TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2013, Vol. 2: Items 90-81

Today our Top 100 list continues with the octogenarian portion of the countdown: Welcome to the 80s! Okay, there's one thing in the 90s. Oh and there's no number 80, that's tomorrow. But you get what we mean. Cut us some slack. YOU try writing an intro for a new section a Top 100 list nearly every day for the rest of the year! Just wait until we hit the 30s, the intro will probably be a copied-and-pasted paragraph from a Wikipedia entry on photosynthesis or just a bunch of random characters from Tim banging his head on the keyboard. Anyway, all this rambling has fulfilled the required minimum word count for an opening paragraph, so now we can get on with the show. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for numbers 80-71 and another dazzling set-up!


90. The Big C says goodbye

Look, there was really only one way for The Big C to end unless Showtime wanted to completely ditch the entire premise of the series. Lucky for us, the network didn't want to do that (because that would've sucked), and so Cathy Jameson left this mortal coil and we cried our faces off. Adam finished high school and we cried our faces off. Cathy made nice with her anti-dad-of-the-year and we cried our faces off. IT WAS JUST REALLY CATHARTIC, OKAY?

PREVIOUSLY: The Big C series Finale Review: And They Lived Happily Ever After


89. Comedy Bang! Bang! hits the right note

IFC's funny-and-fake talk show probably has the budget of an elementary-school musical, but it knows how to penny-pinch for maximum effect. In Season 2's most impressive effort, Casey Wilson joined host Scott Aukerman for a party trick that every TV series must play at least once during its run: the musical episode! With Paul F. Tompkins in the role of podcast-favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber, Wilson impersonating Anne Hathaway singing and crying about Cheez-Its, and Thomas Lennon suiting up as the Phantom of the Bang Bang Set, this episode was demented, impressive, and most of all, high-larious.


88. J.R.'s Dallas funeral


Real-life tragedy intervened with TNT's contemporary continuation of the iconic soap when actor Larry Hagman unexpectedly died midway through the production of Season 2, forcing the writers to quickly say goodbye to one of the show's leading man and one of television's all-time greatest characters. Some unused footage and a few computer tricks helped set up the perfect way to honor J.R. Ewing's legacy: with a "Who killed J.R.?" mystery that echoed the legendary "Who shot J.R.?" arc from the original. Original Dallas cast members Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray gave powerful performances that were clearly reflective of more than just TV characters losing a family member; they were losing a real friend.


87. CHICK FIIIIIIIIGHTS!


Okay maybe we're immature for digging on two women punching each other in the bosoms, but if that's the case, we don't want to grow up. The ladies went after it this year, with The Americans pitting Claudia and Elizabeth against each other, Sons of Anarchy making a main event out of Tara vs. Gemma (Round 1 to Tara, Round 2 and game, set, match to Gemma), Orphan Black throwing Ainsley and Allison into fisticuffs (and a garbage disposal), Suburgatory staging an epic battle between Dalia and Tessa, and True Blood building quite a set piece out of Sarah Newlin sinking a stiletto into the back of a snooping Tru Blood distributor's head. Pass the popcorn and let the clumps of hair fly!  

PREVIOUSLY: The Americans "Trust Me" Review: Whac-a-MoleTrue Blood "Dead Meat" Review: Give Me a Ride With Your MindSons of Anarchy Season 6 Finale Review: The Really Long Road to the End


86. American Horror Story escapes the asylum

Lana Banana channeled Geraldo Rivera for American Horror Story: Asylum's slightly-rushed-but-still-pretty-awesome finale, taking her place in the highest echelon of sensationalist journalism and totally shoving that pesky lesbian thing under the rug. Along with the serial killer bastard son. And the aliens. Lana's rug was very busy, basically. But hey, it wouldn't be an AHS finale if everyone didn't die horribly except for that one character who might've been a little less goodie-goodie than we initially believed. It's okay, Lana, you're still perf.

