Favorites of 2013: TV Imports, Scores, and Shows We’ll Miss

Today, we’re wrapping up our favorite TV shows of 2013 with our miscellaneous categories: Imports, Scores, and Shows We’ll Miss.

Imports

Miranda

{BBC One}

Miranda: “Do you know what my favorite three little words are? ‘All day breakfast.’”

The last part of Series 3 aired at the beginning of 2013, and it was delightful. Miranda falls for someone who loves her unconditionally, just as Gary finally gets up the nerve to confess his feelings to Miranda. The only downside is that the series ended on a heart-stopping cliffhanger. —Becca

Orphan Black

{Space / BBC America}

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“We’re clones! We’re someone’s experiment and they’re killing us off!”

Tatiana Maslany is a revelation, the show is well-written, the shots are beautiful, and I can’t wait for it to come back in March. Thanks, Canada! —Kerry

Broadchurch

{BBC America}

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This was a brilliant drama, and The Killing should take notes from this series. The actors were wonderful, and the series was full of greatness. —Becca

Mr. Selfridge

{BBC/PBS}

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Harry Gordon Selfridge is not a man worthy of sympathy, but he, his family, his business – his enemies and his allies – makes for incredibly compelling TV. —Moff

 The Paradise

{BBC/PBS}

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It pains me when people only watch PBS for Downton Abbey or Sherlock when it has so much more to offer. The Paradise worked with its mix between Mr. Selfridge and Downton drama. —Becca

Luther

{BBC America}

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The man cannot catch a break. As this show had already pointed out, bad things usually happen to the ones he loves, and it continued on during this series. Luckily, Luther has a great ally in Alice Morgan. —Becca

Scores

Sleepy Hollow

{Composers: Robert Lydecker, Brian Tyler}

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Sleepy Hollow’s score manages to be creepy and poignant, and I have to give the show credit for setting the tone by using the Rolling Stone’s “Sympathy for the Devil” in the pilot, which is a classic creepy rock song. —Moff

Shows We’ll Miss

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

{Webseries, YouTube}

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It might be cheating a smidge, considering The Lizzie Bennet Diaries wasn’t actually on TV, but with two episodes a week (not counting Lydia and Gigi’s videos and Lizzie’s Q&A’s), it was far and away one of the best episodic series I watched all year. But all good stories must come to an end, and when your source material is 200 years old, the end is most defintely pre-set. —Moff

Go On

{NBC}

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For some reason I thought Go On would be safe and have a second season. I was wrong. After a few episodes the show had found itself, and the episodes soon became a highlight of my week. Carrie was my favorite with Steven closely behind. This show knew how to tug at the heart strings as well as make you laugh. —Becca

Eureka

{Syfy}

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As much as Eureka ended in 2012, I didn’t catch up with it until this year. Eureka was not only the smartest little town in America, but it was also the one town in the Pacific Northwest for which I’d be willing to move back to the area. At least the town was saved from complete dismantlement, and will continue on in its own pocket universe, where time is cyclical (literally) and the high school science fair often has life-or-death stakes. —Moff

Happy Endings

{ABC}

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My favorite part of this show was when it mixed up the combos. There were the favorites, like Penny, and Brad and Jane being the best married couple on TV. Each character was their own person, and I will miss all of them. —Becca

Fringe

{FOX}

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This show did many things, and both Anna Torv and John Noble deserved more recognition for their acting, especially with their numerous characters. While some shows would probably fail with alternate universes, this show was able to handle it. This show will always have a place in my heart with Astrid, Walter, Peter and Olivia, and Lincoln Lee. —Becca

Back in the Game

{ABC}

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I’ll miss the Gannons, Lulu, and the kids. Dick, not so much. (I will miss all those “That’s not a euphemism” jokes I made on Twitter, though.) —Kerry

Being Human

{BBC Three}

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A werewolf, a ghost and a vampire become roommates. No, it’s not a set up for a joke, but it is the premise for one of funniest, cleverest and most violent allegories for the reality of millennials. After all, as Being Human illustrated, a crippled job market, inability to move on from old relationships, or a vague five-year plan are nothing compared to, technically, being dead. —Moff

This afternoon, we’ll wrap up our Favorites of 2013 with our miscellaneous movie categories.

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