TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2013, Vol. 9: Items 20-11

This is it, everyone! We've basically arrived at TV.com's Top 10 Everything of 2013 even though we're still on numbers 11 through 20; deciding what would take spot number 19 versus spot number 18 came down to a battle of wills, a one-decibel difference in a shouting match, and death by combat. Number 14 on the list may as well be number 4, number 6 could've been number 13, etc, etc, etc. That's how close it came. And if our intern had survived that fight with Tim over where 30 Rock belonged, the show may have ended up a little higher. But sadly he's dead and Tim is in jail, Hannibal is one item above 30 Rock, and Tim wouldn't have it any other way because sometimes, end-of-the-year lists about television are totally worth a life sentence in prison. Just one more installment to go, guys. Come back tomorrow for the final round!


20. And the Mother is...


After years of fake-outs and near misses, How I Met Your Mother fans had grown accustomed to the idea that they'd probably only meet the woman at the center of Ted's long-winded and often inappropriate story in the last few minutes of the series finale. Knowing that the show had already been renewed for Season 9, fans were shocked when the Mother quietly arrived at the train station and asked for a ticket to Farhampton in the closing moments of Season 8. There was no build-up, or even a hint that that such a major reveal was coming. It just happened, and it was perfect.

PREVIOUSLY: How I Met Your Mother Season 8 Finale Review: Kids, Here's How WE Met The Mother


19. Scandal's always-speeding crazy train

A rigged election. A super-secret, super-evil spy agency. Conspiracies spinning out conspiracies. Reforming (and relapsing) sadists. Presidents and vice presidents straight-up murdering people with their own hands. Self-cannibalism. Sex. Power. Red wine. More sex. More red wine. Father issues. Mother issues. A bracing look at racial and sexual politics in early 21st century America. More red wine. This year, Scandal became the show your entire Twitter timeline talked about by burning through plot like high-octane fuel. Its gleeful embrace of crazypants twists made it that rarest of TV specimens: a show people make a point of watching live. Even when the narrative wavers, the characters keep the energy pulsing—from the savvy, steely center of gravity that is Olivia Pope to the sentient heart attack that is Cyrus Beene, from the polarizing potency of Mellie Grant to the overdrive oratory of Rowan Pope. We don’t know how long any series can keep up this kind of cuckoo intensity, but at least in 2013, Scandal brought a welcome dose of pulp to primetime.

PREVIOUSLY: Scandal's Fall Finale: Let's Review Just a Few of the Things That've Happened So Far This Season


18. The humanization of Katherine Pierce


While The Vampire Diaries remains as consistently entertaining as always, several of its big mythology plotlines in Seasons 4 and 5 crumbled and sputtered faster than those in seasons past. Ugh, Silas. Ugh, the doppelgängers. But one side-plot has been so genius and rewarding that it has essentially kept Season 5 afloat singlehandedly. We're talking, of course, about the humanization of Katherine Pierce. The humbling transformation from devious Big Bad to sad hobo has brought out Nina Dobrev's next-level acting as well as TVD's most poignant portrayal of the fragility of being mortal. Plus, you know, it's been so hilarious. Katherine has always been the queen of this show, but now her majesty is realer than ever. 


17. Enlightened gets into character

Let's get this out of the way up front: Enlightened's entire second season was fantastic. But two tangent episodes that burrowed into the heads of characters who weren't part of the crazy cobwebs in Amy Jellicoe's brain showed off just how amazing the show's writing really was. "Higher Power" followed Levi to rehab, where he realized the f*cked-up nature of his life, and "The Ghost is Seen" examined Tyler's lonely existence and watched it blossom into something beautiful. Season 2 earned lots of praise for focused more on plot, but these excursions into character spotlighted Enlightened's skill at just hanging out with its players.   

PREVIOUSLY: The 20 Best Episodes of the 2012-2013 TV Season 


16. Boardwalk Empire gives its best character a beautiful send-off

It'll never be quite what HBO and Sopranos fans hoped it would be, but Boardwalk Empire is one of the best dramas on TV, and it just keeps getting better. Although Season 4's finale made a number of smart moves, none was better—and also the worst—than the way it said goodbye to Richard Harrow. Long the show's best character, it was pretty clear throughout Season 4 that Richard had run his course on a show. No longer the expert killer and with a possible real family ahead of him, the writers had two options for Richard: a happily ever after, or something much worse. Ultimately, the show went with the latter, and managed to make the best of it. The events that led to his death—ones that he's partially the blame for—not only set the stage for future Boardwalk bloodbaths, but also gave the character a moving, contemplative final moment that few shows could've pulled off.

