TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2013, Vol. 5: Items 60-51

We've almost reached the halfway point of our Top 100 Everything of 2013 list—all you have to do is read this installment and you're there! But instead of crying about our epic countdown being half over, let's be optimists and think of it this way: There's still a whole half left! There, now don't you feel better? Apply this attitude of half-fullness to the rest of your life and watch the success roll in. Go ahead and spend $10,000 on lottery tickets, because you'll be halfway to becoming a bajillionaire! Go ahead and take that dangerous jump on your tricycle, because it'll get you halfway to the other side! Go ahead and tell that cute garbage collector you their butt looks great, because you'll be halfway to marriage! And before you know it, you'll be a rich, X Games tricycle champ with a spouse who can't get the smell of rotten coffee grounds off their hands, and finding out what we picked as our number one TV thing of 2013. 


60. Bunheads dances like everyone's watching


On the surface, Bunheads—which was criminally under-watched even though it was the kind of show that everyone SHOULD have been watching—was about a woman teaching ballet to a group of young girls. Big whoop, right? But on closer inspection, it was so much more. Between the equally complicated lives of Michelle (Sutton Foster) and her four students, the show tackled some of the most realistic issues human beings ever face—including the pains of adolescence, what happens when nothing turns out the way you thought it would, and the shock that comes with learning that your parents and mentors aren't perfect and don't always know what's best. But the main reason Bunheads stood out was that it expressed the spectrum of human emotion through dance, which, if we're being honest, is really, really cool. The series was littered with Amy Sherman-Palladino's rapid-fire, pop culture-tinged dialogue, but the dance sequences (and what they represented) were what really made the show unique, and the reason we were so bummed when ABC Family decided not to renew it for a second season. 

PREVIOUSLY: Bunheads' Season 1 Finale: Sex, Lies, and Modern Dance


59. O.T. the toilet flushes home on Bob's Burgers


Bob's Burgers very much came into its own in Season 3, but it was "O.T. the Outside Toilet" that set the high-water mark amidst a series of other great episodes. An extended homage to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, it worked even without any knowledge of the movie, with a central story in which Gene befriended and came to care for an incredibly expensive talking toilet (voiced by Jon Hamm) that fell off a truck. In true '80s movie fashion, Gene, his siblings, and other kids from the neighborhood worked to protect the toilet from a toilet thief; it didn't matter if what they were doing was right or wrong, because they believed they were doing what was best—Gene just cared so much about the toilet that could warm his buns, tell knock-knock jokes, and knew that Whitney Houston was the queen of the night. That the episode managed to incorporate the drunk-from-fancy-restaurant-drinks Bob and Linda into the silliness was the perfect capper.


58. Burn Notice's narration turns out to be one hell of a bedtime story


When you're a spy show on USA Network that's spent seven years serving up espionage pointers via voiceover, it's a nice, it's a nice touch to to imply in your series finale that each and every bit of advice was actually imparted from your hero to his young nephew—which is just what "Reckoning" did as Michael Westen pondered what he'd eventually say to Charlie, over which he and Fi ended the show as guardians. Who needs The Princess Bride when you've got spy tips, you know?

PREVIOUSLY: Burn Notice Series Finale Review: My Name Is Michael Westen


57. Sketch comedy isn't so sketchy anymore

After the untimely demise of Chapelle's Show, sketch comedy was deader than Andy Kaufman. But like Kaufman, the genre (along with its cousin, "bit comedy") only appeared to be dead, and has since been revitalized with new-ish entries like Kroll Show (Wheels Ontario!), Key & PeelePortlandiaNathan For YouInside Amy Schumer, and more. Comedy Central is a largely responsible for the comeback, but let's not forget the increasing power of the internet, where individual sketches can go viral and viewers can skip right to the good parts. Without an audience that's just a few clicks away, these sketch shows simply wouldn't have the same reach. 

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


56. Bones and Booth say "I do"

The "Will they or won't they?" question that fueled the romantic forensic procedural during its early seasons got the ultimate answer this fall, when Booth and Brennan's relationship survived a series of unfortunate events and the pair finally tied the knot. And what a wedding it was: The squinterns accepted their last-minute invites and showed up in borrowed period clothing, Avalon the psychic sang "At Last" as the bride walked down the aisle, Booth talked about ducks, Brennan got in a few of her trademark extremely literal one-liners and read a letter she wrote that one time she was buried alive, and many a fan shed many a tear. After nearly a decade of build-up, it was very fine way to marry the two characters in style. Congratulations, you two! That pile of decomposing bodies is your wedding gift from us!


