TV's Bottom 10 of 2013 from The Fien Print
Which shows join 'Dads' and 'Dracula' in Dan Fienberg's Bottom 10
4. "The Following" (FOX)
I'm not quite sure how some people got confused into thinking that just because Kevin Bacon is kinda a movie star and just because the main villain misinterprets Edgar Allen Poe that "The Following" was anything more than another manipulative "Criminal Minds" knockoff prone to putting women, children and dogs in jeopardy for cheap scares. And by the end, even those literary pretensions were out the window and "The Following" was mostly James Purefoy chewing on scenery and leading the bumbling FBI on a Keystone Kops-style series of misadventures. In a different year, maybe I could excuse "The Following" as forgettable-but-predictably-successful trash, but 2013 happened to be a fantastic year for dramas that did everything "The Following" did and happened to do them better. Want to see the well-written, well-acted version of Bacon's tormented Ryan Hardy? Try David Tennant in "Broadchurch." Want to see a more artful (but still problematic) take on almost the same victimization tropes? Check out Netflix's "The Fall." And if you want to see basically the exact same show only *good* check out "Hannibal." I look forward to catching up with Valorie Curry after she's eventually set free. She's a real find and the only part of this show worth -- SIGH -- following.