PREVIOUSLY: Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Finale Review: Last Train to Wisconsin


15. 30 Rock out!


30 Rock thought and felt about TV the same way that we think and feel about TV—with love and irreverence, respect, and an arched, knowing eyebrow—and its final season hit all the right notes. Though detractors will say that the series' later seasons weren't as strong as its early ones, we thoroughly enjoyed its final run, and we're grateful it got to end on its own terms, thanks to Tracy Jordan's ridiculous 150-episode contract or whatever else. Liz Lemon marrying Crisstopher Rick Chros while dressed as Princess Leia, and eventually adopting mini versions of Tracy and Jenna! A series finale featuring heartfelt conversations between Liz and both Jack and Tracy, on a dock and at a strip-club, respectively! Jack's clear-dishwasher epiphany! That St. Elsewhere-in-the-future gag in the final moments that saw Kenneth still at the helm of a somehow-still-standing NBC! Plus all the amazing little bits in between. It was a lovely and meta and bizarre happy ending for a lovely and meta and bizarre gem of a TV show. We'll never forget you, and we'll always be glad we met you, 30 Rock.

PREVIOUSLY: 30 Rock Series Finale Review: One Last Show


14. Hannibal's gorgeous murder art

To say that Hannibal is one of TV's most visually stunning shows is an understatement. Few shows are this lush, or have such a consistent execution in their style. And that style is one involving bodies mounted on antlers or turned into cellos, and arranged with the care of a high-priced interior designer. Fungus growing from corpses as part of a sick Zen garden. Immaculately prepared human lungs, and backs splayed open into angel wings. Lingering shots on sausage in a protein scramble that is, of course, made of people. These perverse and abject uses of the organic would be enough for most other shows, but Hannibal isn't the type to let the devil in the details go unappreciated. The story's familiar characters and setting are all put through series creator Bryan Fuller's beautiful and demented filter, as rote establishing shots uproot our sense of place and time through time-lapse photography, shooting into the sun undermines our well-trained sense of how cinematography is supposed to work, and plaid and paisley clothing patterns pop against solid, dimly lit backgrounds. And then there's Hannibal himself. He pulls focus away from others whenever he's on the screen, and yet he's often there just to observe, hardly revealing anything about what he's thinking, or what his motives might be. Whenever we think he's giving something away, we're reading it into him because we've had the privilege of seeing—something that's denied to every other character. While there's plenty to like about Hannibal, its imagery is the visual treat that has defined the series.

PREVIOUSLY: Hannibal Season 1 Finale Review: Hannibal Ascendant


13. The manhunt in Harlan County


Asking us to pick a single favorite moment from a full season of FX's Justified is like asking a dog to chase just one thing in a room full of bouncing tennis balls and flying sticks. Each episode oozes with wit, and the actors who massage the dialogue could beat those of nearly any other show on television. But our general consensus was that "Decoy" was the peak of Season 4, and with feds and mobsters all racing to find one Drew Thompson while he was in Raylan's custody, the hour crackled with all of the signature Justified trademarks we love. 

PREVIOUSLY: Justified "Decoy" Review: A Gentleman's Game of Hide and Seek


12. Orange Is the New Black's inmates


You know a show is good when you change your mind about which character is your favorite 57 times over the course of a single season, and that's Orange Is the New Black in a nutshell. Supposedly about a privileged white woman who goes to prison for a crime she committed over a decade ago, the series is actually about every woman's experience in the big house; the ensemble cast is a sprawling vista of character that spans race, culture, and age. Whether your current favorite is Miss Claudette, Taystee, Crazy Eyes, Pennsatucky, Red, Nicky, Sophia, Daya, Morello, Janae, Yoga Jones, Poussey, Boo, or Pornstache, chances are they were also your second, third, and fourth favorite character at some point, too. 

PREVIOUSLY: Orange Is the New Black Series Premiere Review: Fresh Meat


11. The Walking Dead calls on the doctor

The Walking Dead thrives on "oh shit oh shit oh shit" moments, and no episode called out for excrement more than "Internment," the thrilling Season 4 installment that saw everything go wrong for the survivors. The prison that had long been a safe haven was weakened both inside and out, as those affected by the virus began dropping dead (and then rising up again) and that chain-link fence collapsed, resulting in one of television's most unsettling hours of the year. And the unlikely hero of it all was a crippled old man: At the center of the mess on the inside was Hershel Green, who handled the situation like a badass and saved lives as though he was the lead of the show. Plus, he did it all on one leg.