55. Parenthood conquers the big C

For five seasons, the Braverman clan has felt like an extension of our own families, their personal journeys tugging on our heartstrings and making our feelings have feelings. Just like the storylines on Jason Katims' other series Friday Night Lights, Parenthood's various plots have always excelled at grasping the reality of human emotion and interaction, and in a way that almost anyone can relate to. But the series has never been better than it was in Season 4, when Kristina was diagnosed with breast cancer. Few shows have been able to realistically portray the heartache and pain that accompany something as devastating as a struggle with cancer, but Parenthood pulled it off, and without becoming too melodramatic in the process. Monica Potter's amazing (and, as per usual, underrated) performance as a strong but weak mother battling for her life was one of the most heartbreaking television arcs in recent memory. And that's why Kristina's ultimate triumph in the final few episodes of the season—and then her subsequent run for mayor this fall—was so wonderful. She kicked cancer's ass and then refused to let it rule her life. 

PREVIOUSLY: Parenthood's Season 4 Finale: Engineered for Your Sobbing Satisfaction; Parenthood Season 5 Premiere Review: The Bravermans Will Break You


54. Murder mysteries in a minute (so to speak) 


The best thing about the new trend of short-run series is that it's resurrected the gripping murder mystery. Shows like BroadchurchTop of the Lake, and The Fall (all of which are required viewing for fans of the genre) told complete stories in eight episodes or less—the sweet spot for crafting a compelling investigation without stuffing in a bunch of red herrings to fill out a 22-episode season, plotting near-misses with the killer because it's not yet the season finale, or making cops as dumb as rocks in order to extend the chase. The format isn't new to the rest of the world, but for some reason America got its first real taste of it in 2013.

PREVIOUSLY: Broadchurch Series Premiere Review: A Bad Day at the Beach, a Compelling Start for the SeriesWhy the Current Miniseries Trend Is a Good Thing; Watch This: British Drama The Fall 


53. "It was you... all along it was YOU!!!"


We could've filled this Top 100 list with 100 moments from Breaking Bad's final season, but that wouldn't've been fair to all the other shows that aired this year. However, this closing scene from the season premiere, when Walter confronted Hank in order to figure out how much he knew, just couldn't be ignored. The balls on this show! Letting Hank in on Walter's big secret with seven episodes left in the series revealed how meticulously planned-out the whole season was, and it was in this moment that Dean Norris proved he could go up against the master and maybe even steal a scene from him. 

PREVIOUSLY: Breaking Bad "Blood Money" Review: The Final Countdown


52. Eric Northman, naked on a mountaintop 

All glory to Aleksander Skarsgaard's mostly naked and maybe a bit out-of-focus crotch!  And talk about a cliffhanger—how do you think Eric will get out of this one? (He's gotta get out of this one, right?)

PREVIOUSLY: True Blood Season 6 Finale Review: Makes Me Wanna Watch Season 7


51. Rub a dub dub, Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth in a tub

Speaking of hunky naked anti-heroes, the greatest monologue of Game of Thrones' third season came from the character we all thought we knew. Jaime Lannister shared some bathwater with his gal-pal Brienne and told her the truth about how he earned his "Kingslayer" nickname, and it was a game-changing revelation for Joffrey's Dad-Uncle. The confession would also help forge one of the series' best relationships, as Jaime and Brienne's bonding session led to plenty of great scenes between the two. "Jaime, my name is Jaime..." Brutal.

PREVIOUSLY: Game of Thrones "Kissed By Fire" Review: Sewing Your Oaths



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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Yay for Bones wedding, Bunheads, Jamie+Brienne bath scene & Burn notice narration, but Broadchurch should of been on it's own not part of a trend
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Wait, you put the Jaime and Brienne scene higher than the Astapor scene? Really? It was a good scene and all, but how can that beat the awesomeness of Danaerys and her dragons?
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It was even better than naked Eric scene in True Blood IMO
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Here's hoping TVD makes the list for Elena's breakdown in "Stand by Me" (4x15) BC Nina Dobrev is just...

WOW.
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The tub confession must have been the most emotionally charged scene I've ever seen with two naked people in it.

