Beep-beep, vrooooom. Like road runner the year 2013 has flown by. And just like every year (well, since beginning of television at least) there were some great (and not so great) tv moments. I’m sure you can name a few, depending on what you did and did not watch. Be sure to let us know in the comments, after you’ve seen our selection of the best and worst in 2013, of course! Click on one of the pictures to open the picture carousel and read our comments (M=Marjola and C=Chantal).
Oh and happy new year everybody!
Best performing show on our blog (M): Teen Wolf. Season 3A was AMAZING! Alphas taking over Beacon Hills, the darach, the vet and sister turning out to be emissaries, a banshee, Peter Hale, Isaac, kidnapped parents, surrogate sacrifices (and real ones too), Stiles and Lydia making out, Allison’s visions of Mrs. Argent and a marvelous stand alone mini horror movie episode. Wow, and that wasn’t even everything that happened… I can’t wait to lose my mind during season 3B in January!
Best performing show on our blog (C): The Mindy Project. With all the many, many, many *cough not so many* reviews I’ve done this year (I know, I’m deeply ashamed) The Mindy Project scored the highest. Welp, nevertheless the outcome seems about right.
Best drama (M): Arrow. After a great first season, Arrow knocks it out of the park in the second season by introducing several famous DC Comics heroes and villains with a nice twist and integrating the island storyline with the current events in Starling City even better than last season. No sophomore slump for this show!
Best drama (C): Nashville. This was already one of my favorites last year and once again Nashville didn’t disappoint.
Best comedy (M): Awkward. This is such a funny show. Of course Awkward focuses on Jenna Hamilton and her messed up love life, but Sadie and Tamara steal the show with their one-liners. I also dig the massive amount of pop culture references and Tamara’s crazy personal slang. You’re welcome!
Best comedy (C): The Mindy Project. Hey guys, what’s with the pouty faces? It’s best COMEDY. I really like the funny things you say and stuff.
Best new show (M): Orange Is The New Black. Netflix did it again. OITNB was one of the most talked about shows this year. Yuppie Piper Chapman lands in prison, because she helped her former lesbian lover Alex Vause shipping some drug money. Of course said lesbian lover is also incarcerated in the same prison, tension!! Every episode is dedicated to an inmate’s backstory, which makes you understand the things that go down in prison better. The cast (female and male) is exquisite and the storylines very entertaining. A must watch!
Best new show (C): The Blacklist. Jeepers creepers, this new show keeps me on the edge of my seat! I’m usually more of a comedy-fan, but I’m glad I tried this one out and would recommend it to anyone who wasn’t yet. #imhooked
Most surprising new show (M): The Tomorrow People. I started watching TTP because of Amell Wednesdays…don’t judge me! But TTP turned out to be quite interesting. There is a funny guy, a smart good-looking girl, a savior and a leader with dark secrets who are at war with the savior’s evil uncle to save their superior species who have teleporting, telekinesis, telepathy and sometimes time stopping skills. Sounds a little bit confusing but very cool, right?! No worries. Pretty people on The CW equals love triangles! You are going to love the wounded brooding bad boy John.
Most surprising new show (C): Trophy Wife. “Oh well, I’ll try it. It might be entertaining.” Is what I thought when I saw the promos for this one. It turned out even better! What a funny cast and great writing up until now. Guess I’ll stick around a little longer for this one!
Most underrated show (M): Reign. A lot of critics made fun of Reign beforehand, because it isn’t historically accurate. After the first half of the season they had to admit that Reign delivered. Adelaide Kane does a great job on Queen Mary, but Megan Follows (yes, Anne of Green Gables) steals the show as the evil (soon to be) mother-in-law Queen Catherine de Medici. Television needs more strong female characters and this is one of the few CW shows that has parental figures with actual storylines. Basically, Reign rules.
Most underrated show (C): Ben and Kate. I really enjoyed Ben and Kate and think it’s a shame it got cancelled. Really curious to see the sequel though, can’t wait to find out what they’ll do with Christian Grey and Kate………..Wait.