PREVIOUSLY: The Walking Dead "Internment" Review: The Good Doctor



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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I agree with the comment below, the death of Richard Harrow should be in the top ten. Best character on Boardwalk Empire. High praise indeed!
Hannibal is really creepy. But in a good way :).
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Agree with this list as well, more or less, though Richard's send-off in Boardwalk Empire should be higher.
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Katherine Pierce!!!!!!!!!!!
Hannibal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Walking Dead!!!!!!!!!!
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BRING THE TOP 10 NOWWWWWWWW
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
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LOVE FROM ATHENS GREECE
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Hannibal is such an interesting show to watch with some great underrated performances. It really deserves more recognition.
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Justified rocks my world
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I LOVED how the Mother was just thrown on us. The current season could be so much less focused on the wedding, but every single bit with the Mother is great.
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The Mother (nice non-crazy looking actor) looks cute. If Barney wasn't another Bull Dog, I would have so liked to watch this show.
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Damn. Everyone seem to be talking about Scandal, and its "crazy train". Looks like I'm missing out on some serious TV art. Maybe I should catch up on it?
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The first season is a bit rough around the edges but it's only 7 episodes so it's fine. Season 2 is GOLD!!!! Def worth watching
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It's crazy good. You should definitely catch up on it.
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I'm really disappointed that Katherine Pierce to a higher spot then the ending of Fringe. She's a great character but she's not worthy of #18. Especially when you consider that Price didn't even include the show in his Top 10. Why give her so much love here? One character does not a show make - especially not a show like TVD.
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not sure if this is the place for it but i would like to give a last minute 2013 shout out to HBO's Getting On. i accidentaly read about somewhere on a website and started watching it. and boy am i glad i did. this show is great fun and has a superb cast. easily on of the best (dark) comedies on tv right now. i hope it gets a second season. start watching people!!
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The best thing about TVD this year was Katherine so her presence is more than earned.
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Well I'm a little confused now.
Ozymandias, BB finale, Tohajilee ending montage.
These all deserved to be in the top 15.
But now I fear 2 of these 3 will be left out.
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They'll prob just give the number 1 to BB as a whole. If they were awarding places to specific episodes/moments, at least a fifth of the list would be BB-related.
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Yup, you were right!
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Really, the Mother's intro at the end of season 8 was "perfect"? She's been pretty good on season 9, but that scene at the end of season 8 was nothing at all, it was a tease. So weird that you'd call that aspect up.

Whether or not you liked 30 Rock's final season, #15? Maybe #75 MAYBE, just for leaning into its cartooniness, but #15 is way out there.
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nonono. The 30 Rock ending deserves the #15 spot at the least; it was a great show and had a great finale.
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On that, we'll have to agree to disagree. "I don't agree to that!"
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"I would like a young Gérard Depardieu to play me in the movie."

QOTY.
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Katherine turning human has been some of the most entertaining tv in a long time she is hilarious
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Why is that the worst predators are always the artists? Hannibal, The White Walkers, Norma and Norman Bates, ...
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Writers suffering from subconscious transference, projecting their failed ability to express their inner artist in their own lives onto characters. That or they just want to make relatively boring characters "interesting". It doesn't fit real killers' profiles, including the original literary version of Lecter or the killers he was based upon.
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"Asking us to pick a single favorite moment from a full season of FX's Justified is like asking a dog to chase just one thing in a room full of bouncing tennis balls and flying sticks. Each episode oozes with wit, and the actors who massage the dialogue could beat those of nearly any other show on television. But our general consensus was that "Decoy" was the peak of Season 4, and with feds and mobsters all racing to find one Drew Thompson while he was in Raylan's custody, the hour crackled with all of the signature Justified trademarks we love."


I agree with every word, but why is it only number 13 on the list?? It should at least be top 5, if not number 1! Justified is and will always be one of the best shows that have ever been produced. It is pure magic. No current shows can compete with it. I have a countdown-clock to Jan 7th, in my apartment. Come to your senses Tv.com staff, and change the list!
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Is anyone else hoping that Dan Harmon coming back to Community makes top 10? I know the list is more top 10 scenes/episodes etc but this to me was one of the biggest/welcome surprises of this year in TV!
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A first for me but I have no gripes with this list. Didn't realise how much I miss 30 rock till I saw it here though.
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Richard Harrow was my favorite character in "Boardwalk Empire", but his send-off was so beautiful and made so much sense that I coun't even get mad at the writers. A wonderful finale for a great season.

