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.
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?
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 & Peele, Portlandia, Nathan For You, Inside 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.
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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.
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 Broadchurch, Top 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.
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.
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?)
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.