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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