Game of Thrones brought actual intimacy back to the male-female dynamic on TV.
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Booth and bones wedding was fantastic and when Avalon/Cindy Laurper sang At Last that was beautiful. The one moment that brought a tear to my eye was yes when bones read that letter memories came rushing back
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Yeah, I've said it so many times that even I am getting tired but god I miss Bunheads.
And yeah the bath scene of Jaime and Brienne's was f***ing amazing, just hearing the "Jaime my name is Jaime" makes me sad for a character I used to hate.
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It also validated Brienne in a way she hadn't been validated ever since she lost Renly to that shadow man sent by Melisandre, only to keep the Kinglsayer alive.

As it turns out, Brienne kept alive the very person that saved half a million innocents from a mad man about to burn them all.

She wasn't a failure that lost the man she loved, Brienne was a hero changing the life of the most unlikely man of all.
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Woww Eric Northman naked... nothing more to say.
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He is yummy
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And he's great with children (well, vampire children but he's great with them!)
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yeah, I actually agree on putting the scene with Jaime and Brienne in the bath in this list, although I haven't gained any love for this character like many people apparently have. But the scene was important enough.

And of course, from a True Blood perspective, this scene with Eric Northman was also remarkable in a couple of ways :)
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I would have put the Breaking Bad scene up a little higher - maybe in the 20's or 30's. But to be honest my fave part of that scene wasn't Dean Norris' speech but one of the best lines ever from Walter White: "‘If that’s true, if you don’t know who I am, then maybe your best course… would be to tread lightly."
Boom.
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Broadchurch......The format isn't new to the rest of the world, but for some reason America got its first real taste of it in 2013.

Well, um...............no.

If the American (see what I did there, media, I said AMERICAN and NOT AMERICA) viewing public wasn't as stupid as a brick (the 99% that watches Duck Dynasty and the Kardashians, at least), they'd have been watching, as I have, the mysteries on PBS and the formerly excellent, now moronic, channels A&E and BRAVO for the past 20+ years.

They would have delighted to the police procedurals and all around crackingly good mysteries of Poirot and Marple and Cracker and Frost and Morse (with the late John Thaw) and Sherlock Holmes (with the one and only Holmes, the late Jeremy Brett) and Lewis and Prime Suspect and DCI Banks and Vera and Wallander and Lynley and Foyle's War and Unsuitable Job For A Woman and Endeavour and Jericho and Touching Evil and Dalgliesh and Maigret and ............... is that enough? I'm sure I left some out.

See? The American viewing public (especially the 99% that watch Duck Dynasty) is as dumb as a box of rocks.

Yes, Broadchurch was good, but it wasn't very good.
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Please don't insult people. I don't watch Duck Dynasty, the Kardashians, or any reality show and yet I don't watch the PBS shows you mentioned, either. You can be smart and not like procedural or mysteries. To call people dumb simply because they don't share your taste in television shows is just not good cricket.
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^^^ Krampus in disguise :-p
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The confrontation between Walt and Hank should be in the first ten IMO.
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So should Jaime's monologue.
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Naked Alexander Skärsgärd should've been like...number 1 or something.
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Note to self: remember to watch Bunheads.
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"O.T. The Outside Toilet" was a great episode of Bob's Burgers. I also liked "Boyz 4 Now" and "Turkey in a Can." This has been a great year for this under-appreciated show.
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So sorry to see Burn Notice go, but it was time and everything wrapped up nicely.

That Breaking Bad scene was so awesome. It was great to see Walt and Hank face off for the first time....So damn good it makes my head hurt..

The Bones wedding was adorable, I even tear'd up a little. They belong together.

Game of Thrones is so good it's really easy to take for granted, I almost expect it to be in every volume of this thing and that wouldn't even be pushing it. Jaime and Brienne's storyline has been a lot of fun seeing it develop. I can't wait for next season.
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YAY!!!! The Bones Wedding!!!!!!
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Burn Notice - A nice send off, but you realize he was teaching his little nephew how to make explosives and by pass security systems the whole time right?
Sketch comedies - Love all of these and the Kroll Show is my favorite
BB and GOT - Always an A+
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I've read all the books. Characters like Danaery's you love from the start, but Jamie I really grew to like a lot. He has really great character development.
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I still miss Bunheads
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Me too. It was such a shame it was cancelled.
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I'm not one of those people who blindly loves all thing GOT. But that scene with Jaimie and Brienne was pretty fucking brilliant. That short speech almost made me forget that he bangs his sister and that he pushed Bran out a window with absolutely no remorse… almost.
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His speech made me forget Brienne had a crush on Renly, which was a massive feat in itself.

(especially since Jaime actually brought it up in the middle of it).
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