TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2013, Vol. 3: Items 80-71

Good heavens are we already on the 70s? That means we're getting close to the Top 10! Are you prepared for that? Well this is what you'll need: three bathtubs filled with Mountain Dew, a buffalo-sized carton of Red Vines, 500 packets of Taco Bell Fire Border Sauce, a couple pints of Ben & Jerry's Half Baked ice cream, a tube of Flab-B-Gone, and probably a defibrillator. Make sure you have those on hand for the big finale, coming your way on New Year's Eve! In the meantime, all you'll need for today's list is a pitcher of strawberry margaritas. Enjoy! And don't forget to check back tomorrow for numbers 70-61!


80. Revenge's Nolan dresses to impress... or something

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Revenge's second and third seasons have been uneven to say the least, but one constant has continuously shined through the the drearier elements to bring light and life to the series: Nolan Ross's impeccable wardrobe. His penchant for red pants, tear-away jumpsuits, pastel blazers, and T-shirts featuring his own mugshot make Nolan the best-dressed wingman in the Hamptons. Even if we no longer cared  about Emily's revengenda, we'd still tune in every week just to see what Nolan's latest crazy ensemble. 

PREVIOUSLY: Revenge: Nolan Ross's 10 Greatest Fashion Moments; Revenge "Confession" Review: Another Predictable Week in the Hamptons


79. Nikita embraces its sci-fi(ish) side as the Nikita-Amanda showdown heats up


Science-fiction elements have always been lurking around the fringes of Nikita, but in 2013 they burst through the walls of the main story, and with vengeance. From the nanocell technology in Michael's prosthetic hand and Amanda restoring Owen's real identity/memories to the big reveal that literally anyone—from the President of the United States to Amanda herself—could be a double, the show has injected a glut of fascinating pseudo-science into the story that's raised the stakes without breaking down the reality of the show's world. Nikita is still ultimately about its lead character beating the heck out of everyone and chasing down Amanda, but the latest wrinkle has nicely guided the show into its final episodes. 

PREVIOUSLY: Nikita "Pay-Off" Review: Initiate Launch Sequence


78. Rob Lowe's plasti-face in Behind the Candelabra


Among all the garish robes and fabulous set pieces, one part of HBO's film stood out from the rest: Rob Lowe's stretched and pulled and molded face. His plastic surgeon character looked like a medical cross-cloning-with-a-lion experiment gone wrong... and it was glorious. 


77. Toy Story comes to the small screen


Pixar shrekked the halls of the Toy Story universe with a host of horror-movie homages for its first made-for-TV holiday special, and the result was a delightful half-hour that we'll look forward to watching again in years to come.

PREVIOUSLY: Hey TV.com, Should I Watch ABC's Toy Story of Terror!?


76. Saturday Night Live bids farewell to Stefon 


Talk about a wedding for the ages! SNL paid tribute to departing cast member Bill Hader with a wholly fitting send-off for everyone's favorite "Weekend Update" city correspondent—Stefon was all set to marry Anderson Cooper in a ceremony attended by scores of distinguished and wacky guests, but Seth Meyers did the right thing and fought for one his true love. It was as weird and as wonderful as we ever could've hoped, and one of the show's best goodbyes ever. Congratulations, you crazy kids!


75. Some of procedural television's finest hang up their badges

It's always sad when a family member leaves the nest, and this year, two great acronyms each said goodbye to a big one. NCIS parted ways with Ziva (Cote de Pablo) in "Past, Present, and Future," and Law & Order: SVU celebrated the retirement of Sergeant John Munch (Richard Belzer) in "Wonderland Story."  Thankfully, neither character was killed off, so we're hoping for some return visits in the future.


74. Nathan For You's Claw of Shame

Yes, comedy is subjective, but let's be honest: It usually involves some guy telling "jokes," or sketches with comedians wearing wigs and walking around all goofy-like. Point being is that there aren't a lot of unique laughs going around. Not so when it comes to Comedy Central's Nathan For You, one of 2013's biggest surprises. Host Nathan Fielder combined real-life interviews and stunts in order to give small businesses advice on how to improve their notoriety, and the results were awkward, hilarious, and heartwarming. His biggest feat didn't even fit his own weird mold: It involved an attempt to break out of handcuffs as a robot arm pulled down his pants in front of a group of children, all while a cop looked on, waiting to arrest him as a sex offender. So many layers, guys. Absolute genius.

PREVIOUSLY: Give 'Em a Grade: Comedy Central's New Shows


73. And the role of Jon Stewart will be played by John Oliver

The student has become the master. Okay, maybe not the master, but at the very least, a really, really good master's assistant. When Jon Stewart announced that he was taking a couple months off from The Daily Show to direct a feature film, we're guessing that Comedy Central's response was to, as Socrates once said, "shit a brick." Fortunately, The Daily Show had a backup host waiting in the wings in the form of Professor Duncan John Oliver, who admirably filled one of late-night's most difficult-to-squeeze-into pairs of shoes. As a result, he's deservedly getting his own show on HBO.


72. Glee sings for a fallen friend


Glee tends to fumble every "Very Important Episode" it airs, but "The Quarterback" was an Immaculate Reception of its very own. The series managed to say farewell to Cory Monteith and Finn Hudson in a heartfelt, respectful, and meaningful way that's sure to resonate with fans for a long time. Well played.  

