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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TVThe Island with Bear Grylls under fire after male contestants kill and eat rare crocodile
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
HSBC review into moving headquarters from UK 'underway'