TV Fanatic Round Table: Best Drama 2013

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It's all come down to this, TV Fanatics.

Our staff has gathered once again for a Round Table discussion, this time breaking down the top dramas of 2013.

Which program comes out on top? Scroll down for a number of takes and the weigh in with your own...

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Miranda Wicker: Scandal. Everything about Olivia Pope and Co. just keeps getting hotter and hotter with each episode. It's a can't-miss week to week.

Kate Brooks: I'm going to go with Arrow, for many reasons. First, who doesn't want to see a shirtless Stephen Amell? Second, I didn't think that this show could get any better than its rookie season, but here we are in Arrow Season 2 and I'm in awe… every week leaves me wanting more. Lastly, Oliver is a strong character and this season they've created a strong female in Felicity. Not to mention the intense fight sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat. Well written and plotted show!

Leigh Raines: I think Nashville is a phenomenal drama that is not given enough credit. Every week seems to top the week before. I wasn't even really a fan of Hayden Panettiere in the past but now Nashville music dominates my itunes. Also, Connie Britton is just the queen of all. Has been since FNL. Great cast and built in soundtrack, what more could you want?

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Michelle Carlbert: I'm going to pick The Good Wife. That is a show that consistently gets better and better. This season in particular has been a fantastic showcase for every actor  and I have found myself alternately wanting to cheer, scream or cry at everything that has happened while Alicia and Cary have been breaking off into their own firm. Talk about a fun way to change up the entire series.

Sean McKenna: Person of Interest continues to surprise and entertain, while never settling on standard or routine when it easily could. With new main cast members and a major death for Person of Interest Season 3, plus the ever expanding mythology of the series and characters you enjoy watching, it all keeps getting better and better. It's definitely a standout show.

Carissa Pavlica: I have to repeat. Arrow is so much more than a genre show, and could easily stand beside the blockbuster movies that have been created for other characters in the DC Universe. The strength of the story, pacing and writing are aspects all shows should aspire to. Their creative license with an already well-drawn world has shown there is room to improve upon canon fanatics thought they knew and loved. Even the shows weaknesses seem planned. Incredibly impressive.

Dan Forcella: Breaking Bad was the best drama of the year - and one of the best television dramas of all time.

Matt Richenthal: The answer is Breaking Bad. There's no real debate here. But for its utterly unique mix of humor, drama, subject matter and its impressively diverse cast, I'll show Orange is the New Black some love here.

YOUR turn, readers. What do you think was the best drama of 2013?

 

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the good wife! why was there no polling option for this?

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SUITS!!!

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Justified! Hannibal a close second and The Good Wife shares third place with NCIS and Criminal Minds. Justified is such a great show and has some of TVs finest actors. Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins. Hannibal is a very different and dark show but the use og colors and almost paintinglike sets makes it beatiful to watch. Hugh Dancy is so good and so is Mads Mikkelsen. I love the changes is The Good Wife. Always fun to watch. NCIS is as always fun to watch and I like the character replacing Ziva. Keeps the show fresh. Criminal Minds has come back after a few uneven seasons and delivers better episodes now.

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You didn't list the Good Wife in the vote...

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The Vampire Diaries.

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Please don't make me chose between Arrow and Scandal! It's not fair distinction. It's like comparing apples to oranges. I adore both. And each contain vital nutrients that sustain me. :-) Although I will say that I'm crushing on Oliver & Felicity far more than Fitz and Olivia. Can I just point out that both male protagonists are complete whores and undeserving of their kickass female love interests? *sighs* Yet I love watching them both try to be worthy. Another post for another day.

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Hard to argue with Breaking Bad...but I will continue my championing of Hannibal LOL

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My vote goes to The Good Wife. Consistently the most intriguing and fascinating drama on network television.

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Hello good wife is not in the polls! Why are Alicia and Co in the polls? Because hands down The Good wife is just too good not to be the best

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Person of Interest. No contest