"Orange is the new black" is truly, truly great and its strenght really is the cast. I can't wait to see Crazy Eyes backstory, it sure looks promising.
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Scandal was so awesome sauce this year. And its true, you definitely have to watch scandal live while tweeting. And of course while drinking a HUGE glass of red wine. ;)
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You nailed it with #12. Every episode I changed my mind about who my favourite was. After watching the season in full, I have settled on Sophia but it really is one hell of a cast. Also, Taryn Manning is fantastic and everything but...who's favourite is Tucky? Seriously?
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My predictions for the top 10 (not necessarily in order):
(1) Breaking Bad: The finale
(2) Game of Thrones: The Red Wedding
(3) Orphan Black: Tatiana Maslany's acting
(4) Person of Interest: the trilogy ending in Carter's death/ promoting Root and Shaw as regulars
(5) Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
(6) Netflix Rises: Providing us with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black
and one each for (7) The Americans, (8) The Good Wife, (9) The Newsroom and (10) AHS: Coven: since none have entries so far from 100 to 11.
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Holy crap do you count cards, too? ;)
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sluu3p18 is a genius!
;-)
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Aww shucks, thanks. =) But I think I just watch too much television.
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Hi, my name is Vicky8675309 and I'm a tv addict;-)
You are not alone!
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I do. I've even got my own detective agency and I help the police solve murders too! ;)
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So what's the deal with Hannibal anyway? Are they going to do another season? I haven't seen any commercials advertising it's return. Or has it been moved to a premium channel?
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Almost sure I read somewhere that it was renewed and promo's were about. Need to confirm that though as I don't actually follow it.
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Ugh, HERSHEL!! What makes that episode particularly powerful now is that after everything, he's gone. He was such a great glue during all of that chaos, and now he's GONE! So, to me, his death made that amazing episode even more of an impact upon second viewing this winter hiatus.
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Boy, I REALLY didn't realize how much TV I DON'T watch until I saw this list. As it is, right now the only ones on the ENTIRE list that I've actually watched are 11, 50 (technically, 'cuz TWD is mentioned), 60, 68, 77 and 98 (technically; hey, it's a commercial). Since I sincerely doubt that "Twisted", "The Crazy Ones", DTWS, OUaT, or any more "Walking Dead" will be mentioned, I'm probably pretty much out. Still gonna tune in to see the end of the list, tho. I like lists.
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Good for you. The rest of us watch way too much TV.
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I love Katherine, but not even her could save this season! She is the highest point of it without a doubt, but unfortunately not enough to save us from the most boring season ever (and yes...I still remember Season 1 and how lame it was at the beginning, but at least it was entertaining).
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Yay!! Hannibal is getting the recognition it deserves for being such a visual masterpiece (plus great writing & acting). I'll even help with Tim's bail (usually I want him locked up....lol....but for Hannibal I'll post the bail $).

Richard's death on Boardwalk Empire was handled masterfully. I didn't want him to die, especially how he died (shot by a random guy), but his actual death was powerful/beautiful/horrible/sad/heartwarming~~yes, it was all of that and more imo.

Justified---the dialogue is so witty, humorous, clever, and...I could go on and on. Great story lines and superb acting (Raylan, Art, Boyd, Dewey, everyone....). It's one of my favorite shows.

TWD is hit or miss for me but Hershel was a great character and I will miss him. Despite the ups and downs of the show, I do think that set of scenes belongs in the top 20.

Orange is the New Black rightfully deserves a place in the top 20.

Good work tv.com!
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Richard's death on Boardwalk Empire was handled masterfully. I didn't want him to die, especially how he died (shot by a random guy), but his actual death was powerful/beautiful/horrible/sad/heartwarming~~yes, it was all of that and more imo.

