2013 was an excellent year of television with new shows like Agents of SHIELD and returning favorites like Doctor Who and the Walking Dead. This is the first part of my year in review of all the television series that I watched last year focusing on the shows that aired in 2013. This is not a list ranking the best shows, but rather an overview with mini-reviews of each show that I watched. Either later this week or the next I will have a TV Awards post. In addition to being an overview of 2013's TV shows, this is also a list chronicling the shows that I watched throughout the year.
Agents of SHIELD
Being both Joss Whedon's return to television and Marvel's first forte expanding their cinematic into television, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD had a ton of hype riding on it. While the series did disappoint to a certain degree, it was a very strong series overall and one of the better ones of 2013. There are many people that hated the show and others, like myself, enjoyed it a lot. To be honest, as much as I enjoyed the show, it was not quite as good as I had expected. However, it is probably the best show on network television.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead, aka the most popular show on cable television, and one of the most popular period. After several years of hearing how great the show was, I finally watched the entire series through season four, and it was even better than expected. Counting season the second half of season three and the first half of season four, The Walking Dead is probably the best show of 2013. As you will read in my upcoming reviews of the each season, it is one of the best character driven stories around, and the action is the best in live-action television as well.
Season two of Elementary started with some of the series' best episodes and then it leveled off into something that was kind of average. Thus far, season two is superior to the first half of season one, but compared to the high quality of the other shows on network television, Elementary did not deliver. This fall season of network television is much better than last year, which makes Elementary not seem as good. While most of this post was written in 2013, having now seen the new fantastic season of Sherlock, Elementary's flaws are even more apparent than before. Also, the second half of season one aired last year, and you can read my review for that by clicking here.
The Blacklist, aka, James Spader being freaking awesome. The Blacklist is a thriller series about Raymond "Red" Reddington, an ex-con and number one on the FBI's Most Wanted List that offers his "Blacklist" of the top criminals in exchange for his freedom, plus one other strange request: he will only talk to a rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen. The series starts strong with a few thrilling opening episodes, then drags a bit in the middle with any episode that does not heavily feature Spader, and then ends with one of the better finales of 2013. The Blacklist easily takes the most surprising new show of 2013, mostly because of James Spader's awesomeness.
Wow! What an amazing series! Technically, Fate/Zero premiered in 2011, however the English Dub was not released until late 2013, which is when I started watching this incredible show. Fate/Zero is about the 4th Holy Grail War where various contenders battle using heroes from different eras, such as Alexander the Great and King Arthur. Fate/Zero is a unique blend of contemporary fantasy, suspense, action, historical fiction, and pure intensity. Watch the show; it is brilliant! Warning though, due to the violence the show is not intended for younger audiences. My full review for the series will be post in the next couple of weeks.
Vikings is History Channel's first forte into a scripted television series, and for a freshman effort, it wasn't bad. The show had some major flaws like major weirdness and too much sexual content, but other than that, Vikings did a good job at giving us some realistic Viking action. Sometimes the series focuses a little too much on the culture of the vikings, which can be cool, but it does distract from the story. Overall, Viking is a solid show that I will most definitely will continue to watch, but it is far from a classic.
What are some the shows that you watched in 2013? Have you seen, or are you interested in the any of the shows that I have discussed thus far? Please comment below.
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