AFI Names Top 10 Television Shows of 2013

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Let the debate begin!

The American Film Institute has named its most outstanding television shows of 2013, saying it honors works "which best advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form, inspire audiences and artists alike, and/or make a mark on American history."

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So, with that in mind - in no particular order - here are the organization's top 10 shows of the years:

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. The Americans
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. The Good Wife
  5. House of Cards
  6. Mad Men
  7. Orange is the New Black
  8. Veep
  9. Scandal
  10. Masters of Sex

"AFI Awards is a moment for the most accomplished storytellers of 2013 to pause and be appreciated - not as competitors, but as a community," said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale in a statement Monday.

So, as we said, let the debate begin: Which shows do and do not deserve to be on that list?

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I don't think The Americans, Scandal, Mad Men or Masters of Sex should be up there. I do think Homeland should be up there though. :-)
HOMʎLAND FTW! Brilliant Season this year :-)


The only show I think is missing from the list is The Walking Dead.


Is it me or is the greatest tv show of all time, record breaking, beating Sunday night football viewership, missing in this category. When, is the walking dead going to get recognized as an amazing drama with an excellent ensemble. I mean that boy Carl sure does know how to give you the creeps.


Justified should be on the list and not Mad Men. Mad Men is sooooooooooooo boring! Justified has great actors and amazing dialogue.


01 Person of Interest
02 Game of Thrones
03 The Walking Dead
04 Breaking Bad
05 House of Cards
06 Banshee
07 Raising Hope
08 Awkward
09 Justified
10 Sons of Anarchy

@ SnakeTheCritic

Snake-- I like your list much better. I would take The Blacklist over Awkward (even though I love it).


Blacklist should be on the list.


The only omission I can think of is Hannibal. If that show doesn't enhance the art of the moving image, I don't know what does. Interesting lack of comedy - Veep's the only one.