TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2013, Vol. 1: Items 100-91

Remember 2013? What a year! There was that thing that happened, and someone had a milestone something or other, and as Rick Grimes would say, "stuff." So many good moments. What? You don't remember? Hello? The end of Breaking BadThat Game of Thrones wedding? Nick and Jess totally doin' it? Still doesn't ring a bell, eh? Well fine. Just for you, we're going to revisit 100 things about television that were great this year in a comprehensive list. We'll call it the Top 100 Everything of 2013, and we'll post it in 10 installments of 10 between now and December 31. Ready? Let's go!


100. Siberia thaws out summer television

Summer television is also known as bummer television, particularly on the broadcast networks. While all eyes were on the higher-profile Under the Dome, NBC bought Siberia at a garage sale like the night before it debuted, and underdog proved to be the better of the two. Siberia's idea of a fake reality show filmed in reality show style—right down to the "They had a camera where!?!?" goofiness—was a fun trick, and while yes, the ending may have been incomplete *ahem understatement* it beat nearly famous people jumping into a swimming pool

PREVIOUSLY: Siberia Series Premiere Review: Hurry Up and Kill These People Already!


99. Barry Goldberg has to call home

ABC kicked everyone's butt in comedy development this fall season, and the '80s-set family comedy The Goldbergs is a big reason why. The show's seventh and best episode to date, "Call Me When You Get There," was owned by Barry Goldberg (Troy Gentile), who followed his sister's lead to exploit the family rule and sneak out to a party in the woods. But his scheme backfired when he ended up in the middle of nowhere without a telephone in sight, forcing him to run through the wilderness screaming for his mommy. The Goldbergs defies generational gaps with its relatability, and this episode was a reminder that your parents weren't the dummies you thought they were.


98. AT&T says "It's Not Complicated"

If we have to watch commercials before getting back to our moving-pictures stories, they'd better at least be as fun and adorable as this extensive campaign by the phone monolith. The kids may be the stars, but it's new Saturday Night Live cast member Beck Bennett who really made these spots work.


97. Wilfred has a clone

While we wait for FX's trippy comedy to give us the answers to who Wilfred is (deity in dog form? A figment of Ryan's psychosis? A dog?) we'll gladly scratch the belly of whatever weird twists the odd show throws at us. It may seem simple to improve a series by doubling its best part, but the Season 3 premiere did just that in the best way possible when Wilfred met his clone, a spoiled-rotten pooch named Stinky with one of the silliest accents we've ever heard from a man in a dog costume. Yes, they synchronize-humped a couch.

PREVIOUSLY: Wilfred Season 3 Premiere Review: Burying Secrets


96. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Golden Globes hostesses with the mostesses

The Golden Globes are already one of the most fun-to-watch awards shows out there, if for no other reason than the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have been known to make weird choices and there's alcohol involved. But you can't go wrong with the ever-charming and hilarious duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts—and as the 2013 emcees, they were the perfect combination of edgy and fun. Naturally, we're thrilled that they'll be back to do it again in 2014 and 2015, too. 

PREVIOUSLY: The 70th Annual Golden Globes Were an Embarrassing Joke Obviously But Were Also Sort of Fun? (PHOTO RECAP)


95. The year in bisection

For whatever reason—and we're not complaining—it wasn't enough to simply kill things on television in 2013. To really make a point, unfortunate victims had to be cut in half. One of Sharknado's toothy airborne terrors was sliced from nose to tail, American Horror Story: Coven took a chainsaw to a zombie right down the middle, and even supposed comedy Eagleheart hacked a dude in two (in true Eagleheart fashion, he lived for a while as gravity kept him together). But the iconic image of bisection came from CBS's summer disaster drama Under the Dome, when a magic impenetrable bubble landed on Chester's Mill and cut anything in its perimeter in half, including the poor cow pictured above. Udder destruction.