PREVIOUSLY: American Horror Story Season 2 Finale Review: The Lana Winters Story


85. TV loses itself to dance




Go Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it's your birthday! Go American Horror Story: Asylum, it's your birthday! Go Mad Men, it's your birthday! Go Trophy Wife, it's your birthday! Go The Mindy Project, it's your birthday! Spontaneous fits of boogying aren't just watchable, they're encouraged—whether they're absinthe-induced, drug-induced, or otherwise! 

PREVIOUSLY: American Horror Story: Asylum "The Name Game" Review: Dance the Pain Away (PHOTO RECAP); Mad Men "The Crash" Review: Uppers Give You Wings!


84. Stephen Colbert gets lucky

Speaking of dancing, was Stephen Colbert's Daft Punk dance party a publicity stunt for an appearance that was never going to happen or a genius way to cope with a last-minute cancellation? Who cares, it was awesome!


83. Bad TV = good TV

2013 was incredibly bountiful with regard to incredible new TV shows, but let's not forget the stinky-yet-entertaining turds it farted out: Do No Harm, a show about a Jekyll-and-Hyde doctor, Zero Hour, an absolute mess about Nazis AND paranormal clocks, and Cult, a show about another show, murder, and brainwashed fans, all bent genres in such ridiculous ways that it made for some glorious hate-watching. 

PREVIOUSLY: Do No Harm series Premiere Review: A Show With a Split PersonalityZero Hour Series Premiere Review: Anyone Know What We Just Watched?Cult Series Premiere Review: A Crazy Show Within a Crazy Show


82. The Mentalist flushes the (Red) John

The arc that seemed like it would never end finally ended, and with it went all those episode titles with "Red" in them. At long last, Patrick Jane discovered the identity of Red John, the murderer who took his wife's life, and even though the reveal was underwhelming, we still found it incredibly satisfying to see Jane strangle the dude to death. Plus, now the show can get on with being what it should be: a handsome man solving crimes!


81. Patton Oswalt makes everything better


Every year, an in-demand actor makes the rounds on great shows, and 2013 was the Year of the Oswalt. He fillibustered about Star Wars on Parks and Recreation. He withstood torture from a douchebag named Yolo on Justified. He played a cocky fire chief on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And he crafted the perfect Evite responses on Portlandia. And that was all in addition to his regular gig on The Heart, She Holler and his voice roles on The Goldbergs and Axe Cop. But even with all the screentime, overexposure was never an issue, as Oswalt is one of the most likable and talented comedians in show biz. 


See you tomorrow for Volume 3!




TV.COM'S TOP 100 EVERYTHING OF 2013

– Volume 1: Items 100-91

– Volume 2: Items 90-81

– Volume 3: Items 80-71

– Volume 4: Items 70-61

– Volume 5: Items 60-51

Volume 6: Items 50-41

Volume 7: Items 40-31

Volume 8: Items 30-21

Volume 9: Items 20-11

Volume 10: Items 10-1


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RED JOHN DEATH n82??? meh.. TM is so underrated it hurts..
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Do no harm. Definitely one of the better shows of 2013. I'm certain that the aithor of section 83 did not watch it.
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Of the 3 out so far, this has the best group of moments yet...
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Okay about J.R.'s funeral (touching we really did lose Larry Hagman lately) and Mentalist should be much higher. The rest meh again. Guys this list should be way more exciting
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How good was American Horror Story Season 2, such a great enticing display of horror and thrill.
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Saw the Colbert bit for the first time, thought it was hilarious :P
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Patton Oswalt on Parks & Rec was one the best damn guest spots I seen in years (he was also great as Constable Bob Sweeney in Justified!!).

