-16. (Catch up with Episodes 25-21.)
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
1. Breaking Bad
What a way to go out — with a bang, on a tragic yet triumphant high, at the peak of popularity and notoriety. What could be more satisfying than that? There wasn't a wasted moment or unexplored opportunity for suspenseful conflict in the intense last chapters of AMC's masterful thriller, charting Walter White's ultimate descent into criminal infamy. Bryan Cranston brilliantly captured the character's mood swings, from wounded pride to murderous rage to sorrow over the family he lost due to his dark machinations. No maddening ambiguities in this grand finale...
Bryan Cranston, Andy Samberg
Breaking Bad, The Good Wife and lots of fresh faces led Thursday's Golden Globe Awards, while defending champ Homeland was shut out.
A day after nabbing three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, Breaking Bad earned three Globe ...
Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen
Only eight episodes into its first season, Showtime's Masters of Sex has already offered more twists and turns than the Kama Sutra. Audiences seem to like playing Peeping Tom. Ratings have been strong, and the network announced it would renew the show for Season 2.
What's the secret to Sex's success? You can start with the offbeat chemistry of classically trained British thespian Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) and comic actress Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the pioneering researchers who revolutionized the study of sex in the 1950s. "The producers clearly knew what...
Jensen Ackles, Nina Dobrev, Simon Baker
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Can you give us any more information about Bartholomew on Supernatural? —Gina
ADAM: Let's just say that he might pose a few more problems for the Winchester boys than previous angel Naomi did. "Bartholomew set out to be a headhunter to kind of rule the roost, whereas Naomi was more in the business of trying to preserve heaven and ruling that landscape," Jensen Ackles tells us. "With that comes [new] rules of the game." And those new rules are likely to more deadly. "Bartholomew is malicious in a way that Naomi wasn't," Misha Collins says. "She would engage in torture, but there's something more sinister about Bartholomew. He seems to me to be less sympathetic."
Any scoop on The Vampire Diaries? So many twists last week! —Tonya
NATALIE: Seriously. For one, Katherine getting her blood drained won't come without consequences...
"If you were having a contest for the most sexually adventurous girl in the hospital, who would win?" Nicholas D'Agosto, who plays Dr. Ethan Haas on Showtime's Masters of Sex (Sunday, 10/9c), doesn't blame his character for his obsession with trying to find a sexually liberated woman. After all ...
It's raining zombies, quite literally, by the end of the first hour of The Walking Dead's fourth harrowing season (Sunday, 9/8c, AMC). And when it rains, it pours blood. Just how fans like it.
But it's in the pauses between the gruesome action, those eerie and unsettling silences, when we're reminded there's no rest for the living in a treacherous world where swarming walkers are constantly pressing against the prison-shelter gates, insatiable and relentless. In these quieter moments, Dead reinforces its claim as TV's greatest horror drama by making us care so desperately about the characters' humanity.
Next to Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin, my favorite Halloween TV touchstone is The Simpsons' annual "Treehouse of Horror" special, with Mad Magazine-worthy parodies of things that go "D-oh!" in the night. It's airing unusually early this year in advance of post-season baseball pre-emptions, but what better way to get in the spirit — and as a bonus for the 24th edition (Sunday, 8/7c, Fox), horror maestro Guillermo Del Toro has designed an elaborate "couch gag" opening sequence that's a kaleidoscopic homage to...
"This whole thing feels like Christmas or something!" Participating in the Masters and Johnson sex study is the gift that keeps on giving for Dr. Austin Langham (Teddy Sears) on Showtime's Masters of Sex (Sunday, 10/9c).
It's clear that anyone tuning into Masters of Sex expects to see, well, lots of sex. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that viewers are using the series as some form of surrogate pornography, but rather are curious about how the series treats sex -- as smut? as science? as procreation? as titillation? In short, just how sexy is the sex on the show?