The best television shows of 2013
The Independent's TV critic selects this year's best of the box
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Friday 27 December 2013
The last year has seen some great television- a lot of which was watched on computer screens.
Scroll to see the best TV of 2013
The phenomenal success of Breaking Bad brought the availability of internet TV to anyone still left hiding under a rock.
Beyond excellent dramas like Breaking Bad and Top of the Lake, the last year has seen some excellent new comedy come to our screens.
Yonderland was a welcome replacement from Channel 4, stepping into the shoes of Monty Python with a dose of fantasy silliness.
And just when you though Channel 4 had exhausted the fly-on-the-wall reality TV format, along came Gogglebox. Essentially a TV show about people watching TV, the programme has built up a steady audience of two million viewers.
But returning to the depths of reality television, this year's TV turkey goes to X Factor. The show continued to plough on, although no one seemed to be quite sure why.
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- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Terror threat level raised to severe as PM warns Isis risk could last for decades
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Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
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