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?
What were the best TV shows of 2013?
Here are Episodes 5-1. (Catch up with Episodes 25-21, Episodes 20-16 and Episodes 15-11 and Episodes 10-6 or check out the full list here.)
Mayim Bialik, Jon Hamm
Wednesday's Screen Actors Guild nominations were out with the old, but not totally in with the new. Former awards darling Mad Men was nowhere to be found, while fresh faces came in the form of usual suspects at other awards shows. Check out our surprises and snubs below, and then tell us yours.
"It's not easy being mean." Those are the words of the frog Constantine in the upcoming Disney film Muppets Most Wanted, which hits theaters this spring. It seems that the master criminal bears a striking resemblance to another amphibian we may know: Kermit.
Strong female characters are rarely allowed to be nuanced on TV. They don't get to be brilliant, vain or funny. They get to be strong (and maybe sexy, if they're lucky). They kick a--, overcome obstacles and rarely display any signs of feminine vulnerability. Often times, their strength is framed as the result of some "issue," (SVU's Olivia Benson troubled childhood, Sonya Cross' Asperger's on The Bridge), as though the women are only strong because a catalyst forced them to be this way.
But Mindy Lahiri doesn't have issues (well, she has issues, but not in that sense). She's a strong, well-developed comedic antihero on par with Michael Scott. But many Mindy Project viewers didn't warm to Mindy as quickly as they took to the equally offensive Office boss. "I think that [Mindy] is very resilient and very confident and until you see her display kindness or show rapport with other people, it's hard for an audience just to decide they love her," Mindy Kaling tells TVGuide.com, recalling the initial reaction to the character.
Tina Fey is returning to NBC — behind the camera at least.
NBC has given a 13-episode order to a new comedy from Fey and her fellow 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock. The series will star Office alum Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. The series is slated for a fall 2014 debut.
Carol Burnett was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the country's top humor honor, over the weekend.
"This is very encouraging," Burnett said in her acceptance speech, The Associated Press reports. "It was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington. With any luck, they'll soon get voted out, and I'll still have the Mark Twain prize."
Amy Poehler, Cecily Strong
Cecily Strong has filled some mighty big shoes over on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" desk. Before her, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey — arguably two of SNL's finest female comedians — set a pretty high standard. So what does Poehler think of her successor?
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler
Sorry, Taylor Swift. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning to host the Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcedTuesday.
"It's wonderful news," HFPA president Theo Kingma said. "They have always been our first choice as hosts and we're delighted they are back for the next two years."
Edward Norton will host Saturday Night Live when the show returns on Oct. 26. It will be Norton's first time hosting the show, though he has appeared in sketches before, as far back as 1999.
Saturday Night Live returned from its summer hiatus and kicked off Season 39 with host Tina Fey and a surprise cameo from Breaking Bad's own Jesse Pinkman.
As part of the opening skit, Aaron Paul showed up in character to prove why Obamacare could've helped his friend who cooked meth to pay for cancer treatments.