True. And wasn't Huston magnificent in a show led by an unsympathetic and for me, an unwatchable, lead? Buscemi is excellent, but he ain't no Gandolfini.
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Favourite moment from Justified's fourth season?
From 408:
"Ok, maybe I'm crazy. Uh, I'm just having a hell of a day. Did you just give me an order!?"
Followed by a shootout.
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HELL YES!!! For as awesome as Decoy was, I still think Outlaw was the bet season 4 episode.
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Boyd's "I am the Outlaw!" speech is a close second.
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I agree with everuthing here, specially Hannibal.
I'd like to point out that we often talk about Mads Mikelsen or the visual aspect of the show.
We forget that Hugh Dancy does a great job as the tortured profiler and that Lawrence Fishburn makes a great FBI agent. Hannibal is not one actor : it wouldn't be so great.
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Yes! Thank you.. I have to admit I´m more impressed by Hugh than Mads (even though he is awsome)
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I would have fought with that intern! Or at least held his coat and cheered him on. 30 Rock deserves to be higher on the list. The series dragged a little in the middle (don't we all?), but came back strong in the last couple of seasons. I really miss it.
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Completely disagree with The Walking Dead's and Scandal's best moment being placed in the Top 20.
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I'm disappointed that Happy Endings is not in the Top 100 yet. I thought at least a shout out.
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"The humanization of Katherine Pierce"
- I agree she was pretty entertaining to watch, the most out of all TVD characters his season... until she tried to kill herself.
"Orange Is the New Black's inmates"
- I agree 100%. They were all very well developed, believable, entertaining and interesting. One of the best group of characters of any tv show ever made, IMHO.
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it really sucks that Richard Harrow is gone, but like the article said, he ran his course. Awesome fucking character though.

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Truly. Sooooo sad. Hope none of my family members are watching here.




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but also gave the character a moving, contemplative final moment that few shows could've pulled off.

Very true. Walter and John Huston would be proud. Danny Huston must be proud. Holy crap, what a bloodline, no wonder he's an excellent actor.

Didn't watch the rest.

Or blocked.(sh)it.out. See what I did there, I called it shit, and you can't even tell to what I was referring.
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I guess the mother part was one of the few highlights of season 8, season 9 is actually better.

Predictions for the final 10:

The red wedding (of course)
Hershell's death?
Ending of Breaking Bad

Personally i'm surprised the Howard and Amy segments singing Neil Diamond are not in the top 100, i thought they were hilarious but i'm sure that they won't be in the top 10
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Good predictions. I think the end of BB will make it to most lists everywhere, maybe even more than the red wedding in part because BB was more recent.

I really don't have anything else to add. (Sorry.)
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I agree about the timing, that's why the polls on the site are not at all accurate, most things are on top because they are more recent events
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already called The Red Wedding and Walter's death for #1 & #2 but not sure the order tv.com will rank them:-P
Personally #1 goes to Walter White since he was the lead.
Hershell is mentioned above so I don't think he will be listed again.
I agree that Howard and Amy singing Neil Diamond should be in the top 100!
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They were cute together.

If you were doing this whenever (too lazy to look it up), Penny's gift of Leonard Nimoy's napkin to Sheldon would have scored highly too. That sequence is still adorable.

Holy crap, it was 2008. Man, I'm old. Seems like yesterday.
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no shit....the older you get the faster time goes by....2013/2014 I feel like I am living in the "future".
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I like that the reference to TWD is to the Doctor episode. Katherine Pierce, although currently my favourite piece of TVD, might have gone a little to high on the list.
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That Walking Dead episode was amazing i was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole episode.
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I think it's time to start watching Scandal.
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I feel sorry for those that have not discovered JUSTIFIED yet ;)
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First thing we gonna do is acknowledge this guy is awesome.
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Art!
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nah, don't feel sorry for anyone about something like that: imagine how lucky we are that we will be able to marathon it during the summer all in one go! That is, if we want to :) Feel so sorry for you that cannot have that anticipation feeling anymore LOL
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Well, I'm very happy, you needn't worry about me.
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They have NO idea what they're missing :)
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Loved that stand off in Justifed, Tim and Art's back an forth made it hilarious!
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yes, great list! i totally agree with hannibal, TVB, walking dead, scandal and orange is the new black (don`t watch the rest but i believe you)

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How beautiful was "The ghost is seen"! I was speechless!
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Yesss, so glad that you guys shed some light on the fantastic Katherine-storyline! She might be one of my all time favorite TV-characters. Also agree about that The Walking Dead-episode, that was truly heartbreaking.
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The 30 rock finale was a cherry on top of a great series. It was all very heart warming/ breaking. From Jack and Liz saying I love you to Jenna realizing she will miss TGS. These really were the best days of my flerm.
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I think the soundtrack to the returned deserves a mention too. It is hauntingly beautiful.
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