PREVIOUSLY: Under the Dome Series Premiere Review: Dome, Sweet Dome


94. Arrested Development's "Getaway" song


Netflix's resurrection of the beloved cult comedy drew raves some and rants from others, but one thing that's been stuck in our brains since we finished our Season 4 binge is the genius of "Getaway," the earworm of a tune that pop star Mark Cherry wrote about G.O.B. after the disillusioned illusionist joined and immediately alienated the young singer's entourage in "Colony Collapse." Even though it was just a cutaway joke, it perfect encapsulated G.O.B.'s "hopelessly hopeless" nature... and we've been singing it ever since. 

PREVIOUSLY: Arrested Development "Colony Collapse" Review: We're Laughing With You, G.O.B


93. FX's The Bridge leads to weirdness

We expected the bordertown drama to be the next great thing from the hit factory that is FX. Instead, The Bridge hopped back and forth between Crazytown and Loonyville throughout most of its freshman season, giving it an odd sense of charm. The insanity boiled over in "Destino," an hour of weirdness that included a cop getting his braces removed and then having his face blown off by a sniper, a bro forced to perform cunnilingus on a mob boss, a killer who thought Mexicans were literally aliens, and aside with 2013's best new weirdo Stephen Linder, and a man high on bath salts making dubstep tracks in a trailer park while wearing a sock on his dong. The series eventually settled down into a weak serial-killer thriller, but for a brief moment, it was fascinating.

PREVIOUSLY: The Bridge "Destino" Review: Down the Conejo Hole


92. Community plays body swap

God bless you, Community superfans, for sticking by the comedy through its darkest and unfunniest timelines. Many of the rest of us watched Season 4 in horror as it faceplanted through episode after episode as a shell of its former self. But a glimmer of the glory days broke through in "Basic Human Anatomy," a body-swap episode written by Dean Pelton (Jim Rash). Danny Pudi and Donald Glover put on their acting hats and were phenomenal in a story that involved the two BFFs faking (?) a body switcheroo so Troy could break up with Britta. And it had all the hallmarks of the Community of old: funny gags, a well-played concept, and a surprise emotional sledgehammer.

PREVIOUSLY: Community "Basic Human Anatomy" Review: A Rough Break-up


91. Black Mirror finally brings its technophobia to the U.S.

This one probably belongs higher on the list, but since Charlie Brooker's mad genius anthology premiered in 2011 in his native U.K. and only has six episodes to its name, we had to knock it down about 90 spots. Fortunately for American viewers, satellite provider DirecTV finally imported the show for Yanks to enjoy the brilliant madness. A modern-day Twilight Zone that cautions us idiots to be careful about our relationship with technology, Brooker's insane techno-doomsday prophecies are a must-watch for any sci-fi fan with a dark sense of humor.

PREVIOUSLY: Black Mirror's "15 Million Merits" Is One of TV's Best Sci-fi Episodes That You'll Probably Never See




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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Really? Siberia? I'm watching it for the mystery, but the acting, at least for the most part, is f'ing horrible.
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I have only watched the first episode of Black Mirror, so I probably missed the good stuff. But the first one was just crap for me, so I'm going to pass on the rest.

I did enjoy The Bridge's ride, though, despite the silly end for the serial killer. I look forward to possible "fixes" in the new season.
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So happy to see a nod to Siberia on here! Nice work, tv.com!!!!
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It seems like 5 minutes has passed since the best of 2012 was being posted. This year has flown by.
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I just recently found Black Mirror courtesy of GrumpyClown and I must say it should be waaaay higher on the list, regardless of when it first aired outside of the US. 15 Million Merits isn't just one of the best sci-fi episodes you'll ever see, it's one of the best episodes in general you will ever see.
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The Bridge was better then the bottom 10 and we can skip to number one which will be Breaking Bad because TV.Com would sleep with the show if they could. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if they find some way of making Breaking Bad one, two and three...sad. I'm wondering where they will place Dexter, a show they seem to love to hate.
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Most of these are so obscure they shouldn't be in the 100. There are too many good things this year to be on this list, come on. Let's hope the next 10 are better
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I can laugh with Tina Fey all day long. Thanks for that :)
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Was I in a coma? I didn't see any of this. ::shows self out::
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Favorite episode of Community in S4 (amoung my favorites in the entire series). Jim Rash did a great job with writing it.
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Troy/Britta really should get another chance, but with Danny leaving, and the "less romance" season 5 (stop trying to back away from Jeff/Annie, and just let them get together!) that pairing will not get a chance to overcome the disservice done to it.
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Donald is leaving, not Danny! DON'T SCARE ME LIKE THAT!
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I get messed up with those two. I keep blending the two into "Danny Glover"
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Hooray Siberia, given that the budget was the producers' lunch money it was surprisingly good!
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I live near Philly, I love the Flyers, and yet I can't bring myself to watch the Goldbergs for some reason. The commercials seem like they're cramming the setting down my throat.