Best summer show (M): Graceland. The setup is simple: Mike Warren, a rookie agent, joins a beach house filled with undercover agents from three different agencies (DEA, FBI and Customs) to investigate his newly assigned mentor and hero of the house Paul Briggs. While the undercover cases are dark, the show manages to hold on to a summer feeling by incorporating some funny moments among the roomies (Johnny and Paige are the best) and a great use of the sunny setting in California.
Best crime show (M): Elementary. It helps that I have a soft spot for fast talking and thinking British people, but Elementary totally deserves to win this category. They proved during the first season that the show wasn’t a simple Sherlock knock-off by adding some nice twists and introducing some famous characters right away. The thing that had me shouting at my screen was when they revealed that Irene Adler and Moriarty are the same person. Best twist ever! “As if men had a monopoly on murder.” like she said. Also Natalie Dormer is the best.
Best crime show (C): The Blacklist. I’m hooked. HOOKED I TELL YA! #imhooked
Show that didn’t deserve to be cancelled (M): Go On. Although Go On didn’t always deliver, but I still miss my weekly sessions with my favorite support group.
Show that didn’t deserve to be cancelled (C): Smash. All I’m going to say is: I’m very glad I have both seasons on DVD now. I’ll just watch the old episodes over and over and over and over then.
Best pilot (M): Reign. I didn’t watch many pilots this year to be honest, but Reign really stuck with me. I wasn’t excited about Reign beforehand, but the pilot had all the right elements (girly gossip, love triangles, mysterious murder plots etc.) to get me hooked. Well done!
Best pilot (C): The Blacklist. As I’ve said earlier, I’m usually not the type for this kind of shows, but the promos for The Blacklist intrigued me and after that the pilot lived up to all my expectations. I can’t stop watching now! #seeimreallyhooked
Best holiday episode (M): Trophy Wife 1×06 Halloween. I laughed so hard when Jackie mixed up The Iron Man with a guy who loves ironing (a.k.a. The Ironing Man). Bert’s expression was priceless. Plus Jackie’s bits with Kate were very funny as well. Warren dressing up as Ellen DeGeneres deserves a special mention too. It made me appreciate his character more.
Best holiday episode (C): Trophy Wife 1×10 Twas the Night Before Christmas… or Twas It? There were not as many holiday themed episodes this year, or is that just me? This one by Trophy Wife was very well done, I must say.
Best storyline (M): The darach – Teen Wolf. The second time in a row that Teen Wolf wins this category. But they really delivered this season. At first I thought that the Alphas were going to be the new big bad, but when one of their teachers turned out to be a flesh face called a darach (dark druid) things got really cray-cray (in a good way).
Best storyline (C): Deacon going after his own dreams – Nashville. Yeehaw! I like how Deacon starts to make choices for himself and is less and less scared to be in the limelight.
Worst storyline (M): British knockoffs and Harvey’s takeover – Suits. It hurts me to say this, but the first part of season three was the worst. Using the big boring case as a not so subtle metaphor for the mess at Pearson & ‘whatever name was on the door this week’, a British version of almost all the characters and Harvey trying to get rid of Jessica but backing out at the last minute. Please fix this snoozefest in the second half of the season.
Worst storyline (C): New Girl. I don’t know, I’m not really feeling this show anymore lately. I’ve caught myself checking the time mark halfway through an episode, so that can’t be good. I used to really enjoy watching this, so let’s hope for a rekindled interest in twenty-fourteen!
Best episode (M): Teen Wolf 3×06 Motel California. Stand alone episodes aren’t always great, but this mini horror movie episode was fantastic. When the whole gang gets stuck at a creepy motel with the highest suicide rates ever, Lydia start to hear these suicides happening again and the werewolves are hunted by their personal demons. The only way out: kill themselves in the worst ways you can imagine. The humans (Lydia, Stiles and Allison) step up to save their friends and even their enemies. In the final moments of the episode the writer manage to put in the whole journey they have made since season one. This episode really shows how far Teen Wolf have come. Great job!