Colbert sticking it to MTV that was great!
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I know what you mean about Zero Hour and Cult but Zero Hour really dropped the ball since it truly had potential. The direction was messed up and ending was bizarre. There was just no correct pacing with Cult. Mostly about finding the younger brother and no depth. Zero Hour was the better of the two but tried too hard to be mysterious or bizarre I guess, haha.
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And don't forget, Patton Oswalt was a pretty awesome...I don't know, bad guy, good guy? I'm not sure but he sparked up the last few episodes of Burn Notice.
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Mentalist should have been higher
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Am I the only one that liked "do no harm"?
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If they are going to recognize Chicks that Fight they need to mention the most badass Chick on television. Without question it has to be "BANSHEE"'s Carrie Hopewell as portrayed by the beautiful and talented Ivana Milicivec. Her beatdown of Rabbit's man Olek was epic. Is it January 10th yet?
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I hope that fight will be pretty high on the list.
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The previews Cinemax has been airing - two episodes have been re-running every Friday leading into the premiere - have looked awesome.
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so glad you didnt forget JR's goodbye, even though i'd put it some dozen marks higher.
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Totally happy about the reboot of The Mentalist. Don't even remember about Red John anymore.
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JR FUNERAL and RED JOHN should be top 25 at least!!!
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They should have killed Red John years ago but still it was an important moment for the show.
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orange is the new black`s girl fight was amazing!
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You need to add Danny from the Mindy Project to the perfect dance scenes - Chris Messina was absolutely amazing and hilarious delivering one of the funniest moments in tv in 2013
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Done. Good call!!!!
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Patton Oswalt's twitter rants= best thing ever.
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D'aw...I'm sad that J.R.'s funeral isn't placing higher, along with AHS' escape from the Asylum. When I was a kid, I couldn't get enough of the several hundred VHS tapes of Dallas. This year, I thought Sarah Paulson really stole Asylum and portrayed an insanely emotionally diverse role in general. For Coven, her "Cordelia" has been awesome, but I'm thinking Lange, Bates, and or Bassett will place if Coven is featured.

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I'm VERY confident that Coven will crack the Top 10.
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Will we be given advance warning once you get to the part of the list that contains the Red Wedding? I still haven't gotten to it. Almost there, but not quite.
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It's going to be in the top 10 for sure, maybe even top 5. So you have a few days. Bring the wine and some kleenex.
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YAYAYAYAYAYAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so glad this is back!!!!
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Hey, you forgot suburgatory on the girl fights!!!
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YES! Adding now.
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And Chris Messina's dancing skills on The Mindy Project - highlight of the series!
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Done. Good call!!!
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Patton Oswalt also made a few appearances on Two and a Half Men as Walden's on/off business partner, but not so far this season. His most recent appearance was late last season.
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You could just use Elizabeth kicking everyone's arse, not just Claudia, she beat the crap out of a lot of people and whomever is doing their fight choreography knows what they are doing. Unlike whomever is doing it for SHIELD.


Also Patton Oswalt was fantastic on Justified.
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Elizabeth beating the shit out of Claudia was awesome, as was Alison and Ainsley, which is just part of the reasons they are 2 of my favorite shows.
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Sorry, garbage disposals don't work for that. Dumb scene.
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Patton Oswalt was great on Justified, the rest of the list is meh.
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Andre Brauer is great on Brooklyn Nine-Nine but I love him anyway,
Patton Oswalt is great too.
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Haters gonna hate.
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I had completely forgotten about Cosgroves dancing fit on Mad Men. Pretty funny stuff.
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J.R.'s funeral on "Dallas" should have ranked a lot higher. Sue Ellen's speech was absolutely heartbreaking.
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I totally forgot about Ken's drugged up tap dance... that was a weird episode
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Patton Oswalt's scene with that bag of dicks Yolo was inspired. Drewbacca anyone?
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I think you've short changed the AHS Asylum episode "The Name Game." It should've had its own entry and been ranked much higher.
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Do No Harm wasn't bad that much. The whole season was pretty good and had a good ending
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Hey I actually liked Do Not Harm (from the beginning) and loved it when the rest of it aired. I'm totally bummed it's gone.
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