Ooh, Barry's wearing a Flyers shirt or an Eagles jersey or makes reference to Darryl Dawkins! I love them! Hey, Erica works at the Willow Grove Park Mall! I've shopped there! Inappropriate Jewish grandpa! I had one of those!

OKAY, WE GET IT.

...but hey, at least it appears to be a better 80s-set sitcom than That 80s Show was.
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I totally agree with Wilfred and everything cut in half! Can't wait to read the rest :)
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I have no idea what is all the big hype on the goldbergs. Do people actually laugh from that show? I don't mean to be rude or sarcastic, I'm actually asking if you find yourself laughing form that show.
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Golden Globe nominees, Damian Francisco & Darcy St. Fudge for sure ;P


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Under the dome
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The bisection of the cow was the only good part of Under the Dome IMHO.
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Holy crap this time already!!!!! I love this every year!!! So far so good!!
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I can't believe it's this time of year already. And 100-91 are already so good this must be a bumper year for everythings.
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Oh, The Bridge...
I wished you had embraced your weirdness.
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Your reasons were not good enough justification for Black Mirror being placed 91 on your list. It wasn't shown in the US until two years after it debuted so it gets dropped 80 places? It looks as good today as it did two years ago and no sci-fi produced in America during that time is any better. If I see anything from The Millers on this list, and therefore higher than Black Mirror, I'm going to release the Evil, Evil Monkey so he can go postal on you're asses... and I'll probably call "Shenanigans"! Shame on you!
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The little girl in the AT&T ad who says that raisins will turn into grapes is just adorable. The ad gets heavy rotation during football games on Sunday and every time I hear her say it i go, "Awwww!"
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Why don't you...
Go away (Getaway)
Stay away (Getaway)
Get away (Getaway)

Do do do do doooo...
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Siberia was pretty damn good and unexpectedly so!
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I enjoyed it for a while, but I recommend people to NOT start watching it, because the show was just piling mysteries on top of each other, seemingly without any intention of ever explaining anything. So the show is essentially just a huge pile of nonsense.

I don't think it has been officially cancelled, but the ratings were so low that it has zero chance of renewal. The finale got an 18-49 rating of 0.6. The NBC shows in the two hours before that were The million second quiz and American Ninja Warrior. They got 1.0 and 1.5 respectively.
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I think what hurt it was that NBC didn't advertise it worth a heck and most of the early viewers were literally too dumb to realize it wasn't an actual reality show, but a mockery of one. Sure, the finale was a bit annoying, but all in all, it felt like what every attempt to replace LOST could have been, just without the budget to make it relevant.
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My favourite series of articles of the year!!! For the past few years, thought of making my own Top 100. Kept it up until mid-January in 2013, then that went down the drain. My New Years Resolution for 2014? Hmmmm
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You know there would definitely be people on here who would read it if you did one, myself included.
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I've seen that man-and-his-sock (meat) puppet GIF from The Bridge far too many times now. It'll haunt my dreams.
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When will the top 5 shows lists come out?
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We're working on them. AND we've upped them to 10 this year.
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10! This will be the best Christmas ever!
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You say that, but it's actually just five extra reasons for everyone to tell us how crazy we are for not liking something as much as we should have, or liking something too much! ;)
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In your face, ben45tpy! I didn't pick ten anime series!
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I did pick two, though.
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Noel we all know you're going to pick 10 anime, it's okay, we accept you for who you are.
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Black Mirror premiered in 2011, not 2001...
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2011 is exactly what is written in the text.
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It wasn't when I posted my comment...
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