Best episode (C): Glee 5×03 The Quarterback. I was really curious to see how they would deal with something tragic as the death of Cory and his character Finn. They did it beautifully. The cast had me in tears.
Worst episode (M): Pretty Little Liars 4×05 Gamma Zeta Die! Season four hasn’t been good so far… the show gets too confusing and doesn’t deliver enough real answers. 4×05 was a low point for the Liars. Hanna carrying around a gun in her purse at a campus party wasn’t naive, it was dumb. If these girls are heading to college soon, why do they keep making rookie mistakes?
Worst episode (C): 2 Broke Girls 3×04 And The Group Head. Did I really just watch an entire episode about two girls who don’t know how to make a cappuccino?
Biggest tearjerker (M): Jolene’s death – Nashville. Jolene sacrificing herself to save her daughter from another scandal was a heroic move. But everyone’s tears really started to flow, when Juliette experienced several stages of grief. Hayden Panettiere’s performance was of the charts in the aftermath of Jolene’s death; beside the casket, at the funeral and during the memorial at the Bluebird. I still get goosebumps thinking about it. She should have got an Emmy nod for this.
Biggest tearjerker (C): Tony Award acceptance speech – Smash. Like the super emotional Phenomenon episode wasn’t enough, Jimmy closes of with his acceptance speech on behalf of Kyle.
Biggest laugh out loud (M): Diane catfishes her own kids – Trophy Wife. Marcia Gay Harden is the best. When her kids spilled salsa on the sofa without telling her, she drove them crazy by mentioning salsa in any kind of way (food, music, dancing). I didn’t think she was able to top that, but apparently she made up a popular teenage girl who lives one town away to catfish her own kids. Hearing her speak in teen slang while texting with her icy voice was fantastic!
Biggest laugh out loud (C): Warren as Ellen – Trophy Wife. I adore Ellen, but Warren’s imitation had me in stitches.
Best music moment (M): Mary and her ladies dance – Reign. Girls just wanna have fun! Mary and her ladies in waiting certainly had some fun dancing to Back To You by Twin Forks. This song just makes me happy. It’s cheerful and fits the folky soundtrack of the show perfectly. Plus during this dance the writers managed to set the love triangle between Mary, Bash and Francis in motion. What one simple dance can do for a show…
Best music moment (C): I Barely Knew You – The Crazy Ones. The funniest episode to date for The Crazy Ones if you ask me. The scene where Sydney and her colleagues listen to the stalker-ish song that Danny (who happens to be played by Josh Groban) wrote for her, was very very funny. Not to mention the performance scene.
Best music performance (M): This Town by Scarlett and Deacon – Nashville. This song was actually a big moment in the show: Deacon finally played an instrument again after the car accident and Scarlett showed she is probably one of the most talented young artists at Edgehill, after a horrible night at the label. This Town is a beautiful haunting song. Goosebumps.
Best music performance (C): The Love I Meant To Say – Smash. When Kyle dies unexpectedly in an accident, the cast of Hit List decides to do a show in honor of him. Jimmy ends up singing for his best friend. All the cries.
Best ensemble (M): The Originals. You don’t see it very often that a show manages to get a really great bunch of main and recurring characters/actors together, but The Originals did it. The Original family (Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah), former slave boy Marcel, Davina the teenage witch, Cami the brave bartender and all the other characters are awesomely written and well portrayed by their actors. Bravo!
Best ensemble (C): Modern Family. “Phil, oh and Cam and Mitchell, oh and I think Claire can be pretty funny too, or all the kids, Gloria, Jay and and and” – me when someone asks me who my favorite Modern Family character is.
Favorite ship (M): Olicity – Arrow. Felicity saved Oliver when he was bleeding out in her car, she joined the Arrow team, he returned the favor etc. No kisses have been shared yet, but they have nice banters and Ollie looked a little jealous when Barry Allen showed up to be Felicity’s first real love interest. Olicity shippers can only hope that they exchange one kiss this season, because we all know that it’s going to happen in the long run!