PREVIOUSLY: Glee "The Quarterback" Review: Feel the Love


71. Astapor! Astapor! Astapor is on fire! We don't need no water let the motherf*cker burn!

Arguably the most important TV .GIF of the year, sweet little Daenarys Targaryen was transformed into Queen Bitch with just a flick of her tongue in one of Game of Thrones' best moments to date. Appalled by the atrocities of human slavery in the city of Astopor—and armed with an attitude of "F your cultural differences"—Dany ordered her dragons to set the place aflame, along with all those who carried whips within it. Why? Because she's the Mother of Dragons, and that's what dragon moms do. The little lizards aren't even 'tweens yet; just imagine what they'll do to Joffrey when they're older and they finally reach Westeros.

PREVIOUSLY: Game of Thrones "And Now His Watch Is Ended" Review: There's Always Someone Worse



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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The Daenarys scene should be higher on the list. Yes, there was lots of good tv this year, but 71, really? But then again, I'm one of the people who would put it higher than Red Wedding as good as that scene was. But both of those scenes should at least be top 20 if not top 10.
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Rob Lowe looks like Ian Somerhalder in that picture.
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I had my reservations about John Oliver taking Stewart's place, but I gotta say, he was pretty damn funny and made me want to tune in every night. I think the best running gag was how all the other correspondents hated his guts because he got the replacement gig and they didn't. And the skit of Oliver tryng to "re-Americanize" a Middle-Eastern John Stewart was genius.

I don't agree with Ziva and Munch being on the list. They barely were in their respective final episodes. My biggest gripe is Munch. I was expecting his last episode to be about him; have him tackle a case that haunted him or something. But nope, just a normal case of the week with Munch being at the very beginning and very end. I did like the flashback where he was at the Homicide desk, nice call back, but really, SVU, couldn't you give him ONE full episode to himself and not make the whole season "The Olivia Benson Show?"
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The broadcasts of Game of Thrones are so few and far apart I honestly forget what happened (having read the books, I should add), save for a few key points. I'm sorry, I'm not down with this whole "Let's extend it for years because we can" crap. In that respect, I'm much more into the new shows that actually go week-to-week, more or less. What's the next release date for GOT? some time in 2014 with a few episodes spread out to 2015? Love the show, but am disliking it all the more for the crap they put you through in waiting.
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Khaleesi for the win
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Dracarys on Astapor!
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It's Astapor, guys, with an A.
And I found John Oliver way funnier than Stewart. His show is going to be awesome.
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Fixed!
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Yay for Nolan & Nikita. Astapor & Glee tribute should of been higher. Rob Lowe's face was something else. Rest seem like fillers. The list is scaring me that a lot of really good things are gonna be left out
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OK, I get that you want The Red Wedding high up the list, but 71 is a slap in the face for everyone involved with that scene. If we assume that The Red Wedding is going to be top 10 then there are still 60+ better television moments this year than when Dany sacked Astopor? I don't think so. The thing with a list like this is that you will never please everyone (rarely anyone) and I doubt that anyone will agree with you on this one. The sacking of Astopor is a top 10 moment in it's own right, regardless of anything else that happened during the season on Game of Thrones (and it probably was the best season of television this year).
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So glad to see Nikita on the list! I still can't believe it's almost over. :(
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I know from previous lists that shows almost always only get 1 place on the list. 71 better not be Game of Thrones highest spot on this list or SSSSHHHHenanigans will be called.
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You don't really think we'd limit Game of Thrones to one spot do you?
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You did last year. And the year before that. And with most shows.
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But most shows are not Season 3 of Game of Thrones.
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On that, we agree :D I dunno if you've read the books but, if not, you haven't seen anything yet
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Oh my god, Jon Stewart saying farewell to Jon Oliver was so beautiful I'm gonna cry. Guys, Guys, put this in the top 10.
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I loved the Toy Story special!
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Just for the record: slavery doesn't count as a cultural difference.
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That looks like English but when I parse it it can't be. The only two possible ways that can be interpreted in English is that slavery is universal to all cultures or that slavery can't be part of a culture. Both of those things would make no sense at all. Some cultures condone slavery. Some cultures don't. Ergo, culture difference.
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If that's #71 I'm almost afraid to read the 70 moments who are ranked higher.
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It's a shame I don't know most of these shows that end up in this list. And here I thought I already spent too much time watching TV... Still, the top 70 gotta be awesome when Dany being a mofo-ing badass is sitting at #71.
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I'm happy that Nikita made the list.
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Liberation of Astopor should have been higher. Literally got goosbumps when Danerys started talking in Valyrian and when she said Dracarys it was one of the most epic moment of TV. But any way that's my POV. Lets see what other moments are rated higher than this.
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I watched it at least 10 times , I still get goosebumps
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definitely!
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only place 71?!
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The goodbye to Stefon was brilliant! So glad you included it!
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There should be a Top 100 community. And it should include past Top 100 lists
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Easily my favourite moment in all 3 seasons of GOT!!!!!
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Nolan Ross's attire should at least be in the top 20. I mean come on...
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I would argue the liberation of Astapor should be a higher spot on the list. Then again that's the nature of lists like this, we always take issue with thing's placing so I'll try to keep my opinions to myself on these. It's just that that was such a great moment in arguable the best show on television, certainly one of the best.
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"The show must go on... all over the place... or something"
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KHALEESI!!!!!!
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I miss Ziva on NCIS, but Bishop is fitting in beautifully. And Munch has been eased out of SVU so gradually I haven't really missed him yet. I think that will change in a few weeks when things go awry for Amaro and he doesn't have his mentor. Thanks for mentioning two of my favorite shows. Procedurals don't get enough love around here.
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