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The 15 Best TV Episodes Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 12, 2013 4:06 PM
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The Best Television Episodes of 2013
Without wishing to engage in the tiresome “TV shows or movies, which are better?” debate (not better, just different, plenty of toys for everyone) we have noticed a distinct uptick in our TV consumption over 2013, reflected in the increased number of shows we’ve been reviewing or recapping for your pleasure, including: “American Horror Story: Coven” “Boardwalk Empire” “Veep,” “Hello Ladies,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Newsroom,” “Family Tree,” “Girls” and “House of Cards,” along with miniseries “Top of the Lake” and “Parade’s End.”

The 16 Best And Worst TV Series Finales

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 1, 2013 2:49 PM
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The Best And Worst Series Finale
The world is still debating the relative merits and detractions of the final episode of Vince Gilligan's meth-world saga "Breaking Bad," with some quarters feeling that the finale was a little too cleanly told while others were filled with the sense of contentment from knowing that the final hour was a satisfying conclusion to a five-season arc that turned a meek chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) into a ruthless criminal kingpin. There are few, probably, who would take the stance that the last hour of "Breaking Bad" was one of the best series finales ever (or one of the worst). It simply was what it was. An efficiently told, occasionally silly hour of television that tied up a number of loose ends (maybe too many), while still leaving room for small areas of speculation and mystery. But as divisive as the episode might have been, it is nothing compared to the series finales of yore.

The 15 Best TV Shows Of The 2012/2013 Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 26, 2013 1:03 PM
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Unlike the movies, which do operate on a January-December basis when it comes to awards consideration, the TV season is a slightly different proposition. With ratings dipping in the summer, new shows tend to be unveiled in September or early fall, and are usually wrapping up by May. The rise of cable networks like FX and HBO has staggered this more, but the Emmys taking place in September tends to mean that the season has a more definitive end at this time of year.

HBO Cancels 'Enlightened,' Steven Coogan Has 'Doubt' & Amanda Peet Feels 'Togetherness'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 20, 2013 12:24 PM
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Year after year, HBO has continually showcases how much of a cable TV juggernaut they are, always coming out with great programming from interesting filmmakers and actors. Still, they’re a business, and when a show is doing poorly in the ratings, HBO has to send it to the chopping block no matter the amount of critical acclaim it receives. “Enlightened” is one of those shows, unfortunately.

Second Seasons Of 'Girls' & 'Enlightened' Slated For January 2013 Premiere On HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 5:35 PM
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When you're hot, you're hot and there has been no other new show on television so far this year that has earned quite the same amount of attention as Lena Dunham's "Girls." With the first three episodes premiering at SXSW to a huge response, "Girls" hit HBO in full force in April, averaging 3.8 million viewers over that first batch of shows, leading to a quick renewal by the network. And Dunham didn't waste a single moment, going in front of cameras this summer to shoot the second season, and in less than a year, we'll have ten new episodes to enjoy.

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