Favorite ship (C): Mindy and Danny – The Mindy Project. So again? Again not happening this year? No that’s okay, just keep on dangling it in front of us, fine. (Buhuhuhuhuhu I’ll be in a corner, sobbing)
Favorite love triangle (M): Mary, Francis and Bash – Reign. What makes a love triangle great? When you can’t pick which couple you should root for! Reign does an excellent job on the love triangle between Mary and half brothers Francis and Bash. It’s an impossible choice: marry the French heir Francis, which might cause his death and who is always going to put his country first, or run off with the cheeky very handsome Sebastian (a.k.a. Bash) where you can be yourself around, but is the king’s bastard son and the wrong choice for your own country? Sigh. Frary is super cute together, but we get that Mary gets confused after staring too long in Bash’s gorgeous blue eyes during a Mash moment.
Favorite love triangle (C): Nathan, Carol and… basically anyone – The Millers. The love between a mother and son… can be freakishly intense (and hilarious).
Favorite couple (M): Scarlett and Gunnar – Nashville. Their relationship got of on the wrong foot (he was losing it because of his brother’s death), but I really think that Scarlett and Gunnar are meant for each other. They have great chemistry and write amazing songs together. I hope they get back together soon!
Favorite couple (C): Annie and Liam – 90210. AWW and they DID get their happy ending after all. It’s so cliché, or lovely, or cliché, or lovely, or… no mostly lovely. After 5 seasons, 90210 concluded this year. Kind of sad, but maybe for the best?
Worst couple (M): Klaus and Hayley – The Vampire Diaries. I could name a few worst couples, like almost every guy Rayna dates on Nashville, but Klaus and Hayley were at the top of my list. Don’t get me wrong, I love the baby storyline in the spin-off ‘The Originals’, but my Klaroline shippers heart broke into a million pieces when Klaus hooked up with Hayley on TVD.
Worst couple (C): Richard and Kendall – Super Fun Night. Not sure about this show in general. Not entirely sure how I feel about it. It has its moments, but I don’t know… I DO know though that I find this couple to be the strangest of strange.
LGBT love (M): Lena and Stef – The Fosters. This show really deserves some love. It’s about a lesbian couple Lena and Stef with one biological son and an adopted twin, who adopt another boy and girl. When the Supreme Court decision about same-sex marriages was made, The Fosters was the first to anticipate. Lena and Stef got married with Same Love by Macklemore playing in the background. They couldn’t have done it better.
LGBT love (C): Bryan and David – The New Normal. For as long as it lasted, I liked The New Normal. And especially its main couple.
Favorite bromance (M): Scott and Stiles – Teen Wolf. These guys scenes together are the best. Stiles and Scott are true friends to each other and funny as hell too.
Favorite Bromance (C): Nick, Schmidt, Winston and Coach – New Girl. It’s not a bromance, it’s a double bromance! (Wooh, oh my god, double bromance all the way! All the way through the sky! — Brownie points for anyone who recognizes a reference)
Favorite BFF’s (M): Jenna and Tamara – Awkward. After a few rocky moments in their friendship because of Jenna’s new beau, the girls found each other again at the end of season three. I’m glad they did, because they bring out the best in each other. Hoes before bros!
Favorite BFF’s (C): Lisa and Tessa – Suburgatory. When Tessa’s down, there’s always Lisa to cheer her up with her meowing renditions of top hits in the 80s/early 90s
Heartthrob of the year (M): Danny Desai – Twisted. Every girl likes a (reformed) bad boy at some point. Danny Desai played by Avan Jogia fits the profile perfectly. He is mysterious, has a great smile and deep dark brown eyes to drown in. No wonder Jo and Lacey both get weak in the knees because of him.
Heartthrob of the year (C): Daniel Grayson – Revenge. Yes, second year in a row. Can you blame me?
Leading lady of the year (M): Alex Vause – Orange Is The New Black. Girl power! Laura Prepon rocks as Alex Vause on OITNB. She is a tough girl, who knows what she wants. Plus her hair is awesome. She even wore blue extensions at one point.
Leading lady of the year (C): Carrie Bradshaw – The Carrie Diaries. Not necessarily my favorite show or female character (hey, I’m probably just a feeeeeew years older than the target audience anyways) but Carrie could definitely be seen as a leading lady…costume wise. So many fun outfits!
Biggest douchebag (M): Schmidt – New Girl. Dating two girls at once is not a smart idea, fella. Schmidt went from funny douche to über douche in a few episodes. After the girls found out the show went downhill… which sucks.
Biggest douchebag (C): Schmidt – New Girl. Dating two girls at once, cheating on Cece? That’s at least a thousand dollars in the douchebag jar for you Schmidt-y.
Nerd-alert! (M): Warren – Trophy Wife. Warren (on the right) is such a weird kid, but along the way I started to embrace his nerdiness. Ryan Lee’s imitation of Ellen DeGeneres in the Halloween episode was awesome!
Nerd-alert! (C): Charles Boyle – Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Wasn’t so sure about it in the beginning, but I’m starting to really like this show. Especially nerdy Boyle has made me laugh quite a few times.
Cutest tv kid (M): Bert – Trophy Wife. Bertie is the best. He is funny, smart and a bit weird from time to time, but you will love him instantly when you start watching Trophy Wife.
Cutest tv kid (C): Lily – Modern Family. Snarky Lily is the funniest side of Lily so far.
Best actor (M): Daniel Gillies – The Originals. Daniel already played the ancient old original vampire Elijah on The Vampire Diaries. Because of the spin-off we finally got to enjoy his acting on a weekly basis. He is terrific at portraying the gentleman and extremely evil side of his character and his accent is to die for… Great job, Daniel!
Best actor (C): James Spader – The Blacklist. When Red talks, everybody listens. James is really great for the part of Reddington. I love how he manages to swoop in a little humor every now and then.
Best actress (M): Hayden Panettiere – Nashville. Hayden has shown ever emotion in the book since the start of Nashville last year. She is funny, bitchy, a true friend and makes you cry. On several occasion she has outshined the other female lead Connie Britton. I couldn’t believe that only the latter got an Emmy nod this year. Keep doing what your doing, Hayden!
Best actress (C): Mindy Kaling – The Mindy Project. Not in a wooh-she-really-got-me-in-that-death-defying-and-emotional-drama-scene-best-actress kind of way, but Kaling succeeds in portraying us “real women” with a lot of elegance and witty, smart quotes through her relatable character. And therefore deserves this mention 100%.
Rising star (M): Adelaide Kane – Reign. We spotted Adelaide for the first time as Derek’s sister Cora on Teen Wolf, but she didn’t get a lot of stuff to work with. Nevertheless she impressed me from the start as Mary, Queen of Scots (Reign). She rocks at portraying a queen and a relatable sixteen year old girl with boy troubles at the same time. She is a true heroine. Please let her star shine for at least one more season, The CW!
Rising star (C): Laura Benanti – Go On / The Sound of Music Live. You know Lauren from Go On? Yeah, she can sing too (go musical theatre go!), recently NAILED it in The Sound of Music Live and happens to be very funny on twitter. Be on the look-out for Benanti in 2014. I’m sure she has a lot more in store for us.
Special shout-out (M): White Collar. After a rocky start – to clean up the mess from the previous season – White Collar got it’s groove back in season five. Mostly because Neal Caffrey found his way back to a criminal life with an art smart girlfriend by his side. I love it! Rebecca and Neal are super adorable together. Don’t mess this up in 2014, writers!
Special shout-out (C): Sean Hayes – Sean Saves The World. Special shout-out to Sean, because I’m happy that my Will & Grace-favorite is on our screens again. Sean Saves The World has been quite entertaining so far.
Biggest expectations for 2014 (M): Teen Wolf. Did you see the promos? OMG! You probably think it isn’t possible for Teen Wolf to get any better after the amazing season 3A, but these new promos have me creeping out in all the right ways. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Biggest expectations for 2014 (C): The Blacklist. Good news! NBC renewed the show for a second season. May the new year bring us even more exciting television (but I guess that’s not gonna be a problem now) #foreverhooked